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Little Update

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Operation get my ass in gear and finish up my goddaughter’s Christmas present is going well.

Working on a post right now all about it.  You have no idea how hard it is to buy light blue jersey knit.

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My cat, the huntress

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Craft Debt Pt 4 – Ghosts of Crafts Present

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Missed Parts 1, 2, and 3? Catch up if you like: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Only a few things on today’s rundown.  These are all projects that I’ve been working on or thinking about starting in the last few months.

The Cross Stitch

After I finished embroidering my nephew’s birthday present in December I was feeling a need to continue with more needlework.  I’ve never really worked a cross stitch pattern that I didn’t make myself, so I took it upon myself to try one out.

Turns out, finding free cross stitch patterns online is pretty easy.  There are even websites that let you make your own patterns from pictures for free.  No need to buy expensive software.  I went with the free online pattern option, and picked a beach scene.  Any normal person would have picked a small piece or a sampler with a lot of blank space for their first true cross stitch.  Not me.  Being the special kind of crazy that I am, I chose a full coverage piece that measures almost 2 square feet and has about 50 colors in it.  Typical.

Tropical Beach X-stitch

Obviously, it is going to take a while.  I’ve found that working on it while I watch tv works well, but haven’t really been doing much with it.  After the Cinderella outfit is done, and now the new official #2 project of the comforter is done, too, I’ll focus more on stitching while relaxing in the evening.  It will be finished eventually, I promise.

Yeah, there's a lot left to do

Yeah, there’s a lot left to do

The Camera Bag

I’d say I’m about 50% done with this one.  When I first got my DSLR back in October, I had my eye on one of these beautiful bags by Kelly Moore.  I couldn’t afford it at the time, and didn’t really need it either, so no camera bag for me.  Fast forward to December.  We went to Texas and Florida this December, which meant travelling with my shiny new camera.   Still not willing or able to buy a fancy girly camera back, and totally unwilling to buy a, shall we say, “traditional” (read: ugly) bag, I came up with the idea to make my own insert for a purse.  Custom camera bag, here I come!

As with most things in life, there were already a couple of tutorials floating around Pinterest, so I checked those out.  Same basic idea, choose purse, measure purse, buy foam, cut foam, cover foam with fabric, sew up, the end. Cool.  I bought my foam, a new purse to use as a camera bag, and already had my fabric.  I bought the green kind of foam, but I’ve read online that the white kind is better because the green kind lets out some gases over time that may damage your lenses.  My camera is rarely in its bag, so I’m not too worried about the short bouts of foam gas exposure it’s receiving.  So, at first I made the mistake of overthinking everything, and tried making templates and patterns and figuring out seam allowance… all that jazz.  Then, it struck me!  Quit being crazy, just cut the foam and sew the fabric around it and trim.  Much easier, no headache whatsoever.

For our trips, I had it at a pretty decent stage.  The foam was cut, fabric was cut, it was just missing sewing on some parts, and velcro on the dividers.  I plan on finishing it before another trip.

Camera Bag Materials

Camera Bag Materials

Progress so far

Progress so far

The Spoon Racks

Ever since I was a little girl, I remember my mom and grandma collecting decorative spoons.  They got them every tourist-y place we went, and let me tell you, there were a lot of spoons collected.  When my grandma passed away a few years ago, I kept her spoon collection and the spoon racks they were displayed on.  There are way more spoons than places on the racks to put them.  Turns out she had most of the spaces double or triple filled!

Here’s my plan for the spoons and their spoon racks.  I want to paint the racks a bunch of fun, bright colors and hang them up in my craft area.  The walls are all white, and I hate to paint them since this is a rental, so I’m hoping bright spoon racks with polished, shiny spoons on them will really liven up the space.

I'll only use a few

I’ll only use a few

Oh yes, there's quite a lot to choose from

Oh yes, there’s quite a lot to choose from

Thanks for catching up on my to-do list!  Coming up next, working my way out of this pile of unfinished projects and, of course, keeping you updated.

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So, just to publicly commit myself to it, here is the current plan of craft/sewing action:

1.  Sewing Cinderella PJs & Robe

2. Fix comforter

3. Spray paint the bedframe I just got for free last night (I know, I know, I said no new crafts, but it was free and yelling my name)

4. Everything else

Oh and somewhere in there is making cupcakes.  I was sorely disappointed when I woke up today and realized that the cupcakes in my kitchen were only in my dream, and not in real life.

As always, I leave you with a cute pet photo with this update:

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Craft Debt Pt 3 – The Ghost of Crafts Past

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New to my page? Check out my previous 2 craft debt posts for more info and my already covered shame (1 and 2).

Today I want to cover unfinished, almost forgotten, and sometimes headed for disaster, crafts of long ago.  Unlike the last two posts, some of these crafts/projects were abandoned on purpose, so if I’m going to finish those, there will be some imaginative re-planning to be done.  Let me break it down for you, there’s… The Good – projects that were either going well or could easily go well;  The Bad – projects that I likely started and didn’t have a clue what I was getting into, usually above my skill level at the time;  and the Ugly – horrible, bad ideas, the type that make you wonder what you were thinking.

The Good

My best friend Kelly and I really shouldn’t be trusted in craft or fabric stores.  It feels like we always walk away with more than we should! This first project is an excellent example.  We went to a small fabric store to get lace for my wedding veil and walked out with that plus a pattern for cupcake shaped potholders and enough fabric to make almost a dozen of them.  Do you think any have been made yet?  Nope!

p.s.  My wedding was almost a year and a half ago

They would be cute if they were done

They would be cute if they were done

This next one is all me, and sort of wedding related as well.  I was struggling with ideas for bridesmaid gifts for a while, and for some time this was my favorite idea.  I planned to make myself, my maid of honor, and my bridesmaids all nice kimono robes to wear the morning of the wedding while we were getting ready. Cute, right?  Well, I’ll spare you the details, but that didn’t happen.  I’m left with a half made robe (the blue/brown fabric) and a bunch of uncut fabric.

