Moru's Crafts


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.

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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?!



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! :)



Various Crafts
March 11, 2012, 11:20 pm
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For the past few days, I haven’t done very much that is creative. I have been playing my new Xbox 360. I am addicted. I promise there are some more things coming up, but this time I’m just sharing with you the things that I want to do very soon! I have a list of things I want to do and take pictures for you. The first thing is from a blog called “My Gramma Said” I saw a tutorial from them that I’m going to do with an oversized shirt I had laying around. It’s a DIY peasant top. I saw it pinned on pinterest.

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Now I’m turning this into a summery top… because I don’t like how it fits. Frankly it’s gigantic. It’s about three sizes too big, but I’m really looking forward to what it looks like after I complete the tutorial.

 

I have tried a few different crafts, one that I forgot to take pictures of — but it was just painting one of my thrift store finds. I changed it from black to green. It’s a candle holder that’s shaped like a vase for a rose. It has one metal “leaf” protruding from the side, and I’m really excited to get a candle to put in it. I’m thinking I’ll get a deep red candle to put on it. I had a paint sample for my balcony, which got red spray paint on it when I changed the color of some shelves. So I just used that. 

 

The other thing I did was a complete failure. I’ll explain more about that one in my next post. =) and away back to the video games I go. Expect another post from me tomorrow! Inspiration Monday. Hopefully I’ll be inspired by something tomorrow morning. =) 



Inspire-Me Mondays
March 5, 2012, 7:10 pm
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Hello fellow crafters! Mondays are a generally uninspiring day all around. Many people, for the first time of the week have to put on their big girl pants and leave the house. Work puts a downer on my creativity most of the time. Today, I was called in early (8:30 is early for me, okay…) to clean a little extra. For those that don’t know, I work in a restaurant. So instead of sitting on my balcony with a nice cup of hot tea, I was scrubbing the edges of tables with degreaser.

What was worse, really was that I kept looking out the windows and longing to be outside. It was so pretty outside… so gorgeous.

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At least I didn’t have to stay for very long. Mondays are usually slow… and the benefit of coming in first means I get to leave first. Score!

So after my uninspiring morning, I decided to go to Goodwill to see what I could find to occupy my afternoon with! I hit the jackpot! I found a lot of stuff, all for $12. The other $8 I brought with me was spent on Subway (shhh!).

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I think my first Mod Podge project went really well, so I’m eager to try another one one this mirror! Fabric around the outside? I think yes. I’ll post a step-by-step whenever that happens. Not sure yet. The other stuff, I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but I think it will be a lot of fun finding out! If you have any ideas for me, let me know! I’d love to try a few projects that you all want to see!

If you’re looking for inspiration on a drab kind of day, go to the thrift store and find something to re-purpose!



Tutorial — Canvas Wall Art
March 4, 2012, 10:34 pm
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I have seen this all over the internet recently, so I decided to give it a go myself. It’s just a piece of canvas with some fabric over it, and the word “Inspire” spray painted onto it. It makes the perfect addition to my craft area, reminding me that inspiration can be found everywhere.

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Here are the necessary elements for this project.

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From left to right:

  • A bit of leftover fabric (I got mine from the clearance bin at  Hobby Lobby. You can use a Fat Quarter if you want. Just make sure the fabric is large enough to wrap it around to the backside of the canvas. )
  • A Canvas. (any size will do. Mine was a mere $5, and it was 7 X 14 inches.)
  • A rotary cutter/mat and (not shown) scissors.
  • Mod Podge and (not pictured) a paint brush. (I used one that I cleaned from a paint sample jar.)
  • an iron.
  • (Not pictured) Masking tape or Painter’s tape
  • (Not pictured) Spray Paint.

It also helps if you have a printer, and an exacto knife.

And so we begin~

Step 1:  Iron and cut the fabric. Make sure your fabric is bigger than your actual canvas. I just added an inch and a half to each side of the canvas’ length. So my piece of fabric was 8.5 X 15.5. Make sure you iron the fabric as well as you can. Any wrinkles will be more apparent after you add the mod podge unless you can manage to get them out with the glue.

Step 2: Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to your canvas. Center your fabric and stick it down.

Step 3: Apply another coat of Mod Podge to the top of the fabric! Don’t worry, it will dry clear. That’s the beauty of Mod Podge.

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(My bracelet is actually my dogs first collar. Yeah, I’m sentimental, too).

