Friday, October 29, 2010

Some homliness and wrist warmers

Over here in Okinawa, there are no big dumpsters to throw away large items. You either have to pay extra for pickup or try to fit it in a trash bag. So, I have been forced to find projects to use up these extra materials (that and it's eco-friendly and economical).

I made these little geometric wall hangings from some red fabric and old cardboard boxes I had lying around from our move. There should be a how-to video/powerpoint going up on the blog fairly soon. I tried to upload it here with no avail so you only get a picture.
These are rosettes made from zippers that I nabbed from dollar store pillowcases that were intended for a different project. I used a hot glue gun to keep them together.
This is my Susie Q apron. I made it out of my scrap pile (yey for reusing!). The main part is made from two pant legs, and the green is from a tshirt. The ties are made from the bottom hem of the tshirt. The hearts are actually pockets as well. (Sorry for the weird picture, I was squatting in an awkward way to take the picture because I didn't feel like moving the mirror). It served me very well today actually...I made two loaves of white bread and one loaf of pineapple bread.
These are wristlets that I crocheted for the upcoming winterish months (Japan has a fake winter--it only gets down to about 60). I like the way they have holes in them just in case I want to put my thumb through like fingerless gloves. I made them smaller than the pattern states because I felt they might move too much and be more of a hinderance. (Can anyone spy the cat?)
Here is the pattern:

Friday, October 22, 2010

More Halloween, a shirt,and some earrings

Sorry for the delay in posting. My phone camera was acting up, and I've been really busy starting up a crochet/knit group, finding a job, and volunteering. Enough about that....
I organized almost all my fabrics. By the way, you can get fabric from almost favorites are sheets and the blankets that you get on the airplanes....they are just waiting for something to be made out of them!!

These are some quick earrings I put together. As a side note, I am donating all the earrings that I made that were for sale on my Etsy site to a silent auction fundraiser (40-45 pairs). The fundraiser will raise money in order to have events for kids that are over here in Japan.
These are my headphone earrings...I had actually had an my eye on them since hubby brought them home. He accidentally put them through the wash....score for me! So I made these head phone earrings :)
Buttons I put on a shirt. I felt it kinda looked almost like plaid.

So with the plethora of plastic bags I still seem to have around my house, I made this Halloween wreath. It was simple to make, just time consuming, but it got rid of about 8-10 bags.

How To:
I took a heavy gauged wire and made a 10" loop. I took my bags and folded them vertically (handles at the top and bottom at the bottom) and made 1/2-1" horizontal cuts. This left me with 1/2-1" loops. Cut each loop in half, then cut the strand in half 3 times. You should have 8 mini strands of plastic. Tie onto the wire and continue until your wire is full. Do not worry about crumpling the bags because they fluff out easily. Decorate as you like. I add a simple bow, but you could decorate with glitter, paint, etc. CAUTION: Do NOT use a hot glue gun, it will melt your plastic. You can make one for all holidays actually. For example, Valentines day, you can use white and red bags and bend the shape of the wire into a heart.
Here is my guy hanging up, and a crochet web behind him that I made (see previous post).
I finished the pumpkins on my window! Note: I used regular acrylic paint. I have heard it comes off with windex, but if all else fails, I will get it off with a razor blade.
I was really excited about this project, but it did not turn out well. I used salt dough to make pumpkins, but they never dried properly and the paint is still moist from a couple days ago. It may just be the environment that I am in since it's really humid over here.
This is my master piece....well sort of. It is a hooded robe for hubby's costume since he wants to go as father time. It is made from a queen size sheet. No pattern. Just used the tutorial from Still trying to finish mine and make him something more father timeish.

I also want to add that my ebook is still not out. I have had a few hick-ups in the road, but it should be out with in the next month.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween and clothes!

Some stuff I have been working on for the home, holidays, and human (was that a stretch?).

Oh my gosh! A dead-looking flower! It must mean Halloween is coming!!!! Okay that was dumb, but anyways, here is my Halloweeny coffee filter flower. I made it similar to what you would do if you were making a coffee filter rose, but made the petals spikey instead. I used a hot glue gun instead of floral tape, because I feel that it holds better, and I used purple and black water colors. I used a bamboo stick as the stem, which I should have painted.
This is my hangman, and yes, it is a real noose that I tied. I do NOT recommend this if you have kids. We may have a Halloween party, so I am starting to rethink it since I'm starting to doubt my husband's friend's intelligence.
His face is actually a Halloween mask that was tucked into a robed "figure".
In order to give him some type of body, I took a hanger and hooked it on the back of the mask, where there was a strap and attached two pieces of wire to either side of the hanger.

