I'm also working on a third scarf. It's super skinny because I'm using up the end of some thinner black wool yarn and some eyelash yarn. Every time I've tried to knit a scarf with just eyelash yarn, I haven't been happy with the results, so I figured that doubling it up couldn't be any worse, lol! This is just a simple garter stitch that uses two colors at once. Gotta start working on that again. Can't wait to get it done!
A little owl, some basic whales, floating Ron Paul, and "Anarchy is for Lovers"
They're all pretty basic block prints. I've been wanting to do some prints for awhile and just finally got around to it in the past few weeks. I used water soluble ink from Dick Blick & both block printing paper and watercolor paper.
I'm thinking about carving some more animals and possibly another head, but I'm not sure exactly what I want to do next.
My boyfriend and I are both atheists, but I was raised by Christian parents and he was raised Jewish. To make a long story short, we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Cause seriously, who doesn't love sparkly Christmas trees and fried potato goodness?
For his stocking, I quickly whipped together a few gelt bags and some ornaments. I hate that my tree - which I've had since way before we started dating - only has my ornaments on it.
I tweaked the basic Martha Stewart gelt bag directions located here.
These are the ornaments for my boyfriend, a Star of David and a dreidel.
Bonus, the only other ornament I remembered to photograph for my relatives, a hot rod for a cousin who does hot rod customization.
I used some graphics I found online for the templates and did the tissue paper pattern trick from the Conan O'Brien ornament I posted a few weeks ago. Thanks for looking!
As part of my Christmas gifts for my relatives, I decided to put together some hot cocoa mix in mason jars. But as I'm sure you all know, plain mason jars are a little boring and what kind of Craftstererererer would I be if I threw it plain jars?
I used Slom mason jars from Ikea (they are such a cheap buy; the little guys are $3/ea) and created the stencils from contact paper and masking tape. Now they are waiting patiently to be filled by me (one of the many, many things on tonight and tomorrow's to-do lists).
For the text, I printed out "hot cocoa" in Cheri font at around 80 pt, then taped the print out down onto a piece of contact paper and cut through the computer & contact papers with an Xacto knife. I also added two 1-inch dots on either side (punched with a craft punch) and blocked off a strip on the top, bottom and a two inch or so panel on the back of each jar. I wanted to etching to look more like a label.
This photo is to give you an idea of just how thick I spread on my glass etching cream. (I've read some posters ask for tips on making their pieces come out less streaky.)
I apologize because the text is a little difficult to read. They look good though, and once I got them completed, it was totally one crisis averted. Thanks in advance for looking!
Edit: Also, I just want to note two things about Armour Etch (because, despite my superior Google-Fu, I had major issues finding this info myself):
1- Yes, you can reuse Armour Etch. For the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th jars, I was able to scrape off as much of it as possible and smear it onto them. They all etched at the same quality as the first one (pictured). 2- In case you're reading this and having a glass etching emergency: AC Moore carries Armour Etch in store. I'm in the Philly area and found it at the Broomall store. Now, it's a crapshoot as to whether or not the employees will know for certain if they have it. (To be clear, I'm not slamming the employees at all, I think that it's not a commonly purchased item and it was definitely located in a hard to find place.) I found it towards the back section of floral, around the glass vases, at the end of the aisle (almost near the end cap), nestled away on the bottom half of the rack. Even after having it pointed out to me where they would have it, I would have walked right past it had I not caught the logo out of the corner of my eye. Also, it's pricey as hell. 10 oz. bottles there go for $25!!! My boyfriend was floored by how much it cost! (Luckily, I've gotten into the habit of saving craft store coupons, or else there is no way he would have picked it up for me.) If I wasn't on a super tight deadline, I'd have just ordered it online, but I didn't really have the option this time.
My younger cousin's wife is a huge Conan O'Brien fangirl. I'm doing Christmas as cheap as possible. I had more felt and embroidery floss than I could shake a stick at. This was the end result.
Though I had never made a felt Christmas ornament before, I did an embroidered felt stuffed animal a million moons ago in home ec class. I refreshed my memory in terms of non-cross-stitch embroidery, looked at some other embroidered ornaments and thought "what's the worst that can happen?" Answer: tears, bloodied fingerpads, tons of ruined felt, and disappointment that only inserting a straw into a handle of Wild Turkey could fix. Obviously, I tried not to focus on those parts. Ha!
My basic process was the following:
1- Make/find a template or pattern. 2- Cut everything out. 3- Sew and stuff it.
I guess this is sort of a tute, complete with lots of photos and my way too wordy descriptions. lol! Hopefully this won't verge too heavily into tl;dr territory.
