Category Archives: Crafts

Felted Critters

The hiatus has been longer than expected. Honestly, I’m not all that into the blogs right now. They’ll come back. They always do. For now, posting will be sparse. I have been busy. Wanted a Nordic/woodland tree this year. I have a bunch of felt baubles I bought on clearance after Christmas last year, but I wanted to make some… (more…)

Terra Cotta Luminaries

This looks like kind of a pain, but if you have a bunch of these little pots around, it could be a project.  

Noas Glass

I love this style of glass bead. Even the lampwork is unusual. Gorgeous.

Dorset Buttons

Every once in a while I find an intriguing craft I’d never heard of, and of course, I have to try it. Dorset buttons originated in the 17th century, and were made and used through the 19th century, until mass-produced buttons became readily available. I’m not entirely sure I did my rounding properly, but I don’t think it much matters,… (more…)

Make Your Own Hot Wire Knife

Don’t have a foam cutter? Gustamont√≥n¬†shows you how to make a simple one. Instructions so clear you don’t need to understand what she says, which is good, because I don’t.    

Vintage Journal Tutorial

I haven’t tried this one yet, but it’s on my “do this” youtube list. I love how she creates a fake raised band on the spine.

Society Silk

I learned a new phrase yesterday: Society Silk. Popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, this was a realistic style of embroidering botanicals, using single-strand silk thread. It reminds me very much of Chinese silk painting, which was popular at the time. I’ve been looking more into needle arts–not because I want to quilt–but because I want to… (more…)

Lizard Shirt

Not much in the way of links this week, as I’ve been too busy to surf. Busy making a lizard shirt for the Spousal Unit’s birthday, which seems to be developing into an annual tradition. I made this year’s shirt with Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pens. You draw on regular paper, then transfer the pattern with heat. Marvy also makes a… (more…)

Playing Card Accordion Book

I was enchanted with this idea of a playing card accordion book, so I decided to make one myself. This was a lot of fun. One note: the post office does not like playing cards, as they are too small. One got returned as unsendable, and the rest arrived postage due. So you can mostly get away with it if… (more…)

Shabby Chic frames by Hillovely

Found this video on Polymer Clay Daily. Now, one thing she doesn’t say is that molds, especially intricate ones, are kind of a pain, so don’t be surprised if it takes a few tries. Also, I’d be moving that piece from the mold directly to the tile I’m baking it on, so I don’t have to move it after I’ve… (more…)