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.



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! :)



An adventurous day of crafting.
March 15, 2012, 2:47 am
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As I have mentioned before, my mother’s birthday was just the other day. My presents for her are late because I did not anticipate being busy and my hand cramping up every time I say down to crochet.

Anyway, as I was doing the middle part of the purse I am making for her, I realized that there are not very many video tutorials for changing colors to create a pattern in the same row. If I can figure out how to get a video camera set up, I might make one. I see a lot of picture tutorials, but to me, videos are more helpful — depending on the quality of it, of course.

I spent my day out and about around town, and found the most charming antique store. I love the store now, even though I bought nothing. It is a labyrinth of antiquities. So many things that would be amazing to own. There was an old Singer sewing machine, and I’d say dozens of vintage vogue patterns.

I would like to go back when I have money enough to look seriously for something. There was just so much in the store. It was almost sensory overload. I love stores like that.

And on another note I finished that peasant top I mentioned.

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It’s a neat project, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to practice upccling tshirts. :) I’ll have to find the link to the blog I found the tutorial on. I’ll edit that in when I have full use of the computer again.

I wasn’t aware that WordPress had an app for the iPhone. So now I’m never going to get any sleep.

Ever.

I have a few other crafts to share, but those will have to be in another post. I hope this week isn’t too stressful for anyone <;3 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. =)