This was my big project this Christmas. I have been wanting to make it for a couple years now and have had the bag of t-shirts hanging around the house, slowly growing larger and larger. So I made up my mind that this was it and sat down one night in November and started cutting the t-shirts and making stacks of squares, around 6 to 8 inches each, totally sloppy, no even edges or anything. THAT part took a long time and was exhausting, but I was able to do it in front of the TV, which is my favorite way to craft, so it was all good. Plus it got the ball rolling for the project.
I sewed the squares together into six foot long scarf-like strips and then started sewing those together to make one big piece, approximately six by nine feet. Perfection was not an option here, the idea of the blanket was to have something very homemade that a groovy college girl would love.
Bryan found me a HUGE needle in his vintage tools from his grandfather that was for sewing sails and things like that that are massive. It was like a super long sharp tapestry needle and it went thru the layers with ease, dragging the yarn behind it. I know he was nervous that I'd stab myself with it. Look at the size of this thing!
Putting the front and back together was the hardest part, especially considering it was like four days before Christmas and I was REALLY wanting to get this project done!!! I had made the back out of t-shirts as well with the intention to add batting in between, but the thing was so heavy that I thought she'd suffocate if she laid under the thing. I called it the lead x-ray blanket. So instead I ditched the batting and the back and opted for a colorful sheet instead. Bryan laid on it on the floor in the basement holding it down so I could pin it and I never did get it quite straight, but once the yarn ties went in, holding the front and back together where I wanted it to, I couldn't have been happier!
She loved it and wrapped herself up in it and stayed that way all of Christmas Eve. Mom has a photo of that, I'll try to get a copy and add it to this post.
ACK! I'm totally behind on posting and you KNOW I'm busy as heck considering it's 2 days before Christmas! I've been working on all kinds of things that of course I can't really mention, but I took some pictures of my decor that I'll put up shortly! Then I'll highlight some of my creations after I've given them away.
Mom hosted a small craft party last weekend and one of the projects was making these village houses. The body of the house is covered in a felted pinkish wool sweater and the roof is sheet music. She had a lot of items for us to choose from and the project just sort of took on a life of it's own. I am so proud of mine! Mom and Brooke made me feel amazing with their compliments.
I chose to use portions of different ribbon for the windows, doors and trim, and a snowflake ornament dangles from the center of the roof. The bleached white Christmas tree in the yard has a base made from a spool wrapped with music. I added teeny tiny gold beads as ornaments and another larger bead on top. The landscaping got a bit out of control but was so much fun!
Once I had the yard and gardens all glued on, I added the snow to the roof and ground and a light dusting on all of the plants. The final touch was a thick drippy layer of Mod Podge that I added iridescent mica flake to.
A house like this takes a few hours to make. But with friends working with me, a glass of wine and some Christmas music playing in the background, it really got me in the Christmas spirit!
Ok so here's my latest amigurumi I made for my friend Lauren who moved recently. She bought the yarn and specifically requested a puppy. I used a baby style soft yarn with a glossy streak for the body and worsted weight regular purple for the accents. This pattern came from Ana Pauli's book highlighted in my earlier blogs.
His head is floppy and he's very soft and very bad!
It's Halloween time and I'm not as hardcore as my friend Kara who is getting married next Saturday, October 25th. She collects Spooky Town from Michaels, an animated village of spooky houses and establishments. I am SO jealous! But my passion is Christmas, so I may hold off on collecting an animated village in favor of that. But I do have a few spooky crafts to show here. Like my glittered pumpkins above. I also transformed a birdhouse into a spooky haunted house complete with a "Halloween tree".
Ok now, brace yourself for cute overdose. My mother showed up last weekend with a doll pin witch she made for me, carrying a little trick or treat bag shaped like a kitty. So cute!
And as I'm currently going thru a big crochet phase, I'm particularly proud of my little pride and joy. He's the first of what clearly will be a large and complete collection of amigurumi made from my new book Creepy Cute Crochet.
My friend Kara is getting married and her bridal shower was a couple weekends ago in Los Angeles. I flew out to surprise her. But first I emailed all her friends and asked them to forward me photos for a photobook I wanted to put together for her. I have never done a scrapbook before, so I had to wing it. I found a plain white 3 ring binder book with blank white pages inside which I opted for over the premade scrapbooks with pages in plastic sheeting because I could be more spastic and creative with it.