Step 4: Wait for the mod podge to dry. Make sure there aren’t any extra blobs of mod podge on the top of your canvas, as these won’t dry clear, and they’ll make it hard to do the next step. Make sure the top is completely dry before moving on (It took about 30 minutes which I occupied by staring at Pinterest).

Step 5: Turn the canvas away from you once it has dried completely. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the side of the canvas, and press it down.Apply some to the back of the canvas and then over the fabric to make sure it sticks to the back. This is so that none of the frayed edges of the fabric are showing.

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Wait for this side to dry, then repeat for each side. You can cut triangles from the corners to reduce bulk when putting the corners down. I wasn’t smart enough to do that, so I ended up with slightly bulky corners…but I almost like the look of it.

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Step 6: Admire your handy work!

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Step 7: While the last side is drying, you can go ahead and figure out what you’re going to put onto your canvas. Here’s a PDF of the word I used. It should print out sideways. Next: use your Xacto knife or a pair of scissors to cut out the letters. Doing it with scissors is tedious… plus you bend up the parts of the paper…so you have to tape them down later.

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Step 8: Attach the paper to the canvas. This took lots of masking tape and several sheets of paper to cover the whole thing. You’re basically creating a stencil to spray paint. I assume you can also use acrylic paints… I should try that next time :D (I still have one canvas left because they came in a set of two! Wooot! )

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Caesar (the dog) is really interested in the paper covered canvas. I recommend using spray pain in a well-ventilated area (heck the whole project could be done there…cause Mod Podge is kinda smelly). Now it’s covered, and the little bits of paper that were upturned are taped to the canvas, and this bad boy is ready to be spray painted.

I covered my spray paint chair! with saran wrap… cause I don’t like getting spray paint on everything.

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Step 9: Spray to your heart’s content!

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Step 10: Once it’s dry, unwrap and enjoy. If you want to purchase this bit of wall art, it is listed in my etsy shop.

I am happy with how mine turned out, and I’d love to see pictures of yours, or just to hear how you used this tutorial! Happy crafting! 



Obligatory Introductions
March 4, 2012, 8:41 pm
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Hello there, World! I’m new to the blog ‘verse, but I’m definitely not new to the internet. Actually it’s where I get most of my inspiration for my crafts. I have been an avid crocheter, papercrafter, and decorator for a few years now, and I’m excited to share my inspired works with Everyone who finds my blog. I’ve never had a successful blog before, or even tried to have a blog. The most I have is a Tumblr.

I have been reading a lot of crafts blogs lately. Some of my favorites will be linked at some point. I figured I’d make my own blog so that I could share with you my little corner of the crafting world. I just hope that you will see it as I do. Before we get to the real crafts, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself, and where I’m coming from in the crafting world.

I was born in Maine, but I have lived in 4 states so far. California, Virginia, and (now) Texas are the other three. I have lived in Texas for two years, and I’ll be glad to get back to sunny California in about another year. I live in a small apartment with one other person and two dogs. They are the center of my world. Most of my crafts are either made for them, or with their help (The dogs generally just sit and stare at me, wondering what the big white machine is that’s making all the noise). I have yet to go to college, but I plan on being either an interior designer, or a therapist. I haven’t really made any firm decisions on that, yet.

I am an avid reader, writer and crafter. Reading has always been my escape from the world when things didn’t look so bright. I enjoy losing myself in the pages of a book. I like Sci-fi/Fantasy as much as I like classics. The only genre I have never even really given a second thought are Romance novels. They definitely don’t appeal to me. Haha. As for writing, I mostly stick to Sci-Fi. I participated (and completed) NaNoWriMo in 2011, with a novel calledFrom Archer To Ziggurat. I plan on starting up a Skype book club to share and read new sci-fi/fantasy novels with like-minded people. Haven’t decided on a name for that one yet… It’ll come eventually. I also plan on participating in NaNoWriMo again, possibly writing the sequal to ATZ.  

As far as crafting goes, I have loved crafting since a very young age. My grandmother has a room dedicated to sewing, and a costume room. Ever since I was little, Halloween has been my favorite holiday because of her enthusiasm for it. I think that’s really where my crafty nature comes from. My grandmother inadvertently taught me to sew (I learned through watching her, but I never got to touch the sewing machine… I was too afraid of it). Then, when I was 12 I learned to knit. It frustrated me, so recently I taught myself to crochet, and then Pinterest has opened my eyes to so many more crafts.

The world of crafting appeals to me, and I think I’ll make a nice home for myself within its comfortable confines.

Hopefully, you will learn to love crafting through reading my blog, if you’re already addicted, welcome to the club. =)