Sunday, December 8, 2013

Loose Ends

So today's icy forecast was a good day to tie up some loose ends. I finally lined the camouflage bag, and since the pillow form arrived and I had been to the fabric store, the spiral became a pillow.

The only teal jersey I could find at the Joann was a kind of burnout design, but that's ok. With the white of the pillow form underneath it's kind of a nice accent. As per usual, the longest and most annoying part is the hand finishing and sewing the spiral onto the jersey cover once that was finished.

And in the crafting with food portion of the day, I made homemade scalloped potatoes and also tried a recipe for microwave caramels that turned out pretty decent.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Study in Spiral

20" round, three yarns originally harvested from a Target scarf.

And surprisingly the cat has not sat on it yet. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Saturday Speedy

Inspired by Pinterest, I decided to tackle the spray paint artwork revamp idea that's going around.  I had a canvas that I had started something on but only had gotten a background done, so why not?

Bought paint and masking tape at Lowe's, and set to work masking a herringbone pattern. This was by far the most time consuming part of the project. With all the trimming and such it took at least an hour. I'm kind of glad I didn't start with a bigger canvas.

Masked and ready...


What kind of paint you get will determine your drying time and how messy it is. This came in the old school can with lots of blowback and my hand ended up almost entirely gold too. Call me Midas, I guess. It came off with nail polish remover, thankfully.

Let it dry for a bit, then start peeling off your tape.

And the final result I'm quite pleased with!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Lotus 1

Not the car.
Not the birth.(ew)
Not the flower.
Not the yoga pose.

The smock/camisole pattern.

(the desk is clean for once.)

This is what's been driving me nuts for the past week.  

But this is only the first one. I wanted to do a test run before I attempted it in the yarn I really wanted, and I'm glad I did. There's some sneaky bits in that pattern.  But now I know what to do (and not do) for the next one.  And I've also created more work for myself because both of these will need a lining. And because I'm going to need to make myself another loom. The standard Boye loom just will not work for this.   

Anyway. This frustrated me, but now that I'm through the learning curve, I'm ok.  I'm still frustrated, but that's with my whole life, not just the project.  I sewed up two little zipper pouches last week for no good reason, and ended up cutting them back up yesterday. I actually THREW AWAY FABRIC, too.

But anyway. Look, finished stuff! 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Quick Rehab

Tackled a quick project the other night: re-covering a glasses case. The fabric came from a tie I thrifted for a wristlet (that didn't work out).

Haven't worked with the glue gun for a while, as proven with the burn on my thumb. Ouch. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Organized Chaos

So as mentioned, I've been trying to do some stash busting. I have a bunch of little pieces of fabric, and a few big pieces, none of which I am super excited about. These are all the "meh" prints and stuff that I didn't want to really get rid of but didn't have anything in mind. 

Which brings us to the skull print. 

As proven, I like my skulls. I don't remember what I originally bought this for but it ended up as a temporary bag lining and then a Grab it and Go wallet (which is holding up well but needs to be washed). 

But for anything else, it's just...too...busy. Too busy for a full clothing item (for me, anyway), not that I had that much of it.

I saw a "hanging organizer" in a catalog the other day, and like every crafter, went "I could make that.". So I sketched something up. And the only fabric I had enough of in the stash was the skulls.

Pen slots in the bottom, two pockets in the middle, expanding pockets in the top. Right now there's a slot for a rod in the top, like a curtain. I am debating putting grommets in the top strip for hanging but am undecided at the moment.

I'm actually super happy with how the shaping of these top pockets ended up.  Despite the fact that I can't sew in a straight line.  Thanks for magnifying that, accent stripe!

I think if I had been better prepared and planned it out, I would do it with solid color pockets (see, BUSY). But for a spontaneous weekend afternoon throw together, I'm satisfied. Now I just have to figure out where I'm going to put it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Just a Note

Tutorials and process details will probably be scarce around here, at least for the foreseeable future. It's kind of a pain to remember to take pictures while I'm actually in a creative flow, not to mention I end up working and finishing things when there's really crappy light.

