Friday, October 30, 2009

I started off with a pair of men's dress pants, but wasn't sure of what to do with them. I had seen before how people can make them into a dress, but didn't really want to go that route. So I decided that I would keep them as pants, but just make them straight leg and to fit me. I took off the zipper and cut off the waistband. Then I realized that I cut off too much of the waistband....plan B....make a skirt. So I figured make a skirt with a pleated type deal and to secure it on, use a ribbon to tie on the side. Well, I sewed it wrong, so after working 3 hours on it, I gave up for the night.


Yey! I finished my costume. It's actually 3 pieces plus the wings, belt, and halo. I started out with a really long skirt and cut jagged pieces out of it and sewed it together. It didn't work out though....the skirt was made of really stretchy material, to the point where it was difficult to sew. The pieces I sewed together didn't lay the way that I expected them to.....plan B...add another skirt underneath and a belt to cover up the botched up sewing job. So....I put some grommets in the skirt to match the belt. I dug out a shirt in my closet and cut the long sleeves up the the elbow so they became more or less, bell sleeves and again added grommets. For my halo, I used wire to make the halo, painted it black, added feathers on the top and bottom to cover the wire, and attached it to a black plastic headband. Ta da! Dark Angel. PS-- long day at work + no sleep = bad picture. For more tips, tricks, and costume ideas, checkout Threadbanger.com.



Here is another project that I was working on. I know it's a little late since tomorrow is Halloween, but it's a paper mache pumpkin. All you need for this one is water, flour, a balloon, and paint. Very easy and simple. You can also use a mix of glue and water, but I think the flour and water mix works better. However, I learned the hard way that if you don't use it right away, it will become rancid over night. And it smells aweful! Anyways, cut strips of paper and cover the balloon in several layers (I forgot to do that). To make it sit instead of roll, I just squished the bottom a little. I also pressed the "stem" down to make it more set in and realistic, if that makes sense. You could also make a candy bowl out of paper mache by covering the outside of a bowl with several layers. Lionbrand's website also has a "web" bowl with yarn instead of paper.

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80793AD.html?noImages=

Happy Halloween and Happy crafting!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Christmas and Halloween Crafting

I finished all the pinecones (YEY) for the family. Now to decorate them? I liked both of these the best because it only seemed fitting to decorate with both green and red :) This one is just a green bow with a button glued on it. The "snow" is not glitter, it's called "Diamond Dust" by Twinklets. I found out that it's actually ground up glass...but it's so fine, that it won't cut you, so no worries. Awesome way to recycle glass :)






This pinecone is just 3" pieces of ribbon glued together with pony beads glued on top. To make, take your section of ribbon and place the ends on top of each other, right side of the ribbon facing up. The ribbon will make the loop itself. I glued the beads on there to make it look like holly and to cover up the ribbon where it was glued. Really easy. I also tied some fishing line onto it BEFORE I glued down the ribbon so that it could be hung (p.s. glue the "holly" on top of the knot on the string).



I finished my wings! I love how they turned out, and they were so easy to make! I decided to change the shape of the wings and go for a more "pointy" look. To finish them, I picked up a pair of black knee highs for .50 at Goodwill....still in the packaging, never used. I tied one over each side, and covered the knot in the middle with wide ribbon. I just used regular elmers and a paint brush to put on the feathers (i put glue on the stretched knee highs and the feathers). I also found out that my wings were not the same size, so I just faked it by putting more feathers on one side. I tied two

lengths of ribbon around the middle so that I could tie my wings on.

I had a lot of fun making this curtain for Halloween. I got the idea off of Threadbanger.com. It's a Dollar store plastic curtain and 50 cent paint. Cheap, easy. In the episode on Threadbanger, they take it outside, but feeling lucky, I just left it to hang in the bathroom, which actually worked out better because then the paint could drip, making it more realistic. They also used a large paintbrush to fling the paint, but since I didn't a big enough paintbrush(my largest artistic one wasn't making the cut....haha, pun) I used a spoon.









I cut the tombstones freehand out of a cardboard box I picked up at work, and "mixed" the paint on the tombstone to give it a more dreary look. The bats and ghosts are just paper cut outs from templates I found online. All you have to do is Google it, there are hundreds of free templates. I just traced a circle for the moon.








Last but not least, I finished my sweater! I was so excited, but as previously mentioned, it is a size too big. It is supposed to be a medium, but it probably fits a large or extra large. I tried it on and looked like a football player. LOL.

