We're in this long, painstaking process of redoing our upstairs bathroom ourselves. We're still no where NEAR done, and it's been a royal pain to say the very least, but I wanted to share this because it's the BEST best best part of the bathroom...if I do say so myself, baha!
I started reading through a blog called Sawdust and Embryos and saw a tutorial on there for painted backsplashes. I loved them right off the bat! I couldn't get them out of my head. Well, in the process of redoing things, we removed this terrible wainscoting from half of the wall in our bathroom, which looks like this:
It's very hard to actually tell how bad our bathroom was from this photo. We found mold under the floor, walls warping..it's been rough, and we've been doing it on a tight budget so we've had to make some sacrifices here and there. Anyway. We get the wainscoting off and we're left with a blank wall. We painted it white and my husband mentions "It looks unfinished." CLEARLY, he doesn't know me at all, because not 10 minutes after he said it, I was planning for a trip to the store.
I picked up some bottles of acrylic paint that I *hoped* would work together, some thin painters tape, and a sponge brush. And then I got home and started working.
At this point, my husband suggested throwing on a coat of poly over it and leaving it like it is. "IT LOOKS LIKE YOSHI'S BATHROOM!" Man, he almost had me with it, but I had to keep going. And then, 3 painful hours later...
WHEW. Took a lot, my back was on fire for a week (I have a bad back as it is), and I hate painting. But it was SO worth it.
I've been playing with resin a lot lately, and with mixing in other things. I found that if you mix acrylic glow in the dark paint into it, it'll glow and the paint won't wear off. And that makes me happy! So I made glow in the dark earrings and a ring.
Things just sort of went from there...
The sprinkles heart is actually a pin now, and being worn by one of my friends.
Then I wanted to try some wire work.
Originally, it was going to be a necklace pendant, but I wasn't entirely happy with the outcome (the beads were taken from a few wine markers that weren't being used ^.^) so I put it onto a keychain.
Then tonight, while I should've been sleeping, earrings happened. I just can't take a break from crafting!
The beads were made from polymer clay. They were strung onto 20g wire, then the end of the wire was wrapped into a spiral and the feathers were glued into it. I'm still just "eh" on them, but that's what crafting is all about, right?
In the past 24 hours, I've covered 16 faceplates for outlets and light switches. I think I'm Mod Podged out for a good while, but the subtle bits are really helping our (work in progress fixer upper of a) house come somewhat together. Thanks for letting me share!
I bought some Lionbrand Homespun yarn on a whim some months back (er...February) expecting to make a blanket. That didn't happen. It kept unraveling on me and just all out making me OH SO MAD. I grounded the yarn and it stayed in my craft room. And it stayed and stayed and stayed up until recently. I found a pattern online for a newborn cocoon/egg bowl/etc. It has a lot of names, but the pattern maker used the Lionbrand Homespun. I figured I could give it a shot and get it destashed and then complain to the husband that my yarn stash is depleting and I need more (hehehe). Much to my shock and awe, it actually WORKED! I crocheted with it!
And then..I fell inlove with it. Ugh. I had to have more. It was just so soft and so pretty and...I needed more. So I got more. And I cursed at myself over and over because there was just no way it would work out again. I ended up finding another pattern, this time for a stork pouch. And, WTF? It worked AGAIN!
And now? Now I need more yarn. I want to make things that work with this yarn and maybe, eventually, I'll get my soft, cozy blanket. *sigh* One can dream, right?
My ex-husband and his wife are having a baby, and though we're friendly but not really friends, this little kiddo is going to be the baby sister of my two daughters. I wanted to make her a blanket, and typically I would've knit one. But my knitting takes FOREVAAAAAAAR, and I literally JUST learned to crochet, so I wanted to crochet something. The entire blanket is done in double crochet, and I used 4 skeins of I Love This Yarn! Stripes in Stripe Surprize. I LOVE the colors, and I'm hoping they do, too.
It took me about a week to complete, and my tension was a bit off, but I'm working on that. And then after the blanket was done, I wanted to make some potholders for the kitchen. Again, I originally planned to knit them, but then I saw this pattern... http://blogs.thetucker.com/knit/2010/08/15/the-best-crocheted-potholder/ I knew I had to try it. I had to frog the first few tries, because I just didn't get it. But then, magically, it clicked. I used Peaches N Creme 100% cotton, because it was easily accessed, but if anyone has any other cotton yarns that they love, please let me know! I want to make another 100 of these babies (I'm exaggerating, but seriously, I want more). They're seriously the BEST potholders ever. I'll never use another one bought from the store.
So, I only have two pictures, lol, but I wanted to keep my first attempt small and kind of learn from the experience. So I only made two pendants. Both have something inlayed into them, which I learned from, and glitter. *I'm just going to put it out there right now, glitter is the devil. It looks amazing, but I thought my husband was going to come home from work and think I did inappropriate things with a stripper. >.<
The first pendant I made had a skull and crossbones button put into it with some black glitter. I poured the mold about halfway and stuck the skull in, then filled it and topped it with the glitter. And I think I should've let it harden a bit with just the skull before adding the glitter...
I'm kinda bummed about that one.
But then I did a star pendant. I found these awesome glittery stars ontop of my fridge that we got for the kids at some point in time, but then they were brushed away and forgotten about. LAME! So, I poured a thin layer of resin into the mold, then laid the star down (I sticked the star to my hand a few times first so it wouldn't be too sticky to not stay in the mold) and then I just let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then I poured some more resin and then some glitter and whatnot. I'm pretty happy with it.
These are at 24hr cast, so they still have 2 more days to get to the hard cast, but I popped them out to push in the eye pin (I didn't even bother with the skull one) and then filed the excess down a bit. And I think next time I'll definitely be making less resin at a time and pouring it in layers with appropriate time between them.
I made some AMAZING cuppycakes today of the s'mores variety. Thank God for these, too, because whenever I ask for one from my husband (because I'm horrible with open fire scenarios) he tells me to do it myself. Plus, I can't stay outside too long in the summer. Mosquitos love my blood too much. And in Missouri, it gets HOT. Anywho. These are currently in my kitchen. And I'm drooling and sobbing at the same time. The calories, oh the calories.
I made this sucker for my SIL's 18th birthday. She got her Hogwarts letter, along with a replica of Hagrid's cake to Harry. This just seemed to fit.
Some WIP shots.
And there's a story that goes along to make sense of his imperfections...
He was a very loved and used monster. His spine is completely bald. This is because of all the children stroking it to open him up. It probably didn't help that monster pattern baldness ran in his family. Also, his eyes and mouth are no longer perfectly aligned. The ignorant children dropped him down the many steps at Hogwarts and the injuries caught up with him.
My MIL got a huge kick outta the story. She's a very easily amused woman.
It was just a wooden box covered in faux fur, with toy eyes glued on, and a polymer clay mouth.