I thought it suited my needs so I got to crafting. Hats are completely out of my comfort zone, but because the tutorial was so detailed, I had no issues at all.
Along the way I made some changes...I wanted a somewhat ruffled front to the brim, so I made it slightly bigger. I used a purple fabric and covered it with tulle, but I didn't quilt it. Instead, I used iron on interfacing for the sides and brim and a stiff sewable interfacing for the top. I like the thinner interfacing on the brim, it allows me to form it however I'd like.
I definitely suggest drawing your pattern out on paper first (like the tutorial suggested)..it saved me on a few measurements!!
I chose not to duplicate the Mad Hatter's hat, but use the style as my base.
At first, I added ball chain...I'm on the fence as to whether I should keep it or not:
And then I thought *silly*..so I put a doll I received in a creepy doll swap into the band:
Not sure...I'm thinking of going back to the ball chain. Sorry for the quality of pictures, I only had my phone. ..but thanks for looking!
So I received an amazing package from Sarahj2001! I can't believe she crafted everything so quickly and sent it out so early!! Thank you thank you, everything is awesome.
First, the purse, filled with all the goodies!!
And I opened it to find awesome stuff:
Stickers, a pencil case, pens, highlighters, a tide stick, a dog water bowl, 2 dog toys and a yummy card.
I also want to highlight the pencil case. It's one of my favorites someone here has done on Craftster, it's awesome, I LOVE it!!!!! I can't wait to bring it to my meeting today (it's at Channel 5 here in Boston...maybe I'll be able to get a shot of it on tv today!!...but probably not... lol).
Here's the purse with the top opened...really...she's a stellar crocheter....holy cow!!!! LOVE this, it's a little warm right now, but I can't wait to use it this fall!
And of course...my bullys playing with one of the toys she got them!!
I'm fairly certain this belongs here....if not, please let me know so I can move it.
The other day my brother brought my bike in off the porch and gave it a complete tune up in an effort to encourage me to ride my bike to work. ...he's always so awesome that way. I agree...it would be best to ride my bike to work, but I always have so much stuff. So I went and bought a basket. ...which was wire. It's easily detachable so I can bring it up to the office with me or into the grocery store if I need. (I work above a Trader Joe's...literally....right upstairs.)
I thought the wire would never do. I carry so much stuff, I really needed something that could hold little things as well as my big things. I decided on basket liners. ...and I couldn't just make one. Nope. A girl's gotta have options!! So I made two. One for when I'm feeling all girly and pretty and one for when I'm feeling all 80's and reminiscing for my teenage years.
So here is what I came up with.
First one is the girly one. Alexander Henry Regent Skull pink print with a grey duckcloth. The lining snaps onto the basket. One of the snaps looks a little wonky...and in all honesty, it is a little skewed...I don't know if I'll redo that one.
This second one is my "pining for the 80's" one. Timeless Treasures Music Collection fabric (I received a 1/2 yard in a recent swap and loved the fabric so much I went out and bought 2 more yards...thanks so much Lindsay!!), with a black duckcloth. This lining ties onto the basket. I really don't have a preference as far as the "installation" of the lining onto the basket goes. Both offer a unique look.
...and that's my tale of my bicycyle basket liners. ...not overly impressive...I know. But I'm proud of them!
So I got home today and found an amazingly happy package on my porch!!
I opened it up, pulled off the top layer of tissue and found a ton of amazingly wrapped gifts!! I tell you, it felt like Christmas!!
So I pulled everything out one by one and unwrapped, and unwrapped and unwrapped...it just kept going!! imafundork absolutely spoiled me rotten!! And I have to say...I really appreciate it...it's been not such a great week. We had to put my 2 year old bulldog down last Saturday...the air has been heavy here, and this package really boosted my spirits!! I thank you imafundork. She absolutely stalked me to the *nth* degree. I can't stress this enough...she stalked like nobody's business!!! Without further ado...I give you.....the package:
There were toys for Delilah (our 10 week old bulldog) and our two cats! Here's Delilah enjoying one of the toys!
And there were notions....oh man...TONS of notions!! A jar of awesome awesome buttons. Zippers, threads (tons of thread and a complete package from iKea), some pearl snaps (it's like you read my mind...I have just two snaps left and use them all the time!!), awesome wood purse handles and some appliques!
There is....omg....there is this AWESOME platypus pin cushion. OMG, did I mention how amazingly awesome this is???
There was a hat....a HAT! At first I was thinking "there is no way she made this"...but lo and behold, she did...imafundork is an awesome hat sewer! Seriously!!
And some arm warmers that matched a set I had on my wist! It's still chilly here, so these are perfect!
There is this awesome book I'm going to dive in to tonight!! Free-Style Handmade Bags & Skirts! I've never seen it before and can't wait to try some of these out. And the fabric...man oh man...like I said, she stalked me well.
Fabric...animal prints (which I adore) and cassette prints...I'm actually wondering where you got the cassette print fabric...I want to make something for me and something for my bff...but I'll need more of it. I love it...I can't get enough of this fabric!!
So, thank you thank you!! This has been an awesome swap!
