ERMAGHAD you guys, I received the most awesome tiny bird EVAR! Get your pinning fingers ready for this steampunk awesomeness!
Look at him!!! Isn't he amazing!!! His little body is a lock and his wings are keys w/ wooden leaves attached. Oh how I love keys and locks! His head is a coil of metal and his tail has little dangly metal thingies. It is just so so cool!!!
Thank you so much Craftsunderground!!! I LOVE IT!!!!
Despite my limited sewing abilities, I made my soon-to-be baby daughter a monster bonnet! Why? Why the heck not?!
I got the fabric for super cheap at Hancock's in the clearance area. I have so much of it left, too! I found a tutorial on how to make a reversible baby bonnet online here. It was a fabulous tutorial and I might make some more regular ones using it sometime soon. For this project, though, I pretty much just used it for the base part of the bonnet, and not for the ties. I just used some nice ribbons that sewed onto the outside and then covered with felt, because I'm ghetto and messed up sewing in the ribbons. It has the fake fur on the outside and then just some black cotton for the lining. So, despite being a novice sewer, I accomplished this, which is an amazing feat for someone who cannot follow patterns. Though I had to ask my mom a million questions while I was doing it. ^_^ After the bonnet was put together, I added the horns out of felt. I don't know if I like the horns that much, they turned out a little bigger than I wanted. Oh well, its still cute. ^_^ Our baby is due 9/10, so she will be able to wear this during the winter to keep her little head warm. She'll be such a cute little monster!
Thanks for looking!
Oh, and a bonus picture of my husband modeling it. Looks good, huh! ^_^
My niece's birthday was last month and randomly I thought that I should make her a castle play set! I was walking through Michaels when I saw the unfinished castle and instantly remembered Patty_o_furniture Hogwarts castle set, which was just oh so totally awesome. I knew then I should make my niece something similar, though general castle themed instead. I scooped it up with a 50% off coupon, which made it around $13.
I took it home, sanded it and then applied 3 coats of a weathered oak stain that I had on hand. It took a few days to do all of that, since you have to let it sit for quite a while in between stains. After all that was said and done, I painted some bricks onto the edges and along the windows on the outside with acrylic paint and added some door details. On the inside I added some scrapbooking paper for rugs and crests on the walls, and painted the little pull out drawer like a dungeon, where all the peg people would be stored. Once everything was all dry, I added a coat of polyurethane to it, which I didn't really like at the end. It would have been better if I spray coated the whole thing in a clear coat instead. The polyurethane didn't go on very evenly, but oh well!
In between all that waiting for drying on the castle, I made her a set of peg people to go with.
She's got a queen and a king, some prince and princesses, lords and ladies, stable lads and maids, a knight and a jester. All were done with peg people from Hobby Lobby (a set of adults and a set of kids) painted with acrylic paint and then spray clear coated. She loved it and and her and her friends started to play with immediately, despite the fact that we were at Chuck E Cheeses. ^_^
I made this little shrine for Craftsunderground in the One Tiny Bird Thing swap. She said she liked cardinals, so that is the theme I ran with.
The shrine is from Coffee Break Designs and is ATC sized. Inside I put in bright colored scrapbooking paper and branches from our tree in the back yard. The cardinal I painted with acrylic paint. I'm quite proud on how he turned out, since I don't have a lot of experience with trying to do realistic paintings. The outside I painted black with acrylic paint and then covered in scrapbooking paper and other bits, like stamped scraps of paper, a dictionary page, some glitter glue and paint pen. The eggs on the back are also painted by me. The top has a beer bottle cap covered in a circle of scrapbooking paper and a button and then the word "cardinal" broken up, as well.
My One Tiny Bird Thing swap item was received and I can now share that with you all! Yay! Here it is!
