Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Let's Make Cute Stuff Episode One

There are so many cute little projects in "Let's Make Cute Stuff" that I didn't know where to start. I decided to make a couple of little purses.

One of the cool things about this book is that it showed me the easiest way to put a zipper in a pouch. I learned to put zippers in from someone who apparently liked to do things in a very complicated way. But now, I can make tons of these. And I am thinking about coming up with my own designs and maybe selling them on etsy.

Here is my "Bad Guy" coin purse. It's my first attempt at such a thing, and I think it came out pretty good. Looking closely with my hyper-self-criticizing eye, there are a few things I need to work on, like the stitching is showing a little on the bottom seam, but I'm very pleased with it. So was my boyfriend's cat. I put it on her just fooling around, and then when I took it, she grabbed for it. She was very interested in it.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Decisions, decisions.

I had to make a hard decision today.

1. Buy "Let's Make Cute Stuff" by Aranzi Aronzo or...

2. Buy "Generation T- Beyond Fashion" and meet Megan Nicolay.

I picked 1. Please excuse the flushed state in this photo. I had just gotten in from 108 degree weather. Whew.

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The reasons being:

- I really really wanna make cute stuff, after buying a dress for the bachelorette party on Saturday, the actual party, and buying the stuff to make the wedding cake and some of the reception food for said bachelorette this weekend, I'm really only going to have the extra money for one book.
- I have had a look at the Generation T book, and I do like it, but I think it would be a long time before I made any of it, and also, some of the projects look a little advanced for my poor sewing skills. Also, I'm really shy and wouldn't really even know what to say if I met the author.

Also, I wanted to post a picture of some kitties I made years ago. I think it was 2005. I've got some more I'm working on, but here are the ones I made a while back:

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Okay, that's all for now!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I'm recovering from a wild bachelorette party, so I don't have a lot to say. I did these things.

I am learning how to make cute felt things. Tomorrow, I'm getting the "Let's Make Cute Stuff" book I posted about earlier. I made some little templates and stuff, and I wanted to test what sort of thread I needed to use. Here is a cute pouch.

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I finished the thing I was doing for my sister's new apartment. I used a pattern I got from SublimeStitching.com and then just printed out what I wanted it to say in a cute font I downloaded previously. I think it came out really good.

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And here is another WildOlive pattern. Aww :)
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I'll be posting more felt projects later this week. I hope everyone had a good weekend.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I've been a busy bee learning new crafty things and discovering new things.

1. I got a yo-yo maker to make yo-yos. In case you don't know what they are, the easiest way to describe is that they are round discs of gathered fabric that you can embellish to make a bunch of stuff. I've only made two and I need A LOT more practice. The two I made are at work, I'll bring them home and photograph them and then post them here in an edit.

2. I'm TRYING to learn to crochet. I can do a chain stitch, but just barely. I have a lot of practicing to do.

3. I have been working on a couple of ideas for cute felt things. I MUST get this book:

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I want to make cute things! I'll probably actually order it tomorrow.

4. I just got my Black Apple pattern in from Sublime Stitching. I can't wait to start on it. I actually have SO MANY patterns now that I never know what to stitch next.

5. I went through all of the patterns I've printed from downloads and wrote down what I've printed out. I made table of contents pages by just pasting together smaller images so when I put all of them in my binder, I'll know where to find things more easily. I still have a ton I need to print out as well.

My friend is getting married next weekend and she's asked me to do the cake. I spoke to a friend who is going to help me with the cake. We filmed the first episode of what is possibly going to be a cooking show on YouTube, maybe even a podcast one day. I've busted my ass at the gym. All of this, and I still found time to embroider a couple of things:

Here is a bee. I found this picture online and decided to do my own. It's got a funky leg that I screwed up on. Man, I suck ;)

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And here is another WildOlive pattern. It was sort of hard to get the little stitches just right, that's something I need to work on. BUT I did learn how to do a French knot, which I used for the eyes.

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I am a visual learner, and some things, I have to actually watch being done before I can do them. I read a ton of explanations on how to make French knots, and I tried and tried, and finally gave up. Then I decided to stop being a jerk, and I found a video on YouTube for French knots. They are SO easy. And all I needed to do was watch them being done. Yay!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Okay, this week should be much less hectic than the past two. The only crafty things I did last were the following small embroidery projects:

I found these two cute little patterns while just browsing around online for embroidery pictures. They look like the work of WildOlive, but I'm not sure if they are:

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This one is surely WildOlive. I ordered a whole mess of food themed patterns from her a few weeks ago.

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And I managed to make my dad a Father's Day present. I love this picture of me and my sister.

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I do plan to try my hand at a few other projects this week. I'm working on a really cute skirt, too. I'll post as I finish the projects. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Slackerific

Hey, guys, sorry I've not updated in a while. Wow, almost a week! I've been super busy, but here are some things I've made the past week during my busy streak.

Here are some cards I made for a few of my friends, and one for my granny:

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I embroidered these cute little cherries. Unfortunately, I chose some evil, evil fabric, and it puckered a bit. But I still think it looks okay!

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And I covered some buttons with some nice fabric. I put magnets on the back and sent them to a few friends.

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I've been so busy the past couple of days, though, that I've not done much crafty stuff. I'm going through withdrawals. I'll post more this week.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Book Review- "Bizarre Bazaar"

Yesterday, I received a book in the mail entitled “Bizarre Bazaar” by Greg der Ananian. It was billed as a craft book full of crafts that “aren’t your granny’s crafts”. I only paid a couple of bucks for it on Amazon. Com.

