Saturday, September 12, 2015

Real Life Intervenes

I missed posting last week for it and I won't be able to post this week or the next either. That's right, real life has gotten in the way of my crafting and I'm super upset about it. Right now I'm dealing with getting my shops ready for inventory (which happens next week) and making sure that the one that's been transformed into the Halloween shop is staying stocked. On top of that, I'm also trying to tie up any loose ends because the day after inventory is my last day at my current job. I'll be starting a new job on the 21st. On top of THAT, I'm also going to be moving to a new place around the same time. 

This is a very hectic week/month and I'm really hoping to be back in the swing of things by the 25th of this month. I will have weekends off starting the 25th so my post day of the week might change to Saturdays instead of Fridays. We'll have to see how everything works out. I do promise I will have something fantastic for my next post. 

Meanwhile, you can check out my Pinterest for, what I think are, really cool ideas. There are multiple boards you can check out and things that I can't wait to do...I can't wait to get back to crafting again.

Thank you for your patience!

Until next time,
Brandie

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dolly Delights

Hey guys! Sorry this is a little late, but I'm finished! As I said last week, I used the scraps that I dyed with avocado skins to make a doll. Now, I think she turned out pretty nice but that's because I made her. Since she's finished and displayed I'll just make her some clothing later. However, before I can show you the finished product, here's what all I did!

First I started out with a shawl. I started knitting a doll sized shawl and had just enough yarn to finish it. It's a very simple pattern that I didn't use a tutorial for. I cast on some stitches and I was going to cast on more and make a patterned scarf. That didn't work out so I took the stitches off the needle, undid them, and started again. I did that three more times before I decided on making a shawl. I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with a scarf and the shawl seemed like the easier option. It started with one stitch cast on. I knitted the one stitch front and back so that I had three stitches for the next row. I knitted the three stitches and then it was knit one, yarn over, knit one, yarn over, knit one and that gave me five. I continued increasing every other row so that the piece began to take on a triangular form and bound off when I saw that I was getting to the end of my yarn scrap. Written out the pattern would look like this:
  1. Co1
  2. Kfb
  3. K1, yo, k1 (3 sstitches
  4. K1, yo, k1, yo, k1
  5. K
  6. K1, yo, *K, Repeat from * to last stitch, yo, K1
  7. K
  8. Repeat step 7 & 8 until size desired
  9. Bind Off



 See? Simple! After that was done I picked out the buttons for the eyes and then it was time to start on the doll itself. The pattern I chose to use for inspiration is here. It's not in English so I just winged it. I'm out of printer ink so I held a piece of freezer paper up to my computer monitor and traced the pattern that the site had up. There was one problem with this. The picture of the pattern wasn't true size. The doll that the original poster made was a good size, probably between 12 and 16 inches.

My doll is so much smaller than the original poster's. From her head to her non-existent toes she's about 6 inches. She doesn't have hair or clothes but I find her super cute due to her minuscule size. I messed up the legs a few times and had to redo them, and neither the arms nor the legs have any fluff in them because they're so tiny. I'm not sure I'll even add hair to her since she has a very simple head and the hair would probably pull her head down too much.

The best part of her is the fact that she's super tiny. I'm really going to have to work on making her something to wear. I did try making a dress out of the blue fabric with white flowers but it...just...it didn't work out. Not to worry, I do have fabric left over. I think the next time I try to make her something to wear it's going to need to be hand stitched. She's so small that my machine kept wanting to eat the fabric I was trying to sew the dress together.



Total Craft Time: 5 hours

Total Money Spent: <$5 (still considering the amount I spent on the last week since I used materials from that craft.)

Until next time,
Brandie

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Time to Dye

Bubble, bubble...
That's right, kiddies! I've wanted to try this out for a while. The idea of dyeing fabric, yarn, paper, or anything for that matter has always fascinated me. So, naturally, when I found out you could get a beautiful rose color from avocado skins I had to try! I bought an organic avocado to use for this experiment and I used some materials that I had in my stash. I boiled the skins for an hour and then added the yarn and lace. After fifteen minutes I added the scrap of blue fabric with the white flowers and the white flannel scrap.

It took about ten minutes more for any change to start showing. The flannel was the first and it was starting to turn a pale brown. This wasn’t the color that I was originally expecting. The blog that I got the idea from said that it should be a dusky pink color and I kind of expected it to start turning pink from the get go. The next to start showing any change was the yarn. I’m sure the yarn is mostly acrylic so I don’t know how well it will hold the color but it was pretty neat seeing something else start to turn. The two scraps of lace were the next to follow and the blue fabric was the last to show any change at all.

Half way there.
I continued cooking the skins and scraps for another half hour to see if that helped any. I didn’t really follow any instructions on properly dyeing the scraps so I’m not sure if I did anything right. I just went with ‘boil avocado skins, dye things’. The blue fabric actually started to show spots of color that were almost red and the lace scraps, both of them, were starting to show a dark pink color on certain areas. Even if I didn’t follow any directions at least I got some positive results. Once I reached the 2 and a half hour mark I decided it was time to call it quits on the avocado stew and get those babies out of there.


The final results are in! I’ve rinsed the scraps, dried them, and ironed them as well. The comparison pictures are proof enough that this experiment was, at least, a partial success. Sure, the color could have come out more even, but it’s still amazing that the color that I did end up with came from an avocado! I had a lot of fun with this one and I think I’m going to need to look for more things to dye and dye with. Out of the five items that I dyed this time, I think the lace is my favorite. I like the way that the color looks and I’m eager to make something with it. The scrap I like the least would have to be the yarn if only because it took so much time to untangle everything. Ugh, what a nightmare. Note to self: don’t dye yarn with anything else and find a way to dye it so that it doesn’t tangle in the water.

