Recent Posts by Anne
I'm a fan of just plain and simple yellow cake, if done right. Most storebought ones are either dry, sugarless, old, flavorless or too... hrm, kind of... rubbery/spongey, like they added way too much egg. When they're done right though, they're soft and moist and delicious snacks. (...albeit not very healthy ones, but I dare you to say you never splurge for unhealthy things :P)
You know them. Random items you bought because you had an amazing ideas but then forgot... Odd amounts of fabric left over from projects... or perhaps just recycled bits of cardboards and tee-shirts you just don't know what to use for.
This challenge is for you.
Look at the post above you, and challenge them to turn that item into something. (For example, turning their scrap cork into wall decor.) And then ask for a challenge with your own odd bits, describing them and/or posting a picture, and then person below you will come up with a challenge for you and post an item of their own... and so the thread will continue.
To start with, I have these foam doorhangers with the tops shaped like hearts... I don't really need doorhangers, so what shall I turn them into? They're roughly 10x3" (25x8cm).
Post a challenge and an item of your own and we'll be off ^_^
This site, random "I'm feeling lucky"'s from Google, random blogs, deviantART... Oh, and things I want. Like.. if there's an adorable japan import Pikachu doll on Amazon that I really want, but the price tag makes me feel dizzy, I just study it and make it myself for hardly a fraction of the price, haha. Oh, and I also use things I need for inspiration. If my trashcan were to break, for example, I would make another one, maybe a cereal box one or a magazine roll one. And then of course there are just the random "Hey, I should make *insert item here*" moments. Those are probably the best, since they're completely original and just spur-of-the-moment. If you look hard enough, though, you can find inspiration anywhere and everywhere =)
I've wanted to be a veterinarian since I was six and I still have that goal in mind =) Although math and science, two subjects which are really required for vets, are not my strong points... I still try my best to improve,though. I think I'll have an easier time once I'm able to get into veterinary college and actually get hands-on experience, since I (and probably most people!) learn better from up-close experience rather than textbooks...
@Hannah that sounds awesome! Too many people don't read books, or don't read enough of them. I think you'd be an awesome teacher to have. @Kezzianne Teaching sounds fun but you have to like kids, haha, even in college you'd really only be dealing with big kids. Tattooing sounds fun but it's probably not that easy; there isn't really much room for mistakes! What does a textile artist do exactly..? @Syeyon K. Nice! I've heard it takes a lot of work to design clothes... trends, fabrics, cost, design... most people think it's easy but there's so much work put into it! @Elizabeth W. Ooh, jewelry. What kinds do you make? Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings... all of the above? Haha. @Sydney W. I envy you then... if you want to be a math teacher, you either really love math or you're really good at it, and I would be happy to even vaguely be either... No matter how hard I try it's just not interesting D: But hey, as long as you like it and you keep it as something you enjoy and not "just a job" I'm sure you'd be an awesome teacher!
I tried adding a project to a new list, Gift Ideas, but it won't show up. I tried with another project, same thing... It used to do so immediately; does it take longer now? Or is it just not being added? (I also have it on another list, could this be causing a problem..?)
For anyone familiar with Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, it's your explorer bag... It's a plain, sandy-tan-ish bag with a red strap and a Pokéball with wings on it.
I really want this for a cosplay I'm working on, but I can't seem to find a plain messenger bag ANYWHERE! They all have handles, outside pockets, they're very heavy canvas bags which wouldn't be fun to carry all day, or they have a design on them. Finding one without a red strap would be fine, but I can't even seem to find a plain, sandy-tan messenger bag anywhere. I was planning on stitching the Pokéball to it myself, so if it had a design (like an image, or polka dots or whatever), that would pretty much make that impossible, and I'm aiming for as realistic as possible so outside pockets and buckles just don't fit.
If you find a bag similar to what I'm looking for anywhere online, I'd be really appreciative, please and thank you =)
I don't actually hate any chores. I've been doing them since I was little so I guess I just kinda got used to it, haha. I do prefer tidying/organizing over anything, though, because it seems to make the most difference to me. Do laundry, clothes get dirty again. Do dishes, dishes get dirty again. Dust, dust comes back again. Organize, though, and you can keep things neat and tidy permanently, so I'd have to say it's my favorite. Hrm, but I do like cooking, too, especially when it's for someone else. Nothing like seeing that satisfied look.