Still working on more Halloween and Xmas projects. I have a lot of presents figured out for what to make who, so I'm really proud of myself for starting so early this year. The only bad thing is that they look at my blog so I won't be able to share what I am working on :( Never fear, I will show off my work after the holidays. If you are the crafting type and are looking for ideas, I highly suggest that you visit Craftster.org. It has lots of project ideas and even a spot that you can ask for crafting suggestions on the forum for those loved ones that you are clueless on. Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Warmer weather and Halloween!

I just finished this hat this morning. I got the pattern off of http://aprildraven.blogspot.com/. I recently fell in love with this blog....really easy patterns and very cute things. This is the convertible hat from this website (I love convertible clothing...so versatile!). I decided not to add beads, and it is only one color. It took a little more than half a skein of yarn to make. It's actually a really pretty sky blue, the picture doesn't do it justice.







Here is a scarf/shawl that I finished earlier this week. I've never made anything like this before, because I always associated shawl with old lady. But April's scarf was so cute that I had to try it. I think it turned out really well, and it's warm. I'm not sure about the color, but I think it's growing on me. This is also versitile as a scarf, or as just a shawl. You could also wear it as sleeves by putting it over your shoulders and taking the ends and tie them behind your back, underneath the back of the shawl.



Halloween! I haven't been doing a whole bunch of stuff for Halloween, sad to say, but I have a lot of ideas. I just need to go shopping (should be next week,that and I haven't gotten back to my sewing machine yet). I got this idea off of a shirt I saw on http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/. I used an off-white yarn and chained my heart out. Chaining is the foundation to crochet. I chained 5 lengths, all purposely uneven because nothing is perfect in nature. I laid them out so they criss-crossed and losely measured how long the final chaining length (the one that makes the spiral pattern) would need to be and made that. I wrapped yarn around the middle of the criss-crossed pieces then attached the end of the final chaining length to it. I used 3" pieces to attach the long piece to the shorter criss-crossed pieces with square knots. My final web is about 3' in diameter and it took less than half a skein. I later found a website on how to make a web without chaining and just using the yarn itself, however, I think it would be hard to store and would get tangled easily.
I found a pattern for this eyeball door knob cover:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=189436.0

Here is my first attempt at it. I like the idea, but I don't like the pattern for it. It is also difficult because are door knobs are really small. I think that I will attempt it again, but add a tie to put it on so it is adjustable and will fit over a number of door knobs.





Here's part of the costume that I made for last year. I picked up a man's black 2XT (T=Tall) at Goodwill. I used the pinch and pin method to make it fit me. Since it was "Tall" it was also definitely long enough. This is a good base for many costumes....I was a cop last year, add sunglasses, badge, and handcuffs. French maid, add apron, feather duster, and lacy hair accent (you could even be Magenta). I'm sure there are many more things you could be.













This year, I'm going to be a dark angel. I originally was going to go with the "tattered" fallen angel type deal, but I wanted to make my own wings. I found a tutorial on Threadbanger.com (just search for "fairy wings") how to make fairy wings and I've been dying to try it out and I found my opportunity. Here is the skeleton to the wings. I still need to pick up some hosiery and feathers. Not sure what I'm going to do for the main costume, but that will probably be inspired from the wings.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Once a week (look away little kids)

I decided to post once a week since I have been aggressively working on projects, which leaves little time to actually post progress. So down to business.....

I recently joined the site ravelry.com which is a knit/crochet website. I found it through one of my free pattern searches (I can sit there for hours searching for new patterns). Anyways....I found a pattern for a thong...and, of course had to make it. It was originally written in a different language, and translated, so the pattern is difficult to follow word for word. I eventually just used it as a guide and was going to rewrite the pattern, but have not gotten to it yet. I used cotton string (used to actually be kite string) and the recommended hook. I was really pleased with how it turned out. Yey, now I can make my own underwear (be jealous, lol)!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sexy-g-string

I also have been working on my weekend sweater because I am determine to finish it. The pattern is difficult and confusing because it seems to jump around as to what it wants you to do. I ended up taking apart the first piece that I finished and restarted again, twice. This pattern should probably have corrections, but does not. I have the front and back both done and part of one sleeve. It seems that the sleeve is going to be too big, so I may decide to start over again depending on how much bigger it gets. Here is the pattern link again:



http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/Apparel/LW1526+Weekend+Crochet+Top.htm


I also have finished fifteen out of 20 pinecones (the xmas presents that I previously mentioned). I have to do 5 more but have not yet gotten to the store to get more yarn. They are not decorated yet, obviously, but am happy at how they turned out.

On a sad note, I have discontinued many sewing projects because my machine is acting up again and I have not yet had the time to fight with it :(