Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tiny cookie change purse

I don't know about where you live, but here in Toronto we need to deposit a quarter into the handles of shopping carts in order to unlock and use the carts.  I am often scrounging around my purse, hoping I have a quarter.  I kept a few in the truck we used to have as it had a handy slot for coins in the centre console.  Unfortunately for me, our current vehicle has no such spot.  I needed something to keep my "shopping cart quarters" in. 
Also, unfortunately for me, this vehicle is my husbands "baby" and I have been told in no uncertain terms that I am not allowed to put anything "cute or girly" besides me ;)  in this vehicle.  What a dilemma. 
I had seen these!
Click the photo to go to the tutorial

Cute, right?  I had to have one! And it was perfect for my quarters!  And, if that wasn't enough, I had everything I needed except the covered button thingies.  After some careful thought, I found a way around my problem.

Black.  Just like Hubby's Jeep.  How could he complain?

They start out with these covered button thingies.  I had trouble finding big enough ones.  I finally found some in a tiny little fabric store.  They were just like these ones.

After muddling my way through the instructions (the part about preparing the zipper was a little confusing for me)  I finished my little cookie quarter holder!  I found a way to make it a bit cute and girly too.  First I spied some pink satin in my scraps and was going to use that, but then I laid eyes on the red.  They looked so good together, I couldn't not use it!

I made my loop bigger than the tutorial intentionally.  It is wider because I was using what I had on hand, but I purposely made it big enough to hang on to.  I don't want to be fumbling around in the cold to access my quarters.

Don't tell him I said this, but I think I got away with putting something cute in the Jeep!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Rapunzel dress for my princess

She wanted to be Rapunzel, from Disney's Tangled for Halloween.  If you haven't watched Tangled, you should!
Did I happen to mention that my little princess, who wanted to dress as Rapunzel, is fifteen years old?  And she wanted to look like Rapunzel, not a trampy version.  (You have NO idea how much that pleases me!)

They don't seem to make nice costumes for anyone over ten years old, and even then they are pretty crappy quality -or super-expensive.  So I decided that I would try to make one for her.
The only experience I have making a dress is when I made my own Sally Ragdoll costume two Halloweens ago.  I didn't know what I was doing then either.  After looking at pictures online, I picked up what I thought was the best fabrics and embellishments for the job.  This costume cost more than Sally did, I think it totalled about $33, which is still a bit expensive to me, but better quality (and length!) than the store bought ones.

I looked online for tutorials from others who have made a Rapunzel dress.  I took elements from several different places and did my own thing. That is why I am not crediting any specific source for any sort of tutorial.  I didn't follow any!

So, here is the dress mostly finished.  I made the top a double layer since the fabric I chose was quite thin.  She wore it to an event at this stage of completion.  She was helping out at her old elementary school for an activity/family night the school was hosting and the theme was fairy tales.  I made one sleeve a smidge too small and it tore up the seam.  Twice.  I just re-made it the first time, the second time I made it a little bit bigger and it held.  The dress itself is done here, it just needs some painted embellishing on the skirt done now.
We still need detail on the front panel.
 I think the most difficult part of the whole dress was getting all of those eyelets installed.  I smashed my poor thumb in the process.
This is what I was going for:
(if I did it right, the picture itself links to the Disney site I found it on)

I agonized over how I was going to post the finished dress.  I feel that if my kids are going to have their photo on the internet, THEY should be the ones to put it there.  So, using my fabulous photo manipulation skills, I pasted Rapunzel's face over my daughter's.  Not bad, if I do say so myself!!  (hahahahahahahahahahaha!)   I even made her a Pascal (Rapunzel's chameleon sidekick) to go with her costume.  You see him at the top of this post, and on the top of her head here.
She is even posing like the picture above.  :)

At one point in the movie, Rapunzel braids her heir up and puts flower in it, so that is what we did with our Rapunzel.
She has already worn this dress three times, two of those times, it was totally finished.  I would say it is a success.
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Fairy in a Jar

Don't let this happen to your fairies!
Always make holes in the lids of your jars when catching fairies, fireflies or anything living!
Quite some time ago I had seen some really cool looking "dead fairies" online.  I decided then that I wanted one of my very own.
I am not sure where to find fairies around where I live, and even if I did, I would never want to sacrifice it for a conversation piece. 
So I made one.
After two Halloween's of searching, I finally found these little skeletons.  Six to a package.  They don't move except for at their hip.  Each leg swings freely.
The fairies I had found online were all standing up in their jars, leaning against the glass.  I had it in my head that I wanted mine sitting on a mushroom, looking thoughtful. 
Things rarely turn out the way we plan them though.  And my first problem was that I had no idea how to shape this little skeleton.  My husband told me that a heat gun would probably do the trick, and he would do it for me since I was a little afraid of burning myself.  So I gathered up a few skeletons and brought them to his shop and modelled how I wanted her sitting.  My husband was able to get her pretty close to what I wanted.  I wanted her chin resting on her hand but that just wasn't meant to be and she wanted to be resting her forehead in her hand.  In retrospect, I like this much better.
I also scrapped the mushroom idea for two reasons.  I hadn't thought about how I was going to make one yet.  And my husband had this great old branch handy that looked absolutely perfect.

