April 24, 2015

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #68

Shop for one of a kind items from the best Etsy, Storenvy, Zazzle, ArtFire, Zibbet and other indie sellers.Last Saturday I was working on a watercolor painting and my husband, who knows that most of my projects become tutorials on my blog or are sold as custom orders in one of my shops, asked me an interesting question.

"What are you going to do with it?"

He seemed kind of surprised when I said that I didn't know. I spend a lot of my time creating with a specific goal in mind, so sometimes it's nice to make something just for fun so I don't get burned out. Do you feel the same way?

And speaking of fun, these two treasures from last week's link-up brought a smile to my face.

Aqua Fish Bracelet by Bungalow42
Fairy Basket by JJLadells
I hope you have a fun filled weekend!


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April 22, 2015

Tutorial: Disney Map Keepsake Box

Craft Tutorial: How to make a keepsake box with Disneyland maps or other travel maps, brochures and repurposed paperDisneyland has held a special place in my heart ever since my daughter and I made it our annual tradition to go there, just the two of us. We spend two and a half days, taking in as many attractions as we can. Our personal record is 38 attractions in one wonderfully exhausting day.

We love them all! Big Thunder Mountain, The Matterhorn Bobsleds, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Storybook Land Canal Boats. When I sit down to look at the park map it brings back every happy memory, like the first time we did the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk Through and my daughter tried to open one of the magical doors and it rattled and growled at her. Hilarious!

To preserve some of our magical memories (park tickets, pins, etc.) I made a special Disneyland map box. If you have your own happy place, this project could easily be modified to use maps, brochures or magazine pictures featuring your favorite locale.

Materials




Directions


I used a 4-inch square box and 3 park maps. I could have used fewer maps, but I wanted to feature specific images on my box.
Fortunately, the folds in the maps were spaced four inches apart. That made it easier to arrange the pieces on my box.

Paper mache boxes tend to vary slightly in size, so I'm not going to give specific measurements. You'll need to measure each section of the box that you'll be covering with paper.
Using a paper trimmer, cut out six pieces for the lid. Four rectangles to wrap around the sides and two squares for the top and inside.
For the base of the box cut two squares for the inside and bottom, four large rectangles to wrap around the outer sides and four smaller rectangles to line the inner sides.
Now it's time to get out the Mod Podge.

Pro Tip: I like to cover my work area with parchment paper for easy clean up. It catches any drips, and can be easily removed from your sticky work in progress.

Paint an even layer of Mod Podge on one side of the box.
Position one of the outer side papers and smooth out any bubbles.
Apply an even coat of Mod Podge along the bottom and inside edge and fold over the side paper. Press out any bubbles.

Repeat for the remaining three sides.
Next, adhere the outer bottom panel of the box.
Now it's time to adhere the inner side panels.
And finally, the bottom inside square.
Now for the lid. Again, start with the sides. Fold them over, just like before.

Since the sides of the lid are so narrow, it was easier to wrap one piece of paper around both the inside and outside instead of using two separate pieces.
Next, adhere a square to the inside of the lid.
Then adhere a square to the top of the lid.
Once your box is completely covered with paper, you'll want to seal it with a couple coats of Mod Podge. This gives it a beautiful, shiny finish.

Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire surface of the box and lid. Let it dry 15-20 minutes between coats.
Let the box dry for at least 24 hours before you put the lid on. If you can still smell the Mod Podge, it's too soon to close the box.
Once it's completely dry, your keepsake box is ready to be filled with your treasures and mementos.

Craft Tutorial: How to make a keepsake box with Disneyland maps or other travel maps, brochures and repurposed paper


April 19, 2015

Knitting Tutorial: Cabling Without a Cable Needle

Video Tutorial: How to knit cables without a cable needleRight now I'm working on a new baby afghan pattern that features a panel of narrow knit cables. I think it looks lovely, but as I was working, it became a hassle to cross stitches with a cable needle. Luckily, my friend, Tammy, from Eclectic Technique, showed me how to knit cables without a cable needle.

This technique is not for the faint of heart because for a split second, you will have a couple stitches just dangling freely. Scary! With practice, however, you'll be surprised how quickly you can knit a panel of cables like the ones in my afghan.

I know that sometimes, with knitting, it can be easier to understand a technique by watching it than reading about it, so here's a short video to get you started.


Or if you prefer step by step written directions...

I knit a small cabled swatch to demonstrate how to knit cables without a cable needle.
Each of my cables are 4 sts wide, so I'm crossing 2 sts over or behind 2 sts, but once you get the hang of it, you can use this technique with larger cables, as well.
Let's start with a front crossing/left leaning cable.

Front Crossing/Left Leaning Cable


Slip 2 sts from your left needle to the right.
Knit 2 stitches.
Insert your left needle into the first 2 slipped stitches at the front.
Deep breath! slide the right needle out of 4 stitches, leaving 2 hanging stitches.
Move the right needle back and insert it into the 2 hanging stitches.
Knit 2 stitches.
Voila!

Now let's pass a cable the other direction.

Back Crossing/Right Leaning Cable


Bring your working yarn under the right needle and towards the front.
Slip 2 stitches from the left needle to the right.
Move your working yarn under the right needle and to the back.
Slip 2 more stitches from the left needle to the right.
Insert the left needle into the first 2 slipped stitches at the back.
Deep breath! Slide the right needle out of 4 stitches, leaving 2 hanging stitches.
Move the right needle to the front and insert it into the 2 hanging stitches.
Slip 2 stitches from the right needle to the left needle.
Knit 4 stitches.
A lovely right leaning cable.
I highly recommend practicing this technique on a swatch because any mistakes in a cabled pattern will be very noticeable. Also, it's easiest to practice with a yarn that doesn't separate easily, like wool. That way, picking up those hanging stitches is not quite as scary.

Video Tutorial: How to knit cables without a cable needle

Happy knitting!

April 17, 2015

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #67

Shop for one of a kind items from the best Etsy, Storenvy, Zazzle, ArtFire, Zibbet and other indie sellers. Spring is in full bloom here in Tucson. This week has been warm breezy and we've even had a few sprinkles here and there. We're enjoying the last few cool days of weather, because summer and high temps could start here any minute.

Thanks to everyone for sharing their pretty pastels last week. What a wonderful way to bring in the spring season!

My two favorite items from last week's link-up were from two shops that happened to participate with me in the SPS Team's Spring Sales Event on Etsy.

Long, Multistrand necklace by AmoonartDESIGN
Fabric Earrings by chezviolette

Now, let's start linking (and Mother's Day shopping)!


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