Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rainy day project...

A couple weeks ago I found a dress at Goodwill... it cost me less than a dollar... I bought it with the thought that I would make it into a scarf... so today, I finally got around to doing it... and I documented my creating!

The dress started out looking something like this...
(I actually didn't take a picture until I had cut the skirt off... but you get the basic idea - ugly)

I cut the skirt into 6 different sections because I didn't want all of the stripes going in the same direction... that wasn't interesting enough for me...

Then I sewed the pieces together to make 2 long strips...

 I then pinned the 2 long pieces together
(wrong sides together - the wrong side of this fabric was horrible... so I didn't want it to show... that's why I made it a double layer instead of just a single like most scarves)

I cut off the excess... I wanted a perfect rectangle.

Okay, now comes the fun part. I put a wing needle on my machine. This needle is big compared to normal sewing needles... it's called a wing needle because it has little 'wings' on the sides of it. This type of needle separates the fibers of the fabric so that you have a really cool 'holey' effect throughout your stitching.

I used this lattice-like stitch... and stretched it a little.

Time to sew!

I sewed around all four edges...
(I love how it made the edges scrunch up a little... yay for unexpected added interest!)

(Close up so you can see what the wing needle did... see the cool holes?)

Then I tried to fray the edges some... I feel like washing it should help make the edges fray... 'cause i wanted that effect on this scarf... and the stitching will keep it from unraveling all the way.

Finished product! Perfect for a rainy day like today...
(Sorry for the weird coloring... I tried to fix it, but I think I made it worse... oh well.)

I love re purposing things... and modifying things to make them epic... and I was happy to actually have time for it today. =)

Monday, February 20, 2012

You may not know...

I have this thing for decorating... I don't get to do it very often... but when I do, I like to go all out.

For the past couple of years, my family has hosted a Valentines day dinner for our fellowship group... and I've always helped decorate for it.

So this year... I decided to take pictures! Enjoy!
(will... resist... urge to caption every picture...)

First off... I wanted to do something fun with the napkins. I had seen this picture on Pinterest a week or so ago and I thought I might try it...

The napkins I used were kinda large... so I just folded them to the right size...
(please excuse my man-hands)

(about 6 inches of ribbon and double-sticky tape)

Voila! A bow napkin. =)

Now for some other pictures...

(without the finishing touches... candles, petals, etc.)

I just happened to have these butterflies... so I thought I'd use them.

We had to have a total of 3 tables... lots of people.

                                                           We ran out of red napkins...

Finished product... complete with candles and rose petals...

(yay for napkins!)

Floating candles

I think it turned out wonderfully...
The fellowship was awesome too... good talks with great people. =)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I think I'm satisfied...

I know I've always said my favorite color is lime green... but I think red is secretly becoming my new favorite... it's an incredible color.

Anyway... here is the new 'look' of my blog I want it to be simple, so that people will pay more attention to the things posted here. I'm still working on a picture for the header... but for now... I think I'm satisfied.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tomorrow I'm going to strive to find time to spend perfecting my blog's look and feel... but for now... I thought I'd share another picture:

Some people may find this silly... but I seriously enjoy taking pictures of objects. My jewlery just happend to fall in exactly this position last night... so I snapped a shot. Voila!

(also, I've decided I cannot draw worth beans... and no, you do not get to see THAT picture...)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Just one picture...

One of the purposes of this blog is for me to have a creative outlet...
It is not really here for me to tell you "what I did today"... but, for me to show you - in various ways.
There may never be a real explanation for what I post on here... only know that it is in some way expressing my creativity.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

They say it's called "Football"...

Today is Super Bowl Sunday... not that I really care... but I thought I'd share my Super Bowl tradition with you all... I've been doing this for 5 years now...

The recipe originally came from a Hershey's calendar that I had... but you can find the recipe here.

This year, my mom decided that we had a TON of extra sugar cookie dough left over from Christmas... so we just baked a big cookie and decorated it with the respective candies. =)

My mom frosted the field...

and I added the candies. Boom. Done.

A view from the field. (I love the idea of a Hug for a ref... it's brilliant.)

I was very lazy this year with what I did (ie. no goal posts, cookie instead of cake, etc.) ... but I though I'd share anyway... 'cause I still love the idea. =)


Saturday, February 4, 2012

So here I am...

I've wanted to start a blog for a while now... it just seemed like a fun way to share what I'm up to, what I'm creating, what I'm learning, and anything else I want to.

So here I am...
Finally here... very excited... already thinking of the hundereds of things that I'd like to post.

But for now, this will have to do.

Hello blog world. *waves*