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WiP Wednesday: Blame the Cats Edition

Every Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced they have a link party with all the crafty blogs putting up their work in progress pieces.  So I’m gonna start playing too, if only to make myself feel good that I am actually doing stuff!

First up is going to be the thing I have the LEAST amount of progress on!  That way I can get the disappointing stuff out of the way right off.

Old Lady Sundress!

I washed the fabric.  That counts and progress right?!  I am going to try to get some work done on this soon because I’m very excited about the fabric and hope that it turns out as cute as it is in my head.  Then I get to shop for some shiny nude pumps because I don’t have any shoes to wear with it right now.  See how I made this crafting project turn into shoe shopping?  I’m good like that.

Next up is the SECOND least worked on!

Rainbow Hexie Granny Square Tote Bag

Man, I’m on an “Old Lady” kick lately.  Old lady prints, granny squares.  I’m loving it.  Old ladies are awesome!  I always proudly say that I have a slew of “old lady” skills under my belt.  Except cooking.  Don’t ask me to cook.

But clearly, this is exactly where I left it after the last time.  2 of the 15 motifs are done.  I’m sure I’ll get back to it.  Sure.  But as this one actually has some of the parts worked on, it beats the dress as far as worked-on-it-ness goes.

And last but not least!

Prism Patchwork Quilt

I have a few more of the rows sewn together but the ironing got a little demoralizing.  Remember how cute Pickles looked sleeping so peacefully on the pretty strips of triangles?  Yeah.

OrangeFat x GrayFat = SuperCute!

SuperCute = TONS OF BULLSHIT CREASES PRESSED BY THE BODYHEAT OF TWO VERY FAT AND LAZY CATS

Asshole cats.   So the pressing is taking a little longer than I would like, but its still getting there.  Thank heavens for Laura who suggested numbering the rows or I would be in a wold of hurt trying to figure out what goes where!   Though I might be bothering Jennifer for her copious and beautiful floor space to do the final basting/pinning of this beast of a quilt.  I’m excited to see it coming together!

Head on over to Freshly Pieced to see what all the other crafty folks are working on!  It’s sure to inspire some of your own crafty goodness.

 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tutorial Tuesday: Glitter Cell Phone Cover Edition

My cell phone case had been beaten to death by being thrown in my purse without much love and it was time for a new one.  Thanks to the miracle of Pinterest I came across this gem and decided that I simply must glitter-ify my phone.

Step 1:  Scrape off all the old design.

Yeah cause that wasn’t a pain-in-the-ass douche.

Step 2:  Get busy with the Mod Podge and glitter!

Also known as the Make A Mess Step

Step 3:  Wait a long time for that shit to dry.

I tried to seal it with clear nail polish hoping for the glossy finish.  I didn’t take into account that my cheap glitter would be eaten alive by the nail polish.  Disaster very nearly occurred as the pretty purple glitter started dissolving to a muddy red.  Cease and desist!  So I used the Mod Podge to seal it in instead, which worked waaaaaay better.

Step 4:  Enjoy your new cell phone case!

BLA-Dow!

The Mod Podge really sealed everything in!  despite the copious amounts of glitter used, I never have any of that craft herpes loose or on my hands/in my pockets.  I highly recommend this!  Now I’m on the look out for other crap I can glitter up!

Granny Square Afghan: One Year Later Edition

It may have taken me almost a year to complete, but Jennifer finally has her birthday present!  It was received with much love!  Not that getting a super warm and heavy blanket during one of the hottest weeks of the summer is a really good idea, but hey.  Shit happens when it happens!

This is how you love an afghan. (photo by Jennifer and instagram, stolen unabashedly for this blog by me)

Patchwork Prism Quilt: Pop the Full-Sized Quilt Cherry Edition

A rug for a mug!

In the past I have made small quilts.  I’ve made quilts for my dogs and a quilt for my mug.  But I’ve never made a full-sized grown-up person quilt.  So with the encouragement of a few of my quilt savvy pals, I jumped in.

Picking this pattern because it was pretty and didn’t look so easy as to bore me to death right out of the gate (and apparently summer inspires me with rainbow hexagons), I got to work.  The first step was picking out the fabric.  Which I knew myself well enough to tell Jinx to just stay home for.  It takes me nearly forever to pick out ONE fabric for a dress, there was no telling how long this would take considering I had to pick MANY fabrics and I didn’t want him stranded there with me while I debate two different shades of red-orange.  Which ultimately was a wise decision as he was mixing vomit sounds into a jazz track (don’t ask) and I spent about 2 hours picking out fabrics.