This is my ghost tree with little crochet ghosts, but I'm thinking of making some spiders or other Halloweeny items.
Close up. I used brads for his eyes, which are those things that you put in a stack of papers and separate the two prongs to secure.
Yep, hubby's bathroom. This is another piece of wall art that I made from the inside of old 3.5 disks and bamboo skewers.
Now, on to fashion.....these are earrings were post earrings, but I bent the post up, put a jump ring on it and a fish hook, and done!
Here is a confiscated dress shirt. I took off the sleeve and took in the sides.
This was a belt, second recon actually. It was originally just a black belt, but I wanted to use it as part of my cop costume two Halloweens ago. It has been sitting ever since, so I wove a ribbon in and out to eliminate the punk rocker look, because it's just not my style. WEEE, new belt!
I loved this pattern and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the top when I found it. It started as a 3x shirt, but now it's a skirt!
Close up of the bow on the left side.
On a side note, I am currently working on an ebook for crochet which hopefully will be done by mid next week if anyone is interested.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

More Stuff around the house and some clothes!!

Okay, so this post is not as organized as it normally is because technology is just not working with me here we go.....

So we still have boxes from when we moved, partially because we need to donate or ebay the stuff we want to get rid I made a curtain to hide the goods. Much better!

I decided that we needed a cushion for the futon. So I hand sewed 2 pillows together and made a casing and voila! I was going to sew black button on it to keep the pillows in place, but ended up poking my finger several times instead....I decided it would be a project for another day.

This is actually a rug crochet out of grocery bags. I grossly underestimated the time and amount of bags this project would take when I started. However, it is a nice addition to the kitchen since it's easy clean up! (the picture is sideways, sorry!)
This has been done over and over again....the jean skirt. My other skirt was wearing out and this material is very stretchy and comfortable. So another jean skirt was born!
This is one of the most clever ideas I have seen! The reusable makeup pad! I had left over cotton yarn from when I made a hat(previous post), so I was happy to use the rest of it up on these little buggers. I found them on CrochetMe:
However, I believe that I skipped the last row in the pattern. Regardless, they are very handy, good for getting rid of your leftovers, and good for the planet!
So I was expressing my fall spirit the other day and had the desire to paint pumpkins on the windows. I should be working on more fall projects hopefully soon :)
This was a regular vase that I used some
glue and tissue paper to decorate. It's the same thing that you did in elementary school for a mother's day project....stupidly easy, and it matched my bathroom!
This was a regular tshirt. I cut out the neck and added a lot of holes in the back. It reminds me of mesh.
If you can't tell, I braided the back of this shirt. I LOVE how it turned out. It goes diagonally across the back of the shirt.

I just cut a whole bunch of holes around the neckline and made the sleeves 3/4 length. I am planning on taking in the sides a little.

This shirt has actually been reconned twice. Originally it had a huge belt buckle on the black part right under the boobs...not very attractive. But then it looked too plain, so I added bow and ribbon. The ribbon is not actually attached. I crochet 2 lengths of chain and attache one to each side.

Would anyone be interested in me doing tutorials on anything I did? I'm not sure how many people really follow this, so let me know!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Flower thong pattern...FINALLY!

Here is the long awaited pattern for the flower thong. I did use a smaller hook than what I had used on the purple undies, but I similarly used crochet size 10 thread.

