Monday, April 30, 2012

DIY No Sew Pincushion

This isn't the most original DIY post I've ever done but I just like mine better.
You'll need-
polyfill, a teacup, glue, fabric, scissors, a course paint brush, and something pretty. 
Firstly, draw a circle a little bigger than your teacup. Hey look you can see how much I paid for this. Then you want to trace a circle around the perimeter of the teacup as well.  
Cut this out and cut little slits all the way around, this will help you glue it down way easier.
Starting at at one side and working your way around glue and and secure the little flaps. Stop when you've got 2-3 left. Let this dry and go have lunch. 
Begin stuffing with your poly fill and gluing down your last two flaps. This is the hardest part and mine didn't come out as perfectly as I would have liked it but you know, these things happen. 
While last drying you can decorate. The fabric I used happens to be my favorite fabric ever and I pretty much hoard it instead of use it. When I decided to use it for this project I knew I had to spruce the teacup just a little more. I go to thrift stores and collect vintage children's books, preferably books on science, nature, and crafts.  That's where I found this adorable little Narwhal. Saturate it with glue, really get it covered, this will help you apply it around the teacup.   
Apply a top layer of glue, seal down any cracks or gaps and there you go!
A cute, slightly crooked, pincushion that took no time at all to make. 
And how can you not smile when you're being smiled at by a Narwhal?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Inspiration/Results 11

This isn't quite the same as other ones. I watched some tutorials on t-shirt reconstruction online last night and this is what I came up with.
This is the inspiration:
Theses are the results:
(also I'm really sorry I wasn't' totally paying attention when I started editing so all these photos look at little different, my B dog, my B)
That iced coffee they have now in cartons?
It's great, not fantastic, but for a whole carton for $4, it's great.
After these were taken I actually decided it wasn't enough and burned the collar and some holes into it. It's much better now. This was an ok fitting shirt, it wasn't super baggy or anything like that so it was easy to make it more form fitting. I added the seam up the middle and the two one either side to take it in. Seams on each side under the armpits, 10 slits each. If you cut your own shirts you know that's where there's the most excess and it's jut like IT am I supposed to do with this? Cut off the sleeves, made it into a deep V. Voila. This was so crazy easy I can't stand it. The actual weaving all together took maybe 4 minutes. The only part that took anytime at all was deciding where to put the slits and how big to make them. This was my first time trying this out and I think it was pretty damn successful. 
I'm wearing this shirt to this AMAZING Star Wars event I'm going to next Friday, May the get it. And I can't wait. at all, my typing just got really erratic from excitement and I keep having to backspace.
I'll definitely be posting pics of that. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mamma is bored

And I really have nothing to write about today. All I'm doing right now is waiting for my sister to come home for lunch so I can get the car seat out of her Jeep. Then I have to go to get some diapers for this babies booty. Then I have to come home and do homework. That's it.That's all I've got going for me right now. wtf. 
So anyways...hella bored. Did you know that PicNic closed? I never really used it so I didn't, I use BeFunky and let's face it, I'm not very good at it. I don't care lol. I heard about this other new site called Pic Monkey and was playing around with it today. It's pretty good I guess. I want to be one of those people that can super edit their photos and it won't look like it but I'm not. Like I said, I just don't care enough if I'm being honest. I don't feel like going in and changing everything about myself on a computer. No thanks. But here are some of the ones I was playing with today. 
Meh. it's alright. I know that I actually have more control over the way they look but I feel like I don't. And the super amount of sunlight going on outside made everything look fuzzy. Ugh, whatever.
I really hope my sister comes by soon. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DIY Bleaching and Ripping shirts

I was trying to fall asleep one night and wearing this Dare tee I got for like .50 thinking man this shirt is boring what can I do. And then the next morning it's the first thing I did. I can prove it.
Why else would I look like this had I not just woken up?
Hey look it's Abbey Memphis
Ok so let's get started. This is really more of an ideas post than an actual DIY project but hey, you wanna do it just like me be my guest.
You'll need-
A tee, of a darker color since we're working with bleach.
Scissors, Exacto-knife
Bleach, try to make sure you DON'T get one with fabric protectant...yeah shut up
Not pictured-rubber bands, spray fabric dye
Start by cutting off the collar and sleeves. Do this little by little, trust me nothings worse than going to try on a shirt only to find out you've got too far with the scissors.
Take the Exacto and start making cuts and holes. I recommend doing this this way since it give more shall we say realistic holes and rips. Come on people let's try to make this look like an "I'm so cool I cut my shirt" shirt. It gives nice edges, it creates much smaller holes, it's just better. Put the scissors down. 
Once you've cut it up to your liking now it's time to fold and secure.
When tye-dying with bleach really it's anything goes as long as you're ready to commit. I decided to use a very distinctive looking technique
To start accordion fold one way.
And then accordion the other way. You should have a neat little square shape at this point. 
Now secure as tightly as possible with as many rubber bands as you like. This is a step that differs from colored dyes. You can't really count on the bands as being a barrier with bleach lie you can with dye. It's really more about how saturated your fabric becomes and many folds you've got. 
After a few hours this is what I got (damn you fabric protectant DAMN YOU!!)
This is really a little too much for my liking. It's too, I don't know, too something 
I then rinsed out all the excess bleach and let the shirt dry for about and hours or so them proceeded to spritz fabric dye all over it until I was happier with the results.  
Lastly, I let it sit out in the sun for about 2 hours. The dye set, the bleach bleached, and I was much happier.
As with anything you're dying or bleaching for the first time, WASH SEPARATELY, in cold water. When I'm doing anything I want ripped up looking I set everything on heavy duty, I want my washer to beat the crap out of my clothes. It gives it a better look I think. Let dry and bam, new shirt.
sometimes I just don't know what to do with my hands.

And there you have it kids! I wish I could say I've got something else super awesome in the works right now but sadly, I do not. I'm working on it though I promise. I've got a lot going on, big big changes are coming up. But I won't fail you.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A day at Red Rocks

I have this hella huge and important Geology project due (on top of my other projects and finals. I mean really why do teachers do that? Here, I'm going to give you a shitton of important and huge projects right here at the end oh, and a final, and all your normal homework as well. Really, like really?) so we went to Red Rocks yesterday to take some "let me prove I was actually there since it's part of the grade" photos. 
It was actually a really lovely day.
Denver from a distance.
...I prefer sea level personally...
This is how you prove your in Colorado, sit on rocks, take photos.
Oh, Red Rocks is an amphitheater built into the mountains. It's smaller than it sounds, but kind of a huge deal.
If you slightly squint this looks like it could be a Jackson Pollock 
Geological bitches.

Now, I'm off to do some real work. But if I ever get around to it I've got another DIY bleaching process tomorrow in the works. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Inspiration/Results 10

This one isn't actually the results of some craft project I saw somewhere. 
I'm hella broke right now and I saw this online and decided I would just make it instead of waiting will I've got some spare cash.
This is the inspiration.
found via Pinterest
These are the results.
I'm pretty pleased with myself on this one. I everything lying around so this project cost me nothing and took hardly anytime.

And last night I was totally bored and carved another little stamp

The black bird on the end is the newest edition.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I have news

And I wish I could share it, I really do. I'm not ready yet and I don't want to put the word out there and it not actually happen. So really, this is just a bit of a teaser.
OMFG I'm not pregnant or anything like that, geez.
But in the meantime, here's some Megan to get you through your day.
Why these photos you ask?!?!
Because, they're related to my secret.