Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Work in Progress Koi Cross Stitch

I found this cute cross stitch online and decided to copy. The picture has since been unlinked so I can no longer link to credit it. I am going to add some lily pads next. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Framed Mario Cross Stitch

        I finally got around to framing the Mario Cross Stitch I had been working on for Alfredo. I used a $10 frame purchased from AcMoore, which included a mat and I happened to have a coupon. I attached the fabric in the frame using command strips so that I could remove the piece later if needed and had some wiggle room when placing. I think this is an easy framing idea for beginners and because the piece is under the mat the edges are hidden :) 


Post again soon :)  

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Stitch-Tober Days 1 to 4

I am participating in this really cute project called Stitch-Tober where you do a cross stitch each day in October. This is actually my first time doing cross stitch ever. So I will be alternating patterns and finished projects.

October 1st I designed this cute little pumpkin: 


October 2nd I finished my first crochet stitch :)

October 3rd I designed two versions of the same cat:

October 4th I picked the cat design on the left and placed him behind the pumpkin I had stitched previously:


I am so excited to learn cross stitch! So far it has been a fun and wonderful experience :D I've wanted to try it for years and this finally gave me the inspiration and reason.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Etched Drinking Glasses

I used my new silhouette cameo to etched some glasses. I wanted to make a personalized glass for 
my dad and his friend Libby. Libby is a big fan of a bar called Bobby Ray's and thinks their glasses are cute. So I made her some glasses based on her own fictitious bar. 

My dad, on the other hand is a big fan of rubber ducks. So I made him a beer mug based on the bar from Tangled, the Snuggly Duckling. 

I simply cut the shape I wanted out of contact paper, similar to the bleached shirt tutorial and then use glass etching cream, following the instructions on the container. 

Post again soon, =)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Crochet Cactus #2

I just completed another cactus and I think this one came out more realistic and cuter than the first one =) This one includes a blue flower with light blue details and yellow filaments. The person who requested the pot provided the terracotta pot which she had painted gold.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pokemon Go Team Mystic Shirt! DIY

I love Pokemon and Pokemon go is a dream come true for me. I have met tons of people while playing and the first thing people always ask is "What team are you?". So I made some Team Mystic/ Blue Team spirit wear. I have nothing against any of the other teams, I have close friends and family on all the teams, but Blue aligns with me because I love evolution. This shirt has a sort of distressed look to it, which I like. The final image doesn't have a perfect edge, but is definitely clear enough to tell what the object is and helps with the distressed appeal of the shirt.

Here is the finished product:

**The round bubble blotches are from before I started the project. I carried everything home from the store in the same bag and the bleach leaked.

The materials you will need include:

  • A Shirt in the color of your choice
  • Freezer Paper
  • Piece of Cardboard 
  • Bleach
  • A Squirt Bottle
  • An Iron
  • Some kind of cutting tool. 
*Optional: Silhouette machine, Transfer paper

I used my silhouette machine, but that is totally optional and this project can be completed with scissors or an exact-o knife.

Transfer paper is also an optional tool which just makes it easier to transfer the freezer paper to the t-shirt but is not necessary.

The first thing I did was make my design in silhouette and cut it out:

I then spread the transfer paper over the freezer paper and pealed the unwanted parts of the design away. The image below shows what it looks like up to this step:

I then put the piece of cardboard inside the shirt and flipped the transfer paper over so that the wax side of the freezer paper was against the shirt. 

I then ironed it and pulled the transfer paper off, leaving just the freezer paper:

I then sprayed the shirt with bleach using the squirt bottle and waited for the desired level of lightening:

I then filled the bath tub and rinsed off as much of bleach as possible:

I then removed any of the remaining freezer paper that was still attached:

and tossed it in the dryer:

Here is what it looked like at the end: