Friday, February 17, 2012

Thing-a-Day 2012: #17 Felt Dahlia Pins

#17 Felt Dahlia Pins
Another felt craft from my huge stash. These are 4" pins, 3 layers of leaves with 2 small 4 or 5 petal flowers in the center covered with small beads.  I didn't have any pin backs in my stash so when I go to the craft store again, I'll pick some up so I can finish these. Only one of these is mine. The other will be used as a gift package decoration. I plan on making another one in purple and possibly one in yellow. I haven't quite decided. I think they are really pretty and they were super easy to make.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thing-a-Day 2012 - #16 Zentangles

#16 Zentangles
I discovered zentangles quite by accident several years ago. They're a fun way to relax assuming you don't stress yourself out deciding which patterns to use! I was given a book about zentangles for christmas a couple years ago and I love all the patterns that can be made with simple shapes and lines. I didn't stress too much over today's design. Being that it's February, hearts seemed to be the only way to go :)

Knitwit Files Vol 8: Side Slip Cloche

This pattern sucked.

I like patterns that actually give you specific stitch counts. If I'm going to follow a pattern to create a specific project, then the directions had better be crystal clear. This was a nightmare. I started this had pattern waaaay back in October! That's how frustrated I was. I had to restart it 8 times! Anyway, it's done. I finished it. And I most definitely will NOT be knitting another one!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Thing-a-Day 2012 - #13, 14, 15

#15 - Baker's Apron
I found this yummy fabric at the local Goodwill - on a 1/2 off Saturday, no less! - and knew it would make a great apron someday. And that someday is today! I tried to use a pattern found on the Martha site, but it didn't include directions and the pattern was in 13 pcs and I couldn't figure out how to piece it together. So I winged it. I measured it out, cut, sewed, cut again, sewed and ironed and sewed and now I have an apron to protect my clothes when I'm tossing stuff around the kitchen :)

#14 - Valentine's Day Card
Happy Valentine's Day! I have a bag of cards that came with some promo a long, long time ago. And you know I save stuff like that to use "someday". I was digging around in my stash thinking to make an ATC, but when I discovered that little bag of goodies, today's thing-a-day was a cinch.

#13 - Mustaches
Ok, this one is lame. I was lazy all day. Mondays usually go that way. And while I was waiting for dinner I knocked these out of some scraps of felt, thinking I'd attach them to some drinking straws and take a cute, funny family picture. No go. These 'staches arent' fit to be seen, let alone groomed for photo ops. I'll have to try again some other time, when I'm more likely to have the energy to actually care.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Thing-a-Day 2012 - #12 Nail Paint

#12 - Nail Paint
It's been a long while since I've bothered to paint my nails. The Girl got this nail art kit for Christmas and I thought today would be the perfect day to give it a try. So I painted my base in a lovely Vintage Blue from Avon and I did the designs in Blue Me Away by Sallen Hansen Xtreme. There is definitely a learning curve. I couldn't get the entire design to transfer, and by the time I figured out what I was doing wrong, I was on my next-to-last fingernail. Ah, well. Until next time!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thing-a-Day 2012 - #11 Hair Extensions

#11 Hair Extensions!
This is my friend Carrie. She's been wanting to put some red in her hair but she didn't want to mess with bleach and dye and having to repeat the process constantly to maintain her color. So I offered to put extensions in her hair that would allow her to keep the same, vibrant color until she was ready to take them out. We spent about an hour this morning putting the base extensions in and then she went to the salon to have them texturized and faded into her hair, since I am strictly forbidden by my sister to ever put scissors to hair. Then later she came back and I added some light, off-weft extensions to her hairline to help make the overall look a little more complete. It was so much fun, I can't wait for her to change colors :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thing-a-Day 2012 - #10 3-D Paper Ball Ornaments

3-D Paper Ball Ornaments
I found the instructions for this ornament here. I think the all white style is my favorite. I want to make some more of these in all kinds of sizes. I also want to try making a large one out of clear plastic or vellum and then insert a small, low watt light bulb inside to hang as a pendant light. I think that could be amazing!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Thing-a-Day 2012 - #9 Felt Valentines

Felt Valentines
I saw somewhere on the 'net some felt valentine ornaments, but I am running out of places to hang things so I left off the ribbon and made these to nestle in a bowl. Unfortunately, the bowl I wanted wasn't available, so I stuck them in my mondo mug. I think they're cute and I got to practice my blanket stitch again :)

Also, they were made completely with supplies I had on hand AND they are stuffed with scraps! Waste not, want not. I used up the scraps from these hearts in 3 of them and then pulled out a bag of fabric scraps from a bag I made a couple years ago. Yes, I kept my scraps for that long. Yes, I always keep the scraps. You never know when you may need a patch, or a small bit for another craft :)