Moru's Crafts


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.

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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!



First Foray into the land of Sculpey!
March 22, 2012, 8:07 pm
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I got a 20% off coupon for Michaels today… so I decided to go and spend a little bit of money on some Sculpey, because I have been seeing a lot of Sculpey craft over on Marie, Oh Marie (one of my favorite wordpress blogs). She has been doing Sculpey craft this week, and I have a feeling that I will be following suit. I bought black, plum, and silver Sculpey.

I have one problem with it, so far. My hands are pretty weak.This is only ever a problem when I come across one of those carnival “test your strength” games where you squeeze the handle and it tells you you’re a wimp… and when I have to soften clay with the heat of my hands. Squeezing clay doesn’t sound like it would hurt, but I think I have damaged my hands with all of this crocheting I’ve been doing… or I’m just weak.

My first attempt at a few different sculpey items are as follows:

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This was the first cuff bracelet I made. Now, it turned out pretty good until I put it on and took it off a few times. I was going to model it but none of the pictures came out even remotely usable. The bracelet broke on the silver side because it was too thin where the silver went under the black… so I don’t have a bracelet to show for my first efforts. At least not a knotted bracelet. I made another braided one, using one of Marie, Oh Marie’s tutorial for a braided bracelet.

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Here you can see the button I made, fingerprint jewelry with a crocheted chain, and the braided bangle bracelet I made as well.

I made a button, and a piece of fingerprint jewelry that I’m sending to my mother, not as a mother’s day gift, but just because. We celebrate mother’s day in September. (I work in a restaurant whose biggest holiday is mother’s day.. so I will never have that day off. Plus, One year I just kept forgetting to send her present… and it finally made it there somehow… in September).

I have a ring in the oven as we speak. I mixed some plum and black to make a deep purple, and then I twisted a silver snake around it. Hope it turns out okay. I have my fingers crossed!

I absolutely adore Sculpey! I have a feeling this will turn into a new crafting obsession.



Shoulder Shrug and More Amigurumi
March 21, 2012, 9:38 pm
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I finished a few projects recently. My mother’s purse was one of them, and now I’ve finished more presents for people. Everyone is so patient when they know I’m making them something. I really love that they don’t seem to complain much even though it takes me ages. I wish that I had the same kind of patience. I think it’s a family trait … the impatience. My mother doesn’t have much of it either (although, she does have more than I do).

My two projects were an Amigurumi Master Shake, using this pattern, on one of my favorite blogs: nerdigurumi . It’s a great pattern… and after I remembered how to crochet in the round (I do it often… I just forgot how to join and still have the right amount of stitches. I had to pull out a whole 6 rows of stitching, before I figured out how to do it correctly). I love all of the tutorials on this blog, and the patterns are just nerdy enough for my liking.

Mine turned out pretty well. I didn’t take many pictures of it, but here are two:

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Just before I made the eyes.

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all sewn up~!

I really like how he turned out. I would have liked him more if I used cotton yarn (which is really good to use in amigurumi because it holds shape better, and doesn’t stretch as much as synthetic yarns). I needed to use up some scraps though… I had the end of a red heard white skein to use and the arms are also scraps.

Other than that, I had a little shoulder shrug that I made for S. She asked me for it months ago. She even bought the yarn (simply soft from Caron. It was a pinkish). Sadly, I got side tracked with all of the presents other people wanted from me. Finally I decided to just make S’s shrug. Couldn’t take that long, right? Right. It took me a few hours of concentrated effort, and only one skein of yarn!

Plus it turned out really cute.

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Front

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side/back

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stitches close up.

The edging is done in star stitches, and the middle bit is just HDC. It needed to be breathable, but not too seethrough, because it’s for work. She got compliments on it, today! I might put the pattern up in my Etsy shop, once I get it written. It’s a very simple, but stylish design!

If enough people want the pattern, I may make another version of it that will be free.

Happy Crafting!

Up next: What to do with all these scraps?!



