Oct 11, 2007

things to carry things

since i've moved to montana, i really haven't made anything. i definitely haven't posted anything on this blog for quite some time. recently, my mom told me how how make a really simple, flimsy bag out of an old t-shirt. making these bags out of "my sized" shirts is just ridiculous, so i went to the local goodwill and found a couple of baby-sized t-shirts to experiment with. they're still pretty ridiculous and flimsy, but also fun.

i've also made my first wallet with some kickass vintage fabric that my mom's friend, who runs a recycling center, salvaged for me. mom sent a care package for me not to long ago with a bunch of crafty seasonal stuff that she had made, and also enough of this fabric to make a king sized blanket and have enough left to reupholster a large sofa. anyway, my previous wallet had mysteriously disappeared...then i found it three days later in the trash and smelling like rotten bananas. what motivation to create something new!!! i'm pretty proud of it...

Mar 22, 2007


i'm so excited! i actually finished a purse, and it looks decent! i used fabric from two vintage pillowcases that i had lying around and this pattern

i actually took the time to measure out and make my own version of the pattern with an old newspaper. i decided to go ahead with the inside pocket, but didn't have the patience for the button closure. maybe i'll add velcro or something in the future...

this project was successful AND resourseful in the recycling sort of way. i can't wait to make more!

Mar 15, 2007

recycled calendar postcards

yesterday i finally made some postcards with my 2006 Van Gogh calendar. hooray! i finished with 18 total and sticky hands from spray adhesive. they're so pretty!

Feb 26, 2007

felt balls

yesterday, we were all recovering from (hopefully the last) winter storm...out of boredom I decided to try my hand at making some felt balls with the left over roving i had from my felted soap venture earlier this winter. it was a lot of fun to make these things...and i think i could like the idea of making stuff out billions of little felt balls...

also i just finished this weird little owl thing i started out of felt scraps like a month ago...

Feb 19, 2007

another beanie + pom pom!

On thurday night, Rayna showed me how to make pom-poms...i started a hat from some of the huge bag of yarn i got for christmas and just finished it last night! I think i could have made it a bit longer, but oh well...

Feb 15, 2007

successful beanie!

i finally made a beanie that will fit a normal adult-sized head! i used this pattern as an example for the amount of increases needed. I used two strands of worsted weight acrylic yarn in contrasting colors with an N hook (that i finally purchased the other day!). i wasn't planning on having the green band at the bottom, but i ran out of the yellow...and actually i think it looks much better than it would have with all yellow and green. its too big for me, and too small for the BF's GIANT head, so i'll be passing this one along to some lucky cranium.
i swear i'm not covering up herpes in this pic. or am i? afterall, it is the day after VD...

*edit* here's the new and proud owner of the hat,our neighbor, Chris.

Feb 12, 2007

pantalones & kitty toys

so, i made some pajama pants out of the fabric the wonderful Kristi Papesh gave me as a gift. i did okay, but didn't really make the casing (waist) the right size for the width of the elastic. Sometimes my patience is limited, especially when i'm excited, so instead of ripping the seam out and trying again - i forged forward. they work... they stay on my ass and keep my legs warm...but i've learned my lesson. my next pair will be fabulous!

i also broke out the sewing machine and some felt pieces the other day and created some avereage-looking simple cat toys. the kitties freaked out. check it:

oh crap, and i forgot to mention that i FINALLY met a person of the male persuasion that knows how to crochet!!!! life is good.

Jan 8, 2007

its been awhile...

well, since my last post i've done x-mas gift crafts - the big one being my mom's chenille lapghan. i did this with a size Q crochet hook...and the lovely wenk is modeling it for me. as that skanky and talentless
fergie ferg would say, CHECK IT OUT!

also, i decided to do something with the big broken stereo thing today. i took it out of it's cabinet, took the glass door off and made it into a new "media center" to go next to the bookcase in the living area.

as i was taking the glass door out to the dumpster, i realized that i could do something AWESOME with it and a box of rockstar trading cards that we've had in the closet for about a year now.

the glass piece is a bit bigger than the desk itself but it should work...so long as i don't go crazy with the sewing machine.

oh, and i know you're wondering about the awesome tackle box. it is THE BEST X-MAS gift EVER! from kristi....along with the fabric shown in front of it on the desk. here's a couple of close -up pics of kristi's boredom-turned-craftiness