Category Archives: Crafts

Psychodelic Horn

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I have had it in my head for quite some time now, that I wanted an antler to hang on the wall.  Not real antlers mind you, just a fake one.  I do not condone hurting animals.

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I do condone fun ways to hang items, like hats or scarves.  That is something I can dig.  So I made an antler out of Crayola Air Dry Clay (pretty fun stuff if you get the chance to play with it).  I then painted it.  I still wanted a little zing.  I mounted my faux antler to a piece of wood from Michael’s and painted it.  This is where the zing came into play.  I decided upon three different shades of blue and used the rings of the wood as my guide.  The end result is pretty trippy, but I like it.  It adds color, character and dare I say pizzazz to an otherwise boring wall.

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The only downside is that it’s not as mighty as I originally envisioned.  It’s a few tines short of being impressive.  Perhaps in the future I shall mold another, making it a pair.

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What would we call this?

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I have every intention of running again.  I like to run outside in the warmer months, but when old man winter moves into town I usually put the running shoes aside.  Yes I could get a gym membership, but that’s a waste of money when I can work out at home and let’s not forget that running on a treadmill is plain old BORING!  I can manage if I must, but I prefer the great outdoors.

It is still cold in my part of the world, although the temp. has been slowly creeping up.  But I figured once it gets a few degrees warmer I would start running again.  But any temperatures below 65 makes my ears ring and I get a strange metalic taste in my mouth.

To combat this I crocheted an ear warmer/head band.  For the life of me I can’t think of what these are called, but I know they have to have a name.  If you know, could you be so kind as to remind me.  I would appreciate it muchly.

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This project was super-duper easy.  Any beginner could do this.  Using a number 5 yarn I chained 11, turned and slip stitched in second chain from hook.  Continue to slip stitch in the remaining nine.  Turn and slip stitch in the chain next to hook.  Continue across.  I did this until I could wrap the piece around my head.  I gave it a little stretch because I didn’t want it to be too loose, nor too tight.

Now I can run comfortably, and dare I say stylishly.

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2 Chains? How ’bout 3 Chains

I am horrible at sending gifts and packages on time.  Horrible, absolutely horrible.  So I have been working on a little diddy bag for my best bud, and when I say working on, I mean for the past few months.  I started one project to have it not work out, so I made this necklace instead.

DSCF1774I plan on adding a few more diddies to the package.  What do you think?

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Painted Gold

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Little by little, R and I are adding to our home.  There is so much that we would like to do, but being on a budget limits what we can do at the moment.  So we take what we can get.

My mom gave us a couple of her plants that she thought would look good in our home.  Both of the plants have the potential(if I don’t kill them) to grow fairly tall.  The problem was that their current pots were too small.

Most of the pots I found were between $30 and $40.  If I were to buy two I could end up spending $8o.  That was not going to fly.  So I found a couple cheap terra cotta pots with trays for about $12.

DSCF1710 With a little paint I had on hand as well as a 3 for $1 sale at A.C. Moore, I painted both pots.  I didn’t really have anything in mind when I painted, so I just painted.  I liked how they turned out.

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Staying in the realm of Gold.  I continue to dig it.  Will I ever outgrow or tire of it?  I don’t know.  Anyways, I bought one of those cheap little mail sorters from Marshall’s for $4.  I didn’t like the original frilly look of it, so I painted it.  I don’t have any before images so imagine something hideous in pastel.

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Late.

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Ring-O!

So my sister bequethed unto me a bunch of jewelry she didn’t want anymore.  I gladly accepted all the baubles.  Most of it was costume jewelry or parts of costume jewelry.

While rummaging through the contents I came across multiple rings of varying sizes and it reminded me of this tutorial from HonestlyWTF.  I liked the macrame and perhaps I will make one with the other rings I have left, but for these pieces I went the easy route.

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Here is how I made mine.  I simply cut 4 lengths of waxed cord. 2 for a bracelt and 2 for a necklace.  Then I created a loop by folding the cord in half and placed it under the ring.  I then folded the cut ends over the ring and passed them through the loop, pulling to secure the cord to the ring.  I did this for each cord.