Amigurumi, Inspiration, and Rain, oh my!
March 19, 2012, 5:38 pm
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Amigurumi is probably my favorite of all the crochet crafts. To me it is the most satisfying, because each ami works up very quickly. I recently made a crocheted mustache using the pattern found here He loved the present, and now I have a hundred people asking me if I can make one for them, too.

It’s the most fun, because almost anything you can imagine can become an amigurimi doll. I have seen whole blogs dedicated to amigurumi of all types. One for “nerdy” Amis, one for food Amis and it doesnt stop there. There are dozens of great amigurumi blogs out there. Including one called free amigurumi patterns, which is just what it sounds like.

Most recently, I made a small whale using a pattern I found here. My mother will be happy to receive this along with a small crocheted pot of petunias. I would have been better if I had learned how to crochet before last march, since it was my mother’s Douglas Adams themed 42nd birthday, but it’s better late than never :)

I am now working on another amigurumi. I am making master shake. He’s nothing to look at, yet, but soon I’ll post pictures (at the moment he is a 3 round circle. Not much to look at). I got the idea from the Nerdigurumi site. I’ve been looking there a lot lately. It has given me some great inspiration.

This year, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to make amigurumi presents for everyone for Christmas and the various holidays. I have already been scoping out the market on what kind of patterns to use for my family specifically. I have some ideas so far, but nothing solid.

I think one of the most important things to know about amigurumi is that cotton yarn is better than acrylic, and invest in some Amigurumi eyes. They come pretty cheap for a lot of them, and they look much better than hand-stitched eyes. I like french knots… but only to a certain extent. I highly recommend getting the eyes.

Crocheted Petunias

Oh! I finished the purse, and took pictures of it, finally. I got the original pattern from April Draven’s Blog. She has a bunch of cool crochet patterns and charts to crochet. Mine varies very slightly, because I wanted mine to say something else. Plus I didn’t use her exact tardis. My mother has been waiting… so patiently for this purse. I’m surprised she hasn’t flown to Texas just to get it from me.

 

It has been raining for about an hour. There are thunderstorm warnings, and it was hailing a few minutes ago. The dogs are not too happy about it. They’ve taken to either panting and shivering, or just laying there… pretending not to care that there is a big scary monster outside. I keep getting stared at while I try to browse pinterest.

 



Yarn scrap bracelet
March 18, 2012, 1:41 pm
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I have been crocheting like a madwoman in the past few days. I’m very close to finishing my mother’s purse. So close. I just have to finish the edging and the inside pocket. This is much more work than I thought it would be, but it is worth it. I have to start on another present for my mom’s friend. Amigurumi Master Shake. I even got the pipe cleaner for the straw part.

Actually what. Am sharing with you today is a crochet pattern for a bracelet using yarn scraps. I had a very small amount of a very pretty yarn left. It is the same yarn from my slouch hat pictures. I wanted to find a way to use the rest of the yarn, so I made myself a bracelet to wear on st. Patty’s day.

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For the first bracelet:
Foundation single crochet enough to fit comfortably around your wrist, fasten off.

Chain enough to fit around your wrist, turn and slip stitche into the second chain from the hook. Sl st into the next chain. Chain 3 and sl st into the first on the chain, *slip stitch into the next three chains, ch 3 and sl st into the first chain. Repeat to the end.
(if you want, turn and do it again on the other side of the starting chain, alternating where the picots are. ) fasten off

Chain enough to fit your wrist. Sl st into each chain, turn and sl st into the other side of the starting chain. Fasten off.

In an alternating color, chain enough to fit your wrist, fasten off.

Now, we’re going to join those four bracelets and hide the ties with a centerpiece.

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The centerpiece will be the same color as the plain chain bracelet you made last.

Chain enough to wrap around all four bracelet strands four or five times.
Sc in each chain, ch 1 and sc on the other side of the starting chain.

To assemble:

Tie each of the ends of your bracelets together, and wrap the centerpiece around the bracelet. Use a yarn needle to see it in place, hiding all of the other bracelet ties. Weave in ends!

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Wear your new creation with pride! :)