i was searching through my jewelry-making supplies last night looking for something to fix Alex's Glinda the good witch crown when i came across some jewelry that i made years ago. i have no idea why i had this sitting away in a tool box. i made this using peyote stitch and i attached that drop down tubular peyote stitch fit to hold the crystal (that john gave me years ago.) so i pulled out the necklaces i had found and let Alex pick one - she chose this one (it was the only one i found with a crystal) and she's so excited to wear it and show her friends. i haven't done any beadwork in years. it's hard when you have a baby and when you have cats; but my baby is pretty grown up (in fact, she asked me to show her how to make this necklace) and we don't have cats right now, so i should get back to it :)
i've been watching and slowly catching up on Doctor Who...and, of course, now i want to make all these Doctor Who crafts. my doctor is the 11th :) that's what inspired me to create this TARDIS pillow case. it's so easy to make and i love seeing it every night. you can buy the fabric here: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2756405 it comes on a yard with simple instructions at the top. it's a great beginning sewing project and a super fun project for any doctor who fan.
i finally finished another infinity scarf that i've been working on for what seems like forever! i love my rainbow one, but i wear it almost daily in the winter so i wanted to make another option. the grey yarn i used changes texture and type as you go, like other yarns do with color. and then that yellow is actually quite neon. it's done on size 9 needles, 40 stitches across, 2 skeins of yarn, stitch ends together and you're done. i finished just in time to enjoy for a bit of winter still.
i didn't get around to making my usual sugar lake shirts this year, so i went with camping shirts for a mini-birthday party theme. i hand lettered happy camper on some sketch paper, scanned it in and digitized it. i then printed it out on a transparency and created a screen of it. i made three different kinds of happy camper shirts/sweatshirts: plain black on grey shirts; white flocking on dark grey; and a black glitter on heather grey sweatshirts (for alex and i.) this was my first time experimenting with flocking and with glitter. in case you don't know what flocking is, it's that fuzzy stuff you find on old-school shirts and some greeting cards. so for both the glitter and the flocking you actually screen print glue instead of ink. with the glitter you then load on the fine glitter and let it fully dry; then shake off the extra glitter and iron to set. with the flocking you put on your sheet of flocking material, iron it right away; let that cool and then peel off the flocking sheet to reveal your design. both the glitter and the flocking have survived machine washing and still look good.
in the same room that i hung the plush faux taxidermy that i created, i have also hung a couple of cardboard animals. i did not cut these myself, i ordered them on etsy. they came shrunk wrapped flat and they were white cardboard. i wanted to spray paint them grey to go with that room - i am absolutely awful with spray paint and probably should never attempt that again. however, after dried, i punched them out and assembled them (which was easy and fun to do.) i think they look great; the fish is particularly impressive.
i've been loving all this faux taxidermy that's been going around and i wanted to make my own super cute sets. in our dining room we have a yellow and grey thing going on with grey barnwood picture frames and all. there's a lot of open wall space in that room that i want to fill with more photos and different types of faux taxidermy. so i started with these plush guys; a deer and doe. i found the plaques in a natural wood at joann's and i stained them grey. then i made two deer out of felt (not bothering to make the legs and tail and such.) then i cut them off at the waist at an angle and attached them to the plaques. i think they're super cute and i'm working on another set of these guys with a twist for an upcoming art show. i also have some cardboard taxidermy that i'll show another week. i might try some paper mache taxidermy next...
a few weeks back i posted about this convert-a-shirt: http://boogiebeans.blogspot.com/2013/10/convert-shirt-princess-costume.html. over the holidays we went to Disney World! we had breakfast on new year's day at the royal table and i wore my princess shirt and hair bow that day. snow white liked them both and when we saw her again later in the day she remembered my and complimented me again. i paired the shirt with yellow shirts, but i forgot the red lipstick :( but i was comfy and loved having my picture taken with snow :)