Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ultimate Crafty Wishlist

I was daydreaming about what my ultimate crafty wishlist would be. Here is what I came up with. There are many different crafts I'd like to learn, and many are currently too expensive for me. However, I figured a wishlist would be a good way to put this request out into the world. Maybe someone will be awesome and send me some of this, or at least it's a good goal shopping list.

The top of my list is the Silhouette Cameo digital cutter and Wacom tablet. I want to learn how to turn my drawings into digital artwork and digitally replicate designs. I hand cut everything currently, so it would be great to easily resize and digitally cut them for big projects! I also love the look of laser cutting, so this could make that happen for me much easier than only using my craft knife. Some of the big items...the 3D printer and embroidery machine are more fantasy craft tools. I love making jewelry and fancy costumes, so both of these could be awesome at helping me do that. Everything else are various price points and either handy tools (the Dremel stand) or artforms I would love to learn and use for jewelry design.

What is on your crafty wishlist?

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DISCLOSURE: The above links are Amazon Affiliate links. If you purchase something using those links, I will receive a small compensation. Any income goes to fuel my craft endeavors...and perhaps means I can afford things on my wishlist!

Friday, November 21, 2014

HOLIDAY DIY: 9 Waterless Snowglobes

Ever since I was a little kid, I've been mesmerized by snowglobes. The way the glitter and snow swirls and falls is magical. However, the idea of making my own has always been daunting. The solution? Making waterless snowglobes. You get the look of a real snowglobe without adding messy water. Many of the tutorials below are reuses of easily found things...jars and glasses. Two use clear ornaments that can be easily found at craft stores around Christmas. This is a great way to have a long lasting snowglobe and do a kid friendly project. I'm going to try some of the jar ones.

1. My So Called Crafty Life - DIY Vintage Bell Jar Inspired Ornaments
2. All Things Heart and Home - Easy Snow Globe Ornaments
3. Domestic Fashionista - Snow Globe Inspired Ornaments
4. Project Wedding - Snow Globe Ornaments
5. My Desert Cottage - Waterless Snowglobes
6. Something Sweet Design - Waterless Snowglobes
7. Michelle Smith - Green Glass Snow Globes
8. The 36th Avenue - Looking Glass Snow Globe
9. Anyone Can Decorate - Mason Jar Snow Globes

These are great for gifts too. You could make several for a stunning centerpiece, table scape, or mantle spread. You could go more traditional, or funky, depending on your style. Whatever you choose, enjoy the creation process and final magical snowglobe. Happy Makery!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UPDATE: Life or Something Like It

When I'm busy working on several big projects at once, sometimes I let my normal blog posts slide. Honestly I haven't felt very inspired to write about fashion stuff. That's perhaps because I've been doing that for many years and though I still have some material left to cover nothing has really grabbed me. I do have some ideas drafted, waiting for supplies to arrive or the mood to strike. Just one of those things I guess. However, I have been busy working on projects in conjunction with Craft Test Dummies, Fairfield World, and a blog hop. Here is a peek at what I've been up to lately.

On November 4th, I took Alex to our voting poll like normal. It's at an elementary school, so we took advantage of the playground. She did most of the playing.

I made this bag for the Robert Kaufman Fat Quarter Face-Off. It didn't win, but I'm ok with that.

In conjunction with a Mod Podge Furniture product review for Craft Test Dummies, I made over two matching nightstands. They don't match anymore, other than structure, but they do make the bedroom a bit more special. One is silver and glittered...mine of course.

For my husband's nightstand, I decoupaged crumpled and torn tissue paper onto it, painted it black, and sealed it, for a faux leather finish.

I reviewed the Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss for Craft Test Dummies. I made a few fancy gift items. I'm hoping they hold up to the dishwasher. They have to cure for about a month before I can test them further. A follow up post will happen in a few months.

For Veteran's Day, I shared this photo of my grandfather's WWII uniforms, that my parents recently gave me. He was in the army.

Of course, I can't forget my kitty helpers. Here is Pippi in an empty box of Poly-fil. She's a fan of boxes she can fit in, as she's a large cat.

Sophie kept me company while I was finishing this mug warmer wrap for Fairfield World.

She also kept watch of my interlining for the makeup brush roll and bag that I created for a Handmade Holiday Gift blog roll that's coming up next week. Below is a peek at the outside of that roll. The tutorial for this will be on Monday.

That's all for now. Back to working on projects and writing tutorials.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SEWING: Fat Quarter Face-Off with Fairfield World and Robert Kaufman

This project is part of the Fat Quarter Face-Off with Fairfield World and Robert Kaufman. This is a competition between the designers. The competition runs from today, November 5, 2014 till November 16, 2014 at 9:55pm. There is also a giveaway for those that do vote for any of the designers. Details for the competition and giveaway are below. 