And...I'm not really seeing the point,  either.

Why is that? I have received exactly ONE piece of valid (non spam) feedback on any pattern or tute I've created in all the years Craftykix has existed.  Bitter? Meh. Realistic?  Yeah.

So...I hope you enjoy seeing my end products, and if you'd like to see processes,  SPEAK UP!!

You Can't See This Bag, Part Deux

So despite the stash busting, of course I picked up more fabric on the last walk past the remnant bin. Duh. I netted about a half yard of digital camo canvas.  

So I made a duffel.

Loosely based on the Funky Travel Bag tutorial on Craftster, interfaced on bottom and sides.

It doesn't have a lining yet because I didn't have anything appropriate (or long enough) to use. It also doesn't sit up as well as I'd hoped. I may have to end up interfacing the side lining as well for some more structure.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Busting Stash

Next up in the pile of fabric, the remnants of the supply for the peacock bag and some white cotton...


Tablet sleeve. 

Not padded, this is more of a dust cover. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Doling out Dolmans

There is a tutorial making the rounds on Pinterest for Dolman sleeve tops. I dig those, mostly because Dolman sleeves means there's adequate room for my weird arms and shoulders with no She Hulk action.

Loosely following the tutorial, I laid out my material and traced an existing top of mine.

And true to form, it didn't work perfectly. It would have if I had been using jersey that stretches like everyone else, but I'm doing some stash busting. I'm not sure what this stuff is, really. It's left over from a black dress I made WAY back in the day and has been traveling along unused ever since. It has some give to it, but not as much as a t-shirt, and when I tried it on, it was too tight at the bottom. So triangle insert panels to the rescue and now it's perfectly wearable.

I would like more of these at some point, but I'm kind of over working with Jersey for a while. Maybe later. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Spooky Recycling

I love Halloween stuff. My inner Goth Girl still loves things skully and black and spiderwebby. 

So of course I'm going to hit up the 70% off holiday section at the Joann. And I'm going to snag a skully hand towel for $1.80.

But I don't need more towels, certainly not white ones. But look at that skull! 

So it became a zipper pouch. I know, I need more of THOSE like a hole in the head but it's skull so shut it. 

I wanted to keep the skull front and center and the ribbon trim at the bottom. And a rounded top. I think I actually got TOO round, but it works. 

Black lining and it's actually big enough to fit my tablet. Not bad for under 2 bucks.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Last year I didn't dress up for Halloween. I did my bloody manicure and probably wore my Misfits shirt, but no costume. This year my friend and I decided that we were going to dress up for work. This meant I needed to find something simple, work appropriate and no large props.  So I searched Pinterest, made a stroll through the Halloween store (overpriced) and debated a few things and finally settled on...

So I printed out badges, colored (because laser printer doesn't do color) and assembled them, and dug out some white fabric to make an apron.   

The logo on the front is sharpie on interfacing, ironed on.  Add some eyeliner and red lipstick, try to make the hair behave with a blue headband, and you get....

Did I mention I'm not a big fan of selfies?

Flo was a big hit at work. Friend was an awesome witch with a sparkly spiderweb hat. We and two other people were the only ones to dress up in the entire building. 

So Happy Halloween, and Blessed Samhain!!

*(Irony: my coverage is actually through Allstate, but I don't think I could have pulled off Mayhem)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


There is only so much light in the craft room, with it being on the north side of the house. 

Sure, I can tackle many projects in one day, but I'll be cursing by the time I'm almost done with the third. 

Sewing machine needles are only meant to take so much abuse. 

Creativity and motivation abandon you too, only to come back a half an hour before you have to be asleep.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Odds and Ends

This weekend I tackled a project that has needed to be done for over a year. I finally put knobs on the three kitchen drawers.  Better late than never and now every time I have to go for a spoon I kick myself for not doing it sooner. 

