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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing with jersey knit fabric on: August 23, 2019 10:55:22 AM
so...how bad is it?

years ago I purchased a jersey knit sheet set and I loved it SO much because the material is so cozy and soft.  however, it's hot as #%&@ to sleep on (for me anyway.  I've heard people say it's cool).  I continued to use the pillow case (twin sets only come with one) for the extra pillow I sleep with, but it now has three holes in it.  I've been looking to replace it, but I can't touch things online, and so many of them are SO expensive for just two standard pillow cases!!!  for some reason I kept the sheets (my name is KK and I am a hoarder).  so I was thinking of maybe trying to sew a new pillow case.  I do know stretchy fabrics can be a pain to work with, but is it really that bad with jersey knit?  I know how to use my sewing machine and all, but I'm still pretty much a novice.  and I don't have a serger, so I don't know how well this would turn out.

any tips or tricks you guys can give me?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Decoden letter block! on: March 15, 2019 05:07:12 PM
I have been decorating N letter blocks here and there.  this will be my sixth and most decorated block.  I love decoden (a Japanese trend short for "Decoration Denwa" - "Denwa" meaning "Phone", but people use this decoration method on a plethora of items like picture frames, jewelry boxes, handheld video game cases, etc.), and I've been wanting to do it for years.  I finally got the courage to do it a few months ago, but didn't really make anything until now (the "frosting" part made me nervous.  you use a product like whipple cream, silicone, or clay to decorate the item like you would a cake with icing tips.  and that's the part that made me nervous).

it includes some of my favorite things.  the bowl has a dollop of deco cream in it with mint and "chocolate" sprinkles and a spoon.  it's supposed to be like mint chocolate chip ice cream.  I am very happy with how it turned out, however, I'm not happy with the deco cream.  as it dries, it appears to melt.  so from now on, I'll be using 100% silicone to make my own deco cream.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Handmade Books on: February 08, 2019 07:09:41 PM
hi again.  popping in randomly, as usual.   Roll Eyes

so.  handmade books.  I've found a lot of tutorials on Pinterest, but they always make me nervous just looking at them.  how hard are they to make?  my usual source for journals no longer carries the ones I like.  I could always buy one on Etsy (and I have found one I'm absolutely in love with for one reason, and one reason only...it's made from an old book from 1982 on video games), but I'm having a hard time finding one like the ones I like.  I figured if I made my own, I could make exactly what I want.  but they seem so intimidating.   Undecided
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Autumn wreath on: October 28, 2018 01:10:00 PM
I started getting obsessed with felt flowers.  at first I didn't like them, but the more I saw them and saw how cute they could be, I had to make them and use them myself.

I took a green foam wreath form I bought at Dollar Tree and wrapped it with some cream yarn I had in my stash.  I then used orange and off white felt that I had and made some rosettes and loopy flowers, and glued them to the wreath.  I had seen these adorable felt pumpkins on Pinterest and I just had to make them too.  while I didn't technically make the pumpkins, I did form them.  I bought some off white and orange felt balls, then used embroidery floss to form them into pumpkins (I took some skin off the top of my thumb trying to make sure the floss really squished the felt.  probably didn't need to), and rolled a bit of brown felt to glue on top for the stems.  I love how this turned out!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dia de los Muertos pumpkin on: October 28, 2018 12:43:14 PM
I just love the imagery and bright colors with black that comes with Dia de los Muertos.  I recently made a wreath with felt flowers that inspired my idea to make this pumpkin.  and I love how it turned out.

