This is my son's Halloween costume this year, I made the whole thing for him, including the sword and shield. The boots, belt and hair are felt, tunic and hat are cotton, undershirt and pants are knit and the sword and shield are craft foam.
I hadn't worked with Knit in a while so the undershirt and pants were an interesting project (don't forget to use the stretch stitch on neck openings!), but the rest was pretty simple. The boot coverings had a strap underneath to help hold them down through the evening and they worked like a charm.
He had such a great time, telling everyone he was going to "Defeat Gandalf" haha.
So I recently hit the 1 year mark with my boyfriend so I wanted to make him something that he could use and we could keep around and always remember it was from our first year together. His favorite liquor is Jameson, and I had an empty bottle sitting on my countertop for months and I kept thinking it would be cool if I could do something Jameson-related for him. Then, about a week ago it hit me - that bottle would make an awesome lamp!
So, I ordered a Diamond Drill Bit from Amazon to drill a hole in the glass, purchased a bottle-to-lamp kit from Home Depot and went in search of a lampshade to match the bottle.
Unfortunately, I didn't find the lampshade, and the bottle-to-lamp kit didn't have a rubber stopper that would fit the mouth of the Jameson bottle so I had to be a little creative to get the look I wanted. I ended up painting a white lampshade black with a little thinned out acrylic paint, I would basically paint a coat over a 1-2 inch section, then use a dry paper towel to rub away excess paint. This kept it from feeling plastic-y when it was done and allowed the paint to be thick enough to be black,but not so thick as to keep light from coming through the shade completely.
I used the diamond bit to drill a 16mm hole in the bottom of the bottle about an inch from the bottom. It was pretty easy really, and I had seen a neat trick on a youtube video to use plumbers putty to keep the bit dry while you drilled (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaAguZdPMzM) It worked like a charm!
The lamp kit was interesting. I ended up shaving the largest rubber stopper down until it would fit into the bottle, and when I assembled the lamp, I pushed it far enough down into the bottle that the cap would go back onto the bottle. I also chose to thread the wire up through the center of the stopper and threaded piece so that it would exit the drilled hole I made before. The rest of the hookup went right along with the directions on the bottle, except instead of the lamp piece being up against the brass cap that came with the lamp kit, it was up against the lid of the bottle.
I'm really happy with how it turned out!
(Sorry for the long winded explanation)
The finished product! He loved it
The hole that I drilled through the bottle. You can see it splintered a little bit on the inside, but I think if I had been a little slower with the drilling that wouldn't have happened. You can hardly notice it when the lamp is on the nightstand though.
The lamp with the bottle cap still on it. I regret not taking a picture of the rubber stopper, but it's completely hidden by the metal on the bottle.
The Renegade Craft Fest was in Austin this weekend, and after attending I was hit with some mad inspiration. I had long dreamt of taking apart the remnants of my old wallet that had long since busted and redoing it in a better fabric. So, I got my seam ripper and some tracing paper and got to work.
This is the result of about 2 hours of fiddling with measurements, ripping out basting, pinning/repinning and cursing.
This is my new favorite fabric - Echino Glasses. I've made more than a couple of wallets and pouches as well as a key FOB with it so I can have it with me at all times. It makes my heart smile.
This picture shows the inside pockets. Please excuse the ripped in half dollar, it was the only cash I had. I threw in the red zipper for a little pizzaz.
And finally, the accordion detail on the side - this was the trickiest part of the process for me, but once I figured out how it was done I think I managed to execute it well.
Critiques and Criticisms welcome - I'm sure whatever you have to say I've said in my head already and hearing it from someone else will make my brain try harder to fix it for next time!
So, I will admit, I have only seen maybe a handful of Invader Zim episodes, but my boyfriend is a huge fan. So, I decided to make him a GIR. I found an image online of a GIR with a mask, so I decided to try and make that. I think I did OK, and he seemed to like it so that's the most important thing
I'm working on typing up the pattern if anyone would be interested I can put a rush on it.
I have many friends who have given me a reputation for being able to crochet ANYTHING. I only wish that were true! But, they keep showing up with projects for me to do, and I haven't met one I didn't make yet.
My friend Andrew has a big thing for Zombies - so I wasn't surprised when he brought me a picture printed out from somewhere on the internet of this Zombie doll. (I wish I knew where it came from so I could give credit for the design, but it was just a printout from work, if anyone recognizes it let me know and I'll add a link!)
Well, here he is!
And a little closer on the face:
I was thinking of making a few of them, so it's like a group of Zombies coming to get him!
Just kidding, I'm sure there haven't been that many posted....yet!
I was inspired by a couple of starghans I saw here, so I made one to ship out to California for my boyfriend's cousin's first child. They are all alone out there, so I wanted them to know we were thinking of them As you can tell, they are UT Longhorn fans!
Let me know what you think!
I made a braided cord and wrapped it up with a card!
It seems like a lot of people have sugar skull ideas lately! I decided that after this bag I would retire crafting with the Dia de los Muertos skulls - at least until the actual Dia de los Muertos gets here.
Anywho, I made a purse that I posted over in the Sublime Stitching thread a couple of weeks ago, and based on that, a friend commissioned me to make a mutual friend a birthday present.
He showed me this bag:http://tinyurl.com/496nbj, and went with me to pick out the fabrics he wanted it to be made of instead of the brown and pink polka dots (because, face it - none of our friends would EVER like the brown and pink )
Anyway, I did the embroidery, which took a couple of hours,made up a pattern, and got to sewing - about 5 hours later, I had this:
I put in a zippered pocket on the back:
The CUTE lining fabric:
The embroidery - I traced the shape of the skull on the bag and made my own pattern, then turned it into a patch, and appliqued it to the outside of the bag:
Hi everyone - this is my first embroidery, and my first craft post!
I made this bag out of a lightweight canvas and lined it with cotton. It has a magnetic snap, pockets and a key clip on the inside. I embroidered the Sugar Skull and Rose before I sewed 'er up - I think it turned out fairly nice.