I made this adorable guy from a drugstore loofah, felt, thread, and patience. Sewing the limbs/head wasn't bad, but fastening them to the center of the loofah was frustrating! The loofah bear was gifted to a friend for Christmas and yes, my friend actually uses it to shower... it hasn't fallen apart yet, so I must have done something right haha.
MY MODS: Rnd 9: Sc in 3 sc, sc in first ch that begins the arm, sc last sc of arm, sc in 5 sc, sc in first ch that begins the 2nd arm, sc last sc of 2nd arm, sc in 4 sc. (16) Rnd 10: sc2tog under each arm (14) Rnd 11: sc2tog under each arm (12) Rnd 12-15: Work even on 12 sc.
I've never written out directions before, so hopefully it makes sense! Feel free to ask me any questions.
My housemates and I loooove any excuse to dress up, so naturally, Halloween is our favourite holiday. This year we were all Disney characters!
I made the dress and the capelet from scratch and did a bit of crafty work on the cigarette holder (it was originally gold, so i covered it with some black electrical tape). My hair was an adventure in itself - it was teased and moussed and sprayed and then coloured with cheap spray-on dye. Surprisingly, it all washed out quite easily.
The capelet can be fastened closed with buttons at the collar:
Aaaand here are some better shots of the dress:
I'm so proud of my friends - we all made our own costumes! Most of us were already handy with a sewing machine, but this was a first for Peter Pan, Meg and Pocahontas.
I guess the title says it all... my Aunt Susan asked me to paint some wine glasses for her, after seeing the one's I've done for my mom and stepmom.
I lovelovelove the ladies' glasses, but I'm not so hot on the guys' glasses. I tried a new type of 'stained glass' paint for them and they ended up just looking ridiculous and cartoony... how was I supposed to make a camera and a set of golf clubs look good?!
the whole set:
closeups of the nice ones:
All in all, I'm pretty proud of these. What do you think??
I wanted to share this story with my fellow craftsters so that you can all support me in my outrage...
I somehow misread the Greyhound schedule and arrived an hour early for my bus yesterday. I ended up chatting with another person who had done the same. The conversation got onto the topic of my crafting, when I explained that I had a set of dpns in my bag to work on a pair of socks during the 5-hour bus ride. The conversation went sort of like this:
Guy: Seriously? You.... knit? ...WHY?! Me: Fun! Guy: ...no, really. Me: Really. It's totally rewarding to have someone compliment your outfit and to be able to say, "Thanks, I made it!" And handmade items make great gifts for my family. Guy: You give this crap to your family? Me: It's not crap, I make nice things. They really appreciate it. I'm a student, so I can't always afford to buy them expensive things. Guy: So you make them stuff. Like a 10-year-old. Me: No, I make them stuff like a 20-year-old. Guy: And your family tells you they like it? Me: They DO like it. Guy: And you believe them?
...IT GOES ON.
It makes me absolutely LIVID that some people could be so ignorant, not to mention rude. This guy was an unemployed 40-something-year-old LOSER with no ambition and probably no girlfriend. How dare he insult my hobbies!
I hope nobody EVER wastes their time crafting a gift for this guy.
I'm trying my hand at making my first pair of socks... however, I've already unravelled and re-started about 4 times now and it's driving me crazy!
I'm sure that my short rowing for the heel is fine, and it still looks good when I work back the other half of the heel, but when I get to knitting in the round again, there are two huge gaps on either side of where I attach the heel to the rest of the sock.
First of all, apologies if this is a n00b question, but I don't do much with beads - I am primarily a sewer and a knitter.
I want to paint on some wooden beads as part of a piece of jewelry for a friend. Knowing her, she's never going to take it off, so my question is this: How can I paint on wooden beads such that it will withstand showering and swimming? Is there a sealant/topcoat that I should use, or will a regular acrylic paint hold up?