Flower Thong Pattern:

**Pattern is worked starting with the string, then the body of the thong, then the ties.
sh= shell= 3 dc in one st

**NOTE: I made this pattern to fit me...I wear about a 6 size undies. If you wear bigger or smaller, you will need to adjust the ties accordingly. I also made the ties so they could be just double knotted, not tied in bows, so if that's what you're looking for, you would need to add more as well. Also this pattern is for personal use only, please do not sell the pattern or the undies, as I am giving it to you for free and it took several hours to write it down. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and please let me know if I need to tweak the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!**

Ch 60, sc in 2nd from hook and in each ch. When you get to end ch, 5 sc & “go around corner”. Sc in each ch, on the opposite side of previous sc. 4 sc in last st & join with last ch.

row 1: ch 3, dc in next 2 sc. ch 3, turn.(you are working at one end, not working in the round at this point in time)
row 2: 2 dc in same st as ch3. ch 3, sh in last st. ch3, turn.
row 3: 2 dc in same st as ch3. ch 3, dc in middle of ch 3 from previous row (crochet around the ch, not in the middle ch). sh in last st, ch 3, turn.
row 4: 2 dc in same st as ch3. ch 3, sk 2 st, sc in next 3 st. ch 3, sh in last st. ch3, turn.
row 5: 2 dc in same st as ch3. ch 3, sk 2 st, sc in next 5 st. ch 3, sh in last st. ch3 turn.
row 6: 2 dc in same st as ch3. ch 3, sh in next ch 3 sp. ch 3. sk 1 st, sc in next 3 sts. ch3, sh in next ch 3 sp. sh in last st. ch3, turn.
row 7: 2 dc in same st as ch 3. ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3 sp. ch 3, sh in next ch 3 sp. ch 3, sk 1 st, 1 dc in next st. ch 3 and sh in next ch 3 sp. ch 3, dc in next ch 3 sp. ch 3, sh in last st. ch 3, turn.
row 8: 2 dc in same st as ch 3. ch3, sk 2 ch, sc in next 3 st, ch 3. sh in next ch sp. ch 3, sh in next ch sp, ch 3. sk 2 ch, sc in next 3 st. ch 3. sh in last st, ch 3, turn.
row 9: 2 dc in same st as ch 3. ch 3 , sk 2 ch, sc in next 5 st, ch 3. sh in ch 3 sp, ch 3. sk 2 st, sc in next 5 st. ch 3, sh in last st. ch 3, turn.
row 10: 2 dc in same st as ch 3. ch 3, sh in ch 3 sp, ch 3. sk 1 st, sc in next 3 sts. ch 3, sh in next ch 3 sp, ch 3. sh in next ch 3 sp, ch 3. sk 1 st, sc in next 3 sts. ch 3, sh in next ch 3 sp, ch 3. sh in last st. ch 3 turn.
row 11: 2 dc in same st as ch 3. ch 3, dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3. sh in next ch 3 sp, ch 3. sk 1 st, dc in next st, ch 3. sh in next ch 3 sp. dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3. sh in next ch 3 sp, ch 3. sk 1 st, dc in next st, ch 3. sh in next ch3 sp, ch 3. dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sh in last st. ch 3, turn (this row is similar to row 3)
**by now you should have a pattern repeating***
row 12: similar to row 4
row 13: similar to row 5
row 14: similar to row 6
row 15: similar to row 7
row 16: similar to row 8
row 17: similar to row 9
row 18: similar to row 10
row 19: similar to row 11
row 20: similar to row 12, except, don’t turn.
row 21: starting on the front ties: chain in multiples of 3+ 4. chain as many as you like to make it longer. I believe I did about 57 and my ties are 7”. 2 dc in 4th ch from hook. sk 2 ch, *sh, sk 2 ch* and repeat from * to * until you reach the corner. dc in next 3 st (previous sh), ch 3. ^sk next 3 st. 5 dc in next 5 st. ch 3, sk next 3 sts. sc in next 3 sts^. repeat from ^ to ^ until you reach the other corner. Mirror what you did on the other side (chain the same amount and repeat the same pattern) fasten off.

Starting on the back ties:
On the opposite side of the initial string that you made, you should have 5 sc that “go around the corner”. Attach string to 2nd sc on the right side and chain in multiples of 3+ 4, similar to when you did the front ties. I would recommend these be a little longer than the front ties because they have to go around your back as well. I believe mine are around 67 and are about 3-4” longer than the front ties. Repeat the pattern as you did for the front ties (2 dc in 4th ch from hook. sk 2 ch.....etc.). When you come back to where you attached the string to the back, 3 dc in the middle 3 sc from the 5 sc “going around the corner”. Chain again, the same number as you did on the other side (mine would be 67 again) and repeat the same pattern as you did for the front ties (2 dc in 4th ch from hook. sk 2 ch.....etc.). Fasten off and tuck in strings.