...darn, I think I'm the only one having a hard time picking what chore I love the most, ahaha! =P
Felt is an easy and readily available fabric, and I usually use it too, but it's not very stiff. Perhaps consider stiff felt. It's not that easy to sew if you're doing it by hand, but it's much stiffer than normal felt and would work better for a wand. Other than felt or stiff felt, I'm not so sure, you could always use a bit of cardboard or wire in the middle to keep it straight and use fleece for a softer wand? It really depends on if you want a stiff wand, floppy wand, realistic wand, etc.
If you're comfortable using felt though, go for it! I'm sure they'll appreciate it either way.
I've never really worked with fabric before. Well, fabric, fabric, like furs and linen and such, usually just felt and fleece or small bundles of random fabric. So when I got the opportunity to make something I really want, which for lack of a better word is a hoodie... well...
Usually I do things by myself, but I had to ask my mother to drive me to the store to get the fabric obviously, and I've had her help pinning it on me since the back is hard to do, and my dad asked about it as well, so for once my parents were involved in it too.
Sounds awesome, right? Not really. My dad has said on more than three occasions I should just go "buy a hoodie" because my stitches probably won't hold and it'll unravel and I'll be naked. While I do hand-stitch, I'll be double-stitching it with heavy duty thread, and even if it does come unravelled, it a hoodie. There will be a shirt under it. His last comment made no sense at all...
And my mom isn't much better, saying that since I can't print out a pattern it's not safe to "wing it" (just using a t-shirt as a model) and that I really don't need to make a hoodie and I should turn the fabric into a pillow or something.
While... I don't think their comments were meant to be hurtful, they were. They know, or should know, that I am capable of sewing and my stitches aren't so novice as to come undone, and that I do most of my crafts without patterns, but they still said those things and I've just lost all motivation for the project.
It's hardly even a third of the way done, I had it all planned out perfectly, I was so excited, and... now I just can't bring myself to finish it, because I keep thinking what if they're right and I'm wasting my time.
I don't mean to paint them as horrible, they're usually very encouraging, but irregardless, that still discouraged me and I'm just not sure what to do; I don't want to scrap it but I can't bring myself to finish it.
Sorry for taking up a post about this, I just needed to rant. I know they probably meant well, but it was still just so horribly crushing...
)I did end up buying a hoodie anyway, so now the fabric is just sitting there, still pinned... it was a $2 from Goodwill, but I couldn't find one like I wanted so the only thing that's remotely similar is the color... *sigh*)
Those sound like really things to do with projects. The useful ones are probably the ones everyone keeps, like cozies or clothes, but as for the not-so-useful things like simple toys, donating them sounds like a pretty good idea. Thanks for your reply! ^^
Hi! After a particularly busy year I finally have time to get into crafting again. I went through my fabric for inspirations, and I realized I'm way overflowed with scraps. I really want to use them up before I do any other projects, but I can't think of anything to make out of them. Some of them are barely an inch, while others are a good 10"...
Something large and patch-work-y would be nice, but I can't make a blanket as it's mostly felt, and felt isn't as soft as I'd like a blanket to be. I honestly don't have any ideas other than a blanket, so I was wondering if anyone else did. I'll probably shred the little ones and use them for stuffing, but as for the bigger pieces, I don't have any projects in mind that need them and I really need to cut back on my scraps, the bin is overflowing!
So... how does everyone else usually get rid of their scraps, and does anyone have anything in mind for to get rid of mine?
I was wondering, I've seen some people with lots of posted projects (200+, wow!) and I was wondering, what do you do once you're done? I doubt anyone keeps every creation they make, I know I sure don't have room to. I usually keep my favorites, and give away the rest to my friends. Or my dog, if it's soft, chewy and made of durable fabric.
So, what do you do with them? Gift? Donate? Swap? Scrap? I'm curious what ways everyone has for getting rid of projects after they've simply run out of room to keep them all :P
Well, the flat felt seams sounds like a really good idea, and thicker material helps. Are your straps actually ripping, as in the fabric, or is it just the stitching coming undone?
If its the stitching, then there are a lot of things you can do. Use stronger thread, stitch it several times, with different stitches. Or try making it seamless, as in, cut the fabric so the straps are actually a part of the backpack with no sewing required.
But if its actually the fabric... Well, I suppose you could try layering? If, say, you're using a strap of leather, try sewing two or three straps together beforehand, and then use that instead for a thicker strap (Or simply buy much thicker straps, if possible).
I've never actually had my fabric rip, so I can't help you there.. I hope this backpack doesn't have the same problem!