Ha ha! I can't wait to hear imafundork's new nickname!!! I just finished my sewn items today! So I only have one thing I'm waiting for that's coming from over seas...I'm hoping it gets here this week so I can ship the package! I had such a good time putting this stuff together and I learned some new techniques and got to try my hand at some new things. One thing I think I'm going to be making one for me!
Someone asked for a puppy picture...this is Delilah...she's 8 weeks old and we picked her up yesterday after I think 5 weeks of waiting. Her brother Sampson loves her to bits and pieces. I <3 English Bulldogs!!
I *just* got a crafty tattoo!! This is very exciting for me, as I designed it and then gave my concept sketches to Justin Buduo at the Piercing Emporium in Worcester, MA. He did an AMAZING job with my original concept and added details I just didn't think of. I <3 to Sew (and just joined the swap of the same name for the second time!!) and the avocados...they're a little bit of an inside joke with my BFF. I'm also vegan, so the fruit just made sense.
I'm in love with it!! It's on my thigh just above my knee, I have tattoos everywhere, hands, knuckles, back, stomach, full sleeves, but have been holding off on tattooing my legs (I have grandiose ideas for my shins and knees), so my upper leg made sense since I didn't have anything planned for that real estate. Also, I don't wear shorts and won't wear short skirts, so it's a personal tattoo, one that only I'll know is there. I also plan on adding a banner at some point, but am not ready yet because I don't know what I want it to say. I have ideas, but until I sit on them another year, I'm not comfortable permanently putting any of them on my body!
So, usually I stay pretty quiet on the boards...every once in a while, posting a comment here and there. But I like the way this bag came out. Usually I make tote bags, some plain, some with bulldogs on them. I'm slightly obsessed with bulldogs, I love them, they're an amazing breed with wonderful temperaments and personalities, and I love putting their images on the bags I make. Recently, some friends were asking if I make any bags with flaps, messenger style-like. I've only made one before, for a swap, and it had a gusset and while it was durable and amazing in every way, I wanted something a little more simple...so I came up with this. Of course, the flap had to have a bulldog on it. Bulldog was done using a freezer paper stencil. Bag was done with a black canvas, a printed novelty cotton and stiff interfacing. Adjustable 1" strap (took me the longest because TWICE, I put it on incorrectly). Cell phone and pen pocket on outside of bag (once you open the flap) and a zipper pocket inside. The flap closes to the bag using a 1" non-slip buckle. Bag itself is about 12" x 15"
Next time, I'd use black thread to hide the stitching on the straps and I'd make the pen/phone pocket not so deep...I just happened to have that piece lying around and I didn't want to waste anything.
Here are the pics:
As you open the flap:
Close up of the closed bag:
*An aside, I do have an english bulldog, Sampson, he's pretty awesome, but about a month ago, he was diagnosed with lymphocytic lukemia...he's only two, and the vet said the prognosis was not good at all...but he's been a real trooper...playing, and being as "normal" as ever (aside from his skinny frame) and being the best bulldog a mama could ever ask for. I've been making bulldog themed things pretty much non-stop...I guess to help me cope with the news.
You're entirely welcome!!! I too have received...an awesome, amazing, stupendous, crazy amazing package!!!! Thank you so much, I'm still smiling here...I can't believe the amount of work you put into this.
Ok, so one of my favorite songs is Hey Bulldog by the Beatles. I especially love the animation that correlates with it in Yellow Submarine. I'm a sucker for all those movies, but the bulldogs, they always made me smile. My partner, ilovemybrachiosaurus, made me a bulldog stuffie. The picture she referenced it from is when they're all stuck together wondering what to do.
Ok, so here is Hey Bulldog:
Back when my boyfriend and I were just friends (looooooong story short, we met in 2004 and didn't start dating until January 2006), he was a truck driver (18 wheelers across the country). He'd call and text and we'd talk and talk all the time. I took to singing "Sweet Home Alabama" to him over that time. He'd text me if he was in Alabama and I'd laugh and joke and wish for a teensy little house with two rocking chairs out front where we'd sit and watch the trucks go by.
Fast forward..but the song still has huge meaning to me, to us. (I swear it's going to be our wedding song.) My partner put it in frame form and I'm definitely going to be putting a picture of my beau and I in there. (I swear it's bliss every day..I love him more and more with each minute that passes and I never thought that would be possible...but I digress...sorry!)
Here's the adorable frame she made for us:
*I'm sorry, my craft room was dark, the living room was too bright....it's crazy in this house right now, so if I can get better pictures I absolutely will. Thanks again ilovemybrachiosaurus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I received TWO cards in the mail today!! Actually, I received three...
Eukarya sent me two cards. She felt bad she was sending late, really I didn't mind, and she outdid herself. The first one here she did for "Catholic Iconography", it's called "Catholic Icon". Her drawing skills are awesome, see for yourself!
The second one she sent was for "random". She did this in watercolor. It's difficult to see, I tried to take a good picture, this one came out the best. It's called "water". I really like her interpretation.
The third card I received was from Kalanit for Skewed Catholic Iconography. She titled the card "Madonna of the glam ROCK"..he he..so awesome. I really like her incorporation of gems with the collage style she used. She mentioned hoping she interpreted skewed catholic inconography correctly...I'd say she did a fabulous job!!!