Greg Der Ananian is a crafter from Boston who started the Bizarre Bazaar, which is a craft festival up there. The festival has made it to other cities as well, and apparently continues to grow. He got together with some of the Bizarre Bazaar crafters and created this book. I was really excited when this book came in. However, upon reading it, I found the crafts a little too “punk rock” for me. I never thought I’d say that. Many of the crafts are poorly executed, and many of them are for more advanced crafters, or for people with more patience than I have. I also found the repeated references to the author’s homosexuality to be very tedious. We get it- you’re gay. I remember that from the first eight times you mentioned it. I don’t need to constantly be reminded of it.

Luckily, there are some tutorials in the book that are useful- I can make cute craft totes that I can possibly sell, a change purse, a wallet, a cute card, and there are a couple more projects that I’d consider doing.

I found many of the crafts to be advanced, or made from materials that aren’t that easy to find. The Dirty Pillow is a nice concept, but way out of my league. The vinyl cuffs are really nice, but they’re made from colored vinyl records, and where on earth would you find those these days? The Trashy Quilt is, well, trashy, and not in an endearing way. It is seriously made out of trash. There is a reason that trash is trash. And the anarchy soap…lame. Everyone knows anarchists don’t bathe. Just ask Rik from The Young Ones.

Anyway, I’m really glad I only spent a few bucks on this book. If you are looking for a good craft book with crafts that are sort of outside the normal realm of crafting, I wouldn’t suggest you buy this book. Look elsewhere.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Marbles

These guys are so versatile. I've made a ton of these in the past. You can make magnets, broaches, hair pins, thumbtacks, and probably tons of other things I've not thought of. All you need is either a 3/4" hole punch (or scissors), magazines or other sources of pictures, clear flat-backed marbles (you can find these in most craft stores, and it's important that they are flat-backed)and clear Tacky Glue. Cut or punch out your picture, apply the glue onto the marbles, then apply the picture. Allow the glue to dry, and then use a very strong adhesive (hot glue is not recommended, as it falls off too easily) to attach your barrette, magnet, thumbtack, pin, or whatever you're gonna make with it. I'm going to do all of the above with mine.

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The possibilities are endless. You could even cut out words or draw tiny pictures and use those. And one of the cool things is that the marble actually magnifies the image.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Embroidery

When I was younger, my mom got into embroidery. She had tons of skeins of thread and I'd always put them in color order or put them into shapes. She showed me a few stitches, but I was more interested in using the thread to make loads and loads of friendship bracelets.

Fast forward to my senior year in high school. My ex's mom, Laurie, taught me different ways to make necklace cords and bracelets using the embroidery thread. I made tons of them for my friends and a couple for my teachers.

In 2005, I came upon, through craftster.org, a website called Sublime Stitching. Jenny Hart has the CUTEST embroidery patterns, and her motto is very appropriate: "This ain't your grandma's embroidery!" I looked at the patterns, but was a little intimidated by them. Inspired by her cool patterns, I made my first embroidery project, using my own pattern. It was a cross-stitch project for my friend Lynn. It said "Do not fuck with me", and I even stitched little hearts on the top and bottom. I picked up cross-stitching for a while, but eventually gave it up because I couldn't find any cross-stitch patterns that were cool enough, and I can't draw well enough to draw my own.

This year, I don't know what made me visit Jenny Hart's page again, but I did, and decided to give embroidery a go. I downloaded some free patterns from a few other pages so I could practice and decide if embroidery was for me. I was afraid I'd suck at it. I made a few things, learned by trial and error that you have to separate the threads on embroidery floss (WHY don't they just make them thinner?), and I made quite a few little projects:

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Eventually, I ordered two patterns from Sublime Stitching- "Vital Organs" and "I Luv Veggies". Here is my first one. It is going to be a house-warming gift for my sister, who is moving into her new apartment in July.

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And here are some other projects I have done. There will be more posted as I make them, I just wanted to get caught up on the stuff I've not posted to this blog. There will be many, many more to come, as I've got about 4 I'm currently work on. I've also ordered 5 patterns from the Wildolive Etsy store (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7503), and plan to order some from the PimpStitch bloggers. I've done some really tiny ones as well, but I haven't been able to get a good photo of them yet. Maybe later...

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Re-Ment

So, this is one of my new obsessions- Re-ment Miniatures. There are ALL SORTS of them- food, clothes, shoes, dishes, etc. Basically, you buy the box "blind"- you get a little box of this stuff, and you don't know what you're going to get. I have been looking at these a long time, and have just recently decided to start getting some. I'll get one plus one embroidery pattern each on my paydays! The first set I got is a little set of Japanese dishes. I am going to devote a couple of shelves, somewhere, to these guys.

Re-Ment set- Japanese Antique Dishes

I can't wait to get more!

Blogo Posto Numero Uno

Hi, everyone. Thanks for having a look at my new blog. This is the third one I've done. The other two were cooking blogs. I love cooking, but the thing is, I do tend to make the same things over and over, only making something new every couple of weeks or so. This blog will be about crafting and making things, decorating, random stuff, tshirt surgery, recycled crafts, and I'm sure I'll post a few recipes as well. Like this one for a Grand Mariner Margarita:

1 shot Grand Marnier
1 shot tequila
1.5 shot margarita mix
Serve stirred, not shaken. Take that, James Bond.
It's also important that the liquor is chilled.

Anyhow, back to the blog. I will post pictures of stuff I like, stuff I want to make, stuff that I am working on, stuff that I have finished, stuff that inspires me, food, and probably a picture here and there of my cat being adorable. Also, if you don't know me in real life, it's only fair to warn you that my mind works in very random ways, so I may go off on a random tangent (must like the margarita one above), or ramble.

So anyhow, I hope this blog is enjoyable and I hope it inspires or at least motivates people to be creative, make their own stuff, recycle things into crafts, and be creative.