New Animal Planters

I bought an animal planter shaped like a pig a while back from Daiso, and I love it.  So I had to buy these pair of bears while I was in Japantown.  Obviously, I also had to buy new succulents to use with these things, so I chose this leafy one and this other one that looks like an anemone.  Succulents are so weird, I love it.

We also have this giant laurel (bay leaf) in our backyard, and I decided to make a wreath out of it.  It's pretty convenient because they dry and you can put it in your kitchen and pluck leaves off of it whenever you are cooking.  They also smell great.  They sell this stuff at Williams Sonoma for $50, so I just had to make them for the free.


Wire Sculpting Name Plate Thingy

I made this for a dear friend of mine that recently graduated.  I knew I wanted to give her something personalized and luckily, as fate would have it,  A Beautiful Mess posted this on their blog.  Wire Sculpting!  I've done that before!  I had wire in my craft stash from a previous project (yarn wrapped name tags) but I never thought of making it as a name plate thingy (I really have no idea what to call this).  I didn't want to use sculpting clay as the base, so I found these wooden plaques at Michael's that I could drill holes in and paint.*  It's awesome, I promise, but I don't want to post it on here for anonymity purposes. So here's the second one I made for myself.  Different name, but same concept. It helps to write out the words on paper to determine the "path" of the wire to make your loops as clean as you can and to keep spacing in mind.  I made it two levels, and sculpted the wire so that the "A" can be used as a paperclip to hold notes and such.  Dual functionality!


*Always use a coupon.


Vasarely Blanket (ongoing project) update #6

Alright now things are happening!  So... I'm totally not done cranking out diamonds,  but I've started constructing this blanket. YES!  I'm pretty sure I started this project last August?  So this project is almost a year old!  So much for being inspired and crafting my brains out.  I've been lazy and unmotivated but I'm trying.  After finishing up the latest batch of diamonds, I kinda laid out most of them on my bed and I must say, it's making me excited about it.

LOOK! Do you see it?? Do you the Vasarely-ness happening right now?  At this point I realized I didn't have any yarn to start joining the diamonds together, so the very next day I made a trip to Michael's and created my very first cube. How exciting!

And then I got more excited and added another cube to that cube:

And then the excitement died down after attempting to weave all those damn ends.  I cursed a little, and stopped.  I'm pretty sure weaving in those ends will be the most annoying part of the procedure.  I regret not doing them earlier.  But at least the blanket is finally coming along. :-D


Nails of the Day (or Week): Houndstooth Nail Stamping

I should really use my nail stamp/plates more often.  I was going for that negative space thing that's been going on, so I just put a sheer white underneath to try and cancel out my visible nail line.  But the sheer white was a bit too sheer.  Oh well, I still like them.

Polish used:
Sheer White: OPI - Don't Touch My Tutu!
Black: Konad Stamping Polish


Vasarely Blanket (ongoing project) update #5 (sort of)

I totally have been terrible with this blanket as far as progress goes.  I wanted to post an update in hopes that maybe, just maybe,  it will push me to work on it more frequently..  I have been cranking out more diamonds, about 2 1/2 skeins-worth.  But currently do not have the diamond count right now.  Once I finish this current skein, I think I will start constructing the damn thing.  My goal is to be finished with more than half of it before it gets too hot.  There's nothing worse than crocheting big things during the summer.  Its just uncomfortably warm.


Update: 3 skeins were done. 38 MORE DIAMONDS TO GO!


Fleece Blanket (for my dog)

I wanted to make my dog a fleece blanket since he always tries to sneak up onto my bed (and I let him).  I pretty much bought whatever fleece was on sale in the remnant section at the fabric store.  I doubled the fabric so the blanket would be warm.

So I cut the fabric pieces in half, so that I can make it a good-sized blanket (if i didn't I would be left with a super long blanket, but very narrow).  I then sewed the different colored halves together to form each layer, so that the finished product will look half neon green/ half red. 

 I've tried the "no-sew" blanket once before, but to be honest, cutting all the strips around the perimeter and tying them together was such a pain.  Sewing it is way more easier (that is, if you have a sewing machine and can stitch a straight line.)

And now, my spoiled dog has his own area of my bed.  Caaayuuuuute!


Floral Eyeglasses Pouch

So it's official. I have to get glasses.  I finally bit the bullet and scheduled an eye exam.  The doctor gave me a prescription.  Ordered some frames from Warby Parker.  My prescription isn't even that strong, I just need them for driving and reading things from far distances.  And for crocheting while netflix-ing.  You know, important things.

So I figured since I need glasses, I should use these spring frames that I bought at a Daiso a few months back.  I may have been kinda drunk while buying them, but hey, who isn't?  I love Daiso. I always get hi-chew and cute stationary stuff there (multi-color pens and post-its shaped like animals) and you can always find something you didn't know you needed.  If I had closer access to that place, I would go there every week.  I would go there so hard.

Anyways, I found these spring frames in Daiso's craft section.  I thought it was a good idea at the time to buy them but I never got around to making anything with them until now.  I based the measurements off of an eyeglass case I already owned and used fabric I had laying around (black floral, with an orange lining).  I also used some leftover felt inside the lining to thicken the case and make it more sturdy.  I think it came out pretty well, but since the spring frames came in a 2-pack, I already know what I would change when I make the second case.  I want to try and find a fabric that has eyeglasses on it.  If not, I saw this fabric at Joann's the other day that had oreo cookies on it.  But fake oreo cookies, because maybe Nabisco made licensed oreo cookie fabric?  That makes me think of my copyright story that I wanted to blog about, but that will be another post. ;-)