Friday, November 16, 2012

Attack of the 3 1/2 foot hands!

For Halloween my hubby wanted to be Manos, from Manos the Hands of Fate. A horrible, terrible B movie from the 60's that MST3K made a cult favorite out of it. I love that show!

The costume looked easy enough to make so I jumped at the chance to make it.

I bought a black king size bed sheet and a red twin sized one. That way, I had minimal sewing as possible. (At the time I thought so, boy was I wrong)

I started with drawing out a large hand on some craft paper.

 I left my foot in the pic for size reference.

 Then I started taping it in place for easy tracing. And yes, I had to start with that finger. I can't be mature all the time. ;p

 All taped and ready to pin and trace. 

 I like to pin first so everything is nice and flat, since I folded the sheet so i can cut out two hands at once. Then I used a sharpie to trace around the paper.

 Now it's ready to cut.

 I uses a zig zag stitch to applique that crap out of it!

 It took me two and a half hours and two full bobbins to complete all the applique work. 
That's what I get for thinking that I wouldn't have to do too much sewing on this project.

 Since it was just a Halloween costume I didn't take too much time and care in the stitching. It was dark at the party we went to so no one noticed anyway.

But the most trouble that I had was with the rounded corners and turns. They proved to be a major pain in the butt! But, I trucked on through.

So, after all this typing and picture posting, I realized that I do not have a picture of the final product. I 'm gonna have to get my hubby to put it on again and take pictures. I will make a follow up post with them.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Retro Stitches

Sorry for the radio silence. I've been working on Christmas gifts and started a new job that's taking a lot out of me (but not in a bad way).

I can share one Christmas gift that I was working on. It's for my grandmother. I wanted to use my Colonial Patterns' Stitcher's Revolution Kitchen Stitch'n. Wow, that was kinda a mouth full.

Just a nice simple tea towel to hang in her kitchen.

I know that she will enjoy it.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Blast From the Past

I've been doing some cleaning/maintenance on my old laptop. It sadly will no longer hold a charge and will not register the USB ports anymore. So in preparation of never using it again I'm getting everything off of it that I want.

I came across some photos of old projects that I have done in the past that I believe that I never posted about (they were made way before this blog existed).

So, lets take a look at the many past projects of forgotten land shall we?

 I made an entire royal court of flower fairies back in 2007.

 They heads are wooden beads and everything else is silk flowers, thread and wires.

 I made a plethora of appliqued canvas tote of various sizes for my Etsy shop.

 I had a short bout of jewelery making.

 And yes, I have ALWAYS made bags.

 This little guy is actually a tooth pillow.

 The pocket in the back for the tooth so the tooth fairy can take the tooth without disturbing the sleeping wee little one.

 One Christmas I made all my friends a "mini me".
I really want to start making these again.

 These are Shrinky Dinks. They were made in to various jewelery for the Esty shop. The artwork was done by my hubby. They were made into earrings, hair pins and necklaces.

I have loads more of photos, but I may save them for a different time.

Thank you for taking a walk down memory lane with me.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Yet another set of bags.

I normally bake for my family for Christmas, but this year my parents are on a special diet and can't stray from it.

My mom liked the bags that I have made before and asked me to make some for her for Christmas instead of sweets.

I used my resent Hobby Lobby stash to make these, now I need more zippers if I want to make more. lol!

I used a fusible lightweight interfacing to help keep it's shape.

My mom's not a very pink kinda lady, so I went with the grey on the outside, but I use pink as an accent on the outside to kinda tie it together.

I feel comfortable posting this now, because she asked me to make them and she doesn't really ever read my blog. :)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Night of the Living French Knots!

Not really, but I bet you know what I mean.

I got this design from rectangel from Flickr.

I took a TON of WIP (work in progress) pics about every night that I worked on it, and worked for about two to three hours a night. But I just decided to post the finished piece rather then to clog it up with a dozen photos of something half finished.

 The complete piece is a clothes hanger cover. 

 That, my friends, is a butt load of french knots. I use to hate these little guys with a passion. Now they are so stinking easy!

 I've noticed that the ombre thing is a thing now, so this is my "jumping on the ban wagon" project.

 Even though I think these stitches are easy now, they still take up a lot of thread. I believe I used almost an entire bobbin of the darkest pink.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Recent Stash Score

I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday with my hubby. I wanted a couple of zippers and I came out with this.

For the record, my hubby encouraged me to buy some remnant and a couple of extra things.
It is a bonus being married to an artist.

I have been wanting to get more fusible interfacing and I could ALWAYS use more black and white thread.
The coolest thing about this is that I have immediate plans for ALL of it. Most Christmas gifts. So my current stash will not grow any more. 
That's good, right?

And it was all $30!

Friday, August 31, 2012

It's just a Jump to the Left, and a Step to a Tee Shirt Recon

I have had a love affair with Rocky Horror Picture Show ever since I was 15.
That's a mighty long time.
I have even been to a midnight showing.
My hubby (who doesn't like the movie) bought my the 25th anniversary edition shortly after we were married. That's how much he loves me. :)

I bought this tee shirt 17 years ago (I'm kinda showing my age here), but I've had this shirt for a very long time and it is near and dear to my heart.
I will be honest and say that I rarely wore it, with it being a men's XXL. But it was just too cool to not possess!
 I was digging around in my chest of drawers when I spied it on the very bottom, all rumpled and forgotten. In an instant I knew what I what going to do with it.

For awhile I have been coveting a Kreepsville666 tunic dress.

SO I decided that this is what I wanted to do with it.

 The graphics are large and had to be cut off, but I kinda like it that way, it's very much so not cookie cutter.

It was very easy, and took no time at all. I just used a tight fitting shirt as a template and went to town.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Inspirational Junk, er, Stuff!

I tried to have a sort of utilitarian home decor, but I was only fooling myself. I have to be surrounded by little chucks of plastic and vinyl to perk me up.

I like stuff.

I love girly things. I really do.

 I still have a lot of my childhood toys (that survived), those I keep in large plastic tubs in storage (my parent's basement).

Everything that I have on display means something to me, I don't just buy toys and trinkets on a whim. Ok, I shouldn't say on a whim, but you know what I mean. :)

 My shelves, tabletops and chest of drawers have photos, painting, books and toys.

 All the boxes, bags and cases serve a purpose for storage, and they really do come in handy.

 I even have a little "window seat" but my pillows obviously need it more then I do.

My inspirational board is cram full of well, inspirational stuff!
I like little bits of color.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

There is no fabric, only cake

This is a different post today. I wanted to break it up a little bit and show a little of what I actually do for a living.

I've been a cake decorator for about 12 years now. Wow, I suddenly feel old.

But less babble and more photos! Enjoy!

 My "traditional" cake

 The ever popular neon and zebra print. The "dreaded zebra" I like to call it. It is VERY popular, perhaps a little too popular, ugh.

 mug o' beer cupcake cake

 My favorite

 You can't tell by the photo but this is a rather small 5 inch smash cake.

 I think simple is more elegant.

 This one is actually a commission from out of my house. I was a nervous wreck when I had to deliver this one.

All of these are made out of buttercream or whipped cream.