Monday, October 29, 2012

On Hold….

Remember how I said I have the biggest project coming up in October? Well, it’s here and it’s taking over my life. So much so, that I have to put my 75 challenge on hold until November. I know that it’s technically part of my 75 projects challenge, but it’s so massive, it’s practically it’s own entity. I’m still determined to finish by December 31, I’ll just have to push myself a little more to get it done. 
Back in July, before I even thought of this 75 challenge, my community theatre announced they were doing The Producers in November and I volunteered to be the head costumer. Now rehearsals are in full swing and I need to have at least 5 different costumes for 30 people found, made or rented by November 6. In addition to school, work and a vacation (why I decided to go to Disney in the middle of all this, I have no idea), I’ve been a little stressed and my 75 challenge has been the lowest on my to-do list.
But I’ll be back. After November 6, my schedule is considerably clearer and I will be spending most of my free time studying or crafting. I’ll also have tons of pictures of my work on the costumes for this amazing and talented group of people. Thanks for all the support guys. Be back soon.
P.S. If you are in the Pittsburgh Area, go see The Producers at Stage 62 in Carnegie! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

#35. Custom Guitar Pics- a tutorial

Tutorial Time!
For this you’ll need:
-Some pretty plain guitar pics
-Stickers of your choice (you’ll see Mario stickers in the picture above, but I chose several different varieties) 
-Modpodge
-A brush
Step One: Put a thin layer of modpodge on the guitar pic using the brush.
Step Two: Put your sticker on top, fold/cut any over hanging edges. Let the modpodge dry.
Step Three: Modpodge over the whole thing with one or two layers, letting it dry in between each time.
Tada! You now have the coolest guitar pics.

#34. Autograph Books

I’m going to Disney World next week! Considering the fact I’m actually 5 on the inside, my boyfriend and I decided to make autograph books to get all our favorite character’s autograph’s in. Be jealous.
It’s hard to read, but mine does indeed say “Fairytale Princess Shannon’s Autograph Book”

Sunday, October 14, 2012

#33. Quidditch Shirts

Like many people my age, I grew up reading, watching, and falling in love with the magic of Harry Potter. I wanted to be a part of that world, to go to Hogwarts, to learn magic and to play Quidditch. Unfortunately, my life is not a novel, but with my most recent project, I tried to still feel like I was part of the Quidditch Team.
Aaron, Patty (modeling Maura’s shirt) and Anna with my beautiful hometown in the background.
The boyf and I (I still love him despite him being a Hufflepuff)
Group jumpy fun!
This project was another one where nothing seemed to go right. I tried this in the very beginning as like the 3rd project I did or something. My first method of attack was  something I saw on Pinterest that said using paint thinner could transfer an inkjet printed image onto fabric. What a load of cahooey. Didn’t even work a little. Tried several different techniques and finally broke down and used iron-on transfer paper. Not my favorite because it sometimes leaves behind a shiny, thick overlay from the paper.  Still looking for a good method to transfer images on things. 
Note: If you’re going to try this project yourself, do not try and sell it on your Etsy shop or whatever!!!! JK Rowling and Warner Brothers will sue you faster than Usain Bolt in a race. All the stuff I put on the shirts is copyrighted, so I can not and will not sell them. I won’t get sued because I made them for myself and as gifts for a few friends and got nothing from it except the joy on the faces of those wearing them. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

#32. Heart Necklace

Hey everybody! Thanks for all the support lately. 
My next project was something easy because I’ve been pretty swamped with other things lately, so I haven’t had much time to craft.
I took some jewelry wire and wrapped it in some crochet thread and shaped it into a heart.
Very easy and free because I had all the supplies!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Aaron’s Completed Room!

It was a lot of work, but it’s finally done and we’re both really happy with the results.
Before:
After:
Not only is the room a nice place for him to spend time, but now we have a nice space to play Wii! We’re all about the Mario Party 9 right now.