Huh, that would be great. I have an offline reader app on my iPod, and our internet service is terrriblleee, so every time it goes down I just open up one of the creations I was gonna try and I go do that 'till its back on :P
If I could do that from the main site itself, plus go online and maybe upload creations WITH pictures, then I would gladly pay $.99 or $1.99 for an app :)
Okay, this year I want to MAKE something for my mom. She's really into Adventure Time and actually asked, straight up asked me if I could make her the horse plushy she saw on deviantart and on here. I kinda weaseled my way out of it, "umh well its head is kinda circular and umhh I've never made a horse and ummhh sorryyyy *flees*", but she really wants it and I know it would make her ecstatic to get it as a present on her birthday.
If anyone knows of a tutorial, please please share! If not, can someone point me in the direction of a similar-shaped horse tutorial and I'll just try to get the face to fit on it... The rest of his body is mostly normal though kinda round and fat, but I can edit that in easily to any horse, its just trying to get his odd round poo-brain head to fit on right is going to be hard.. I've searched everywhere and all I can find are horses other people made with no clue as to how they made them..
Anyways, thanks for your time. Here's a link to the horse plushy on here for reference! http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/adventure-time-horse-plushie would love to know how it was made x_x
(Oh wait, her birthday is Jan 18th, forgot to mention that, so if anyone can help me before that it'd be awesome thanks!)
I try to organize at the very start of Dec. 1-7th; buy gifts for my parents. 7-14th, buy gifts for my close friends. 14-21st; buy gifts for whoever else I want/have to give gifts to. 21st-24th; desperately scramble when I find out I forgot someone as usual XD
I don't tend to make gifts for people unless I'm really really sure they'll like it... But, I did finish early this year (already bought gifts for people I want/have to gift gifts to and I have an extra three days now), so I might make something for my mom or something. She fawns over anything I make :P
Three there, and also for laptops, iPods, etc.
Umhh.. Huhh... Anyone got a pattern for a teddy bear? The old fashion kind, dark brown body with little circles on the front of his paws.. Oh, something like this
Yeah, still working on the hat w/ beard. I can't find anything, Nikki's idea seems to be best. Crochet a hat with ear flaps, put buttons inside the ear flaps, crochet a beard and cut button-holes into it...
Um, not sure who you were replying to? I didn't ask for something since I couldn't find a anatomically correct felt heart, and you're suppose to post a pattern for whatever the previous person asked for which is still technically an anatomically correct felt heart..
But, well, anyways..
Best I could find, all tunics are for women apparently..
Incredibly squirmy on this topic, but, I looked..
No pattern, but it is a pretty big and almost entirely correct heart!
Again, no pattern, but this one is entirely felt..
Wow, I'm sorry. I can't find any tutorials or patterns for felt, only crochet or knitting. I hope someone else can find you one..
Thanks Nikki! That site is awesome, how have I never seen it before?!
No worries, you might think of something eventually :P I'm kind of out of ideas at the moment too. Too busy making Christmas presents to bother with anything else right now, and I've already got most of the patterns for my gifts..
First one is free but not so normal. Second one... Not so free. But more of a normal squirrel.
Agh. I have nothing I need or want at the moment. Umm.. Oh, how about a pattern for anything Gir related that's not on this site? (Gir, from invader zim.)
Oh. Not really a pattern but thanks anyways.
Wow, cat ear patterns are really hard to find; most tutorials just say to sketch your own. Twenty minutes later all I could find is this: http://sakutarugirly.deviantart.com/art/Cat-ear-pattern-outside-260980897
Hmm.. I'd like a.... Umm.. Oh! I'd like a pumpkin plushie pattern. Something that has a stem and a flat bottom like real pumpkins would be great :)
I'd like a pattern for Finn the Humans backpack. Or any two-tone ovally-ish backpack really. Just no knitting or crochet please =)
Well, I'll be wearing/going as Skelanimals Kit the Kat this year, and I love personalizing things. I'll be using a black cat pumpkin and wearing a black cat necklace, but that's just about where my creativity decided to die XD Any ideas for personalizing this?
Oh, and you can look at it here: http://www.partycity.com/product/girls+kit+the+kat+costume.do?sortby=ourPicks&size=all&from=Search&navSet=skelanimals
It already comes with the dress, leggings, hood, gloves, and the purse, and I'm going to pick up some black flats sometime this week or next week, so I'm pretty limited on clothes... Mostly just looking for accessories and such.