My goal this past summer was to make my 2 year old son a play kitchen for his birthday. Play kitchens are super fun, but they can trend towards the feminine. I was inspired by all those other play kitchens on the net, and here is my product. I think it turned out great. I actually like playing with it was well
So, i started out with a computer hutch I got from Goodwill. It was just the right size. The narrow depth did present some challenges, but the height was perfect for a two year old to stand at and cook. My husband used a jigsaw to cut the hole out for the sink basin (which is the stage that is pictured). Other than a jigsaw, the only tool I really used was power drill/screw driver.
Here it is half-way finished. You can't tell, but there was actually a hard plastic "glass" in the oven window. He immediately broke it within 30 minutes of getting to play with the kitchen by, of course, standing on it. Boys can cook but it doesn't mean they have to be gentle.
I also went to the Habitat ReStore to get an old sink faucet and draw pulls to serve as oven knobs. The sink basin is part of our rice steamer that we never use. I reused old dish towels for the under sink curtains and an IKEA pillow case for the "window curtains." Here are some close ups of the different details.
Here is the birthday boy when he first saw his kitchen in the morning. (I had been working on it in the garage). You can also see that the "burners" are made from coaster and cds. Which after he broke the oven door, he immediately set out to peel up with his little 2 year old fingers. Apparently silicon glue is strong, but he's stronger.
I will say he is much gentler with his kitchen now. He got a chef hat and apron, as well as, some mommy-made felt food, for his birthday, so he loves to go to the kitchen to make us meals. I have a more detailed account of the process on my blog, with a break down of how much the project cost me. http://mitchys.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/crafty-kitchen/
(MODS: if it's not okay to link to my blog, let me know and I will remove the link).
For Christmas, we gave a family member some money towards an elliptical trainer she's been saving up for. Well, I didn't want to just wrap cash in a box. This family member gave me her sewing machine, so I sewed together a quick envelope large enough to hold bills. I wanted to add something special, so I embroidered an elliptical trainer on the front, to tell her what the money was for.
I thought it turned out cute. My husband thought it was a "robot baby" (his words, not mine) until I asked him to look closer. I was proud that I was able to whip it together in an hour on Christmas Eve...one of those last minute Christmas ideas.
Anyone interested in a swap based on the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? I just finished the trilogy over the holiday break and I am totally obsessed. I've never been a swap organizer, so if there is interest, we would probably need someone to step up and organize. I would love to see what totally crafty creations could be inspired by the books.
Anyone interested in a "week in the life of..." photo swap? I participated in one a few years ago and it was really fun. It's also a pretty cheap swap, I know sometimes with swaps, you can spend a lot of $$ on all those supplies. I love photo swaps and it seems like there haven't been too many recently.
Here's the description taken from previous swaps: Take 36 pictures, average 5 a day, over the period of a week. Whether you use film or digital doesn't matter, as long as you can put your pictures into an album. Meaning, you'll need to have prints if you do digital. Show your life at its finest (at its dullest is fine too... we're not all fascinating people). Make doubles of your pictures (triples if you want to keep a copy, or if you would want to be prepared to compensate for flakers, you kind-hearted generous person you). If you like, you can write some descriptions on the back of the pictures, to explain your reason for taking exactly that picture, or to explain your feelings about the picture. Put the pictures into some cheap 36-page photo albums*, and swap! You'll send the albums out to two different people, and in return you'll get albums from two different people. In this swap, I think it would be amazing if everyone would be willing to send to people from different countries (though if you can't or won't I understand), because it would just be awesome to see different cultures living out their week!
But, of course, people interested in the swap can tweak it how they want, like crafting the photo album or making it mandatory to write captions about the pictures (I think that is one of the most interesting parts). I think in round 2, they only sent to one partner instead of two.
This swap would need an organizer. I've never organized a swap before and I am not quite ready to take that responsibility on. Here are links to the previous swaps:
So, this is my 2nd carved stamp. I got one of those starter Speedball kits at Michael's (yeah for 40% off coupons) to make some stamps for a swap. I really like how the stamp turned out. It was really fun and addictive. Now I want to make custom bookplates to use in our collection of books.
Here is a picture of the tracing image, stamp, and stamped image.
I like how the definition on the arms and hands came out. It wasn't intentional, at first, but since I carved along the first outline, I really liked the effect and just cleaned it up to look how I wanted.
Man, it's been a long time since I have been on the Craftster boards. It's also been a while since I've done anything crafty...but, having a baby will do that. However, the first birthday is a good enough excuse to bust out my crafty skills! We had a dachshund themed birthday party, since we have a 3 year old dachshund that we just adore. I wanted to bake the cupcakes from scratch, but with all the other preparations that I needed to do for the day, I settled on making modifications to box cake recipes, based on the suggestions in Hello, Cupcake by Karen Tack and made homemade frosting.
I traced dachshund shapes in chocolate, using Sublime Stich's Darling Dachshunds as my pattern. Some pieces had sprinkles and others were just chocolate. I think they turned out pretty delicious and pretty darn cute. I also made a dachshund pinata (even though it's not a dessert, I included the picture to give the full idea of the party -- and because I am proud of it).
Nothing related to the defunct Smashing Pumpkins. Just the sadness that many hours spent on a project was useless. I wanted to make a camera bag to hold both my SLR 35 mm and my digital camera. I wanted to felt it so that I could take it on trips with me and have a cool bag that was also my camera bag.
This was over a year ago. I've done most of the body and only need the flap of the messenger style bag. But, it's over. I look at it and I am not excited anymore. It's looks pointless and useless. I think, "I can use that yarn for other things." But, I made it this far, I'm having a hard time ripping it all out. Hours of man power...wasted. Plus, I think about rewinding those balls of yarn...boo!
Anyone ever come so close to the end and have to throw in the towel?
Hey, has anyone else seen the Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts magazine? I was browsing through it last night at Barnes and Noble. I saw a few things in there that I liked, but I never know if it's worth spending $8 on a magazine (since I am cheap!). Has anyone purchase it and thought they got their moneys worth? I mean, it's nothing unexpected, except maybe the pears, but they look like good patterns.
So, I was at B&N today, and on my way out, I noticed there was a stand of paperback books, and one was named A Deadly Yarn: A Knitting Mystery by Maggie Sefton. Apparently it's a story about a knitter who solves a murder mystery with the help of her buddies from her LYS. It also includes a pattern and a few recipes. I just thought was too funny. Has anyone ever seen her books? Apparently she wrote a few.
I searched, but I can't find it. Someone had a little two piece outfit they knitted for their daughter. It was pants with an Asian style top (kimono-ish)? THe little girl was totally adorable, toddler age, and perhaps the colors were green and pink. I am just curious because my friend is having another little girl and I thought of knitting something similar. I figured perhaps she mentioned the pattern.
This was before the bookmarks, so I don't have the page saved.