Hello fellow crafters! Been a while since I've posted anything... So without further A-do:
I have wanted to learn embroidery for EVER, so I bought myself the "Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To" and learnt! It's a great book with fantastic patterns, so I highly recommend it! The following is my VERY.FIRST.EMBROIDERY PROJECT.EVER!
The blue TARDIS, for my best friend's husband/my friend/boss:
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And the pink TARDIS for my best friend!
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They are birthday presents, since their birthdays are two weeks apart. Both of whom are BIG Dr. Who fans, and got me addicted as well. Speaking of addictive... Embroidery? SUPER ADDICTIVE! Lots of my friends are receiving embroidery this Christmas... hahaha. These pieces are almost entirely split-stitch, with a little satin stitching. I may have broken some rules, but whatever. I'm a rebel with a needle! ;P Both are smaller, about 3 inches tall, and once I got crackin', only took me a day or so.
A good friend of mine, and follower of the Church of the SubGenius practically BEGGED me once he found out I had a pattern for their icon, J.R. "Bob" Dobbs. He didn't care what, he just wanted something! I wasn't prepared to devote myself to making an entire sweater, so I just made a bag... a huge, oddly oblong bag.
It was the first time I had tried knitting an image and the first time using multiple strands of different colour yarn... and it just might be the last. hahaha. In all seriousness, I'm glad I did it. I proved to myself I COULD, and know I have that knowledge under my belt.
Since it was the first time I was attempting translating and knitting an image, I wasn't even going to try and adjust the size... The original size being intended for a man's sweater. So, it was HUGE, took [what seemed like] forever, and made for a VERY odd shape. In hind-sight [which of course is always crystal clear], I should have just added more stitches to the sides and just embraced a MASSIVE, but proportionate bag.
The other thing I will never, EVER do again is use a sewing machine to sew something that took me weeks to knit. I just can't stand the pressure! My machine [Betsy] decided to have a hissy fit THE.SECOND. I started sewing the lining to my knit piece. I froze. I cried. I CONQUERED!
(back, after sewing up side seams)
BUT! I finally finished it! It's not perfect, but all things considered.... *pats self on back*
(I swear the top edging isn't as wonky as it looks)
My wedding anniversary is on Halloween [hehe], so I needed a gift for my husband! I've been trying to keep with the traditional gifts, i.e. first anniversary is paper; 25th is silver; gold for 50; and the third anniversary gift is leather. My husband's wallet is falling to pieces, so I decided to get him a new leather wallet, but I wanted it to be more special so I googled around and found out how to PAINT leather!
Eventually I came up with the idea to paint MY version of his tattoo, which is a Day of the Dead Sugar Skull that he got a few months back in memory of his mother. Since Day of the Dead is also the day after our anniversary, it just worked out perfectly. So I prepped the leather and went to work with my acrylic paints! I tried to transfer the image of my husband's actual tattoo with graphite paper, but it BARELY showed up so it ending up just giving me general ideas of where everything should be, instead of me just being able to paint over every single line. Every website I checked said that there was no real way to "Seal" leather, only to wax on the glossy coating that you strip off with alcohol - If anyone out there knows any tips, please let me know
I know that it will crack and wear - that's what it's supposed to do. I don't mind - it only took me a few hours and it was more for meaning than anything. So anyway, on to the pictures!
Finished Detail Shots:
Finished! Side by Side with the Original Tattoo:
I gave it to him on his birthday, which was the 28th, instead of waiting for our anniversary. Mainly because his gift to me on our anniversary is a CRUISE so we didn't want to do an awkward one-present gift exchange haha. He seemed to really love it, even said that this is how he wanted his tattoo to look [he wasn't happy with the tattoo artists lack of colour shading]... I can tell he's afraid to actually use it, too lol
So, I'm making a dress from a vintage 50's reproduction pattern for our anniversary cruise - it's going to be slightly nautical in navy with white accents and a red and white striped lining through the whole thing. I have the perfect shoes, and even got some vintage white gloves! Only one problem - I needed a purse!
I ransacked my closet and the closest thing I found is this one:
But, of course, it doesn't match at all!