I lucked out and found an online coloring book page here. My plan of attack was to treat each color block the same way I would treat a standard pattern. I printed out a half dozen copies or so of the image and then proceeded to take my trusty Xacto knife to each section. I started with Conan's iconic hair.
This is when I realized that if I wanted to be able to attach everything, I'd need to cut his face a bit larger than they were drawn, so I took a new copy of the image and cut it out maybe 1/4 larger than it was drawn. I also realized that instead of sewing together each portion of his suit together (like I was quilting), it would be better to cut the suit portion as one large panel and then attach the blue pieces (for the shirt) and the red (for the tie) to the black.
(Hopefully, the above photos make my description a bit more clear.)
When I sewed this, I attached the hair to the head and put it aside. Then, I attached the dress shirt to the blazer and the tie to the dress shirt/blazer piece. THEN I attached the suit to the head. And yeah, I wound up attaching his head a little cocked.
Now, it's time for embroidering on the details. First, I traced his facial features/lapels/jawline onto a piece of tissue paper, pinned it onto the felt and sewed through the pattern. This was a little tricky for me, and I wound up having to rip out the embroidery for his right eye because I managed to make one eye smaller than the other. Whoops.
Using the front piece, I cut out a backing of black felt and secured them together using a blanket stitch. In typical Drunkenatheist style, I totally forget to put in the hanging loop until after I got the top sewn. DUH. Luckily, I had a ribbon thin enough to thread an embroidery needle and was able to pop in both ends between the seam; I secured it on the inside with a dot of fabric applique glue. Much like with pillow making, I stitched the ornament about 2/3 - 3/4 of the way and stuffed it with a tiny puffball of batting before sewing it up all the way.
I hope she likes this and that she recognizes the ornament as Conan right away; I think I'll feel like such a jackass if she does a "ohhh, that's, um, nice..." followed by a stage whispered "WHO IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE?!?!?" haha!
This project is number 84: Rock the Tote, featured on pages 210-212 of Generation T. I did the whole thing on my sewing machine. Frankly, I hate hand stitching anything (with the exception of embroidery), so I wasn't about to sew this bad boy by hand.
It's a pretty straightforward bag. Cut off the bottom 5" of two t-shirts, then use the remaining t-shirts to cut out four large rectangular panels to make the body of the bag (2 panels out of each shirt). Make one cut along the seam of tubes to make two large strips, fold each strip in on itself to make two long straps for your bag. Then sew. Do a crapload of sewing and curse your machine for jamming or curse yourself for not being able to draw a straight line with a ruler. Or both! For the true drunkenatheist sewing experience, be sure to break a needle because you forgot to remove a straight pin and try to figure it out after 1.5 Wild Turkey and cokes. Fun, fun!
Even despite the epic crafting adventure, I'm pretty proud of how this came out. I salvaged the grey t-shirt from a t-shirt recon that was quickly turning into a stitch & botch and I kind of needed to get my crafting groove back at the moment. For now, my sewing self-confidence has been saved! Huzzah!
I basically used this tutorial, but instead of new material, I sliced up two t-shirts of my boyfriend's that was deceptively huge. (IIRC, they were both larges. The bottom hem ran roughly 26" from seam to seam.) It's pretty simple; you just slice up the shirt (or material) into strips, run a basting stitch through the center-ish of each, then attach each of the black strips to one another. Repeat for the grey strips. Make long ruffle, shoot in a row of stitches to secure the ruffle, then attach the grey to the black. The link explains everything in better detail than I did, lol.
As you can see from the above photo, it is a shorter scarf. Had I followed the directions perfectly instead of winging it, lol, it would have added about 32" or so onto the finished scarf.
This is part of my boyfriend's 6 month belated birthday gift. Whoops.
The glasses were cheap rocks glasses from Ikea. (IIRC, they were a set of plain Godis glasses, located here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80092109) I used Armour Etch and found a silhouette of a monkey eating a banana somewhere online. I printed out the little guy, laid the printout over contact paper and traced him with a ballpoint pen. Then I cut out the monkey with an Xacto knife, stuck him on the bottom and used the glass etching cream...you know, just a really simple embellishment on the bottom of a rocks glass. Now he can finish his drink and get misty eyed because I decorated some rocks glasses for him.
The tube pillow tute came from Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt (project #87; "Cute Roll-up") and the others were just simple throw pillows (cut the shirt into two square/rectangular panels, sew them wrong sides together leaving a 6" or so hole, turn them right-side out, stuff em and sew the openings). I think I'm going to be going through a throw pillow phase...good thing my boyfriend can't stop curling up with the smiley face one. lol!