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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mending in the Meantime

photos 446Here’s a long sweater vest I saved a while ago.  Someone was just going to toss it because it had no buttons.  I covered the buttons myself with some scraps of fabric from Midnight’s blankie.  You can’t tell from the photo, but they are light-pink.  Sure this isn’t on my list.  But since I’m replacing lost buttons, this is considered a mending job so it doesn’t count.  No matter how much fun it was.  And if it helps, I also covered some buttons for one of the projects I my list.

 

photos 442Speaking of which, here’s a peak at my progress.  I’m boiling the jacket in tea to alter the color slightly.  Just look at all that steam.  Stirring it with a broom handle made me feel like one of the witches from that one play.  Double double, toil and trouble.  A little late for Halloween.

Today, I’m on a quest for building materials for the doll house on my list.  If you’ve been reading my posts well, you can probably already guess what I’m going to be using.  If not, enjoy the surprise.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cones and Cat food

While running a few errands yesterday, I found some pinecones on the ground and inspiration sparked.  I decided to gather some and use them for one of the projects on my new list that I posted yesterday.  Bet you can’t guess which one?  I also discovered that 15 lbs. isn’t very heavy at all.  I had to buy more cat food since I was desperately low.  It is cheaper to buy in bulk, so I walked home lugging 15lbs. of a certain Purina brand that Midnight went wild over.  All I can say is I wish large bags of pet food had handles on them or something.  It’d make them so much easier to lug around.  Today I just want cuddle with my now well-fed kitty and just read all day.   Oh, and maybe boil fabric in tea.  Another hint of one of my projects.  Good weekend to all.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Crafting Onward

I managed to successfully complete my last list despite how hefty it was, so I made my newest list a tad shorter.

Craft List #3

  • Altered jacket
  • doll house
  • sleeping bags
  • hat
  • Glittery makeover

Not much really, although a few of the projects probably should be broken down into smaller projects.  I’d better get cracking at it.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Operation: Complete and Then Some


It’s Christmas Eve and I finished my list, just in time.

Fabric toy houses
 
Here are some of the little houses I made.  They are made from a tutorial from UK Lass in US.  I actually made mine a little simpler, I just hope the recipients will know what they are and what to do with them.

Tiny mitten ornaments made from fabric scraps.

I made my mitten ornaments with more sweat pants scraps.  I never knew old sweat pants could be so useful. 

They’re pretty and I stitched them by hand instead of machine.  I actually did them in class yesterday, someone had to ask about them.  Apparently they look like they could be mittens for a baby.

Pretty tote bag made with dragon fabric.

For this pretty tote bag, I used a tutorial from Belle Epoque Whimsy.  I’ve used a lot of other sources for this list haven’t I? 

Anyway, the bag is made with what’s left of this gorgeous dragon print and has a cotton lining.  The bias trim on top looks great and makes it so easy to do.  

This is going to someone who desperately needs a slightly larger purse.  She crams too much into her current one, which is looking worn out and then some.

Cute craft apron with plenty of pockets.

The last one on my list is this craft apron based on a tutorial from Creative Little Daisy.  The one in the tutorial involves patchwork which is cute, but not my thing. 

I use black material for the main part of the apron  to emphasize the cute polka dot pockets.  I used bric brac trim that clashed mainly because I felt like it.

Finished up with some straps, and it is perfect for stashing my tools when I work instead of placing them anywhere and losing them.  Something that happens frequently.

Here’s my updated list:

All done!  Now I just have to finish wrapping.

Bonus!  I finished the Kailey and Boris holiday episode.

 

Enjoy.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Almost Done

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Despite several distractions (i.e. school, work stuff, life), I managed to take on a good chunk of my list.  First is this simple belt for one of my nieces.  It is made from cut-up cargos and stamped with little blue flowers.  I added glitter because she is really girly, but she still has to wear uniforms to school.  Hopefully this will past inspection.
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I used the fuzzy sweatpants again (see Checking Off One by One)to make this “horsie” toy for one of my nephews.  He loves ponies.  It is similar to some moose toys I made last year.  I may post a picture of them if I can find any of them.


