Friday, July 29, 2011

It's time to DANCE!

Happy Friday everyone! Does anyone else feel like this summer is going by way too fast? I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to take pictures of anything to post! I have been crafting a lot though! I've been working on some stuff which I will hopefully start selling on Etsy before I go back to school. I didn't want to post any of that stuff until I open my store, so I'll show you other stuff in the meantime.


So, my niece's first birthday is coming up. Her favorite show is Yo Gabba Gabba and she absolutely LOVES DJ Lance. She smiles every time he comes on the screen. So I decided to embroider this onesie for her.


I can't wait to give it to her, she'll look so cute! And I have a feeling my sister will get a kick out of it too. :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lace Earrings

I saw this cute DIY for lace hoop earrings from The Perfect Pear the other day, so I figured I would try them out. I've actually been thinking about using lace in earrings for a while, and I love how these turned out! So simple.


The only difference is I sewed mine the whole way around so the stitching would be even (since you can see the black thread)

This week's almost over already, but I hope those of you celebrating the 4th of July had fun last weekend!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Skirt Hem to Infinity Scarf DIY

I've had this hem that I cut off of this skirt a while ago. I figured I could do something with it, so I decided it would be perfect to make a lightweight infinity scarf! This is so simple, and it's perfect if you have a skirt that you'd like to be shorter, anyway!

This is what I started with.
  I used a seam ripper to undo the hem. If you think the amount you cut off the skirt is wide enough, you can just cut off the hem. Keep in mind you'll be folding it in half, so it will be half as wide.
 Cut the circle along one of the side seams so that it is now a long strip of fabric. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew along the edge, leaving the ends open.
 Now you'll have a long tube. Flip it so the right side is out and iron about 1/2 inch to the inside of the tube.
 Twist the tube once in the middle. This makes it an "infinity" scarf.
 Tuck the raw end of the tube into the ironed end. Pin together and sew.
 Ta-da! That's it. You could easily do this with just a strip of fabric too, but it's good to use up scraps from other clothing!
I know those are weeds in the yard, but I thought they looked pretty so I wanted to lay down in the grass.
Have a good weekend, everyone! :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

21 + dress redo

Monday was my 21st birthday. I still can't believe it, it always seemed so far away...
Originally my sisters had planned for us to go on a trip to go wine tasting. But everyone lost track of time somehow and that didn't happen. I still had a good time drinking wine at home though!
I also got a birthday haircut! I'll post pictures later.

For now, I have some pictures of another upcycling project I did last week.
Sooo, I bought this dress at Walmart a while ago because it was super cheap and I figured I could do something with it...


minus the sleeves and neckline, and plus some elastic equals...


It looks way cuter with a vintage belt!


Pictures like this always seem to happen with my mom as photographer...


The dress is now wearable! There are a couple things I would have done differently, but overall it turned out pretty well! The belt adds a lot and I think it would look good with tights, too. A simple, cool summer dress!

Friday, June 17, 2011

I heart upcycling!

I just wanted to do a quick post of an old men's polo shirt I upcycled into a simple tank top.

before:


...aaaand after:

yep, that's my mom's reflection in the window. haha




It's a lot tighter than what I had in mind, but it still works. And the flowers make it fun.
Well, I'm off to help my sister paint her apartment. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Vintage patterns!


I couldn't pass up these 1970s dress patterns I found at Goodwill recently. There was a whole basketful, I couldn't not get a few! Plus, I only paid a quarter for each of them.


I was especially excited about this McCall's pattern, because it's from 1976 - the year my parents got married. The style looks almost just like my mom's dress, and her bridesmaids wore those same pastel colors. They even wore those wide-brimmed hats!

I just had to share my excitement with you. Even if I don't actually use the patterns, I can use the pieces to decoupage because I've always thought that was a cool idea. Has anyone ever used vintage patterns for other creative projects? I'd love to hear about it!

Happy Thursday!

P.S. I've been changing my layout around. I think I like it now but I'm still not sure. What do you think?

Kate

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Granny squares and a fresh start

Have I really not posted since April? Where did the time go? I've been on summer break for about a month now but it's been a very lazy summer thus far and I'm not sure why. I decided to finally start this again and keep up with it. Hopefully I can stick with it.

I've been doing bits of crafty stuff this past month...embroidering, crocheting, making jewelry, and sewing a bit. I started making granny squares which are really fun! I was going to just make a granny square blanket with my scrap yarns, but I'm not sure about how all of the random different colors would look together. Then I thought maybe I could just do solid colored squares, but I'm not sure about that either. But I will do something with granny squares...we shall see what comes of it.


Starting with this post, I WILL continue being productive and crafting. I consider it a late start to a productive summer. I really want to open an Etsy shop this summer, too, so hopefully that will be happening soon!
I hope all of your summers are going well so far!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Potato Stamp

Before I get into anything, I'd just like to say: I'm finally done with classes for the semester! Can I get a hooray? I'm so relieved! Now I just have finals next week before I'm free for the summer.

I know I haven't posted in a while, but here's something I did way back during spring break and I've been meaning to post. I sewed myself some pajama pants and then I made a potato stamp to decorate them! I'd never done it before but it was super fun.




So, who needs expensive materials to make stamps? Just use a potato! Sure, it may be a little juvenile and it doesn't last forever, but I think that makes it even more special.

