Friday, March 25, 2011

What I've been up to...

I feel like I go through this every time I blog, but I'm sorry for not posting in so long! I've just finished my finals for the winter quarter, and I'm free for an entire week...then classes will start up again. This quarter I'm taking biology, English composition 2, and American government. I'm pretty excited for all of them! It'll be nice to start new classes, though I must admit, I'll kinda miss my old ones, haha.

Anyway, I've been doing some sewing lately, and I recently refashioned an old skirt and shirt into a tunic-y's a shirt that wants to be a dress but is really too short for that, haha. The shirt I used is one of my favorites...but I outgrew it awhile ago, and it was passed on to my sisters. Now they've outgrown it, and it made it into my sewing pile.(: Since it was one of my favorites, I knew I had to make it into something really special. The skirt is a hand-me-down which I always liked because if the sweet asymmetrical hem, but for some reason never wore. When I was trying to think of something to do with the shirt, I somehow connected the two, and started sewing.

Here's what I came up with:

It reminds me of a mix of renaissance princess and Edwardian styles.(: Very romantic.

What do you think?(:

And here's an extra shot for you - this little guy moves so much that it's hard to get a good picture; this is the first one.

Isn't he a cutie-pie? ^^

Have a lovely day!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Shabby Chic Owl

Hmm...I seem to have a thing for owls. That's definitely how it looks! My perler bead owl from yesterday, an owl vase, an owl necklace, and now this. At least I'm not owl crazy. But I have to admit, there are definitely some cute owls out there.

For this guy, I used one of my favorite techniques - I covered up a not-so-cute plastic owl (who came from the dollar store filled with Halloween candy that tasted oddly like chalk) with phone book paper, then painted over it with acrylic paint. Then, to make it really stand out, I painted a coat of gold nail polish over the top. You may not be able to tell from the pictures, but it really shines...which actually made it hard to photograph.

Here he is:

Isn't he sweet? The one thing I love about owls is their wide eyes - that's what I find so adorable about this little guy.

Have a lovely day!


Friday, March 11, 2011

An owl, a bear, and a duck may be asking yourself - what on earth do an owl, a bear, and a duck have in common? As far as I know, the only thing that connects the three is the fact that they are all animals, but this owl, bear, and duck are very special.(; Why? Because I made them!

Did you ever play with perler beads as a kid? They are these little plastic beads that, instead of stringing them into necklaces or bracelets, you arrange on one of the plastic boards and then iron over. The beads fuse together and then you have a sweet little creation that you can turn into whatever you like....a magnet, a keychain, a hair clip, or even jewelry pieces! And the best part is, anyone can do it. You just need a a little patience and a smidgen of creativity. I made ornaments for my family years and years ago, when I was really little, and they turned out so cute! I think I still have some around somewhere...anyway, they're a great rainy day craft, and a good way to use up spare time.

Here's what I made today:

An owl...

A bear...(he's not a nice bear, as you can see from the blood on his mug. A little morbid, but cute!)

And a duck, named Donald...

Which one is your favorite?(:

If you've made anything with these, I'd love to see them!

Have a lovely day!