So soft and silky

So soft and silky

I’m not sure whether to call this a dressform or a mannequin body.  I’m going with dressform.  I bought it from the Casual Corner where I worked vacations when they were selling everything off.  The measurements are decently close to my measurements, and the $15 i spent on it was a lot better than the dressforms at the fabric stores.  I need to get a stand for it, and if its reasonably possible, get the measurements exactly the same as mine.

Dressform

Dressform

The Bad

Remember, this batch of projects had the best of intentions, but usually due to inexperience, I either picked bad materials or generally screwed them up.

This dress is the perfect example of inexperience leading to the wrong fabric choices.  The pattern was great in theory for this dress, it has the boho hippy thing going on, but its such a thick fabric.  Really, it’s better suited to pillows or curtains, but I didn’t know any better.  Not sure what to make of it now;  it’s all cut into pattern pieces.

That fabric is thicker than it looks

That fabric is thicker than it looks

I tried to make this corset as a top for the renaissance fair, but time ran out before we went, and it got shoved away in a drawer.  I don’t even know where the outer fabric has gone — I can’t find it anywhere.  Maybe I should finish this one anyway, it would be a good sewing exercise.

Couldn't find the outer fabric

Couldn’t find the outer fabric

Another renaissance fair fail.  This one only got to the fabric buying stage.  The funny thing is, this isn’t even a project for me, it was for my friend Kelly.  Well, I’d forgotten about the fabric and now it’s with me in California, and she’s in New York.  I’m going to ask her what she wants me to do with the fabric, I could send it back or maybe make something nice for her or her daughter.  Any ideas?

Pretty fabrics

Pretty fabrics

When I first got my sewing machine in college, a friend and I bought all kinds of crazy patterns and had all sorts of ideas.  I started trying to sew this little handbag, but got so confused by the instructions at the time that I just gave up.  I’m not even sure this is the pattern I was using.

The bag that almost was

The bag that almost was

I have quite a few…

Too many choices

Too many choices

This little thing makes me happy.  I started knitting a rectangle one day, and decided it would make an adorable little bag.  I’m torn if this belongs in this section or in the “The Good” section, but it’s here because I don’t know how to finish it.  It would need a pretty strong lining, and a zipper.

Fuzziness

Fuzziness

Another bunch of Kelly’s fabric.  We thought we could redo all the upholstery in her truck with this stuff.  It’s so soft and snuggly, but it’s also not very strong and it sheds a lot.  I’ll have to ask her what she wants done with it because I sure don’t know.

Fluffies

Fluffies

Originally I had this crazy idea to attach these 3 canvases onto top each other and paint a big picture over the lot of them.  Then, I quickly changed my mind.  Now I have 3 blue canvases that each have some  unpainted edges (I can’t remember why I thought that part was a good idea).

Seemed like a good idea at the time

Seemed like a good idea at the time

These beauties are another failed bridesmaid gift.  Don’t worry, they girls all got lovely earrings and necklaces.  I found these at Hobby Lobby for like 99c each and couldn’t resist.  The plan was to paint them all in colors that each girl likes and put the jewelry inside.  Time and energy, as well as a couple of other things, put a damper on that plan.  Now what do I do with 6 ceramic cupcakes?

Now What?

Now What?

The Ugly

Oh, the ugly…

Ok, so what you see before you is the bodice and lining of what could have been my junior prom gown.  I don’t think this fabric is ugly in and of itself, it’s more that I’m now in my late 20’s and not in need of a shiny silver and black prom dress.  I’m not sure what to do with this now.

That's very... checker-y

That’s very… checker-y

A more recent attempt at sewing.  This very bright red thing is the result of last minute panic at the lack of a Halloween costume a couple of Halloweens ago.  Yeah… I’m just going to go ahead and say this is so not much style and should just be stopped.  So, I have lots of bright red shiny/satiny fabric and black frilly lace trim to use up.

Yeesh

Yeesh

Ok, digging up these pants made this whole undertaking worth it.  I remember the exact moment when I realized what a horrible, horrible idea these were.  They don’t look so crazy on the lady on the pattern, but when you have them in front of you in real life, well, that’s a whole other matter.

Wow, just wow

Wow, just wow

I don’t think a photo of these pants on the floor do their insanity justice.  For your viewing and laughing pleasure, I put them on.  Please bear in mind that these were made exactly according to the pattern instructions, no extra width or panels sewn in.  Oh, and they’re huge on me and I’m pretty sure I weighed about 10lbs less when I made them.

Photos do not do them justice

Photos do not do them justice

I hope you enjoyed this dive into my sewing and crafting past.  Check back Monday for your next installment, Craft Debt Pt 4: The Ghost of Crafting Present.  In the meantime, feel free to check out the rest of my posts or let me know all your crafting failing/abandonment adventures.

Little Update

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Taking photos for today’s installment of my Craft Debt saga.  It’s pretty fun hunting around the house digging up sewing projects and assorted crafts I’ve abandoned. Putting it all away isn’t going to be very fun!

Might take me a while to get all the photos done (there’s a lot of stuff to shoot), so in the meantime, here’s a photo of my dog in a pirate hat.

Yarrr!

Yarrr!

You’re welcome.