Sunday, November 25, 2012

42. Ruffle Pillow

I have had the materials for this project for forever, but I never got around to it until now!
I took some chiffon, cut it up and ruffled it using my sewing machine. Then I sewed it on a plain piece of square fabric with some lace on top. I did several layers in a circular pattern. When I was satisfied with my ruffle layers, I sewed my square to a plain square and stuffed them to make the pillow. I added a pin to finish it off.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

#41. Beaded Necklace

My mommy is the best! She was out shopping and thought of me and got me some beads for my projects. She got me a strand of butterfly beads, that I have no idea what I’m going to do with. She also got me a plain set of round ones that I used for this project. 
I also used ribbon and some cute crochet flowers I found in my sewing box.
Thanks mom!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

#40. Paper Poms

So this is a decoration for my room, but I have no idea where to put them.
For this project, I used tissue paper, a little bit of wire and some lace ribbon.
For now, they are above my bed, but they look a little silly there because my ceiling is slanted.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

After my 75 Challenge…

My mom asked me the other day “What are you going to do when you’re done with your 75 craft project challenge? Do another with new crafts?”
Nope. As much as I love crafting, this has all been a little stressful, trying to complete enough in time, subtracting cost of materials to my monthly budget, etc. 
I will continue to craft and I will continue to post on this blog. I’m thinking more like try to do 2 projects a month and more if I can, but not make it the entire focus of my free time. I also plan on posting some projects I did before I started the challenge, because I’ve got some cool stuff.
I’ve learned so much while doing this 75 challenge, I want to share it, so I think the main direction of this blog after the new year will be a guide. I’m not sure what I want to call it yet, but I want to have each post be a guide to some aspect of crafting. “Crafty girl’s guide to hardware stores” or “Modern crafty warrior queen’s guide to a sewing machine” Again, I’m still working on the title. 
I’ve had a few inquiries about buying some of my projects too. I’ve duplicated and sold some to a few friends, but I’m not sure how big I want it to get. I’ve thought about an Etsy shop, but I have concerns. What if I don’t have time to make everything I’m selling and still keep up with school and work? What if I don’t make enough money to quit my job, but don’t have enough time to do both? If I do eventually make enough money from an Etsy shop to quit my job, how long will it last? Will I quit my job than 6 months later, my popularity weans and I’m not selling enough for it to be worth it? What if I start to hate crafting because I’m obligated to do such a high, consistent, repetitive ratio of it?
See? I’d have to have solid proof if I set up an Etsy shop, people would buy my stuff, I’d have enough time, I’d have enough money, and my love of making things wouldn’t fade. 
I’m also planning on starting another blog with another 75 in 5 months challenge, but not crafting related. Right now I’m leaning towards 75 workouts in 5 months, because I would like to make fitness more of a routine for me.
But then I’m worried keeping up two blogs would be too much for me and one would suffer and never get updated.
I’m still a little up in the air about what I will do, but I will keep everybody posted. Opinions are appreciated!

#39. Sock Bear

As nice a job as I do when I use a sewing machine  you’d think I could hand sew just as well. Well, I can’t.
I made this guy out of an old sock and some stuffing. Although it might look okay in the picture, up close, it sucks.
Guess that’s something I’ve got to work on…

Monday, November 12, 2012

#38. Halloween Costumes

Half way there! Half way done with my 75 project challenge, but less than 2 months left, which means I need to get myself back into crafting mode!
For Halloween this year Aaron and I took inspiration from one of our favorite cartoons, Rocky and Bullwinkle.
For our costumes, we went to thrift stores for the sweaters and Five Below for the goggles and teeth. I made the antlers out of felt, hot glue, stuffing and a headband. It was a super simple project. I made them a little too big though, because I had to walk through doorways sideways all night!
Cost: 
Sweaters: $20.00 total
Antlers (Fabric and headband): $10.00
Goggles and teeth: $4.00
Total: $34.00 aka the same cost for one crappy costume at a Halloween store

#37. Producer’s Costumes

I must say, I think this project is the one I’m proudest of. It was a lot of work, but so worth it in the end. 
For this project I was the head costumer for The Producers at my community theatre. When I say head costumer, I mean I was in charge and coordinated everything. In no way was I the only person working on it. Aaron, my wonderful mother, and several people in the cast all helped me out so very much and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
For the show we rented some of the more complicated pieces, and found/made the rest. Things like men’s suits and such we have in our storage room, collected from years of donations and previous shows. Most of that was matching it up with people and tailoring it. Then there were some pieces we had to find. In the show there is a scene with 30 Nazi soldiers. We had 5 Khaki shirts in storage to use already, but then we had to go to thrift stores and find 25 more that were identical enough. Then we had to make all 30 people arm bands. We also made the prisoner outfits in the end too. I gave Aaron a crash course in sewing and he helped out so much. So proud of him :)
The cast in some things we found/bought.
These were some of the rented pieces.
Found all of these, except the dress was rented.
Made all the little old ladies!
Made the sparkly tux.
Made/found all of the Nazis.
Made all of these, except Ulla’s was rented.
The director was really happy with all we did, the audiences loved it and the cast was great. I’m super proud of myself for this one!

#36. Purple Dress

I’m back! Producers costumes went super well! I’ll have a post dedicated to that later this week.
Before I went on vacation, before all the madness of costumes began, I went to a wedding and made this dress for the occasion.
It was a challenge because the pattern I altered was too low cut, so I had to add the ruffles and some extra fabric to make my chest appropriately covered. I’m still really happy with it!