This reuseable Winter gift bag uses fabric from Robert Kaufman's Winter Grandeur Indigo Fat Quarter stack and Smooth Interlining from Fairfield World. Holiday gifts often come with a lot of waste from packaging and wrapping. A reusable gift bag is great way to give a gift that is both what's inside and the bag it came in. The bag can double as a tote bag. It's fully lined, so it's reversible if needed. This fat quarter stack came with a Christmas Tree panel, but I'm saving that for another project. I used the quilt as you go method for the outside, quilting and bonding the fabric to the Smooth Interlining, as I added strips. The lining is normal patchworked strips. The handles also have the Smooth Interlining, for added stability. Each seam has decorative topstitched designs, playing off the fabric prints in color and design choice.

The bottom of the bag is folded inwards, like a gift bag is stored.

The bag bottom is expanded fully. Here are some details of the decorative topstitching.

These are views of the bottom boxing. The bag is soft enough for the bottom to be folded in half, or folded up again to compress more for storage. The bag still retains it's stability when sat up and used.

The handles are double sided, using two colors of the same print. There is decorative leaf topstitching around the handle. There is Smooth Interlining inside the handles, to make them more stable and comfortable to use. The inside of the bag is fully lined with striped of two fabrics, and boxed the same way the bag outer is. The lining does not have Smooth Interlining added, as the one layer on the bag outer is sufficient. The top edge of the bag is covered in a matching quilt fabric. It has two types of top stitching to secure it and bind the edge.

That's all for this project. There was a lot of sewing involved, which was a combination of basic construction and decorative stitching. This bag will likely get a lot of use this Winter.

Please check out the other bloggers participating in the event and vote for your favorites. Voting starts on Wednesday on the Fairfield World Blog

The designers are competing for prizes. The winning Master Maker will get a $75 Amazon card, Second Place $50 Amazon card and Third Place $25 Amazon card. All others will get love and gratitude.

Not only could they win something but you could too! There is a giveaway for voters to win a Fat Quarter Bundle and choice of a bag of Poly-fil batting or Poly-fil Fiberfill. .

Leave a comment on the Fairfield World blog answering this question. What you would make if you won? 

We will randomly select TWO winners from the comments.

Good luck! Vote for me!

Monday, November 3, 2014

COSTUME: Half Skull and Beauty Makeup

For Halloween evening, my husband and I went to see a Halloween themed burlesque show at Gallery 5, that a few friends were putting on. I needed a last minute costume and wanted to incorporate skull makeup. I chose to go as "Miss Undead", a deceased beauty pageant winner. I quickly threw together a half skull and beauty makeup. I've been doing more dramatic beauty makeup, on the rare occasion I wear makeup, so the beauty side reflects that in a toned down version. I kept the skull basic and somewhat anatomically correct (the cheek hollow is too big, but that's hindsight).

For the skull, I used Ben Nye's white creme makeup applied with a foundation brush (I have for white and one for normal foundation). Over that, I used a Death White powder. For the black areas, I used a black Rimmel shadow eyes stick, Sugarpill eyeshadow in Bulletproof, and a dark grey Jane eyeshadow. For the teeth, I used the same black and grey eyeshadows. I used different eyeshadow brushes to blend the edges. I was rushing, so it's not as blended as I would have liked.

For the beauty side, I used Studio Effect foundation in bisque (I need a paler shade), Shiseido's creme concealer in their palest shade (still not light enough), and Clinique translucent powder in their palest shade. I used the grey Jane eyeshadow for a contour and Maybelline champagne eyeshadow for a highlight. For my eyes, I used the Rimmel black shadow eyes stick, Sugarpill Bulletproof, a silver Jane eyeshadow, and a Rimmel black liquid eyeliner. My lips are a random red old Wet N Wild color. I have on false eyelashes that I bought post-Halloween a couple years back.

A look at my mouth.

A look at my eyes.

Miss Undead needs a tiara of course! I used a clear hair comb and black wire to make this. I used bobby pins to help hold it in place on my head.

My husband took this photo of me at dinner.

This is my full costume at Gallery 5.

That's all for my Halloween costume. My husband wasn't able to dress up, due to time conflicts. However, you can see our daughter's Weeping Angel Costume here. Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31, 2014

COSTUME: Undead Prom Queen

I was never a prom queen, and never really wanted to be one. However, I needed a quick last minute Halloween costume. I decided to be an Undead Prom Queen. This was mostly because I wanted to do a partial skull makeup and needed to come up with something to coordinate with that idea. I already have most of these things, including a black gown. I do have to make the sash and gloves. The tiara will be from Dollar Tree if I can get it to stay in my short hair. Otherwise, I'll wear a fascinator. I'll share photos some time next week of all our Halloween costumes from this year.

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