Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Star Wars and Crochet - Who knew?

So crochet is not my expertise and Star Wars is not my ultimate thing but after hanging out with my friend Kim, who is an expert at crochet and a large fan of Star Wars, I'm starting to get the bug.  So I stalked it out on Pinterest and look at some of the fun stuff I found!!!

Found these cute character creations here.

Oh I need this Death Star Cushion!  Anyone want to make me one?  :-)  Instructions are here.

And these lightsabers!  I'm just dying over here!  Wow!  Find the pattern here.

Can't forget about this guy!  What a cutie!  He's here.

Of course, let's not forget all the main characters.  Look how awesome!  There was no tutorial for these that I found but you could probably buy the pattern off of etsy somewhere.  Mergirl had made these and was showing it off on her flickr page here.

 I now want so badly to learn how to do crochet on the next level and watch all the episodes of Star Wars before the new movie comes out this December.  If only I didn't need to sleep, I MIGHT find the time to learn and make all these wonderful guys!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Free Ebook - No Bake Desserts


So do you like desserts but not really the whole baking part of it?  Well, if that's the case, I have a special treat for you.  I found a link to a cook book called "No Bake Desserts: 21 Easy Dessert Recipes".

Heads up... they will try to get you to join their newsletter and it may look like you have to in order to get the ebook but YOU DON'T! Just close the pop-up window and it automatically downloads for you!  Woohoo!  However, if you want to get on their mailing list to get more free ebook recipes, then by George, sign-on up!

Here's the link ..,

Have fun!  And Oh! I'd love to see what you made.  Actually, I'd prefer to taste it but my strict after stroke diet won't let me, so just share a pic and let me just drool over it.  :-)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

It's a Perler Bead thing!

As I was perusing Pinterest, I came across a few Perler Bead artwork. It totally brought me back almost 30 years when I was first introduced to perlers. I found a large bag of these colorful beads in the scout shop of the headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America where my grandfather worked. I had no clue what they were but the colors and the fact they were beads attracted me so I bought them. Flash forward 30 years and I still love them like I did back then, I just forgot. So thanks Pinterest for reminding me and giving me that warm feeling as I remember my wonderful grandfather, Godofredo Neric.

Inspired by the great perler artists on Pinterest, I started with this...

Yup! My inner geek is showing. So then I tried these...

Then I thought about my lil' man's teacher, so made these... 

Then I thought about my good friend who sews...

Then my lil' man saw a creeper with a Christmas hat and asked for one ....

Hmmm... Christmas is coming! Let's make ornaments but the geek kind...

Which then lead to more ornies...

Even Minion ornies...

And finally, since football season is coming, a few Baltimore Ravens perler ornies with a bonus owl...

I sure did have fun with these! No worries. I'm not done yet. I want to make some splatoon squid earrings and ornies, a few Dr. Who, maybe some Avengers, and Adventure Time also. One day I will attempt to make a large Perler bead mural wall art of Jeremy Renner. *sigh*

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Splatoon craze!

Yes, yes! It's been over a year! What can I say ... Life! I was super busy but just 2 weeks ago something happened that made me stop everything in an instant. I had a stroke! Here I am in my mid forties, in rather good health and I get a stroke. How is this possible? Even the Drs don't understand why I had one but I did. So life changes are now happening. Quit 2 of the 3 jobs I had, crafting more, eating much healthier, starting an exercise regimen. However I still have 2 big stressors in my life that I need to change but am having great difficulty changing ... Finances and relationship. I need more of one and none of the other! While I try to figure that out, this girl will be crafting more to relieve stress.  So this is what I've been up to lately...

Splatoon Squids!!!  Aren't they adorbs? My kids are really into splatoon right now 
so I made these cute keychains.

I couldn't decide if I should put spots on them or not so I took a Facebook and 
Instagram vote and surprisingly enough, it was half and half!

Then I asked do I put felt spots or just draw them on.
Split decision as well. So I just made a mixture of them all.  Lol!

And here are my babies!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Giant Birthday Candles

In case you didn't know, I am now a birthday party host for Jo-Ann's Fabrics and Crafts.  Well, over the weekend we had an open house to promote the classes and birthday party services offered at Jo-Ann's.  I wanted to make sure my part of the table stood out, so I made 3 giant birthday candles to sit on my end. 

I came across the idea on pinterest (which originated from here). I didn't create mine the same way she did but the end result was about the same.  Here's how I did mine...