Originally I was going to try to "age" her wings since they had been in the jar as long as the fairy, but I really loved the look of the glittery wings against the rest of the dull, dreary items in the jar.

I also scrapped the idea of having a wand lying on the ground by her.  I don't think real fairies have wands.

I had a lot of fun making this.  It was nice to spend some time in my husband's shop doing something other than giving him a hand too!
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Salvaging a shrunken sweater

My mom accidentally shrunk her wool sweater.  Not a whole lot, but enough that it didn't fit her anymore, so she brought it to my daughters to see if one of them would like it.  It isn't their style and they both find wool to be too itchy.  Mom suggested that if the girls didn't want it, to pass it along to someone who would, or donate it to a thrift store.  I decided that instead of donating it to a store, I would make it into something that Mom could use.  After all, she bought the sweater in the first place because she liked it, so I thought that she should keep it and continue to enjoy it.
But, what could I do?  I turned to the internet and found a tutorial here to change a sweater into a bag.
So here is what I started with.  Well, not quite.  This was taken after I washed it a couple more times to felt it.  It REALLY shrunk then! 
I meticulously followed the directions I found.  The only thing I did differently was the pocket.  I didn't think that a small outside pocket would get used, so I decided to make it a decorative heart.

And here is what I ended up with!

I like bags with flat bottoms.

See?  It is a pretty little pocket.  More for decoration than anything.  I thought about sewing it all the way around, but went with a pocket just in case she does have a use for it.

Wool sweaters sure do shed a lot!

Then I took some of the scraps and made my cat a new catnip mouse.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Watermelon "cake" Or What a Mean Trick!

I saw this amazing looking "cake" while roaming Pinterest and had to try it.
The pin lead to this site

My youngest daughter and I really wanted to try this.   And weren't we lucky?  We were having visitors in the very near future  What an awesomely amazing dessert to have after lunch!!

We didn't follow the ingredient list or directions on the website.  We just did our own thing, using the basic idea.

We had lost our internet for a couple of days, conveniently when I needed to shop for this, so I did it out of memory.  A watermelon, some decorative fruit, and whipped cream.  I had forgotten all about the almonds, but, even if I had remembered them I would have skipped them this time because toddlers were coming and I don't think toddlers typically like almonds.

So, while I was cutting the rind off the watermelon, and slicing our "cakes" into wedges (we opted to make two shorter cakes as opposed to one really tall, awkward one)  my daughter was busy preparing the whipped cream.  Then I sliced fruit while she decorated.

Slicing up the melon into wedges ahead of time makes it so easy to serve too!  I am so glad I remembered that step.

I think we make a great team!  Here is our version.  Not quite as pretty as the original, but we were happy with it.  It looks like a regular cake, I was a tiny bit worried that the kids would be disappointed to discover it was fruit.  Turns out, it wasn't a child who was disappointed.  Oops!

Will we do this again?  Definitely!
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cleaning Containers With Acetone

I have filed this idea under "Things That Are Not Worth The Time And Effort".

Does it work?

Is it worth doing again?

I have seen all over the internet (especially Pinterest) that you can clean the paint off of used yogurt, margarine and ice cream containers using acetone.  All you need to do is get yourself some pure acetone (sold with the nail polish removers.  My little bottle was $1.64)  Then you just pour some acetone onto a cotton pad (or ball, whatever you have) and rub the paint off the container.  Sounds so easy.

I started with this:

After some scrubbing, which required more elbow grease than I expected, I was left with this:

That is not what I was I was going for at all.  So I got more acetone on my cotton pad and scrubbed even harder.  That ended up working. 

So I did  end up with a clean, white container, but it took about a third of my bottle of acetone and a whole lot more work that it was worth.  Not to mention quite a few cotton pads.  I was expecting it to be about as difficult as removing nail polish, not to have to press really hard and scrub a lot.
So, while it does work, I'd rather have yogurt containers for storage.  Or recycle the container and buy a plain one from the dollar store, if I really need one.
I will leave this information with you and you can make your own choice.  As for me, I think I will let my daughter have the rest of my acetone to use on her gel polish.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Earrings and sewing and T-shirts, Oh my!

I'm not focusing these days.  I have completed several small projects though.

I've had these beads since about November and finally got around to making earrings with them.
The crystals in both pairs glitter beautifully.  Unfortunately, it is a bit overcast today so there isn't any good light for them to reflect.

I made myself a geektastic Iron Man 3 t-shirt.  Too bad I haven't seen the movie yet!
I gave up trying to take a good "selfie"  I took lots and this was the best.

Hopefully Robert Downey Jr. would be impressed.

And I sewed my self a swimsuit cover-up.  I got the tutorial here, at Grits and Giggles.
My only problem with this was that I eyeballed it.  Don't do that.  Use a tape measure.  I had to pick the seams and redo them! 
I think it is really cute.

Next up,  a tablet cover.  Hopefully that will be done within a week.
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