I crocheted two dishrags while watching TV, just to use up some skein remnants. Still not really inspired or motivated for a new project yet. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Finally, socks.

Finally, the gray socks are finished.  It took almost a year, according to my project page on Ravelry. At least they're done before cold weather.

I can say with a decent amount of certainty that I will probably not knit another pair of socks.  I am a painfully slow knitter and I don't have the attention span.  I've now done top down and toe up and learned about short rows and failed Kitchener stitching, and you know what, that's enough. 

Also, I frogged the Luna sweater. Since my post it fell off my pattern page, I had no clue where I left off, and I just wasn't feeling it anymore. So now I have 6 skeins of the same yarn for something else. Not sure what yet. I still like the pattern and will most likely try it again at some point with some other color.

Kind of feeling very uninspired at the moment. Floundering, really.

(eta: apparently this is also post 300 for the Craftykix blog. So go have Halloween candy to celebrate)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Word Recycling

I guess the folks in marketing are earning their paychecks, because there are numerous new names and terms out now that describe things that already existed.

OMBRE: What used to be called "gradient" or "grown out roots."

UPCYCLING: What used to be called "making something else out of old stuff."

And now for the thing that's bugging me.

Pinterest is blowing up with everything chevron.

But you know what people? It is NOT a "chevron blanket." It has been and always will be a "Ripple Afghan."

Monday, August 26, 2013

One Step at a Time

One of the things about buying a foreclosure is that there's usually so much to be done that you can't renovate everything at once. Even with a cheap house price (ha!), it's just not financially feasible.  So while our dining room and downstairs hall floors sucked, they were functional. Besides, we spent enough money the first year fixing up other things.

Earlier in the year I decided that I had enough of the scratched and curling vinyl in the downstairs hallway. It looks gross and dirty even when you've cleaned it.  So we went looking and found something else we liked, and then (there's always an "and then) it turned into doing both the hall and the dining room in Linkwerks Vinyl Plank Flooring. They put it in some of the newly remodeled dorms of the university here in town, and it's supposed to be super durable. It looks like wood, has a grain to it, but care like vinyl.  Ok, that works for me. Aside from the color, I'm really not that picky about it.

So here is the dining room before:

What you can't see is the large reddish stain by the door that I still haven't figured out what is...
Blood? Rust? Cranberry juice stain?The mark of the beast? 

And here's the After (post installation, pre-cleaning):

The downstairs hall before:

(Yeah, you try and get a picture of a whole hallway floor...)

And after:

It matches the stairs so well, I'm very pleased. Here, I took a REAL picture, too...

Are we done with changes? NO.
The kitchen floor (ceramic tile) has decided that whatever material is underneath is not good enough and has started to crack and shift, including one mouse sized chunk by one door that just floats because it's trapped under the threshold.

The roof and HVAC still need to be rehabbed/replaced.  We've repaired the roof already, but it will need to be replaced in the next year or so.  And this is the first thing downstairs other than the laundry room that has been touched.  We don't really have a plan for those rooms, they're mostly acting as storage now.

One step at a time...

Friday, August 23, 2013

Add More Bracing

This time in pink tones:

Easy project for a rainy afternoon while waiting on flooring installation (more on that Monday).

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Stick It Already

Hey whats that cute little thing?

Needle book! Wallet. Whatever. It holds needles.

Made from part of a fat quarter I've had in the stash for a while, and some felt. I didn't use a pattern, so the corners are a little hinky. If I were to make these for other people's use, I would definitely go back and work on that, but my sewing pouch doesn't care.  It was a nice little improvisational diversion because I wasn't ready to put away the sewing machine yet.

The loop is a crocheted chain of some sort of thread I harvested from something thrifted a long time ago. Button from the magic button box of "ok, what did this come off of?"

