Friday, October 28, 2016

Paracord for Puppy and Prepping

Long time, no craft writing!!  Glad to be back as I have so many projects going on, like most crafters probably.  I plan on posting themes over the next couple of weeks and this one is on paracord.  I'm a bit of a prepper and paracord is on my list of items to learn to use.  I haven't tested it in the woods yet, but I have made some bracelets and dog collars and love working with it.  I started without a jig, but I bought one recently and it's so helpful for larger projects like the dog collar pictured.   I made it from the excellent tutorial on YouTube from Sea Lemon, but I used a jig rather than how she did it.  I did try one and taping the cord to a table turned out to be frustrating for me.  The first pic is of a collar that was gifted to another dog.

The pic below is my German Shepherd's collar.  Sorry about the quality. ;)  I tried to show the reflective nature, but it was hard to get a good one trying to hold the camera in my hands and the flashlight in my mouth.  I just bought a photo studio kit to use for Etsy products which I'll be breaking out this weekend.  I find the reflective quality quite good outdoors, but I think a harness would be better seen by people in cars.  I'll still have her wear her orange reflective vest along with this collar for now if we're out in the dark.

These are a couple of bracelets I made for myself from a kit, which gave me tje bug to buy more paracord and start doing collars.  The top is made in a cobra weave and the two-tone is a fishtail weave.

This one was for my husband with paracord from Walmart in the outdoor section and a speciality clasp with a whistle and fire starter inside.

I don't know if I'll be making any paracord projects for Etsy as I'm working on crochet items right now, but I did want to share what I was up to.  There's so much you can do with paracord and finish a project quickly.  The weaves are reminiscent of macrame and I love the durability.  I used Scotch Guard on the collar for my GSD which helps keep it clean, but when I do need to clean it I use a hard bristle brush and minimal soap and water (without immersing it) and let it dry.

Related reading and products mentioned:
5 Common Misconceptions About Preppers
Reflective Nylon 550lb Paracord Rope 100 Feet - Rose Pink

Friday, May 10, 2013

Etsy Listing Digital Download Option for Patterns and Other Files

Apparently, Etsy announced their new digital download option in April but I missed it.  I'm so happy about this as I started designing filet crochet items last year and placing them in my Etsy shop for sale.  I'm considering doing some prim doll patterns too.  I can see how people who design collage sheets would find this helpful as well.

Through this system, your customers can download patterns that you previously only offered via email.  This will save so much time for the both sellers and customers.

Here is the forum thread at Etsy that covers the details of these types of listings.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Granny Square Earrings Tutorial at HubPages

I have a new article up at HubPages on how to make the granny square earrings that were some of the first items I put in my Etsy shop.  If you know how to crochet, these are super easy.  The beading portion can be a little time consuming depending on how involved you want to get.  But the end result is worth it to have handmade lovely crochet jewelry for yourself or for gifts.  Here's the link to the HubPages article.  I hope you find it a useful addition to your frugal but elegant crochet gifts stash of ideas.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Praying Hands Cameo

I haven't gotten around to making all the polymer clay cameos I mentioned in this post yet but I did make a lovely Christmas gift for my mom.  She loved it!  This cameo is of the praying hands motif.

Once the cameo was baked, I used a simple painting technique to decorate it.  First, I placed one coat of cream-colored acrylic paint on and let it dry.  I then used a sponge brush to put brown antiquing liquid over the piece and rubbed off quickly so the crevices held the darker color.  I glued the cameo in an antique style, copper colored bezel setting and used that as a centerpiece for the necklace.

I used a combination of vintage glass beads (green), wood (red, brown) and faux bone.

You can see the antiquing effect a little better below.

I like the antique style but I think this cameo would also look good with flesh tone hands or in a traditional cameo style with a dark background.  I ordered the bezels from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads—a bead lover's paradise if there ever was one.  I plan on using chains with future cameos as I think that would help make them every day type pieces.  Prayer necklaces from different spiritual traditions is also another idea I've got floating around.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

First Prim Dolls - Ozzie and Harriet

I've been admiring primitive dolls of  late and wanted to give them a try myself.  This is my first attempt at some cats as a gift for a friend.  Meet Ozzie and Harriet inspired by her own cats.

I created a simple two-piece pattern on notebook paper and grunged up some plain white muslin for the bodies using a tea stain and then acrylic paint.  After this, I rubbed cinnamon into the fabric.  I used pillow stuffing but you can use old fabric if you like.  These are smallish at about 6 inches tall.  I wanted her to be able to tuck them in a bowl or anywhere else for decorative effect.

The bodies were sewn together with a machine except for the bottom where I used embroidery floss.  The tails are completely sewn together and to the bodies with the floss by hand.  This added to the grunge factor.  Here's a closeup of the faces and fabric.  I recycled some buttons, scraps of fabric and embroidery floss.



I love the idea of prims—not being too fussy that is and the result still being adorable.  It's a great way to use up fabric scraps and recycle odds and ends like the buttons.  My friend was very happy with her gift and I even made a set for myself after my Merlin and Cally cats.  If you don't think you can be your own doll designer, prims are a good way to build up your confidence and start creating from your imagination.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Free Snowmen Patterns from Crochet World

I follow Annie's on Facebook (formerly Annie's Attic) and they posted a free pattern for an adorable set of crocheted snowmen from Annie's Crochet World magazine.  They use Lion Brand thick yarn so they should be quick to do and make fun gifts and decorations.  Here's the pattern link.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Annie's Attic Crochet Patterns Update

I've sold most of the Annie's Attic afghan crochet patterns I had listed.  Those that don't sell won't be relisted at this time because I just don't think it's worth the relisting fee.  And honestly, I wouldn't mind keeping them.  They're beautiful patterns.  But I'm happy with the outcome.  These were my first sales at Etsy and now I've got ideas about other patterns and also craft magazines that I may list.  Vintage patterns seem to be a good seller there.

Besides delving into my own collection and deciding on what I'm willing to part with, this gives me an excuse to do one of my favorite pastimes—thrift store shopping.  Oh the drudgery!