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I made another t-shirt scarf (see A is For…) for someone whom really like the first one.  I had a accident with some red paint.  Long story short, it’s now tie-dyed pink.  Pretty cute, but I wonder if the recipient will think so as well.


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This is a key chain I made from a tutorial from Creative Little Daisy.  I think the ones from the tutorial are cuter, but this one works.  I didn’t have any d-rings so I used another split ring instead.  It works either way.

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I made these hair clips and pins for two of my nieces.  I wrapped them with wired ornament hooks and pretty beads.   I know they will love them, and I’m thinking of making some for myself.


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I’ve been trying to find something to do with these old floppy disks for so long.  Then I thought “why not boxes?”  They are perfect for little odds and ends, and they would make great gift boxes.


photos 402 I made these ornaments from a project in an eBook from Fave Crafts.  There are suppose to look like bells, I don’t really see the resemblance.  I went the quick and easy route using pinking shears and sparkly squeeze tube fabric paints.  I outlined the flowers in the fabric print with the paint.  I think it adds a nice touch, maybe I should do it to more things.  Maybe touch up my wardrobe.
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I made these pincushions with fabric scraps and bottle caps based on a tutorial from How about Orange.  Mine look a little more like mushrooms than they should.  They’re still cute, I thought it would be cool maybe to attach them to old rings or something like that.  I do recall seeing pincushions rings somewhere.
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I couldn’t resist making these adorable crayon roll thingies.  I used a tutorial from Skip to my Lou.  I actually made them out of three different shirts. They were pretty quick to make, except for the stitching for the little pockets.  That was time consuming.  I found it was quicker if I didn’t clip the threads and just went on to the next row.  Then I just clipped them all afterward.
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I made this CD holder from a tutorial from Mushroom Villagers.  I’m not sure if you can tell it is meant for CDs.  Maybe it can be used for other things.  Anyway, I’m glad I still had some of this wanted poster fabric.  I think it is so adorable, plus it is male friendly which is great since this is for a guy.  Sort of.
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For my felt tree ornaments, I used scraps of fuzzy purple felt.  It reminds me of those pink and purple plastic Christmas trees.  I actually saw a pink Disney Princess one today at Bookman’s.  I decorated them with plenty of glitter paint to make them sparkle and shine.
Here’s my updated list:
  • tiny scarves
  • tiny boxes
  • sock monkey
  • pom-poms
  • wire ornaments
  • kitty
  • belt
  • mitten ornaments
  • scarf
  • CD holder
  • horsie
  • pin cushions
  • wrapped accessories
  • apron
  • felt ornaments
  • disk boxes
  • tote
  • house
  • pet house
  • bell ornaments
  • Key chains
  • roll
Seventeen down, only five more to go!
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Checking Off One by One

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Here’s what I finished over the weekend.  These ornament were made with ornament hooks, so ironic.  I twisted one into a ring, and attached the other hooks in petal shapes.  I strung faux pearls onto the wires as I attached them.  Then I finished with a hook left as a hook to hang them up.  They were easy, but they made my hands cramp up.  I’m not really use to working with so much wire.
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I wanted to make some pom-pom toys for my cat and realized I was out of yarn, so I improvised.  I cut fabric scraps into strips with my pinking shears, then made them into crinkly pom-poms.  I used some fabric to secure them and tied them to kite string.  Now I can dangle them for her.

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I made this sock monkey for one of the men on my list.  Guys are so hard to craft for, hopefully he will at least find this amusing. The bow, stripes, heart eyes and hair on painted on.  I felt inspired some how.  I decided not to add a tail,  Curious George doesn’t have a tail and nobody complains about him, right?
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This little kitty is for a certain little guy.  I made it out of a pair of old sweat pants.  I turn them inside-out to make it look fuzzier.  I hope he likes it.  Little boys can be just as hard to craft for as bigger boys.

