I had wanted to make a tshirt blanket for the longest time. I'd saved a lot of my band shirts throughout junior high and high school in hopes of doing so one day. This summer I finally finished it!
I didn't really know what I was doing; pretty much just winged the entire thing. I cut out and hemmed the edges of each shirt then sewed them all together, and sewed a sheet on the back.
I began cutting them out in January 2011-
And, the shirt that started it all... my grandma bought it for me a few days before I started 8th grade in 2001.
(Sorry if it's sideways, Photobucket wasn't agreeing with me)
I ended up breaking a needle in my thumbnail when I was doing the very last stitches. o.0 It's definitely not perfect, but it was worth it. It's very comfortable and packed with memories. I'm so glad to have finally finished it!
*There are also two shirts that I received in Craftster swaps years ago in my blanket.
Last year I broke up with my boyfriend of five years during the first week of December. While it was a good decision for me, it left me feeling a bit out of sorts and I ended up throwing away every Christmas decoration I had two weeks before the holiday. This year I realized that I was in need of a tree. I was about to buy one, but whilst watching Charlie Brown's Christmas special I got an idea: why not make a dinky little tree myself?! So, I did.
I used a bunch of rolled up magazine 'rods' that I had put together over the summer when I was attempting to make a recycled paper blind. I ended up giving up on it because it was too heavy and I got bored with the project. What the tree was born from:
A few Christmas movies later. I had a Christmas tree made entirely of reused magazine paper and glue. LOTS of glue.
For the topper I made an origami paper star out of about 14 pages of a Zelda Twilight Princess strategy guide.
It was pretty frustrating at times because the weight was too heavy up top and I didn't plan the structure well enough initially. I used little one inch pieces of the rods as supports. Also, help from my cat Nico jumping over it and batting at the branches didn't help much. However, after a lot of hot glue and trimming it's very stable.
Is there anyone out there who would be interested in a Bright Eyes swap? While I haven't kept up with Conor very well in recent years, Bright Eyes' new (final? ) album is scheduled to be released next month... so a swap seemed fitting.
The final season begins a week from today. Anyone up for a LOST Swap? I posted a similar thread a year ago, but there wasn't much interest. I'm so very obsessed with the show and surely I can't be alone...
I used a $1 pop toy gun, felt, a frame, and lots and lots of super glue. I sanded down the plastic gun and used acrylic paint. My sis loved it. I'd wanted to make her one of these for a long time and was glad that I finally got around to doing it.
I'd never bought shoes second hand before, but a couple of months ago I stumbled upon some $3 Converse shoes at Goodwill and bought them specifically to paint. They were in brand new condition with no signs of wear. The only thing I didn't like about them was that they were blue jean colored, but I knew I was going to paint them. I mixed textile medium with acrylic paint, painted them black, and then splatter painted on them. Oh, what fun!
It was my first time painting shoes and I'll definitely be doing it more often.
My sister's computer keyboard was in desperate need of a cleaning, so I told her I would clean it for her and prettify it because it was white and didn't match her black computer and monitor. So, over the course of a few days I did just that. I printed out a picture of her keyboard and colored it in as a guide.
I popped off the keys, cleaned them, and painted them with acrylic paint. I labeled each key on the underside and wrote on them with a Sharpie. I poked holes in empty soda cases, put the keys in, and used them for a painting platform.
Finally, I used polyurethane as a varnish. It was a really fun project and my sister and niece loved their new and improved keyboard!