to change your image viewing settings please click here to change your image viewing settings please click here Do these need mature image filters? I mean, they ARE bums, but they're also just cookies! Sexy cookies. I don't know, so I put the filter on anyway just in case. I made these for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day, but they would be fun any day for anyone who likes cookies and also appreciates a nice bum (which, let's face it, is pretty much everyone). Plus, they're a BLAST to make. I wanted to put dainty lace and hearts on everything! To make the butt (or chest) shape you just cut off the pointy bottom part of a heart shaped cookie before you bake it and BAM! instant booty! Also, don't try to go to the craft store the day before Valentine's Day to buy a heart shaped cookie cutter. They will be completely sold out. I had to buy a gumpaste calla lily making kit just to get the heart shaped cutter in the box. The things I do because I love my boyfriend. And butts.
Instead of making cheesy Valentine coupons I made cheesy scratch tickets! They're much more fun. All I did was make a template, print out the tickets, cover them in a single layer of clear packaging tape (REALLY important otherwise it won't scratch off properly), and painted over the words in a mixture of 1 part dish soap and 2 parts acrylic until it was opaque. My photoshop skills are limited, but I included the template I made in case anyone needs a last minute gift. Just add whatever you want to give them (back scratch, dinner, ect) and print them out. Keep in mind that the paint will probably need multiple layers, so give yourself an hour to paint it all and let it completely dry!
I recently signed up for a hoopla Craftster swap (don't worry, this isn't a spoiler for anyone) and while I was trying to come up with ideas I googled vintage felt embroidery and found this post:http://twinfibers.blogspot.com/2009/11/vintage-felt-embroidery.html and immediately fell in love. I also found a great tutorial on making a dahlia type flower here http://news.holidash.com//2010/04/23/mothers-day-corsage/, and that was all I needed to create this! Everything is sewn on by hand (no glue anywhere!) and the yellow flowers were made with the same petal shape as the dahlia flower, just slightly rounded and sewn on differently, and the small purple and blue flowers were made with circles. It was a lot easier and quicker than I thought it would be, a little under 4 hours. At first I was disappointed with the black background but it has started to grow on me. I thought about picking up a pretty cream color felt at the store before I came up with this but said to myself "I'm never going to use this" so I left it behind. Just goes to show that you should always take every opportunity to hoard crafting supplies because you WILL need it SOMEDAY!
Ever since a bookbinding tutorial came across my Pinterest feed (http://pinterest.com/pin/69454019224555570/) I have been obsessed with it. I watched a few YouTube videos and read a couple blogs on it until it got to the point where I felt like I just NEEDED to try it. Last night I went to a craft store to pick up the paper I needed, a bone folder, and some endpaper, and that was really all I needed. I improvised the rest of the supplies based on what I had at home. All together I think this cost me around $6 or 7 in supplies, not too shabby! Instead of PVA glue I used a combination of glue stick, Mod Podge, and E-6000. I used heavy books instead of clips or clamps to keep things together, waxed embroidery thread with a candle(it felt pretty silly but I had no snags so guess it worked. And it smelled nice!), used a sharp polymer clay tool to poke holes in the signatures, and made the cover out of the back board of the sketchpad I used for the paper. It might seem like there are a lot of specialty tools you need for bookbinding, but as you can see it's all easily improvised! It might not be the proper way, but it was a really fun project and I'm pretty happy with the results.
I was planning on making hair clips (like a bobby pin type deal) with some fabric buttons I had made, but when I got to the craft store I couldn't find what I was looking for! so I bought some earring posts and made these instead.
I made a pair of orange peppermint ones for me. This awkward picture was meant to display the size. It's hard taking a picture of your ear!! They are 5/8" in diameter, so they're not too big. I personally don't like huge earrings, but I might try out 7/8" buttons for some of my larger print fabric.
I made these for my stepmom for Christmas using this tutorial http://flossieteacakes.blogspot.com/2009/05/lined-zippered-pouch-make-up-bag.html I've never sewn with zippers before because they've always scared me, but it was really easy (or else I would have stopped with one pouch!) I really like the covered zipper ends. It makes it look fancy, and I think it actually makes sewing the zipper in a little easier. The fabric is Normal Rockwell Flirty Fifties from Quilting Treasures that I ordered online. My stepmom is all into martinis and I like vintage/retro stuff, so this fabric was perfect. I also ordered myself some Kokka fabric while I was at it, and I can't wait to use it. nom nom nom. Merry Christmas, indeed!
The thing on top is a mini-wallet I made. They're real simple to put together, and I'm sure you could figure it out on your own if you sat down for a second, but eventually I'll make a tutorial for my blog about it.
I was partnered with applesandpumpkins for the yarnies vs. sewists round 2 swap. I loved the package she sent for me so much that I asked if she wanted to do a personal swap along the same lines. We ended up doing a huge swap, and she sent me tons of awesome stuff. slippers..
I love love love the colors.
adipose from Doctor Who...
the chubby little fingers and toes just kill me
a giant Kirby!!
It's so awesome! it's huuuge, too. Both of the amigurumis are from patterns that she made up. I can't even crochet a granny square, so I'm extra impressed.
I also got a crocheted cupcake pincushion which has already been put to good use. I'll have to update again with a picture of it because it's really cute.
I hope I didn't make you guys TOO jealous.. I was really lucky to have such an amazing swap partner! The pictures don't even properly portray the extent of the quality of her work, everything is perfect!
I'm back in Houston and I just wanted to post a picture of the pillow applesandpumpkins sent me. The first picture I posted was the group shot that my dad took for me because I was up in Austin when the package arrived. In the back there's something folded up, and I wasn't exactly sure what it was (my dad emailed me pictures with no descriptions). It's a pillow! I stuffed it with some poly fil and pinned the side closed, but when I get back to Austin I'll sew a proper pillow form for it.