Here’s my updated list:
  • tiny scarves
  • tiny boxes
  • sock monkey
  • pom-poms
  • wire ornaments
  • kitty
  • belt
  • mitten ornaments
  • scarf
  • CD holder
  • horsie
  • pin cushions
  • wrapped accessories
  • apron
  • felt ornaments
  • disk boxes
  • tote
  • house
  • pet house
  • bell ornaments
  • Key chains
  • roll
Six down, Sixteen to go.  In order so far.
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Friday, December 11, 2009

A Tiny Christmas

I finished to little scarves and boxes.photos 380    Here’s who they were for.  Now Kailey and Boris are ready for Christmas, and with cute little stockings too.  Of course I’m going to make a new video of this soon. 
Also, while looking over my list, I realize I left something out by mistake.  So here’s the updated and corrected list:
  • tiny scarves
  • tiny boxes
  • sock monkey
  • pom-poms
  • wire ornaments
  • kitty
  • belt
  • mitten ornaments
  • scarf
  • CD holder
  • horsie
  • pin cushions
  • wrapped accessories
  • apron
  • felt ornaments
  • disk boxes
  • tote
  • house
  • pet house
  • bell ornaments
  • Key chains
  • roll
Two down, twenty-two to go.  This is going to be a lot a work.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Making a List and Checking it Twice

As usual, I will be making all my gifts this year.  I also intend to trim my tree with new handmade ornaments this year.  So here’s my newest list.

Holiday Craft List:

  • tiny scarves
  • tiny boxes
  • sock monkey
  • pom-poms
  • wire ornaments
  • kitty
  • belt
  • mitten ornaments
  • scarf
  • CD holder
  • horsie
  • pin cushions
  • wrapped accessories
  • apron
  • felt ornaments
  • disk boxes
  • tote
  • house
  • pet house
  • bell ornaments
  • roll

I’ve got a lot to do in a little bit of time, but I can pull it off.  I hope.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Going on a Picnic

I finally finished another short film with Kailey and Boris.  In this one, they go on a picnic and run into a little surprise.  It was fun to make, but there were a few problems.  Just the usual kind of thing.
Enjoy!


Also, I had a few more pieces of writing accepted on Associated Content, including this funny little Christmas-y thing.
The Twelve Bad Gifts of Christmas
Have fun.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Crafty All-nighter

I got on a roll the other night and finished up my list.  Nothing like staying up late crafting, especially when you’re suppose to be studying.

photos 348For the snowflake angels, I made paper snowflakes and cut them in half.  One half was made into a cone for the dress, and the other for the wings.  The head is a scrap of fabric with some fiberfill, it’s made the same way as those tissue ghost things you make in elementary school.  The halos are sparkly plastic tubes I had left over from some bracelets.  I was inspired to make these from some doilies in a cake box.  Another reason to eat cake.photos 346

 

I made the bottle cozy out of leftover fuzzy felt.  I made it to look like a furry collared jacket.  I thought about adding sleeves, but it seemed too odd.  It is a very simple design and goes on with Velcro.  Now my water bottle is well insulated, I wish I could say the same for myself.  It’s been unusually cold here lately.

 

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For the handkerchiefs, I decided to try out my new used pinking shears.  I used some more of this pretty cotton, and added some stitching so they wouldn’t end up looking like napkins instead of handkerchiefs.

 

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The wings were really fun to do.  I used scraps from an old dress and hangers for most of it.  The hangers were kind of hard to shape, but hopefully they look like wings at least.  The best part was decorating them, I used tons of glitter.  My niece is modeling them here.  She just loves them, so does her little brother.  I guess it’s not that odd for a 2 year old boy to want to wear sparkly fairy wings.  They do look cute on him.

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Here’s the headband I made, again modeled by my niece.  I used faceted beads and wire from a spiral notebook.  Now you know what to do with those old school notebooks.  Make accessories!  I’m not very experienced with working with wire so my hands starting to cramp up.  I manage to finish it, but I won’t exactly be working with wire anytime soon.  At least not this week.

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My last project is the pouch. Fairly simple, I used an envelope as a pattern, hence the resemblance.  This is the first time I have ever used snaps that aren’t sewn on.  It was easier than I thought it would be.  You learn something new everyday.

 

 

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Here’s the best part.  Since it looks like an envelope, it should have a stamp, right?  I wonder if I could mail it for real, with a real stamp I mean.  I’ve heard of fabric postcards being mailed, why not envelopes?  I guess it would depend on what’s being mailed and the type of fabric.

