Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Still alive and crafting!

I have actually been working! I have pictures to prove it too. I'm slowly, very slowly, working on my craft list. Right now I'm working on the leather wrap bracelet. My first try came out okay. It doesn't look bad, but it definitely needs work. So I'm in the middle of making a second one.
My first try.

See how the button at the end isn't secured very well? That's the part I'm trying to fix on the second one.

The second one so far.

This one should wrap around my wrist three times instead of two like the first one. I'm still proud of the first, it turned out okay, I just want it to turn out great!

Another thing I'm in the process of making is something that's not on my list, but is super cute. During the Felt Badge Swap, I fell in love with making badges! I started making one as a test for the One Tiny Zombie Thing Swap and it started to take on a life of its own. When I started to put it together it turned into Zombie!Ceda.
Ceda is...I guess you could say, my online persona. It's the name I use for most sites I join, Craftster being one of them. This is what Ceda usually looks like.

And this is Zombie!Ceda

I still have a bit of work to do on her but, so far, so good!

I'll have both the bracelet and my zombie posted again as soon as they're finished! It won't be much longer, I promise!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Craftster Swap #8 One Tiny Zombie Thing Swap

So, before I begin, I just want to mention that I love zombies. When I saw this swap pop up I knew I had to join. When I got my partner I was supper happy and knew exactly what I was going to do!
You see, my partner for the One Tiny Zombie Thing (OTZT) had also been in the Felt Badge Swap that I had just participated in.

Zombies + felt = zombie badge!

Of course this one was much larger than the other badges I made of the badge swap, five inches instead of three, but he turned out great! Sadly, I'm very bad at remembering to take photos, so these are from my awesome partner seabound23.

The badge and letter I sent to her.


And a close up of the brain-eating dude himself!

Once again, another amazing swap! I can't wait for the next one! =D

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Update!


I'm still alive! I'm also still crafting. It just takes a little while for me to get going when I take a short break from a project. I will have more posted soon, I promise!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Felt Goodness...

I really got into the felt badge mood. They're so much fun to make and it's so satisfying to be able to finish one in an hour or two.

So when my sister said she wanted to send something for her friend's birthday I offered to make a badge. I ended up making a Crobat from pokemon. It's the girl's favorite pokemon and, in her game, it's name is Victoria.


Then, after the One Tiny Zombie Thing Swap, I made my self this super cute iPhone case! I fits over the protective case that I already have on my phone and it's great for making it easier to find my phone in the morning. The bow was made using the Upcycled Gift Bows tutorial on Craftster


Neither took long to make and I like how they both turned out. I think I might be getting better at this! XD

Craftster Swap #7 Felt Badge Swap Round 2

For this swap I had two partners, one in Germany and one in Tennessee. The partner I had in Germany listed 'Japanese-cute' as one of her likes. The partner I had in Tennessee listed 'Dr. Who' as one of hers. The first thing that popped into my head for both of them was 'OMG, I don't know what to dooooooo! T_T'. Then I smacked myself and started doodling ideas.

For my partner in Germany I thought of Kokeshi dolls. They're Japanese, and I found this super cute photo at Charuca's Photostream on flickr. I fell in love and had to make similar kokeshi dolls for my partner! This is how they turned out:

I think my favorite of the two of them is the one with the pink hair. She's just so happy it's contagious! =D

For my Dr. Who loving partner in Tennessee I figured that I had to make her a Tardis. No Dr. Who fan should be without their own Tardis...or so my sister says. I still haven't seen the show myself, but I've heard it's really good. The second one was a little harder to figure out. When I first started making these I was in Alabama with no internet access and so I had no way of looking up reference pictures. I finally ended up using my sister's new DW decal she had on her computer. The DW also has a fez and a bow tie to represent my partner's favorite Doctor.


Usually when I finish something like this I find something wrong. This swap is the first time I've ever had to really force myself to send the packages...I kept putting it off so that I could stare at the badges a little longer! XD Thankfully I stocked up on felt for this swap, now I have plenty of supplies to work with!

My partner in Germany finally received her package so I can post now! Yay! =D

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Craftster Swap #6 Penpal Swap Round 4

Miss Barbara was my partner for this swap and she looooooves ladybugs. So I made a few items that featured a ladybug theme. I made a mugrug, a felt box, a feathered headband, and a lavender filled ladybug plushie.

The headband was actually the easiest thing to make. I bought a plain headband from JoAnn's as well as a strip with pheasant feathers and a larger oval shaped piece with pheasant feathers that had a small silver ornament. I hot glued both pieces to the headband.

