Showing posts with label diy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label diy. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Unisex Crocheted Hexagon Slippers

I found this pattern for these hex slippers on ravlery last year and love the pattern so much I have now made 3 pairs. They are an extra warm cabin slipper.    These are not for beginners because of the adjustments you have to make when making and attaching the soles, but overall these slippers are fairly easy to stitch up and a great way to stash bust your yarn.
http://priscillascrochet.net/free%20patterns/Wearables/Hexagon%20Boot%20Slippers.pdf



This hexagon slipper has a double thick sole and is made up of 3 motifs per slipper but if you wanted to make them into slipper boots just add 2 more motifs at the top of each slipper attaching in the front and back V and sides.
 I did take into consideration some of the other peoples reviews that have worked up these slippers and rounded off the toes on the last 2 rows by sc2tog at each end. Also the instructions were not that clear on the hook sizes for the different shoe sizes, I used a 5 for these pairs ranging from size 7 female to size 10.5 male. The adjustments in shoe sizes were made through the sole sizing. But if you were to go any bigger than I would suggest going up to a 5.5 or even a 6 with a tight tension. 


Monday, October 5, 2015

Halloween DIY Man eating plant prop

This plant only eats once a year and is fed by the children that didn't use their manners from last Halloween. As you can see this plant does not go hungry. I don't know if it a man eater anymore than an ill mannered child eater.
I created this man eater out of a balloon and paper mache (see my recipe for paper mache paste here) http://tampster1.blogspot.ca/2015/10/haunted-paper-mache-pumpkins.html#.VhKOI_lViko.
So to start this project,  I first covered the base in a few layers of stripping and then took fuller sheets that have been soaked in the paste and folded and manipulated it to form the ridge. 
 The tongue is just the mouth cut out, turned 90 degrees and reattached. The mouth was built up using tinfoil that was rolled into a snake and taped on. Then it was all mached together.


I cut some thin corrugated cardboard in the shape of the leaf and paper mached it into place. Then I added some veins using pasted paper towels that i laid down to add dimension. Wait for everything to dry and paint in whatever colors you wish, For this plant i used greens and burnt siennas for the body of the plant and some burgandy and black for the mouth region.  To finish this man eater  I added in a small skull, some some glue gun teeth and drool.  Seal with an outdoor sealer and your ready to add it to your Halloween display.  I kept his mouth open so that if i wanted to add lighting I could, or if I find I need to weigh it down i'll just add some sand. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

DIY Haunted Halloween prop paper mache pumpkins

People are always asking questions about these wonderfully frighting pumpkins so I thought I would share some trade secrets so that you can construct your own. These pumpkins have been to h*ll and back and have the scars to show for it. I was inspired by the pumpkin ideas from the Stolloween site. If you have never checked this site out, go now! He has the most AMAZING pumpkins and Halloween props around. This site also has recipes for paper mache and paper clay.
This is the recipe I use for my paper mache.
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup cool water

1. Mix the dry ingredients.
2. Mix in the cool water with a fork or whisk, adding the water a little at a time to keep it as smooth as possible.
3. Stir the flour mixture into the boiling water.
4. Allow it to boil for two or three minutes.

This can be stored in the fridge for a few days, just stir it up and you are ready to use it again. 
I find this to be the most creamy, non clumping recipe I have ever used.
 
These are the tortured pumpkins I have done over the past few years.




Special features and how they were created:
These hellish pumpkins have been outfitted with an outer dressing of cheesecloth and/or Kleenex over the paper strip layer- for the effect of peeling and wrinkled layers of skin, 
they also have chains binding their - these are formed by cutting lengths of pipe cleaner, forming them into links and attaching them into the paper mache
and I also added embedded drywall screws into their structures - you can use anything, this is just what I had laying around. 
Also if you look really close you will be able to see "foam strip" stitches that have been embedded in one of the skulls of the pumpkin - for these i just cut small strips of fun foam, crossed them and embedded them in the layers of mache. These will not be going anywhere. 
Once you are satisfied with the way your pumpkin looks they are ready for painting. I used a mix of red, light orange and dark orange, then I antiques with black paint.
Wait till dry and seal with outdoor sealer.
To antique an item is to water down the black or brown paint. Apply and rub off. This will settle the dark color into the crevices, highlighting the details.  


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Handcrafted soap and soap molds


Aren't these soap molds just gorgeous? My wonderful husband made them for me.  There is a total of 3- 3.5 lb loaf molds and a 2 lb for more of my specialty soap loafs. 3 sides are attached with heavy duty pressure hinges and the one end is static. The hinges are so strong that I don't have to reinforce the sides from expansion, or at least I haven't had to clean up a soap explosion yet from over expansion. Yeah! These molds are so easy to use that when my soap is ready for pouring all i have to do is make parchment paper liners to fit and depending on the recipe I will add a wood topper for heat retention. 

Once the soap is set the sides of these molds just fold down allowing you to slide the loaf out. This is our Eucalyptus and Sage 2lb loaf that has now set and is ready for cutting and curing.