So here’s the finished list:

  • bottle cozy
  • half apron
  • hankies
  • snowflake angels
  • bias tape accessories
  • mini baskets
  • pouches
  • bead headbands
  • Wings
  • scarf
  • id tag holder

All done!  Yay!  Of course now I have to start working on the rest of the
Christmas stuff.  Maybe another list is in order.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Another Festive Weekend

photos 327As I’m typing this, I’m sitting on a bench in downtown Mesa, Arizona.  There’s plenty of stuff going on down here.  My church had their winter festival that just ended, the Mesa Arts Center is having their weekly arts and craft marketplace along Main St., and Macdonald St. is partially closed for the Christkindlmarkt.  I think it’s suppose to be a German Christmas marketplace.  Whatever, there’s tons of booths, food and free entertainment going on until 9pm. 

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I think the best part of all these festivals and bazaars happening this time of year is the festive atmosphere.  There’s the holidays crafts being sold, the roasted chestnuts and other seasonal food, and the decorations.photos 325

See, booths aren’t as carefully decorated the rest of the year.  Maybe they should be.  Just a thought. 

Well, I’m done for the day.  I need to rest up for next week.  The MAC it having another festival.  Maybe by the end of the season I’ll be sick of them.  Could be worse.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Book it to Bookman’s

photos 311I’ve been clearing out a lot of stuff lately and taking them to trade at Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange.  Well, I ended of with a whole mess of trade credit, and so yesterday I decided to use some of it.  Actually most of it.  I came home with one of their super cute paper bags brimming with goodies.

 

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I got this magazine/book thing called Altered CoutureI’m not sure if it is suppose to be a magazine or a book since it’s so thick, but it’s chock full of ideas for altering old clothes into something more interesting.  Along with it, I found a pair of pinking shears.  Woo Hoo!  They were priced at $5.  I’ve been dying to get a pair.  Now just think of all the things I can do with them.  Heh, Heh.

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I also found this book, 100 Things You Don’t Need a Man For.  It’s about doing repair work and home improvement, and it’s really cute.  The instructions are fun and easy to understand, and it’s full of vintage illustrations and funny pictures of fashion dolls.  I just find it amusing as well as useful.

 

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And for fun, I got this.  Really, those other things are for practical purposes.  I love Cathy, though not as much as my sister.  She finished this one off before I got a chance to look at it.  Still, Cathy comic strips are hilarious, I especially love the shopping ones.  We all can relate to her predicaments in the dressing room.  And if not, they’re still funny.

With all this, it only came to about $27.  And I use trade credit, so essentially it was free to me.  Not too shabby, right?  And this time I did spread out beyond my usual path.  When I buy stuff at Bookman’s, it’s usually anime DVDs or videos and manga.  And sometimes Archie comics.  I guess sometimes it more interesting to do things a little differently.  Maybe next time, I’ll look for my comics at Goodwill instead of craft stuff.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A is For…

A lot of good things have happened this week.  I got 100 percent on my latest exam, again. Totally aced the class.  A poem I wrote was excepted at Associated Content.  Associated Content is one of those sites for freelance writers and media artists or whatever to promote their work and hopefully make a living.  Check out my poem here.  I also finally sold something from my etsy shop.  Yay!
photos 306To celebrate, I tackled both the apron and scarf from my list.  The apron is made from an ugly dress that was handed down to me.  I thought the embroidery was cute, so I used it for the front.  I added the lacey part on a whim, sometimes you just have to trust your gut on these things.


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For the scarf, I used a promotional t-shirt.  I got the idea from this eBook from favecrafts.  I didn’t exactly follow the instructions to the letter, but I think it looks okay.  It’s kind of ironic to wear a scarf with the logo of a car insurance company when I can’t drive.  It’s part of the fun.


So here’s the updated list:
  • bottle cozy
  • half apron
  • hankies
  • snowflake angels
  • bias tape accessories
  • mini baskets
  • pouches
  • bead headbands
  • Wings
  • scarf
  • id tag holder
Five down, six to go.  Next is the angels or maybe the hankies.
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