Moru's Crafts


Another long absence
October 25, 2012, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Personal

I don’t mean to stay away for long between my posts on this blog. I tend to get caught up in writing, or in crafting, and forget to take pictures, or when I do, they’re not really blog-worthy stories. In general, I feel like my life is rather boring. I watch Edwardian television shows, I watch Star Trek, I make half-finished knitting projects which never go anywhere, and I make beaded jewelry.

I’ve finally got some new things listed in my etsy shop, but other than that I’ve had a very “SSDD” couple of months. I go to work, I come home and play with my dog, I knit and play with wire, and then I go to bed.Lather, rinse, repeat.

What I have learned to do in the last few months is make wire and beaded jewelry. Here is a picdump of what I’ve made so far!


(Image credit to Chelsea! <3)



Ahoy!
June 10, 2012, 7:30 pm
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After my all together unsucessful day off yesterday, I decided that even though I worked all day, I needed some sort of craft in my day. I didn’t want to knit because I had spent so much time doing that yesterday. I swear I must have done about 45 rows of a pair of gloves. I am tired of needlework for the day.

So I decided to put together a little art project for the fun of it. I’ve had an extra canvas sitting around the house and I bought these really cute shells at Michael’s the other day… as well as a wooden “Ahoy!” carving.. It all came together to produce my newest wall-hanging.

It’s very summery, and it makes me want to go swimming. Guess I’ll do that Tuesday!

Here is a picture of the canvas without the shells on!



Organizing the yarn stash
May 30, 2012, 1:56 pm
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I’ve got so much yarn… I don’t know what to do with it all. Since I started crocheting I’ve been storing the yarn. I didn’t have a system of organization though. I had 4 bins that yarn just sort of sat in. And now there is a method to all this madness. I have sorted through and put together yarns of the same brand/style. I have too much Red Heart yarn that I’m never going to use for anything serious. Maybe for gifts for other people, but I don’t like the feel of it on my own skin.

My favorite yarn that I have is from Caron. It’s a bamboo yarn that’s a dusty rose shade of pink. It’s wonderful.

 

I feel so much better now that all my yarn is organized. At some point I’ll make a list of the things I’m making at the moment, but the list is so large, I have no way of knowing where to start. The only yarns that I have that aren’t included here are for a large plush lion that I am making for S for her birthday. I forgot to include these because they’re in their own container. Plus what’s 6 more skeins anyway?



Inspirational Monday

Free inspirational patterns from Ravelry.com

I’m a nerd at heart. I adore everything that has to do with science fiction, fantasy, and space. I am making it a goal to incorporate that into my knitting and crocheting — as you can see by my mother’s purse and master shake plush.

I often search the tag “Nerd” or “Sci-fi” or anything relating to a specific show, movie, or book when looking for patterns to save and try on Ravelry. If you are a fiber artist and don’t have an account on ravelry, I definitely recommend it. I have found some amazing patterns, and a lot of them are available for free.

Here is a list of what I’ve found in the last week on Ravelry! I think all of these are going to be knitting patterns, but I will post some good crochet patterns here later. The best news about this post, is that all of the ones I’m sharing are free patterns! You just need a ravelry account for downloads. Click on the picture to go to the pattern on Ravelry.

R2D2 child’s Beanie

Doctor Who Tardis iPod cozy

Batman Logo chart

Star Trek Potholders(Cant wait to make myself some of these….)

Marvin the Paranoid Android

Cunning Jayne hat

Live Long and Keep Warm

If you’re looking for nerdy patterns for a friend, or for yourself, there are definitely a wealth of them everywhere you look. You just have to know what to search for.



Customized phone case DIY
May 27, 2012, 1:43 pm
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The other day, I opened my mailbox, and found something I had been waiting for for quite some time. I ordered a clear cell phone case so I could make it pretty and have my own, personalized case. I thought I would share my process with you as my craft for the weekend!


Finished product.

Materials you will need!

• Mod Podge
• A clear cell phone case, mine is a hard shell case, which I found on amazon for pretty cheap.
• cardstock in some constrasting colors.
• scissors or a rotary cutter/mat.
• a pencil
• a ruler
• a paintbrush
• about fifteen minutes to craft.

How to:

1. Measure the back of the case. You will want to include all of the FLAT part of the bottom. If you have an iPhone that might be easier. I have a Motorola XPRT. so the sides of my case are rounded. Mine measured 5.5 X 2.25 inches.

