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.
Before I started getting into quilts I thought I hated patchwork. I thought it was tacky (but not the good kitschy kind of tacky) and old lady like. And then I realized how much easier it is to just cut out a bunch of squares and sew them together than trying to piece something together and I completely changed my mind about it. I found a fat quarter pack of this great retro looking mushroom fabric and I had to buy it. Unfortunately there was only one fat quarter pack, so this only measures about 36.5"x44.5". The back is a nice soft pink flannel, and I used satin blanket binding, but that turned out pretty terribly (see picture) because I decided instead of following the directions, I was just going to wing it in an effort to make the blanket just a little bit bigger. I don't know how people find the patience to cut out their own binding!
See what I mean? Oh well. Next time I'll do it the right way. All together I'm pretty happy with how this came out. This is only the third quilt I've worked on, and the first one that I've REALLY finished (the first one I totally cheated and didn't even quilt together, just sewed the edges shut, and the second one is all done except for half of the binding)
This is the first one I did
I forget the measurements, but it's pretty small. I'm currently hoarding up fabric to make a full sized quilt for my bed.
I am SO proud of this tote. I was up until 4am sewing and trying to make little patterns for the tote and wallet. I haven't been sewing ~for real~ for that long, no more than two or three months, and I think this tote is the best sewn thing I've done so far. There are no raw edges, everything is neat and tucked in, the stiches are nice and straight, and I took a lot of tim ironing on interfacing to make it nice and sturdy.
The wallet could use a little bit of design work, but it's pretty cute!
I also included one of these "mini wallets"/credit card holder. They're so much fun to sew.
The whole quote is: You guys both got to stop perpetuating this myth that Boba Fett is some kind of bad-ass. All right? He has a jet pack. So did the Rocketeer. Really cool. When it comes time for battle, the man's Michael Bay - all style, no substance.