I don't know, maybe I'm not a yungin anymore, I just turned 27. But I feel young and I've got 2 toddlers. Anyway, I just moved here and I'm looking for craft groups, or crafty friends. I feel so lonely! I'm 1200 miles from the town I was born & raised in, and I'd like to involve myself in my new town rather than whine about how much I miss my old one. My 3-year-old needs a buddy, too. He keeps asking if we can go visit his cousins and his friends who live "back home."
But my 3yo chose the colors, I can't sew pieces together worth anything, I THOUGHT I bought eyes that would flatter him, but aforementioned 3yo must have thrown them out of the cart, and I can't follow a pattern without pictures on tiny pieces like the wings, so I "winged" them!
I posted him on facebook and got two comments: one said the flowers were pretty, the other asked if it was a hackey sack with wings.
I just started crocheting last Saturday & I made a turtle for my first project, which I gave to my 3yo. I wanted to practice a bit more, as well as make something my 1yo would appreciate. I used the Gabu pattern from Roxycraft to make him a ball (just left off the eyes and antennae), which I stuffed with dried pinto beans. I added some more decreases at the bottom instead of finishing off with 12 stitches and sewing closed. Those extra decreases made sort of big holes, so I don't leave him alone with it, but he loves to throw it and squish it.
on the bookshelf
Of course, the 3yo steals it.
Crocodile likes it too.
Oh yeah, here's my turtle, also posted in the turtle-along post
I got a bug in my ear about sewing little pillowcase dresses to be distributed in Africa (or wherever there is a need). I've found two main websites with information, littledressesforafrica.org and dressagirlaroundtheworld.com. I showed these to my church's secretary and she seemed really excited. She's going to bring it up in staff meeting, and if the rest of the staff is interested, we'll have a sewing day at church. There are instructions for easy dresses, prayer dolls, and pants/shorts for little boys. Stuff for sewers and non-sewers. I'm looking for experience, or just ideas to make it run smoothly. What's a good time span? Would snacks and/or coffee be a good idea or just get in the way? Should we have a goal or just wing it? Any ideas for garnering interest? How would I go about getting items donated from local stores (like elastic, bias tape, thread, etc) or shouldn't I bother? I have three sewing machines I would bring and several of my friends at church have already said they would help and/or bring their machines. How should I handle borrowing sewing machines/irons/ironing boards and what if something goes wrong or something gets broken?
One of my New Year's goals was to learn how to carve stamps. These are my first ones, be kind! This is for my brother, it's bacon if you can't tell. I'm going to give it to him with a bacon-scented stamp pad.
Lesson learned: don't draw my own designs.
Next is the heart:
Lessons learned: leave a little more room on the sides, don't carve too deeply next to thin lines.
Then my little boy:
It looks a lot better in person. There is actually detail in the eyes that gives it personality, but I couldn't get that to photograph.This one is about 2.5" x 3", which is bigger than the only stamp pad I own, so it was hard to get a good inking. Not to mention the stamp pad is from the dollar store and was half-dead when I got it. Little darker, but before I cleaned up the lines and carved the straight edges away.
from this photo, modified in Paint.net and slightly freehanded where his forehead cuts off.
Lessons learned: carve deeper in big white spaces, buy a #1 blade, if you can't make edges perfectly straight then make 'em deliberately crooked.
Thanks for looking! Hope to get a lot more made very soon!
I carved a bacon stamp for my brother because he loves bacon on everything, so now he can have bacon on everything. Now I'd like to package it with a bacon-scented stamp pad or marker. I have seen bacon scented candles on Etsy, so I figure there has to be some sort of scenting medium, right? Right?
I happen to be one of those people who gets totally emotionally invested in whatever is upcoming, and when it's over, I crash hard. This year we're going on vacation for Christmas, so coming home will be even tougher, and then my "baby" is going to turn one (bittersweet) and then there's the rest of the cold crappy winter to get through. I thought it would be nice to have a "care package" or something like that to craft, and then one to open. But I don't want to have to even think about it until after the New Year, because deadlines hanging over my head are a real downer as well What do you think?