Giant cardboard tubes
        (I got mine from Jo-Ann's for free - these are the long sturdy tubes that
         come from the home decor fabrics once the fabric has all been bought)
White acrylic paint
Duct tape (in the color you want)
Yellow and Orange Foam Sheet
Foam sheet matching the color of your duct tape
White Felt
White Pipe Cleaner
.5 yards of Tulle (matching the color of the duct tape)
Foam brush
glue gun

Begin with figuring out how tall you want your candle or candles.  Use the hacksaw to cut the desired length to your candle.  Now paint the entire tube with white acrylic paint. If you want, you can seal the paint with an acrylic sealer once it is dry. I didn't seal mine.
Now that it is dry, apply the colored duct taped at an angle starting at the very top and wrapping it all the way down to the bottom.  Make sure to let the duct tape have a wide enough angle to leave parts of the white showing through when it wraps around the tube.
Get the CD and place your duct tape wrapped tube on top in the middle part of the CD.  Take small, long strips of duct tape and tape the ends of the tube to the CD.  Do it all around the bottom part.  In this case, less is not more as you want that tube not to be able to tilt over and separate easily from the CD.

The picture above doesn't look like I put a lot of duct tape at the bottom, but trust me I did.  The picture was taken in the early stages of my attaching the 2 together.

From here I decided to make the flame.  I used yellow and orange foam and just freehandedly cut out a flame shape. I cut 2 of each color.  Make sure the yellow part matches up as you will be sandwiching the pipe cleaner in between the yellow part.  Once everything is cut, first hot glue the pipe cleaner to the inside of the yellow foams then hot glue the yellow foam together.  Now hot glue the orange foam flame shape to both sides of the yellow foam flame.
Take the white felt and trace the top of the tube onto the felt.  Cut out that circle and make a small slit in the center of that felt circle.  Insert the pipe cleaner into the slit and then bend the pipe cleaner into an "L" shape right at the base of the underneath side of the felt. From there just wrap the pipe cleaner into a circle shape and hot glue it to the felt. This makes the felt sturdier and stronger.
Hot glue the circle felt onto the top of the tube.
It is now time to cover up the ugliness of the CD and all that duct tape mess at the bottom.  NOTE: It's probably best to do this part BEFORE you make and attach the flame but if you didn't, no worries ... it still works.  You're going to take your same color as the duct tape foam and trace the CD onto the foam and cut out.
 Now cut a bunch of slits in the middle (star like slits).  Make sure it's big enough because you are going to feed the tube through this slit.  It has to fit the flame first then the tube.
Hot glue the circle parts of the foam to the CD and the slit peaks onto the tube.
Take your matching color tulle and cut it into squares about 5x5 or 6x6.  I didn't do exact measurements, just kind of eyeballed the cut.  That's just how I fly.  :-)
Take a square tulle and place your finger in the middle of the square.  Pull up the sides to cover up your finger and then holding the tip of the tulle where the tip of your finger is, remove your finger.
Pinch that tip and add hot glue all around it.  You will now apply it quickly to the base of the tube to hide all that hot mess at the bottom of the tube. 
 Repeat the process of the tulle until you have covered up the whole bottom.
 Once it is all covered, then you are DONE!  Enjoy the cute creation!!!
Here's my end of the table.  You can also get an idea of how big these candles are with this picture.  I'm only 5'2".
Hope you enjoyed!  I know I did.  :-)



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Fleece Loopy Scarf for St. Patty's Day

I made a St. Patrick's Day Loopy Scarf as per the direction on Jo-Ann's site - see here.  

Let me tell you that was hard on my sewing machine in that there were 6 layers of fleece it had to stitch through.  Ouch! I felt so bad for my machine.  Anyway, after cutting up the loops, even at 1/2", the loops were still too big for me (see picture above), so I went back and cut each loop in half again.

I love the skinnier loops.  Now they are more frilly and fun.  The fatter loops just was too "blah" for me.  What do you think?

Can you see the difference?
Have fun trying this out.  Personally, although it is cute, I don't think I will make this again.  It was just too hard on my machine.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Juice Carton Coin Pouches

My lil' man had a school event requiring him to bring lots of coins to play the games.  I didn't want to use a ziploc to hold his coins... so tacky!  So I made him a milk/juice carton coin pouch. 

Well, his coin pouch was a big hit with his classmates that they started asking if they can have one.  My lil' man, being the lil' entrepreneur, told them he'll sell it for $1.00 each.  When I picked him up from school, he told me he had 6 orders for the coin pouch and that the kids already paid him.  I had no clue what he was talking about and then he explained it to me. So now I'm drinking cartons of juice so I can fulfill his product supply.  LOL!  Thankfully, I have grown teen boys that gladly chug those juices.

I found the tutorial a long time ago on Family Fun Magazine and I saved it because I thought it was too cute ... and it still is! I didn't make a tutorial on this because I thought Family Fun would still have their instructions and template on their site but things have changed for them.  So I found someone who made one using their instructions. I hope that helps.  Here's their picture tutorial on how to make the coin pouches.

There are different versions and I never tried the others as I was content on this version.  But give the others a try and share it with me.  I'd love to see what you did and which you prefer.

~ Peechee