The mug rug was the most difficult piece to make since it involved quilting and I've never done that before.The large ladybug is actually a pocket that you can put a spoon, a tea packet, or a packet of sugar in.

The box is made out of stiffened felt that was cut and glued into shape. Then, in keeping with the ladybug theme, I cut out a ladybug and glued it to the top.

The plushie ladybug was another easy one to make. Of course, that was only after I figured out how to get the top to do right. I didn't want it to be a flat ladybug, I wanted the red part to form a slight dome. I was so happy when it finally worked out. Once it was stuffed I added the lavender to it, so it smells fantastic!

And, of course, here's the whole kit-n-kaboodle.

I also sent socks, postcards, stickers, and some extra lavender along with everything that I made.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Craftster Swap #4 Jar of Hearts Swap

I only have pictures for two of the partners that I had from this swap. I actually forgot to take pictures of the hearts before I sent them out and only the two of my four partners posted pictures. No big loss since the other hearts that I made are along the same line, just in different colors.
My partner Ransom liked floral themes and the color red so I made these:

One plastic canvas heart that I made using red yarn, and then two cloth hearts made out of some floral patterned cotton that I had laying around.

My partner honeyd liked rainbows and cute things so I threw these together:

I knitted one using an interesting black rainbow boucle yarn that my sister picked out. The cotton heart was made out of the cutest Stitch (from Lilo and Stitch) fabric that I bought on Etsy. The plastic canvas heart I used my favorite rainbow yarn on and I like that one the best.

It was a cute swap, I found out that it's really hard to sew a perfect heart, and I can't wait for Round 2!

Craftster Swap #3 Sailor Moon Swap

I almost forgot to take pictures before I sent this package out. I remembered when I got to the post office and whipped out my phone before I could mail out the box.

So, I made four things for HappieHina. When we were exchanging messages before we started crafting she told me that she liked the black moon sisters, more specifically Catsy (Kōan), and she liked the cat family (Artemis, Luna, and Diana). She also mentioned that she had a small child...so I came up with these!
First off, here's a reference picture for Catsy:

I like Catsy as well, but with a small child around I figured whatever I made would have to be safe. The plushie I made has no removable parts like buttons or gems (which is why Catsy-plushie is missing the gem on her forhead) and the facial features are painted on.

I like how she turned out. The main body is made out of pink and flesh-tone flannel, the pinstripes on the pink fabric were sewn on before the pieces were cut out for the doll, and the tutu and arm poofs are purple tulle...I hate tulle. But! I managed to sew the tulle down well enough that I don't think it'll ever come off. =D

The next thing that I thought of was a set of string dolls. String dolls aren't hard to make, just time consuming. I actually got the tutorial from here.
Here's a reference picture for the family in the manga:

Here's the group picture.

Then the single shots. From left to right; Artemis, Diana, and Luna.


All in all, I had a really fun time making these...and I just love anything Sailor Moon related!

Craftster Swap #5 Unicorn Swap

I only made two things for this swap, one small and one large item. The large is my favorite though. The small item is a plastic canvas unicorn keyring. Beside it you can see the graphed pattern that I made before I started it.

The large item is a piece of wood with nails mounted on it and string threaded through the open spaces and around the nails themselves. The string forms a picture of a unicorn.

Before I could go hammering the nails into the wood I had to have an idea of what I was doing first. So, I took a piece of paper and drew a unicorn's head and taped it to the board when the blue paint was done drying. I used the outline on the paper as my guide and, when all of the nails were in, I simply ripped the piece of paper off. (Sorry for the stray threads, those were cut off when the glue dried.)

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A work in progress...

It's been so long since I posted anything on here. I have been working on projects, I just haven't had the time to post them...

However, I'm going to try to start posting at least once a week, even if it's only progress posts. And I'm also going to start posting on Craftster.The best part is that I'm going to be working on new crafts! I've got a lot to do and, for once, plenty of time to do it in! I'll start it all off tomorrow with a list of projects that I'm going to start, or have already started, working on. =D

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A little late...

So I did manage to finish the first set of ornaments that I was working on...however, I gave most of them away and forgot to take pictures of them first! I did take pictures of the last three of the ones I sent as Christmas presents so here they are!

The two angels I sent to my aunt and my granny:
Red Angel Front and Back -

Green Angel Front and Back -


And the penguin I sent to my friend who, well, loves penguins:
Penguin Front and Back -



I really do wish I'd remembered to take pictures of the other ornaments. I still have the second set left for this Christmas. I'll make sure to take pictures of every ornament this time!