What do we have here? Some fantastic (and so easy to make!) Christmas tree or even gift tags you can make this season. Tracy from Art Resurrected shares this great tutorial on the Amazing Mold Putty blog on how to make these great tags.
The idea behind them is so simple, and I’m sure anyone could make these, even without a lot of the tools she uses in her tutorial. All you really need is polymer clay, some ribbon, paint, and a few basic tools for working with the clay. Check out the full tutorial here!
My friend Christy on Twitter shared this link to this fantastic knitted irrational skirt! Using the digits of Pi, and working the rows using Fibonacci numbers, this skirt is so cool! She also did all of the prime numbers on the skirt in blue- how much math geek can you fit into a project?
Its worked as a long strip and then stitched into a spiral afterwards if I read the description correctly. Seriously, I absolutely love this, though I think its a bit much for me to take on right now.
Thursday Mattie’s Dad and brother came by for Thanksgiving dinner. We had tons of food, good things to drink, and lots of pie for dessert. Normally I am all for them visiting, but after five hours of the TV volume being really high, I ended up retiring to the bedroom, and shortly after slipping out to Michael’s to take advantage of their holiday shopping Thursday night sale. They had a 30% off everything coupon, and a lot of the store was marked down as well.
I looked up the regular prices of things after I got home, and I got out of there with what normally would have been $53 worth of stuff (yes, I know they are over priced) for $29. What did I get? All sorts of stuff. I walked out with….
- 2 strands of beads, reg price $3.99 at 60% off
- 2 5″ x 5″ stapled canvases, reg price $7.99, 70% off
- 5 2 oz blocks Sculpey III clay, reg price $2.79 each, 16% off for buying 5
- some weird plastic rings to use at stitch markers in my knitting, reg price $2.99
- 2 skeins Bernat Softee Chunky yarn, reg price $3.29, 31% off
- plastic 6″ embroidery hoop, reg price $3.99
- small pair scissors, reg price $1.79
Plus I also had a 30% off reg. and sale price items, so that brought it down to $29 and change out the door. I pulled the regular prices off of the website and I think some are slightly different than in the store, but it gives you an idea.
The yarn is a lovely orangy-brown color and the beads are green and purple. I grabbed some clay colors I don’t already have, plus black, because I always seem to be using black, and the one other thing I wanted was a very thin, fine paint brush, but I was 1) out of money, and 2) couldn’t find the ones I really like anyway.
I’ve also made some other trips to Michael’s in the last few weeks as well, and have come home with a few items each time. So many things I want!
Now, what have I been working on you ask? I finished a pair of fingerless gloves I will keep for myself for sure in black with rainbow eyelash trim. Right now I’m working on another pair in lettuce green that are longer, and without the eyelash yarn edging. After this is done? I’m thinking of doing a scarf- a scarf I will want to actually wear, not the scary mess I made when I was first getting the hang of things. Hopefully I will have photos of both soon.
I’ve got some cool stuff coming soon because I caved and ordered two things from Amazon this week. One is a photo light box, and I will be using it to retake all of my shop photos so there is a nice uniform look to all of my images. The second is a foam head to display my hats on for photos in my shop since I plan to make several beanies.
I’ll probably have to watch a few Youtube videos to get the idea of how to take nice photos, but it shouldn’t be too hard to do and it will make my shop look so much better. Of course adding all of those photos again and deleting the old ones is going to take ages, but I think it will be worth it.
I also finished up a new beanie for the shop today, which turned out really cute. I’ll be adding it after I get my new prop and set-up and start taking new photos. Its made for a girl, or a woman with a small head, and is dark grey with a hot pink fur trim. I kinda wish it would fit my big head, but I probably don’t need to keep all of my hats. I have that problem already with earrings I make- wanting to keep them all.
I did learn something in making it. Remember to count your stitches as you cast on when working with a fur yarn. It will be nearly impossible to count your stitches after you’ve cast them when they’re furry!
Another Pinterest find, this babydoll negligee is too cute with all the ruffles and light, fluffy layers. You can find the directions to make this here, and her instructions are very easy to follow. This uses 8 pieces total, and 5 of them are just strips of fabric to make the ruffles. Chiffon is inexpensive and most of us have some soft ribbon around to use or the ties, so this is would make a gorgeous low-cost alternative to store-bought (and pricey!) lingerie. I’d call that a win!
I was browsing Pinterest (I have such mixed feelings about it but occasionally I find my way back to it) and looking for free sewing patterns. I came across some really cute ideas, but so many are not suited to my body type, or would take a lot of scaling as the patterns were only available in very small sizes. Then I saw this. This jacket has the prettiest draping and the shape is interesting given the way the seams run. Its made out of a stretch knit fabric, and I definitely want to make one for myself before winter comes.
The jacket is made from three pieces of fabric and the only pattern you really need is a few measurements form your tape measure. Here’s the link! Its from a few years ago but I absolutely love it.
Deby at So Sew Easy made a post on her blog that I think would be very useful to people just starting to sew. She breaks down the front and back of the envelope section by section and explains everything- including a use you might not have thought of for the side of the envelope that’s printed in other languages. Check out her post here. I wish someone had sat me down and explained the envelope back like this for me. I think the moment it finally clicked on how to measure myself to correlate to the envelope came when I emailed one of the “Big Four” and asked them exactly how I was supposed to be doing it. Lucky for me customer service at that company was great in helping me out and setting me straight!