My husband's birthday is this Monday. He loves Ghostbusters (as do I), and he's always wanted a copy of Tobin's Spirit Guide. As a surprise gift, I recovered one of those cardboard book boxes with leather-like paper and added some scrapbooking charms and some painted accents to make it look like somewhat like the book as it's represented in the cartoon The Real Ghostbusters. Inside, I added some Ghostbustering goodies.
A polymer clay Slimer (who was easier to make/bake than I thought he would be - I also modeled him more after the cartoon Slimer than the one in the movies).
All four name tag badges and a logo patch that I found off the internet and a vial of pink slime from Ghostbusters 2 (it's just that noise making Gak-type goo you can buy in the toy section.)
As part of a housewarming gift for a friend who just bought her first house (who happens to be a big fan of Star Trek), I dipped into glass etching for the first time. I think she'll like it! I just used an exacto knife on a big sheet of self-stick craft foam to cut out the letters, but I bet it would be way more polished and precise if you used a Cricut (or other fancy cutting machine that I don't have).
One of my best friends is about to have her first child. Though she's also getting a gift off her registry, I love having something personal (and homemade) to toss in. (They're always the most loved anyway, right?)
1. Baby bib
I used a premade bib that I picked up for a few bucks at a craft store and stitched the pattern (purchased from http://www.subversivecrossstitch.com/). It took only a couple of hours or so to finish up.
I've been buying discounted sets of fat quarters like they were going out of style, and I needed to do some stashbusting. I've used up every scrap of fabric that I could from each quarter, and it's been great to see how many projects can come out of a relatively small piece of fabric!
Other side (my bad topstitching really shows on this one, but oh well)
I wasn't quite as good about tacking down the elastic on some, so I ended up just sewing the elastic loops back on the finished product (on one side) and covering up the mistake with yo yos - which finished up the tiny bit of fabric I had left over from each fat quarter.
I don't know why the photo is posting with that weird blue and brown stripe - but this is the best closeup I have of the yo yo.
I'm a bad procrastinator and had to make these in one night--but they were super fast!
I still have a ton of fabric to go through, so I'm thinking of making a big bunch of napkins for myself and having a nice cache of gifts ready for the giving.
I'm a pretty new knitter (just barely comfortable with the basics), so using DPNs feels a bit out of reach for me right now. For some reason, loom knitting seems far more accessible. I used Isela Phelp's pattern for "Chunky Ribbed Socks" in her book Loom Knitting Primer. Super easy to follow and a nice introduction to sock making. It made me buy sock weight yarn, and I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of a fine gauge adjustable loom to make socks that are thin enough to wear with shoes.
These are made with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn in sky blue. They were knitted on the blue knifty knitter, and they're definitely thick and warm enough to be slippers. I guess they'd be awesome in boots in cold weather, but since I'm in Texas, I have no idea what real cold weather is.
After a long day at work or an especially disconcerting conversation regarding the state of the world/politics, my husband or I often sigh and say, "I hate people." This is generally followed with, "But I hate you the least." So, for this Valentine's Day, I stitched up that sentiment to remind him how much I love him.
(We're both actually very positive people and really don't hate anyone, but I know you guys get the humor.)
This will eventually get framed, but I barely finished it last night in the wee hours, so it's still awaiting some finishing touches.
I'm a newbie when it comes to hand knitting. I've finished several loom-knit items, but I haven't been patient enough to just sit and practice knitting/purling to make anything more than practice squares let alone items I'd wear out of the house. I bought some Loops and Threads pom pom yarn at Michaels on a whim, and I really, really enjoyed knitting with it. The scarf is ridiculously plush, and it was a very quick knit. I think just knitting the carrier yarn was actually easier to handle than regular worsted or bulky yarn as a newbie.
Our bed is a little boring (and our bedroom is way too purple), so I made some bread stuffies. I'm used to more traditional beds/bedding - so although I love our new bed, the bedding has me flummoxed. I just need to give up on the "too many pillows" look that doesn't fit with more modern style furniture -- it just looks.....weird.
Some day we'll repaint our bedroom a more neutral color (grey, perhaps?), and then the bedding won't come across so plain. Until then, the pillows will have to do to add much-needed interest. They make me happy regardless!
My brother recently married his longtime girlfriend this October. Fittingly, they married on 10-10-10, soon after they celebrated their 10th anniversary. They're adorable--my little brother is precious, and his wife is very much a sister to me. They also have fun tastes and had their reception in a loft-style building in the warehouse area of downtown Dallas. As such, they put up a lot of framed artwork and photos throughout the bricked space. My husband and I decided to each make them a gift playing off the theme of "Love Never Fails" (since we read from 1 Corinthians 13 at the ceremony) that they could use.
I love, love, love Yulia Brodskaya's art, and I must admit that my piece was heavily influenced by her. My husband designed the piece for me, so I can't take full credit.
I was pretty happy with it - I found that it was way easier to use a light table and spray adhesive and just follow the design with the long strips (cutting and folding as necessary) than trying to make each piece individually - especially for the curvy "never" and the scrollwork. I'll do this again, but I need to make sure to use a repositional adhesive then - the paper got kinda rough looking with the spray adhesive I used this time. I ended up spray painting the paper with several coats of white in order to help mask the rougher spots.
In the frame/shadow box (it's actually quite small - a foot square in size:
And for kicks, my husband's wonderful art. He screenprinted his design on a large square canvas he'd painted with red acrylic. It was really, really hard to give it up. It looked great over our mantle the few days we had it.
I made this doll as a joke for my husband's coworker quite some time ago (like almost 2 years ago). It was some inside joke they had - I think that his coworker had bought an Elmo doll for his niece and got some weird looks in the elevator at work while he was holding it - and that transpired into a big joke around the office of him carrying around a little doll of himself. So, as a gift, I made this. Of course, it took me a while, so I think he was weirded out at first when my husband gave it to him. His coworker didn't really remember the joke (and he didn't really know me at the time) - but once he was reminded, he was pretty happy.
He keeps it on his desk, and I have to admit, that makes me very proud. I think it's a pretty decent copy! ;-)
The hat is removeable, and the dinosaur is his pet. The hardest part was not tossing the doll across the room in boredom while stitching the plaid on his shirt.