Monday, December 26, 2011

Stuffed Carrot

I was invited to a Super Hero Murder Mystery party for a friend's birthday. I was suppose to be some Rabbit super hero with a giant carrot. So I quickly sewed this stuff carrot. It's pretty cute. It's about a foot and half long.

  • Orange and Green Cloth
  • cotton stuffing material.

How to?
1) Sew the two sides of a triange shape for the carrot root
2) sew several smaller versions of the green fabric for the leaves
3) stuff with filling
4) hand sewing the openings shut and together to hide the seams


Monday, December 19, 2011

Baby Gift: Fleece Blanket (No Sew Project)

Baby Blankets make wonderful gifts.  But honestly these can be made for any age just by changing the print. 

This is a EASY project and can be made by anyone 7+, which means kids can be brought in for slave labor, I mean for learning experience.  ~cough cough~

So this is one of those times that making your own doesn't necessarily make it cheaper, but here's a few reasons why you should do it anyways
  • Can double the layers making it warmer
  • Decide your own prints
  • Mix your own prints
  • Pick your own size
  • Homemade is just always more personal

Here I've got a Winnie the Pooh and Kermit the frog print.  I'm using two layers, but this can work with a single layer as well.

I asked the fabric store to cut me a larger piece because I dont have confidence that they will cut straight lines when they are rushing through customers.  I placed my kermit fabric on the bottom and the Winnie the Pooh print on top and cut out a *perfect* rectangle based on the lines provided on this print.  Of course fleece does stretch, so try to lay as flat as possible.

You'll want to cut the edges to fringes (cut both layers together) around the entire blanket.  Remove the corner squares. Next tie off each of the fringes, if it's double layer than tie both layer's fringe together

The tying process can be done while watching tv on the couch.  Just make sure to do sections around the whole blanket first to keep blanket from shifting to much before it is complete. 

Vola, a wonderful soft and personally made blanket for loved ones to enjoy

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Tree Angel

I decided to make a new topper for our new 9-foot Christmas tree! I wanted to make either an angel or a star, and since a star needs to light up and that's really complicated I decided to make an angel out of random stuff in my craft room.

First I took a long strand of raffia string (I decided this looks like rustic angel hair) and folded it back and forth, then stuffed it through a large wooden bead (which sort of looks like an angel's head, if you have an imagination like mine). Then I twisted a piece of gold rope against itself (this is the crown or halo), cut it and hot-glued it on top and trimmed the raffia to look like hair.

For the body I made a cone out of white craft form. For wings I used a pretty piece of ribbon which I threaded through a hole in the back. I then bordered the hole with pieces of the same gold I used for the halo-crown to hide the ugly hole.

Next I got out a bunch of coordinating white and gold trim and lace and decided to figure out how to decorate the body to make a dress. I made a bit of a mess.

I started glueing pieces of lace over the white foam, starting with the bottom piece so the upper pieces would overlap like layers of a skirt. A strand of white "pearls" became a necklace for the angel.

Here is the finished angel, as an ornament. I need a ladder to get her up on top of my tree!

Monday, December 12, 2011

JigglyPuff BluePrint

I had a friend back in high school that was really into JigglyPuffs. One day during my Computer Aid Drafting class I made this for extra credit in AutoCad

The top view needs a little work, but not bad for a high school student I would say


Monday, December 5, 2011

Rose Vine Garden Bracelet

I drew out a necklace design with curves and drops but couldn't figure out how to do it.  Wait wait, I figured it out (well a book showed me); Tigerwire and crimp beads. This one has crimp covers to make it a little prettier. 

Continuing on I tried mixing in these cute paper flowers.  My boyfriend thought it was a little too much to make it into a necklace since it was too long in height but it still looked pretty nice as a bracelet.

The Paper Mulberry Flowers I found at the craft store came in sets of 3 shades.  I thought the gradient gives it such a uniqueness.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I Won NaNoWriMo

I'm a winner! I just completed NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. Hit 50,007 words at 9:20 PM on November 30th, 2011.


My novel isn't finished yet, but I'm 50,000 words closer to the end than I was a month ago! Woot!

Now I can go back to working on craft projects. I'm sure I can find something to do for Christmas. Tis the season for making pretty little handmade gifts, decorating the house, wrapping presents... and playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. Oh yes, I preordered it. Better get some craftin' done before Dec. 20th when the Empire takes over my every waking moment.