Now that I’ve got these scraps of fabric, lace, and yarn dyed I need to figure out what I’m going to do with them. I’ve been tossing around ideas since I started boiling the skins and the one I really like is making a doll out of the scraps. The flannel would be really good for the body and the blue fabric would make a cute dress or skirt. The lace would look nice as an addition to the blue fabric clothing and I could knit something out of the yarn for the doll. It would use up all of the scraps and it would also give me another project to work on that I could post next week. I’m sure I could find a small doll pattern on Pinterest that would look absolutely adorable! That’s it! I’m going to do it! I expect to be held to it too since it’s a promise. This is going to be great! I don’t think I’ve ever made something out of my own dyed fabric. The only thing that I’m missing is the eyes, ‘cause goodness knows I’ve got plenty of fluff. That’s okay though. I have a week to find something for the eyes and I’ve got loads of buttons, googly eyes…I think I even have some doll eyes laying about.

Clockwise from top: Flannel, blue fabric, lace scrap (1),
 yarn, lace scrap(2).


Total Craft Time: 3 hours

Total Money Spent: <$5 (I only spent money on the avocado)


Until next time,
Brandie




Friday, August 14, 2015

Purses Make Great Companions


At least they do for those of us that enjoy carrying purses or bags of any sort. I love purses. They can complete an outfit when you're heading out on the town or, if they're durable enough, they can take a beating when you go hiking. However, no matter how well the bag is made, there comes a time when it must be replaced.With this in mind I give you this week's impulse craft: The Boho Sling Bag

I fell in love with this bag when I first found it on Pinterest. It's cute, roomy, and there's no end to how it can be personalized. I found some really awesome fabric on sale at Joann's that I couldn't live without and there was no stopping me! I had to make this bag!

I did change a few things. Instead of having the bag open at the top, I bought a magnetic clasp to install so that it would stay closed. I didn’t add the extra panel to the bottom of my bag, but I did increase the depth of it so that it would sit more comfortably when I’m wearing it. I made a pocket to fit one side of the bag instead that can hold pens and my phone. 

I like being able to change the length of my purse strap so I made is tie at the top. Now I can wear it as a long, across-the-body bag, I can tie it shorter and make it a beautiful shoulder bag, or, in a real pinch, I can tie it around my waist and make it into an apron! How neat is that? There’s also a D-ring inside the bag so I can clip my keys to it and not worry about them falling to the bottom of my purse.

That’s what I did to make the purse mine. There are other things that you can do with the pattern to make it unique to you. With the way that the strap does, even in the original pattern, there is space to make a neat zipper pouch. The inside of the bag could be lined with pockets instead of just the one that I used. 

You can experiment with different closures. Instead of the magnetic closure you could use a tie, button, or you could install a zipper. Pockets can also be added to the outside of the purse as well. The possibilities are truly endless!

Now that I’ve finished my version of this awesome bag it’s your turn!

Total Craft Time: 4.5 hours

Total Money Spent: <$20


Until next time,
Brandie







Friday, August 7, 2015

Color Combinations

I'm sorry for the picture heavy post but this week I don't have a craft to share. I do, however, have quite a bit of color to draw inspiration from. Some of these I found on Pinterest and have pinned them to Color Combinations, while others I found through random searches for color combinations. I tend to be more attracted to tropical themes but I can appreciate a neutral color set with a single, vibrant color. 

I truly adore the natural color of succulents. Photos of the ocean make me drool. Seriously? What's not to like about hot pink umbrellas? There are so many things you can use color for. You can use it to inspire paintings, jewelry, music, clothing, quilts, and on and on. The textile crafts are perfect for making use of great color combinations.



Posting these images is somewhat difficult because just looking at them makes my fingers itch to be doing something other than typing. I would love to work some of these palettes into future crafts. The colors from picture below with the river would make a beautiful skirt and the picture up top with the succulents would be fantastic inspiration for a scarf. The possibilities are endless!


Just in case you like putting together your own color combinations, or you want to read more into why certain pairings just don't work, I found a great post dealing with the color wheel through Pinterest. Just head on over to Brandi Hussey Inspired by Color and check out her post. It goes so in depth into the color wheel and color relationships that, I thought, it made for an interesting and helpful read. While I love the color combos that I do, it's nifty understanding why they actually work out. 


Well, that's all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by! Next week I'll have another craft that I've done posted so make sure to stop by and check it out.


Until next time,
Brandie



Friday, July 31, 2015

Dream Catchers

I have always loved dream catchers ever since I was little. There's something about them that I found magical. Whether it was the supposed ability to ward off bad dreams or just how pretty they were, I always wanted one. One day, on Pinterest, I found this tutorial so that I could make my own.

It went a lot quicker than expected and I was done in no time! I found some beads in my stash that matched the color scheme I had going on and I bought a charm that seemed perfect!


All in all, I loved the tutorial that I used. It was so easy to follow and I loved the pictures that went along with the instructions. I will definitely be using it again to make more dream catchers in the future.

Total Craft Time: 2 hours
Total Money Spent: <$15 (most materials from stash)

Until next time,
Brandie


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Introductions

Hello everyone! My name is Brandie and I'm an impulse crafter. Most people have heard of impulse buyers and the rules are pretty much the same. Whenever I see a craft that I really like I have to make it. I have over 1000 pins on my 'Crafts I want to Do' Pinterest board. That's how  this blog was born. I want to try to do a craft a week and slowly start moving those pins to my 'Crafts I've Done' board. I can't wait to get started!


Thanks for stopping by,
Brandie