I used crimps to hold the loose ends of the cord together, then attached jump rings and a lobster claw clasp to both the bracelet and the necklace.

Super easy and super quick.

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I think I will wet down the necklace and slightly stretch it to remove the kinks in the cord.  I get a kick out of making jewelry from found items.  What about you?

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Hemp Coasters

 

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I orignally planned to use this project as one of my 52 Projects, but upon further reflection I decided it didn’t really fit the criteria for the 52 projects.  Yeah I already had the materials on hand from other projects but I wasn’t really repurposing.  So I am posting it as just a regular ole craft.

I wanted a few coasters for when R and I settle into the new place, but I didn’t want to have to buy any.  Some coasters can be pricey yo, so I made them myself.  These did take some time, and the naysayers out there might say “in the time it took you to make those spectacular coasters, it would cost you less to buy…” to which I would reply “where is the satisfaction in that?”

If you want to make some yourself, all you need is hemp twine, a crochet hook( depending on the thickness of your hemp your hook size may vary), a sheet of cork, and glue( I used E6000).

I wanted circular and square coasters so I made both.  I didn’t really follow a pattern, just wung it as I went.  But I will tell you this I used a half treble crochet stitch.  After I was satisfied with the size I glued them to the cork.  Once dried, I cut them out and BAM!, I had some cool rustic hippie looking coasters.

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I know it looks like I only made three, but I hadn’t made the last one yet when I took these pictures.  The lighting was relatively good so I seized the opportunity.

Also in full disclosure, the sometime perfectionist in me was a bit disappointed that the circles were not in fact perfect circles ( the squares were more forgiving) but the hemp isn’t an even thickness and therefore caused some problems.  But all in all I think they turned out pretty rad.

Have a lovely day.

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Finit!

Enough said.

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Byzantine Bracelet

About a week and a half ago my sister E and I took a class at the Potomac Bead Company.  She had bought me a beading class voucher for my birthday.  After looking over all the options I thought this one was closest to my style.  It’s a Byzantine Bracelet, simple enough to go with most anything.

I was surprised at how easy it was but it was very tedious.  I sustained a pretty nasty headache staring at the tiny jump rings.  But I like how it turned out and think I will make more for gifts.  I highly recommend taking a class if you have any interest in jewelry making.  It is quite fun and you have a lovely piece of jewelry when you finish.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend.  It seems this weekend is party central for me, not really.  Only two parties, but that is two more than usual.  Have fun!

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What’s To Come

I have big plans and ideas for this blog over the next few weeks.  Hopefully I achieve them all.  I tend to take on too many projects and become overwhelmed, and then one or two or three fall to the wayside.  Case in point the afghan.  But I’m feeling ambitious!  Anyways to keep your interest peaked, here are a few sneak peeks of what is to come.

  

There you have it.  So stay tuned.

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Craft Projects

I have been neglectful the past week.  Visitors and activities can be a good distraction, so I put a few things on the back burner, one of which was this blog.  But I am back.

Inspired by the recent change in season, I created and upcycled a couple autumn themed projects using warm colors and natural looking elements.

The first is a leather arrow barrette.  I had some leather scraps left over from a jacket I repurposed and I did not want them to go to waste.  This is what you will need.

Disregard the felt in the photo and the extra floss, I started out with something else in mind.  First cut a rectangle out of the leather and sew it to the barrette.  This will serve as a base for the arrow.  Draw and cut out an arrow slightly larger than the barrette.  Using your choice of floss and with a few straight stitches attach the arrow to the base and you have your leather arrow barrette.

For the second project I took some bangles and wrapped them with floss in different fall colors and patterns. I left the silver ones alone to maintain a natural element and also add some texture.

Not that difficult, but I think it will add a touch of autumn to whatever I pair these bangles with.

I’ll be back later with some more updates and projects.  I hope you have a lovely week.

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