It's almost summer now, so I plan to revamp this blog and get back into the swing of things VERY soon!
That's a promise. :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Dress

Hello, everyone! It's been a while. Last week I was on spring break, and I actually got a chance to work on some things! I just hadn't got a chance to post anything until now. This semester is kind of overwhelming me. Anyway, one of the things I made over break was this cute little dress (with Simplicity pattern 6699).




I used to sew dresses quite a bit (a lot of times for costumes) but I hadn't in a while. Oh, how I missed it! Plus, it makes me feel happy and ready for warmer weather! :) I also worked on a couple of other things which I'll post some other time. Bonsoir!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mary Janes!

Over the weekend, I finally got a chance to try this Mary Jane slipper pattern from Goodknits.


I love this pattern! It's pretty easy and they come together really quickly. I added a few rows to fit my feet better, but I think I made them a little too big. Apparently, I forgot they would stretch. So they slide off my feet pretty easily. But I think I'll try to make another pair that will hopefully fit a bit better!

I'm sorry, Mr. Blog.

I haven't been a good blogger lately. I decided it's too hard to try to keep up with during the semester, so my posts will be very sparse for a while. I plan to get back in the groove of it once summer starts, though! I promise.

Anyway, last weekend I finally finished Shawn's scarf when I was at his house. He wanted it to be realllly long, so I kept going until the yarn was almost gone. It ended up being way taller than him!


 Yes, I'm squinting so much that my eyes are almost closed. I was very excited.

Whew! It seemed to take forever. Partially because it's in 1x1 rib stitch and partially because I kept doing other projects in between. It's nice and warm though!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

no time

It's been way too long since I've done a blog post. I'm in the swing of the semester now, and classes are keeping me pretty busy. I keep wishing I could sew or crochet or knit or do something crafty. But I tell myself no, I have homework to do. And the crafting that I have done isn't anything exciting. I've been (STILL) finishing up some scarves that were supposed to be Christmas presents. I'm horrible, I know!

Alas, I promise I have a somewhat exciting post planned for tomorrow. Yay!

For now, I give you Slow Club. I've been listening to them a lot lately, and this song is one of my favorites. Enjoy! :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Art Journaling

I decided I want to try to start keeping an art journal. I've always thought it seemed like such a lovely, whimsical style of journaling...to just doodle, jot down random thoughts, and keep track of inspiration. I feel like I should set a goal to make sure I keep up with it, but I have a feeling I won't keep up. So, I think I'm going to say I'll put something in it at least twice a week. That seems fairly reasonable.

Anyway, I just grabbed an old composition book we had. I didn't have much here to decorate it with, so I ended up using paint samples and, of course, black duct tape. The strap is an old headband.



It's simple, but I like it. Simple is good sometimes. Plus, rainbow colors are always inspiring, don't ya think? :)

I'm really excited to start doing this, though. I'm wayyy indecisive and tend to stare at the page/fabric/etc for a long time before I finally start doing a project. Hopefully this kind of impulsive, artistic spew of whatever's on my mind will help me get over that.

Do you keep an art journal?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pencil Case

I whipped up this cute little pencil case tonight out of fabric from an old pair of pants.

Buttons make everything cuter!

Now I have something to carry my pencils to drawing class. :)

New (kind of) shoes!

I was inspired by all of the shoe re-dos by See Kate Sew and decided to re-do a pair of my own.


I bought these extremely pink shoes at Walmart for $3. I wore them for Halloween and never since. They were just a little too much pink for me. 

Sooo, I took off the bows, spray painted them blue, crocheted a ruffle for them, and hot glued it on...

 Et voila!

I really like how the crocheted part looks.

So, what do you think? I'm not sure how well the paint will hold up, but I can always touch them up!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Out of Hibernation / Drawing

Today is my first day back to classes after my too-short winter break. I've had two classes so far, which went pretty well. I'm pretty excited about my drawing class. I'd say it's pretty basic as far as artistic skills go, but I've never been that great at it. I mean, I can look at a picture or something and draw on paper what I see...

 This is from way back in 2006, I think.

Other than that I just do doodles in my notes. I've never been able to put on paper what I see in my mind and it's kinda frustrating. So this class will give me lots of drawing practice! Hopefully I'll be better at sketching out project ideas and designs...and drawing for fun, of course. :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

See Kate Sew Giveaway

Check out this super exciting giveaway at See Kate Sew!


There's a lot of great stuff in there. Your chance to enter ends this Wednesday, January 12!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I'll give you the world.


I finished this embroidery project for my sister Ali's birthday. I had talked about the idea before on here, originally for a Christmas present. As with many other things, though, I didn't get around to it...oops! Oh well, it makes a good birthday present! As you can tell, it's a map of part of the world. Ali studied abroad and traveled around a lot, so I've marked with yellow "x"s everywhere she's been outside of the US.


I also embroidered a heart where home is, here in good old PA!


I must say, this might be my favorite thing that I've embroidered. What do you think?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Skirt Makeover

Why would I buy this old lady skirt, you may ask? Well, first of all it was only two dollars. And for some reason I liked the flower part, so I thought I could do something with it.

Last night I tackled it, and after taking it in a little and taking off the bottom part, this is what it became:



It's much better now, no? In hardly any time, I've got a whole new skirt!