I'm finding I like the look of top stitching more and more lately, not sure why.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

State Spirit

I haven't been so crafty as of late. We've had a lot of family time recently, and while it's nice, it doesn't really make for productivity.

I modified one of DH's old shirts into a tank for me:

Pretty sure it's required for all Central VA residents to own a UVA shirt, even if you didn't study there.

And on the trip up north my TV yarning was a swiffer cover using Stitch11's Pattern using Sugar & Cream cotton. I'm so not going to take a picture of my floor mop, so....imagine. It's blue.

So I started with a Virginia project, and I'm ending with a Virginia beginning.

My grandma's land has a bunch of quartz, and when I was a youngster (I know, demerit point for using "youngster") I would go out and gather the crystals. I hoarded them for a while, but let some of them return to their habitat and only kept what I was going to use. One that has traveled with me from house to house since then is this one, and I think you'll see why:

The irony is that I found it in WEST Virginia. DOH!

So since I've been on a state shaped jewelry pin fest lately, I think I'm going to make this into a necklace. I'm just not entirely sure how to wrap it yet, because I don't want the Southwest corner to break off while I'm wearing it. I will figure it out eventually.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Birthday Girl Goodies

Now that they've been gifted, I can reveal.  I made a reversible pinafore dress for the grandbaby.

I used this pattern from SecondSister, and it was super easy. The hardest part for me were the buttonholes, because that was a brand new skill I had to learn.

One side is butterflies (my favorite):

The other is daisies:

While I was at the fabric store, I saw some of the elastic ruched "ready dress" material, so I snagged a bit and made dress number two:

 And of course, there is a tiny tote to match, because if there's one thing toddlers love, it's putting stuff inside other stuff:

Happy 2nd Birthday B! We love you!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Brace Yourself

I got on a bracelet kick.

Made from waxed linen cord, "E" beads. I saw this on Pinterest, which led to this listing (which is no longer in stock, as with most of the stuff I like on Etsy). This one doesn't have a clasp, as it's easy enough to roll over my hand. I actually started it a while back, but got stuck on how I wanted to tie the beads, and sat and reworked it while we rewatched Red the other night.

Another Pinterest idea find. I really like how this looks. Leather cord & tube beads, 5 total.

This one was pure imagination. I bought the hammered rings for a different idea, but realized when I got them that I actually needed bigger ones for that (Always double check how big 16 millimeters is before you add to cart). So I had some wire and some beads and well, one thing leads to another...

Monday, July 8, 2013

Pattern Rookie

So one of the whole downsides of the "long torso" thing is that shirts are never right. Long sleeves are never long enough. Short sleeves aren't even long enough (CAP SLEEVES ARE THE DEVIL). And the whole shirt isn't long enough, because mama don't show midriff.  Even the shoulders are wrong, but in the opposite way. They're not wide enough in the back (SHE HULK MAD), but everything is cut too low in the front. WTF.

Anyway. So one of the whole reasons for buying the dress form was so I could start making my own shirts instead of modifying everything. Not that modifying isn't fun, but still.

So I decided that I would start out by making a tank, using a tank that I like as a pattern.  Sounds simple enough, right?

Insert snort of derision here.

So when I was tracing, I discovered that the front half of the tank I was using is bigger than the back. No big deal, I can see that's where it gets some shaping. I learn things when I look at stuff.

But apparently when I traced the back, I traced a little skinny, because once I had everything pinned together, it wouldn't even fit over the dress form's (and therefore my own) boobs.  Awkward.
And the fabric that I'm using is not as stretchy as the original tank.

Side panels to the rescue. Sort of. It was still really awkward after I got those sewn in.

So....back panel! Yep, I sewed a strip right up the middle of the back. It's not an obvious pattern, so it matches.

And now when you lay it flat, the back panel is the same size as the front panel.

It fits. But I'm still not happy with it.

So...I guess I'll just use the front piece of the pattern twice if I intend to make another. Which right now I'm not that keen on. I won't say it was a waste of time. But I'll sure think it.