This holiday season I managed to make a few handmade gifts. I generally like to make quite a few, but with all the busyness of life, I settled with these three.
First, a request from my boss.
I made her this scarf for her b-day:
She loved it so much, that she wanted one in her favorite color, red! So, this is what I created for her for the holidays:
Secondly, Alica Ryan hinted at wanting a scarf that looks like this:
So, I made her this:
Lastly, each year my family does a handmade Secret Santa. From the hat I pulled my Step-dad’s name and made him infused vodkas! Yum!
Infused liquors from left to right- 1) Strawberries and lemon zest and slices, 2) basil and lime zest and slices, 3) peaches and cloves (Cloudy. Not a very pretty picture, but looks delicious), 4) jalapeno and cilantro.
So much fun and easy to make!
Many people have been asking me for knitting lessons lately. However, I have been so busy with school and work lately that I haven’t even toughed my own knitting for a month now, let alone teach others. I so promise to get a knitting lesson/party together soon, for those of you who have asked me. In the meantime, here is a great website by Wool and the Gang with tons of great knitting tutorials.
First, start with the cast on:
Then start with a basic knit stitch:
I do both my cast on and knit stitches differently than in this video, but if you just wan’t wait to get started, these videos should get you going!
Happy knitting! Respect the process!
For the past three years in a row, Alica Ryan (my accomplice in this 365 project), and I have dressed up for Halloween together! Now she is a married woman, which means there will probably be less of these Halloween dress-up parties for the two of us. Therefore, this year we went out with a bang and dressed up as…..
….wait for it…..
Salt n’ Pepa!
OOOO Baby baby, b-b-b- baby.
We partly chose Salt n’ Pepa for our Halloween costumes because Salt n’ Pepa are just awesome, and partly because I was able to find a tutorial on how to make the Salt n’ Pepa jackets from the Push it video!! Please take a minute to watch the video. You WILL thank me later.
Here is the fabulous and incredibly creative tutorial for these jackets. This tutorial and re-creation of the jackets was made by “ms.sad” (who also happens to be from Seattle!). She is a self-proclaimed “craft o’ nista,” which is a well earned title after you read this tutorial and her blog about all things crafts.
While I love this tutorial, there are a few notes I would like to share in my experience of creating these jackets:
Supplies: the materials listed on the original tutorial are not very specific. So, to be clear her is a list of things you will need in order to make 2 of the Salt n’ Pepa jackets:
- 2 White jackets– I could not find puffer jackets, so I just bought white jackets from Danskin (Cotton/Polyester/Spandex blend).
- Fabric paint– The tutorial doesn’t give exact amounts of paint to buy, so I ended up buying way to much, which was a little sad because fabric paint is quite pricey. Who knew? But I was able to return what I didn’t use! So, for 2 jackets, you will need a total of 1 4oz. bottle of Red, 1 4oz bottle of Green, 1 4oz bottle of black, and 3 4oz bottles of yellow. Use sparingly. It take about 4 hours for the paint to dry, so I suggest you cover what you can, let it dry, and then touch up where it needs it. This way you will use minimal paint and save some money.
- 2-3 Sponge brushes- Small-Medium size is best. The larger brush was very difficult to work with.
- One bottle of Slick Dimensional Paint by “Tulip” in black (as described in tutorial).
- Felt– The tutorial did not give exact amounts, so I just bought a yard in each color, white, black, red, and green. However, I ended up having WAY too much. So try maybe a half a yard for each color.
- One bottle of Clear Gel Tacky Glue (as described in tutorial).
- Sharp scissors– that felt is damn hard to cut without good scissors.
- Paper– this will be used to make the stencils as described in the tutorial.
- Blue painting tape- This is not mentioned in the tutorial, but it was the only way I could think to get straight lines….and it worked wonders.
- Garbage bags– I used these as a mat to paint on, as well as placed inside the jacket so the paint would not seep through to the other side.
- Ruler– for measuring, duh.
That should do it.
Tips about the process:
- This jacket is not as easy at it looks….DO NOT BE DECEIVED. Much blood, sweat, and tears was put into this. I am only thankful that I started very early, because it took FOREVER! Give yourself at least a month.
- Surprisingly, the hardest part is actually the painting. The paint does not glide like regular paint because you are painting fabric, which is bendy and difficult to work with. Use the blue tape to help you make straight lines.
- The tutorial says to paint the front side, let it dry for 24 hours, and then paint the back side. I did not have that kind of ease at all. It took me many many days to paint the jackets because you have to paint each part in sections. Start with the yellow paint, which is the largest part of the jacket, then move on to the details with the red, black, and yellow. I would save the sleeves for last, as they are quite difficult. Give yourself at least 7 days to paint. Take a piece of paper and fold it in half longwise.
- Elbow Patches (the most difficult part):
- Fold a piece of paper, longwise.
- Open it back up so you can see the crease in the center.
- Use your ruler to measure out approximately 5 inches wide and 9 inched long, depending on how large your jacket is you may want to increase that to 6 inches wide and 10 inches long.
- Round the edges.
- Cut out.
- Using blue tape and a lot of patience, use this stencil as a guide to place the blue tape.
- Take a look at these pics to see how my painting process went:
The stencils are pretty self-explanatory, just follow the tutorial as best you can, and have fun with it.
Here is our final product:
Oh, and if you are feeling extra creative, then follow this blog for matching rasta nails!
Remember my Robot Heads tutorial???
Well….. I just found a tutorial on the etsy blog for robot legs!
AND just in time for Halloween! Combine my robot heads tutorial with this robot legs tutorial and you got yourself a great, handmade Halloween costume!
Oh I just LOVE robots!