Friday, December 28, 2012

Kristy's Owl

Whelp, in my last post, you got to experience just a little bit of my limited sewing skills. But the good part is that I'm still practicing! I really do enjoy sewing and making things, not gonna lie, so I refuse to give up on it just yet haha

Sooo, for one of my other dear friends [and she's my roommate to boot!] I decided to practice sewing a little more by making her this little fella:

I had some extra fleece lying around, and she really loves owls, so I thought it might be a pretty good fit.

I have quite a few things that I would like to change for next time, but for a quick project to whip up, I'd say it was a pretty good first try!

And he will be linkin' up to some of THESE parties!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fringe Scarf

Greetings, compadres!

I think that my favorite gift that I made this year ended up being this one:

I made this fun fringe-y scarf for one of my very, very dear friends, Carolyn. And I really hope she ends up liking it! and if she doesn't... then... Idk. I plan on making one for myself anyway :]

AND WELL LOOK AT THAT. I took pictures so that you can make your own! Don'cha know.
So let's get started!

Step one: Find yourself three yards of fabric. I used a stretchy knit fabric in this pretty grey color, but I guess as long as you use something mildly stretchy and nice-feeling, this would work. Can you tell that I'm SUPER versed in all things sewing? [haha NOT EVEN. I just like to putz around with sewing...] But yeah. Take your three yards and fold it in half long-style. Then cut your fabric all the way down the fold you just made. Now you will have two long sections of fabric, but you'll only need the one to make the scarf.

Step two: LOOK, MORE OF MY INFINITE SEWING SKILLS SHOWING. Haha oh gosh. But yeah. On each side of the fabric panel, measure in about five or six inches. The measurement depends on how long you want your fringes to be. But since I'm terrible at making straight lines, I used a tape measure to keep the line straight.

Step three: Mark your straight lines with straight pins. This will tell you where to cut the fringes to. If you have a marking pencil [which I didn't] you could just use that if you want...
WARNING: This was where my cat entered. This was BY FAR his most favorite thing I have ever made... so if you have a cat, be aware that they LOVE to help with this project haha.

 Step four: Start cutting your fringes once you have both sides all marked out. I cut each of mine a half an inch each, but again, size is up to you.

Step five: Appreciate what a good helper you have.

Step six: Once you have all the fringes cut, turn the fabric once so that there is one twist in it, like the photo above. Then line up the two straight edges of the fabric.

Step seven: Sew up your edges, and you're ready to wear your new scarf! I hand sewed mine, but that's only because I'm not very comfortable with a machine. You can go ahead and machine sew it though!

 And there you have it: a fun fringe-y scarf :]
I very much enjoy odd scarfs, so I hope Carolyn enjoys it too!

 If you make your own, I'd love to see! I feel like this project can be much improved on, so I'd love to see if anyone whips up something fantastic :'D

And I'll be linking to these great PARTIES!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Cardin'

Hooo boy.

Lately I've been doing ALL THE THINGS. So much to do, so little time, yeah?
Since getting off of school last week, I've been trying to rush to get everything ready for Christmas. Baking cookies, sending cards, making gifts, you know haha.

But yesterday I ended up finishing making Christmas cards for everyone.

I ended up making quite a few this year. It's like... you start to make cards for a few people... and then you think of more people... and then the next thing you know you end up making eight thousand cards.

But it's all fun, right? We only get to do this but once a year... so might as well enjoy it :]

Now I'm off to go finish making a million other gifts I guess.

Linkin' up to THESE great parties!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It's good to be back :'D

Hi friends.
Have I ever mentioned that I greatly enjoy oil painting?:

I swear, that is the FASTEST oil painting I have ever done.... 2 and a half days.... 16 x 20 inches... I don't even. NOT SLEEPING IS FUN, YEAH?
Oldest brother has been bothering me for the longest time that I should paint him a picture of a cow for his house. EEEEVERY time I see him, he asks "Where is my cow painting?" And I, like the loving sister I am, blatantly ignore his requests [I'm terrible].

So, in my free time I finally painted him a Christmas cow.

Look out for more nonsensical artwork in the month to come, I guess :]

PS: Linkin' up to these great PARTIES.