Monday, April 29, 2013

All that work for a cat bed

So you remember this thrift haul, right?

Well, that sweater was purchased for a very specific project. I have been looking for a big red cabled sweater to make into a pillow for quite a while. And my patience was rewarded, for I finally found one.

We had some older couch pillows that were horrible, so I washed them and set to work making them better.

First the stuffing and "measuring" and then cutting.

I ran over the top edges of the cuts with the serger just so they wouldn't unravel. then the top seam got sewed together. Then the pillows went in and I crocheted the ribbed part together in a matching yarn.

And of course, it's already been adopted. They don't use the bed I made for them, but they'll use this.


Sunday, April 28, 2013


I spent a lot of time in the craft room yesterday.  The majority of those results are coming, but here's a few little bits that didn't quite fit in with anything else.

A pouch that was never finished long ago (but is now), and a removable pin cushion for my sewing machine, inspired by I Can Find The Time, which I found on Pinterest.

Friday, April 26, 2013

On Pinterest

I like Pinterest a lot. 

Sometimes I check to see if anyone has pinned anything from here at Craftykix. Lo and behold, some have.

And I'm generally ok with that.

Just please, if you're going to pin my stuff, make sure you're actually linking back to the entry with the image, ok? There are special places in hell for people who don't properly attribute things or give proper credit.

I do my best to find original entries for the projects I pin, I just ask the same of you.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Always the Wrong Season

Because it's probably impossible for me to make something seasonally appropriate, I made slippers when it's starting to be warm enough to not need slippers around the house.  Of course! But my mukluk ones are dying and I couldn't find them in the fall. BOO.

Remember that bluish purple sweater from the thrift run the other week? The body is now four balls of reclaimed yarn. And the sleeves?

Ready for action. Those are Boye Starting Points Slipper Soles on the right. Suede outside, fleecy inside.  And thankfully have holes prepunched, because I don't have the tooling for that.

How to? Sew them together, that's how.  That's it.  I also made some darts along the top of the foot so they'd lay right, but it's less than a three hour project if you don't count unraveling a sweater. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Meet the New Addition

In the misguided belief that anybody actually reads this thing anymore, let me show you my new thing:

I'm ready for it because I'm tired of sticking myself with pins when I try to make something for me. I need like 4 extra hands for that crap, and guess what? I only have two.

It's set up to my height and measurements and I'm not sure how I feel about that. I think it's too short. I feel taller than that. And of course, She Hulk shoulders are still bigger than this, so I'll probably have to add some padding there when doing shirts.

But overall pleased. They were on one day sale online at Joann, and I'm glad I sprang for it now, because I can't believe what they charge full price for these things...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


I made these this weekend, inspired by Pinterest - Oreo rice krispie treats:

Super delicious, by the way.

Also, sometimes craft can come in the form or creative repurposing. Behold my rifle ammo box lip balm storage:

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Stocking Up

When I was digging through my fabric stash the other day to find the cotton for my phone rest, I realized that there is no fabric in there that EXCITES me. It's not surprising, really. I did a lot of cleaning out before the move last year and in the fall, and I haven't done a lot of crafting since. There's no fabric in there screaming "ME ME ME USE ME."  Just some servicable cottons and basics for quick projects.  It all fits in a 17 X 20 plastic container. It's kind of sad.

So I had the opportunity to go to the fabric store yesterday and I dug through the remnants and found THIS:

Pink Buffalo(?) plaid.

This is only significant and exciting because I've been looking for a flannel shirt made with this exact plaid for AGES. There's not enough here to make a shirt, but it still makes me happy and I will find something to make with it.

I also stopped by the Goodwill, and found myself some projects.

The blue sweater is going to be deconstructed to use the yarn (lovely variegated worsted weight). The red sweater is going to be a pillow (hopefully two, it's a long sweater). I have had this idea for a while and just finally found the perfect sweater for it. The black and white shirt is going to be cut down to fit me. Also pictured is the hairpin lace loom that I picked up at Joann, because I want to make this cami top.

So the clothing is all in the wash right now, and I'm itching to get started.