Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Repair day

Last week was a "shuttle clean up" day. I go and find all the stray shuttles (sometimes their remains after the dog has played with them) and try and get them in some semblance of organization. I was extremely happy when I found this one. I have been mentally debating with myself whether or not I actually bought it from Rita. I'm working on placing an order in a few days for some new shuttles, in honor my 10 year wedding anniversary! Wow, has it really been 10 years....doesn't even feel like it. Actually now that I think on it, I don't really notice the passing of time, unless it's to prove a point to my Honey. LOL. Now that I know I have this one, I can browse around for a different one.
 As far as the organization went, it didn't, because I found TWO of my PopABobbins in pieces. I managed to save this one with some gorilla glue but the dogs teeth inpressions are pretty deep. They snag on my hands when I tried to use it. I'm thinking another resin project is in the works. Maybe engrave a little design onto the surface and do a resin pour into it. I was planning on doing a resin seal to smooth the surfaces once again, so why not get a little fancy with it?
I'm going to wait and see if I can "fix" the other one first so I can work them both at the same time. Besides being broken along the center there is also one point that is dangling along. I do think it is salvageable though. Since I was already working with my hands, I glued up some plastic shuttles using a pair of the large bobbins I found in a box.
This was made cutting up a large clear ball ornament. You can clearly see the glue holding it together. Normally, I would use resin as my bonding agent, but I was inpatient to have the shuttle in working order. The air bubbles that were trapped as the glue dried gave it a crazing look that is rather ugly. I tried using washi tape to cover it. Decoupage is not one of the crafts I have on my crafting belt.

It actually came out worse, so I just peeled it off. I think I'm going to just add some watercolor stickers I picked up and seal it. 
Isn't this a cute little container? I'm tempted to make a few of these. They consist of two of the little saucers and in the center or wall of it, is a candy sprinkles jar upside down.The little resin cat is secured to the bottom of the saucer to act as the handle for the "lid".

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Contain your excitement

For those who aren't aware of it, I am an asthmatic. One of the downsides is that I have to use a breathing machine at night. An upside is that I now get monthly storage containers for my crafting in the form of recycled nose mask cases.
I've been using these to keep a pair of shuttles and a few cabochons I've made to make Ice Drops. Another is used to store the tiny butterflies I make when I unload shuttles. They are recyclable but the closest recycling center to me doesn't accept "medical plastic".
This one is a yogurt container from Walmart. It only cost $1.50 so I picked up a few extra for crafty purposes. I wasn't sure if I wanted to add beads to the project in the jar, so I poured some into the top of the container to have on hand should I decide to add them. There's half a ball of size 20 Lizabeth thread along with a beading needle, two shuttles and a few pieces of the WIP in there.
This last one is a crayon box, found in the stationary section. I'm using to hold the floss that will be used to make my miniature crochet pokemon for this year's fair. I only picked up six of these because I have no idea on where to store these. They do stack on one another, so that's a plus. I also like the clearness to it which lets me see what it is without having to take apart the stack. There was another larger container near these where I could use as a master box for them, but it was a ugly orange-ish color that made my eyes want to bleed out. A bit dramatic that last sentence, but it did force me to look away because it did actually make my eyes hurt just looking at it.

I have the next two days off so I'll be spending many a long hour going between my different craft obsessions right now. ^_^

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Modge Podge of crafting

 Playing with resin again. UV resin that is. My sister-in-law asked for a Pokemon Go Incubator keychain. She sent me a photo of something similar for inspiration, and she seemed to enjoy my interpretation of it. Being in mood to keep crafting I made an 3D egg as well.
 Jumping ahead on the Pokemon theme, I found a crochet tutorial to make a Pokeball granny square. The artist made it into a blanket. Her pattern is the one on the left, I added a black border to the one on the right. I did this for two reasons, first it helps keep the ball from being stretched out. Two, it also makes the ball stand out a bit better. I currently have 6 blocks done in worsted weight 4 yarn. I did go with super soft yarn just in case I decide to keep it for myself.
I was taking my walk and came across a few rose bushes. I feel in love with this rose bud. I don't know what it was about it, but I stayed there a good five minutes just staring at it. I finally just took a picture so I wouldn't seem so much like a creeper and continued on my walk.

While at Target, I found this cute mini backpack in the stationary section. It's listed as a pencil pouch but I've never used pencils that small. It holds more than I expected. I actually have a yarn bobbin with 2 size 50 thread balls wound on it, 4 shuttles, my micro-hook (Clover thread pic), and a half finished project. Oh and I can also tuck 3 cards into it. It also has a clasp to the top of the back so I can just clip it where it need to. Pretty good purchase for $4.

Back to the crochet theme, I ran across this project on Pintrest. I must be on a granny square kick.
 Following multiple leads/links, I was finally directed to the website in Russian that stated it had no written instructions. Again, the comments gave some wonderful examples of what others made. Most  important to me, was the video links of how the granny squares were made. Now you're supposed to have five colors but I didn't want to hassel with so many ends to hide, so I whittled it down to three colors.

I thought the flower faded too badly so I changed the center of it to the red. I was thinking of adding a final color of black to make it pop more, but I didn't have it on hand. I am working with crochet size 10 thread. I did order it the colors online to pick up at my local Walmart however, the black is still in transit. While there I went to just look in their yarn isle because sometimes you can find what you are seeking in odd areas. No black in size 10 but I did find this Boyle hook collection for $15!

  I carried it around for a while trying to decide if I really needed it. I ended up buying for the size 13 &14 hooks. I can purchase this separately online but will probably end up paying the same as this entire kit. I can never find those two sizes in any of my local crafting stores. I really didn't need those other hooks but at least this way I have some in a pouch instead of in random containers everywhere.

 This cute little leaf is a WIP for a new Ribbon Tatting Flower idea that's been rolling around my head. I picked up some rick-a-rack silver ribbon. I tatted around the edge and got this lovely shape. The ugly to it is that the loops from the braid warped out badly as I was tatting to it. I think I can just make a pearl chain for the center then I should have a more stable leaf in the end. Either way it has a very nice classy clean look to it. I have about two dozen leaves to make first before I'm ready to move on the actual flower design. The idea was to have a new flower for Mother's Day, but realistically, that's too short a time frame creative wise. And finally we have my favorite crafty project completed:
The tatting pattern itself is by Roger Freeman. I had ordered a saucer mold online but didn't check the dimension of the finish piece. It came out larger than what I originally wanted. After making a few of the little dishes with random whatevers included, I thought why not add some tatting. I started with size 30 thread but it was just a little too big. I moved down to a size 50 and it fit perfectly. The tatting I did not wash or seal before pouring the resin onto it. If you look closely you may see some discoloration from my dirty fingers tatting and manhandling the piece. Previous experiences working with light colored threads into resin was that it needed to be sealed, usually with Modge Podge, before actually casting. I was surprised to see it didn't go transparent. I did leave the resin sitting for ten minutes before pouring and I believe that's what assisted. It was already starting the chemical reaction to hardening but not in the gummy stage yet so I was able to pour it. There was some manipulation needed to coax the resin to go all the way down to the edges of the saucer. After popping it out of the mold there was only some light sanding to even out the bottom of the saucer and to remove a small bit of over-pour on the rim. The gorgeous model in the photo was created by Middy Clark over on The Knotted Vine.