Monday, November 1, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Making a pinata is relatively easy, but a bit time-consuming. It really isn't bad at all if you can watch some TV or a movie while you work. They really don't require too much intense concentration. I made this one with a jumbo balloon, newspaper, homemade paste (flour/water), tissue paper, Tacky Glue and twine. If you'd like more specific instructions, just ask! Otherwise there are directions all over the internet on the basic pinata.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
As if on cue, a good friend of mine pointed out an adorable pattern to me, the LTK Giving Pixie Hat. Oh, the cuteness!!! And I could still make my little guy something to go with the nifty Packer onsie my mom got for him. I wasn't sure how the sizing would be and while the pattern was telling me I should probably go for a Medium, I went with the Small. I mean, this kid's head isn't that big. I then proceeded to knit to a smaller gauge. Brilliant. Soooooo... As soon as I was done knitting hat #1, I began hat #2. You live, you learn, you follow the directions...sometimes. Regardless, it was a pretty quick knit and pretty darn simple. Moving the stitch markers in and out of the work to do the decreases was kind of a pain, so after a few rounds I just pulled them out altogether and remembered where to decrease instead. It turned out great!
If we could just get him to keep it on his head... Notice how his father is holding his arms down in the first two pictures? Yeah. All of my hopes and dreams of Phinny being a baby hat model have been shattered.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Off I ran to the nearest Jo-Ann in hopes they still had the fabric. No luck. So then I go all the way across town to the next closest Jo-Ann, and they did have it, but a different dye lot so it didn't match mine. That would be the point where I gave up. With only days until the wedding, there was no way I could hunt down the fabric in a matching shade and have the dress made in time. Off to the mall I went. *sigh*
And as you may or may not be wondering, no, I didn't finish my dress form either. We moved and it got put on the back burner. Once I confirm that it is still my size, I will be assembling it. I almost posted the pictures of the actual form portion being created, but me wrapped in duct tape looks a heck of a lot like me, silver and naked, so I couldn't bring myself to do it. I may change my mind and post them once the project is completed and I post the rest of the pictures, I am totally covered after all, it's just a weird thing to see yourself like that.
So on my updated, short-term agenda, I will be finishing my dress form, but before that I will be doing a couple art smocks for Kai and his cousin Malia, just like the ones my mom made for me and my siblings when we were kids. These shouldn't be too difficult, just dress shirts with shortened/elasticized sleeves so the kiddos have something to wear for Art class at school. We have a deadline though, so I know they will get done. I'll post pictures when I'm done because while they won't be anything exciting, at least they'll be finished. :)
Friday, March 5, 2010
As for seeing it coming...the dress. I really should've expected this... I searched high and low for a sleeve that refused to be found and then I lucked out by finding the same fabric at the store I purchased from a year ago. Even they said I lucked out since it's a closeout shop. So, I was thrilled and set to work on my dress. I finished the sleeves and the band around the waist, just needed to hem it. I was too excited to wait, so I tried it on... and it didn't fit and never will. I have measured myself and I'm about back to my normal size everywhere, but the band that is supposed to run under the bust makes it's way directly across mine. Awesome. I'm not surprised, really, I have had this problem with shirts and dresses in similar styles, so I don't know what I was thinking. It's beyond any alterations I can do, so It's now back on my desk, waiting to be hemmed, but I can't bring myself to put the work into something I can't even use. But this brings me to my next project...
A dressform. I will not be buying a dressform. One of the reasons I like to make things is because it's fun, another is because I can make something unique, but another is that I don't have a lot of money to buy a wardrobe. Dressforms, if you haven't looked into buying one, are expensive. So I, with the help of my husband, will be making a dressform. I found directions on the internet and will be getting most of my supplies today, so I'll be sure to post the results soon. I'm excited about this one! Not only will I get a clone of myself (there really should be more of me around :P), I will be able to alter my patterns to fit ME, thus wasting less of my time and money and stuff that ends up not fitting. Brilliant!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Next up on the agenda is to finish the dress I started for Easter last year. When I realized it wasn't going to fit my quickly expanding, pregnant frame, I put it on hold for other projects and just left it there. I started hand-stitching the inside of the waist, have a little machine sewing to do before I can finish up by hand, but in order to do that I have to find me a sleeve. I have no idea where it went or how, but I either have to find it or dig out the fabric and hope I can find the pattern piece. This is what I get for not finishing in the first place. I'm just hoping after all this that it will actually fit. I'm almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but still nursing, so my size isn't quite what it normally is, if you know what I mean. :)
Well, that's what we have to expect in the next week or so, a picture of a scarf and a dress that could very possible be way to tight in the chest to actually wear. Back to searching for a sleeve!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Isn't she a cutie? And making something pink is always a nice change of pace. :) I hope she gets a lot of use out of it.