I just wanted to make a small pumpkin, so I went to Michaels to buy the smallest pumpkin they had (good thing I went when I did.  they only had 3 left).  I made rosettes and a few leaves from bright felt, then made a stencil from a skull picture I found online (if you're familiar with your fonts, you probably know this is the Wingding skull from the skull and crossbones ding).  because the stencil was made from regular printer paper, the right side of the skull was deformed when I sponged white paint onto the pumpkin.  no worries, though.  I had planned on covering the top of the skull anyway.  I glued the flowers and leaves to the pumpkin, then used rhinestones to decorate the skull.  I didn't want to go too crazy with the rhinestones and just went with a simple sugar skull look.

you can see how small this pumpkin is.  it easily fits in my hand.  Cheesy
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Candy corn tulle wreath on: October 16, 2018 12:29:24 PM
got obsessed with making these wreaths, and I happened to find a smaller wire wreath form and orange tulle at A.C. Moore today, so I had to make it.

have I mentioned that I am also obsessed with candy corn?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Snowball tulle wreath on: October 15, 2018 01:04:59 PM
I finally decided to make one of those tulle wreaths I'm sure you've all seen by now.  I got a little frustrated at first with cutting the tulle, but once I found a tutorial that explained it better and gave some helpful tips, I was able to do it.

and I'm SO glad I did.

normal lighting

dark room with flash to show more sparkle

I bought 2 rolls of glitter tulle and 2 rolls of white tulle from Michaels.  afraid it wouldn't be enough (it wouldn't have been), I bought 2 rolls of glitter tulle and 2 rolls of white tulle from Joann.  I ADORE the white tulle from Joann and love the glitter tulle from Michaels (Joann's is kinda...tacky(?).  it sticks together more than I care for making it more annoying to work with).  I got the wire frame and "snowball" picks from Michaels as well.  the tulle layers go (back to front): Joann's white, Joann's glitter, Michaels' white, Michaels' glitter.  for some reason you don't really see the Michaels glitter in the pictures.   Undecided

I love how it turned out, and now I need to make 1,000 more!  and I'll be finding this glitter forever.  I knocked so much off making this thing.   Cheesy
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Calico Critters display on: October 06, 2018 04:28:53 PM
I'm sure a lot of people are familiar with Calico Critters (Sylvanian Families to the rest of the world), especially if you have kids around.  if you don't know what they are, they're these little flocked(?) anthropomorphic animals, ranging from several cat breeds to red pandas.  they come in family sets, and baby sets and singles.  and there are SO many sets you can purchase for them as well (bubblegum_phoenix has been blasting my FB feed and posts with lots of holiday sets for Christmas and Halloween  Cheesy ).  I didn't feel like buying any of those house sets or anything since it's for me and I won't be playing with them (but now I want all of the Halloween sets), so I made my own display for them!

I mixed all of the colors I used with white paint to give them a pastel look.  bright and dark colors just weren't going to do it.  the tiny letter blocks were cut from a small square dowel, and the letter block feet were store bought.  I painted them all white, then hand painted letters on each one.  I drew a music sheet and a couple of scribbles (kinda hidden under the colored pencils), and cut a "square" of felt for my little kitten to sit on.  the rest I got from Michaels.

it wasn't exactly what I had in mind, but the box I was originally going to use isn't carried by Michaels anymore, and I couldn't find one like it anywhere else.  but I'm still really happy with how it turned out.  the finished piece is 7.5in x 4.25in
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dark vs. Anti cross stitch on: October 01, 2018 09:31:12 AM
I can't believe I forgot to post this!!!  where's my facepalm emoji?!

anyway, I've been in a bit of a crafting slump, making only little things when I've been in the mood to craft (like another "flower arrangement"), but I did make this when I was feeling really krafty.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I just wish I had been able to keep the colors as bright as they were in the original picture.  like the brightest red should have been a bloody red.  oh well.

this is another project based on personas played by two of my favorite YouTubers, Markiplier and Jacksepticeye.  these guys are named Darkiplier (Dark) and Antisepticeye (Anti).  it might look a bit strange, but Anti emits a kind of glitchy interference (nicknamed Glitch Bitch), and Dark emits a kind of 3D aura. when both are combined, it creates a glitchy 3D effect.  if you're a Markiplier fan, you've seen the "origin" videos (Who Killed Markiplier on YouTube for anyone who is interested), so you're familiar with the 3D kind of look and what it may mean...

I don't remember the size, but it was done on 28 count cloth.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chris Cornell cross stitch on: November 26, 2017 05:26:50 PM
just finished this a couple of days ago.

16 count Aida (I think), roughly 5x7.  it is a little off center in the frame, but this was a hard frame to use with a cross stitch project.
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