It really does seem like a recipe for disaster: 2 university students, in love, poor, 1300 kilometres, one time zone and two provinces apart, and completely committed to staying in the relationship.
I want to do little things for him. I'm going to take thousands of stupid pictures of everything and send them to him in the daily email, make him cards, write him letters etc.
But, I'm wondering if any of you who have been in LDRs (so called on those annoying relationship websites) have anything creative, unexpected, touching, and/or cheap to contribute. I'd love to always have something on the go for him, but then I think about the cost of my textbooks for first semester and I want to throw up.
I bake, knit, sew, crochet, and do really bad collage art. I am willing to learn anything, however, as long as it'll end in something neat to send my guy. Any tips would be forever appreciated.
I figured the easy version of the pillowcase to skirt thing would look a bit shapeless on me (no hips!) so I switched it up a little. No, a LOT. It took like 5 hours, but that's mostly because apparently I don't know how to operate a sewing machine.
Side view! With buttons pirated from a shirt of my dad's that I'm hoping he doesn't wear anymore. I am simply too lazy to learn how to sew a zipper in.
Hooray for skirts! Of course, the second I finished it, the sky clouded over and we got a thunderstorm, so I haven't worn it yet
I wasn't quite sure where to put this - it didn't really fit under 'stencilling' or 'iron on inkjet transfers'.
Sooo ... It all started when I picked up some Sulky transfer pens. I wanted to try them, so I went to all these stores looking for a cheap t shirt that had 35% polyester. Eventually I discovered an old tee from Michaels that was 50/50 so I decided to have my fun. I printed out the Shins stencil, colored it in, and ironed it on, only to discover that I had forgotten to put a layer of fabric in between the t shirt. So I kinda ruined that shirt, but I had another one, so I tried again. This time it didn't transfer darkly enough. I had just re-colored the same transfer cause it says on the package that it's possible, but it totally didn't work. So I used a Sharpie. Hooray for Sharpies! I even remembered to put cardboard in between.
Then I remembered this spray bottle of fabric paint I'd bought a year ago and never used. I figured it deserved better than sitting unopened in my drawer, so I made the background.
Whew! All that work was worth it for the Shins, though. Long live the Shins.
Spring is FINALLY here, after a few false starts and a crapload of snow. Of course I had to celebrate:
My friend and I found this store that accepts old fabric ends from people and sells them for $2 a metre, with the proceeds going to charity. They had lots of awesome vintage prints. Interestingly enough, right after I bought this we went to Old Navy and found some clutch purses that were made of almost exactly the same print. It was weird. I guess I'm 15 minutes ahead of the trends.
Oh, and I should mention, I made it using this tutorial. But a word of warning! When I cut out the circle, it looked smaller than my hips but turned out to be like a poncho. It was at least eight inches too wide so I had to use pleats. Be really careful when you're measuring and stuff.
Ever since I saw an awesome postcard with an astronaut doing laundry on it (random but somehow one of the coolest things I've seen!) I have wanted to make a shirt with an astronaut and/or scuba diver stencil on it. I've Googled and Googled with no luck. Anyone know of anything that would help?
I wanted to make my friend Laura a purse for her 18th birthday. Despite never having made a purse and not knowing any purse-making technique at all, it turned out OK:
Here's a close up of the applique:
I decided to line it at the last minute, and I came up with a (so I thought) genius method of sewing the straps, lining, and zipper all at once. Here's a closeup of the lining, with my hand cleverly hiding the part that is now coming unstitched:
Hooray for no technique! Ah well, I'll fix it tonight.
I needed some earrings to go with a skirt i'm wearing to my school's Big Band Ball. i'm gonna be onstage performing for most of the night, so i wanted something sparkly and noticeable. i was inspired by some earrings at le chateau that were definitely not worth $15. So i made these!
Here it is dangling sideways in my tree. sorry about that. Ignore the bit of tigertail sticking out at the bottom ...
well after lurking around and posting replies to you other crafty kids, i figured it was time to get up offa my bum and take some photos of completed projects! i was never one for math, but i think this belt cost me about 12 cents (cdn). I was searching for grad dress fabric one day - didn't find that, but I did buy this lace on sale at 5 metres for 99 cents. the button was at the bottom of my mom's sewing box. snip, snip, sew, et voila!
it happened to go really well with this shirt i bought recently. hooray!!
i've made lots of things, but i'm a bit overwhelmed by the whole picture posting thing - i think i'll go to sleep and post them soon. nighty night!