2. Draw a square with your measurements on the cardstock, and round the corners.

3. put the case flat on your piece of cardstock, inside the square, and mark any holes in the case (for example, there should be recesses in the case for where the camera is, or where there might be a speaker on the back of your phone. Use a pencil to trace around these recesses)

4. Cut the rounded square from the desired cardstock. This is where I got out my rotary cutter, so I could make an incision into the paper without having to fold it and slice it with scissors.

5. Make sure your piece of cardstock fits in the bottom of the case without being bent. If it doesn’t, trim off any excess paper, and fit it again. Once you have it fitting in the bottom of your case with none of the sides bent upward, you’re ready to decorate!

6. Take a contrasting color of cardstock, and cut out some shapes, or grab some glitter to put in there.

7. Using the paint brush, put mod podge on the bottom of the decorations, ( if you have glitter, just skip to step 9.)

8. Affix the decorations on the cardstock, making sure not tocover any of the holes you cut in the paper.

9. Put a coat of mod podge on the whole piece of cardstock, going over the decorations. (This is where you can add glitter if you want.)

10. Let the card stock dry completely. It took mine about 10 minutes or so. Then put it in the back of your cell phone case, and enjoy!

The best part about this craft is that you can make so many different backgrounds for your case. There is practically no limit. Because we fitted the piece of cardstock to the back of the case, and we didn’t actually mod podge it to the case (your phone will hold it in there good enough) you can take it out whenever you want to change the look!

I could sit down and make a thousand of these things. They’d all be different, and they’re so easy. The most expensive part is the clear cell phone case. It only cost me about $5 or $6 to get the case shipped to me, and that’s about it. The rest of the pieces I already had in my craft supplies.



Returnation, and knitting.

Back with a bang!

It has been a very hectic few months for me over here in the sun-drenched state of Texas. I’ve been writing and reading and working my tail off trying to make enough money for all of my expenses — and still have some left over to take my dog to numerous vet visits (He had some food issues and allergies, but he’s doing much better now, by the way).

In my absence I have had so many good ideas for crafts… and I haven’t had any time to post them, so I’m hoping to make that up to everyone today!

A friend of mine recently decided to take up knitting. I will admit that even though it was the first fiber art that I learned, I’ve never been a fan of knitting. I thought it was hard, tedious and boring. When I learned to crochet, I realized that I adore fiber arts of all kinds. This time, I wanted to learn to knit for real. Before I didn’t even really know how to knit anything. The other day I watched some youtube videos and learned to knit in the round…

I felt like if I could learn to do that, I could learn to do anything in knitting. I learned so much in just a few short hours yesterday that my brain nearly exploded with how awesome it was.

For instance, I knitted this little guy, just yesterday. I used a pattern that I found on Ravelry.

The pattern can be found here if anyone is interested in using it. Jenna Krupar has some great knit patterns for softies.

For this little guy, I used my circular needles and red heart yarn in dark orchid, aran, and a little bit of carrot for the beak. I used two amigurumi eyes and a small nickel-sized piece of felt to put behind them. The instructions for this pattern were very easy to follow, and I’m glad I found it. It was a great first project.


Almost done with the body
Before the Kitchner bind off.I hope everyone is having a week, and expect to hear more from me soon!



Sculpey, My Love.
March 29, 2012, 11:50 am
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So I’m still working a lot with Sculpey. I have been doing a lot of art by hand recently. I really like it. I like making things with my hands. I crochet, I sew, I now make things with clay. It’s all really fun. I was just thinking how my roots in art used to be just on the computer. I put together forum layouts for forums that I run. I’m actually about to set up a new forum in a few weeks called “tl;dr” (too long; didn’t read) and it’s going to be a general discussion forum (of course with a section about art!) in which each post is the size of a tweet. I’m really excited about it. I think it’s going to be a really awesome challenge. I am long-winded most of the time, but I’m looking forward to being able to read topics and reply in a short amount of time.

Here is a screen shot of the latest forum layout I did. It’s for Invisionfree.

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 Anyway. I have been doing this for years. I know HTML and CSS by the back of my hand. I also know a little bit about javaScript, but I’m still a beginner with that. It’sgoing to take me longer to learn that, I think…just because of the amount I have to learn.

The real point of my post was to share the little things I have made with Sculpey in the last couple days.

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This is the biggest Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro. >> He’s not very well done, he was my first totoro.

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These two Totoros are a little better. The Blue one is going to be a present for someone.

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This is a Dinosaur, a Bob Omb from Mario, and a random little bird.

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Last but not least, bows! So many bows. :D I like the purple one the best. It’s adorable. I’m going to get some glue that will hold it to a hair clip… because I want to wear it so bad!

I am sure that there will be more posts about Sculpey, but this is all I have made so far. Hope you enjoy!