• Projects

    Dec Your Neck

    To make up for not updating for so long, I’m going to do kind of a glut of posts all at once here. To start off, this one is about a couple of my favorite handmade necklaces.   Like most of the things I know how to do, I mostly taught myself with a lot of reading and trial and error. I’m sure there are things I do “wrong”, but oh well. I tend to be happy with the results and that’s the important thing, right? I really like the look of a large focal pendant, and a lot of the ones I use are kind of sentimental. Both the…

  • Personal,  Projects

    Stu, Stu, Studio

    I haven’t updated for a few days, but I have a good excuse! On Sunday I talked Bats into taking me to the new IKEA, in spite of the torrential rain. Despite all the people and Bats following me around complaining about all the people, I managed to get what I needed. The rest of the weekend and most of Monday and Tuesday was spent cleaning my room. (Cue dramatic music.) This is going to be a pretty picture heavy post, just as a warning. On the left, you can kind of see the MASS of fabric that was piled in the middle of the room. To be fair, I…

  • Personal,  Projects

    Love is Blue and Yellow

    My name is Jennifer and I’m an IKEA-holic. I love to look at all the rooms they have set up and I love being able to sit on and mess with and poke and prod all the different home furnishings. Everything is so modern and cute. Not to mention the strange feeling of pride I get after putting together my own furniture and the customizability of everything being in parts. (Check out the IKEA hacker blog for lots of neat ideas.) So how happy am I to have an IKEA right here in my very own town? Very, that’s how happy. Especially considering that even after living here over a…

  • Personal,  Projects

    Valentine’s Presents

    Felt applique. Each piece was cut and then stitched to the background using a wee blanket stitch. Repainted Indiana Jones Mighty Mugg (I needed the fedora). This is my first repainted vinyl toy, and he came out alright. I gave him a coat of primer first and painted him with artist acrylics. Then he got a clear coat to protect him. I made the notebook of paper so he can take notes about the connection between boy bands and deforestation and so he doesn’t forget his dates with Huntress.

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    The Internet is a Series of … Threads? (1/365)

    I think I just need to start my 365 over. Can I do that? I was being good, but there was a lot going on last week that was more important. Anyway, on to some actual content! While my blogging has been terribly erratic, my crafting has not. Why so serious, indeed? How can one be serious when there are emboridered internet memes? Disgusting and adorable, it fills me with glee. (Don’t go look this up if you don’t know what it is, don’t.) There are more on my flickr.

  • Personal,  Projects

    Aren’t You Tweet (2 and 3)

    So I’m going to try this Craft 365 thing. I’m counting Sunday’s post as 1, sort of cheating but oh well. I’m pretty good about crafting everyday. Sewing is my therapy and after a day of retail I need some therapy. What I’m hoping this will improve is my dedication to blogging. I am terrible about blogging. I hate to take pictures, I don’t like editing pictures, and I never really know what to say on this thing. But I feel like it’s important for me to put my projects out there and maybe even inspire other people like I’ve been inspired by other blogs. On that note, here’s what…

  • Plush,  Projects

    You’re a Dollface

    I started these waaaaaay back in October, dolls of Bats and I. Between lots of more pressing projects they got sort of pushed aside, languishing in their undies. But I finally got around to making them decent. I’m so happy with the way they turned out (excuse the picture, the lighting was terrible but I was too excited to wait). Here is a picture of us for reference. Bats is about 19″ tall and I’m about 17″. I used lovely soft fleece and stuffed them loosely, so they’re kind of floppy and nice to cuddle. The arms are jointed and the legs are made so they can sit nicely. Bats…

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    Fabric Pouches

    I think I made a post about these way back in October of last year and I neglected to ever post pictures! I intended to sell them at Craft Attack, but they didn’t move very well. (Although I did get rid of one in trade.) Each one measures about 5″ by 7″ (9″ by 7″ when opened). They are lined with a contrasting fabric. Matching the fabrics and finding buttons to go was totally my favorite part. I am absolutely in love with the birdy fabric on the fourth pouch. The pattern runs along the bias, which I adsolutely adore, and the birdies are so wee and lovely. It got…

  • Plush,  Projects,  Tutorials

    Another Tutorial

    Wow, I am terrible at updating. (I think I smell a resolution.) To make up for it, here’s a tutorial!   You will need: -Wooden doll head (the kind with the flattened bottom). I used one with a diameter of about 2.5 inches, but you can scale up or down as you like. -Felt of fleece for the body plus scraps for clothes, tummies, etc -Acrylic paint -Paintbrush -Fine tip permaneant marker -Fabric marking tool -Stuffing -Matching thread -Sharp scissors -Hot glue gun -Sandpaper -Ribbon or small scale trim -2 pipe cleaners -Other bits for decoration (beads, ribbon roses, etc) Steps: 1. Lightly sand the wooden dolls head and wipe…

  • Personal,  Projects

    Learning New Things

    I taugh myself to double and triple crochet from these great video tutorials by KnitWtich. Learning something new, I had little practice bits. I made some little wristbands. They each begin with a row of single crochet. Chain enough stitches to go around your wrist plus a little overlap. Then a row of triple, or treble, crochet and finish with another row of single crochet. I stitched a button to one side and the triple crochet stitch acts as a buttonhole. The middle one is yarn and the others are thin ribbon. I also did my very first quilt binding. I can’t show more, as this is a Christmas gift.…