I covered the front with paper flowers I found at AC Moore with glue at first and then a full coating of my favorite decopaging polyurethane, Anita's. The topped the centers of the flowers with buttons and ran ribbon down the side.
I found an awesome scrapbooking pad that had all kinds of matching goodies including double sided paper, tabs, stickers, etc. which made it easy for a first timer and began cutting and pasting all sort of pictures, attempting to keep each page themed. Each girl that contributed, I made a special page for and attached a letter tab to the side.
The main pages for each of the girls also had their initial and a few great pictures of them with Kara, or sometimes, just one was enough.
I also used plenty of little scrapbooking doodads, like a little statue of liberty and a bagel and a taxi and the letters NYC and stuff. Those make it really fun! I think Kara's favorite page was the last one. She and Dave got engaged in Paris, so I made a special page just for that. Here's a photo: I had so much fun making it and was totally emotional putting all of the pages together. Especially the one dedicated to her cat that had passed away. I cried everytime I saw it. My feet are definitely wet to scrapbooking now! But most importantly, she loved it!
Ok so at the beach, I slaved and slaved over this little guy for my friends Mandy and Scott's baby shower gift. She's got a weird thing for monkeys (pronounced "mun-tees"), so I decided to make one of these for her. This guy took a while because of those long limbs and the tail. But I think he turned out ok and they loved him!
And here's a group photo of all the amigurumi made by Mom, my sister and myself just in a week at the beach! (Lego was made already, but his outfit wasn't!)
As a sidenote... my mother feels that the pig turned out to be "Satan Pig" and refused to give it as a gift or alter it because apparently, it is just evil. I disagree, but it's ok I understand. The other day I was making a photo album and saw a picture of myself in which one of my pupils was HUGE and black (clearly an issue with the print) and I threw it away because it freaked me out so badly! It too, was evil. So I know how it feels to come to that decision.
Ok, so we're almost done... I think one more day of work and the house painting gig will be complete. Here's a few pictures I can post now of all the hard work. I'll post a final picture tomorrow of the completed project!
Here's the house before: Here's the house in mid green color change:
He used a paint gun which made the job go incredibly fast! He had the whole thing painted in like 4 hours! He's got that shield to keep from getting paint on the window. Here's the paint gun apparatus: So then the blue detail began and not a moment too soon. The light green on everything was causing me to stress out BIG time over the blandness... I felt like maybe we made a mistake. Until this blue showed up and both colors had some kind of reaction to one another and brought out all good things. Here's the blue being applied to the ceiling of the porch:And I'm working on the window trim. Final pictures to be posted shortly!!
My husband, sister, dog, sister's dog, friends Kara and Maurice and many other friends are all Leos. I have to admit, I LOVE leos! But I'm a taurus so of course I do. We both love "stuff" and love to have a good time. We're a good match. So of course I couldn't help but celebrate with my newest creation:
For as long as I can remember, my house has been an unnaturally bright green with white trim. When my family moved in, it was a bright minty green, so we really took a step up painting it more of a deep green, albeit bright. Then in the past decade, after I purchased the house, we had it painted again and there weren't too many options offered to me by the corrupt painter. The one I chose wound up being quite bright. I call it "Flock of Seagulls/Duran Duran/80's green" and my mother calls it "Cartoon House". And of course Dad says "... I like it!"
So we are painting it! I have before pics all ready to go and will post once we have completed it.
For those who know me, you can bet we won't be painting it something normal or drab, it will be exciting and for the record, I too am nervous about how it will come out. But I have faith!
Here's a collection of *some* of the things we created at the beach this year. I can't post the big cheese just yet, as is the case with gifts, but I will as soon as I am able!
First here's a nice photo of "Cuppy", the cupcake I made for my coworker.
My sister made her first crocheted animal on the trip as a baby shower gift. I was totally impressed by how easily she picked this up. This photo was taken just before it was finished when pins were still holding on the mouth and cheeks. Behold.... Octee the Octopus! (or so I was calling him)
And I spent a little time doting on my froggie, Lego. Now you can see he has a mouth and I made him a little green vest with a teensy pocket. heehee. Isn't he dashing? This photo really emphasizes that infamous leg, for which he was named. I swear it doesn't look that much bigger than the other one in person.... it's ... the angle of the photo... *sigh*. Whatever, I love him anyway.