The shrine is from Coffee Break Designs and is ATC sized. Inside I put in a bright colored scrapbooking paper and branches from our tree in the back yard. The cardinal I painted with acrylic paint. I'm quite proud on how he turned out, since I don't have a lot of experience with trying to do realistic paintings. The outside I painted black with acrylic paint and then covered in scrapbooking paper and other bits. The eggs on the back are also painted by me. The top has a beer bottle cap covered in a circle of scrapbooking paper and a button and then the word "cardinal" broken up, as well. That's hard to see in those pictures.
I also zentangled some shoes for my sister's co-worker and made some curly ribbon hair clips for babies (my new niece, my cousin's very soon-to-be baby, and my soon-to-be baby!) though I didn't take pictures of any of that yet. Hopefully tonight. I'm still working on curly ribbon hair clips, though. Its my project for my lunch break today. ^_^
I haven't gotten much done recently, but here's what I have gotten done over the past couple weeks. First off, a castle and peg people I painted for my niece's 4th birthday. I got the castle from Michael's and the peg people from Hobby Lobby.
To start I sanded it, then added 3 coats of a weathered oak stain. Afterwards I added grey acrylic paint to the edges to make stones and added some scrapbooking paper rugs and crests to the walls. I then coated the whole thing in a layer of polyurethane (which I didn't like the end result of, but oh well!).
And here are all the peg people to go with.
I also freezer paper stenciled some onsies for my mom who has a baby shower for a coworker this week.
always, that pincushion is so beautiful! And I'm so in love with that shawl!!
I got more stuff done this weekend! Yay!
A tutu for baby bean!
And some baby headbands for my niece, my cousin's baby, and my baby. I still have a bunch more to make of these. The three less wider headband parts are ones that I bought and then resized to make smaller for a baby and the wider ones are from a spool that I sewed together. I can probably get like 4 baby headbands out of one spool that I bought for $1.50 each. Woot! Each headband is about 12-13" long.
I also started working on Baby Bean's monster bonnet yesterday. Its all sewed together, and today I will had horns to the top and get it all fixed up. I'm already pretty proud of it, just because I'm not a great sewer and following patterns totally baffles my brain. I have had to seam rip quite a few times already. Despite all the mistakes and its imperfection, I love it. ^_^
Man, I suck at getting anything made this year. I feel like a total slacker, even though I'm not. Just a slacker in crafting. My excuse is that we just moved and I'm pregnant. So yeah. ^_^ But, guys, check it out! I made something!!!
My baby's room theme is cute monsters, so I made this stuffie to go in her room: I got the fur super cheap from Hancock's, over a yard for like $5. I have a lot left and I really want to make a monster bonnet for her. ^_^
Pot pies for myself and family members:
And a tutu for my cousins baby, who is due a month before me: I'm gonna make a blue/black/white one for my baby. Then they will be cute and matchy. Here is creepy doll modeling the tutu.
I plan on getting more done this weekend, despite all the unpacking that I need to do, as well.
Challenge/Battle/Alert: Randomizer: Zombies ate my brains! (June) Team/Ninja: Monster Project Geekdom (if any): None Bonus Points: Project Name: Chicken Pot Pies! Brief Description: One of my favorite things to make is chicken pot pies. They are just so good, and I've made them so many times now that they really are a no-brainer. I barely glance at the recipe anymore and its more of a guideline for my pies, anyhow, since I make so many substitutions and changes to it. I put them all together last night and then baked them this morning. 1 for me, 1 for my SIL who had a baby a few weeks ago, and the other 2 for grieving family members (my husband lost his remaining grandfather on Sunday. Its a big Italian family and he really was the heart of them.) Chicken Pot Pies are my go-to comfort food for grieving. I'm a cheater, I use frozen pie crusts and the refrigerated top crusts from the store to make these. It cuts down on time, which I don't have an infinite amount of, and my patience since I have none when it comes to making crusts. Plus, the store bought bottom crusts come in a metal pan that I don't have to worry about getting back, and that's a bonus! Project Picture: