Monday, December 31, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
Here is a picture of my fingers all covered in tape:
|This doesn't look silly at all.|
And here is the "finished" look.
|Messy, messy, messy!|
Part of my problem is that I HATE waiting for nail polish to dry. And another problem is that the darker color was actually thicker than it should have been because it's a little old. And the last problem is that I suck at doing my nails.
Let me know if you try this, and if you have better results!
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
I sent some felt ornaments out with my holiday cards this year. These can also double as car air fresheners... just dab a little fragrance or essential oil on it!
This is a nice little project if you have a ton of felt lying around. Like so.
Thread or embroidery floss
Needle for above
Step 1: Draw the shape you want on the thin cardboard, & cut out. Make this shape a little smaller than you want your finished ornament to be.
Step 2: Using the cardboard as a template, cut 2 pieces of felt. One will be the front, and one will be the back.
Step 3: If you have details to add, sew them on or stitch them in a contrasting color. You can also glue things on, but I found that didn't work as well, probably because I didn't use felt glue.
Step 4: Now it's time to sew the two big pieces together. If you want your ornament to be stiff, sandwich your cardboard between the pieces of felt. Carefully pin in place around the cardboard. Cut a nice long piece of thread. Thread it on your needle, but don't knot it. Start at the top center of your ornament, and leave at least 4 inches of thread hanging loose. Whip-stitch all the way around your ornament. When you get back to the top, you can knot it with the beginning of the thread, then tie a knot up about 3 inches to create your hanging loop. Trim so the ends are even.
And that's it. Easy felt customized felt ornaments for your kooky friends! :)
Monday, December 17, 2012
Two things: I'm pretty sure that the top part of Gideon's hand is actually Envy's arm, but they were the same thread colors, so I stitched it anyway. Also, Gideon doesn't have an elbow there because it's behind Lucas Lee's head. It'll be a while before we get to Lucas, though.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
My grandmother crocheted me this Christmas stocking when I was little.
This is my boyfriend's and my first Christmas together and he doesn't have a stocking of his own, so I'm going to make him one that coordinates with mine.
Since I don't have a pattern, the first step was figuring out the pattern. And I did! Now I just need to make 16 more squares...
Monday, December 10, 2012
Guys, I'm a bit of a jerk. But it turns out I'm not as big of a jerk as my friends.
The husband and I have been discussing procuring an iPad to replace our laptop which is showing its age and can't handle running more than a program at a time before showing the beach ball of OMIGOD COULD THIS TAKE ANY LONGER. I mentioned that I was thinking of buying the iPad as a Christmas surprise to two of my co-workers and one had a dastardly idea: put googly eyes on a feminine protection product.
I liked the idea, but modified it a bit so I'd feel like less of a total ass on Christmas morning. It seems like a lie to call this a project as it was ridiculously easy and I ended using it as stress relief after a bad sports day.
With two small children, there was no way that an iPad was going without protection. That case I chose comes with a stand that will get little use. Off I went to Walmart for the eyes: the pack with various sized eyes was under $3 and easily covered the back of the stand (so I have leftovers and a second pack with which to create later mayhem).
I can't wait to see his reaction when he opens the present. And if you're having a bad day, I seriously recommend getting wild with the eyes: it's an instant high.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
You can see a small gap right at Gideon's waist. There's a small golden bird that's going to go there, and the bird's beak and the edge of the bird's head overlap Gideon.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Gideon's shirt is done as are the lapels and most of the middle of his coat. The outline of his left arm is done, and you can see the very beginnings of his left hand.
Like I said before, things move pretty quickly when I'm essentially just drawing his outline.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
You'll need stickers, scissors, and magnet paper. Mod Podge and small children are optional. I found the paper at my local Office Max because I was much too impatient to order it from the Internet, but it is cheaper when purchased online. The magnet paper is meant to be put through your printer, but I just had the kids apply the stickers directly to it. I had to go back and move some of the boy's stickers because they overlapping, but they enjoyed having some control over the project.
I was mildly concerned that it would be too easy for the stickers to peel off the magnet paper and since I didn't use all the Mod Podge in the bottle when I made the glitter shoes, I applied a top coat over the stickers. The stickers were left to dry for two hours and then I used scissors to cut them from the magnet sheet. I have little faith that the magnets will hold up anything other than themselves, but they are re-enacting the fight in the Mines of Moria on our magnetic dry erase calender.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Gideon's very tall, but most of his body is his white suit, so things will speed up from here. You can see the line of his shoulder, his red shirt collar and the start of his red necktie.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Follow me through this new frontier.
I decided the best way to make this would be to craft the prototype out of styrene. Styrene is what makes styrofoam, but there's almost no air in it. It's flat and hobbyists love this for building things. After doing some research, I went to the local hobby shop and gathered my supplies.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
In any case, I'm going to give y'all a full project shot one update earlier than normal. It's probably a week or two later than normal due to delays in updates, but such is life.
Gideon's crazy anime hair is almost done, so he should have the beginnings of a face when next we talk.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
It looks like next week will be the one year mark since I started this idiot project, so I'll do a full project shot next week, 1 update earlier than normal.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Here's a list of materials I recommend you pick up. You don't have to spend a fortune!
- One pair of US size 10 (or larger) knitting needles. The bigger the needle, the bigger the loops and the easier it is to get the needle through those loops when you're knitting. Also, I wouldn't recommend getting the cheap aluminum needles. I'm not trying to be snobby but they tend to stick to the yarn and make it harder to get the loops off which can cause unnecessary headaches. If you do choose the aluminum (and who can blame you, they're super cheap and you don't know if you like knitting yet) just keep the stickiness in mind while your working with them!
- One skein of yarn. Again, I'm probably going to come off like a snob here but let me explain. I don't recommend getting the red heart super saver yarn. While it's inexpensive, it's also 100% acrylic and not the good, soft acrylic either (of which there is some). The issue with this yarn, I've found, is that it's also super sticky and tends to not want to come off the needles. I also find it squeaky and it can hurt my hands. I'm not saying you should buy 100% cashmere or anything crazy but maybe look for something with some wool content or a higher quality acrylic. Don't spend $20 on a skein but maybe look into spending $5 instead of $3. Also, be sure to get a yarn that's rather thick - worsted weight or chunky. It's easier to knit with larger needles and works up fast. Color doesn't matter, but choose a yarn that you like. That's the most important thing. If you're working with a yarn that scratches you, or you hate the color, you're not going to have fun.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
1) Bottle caps (try to pick the flattest ones you have)
2) Hot glue gun
3) Hot glue sticks (several)
4) Round magnets
|Hot glue is hot. Just sayin'.|
Step 1: Turn your bottle cap upside down. Put in a nice big pile of hot glue, keeping it as round and even as you can. DO NOT at this point put in your magnet. First of all, these magnets are not quite tall enough to keep the pointy sides of the bottle cap from touching the magnetic surface you're intending to attach these to. And secondly, because when the magnet snaps down into that puddle of hot glue, it's going to get all over your fingers and that crap hurts.
|I think it's looking at me...|
Step 2: Wait until the glue inside the bottle cap has cooled and solidified. Now, put a dot of hot glue on the magnet, and press the magnet, glue side down, into the bottle cap. Try to keep the magnet as level as you can. Hot glue is pretty forgiving here, and if you don't get it right, you can wait for it to cool down, pop out the magnet and try again.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Once I get to Gideon's body, work should progress much quicker because of his white suit.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Here's the bird, and next week, you'll see my progress on Gideon!
Friday, September 14, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Did not see that coming.
As far as the project goes, I'm down to the bottom of Kim's left shoe and her lower right leg. So, this might be the last time you see Kim until the next full project shot. We'll see what happens...
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Buttons or other embellishments
Hot glue gun and hot glue
Wire-cutters or snips, if using buttons with shanks
Step one: If using buttons with shanks, cut them off as close to the button as possible. Your goal is to get the back of the button as flat as you can.
|Gluing these is a bit of a pain.|
Step two: Put a dollop of hot glue on the back of your button, and press a push pin into it. You may need to try a couple of times, as the "flat" pushpins actually have a bit of a dome to them. Hold the pieces together until the glue cools.
Please note that this was a quick-n-dirty project, hence the hot glue. I'm guessing a few of these will pop off with use, and I will probably just hot-glue them back on. You could easily use a different adhesive (maybe superglue?) for a more sturdy end product.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Friday, August 31, 2012
Work on Kim Pine's skirt is finished and I'm a couple of lines in on her legs. As you can see, Tamara Chen is starting to sneak back into the picture because of where Kim's legs are. Will we see more of Tamara next week? WHO CAN SAY?
Monday, August 27, 2012
|All my horns start out as balls.|
|Then I shape them into horns.|
|Tray of horns, about to go into the oven.|
|Bowl of horns, cooling in ice water.|