The Final Contenders

Next came the cutting and, oh lordy, was there some cutting.   It took me two nights to get through.  I now have a deep appreciation for the Quilter’s Stash as I didn’t quite have enough fabric in some of the colors to easily cut the shapes that I needed.  So I had to Tetris that shit up and stretch and spin and finagle and make it work.  But I was able to get everything that I needed, but just barely.  If I had stacks and stacks of say purple fabric, I could have just picked something out of those stacks and charlie mike’d without stress but oh no.  I’m new at this.

Rusty and Ozlin are suitably impressed.

After that I saved the laying out until Craft Day at Jennifer’s house.  One, because she has big floor spaces to lay it all out and two, because the girl is a design whiz and I knew she would help me make sure all the colors and whatnot are awesome and no eye sores or bad decisions would creep in.

Plan A.

We swapped the pretty purple green batik in the middle for the garish blues around the edges (ran out of greens, had to make it work) and found some pretty magenta/purple in her stash but other than that we left it alone for the most part and I got to work sewing it all together.  I thought I was being all smart sewing the triangles together two at a time in the rows, but when it came to laying it back out I kept mixing up what went where making poor Jennifer constantly have to stop what she was doing to answer the age old question: “Is that right?!”

Roooooows. I thought I would never be done sewing these things together!

After about 7 hardcore hours of sewing, I had all my rows together and called it a night after a very tricky Roman Numeral numbering system was applied to make sure I didn’t mix anything up in transport.

Now today I started attaching rows to each other.  I tried so very, very hard to make sure all those stupid points line up, but sadly a few got away from me, or got smushed.  But I’m new, and this is a big project so I’m being forgiving for now.

4 and 2 of the rows sewn together! Its starting to look like… something!

But why stop there, Sarie?  Clearly the day was still young.  You could have gotten the whole top put together!

Alas, I could not.  Why?

Pickles. That’s why.

Would you move that?

I didn’t think so.  The quilt can wait another day.  Kitty Cute trumps all.

Rainbow Crochet Bag: Read The F#@*ING Directions Edition

After finally finishing the granny square afghan it was time to get started on a new crochet project.  I got this pattern in an email from Lily’s Sugar N Cream and it was perfect for summer and would be a great pool bag for toting my book and towel and whatnot to and fro.  And I wasn’t quite granny-squared out so off I went!

I picked out my colors and got busy quickly cranking out enough of the shapes to make the front side of the bag!

So many shapes! So bright, so… wrong!

Once I started piecing the front side together I realized that things weren’t exactly working out right.  There was weird puckering and the sides weren’t lining up.  Hmm.

Ahh.  These hexagons are distinctly PENTAGONS.   Crap.

Since I needed to add a side, there was no point in frogging them all back to reuse the yarn.  So starting over was the best option.  A simple miscount early on and not paying close enough attention to the pattern only cost me a couple of nights worth of work.  Bullshit.  Needless to say, starting over has taken a bit of the wind out of my sails.

That’s better. *grumble*

Sewing Sunday: Super Productive Edition

I know its been a hot minute since I’ve made a blog post.  I’m not going to lie.  I’ve been neglecting my crafting in favor of mindless crap just to keep me occupied.  Tonight I smashed that right the hell in the face.

Having recently decided to start riding my bike to work I realized I would need to pack a lunch or be forced to eat Taco Bell day after day.  So I found this wonderful tutorial and got about making it happen.  

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So cute and so easy to make!

Then I remembered that the plan is to bike to work and then get ready for work once there.  So I was going to need something to carry my makeup in that wasn’t a huge train case full of tens of pounds of makeup that I wasn’t going to need.  So I found this tutorial!  I made mine a bit bigger to make sure I had room for all my fixin’s and made an amazing discovery about my sewing machine!

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It zig-zag finishes WHILE its stitching a seam! Say whaaaaat?!

I was happy enough with this discover that I ran to the kitchen where my husband was cooking dinner and showed it to him and had to explain why it was so awesome.  He was satisfactorily impressed.  

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Taadaa! With zipper and all!

I lined the inside with white so I wouldn’t lose things in the black hole of little dark pouch that always tends to happen.  

All in all they both went together easily and quickly for me to have gotten them done in about 2 hours total time.  I’m excite to load them up and make good use out of them for my first bike commute to work tomorrow!

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