Category Archives: D.I.Y. and projects

Yarn-crafted Bracelets

Image A simple little Sunday project. 100% wool, and made with a mix of macramé (friendship bracelet knotting), 4-strand braids, and weaving.ImageImageImageImage

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Little Projects

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I’ve had cabin fever for the last week…I’m so sick of winter! This tiny cabin is a way of dealing with it, I guess! Just shrink it, add teeny details, and you’re good to go!Image

The only upside of cold? I got to see (and take pictures of) a sundog over our town. Pretty cool!

I’ve worked on a few happy little things the past few weeks-

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A teeny knit unicorn.

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And a cheerful pouch to hold notions and knitting needles in my knitting bag. Zippers are cutest with pompoms!

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I’ve got more (bigger!) finished projects to photograph and post, so I’ll be back soon!

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DIY Adjustable Fingerless Gloves


DSC_6821My hands have been freezing lately, so I decided to make some fingerless gloves. I started knitting some with chunky wool, and I had memories of my first (and last) crochet fingerless gloves.

  They were salmon pink acrylic yarn, with a yellow stripe at the top. They were shaped to “fit” my hands with a wider part for the hand and narrower for the wrist. There was absolutely no stretch to them, either. They matched a salmon hat I’d also crocheted. Their debut: summer camp, eighth or ninth grade. I put on my fabulous matching hat/armwarmer set, walked out the cabin door, and heard a girl ask …”Did she break both her arms?!”….I hurried back inside, pulled them off, and never wore them until the day I was playing in leaves, wore them, and lost one. It stayed outside all winter, and I think I ended up throwing both warmers away.

Needless to say, I was beginning to think that huge, chunky, shapeless warmers on my hands might bring back Cast Syndrome. Also, my hands were getting cold. So I dug out an old wool sweater.ImageI’m pretty small for my age, and one of the perks is being given people’s shrunken wool sweaters: “Here, maybe this will fit you. You’re small!” Generally, the proportions are way off and just weird, so the sweaters don’t get worn, but they’re perfect for crafting!

This sweater was pre-shrunk(!) and had these really cool button-up sleeves. I originally tried creating elegant mittens, but the thumb wasn’t working out, so it just languished in the closet for, like, a year.Image(Helloooo, failed mitten!)ImageI cut the sleeve right under where the thumbhole was on my former mitten, which ended up being 7 1/4″ImageThen I just placed the cut sleeve on top of the uncut one, lined up the sleeve ends, and cut across the second sleeve.ImageAnd….voila! The button bands make the perfect thumbholes. If I’m super cold, I can unbutton lower down for more hand coverage, and if I’m feeling warmer, I can unbutton one of the top buttons! If you try this with your own sweater, you can just cut a thumbhole vertically along the side seam. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, you can cut along the seam for a couple inches, make teeny buttonholes, sew on buttons, and have your own buttony armwarmers!ImageMy hands are finally warm!ImageAnd no chance of these being mistaken for casts!Image

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Life Right Now

ImageHi! It’s been a while! With school starting (and Cross Country practice nearly every day) I haven’t been making much, but looking at these pictures of what I have been working on, color seems to be a reoccuring theme! These friendship bracelets (above) are the perfect craft for bus rides to Cross Country meets- no scissors, glue, tape, or steady surface needed!ImageI’m part of a small group-type thing at my church, and we decorated these notebooks to journal in. Funny thing is, I was oh-so-carefull about how the front (above) looked, and took my time with it, and just sort of stuck things together quickly on the back side (below), but I like the back better! I guess I went with my instinct (or just kept adding things until it looked good!)ImageI’m in the process of sewing up a Forty Minute Tote from The Purl Bee. It is taking way longer than forty minutes, that’s for sure. Apparently, it’s a lot harder than it looks to cut two straight pieces of fabric! I’m lining it with this very cool vintage (does it count as vintage if it’s from the 70s?) bird and cloud-swirl fabric, which I ironed on a too-hot setting and I think stretched out a little. But I’m the one who’ll be using the bag, so it won’t matter too much….Image

P.S. My pig-riding mochis were featured on the Mochimochi Land blog! It made my day!

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Post a Day Challenge

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Announcing the Post a Day Challenge! My sister (over at Color Me Full) and I were talking about how we needed to post more often, so starting on July 15th and going until the end of the month, I’ll post something; a picture, recap of my day, current or past project, or a tutorial! I hope you’ll follow along!

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Let’s Be Friends!

Sorry for not posting for so long. I’d like to say I’ve been writing up knitting patterns, but I haven’t. I’ve been doing other crafty stuff, though.

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 Like making friendship bracelets. (No, I didn’t make ALL of these!)

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I’m making and selling them with some friends to raise money for our group, Operation Kaleidoscope Kids, which will raise funds to buy toys for kids in children’s hospitals. We’re also organizing a road race to raise funds. It’s pretty exciting, and nice to have something to do this summer!

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(All lined up!)

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To “advertise” I’ve been wearing these two bracelets around. The fish patterned one was made by my mom when she was in college, and I made the bordered chevron. The colors were inspired by…..(can you guess?)…….

Yarn.

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The yarn in my basket (not my only yarn-stashing place, don’t worry!) has a really cool color palette of yellow-orange (I like to think of it as mild orange), periwinkle blue, pink, and green. Sort of unexpected and random, but I love it!

Do you have a favorite unique color combo? If so, I’d love to hear it.  Just comment below!

-Tenley

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D.I.Y. Painted Tee

Today I made a painted t-shirt for my youngest sister, and I thought I’d share a tutorial with you!

Step 1: Gather Materials

Supplies!

You’ll need: a T-Shirt, acrylic paint in desired colors, paintbrushes, pencil, paper, a piece of cardboard, and  toothpicks.

I also used a container to wash brushes in, and paper towels to dry them.

Step 2: Design

Paper sketch

Draw out your design on paper, and lay it on top of your shirt. Don’t be afraid to play around with the size and placement to get it exactly the way you want it.

I was inspired by this shirt and the zillions of cat pins I’ve seen on Pinterest lately. I call it a catsicle!

Step 3: Transfer

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I drew my design freehand, looking at my sketch as reference, but you can also cut out your design and trace around it if you like. I  used a pencil to draw, which sort of works, but stretches the shirt material a bit. I went over some of the lines with a felt tip pen, and it worked better.

Step 4: Mix Paint

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Decide on the colors you want to use, and then mix colors together with a toothpick until you reach the desired shade. (Tip: Mix more paint than you think you’ll need. I had to double the amount of pink and teal paint shown in the picture.) Add white for pastels, black for darks.

Step 5: Paint!

First slide the cardboard under the front of the shirt to prevent the paint from bleeding through. Separate your design into individual shapes, then paint color by color. Each time you use a new color: Use a wide brush first, filling in your design. Next, use a small, stiff brush to define the edges of the shape.

A really cheap plastic brush (like the kind that come in kid’s watercolor pallets) also works really well for filling in and edges because it’s so stiff.

Step 6: Add Detail

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Wait for the image to dry, then use a toothpick to apply details with paint.

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Step 7: Enjoy!

Let your shirt fully dry, and then try it on!

If you try this, I’d love to see the results! Just leave a link in the comments!

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