Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spring Slouchy Hat

I finally finished my slouchy hat. And although I have no true reason, I just can't bring myself to like it. Which is so sad...Usually I carefully select the projects I make to avoid disappointments, but this time I don't know what happened. I mean it came out, but I'm just not feeling it. Maybe it's because lately I just don't feel inspired or motivated to make things. I was looking forward to wearing this hat on my trip next week to Toronto, but I just don't know anymore.
I think I need a job to make myself feel like a citizen who contributes! I feel so freaking usesless!! Come on people hire me!

On another note, I received a letter today summoning me to jury duty. This should be interesting...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Knitting Needles

There is this slouchy hat that I've really, really been wanting to knit for about about a week now, but I didn't have the needle sizes that the pattern called for and since I am jobless at the moment I have NO money. What's a girl to do? Make my own set :). I went to Rona bought a wooden dowel and made my own. The dowel was $0.45, and it tooks me about 30 mins to complete the 5 needle set. That, friends, is pretty much the best deal ever!
And of course as soon as I finished them, I started my hat!

Thursday, February 19, 2009


My boyfriend has a rosary hanging from the rear view mirror of his car. He's had it for a number of years but last summer the Jesus fell off of his cross and we finally found him underneath the driver's car seat. Since that rosary has sentimental value I thought it would be nice to make him one to put in his car so that he can put his older one away as a keepsake. I've been telling him that I would make him one for a while now so I decided today would be the day.

I went to a local bead store, which by the way is way too cute! And I got a great bargain! She had many of the things 50-75% off so the rosary in it's entirety, including a crimper, only cost $30. That includes a sterling silver crucifix, and a sterling silver Madonna rosary centre. Plus the lady working there was so nice and showed me what I would need to complete it, since I have zero experience in jewelry making, not counting of course a macaroni necklace I made in grade one.

Personally I think it looks amazing and I hope my boyfriend likes it too.

Book Cover Number Two

Our family friend came to pick up the book cover she had "ordered" from me and loved it so much she asked me to make another one. I was going through the fabric I had in my bin already and came up with the cutest colour combination. It reminds me of the movie Marie Antoinette. All the pink and the pearl button at the end of the ribbon bookmark. I think next time I'll put the bookmark just to the right of the centre so that when it's folded in half, the ribbon is not in the way.
I think I might make some for my etsy shop but without the handles, which were requested by our friend. What do you think?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ipod Nano 4th Generation Case

Post number 2:
I got a sweet, sweet ipod nano for Christmas from the most wonderful boyfriend in the world. I wanted something cute to put it in to protect it from the 1000 items that are always in my purse. And so I made one, of course. It's made of felt and a strip of leather....and that's about it! It cost me a whopping DOLLAR to make, so I must say, it was a deal. Plus it's way more personal than those skins you can get at the stores. Loves it!

Corset TShirt

The other night I was having one of my insomnia nights and so I started clicking around YouTube and found the cutest tee ever! It's called the "Quirky Corset Tee Shirt" and I loved it so much that of course I had to make one! So I went to my local second hand store and found a nice shirt that looked like it had hardly been used, paid $3 for it and did my thing. What I love most about this shirt is that you can wear it "right" side out or "wrong" side out. Two looks with one shirt. Amazing!
Adrianne Lee's tutorial is so easy to follow and the results are so awesome! This tshirt is a gift for someone but I'm definitely going to make one for me too. And I apologize for the horrible pictures in advance.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Wall Decal

Sometime ago I saw this tutorial on Threadbanger on how to make wall decals and since I am super broke at the moment I decided to give it a try. I looked up lots of ideas on the net and finally found one I think is gorgeous. I found it on flickr on decorette's photostream so I grabbed a roll of contact paper we had around the house and went to town. It took me pretty much forever because I kept erasing it and redrawing it but I think the end result is amazing.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fabric Book Cover

A family friend received a bookcover as a gift and wanted another one but the lady who made them is no longer making them so she asked me to make her one exactly the same. So I took a look at it and just made up the pattern, I think next time I'll add a ribbon bookmark. But overall I think it came up pretty good! :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Brassy Apple Contest

Brassy Apple has a cool contest going on. Help her name her new apron creations and if your suggestion is picked you win one of her ultra cool aprons! Check it out!

Grocery Bag

I just finished my newest creation! A reusable grocery bag :). It's upcycled from fabric sample swatches. So cool! Extremely sturdy and I'll be putting up for sale in my Etsy shop soon. I just have to take some professional looking pics first. 
I love how well it turned out!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Damn it doll

I thought I would share a gift I made for someone for Christmas. I know it's a little late but still I really like how it came out. It's a damnit doll. I saw some on the net that were just so cool and so I made one of my own. Here's the poem that goes with them:

Whenever things don't go so well...
And you want to hit the wall and yell...
Here's a little dammit doll
That you can't do without.
Just grasp it firmly by the legs
And find a place to slam it
And as you whack the stuffing out

I put a little "wth?" on his little leg for emphasis! haha. Now I just have to ask the recipient if it's been used yet...hmmm...

Damn it doll
Originally uploaded by lizsmail_00

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New Etsy Shop

I finally opened up an Etsy shop!! So far I've only posted transfer patterns, but soon I will have greetings cards and other knick knacks! Take a look.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Messenger Bag

I saw the coolest bag on ThreadBanger a long time ago on one of their podcasts and so I finally decided to make my own.

Basically it's a messenger bag made from an old men's suit jacket. I bought mine from my local second hand clothing store.

I think it turned out pretty good even though I completely forgot I needed the sleeves to make the shoulder strap and had already used that fabric to make a Christmas present. So I only had one sleeve left and I decided the best thing to do was just cut it into strips and zig-zag stitch it all together. I reinforced it with the stitches and then used that as the strap.

I'm actually really happy with the results. Although mine came out pretty big, it loo ks small in the photo but it basically covers half my body. So I think mine is more of an over nighter bag that happens to look like a sweet, sweet messenger bag! Jajaja.