05 March 2015

My current project...

So I got this: Cosco The Avery Line 4-Shelf Open-Front Cube Storage Changing Table, Dark Cherry Finish for free for review.  No we don't need a changing table but I think the cube design will be perfect for storing things in the living room).  Haven't put it together to review it yet because it is my current decoupage project.  I figured it's be easier to to the placing and gluing and varnishing on flat pieces rather than the completed piece (my hubby has asked if I'm being smart enough to avoid covering the screw holes)...

Started today and only got two pieces of the wood covered.  Yes, that's a lot of comics but fear not -- I used the giant modern reproduction books and did not cut any old comics up.  It might also be taking awhile as I'm reading as I go / cut.  I think it's looking good my first serious decoupage project.

Close up with the edge piece next to it (probably won't do anything to those fancier edge pieces).

First section glued down with Mod Podge and light top coat.  Still needs the varnish top coat.

17 February 2015

Reversible drawstring bag

Despite the "help" I received from my cat, I did start and finish (minus some type of purse strap I've not yet decided on) a drawstring reversible Superman bag.  This is about the most advanced thing I've sewn because reversible and drawstring...

15 February 2015

Kumihimo with soutache

I got this Set of Three Kumihimo Disk Looms  (two round, one square) but didn't really have the ideal cord or threads for use with it.  So the obvious answer was to at least make something with whatever I had on hand.  What I had on hand was embroidery floss, pearl cotton, and soutache.
Flat Brain 10 strand Kumihimo with Soutache
12 strand embroidery floss Kumihimo  

02 February 2015


Practicing with beads I got for Christmas = new rings for me!

23 January 2015

Crafting with Christmas gifts

I received the Ricks Beading Loom for Christmas along with some beads and  a gift card to Fire Mountain Gems.  I bought myself a few loom patterns from Loom Tomb on Etsy.

Here's what I've been doing with them:

First time using a cabochon, so I practiced with a chipped one.
A ring pattern I found online.  Didn't use ideal thread for it, so need to redo it.

First time using the Ricks Beading Loom.  Hadn't used a loom since I was a kid.  This one is different in that you only use one thread as the warp thread (the thread wrapped on the loom).  This is good as you then don't have 10s or 100s (if you're braver than I) of threads to work in at the end of your projects.  Instead you have one or two.  The bad about this is that you need to know your exact project size before you start as you cannot adjust it as you go.

07 January 2015

Today I made... Something beady


I got a gift card for a bead store for Christmas.  I figured that'd be the thing to try this year because I could use the beads for tatting if I couldn't get into beading as a craft by itself.
The first thing I made is this ring using a tutorial on YouTube by beadifulnights.  Before this about as fancy as I'd gotten with beads was stringing a single row of beads on a string and some wire work (about as basic as the single strand of beads).  So for me, this was all fancy and yay to understanding her tutorial (it's step by step but sometimes even those can be confusing).

18 December 2014

Step one = try

So I'm attempting to practice Soutache.  The thread I have doesn't seem ideal other than it's transparent.  With a little practice and different thread, I could learn to like this.