#31. Fabric Headboard Tutorial

The final piece of Aaron’s room! In all my sewing, I picked up some fabric, batting and decorative nails to make him a headboard to finish his room.
For this project you’ll need
-Wood board the size you want your headboard to be. If you want to add nail head trim, I recommend going with a better quality than pictured above. I learned this the hard way.
-Batting cut a little larger than your headboard. I’d recommend getting double, because one layer didn’t look as nice on this.
- Fabric cut a little larger than your headboard. 
- Staple gun and staples
- Nail head trim (if desired)
We picked up two boards and attached them together with nuts and bolts. Once the batting and fabric were on, you couldn’t even tell they were there. If you get a piece larger enough, you won’t have to do this.
Start with the batting and staple it around your board, being sure to pull it a little tight.
We had issues at first because we loaded the staples into the gun wrong. But once we got it right, it was really easy!
Then we did the same thing with the fabric. Note the fabric doesn’t reach the bottom of the board, but that’s okay because that part will be behind the bed.
We had some issues getting the nails in, probably because of the cheap board, so we cut the ends off of each nail and hot glued them on. Nice straight line by me eh?
It’s not the most professional looking headboard, but it achieves the overall look we were going for.
Cost:Aaron bought the supplies because they were for his room. I don’t know the exact cost but I think the boards were $14.00ish total, the fabric was about $5.00, the batting was about $5.00ish and the nails were $1.55 for a box and we used 7 boxes. So the total was about $35 total. Coupons and things happened too so it might cost your more if you try this project yourself.
It’s still cheaper than buying it in a store. We were at Pottery Barn at the mall yesterday and a full size headboard was $800!!!!!!
Stay tuned! Later I’ll post the final before and after of Aaron’s room!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

#30. Decorative Pillows

Second to last piece for Aaron’s room.
Aaron hates decorative pillows and refused to buy any for his room. I love them. I think they are a great accent and make a room look completed. So I made him some.
I used the remnants from hemming his curtains to make the little one. I used plain creme fabric for the bigger ones. After I stuffed them, I used painters tape to make some lines and spray painted them with some silver spray paint. I ran out of paint, hence the one without the diamond pattern.
Cost:
Fabric: Free. Already had it
Paint: Free, already had it.
Buttons: Had em.
Stuffing: $6.78 I had some but I had to run out to Walmart and get more.
Total: $6.78
I told him he doesn’t have to use them on a daily basis, but when I come over, he has to make the bed with them :)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

#29. “Leather Bound” Book- Tutorial

Tutorial time!
For this tutorial you’ll need:
-Fabric, leather or resembling leather (or whatever you want really)
-A book
-A glue gun
-Cardboard (if you are binding a paper back book)
-Scissors
For this project, I choose a vinyl resembling, normally used for upholstery. I choose  Pride and Prejudice because it is my favorite book ever.
Step 1: Cut out your cardboard to the same size as your front cover, back cover and side (3 pieces total) Skip this step if your book is a hard cover.
Step 2: Lay your book out across your fabric and cut out your fabric to the shape, leaving about a half inch to an inch of extra space around each side.
Step 3: Cut out the edges where your corners are. This will make folding easier later.
Step 4: Glue the cardboard to the back of your fabric, leaving some space for the book to bend between the middle section. Skip this step if your book is a hard cover.
Step 5: Glue each of your over lap sides and fold them over onto the cardboard. If you have a hard cover book, glue the overlap edges and fold directly on to the inside of each cover.
Step 6: Glue the cardboard and stick it to each cover and the side. I did the side first, so I could line up the covers well.
Cost:
Fabric $5.00 in the remnants bin at Joann’s
Book: Already owned but it was like $5.00 at Half Price Books
Total: $5.00
Eventually, I’d like to buy a letter stamper because stamping jewelry is cool and I could also stamp the title on the front of the book and paint the letters in gold. 
Someday.

#28. Free Printable Labels

Anyone that knows me, knows I am a photoshop wiz. When I was 12, I photoshopped me into a picture with Harry Potter for my birthday party invitations. When my family goes on vacation, the dog gets photoshopped in the pictures so we can use it for our Christmas card.
While messing around on photoshop, I decided to make one of my projects just for you, my followers (All 17 of you!)
Free, printable labels!