So, I used some of my scrap fabric left over from the dress and made it into this:
I'm trying to find some anchor buttons or something to add a little flair to the dress, so if I find some, I might put one on the purse too.
When I'm finished with everything and I'm home from the cruise, I'll be sure to post some pictures of the whole outfit!
Wait, wait! Before you commence throwing tea bags at me, let me explain!
As a British-American who collects tea sets, I am a lover of Royal Daulton of course!
So, when I was shopping in Property Control [it's where Disney sells off all it's old crap from like the hotels and restaraunts to cast members] I happened upon a plain white Royal Daulton tea cup! It was only 75 cents, so I grabbed it! Then I set about finding a matching saucer - I grabbed one that was plain white, fit the saucer, and was 50 cents hehe.
Well, I wanted to do something like the flowers I was currently painting all over the place, so this happened:
it's for my Auntie Caz, who is absolutely mad on bees!
Unfortunately, all the money I saved on buying the fine bone china will be spent on mailing it off to England from craptastic Florida lol
I could resist joining the fun! I made a ring and earrings set with pink buttons for one of my friends birthday [and was stupid enough not to take photos] and I gotta say... I'm hooked! I LOVE BUTTONS, w00t! LOL
[I love wire-wrapped rings, too. I'm pumping them out like nobody's business! haha. My mom requested one for Mother's Day even]
.... so... when's the BAA meeting? [Button Addict Anonymous]
[I uber love that particular button]
I've already sorted out some more for a pink and yellow combo! I NEED HELP! haha
Oh my gosh, I am soooo in love with these Bamboo Tiles! There are just a million different things to do with them!
My latest addiction?
TWILIGHT QUOTE NECKLACES! w00t! [written in each character's hand-writing]
This one's Jacob Black's, and it just cracks me up!
I could show you a million more, haha, but I'll spare you I've done Bella, Jacob, Edward, and Jasper quotes, too. The others are in quotes with their initials in red at the bottom, like this:
The one I wear almost everyday is the same style, also Jasper's quote: "...you are worth it." awww, tear! It makes me feel good Hopefully Jackson Rathbone doesn't notice and become alarmed at my nerd-dom when I meet him on Saturday at the Twilight convention! yay!
Next idea - JANE AUSTEN QUOTES!!!! Yay!!!!
And, this is what I made for my bff who's a Dr. Who fan, hardcore lol
I've just recently discovered the wonderful world of wire rings! Unfortunately, Michael's was out of 20 gauge silver coated copper, so I got this beautiful purple colour to play with... My first attempt was... ok, but I wasn't terribly satisfied so I tried again and I think I did pretty well. Fits me perfect, too [I used a glue stick haha]. Anyway, on to pictures!
Here's the latest batch of Twilight-inspired goodies from yours truly!
"Blood Drop" Earrings
"Edward Cullen" Earrings
[Get it? Topaz jewels and the crystal heart? hehe]
"Twilight Sky" Bracelet [I still haven't decided whether or not I like this.... thoughts?]
Personally, I prefer "inspired" pieces instead of INYO'FACE-IMATWILIGHTFANATIC pieces because it feels like my little secret when I wear it and that makes me smile. Plus, some people might not take a 24 year old woman seriously wearing a Twilight Book Cover necklace around her neck.... not that I care, but you know
I can't wait to go to the Twilight Convention here in Orlando in a couple weeks! I'm getting a Photo Op with Jackson Rathbone! WOO!!!! lol [Inside I'm crying because I'm so nervous haha]... I usually get a lot of compliments on my jewelry and Twilight fan events, too ;P
We bought this beautiful dresser at Ikea in the "AS IS" section... A small ding in the wood at the bag shaves off $100? You've got yourself a deal, mate!
Anyway, I love it, but there is one problem... the mirror. I HATE mirrors. So I covered it up everynight... but then when we were moving I saw my poster print of a photograph I took... it seemed to be the perfect size to be framed inside the mirror of the dresser.... so after we moved and un-packed, we unscrewed the mirror, cut the poster to fit, and just put it in the frame on top of the mirror. There you have it!
Personally, I love it. The beautiful shape of the dresser is still on display, plus I don't have to freak out about the mirror - instead, I get to be proud of my photography! haha.