Vasarely Blanket (ongoing project) update #4

Ah crap.  So the last time I posted an update on this blanket, I was slacking.  Since then, I've still been slacking. I've picked it up recently though.  I've come to realize that crocheting while listening to podcasts are a perfect match.  Netflix is a close second, but like I've stated before, looking at your work and then looking up really quickly at the television strains my eyes. I'm getting old!

As far as podcasts go,  I'm a fan of the Nerdist interviews where Chris Hardwick talks to celebrities and comedians.  They aren't formal and I always learn the most interesting things.  Plus Chris Hardwick is a total dork and its awesome.  I also kept hearing about those Serial podcasts, so I finally caved in on the hype and started it.  I'm currently on episode 6.  Don't tell me what happens.

Updated Diamond Count: 12 black, 3 white, and 6 grey diamonds done. 74 more diamonds to go!

 I need more ziplocs. Also, it's going to be a b*tch weaving in all those ends. :-O

These project updates are getting pretty repetitive, so I'm probably going to start constructing the blanket soon.  


Zipper Pouch w/ Scallop trim

Zipper pouches are always something that I need.  My organization system pretty much consists of ziploc bags and post-its, so zipper pouches are kind of like fancy reusable ziploc bags.  Sometimes I purchase makeup sets because of the free makeup pouch (clinique bonus time, anyone?).  I use them to store everything. every. single. thing. Crochet needles! Instruction manuals! Sticker collection! Charger cables! Manicure kit! Etcetera!

My point is, I made this zipper pouch with plans on making more and more and more of them in the future, because I just can't get enough.  It is a great way of getting rid of your scrap fabric.  I like the combo of the neutral taupe/purple fabric with the pop of orange color used for the inner lining.  I found the scallop trim at Target at the dollar spot area and it was marked down even more, so I had to get it.  I'm glad I finally got to use it for something.

Next time I am going to try different shapes with the same fabric, so its like having my very own line of fancy ziploc bags.


Doggie Bowties

Not exactly an original craft idea, but necessary and cute. The past bowties that I've made for Mochi were finished by hand, but I decided to finish this one off using a hot glue gun (used a sewing machine to finish the individual parts, but used hot glue to attach the elastic loop on the back.)  Way easier.  Sometimes I wish he was a girl so I can dress him up, but these bowties will suffice.

He celebrated his 6th birthday last week:

Mochi wore this orange bowtie for good luck throughout the NLCS and the World Series games.  I'm kinda superstitious (I've been wearing orange nail polish since September 29.) so I never took it off him until the very end:

He wore it when the Giants won the whole thing in 2012, too.  So I will keep this for 2016, just in case. ;-)


Halloween Mary Poppins Costume

I was Mary Poppins this year for Halloween.  Pretty much because I wanted to use stuff that I already had in my closet.  The crazy ruffle puffy shirt was given to me years ago from my auntie.  It's pretty ridiculous, I question her style choices, and I knew I would never wear it unless it was part of a Halloween costume.  I am so using that shirt next Halloween.  I think I'm just going to call it The Halloween Shirt.  Captain Hook?  Prince? Seinfeld? The possibilities are endless, I'm sure.

Anyways, the only thing I had to DIY for this costume, was the bowtie (just used old gift ribbon and attached it to a pin backing) and a ridiculously small hat that I attached to a headband.  I used stiff felt to make the hat, stitching the top part, and then hot gluing it to the base of the hat.  It is constructed out of a big oval piece of felt, a smaller oval piece of felt, and a long rectangle piece of felt, in which the length is equal to the circumference of the smaller oval.  I had the felt in my craft supply already, so the only thing I had to buy was the fake flowers/holly.  Mary Poppins' hat has daisies on it, but I just decided to use whatever white flowers that came with the fake holly I bought.  It's holly right?  For some reason I kept thinking they were cranberries.

Anyways, with a Michael's coupon used on the fake flowers, my Halloween costume cost a total of $0.70.  Good job, me.

BTW, the Giants won the World Series and I didn't work on my vasarely blanket while watching it like I imagined I'd do.  But they still won.  So awesome.  


Vasarely Blanket (ongoing project) update #3

Before you think I've stopped working on this thing, its just been slow.  I've been trying, though.  Luckily, the Giants have been getting it done so far in this post season.  You would think with all the games going on, watching them would be a perfect crocheting time opportunity (one of the games against the Nationals went on for 18 innings!!)  but the weather had been warm, and crocheting during warm weather sucks.  It's a dumb excuse, but it's true, okay?!  It rained today and the weather seems like it has changed dramatically so hopefully I'll crank out more diamonds faster than this past update.  Sorry, self.

Updated Diamond Count: 9 white diamonds. 95 more diamonds to go! No longer in the triple digits.

In ziploc gallon bags. For freshness!


"Cheer' (Flag) Bows - Senior Night

Here are bows I made for my flag kids' Senior Night.  The team is made up of all seniors, so I decided personalized bows would be a good idea. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so embroidering names onto grosgrain ribbon was a no.  I considered puff paint, but decided that it would be too messy and time consuming.  Then I had this idea of using alphabet stickers (something that I've already had), sticking them onto glitter ribbon and then using sparkle Mod Podge to seal it on there so it wouldn't peel off.  The kids have a lot of L's and E's in their names, so I had to buy another sticker sheet.  But, here's an awesome tip: Upside-down 7's make good L's. :-D

These are what I ended up with:

Also, I have a massive obsession with sparkle Mod Podge.  I would slather it on everything if I could. 

Shout out to sparkle mod podge.


Vasarely Blanket (ongoing project) update #2

Oh yeaaaah, baby.  I've been consistent with this project.  Actually, it might be too early to say that.  Whatever.  I ran out of my first skeins of each color, so now I can kind of gauge how many diamonds I can make with a skein. The 40% off coupons from Michael's will be put to use.  I love those coupons.

Updated Diamond Count: 3 black, 1 white, and 7 grey diamonds done.  1 skein of the white and black each make 11 diamonds, and the grey makes 8.  104 more diamonds to go!