Friday, October 28, 2011

Pendant and the best scrubby EVER!

So this is going to be a quick blog....but I just had to share it.

So I made this pendant from glass I found on the beach. I'm hoping to find another one of a similar size to make a pair of earrings, but for now....just a pendant.
Okay, so this is what I was really excited about. I was about to start on dishes, and I saw my expired sponge. When I say "expired" I mean that it was way past the throw-out date. It wasn't just a little gross....I'm pretty sure it was about to sprout legs and walk. So I needed an emergency scrubby! So I whipped this little scrubby up with plarn that I made. Making the plarn and the scrubby took probably about 10-15 minutes. And it worked great! I actually like it better than my regular scrubby because it is more pliable. You don't have to "break it in" like regular scrubbies.

Plarn Scrubbie Pattern & Materials:

2 Plastic grocery bags
scissors
Size J hook

How to make plarn:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdTm2V4ssvY

**I cut mine into about 2" sections and I added the loops as I went along so I wouldn't add them unneccisarily.

Pattern:

Ch 5 and sl st in first ch to make a circle. Ch up 3 and 11 dc in the center of your circle. Sl st in 3rd ch of ch 3. Ch up 3 and dc in bottom of ch up 3. 2 dc in each dc around. Join in 3rd ch of ch up 3. FO and tuck in ends.

****As always, please do not sell the pattern or the product, I did work hard on it. Thanks :)

Easy peasy :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Chained Spider Web Pattern...Yey for Halloween!

I have been slacking on my Halloween decorating, so I went through and put them up yesterday, and realized that I needed more decorations...especially for my favorite holiday! So I had previously made a spider web before and had yarn I picked up from the thrift store for .50! Score!

This a beginner pattern and very easy. This pattern is for personal use only, please do not sell the pattern or the product. I did work hard on measuring the lengths and adjusting so please respect that. That being said here is the pattern:

Chained Spider Web

Chain 4 or 5 lengths of 7 feet. They do not have to be perfectly equal because in nature, neither are spider webs. You need to also make a chain length of about 45 feet. Lay out your 4 or 5 lengths of 7 feet on the floor so they are in a star pattern and meet in the middle. For example, make an "X" with the first two strands and add additional strands so they are evenly spaced. Take your 45 foot length of chain and place underneath the center of the star and start to make a spiral around your star until you run out. Adjust your spiderweb as needed. Now you will need to secure your spider web. You can either use yarn (which is how the first picture was done) or use hot glue(easier and used in the second photo).

If you choose to secure with yarn: Wrap a strand of yarn around the center in all different ways, wrapping at different angles. Tie in a square knot and hide knot. You will also need to tie around where the 45 foot length of chain and other chain lengths meet. I did this on the back of my spider web so it was less noticeable. You will also need to tuck in your ends at the end of your 4 or 5 lengths of chain, and you are done :)

If you choose to secure with a glue gun: Use glue sparingly! Glue your center strands, one on top of each other. Also place a dot of glue where 45 foot length of chain meets the other chain lengths. Put a dab of glue on the ends of your 4 or 5 chain lengths for ends of chains, and you are done!

Feel free to place bugs/spiders in your web, or use different colors such as white, off white (what I used), black, purple, etc. Also feel free to adjust the size. The spider web in the window is smaller than the one that is by the couch. I would say the measurements were 5 strands of 5 foot chain, and about 25-35 feet for the longest length (I did not measure this, it is approx.).




Have a safe and Happy Halloween!!

An outfit...pic overload



So I haven't posted in a while, but I have been busy. I can't seem to stay on one project. I start one, and then I have an idea for another....that will "only take 5 minutes" and well, never exactly takes 5 minutes. Any ways, I crafted some earrings from pieces of a printer that I took apart, and I love them b/c I fidget. So since they are squish-able they are definitely fun to play with :)


I had also picked up a shirt from the thrift store a while back. It was plus size, and I loved the color, but not sure what to do with it. So I tried sewing it with a tank top into a dress with no luck, and it sat in my sewing room for a while. Then I picked it up again and decided to make it into a skirt. So I made it so it was bustled(I think that's the right terminology) in the back.


But then I realized that it was the same material that the infinity dresses are made out of......so I decided to try it on different ways:


...and decided I loved it!!!! Yey for versatile clothing!!