With any craft sometimes you have successes and sometimes you have failures, this project encompasses both. This is a bubblegum scented loaf and a personal favorite but a total retail failure. This Bubblegum bar is made of both hot process soap base and cold process soap balls that i made using left over base from my heart cupcake soap topped off with some soap icing. These bases are made using different recipes but combine to form an ultra deluxe bar chalk full of coconut milk, Shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil, palm kernel flakes, vitamin e. Let me tell you that once you use a real soap you will never go back to that chemical laden bars they sell in the supermarket. 
This bar did discolor to a dirty flesh tone with pink balls after curing for a few weeks which I don't mind but I won't sell to my customers. This discoloration is caused from the vanilla in the scent so without adding more artificial colorants to try and offset this I will just have to accept the outcome. 

Castille soap is extremely gentle and low sudsing and is one of the oldest and purest form of soap known to man dating back to the Babylonians of 2800 BC. This bar uses nothing but lye, olive oil and water in its construction and I would recommend this soap for anyone that has sensitive skin, babies or as a face soap it can't be beat. This is available by special order only as it can take more than 6 months to fully cure. 


Sunday, September 27, 2015

DIY Halloween Prop Mausoleum Markers with Funny Epitaphs for your garage

When you lack a "front door" you have to draw the crowds in some how. So our show stopper this year will be the Mausoleum for the from of the garage. A very quick and effective Halloween project that is sure to be a conversation piece among the neighbors. You will notice that there are 2 empty spots these will be saved for a dead body and an empty spot. 
These super easy faux stone markers are made from 1 inch foil backed insulation sheets. I purposefully used these because they can take spray paint, hot glue and writing. 
From 1 sheet I managed to get 22  9*21 inch blocks which fits perfectly into the "framed" spaces.  Then I lightly sprayed the foil side with black spray paint, this allows a little of the silver to show through, which add dimension. Then I took my oil pencil and added the wording, nothing fancy and not all the same. I did use some stencils for some and free handed others. Using the wax pencil also makes it weather proof alleviating the step of sealing these :) Then I glued 2 magnetic buttons to the back of each block. This makes it very easy set up and take down. 
There you have it Quick and Easy Mausoleum for the dreaded front garage. :) 



















Sunday, September 20, 2015

Halloween Headstones DIY

It's that time of year again when we start our Halloween decorations and planning. This year we needed to add some new grave markers and this is what we came up with.

Supplies needed: *plaster of Paris
                            *water, bowl, and stir stick
                             *molds
                             *pink or blue polystyrene insulation sheets. I used 1 inch and 1/2 inch sheets
                             *Exacto knife, box cutter, solder gun
                             *black, white and brown exterior paint and paintbrush
                             *I used scrap lumber for my bases, as it adds a little more weight
                             *a creepy face changing pic from the buck store, Mine had a frame - I just cut the image out to fit into our design.
                             *liquid nails/ construction adhesive
First, we started by making some plaster casting embellishments. These were made from a dollar store doorknocker and ice cube trays. Just mix up your plaster to the consistency of a medium batter and pour into a mold that have been treated with a release agent. I used cooking spray. 
Now for the fun part .. deciding what our stones are going to say and look like. Carve them using whatever implement you prefer.  We used a solder gun - just make sure you carve using this outside or in a well ventilated area - it is Stinky!

We attached these to some 2 * 6 scrap wood using construction adhesive to weigh down the base. 
Then paint your stone in black. Wait for it to dry and add some white and beige dry brushing, to bring out the highlights.  

For the Myra Mains headstone, I used a face morphing plastic sign from the dollar store that I just cut to size and applied with contact adhesive. I added scraps of styrofoam scraps around the picture for dimensional accents.
For the "Not Funny Let Me Out" headstone,  the large skull in the center of this headstone was a cheap plastic door knocker that I dismantled glued on, I added plaster skulls and a separate plaque shaped piece then painted everything to make it all blend together.


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These DIY headstones add interest to your yard by using different shapes and dimensions. 
Hope you enjoy this demo and it inspires you to try to make them. 

If you like this demo remember sharing is caring.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Crochet Spiderman inspired character hat

Isn't this crocheted "Spiderman" inspired hat the cutest? If my little man could wear this hat day and night he would, he loves it that much. :D I found the pattern here spiderweb hat (free pattern) made some adjustments to the size and edging, added some eyes and instantly I gain super hero status in my kids' eyes.  This is a really nice thick hat, with a raised stitch. Leave the eyes off and it is still a very nice hat for older boys or girls too.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Peppermint Fudge Hot Process Soap

Always a hit with the crowd. Chocolate brownie batter with a hint of peppermint, trust me when I say this, they smell good enough to eat. This luxurious hot processes soap bar is made up of real cocoa and coffee and is enhanced with cocoa butter, peppermint essential oil and is dotted with gold jojoba pockets of vitamin E for some extra skin loving qualities.  These bars were cut to weigh aprox. 4 - 4.5 oz each   

Peppermint Fudge Soap

 
I would love to hear what you think?




Ingredients: Aqua (water) , Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil (palm kernel flakes from a sustainable source), Cocos Nucifera (coconut oil), Olea Europaea (olive oil), sodium hydroxide, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (cocoa butter) , Cocoa,  Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (peppermint essential oil), Tocopherol (vitamin E), coffea Arabica (coffee), gold mica
  
 
 

 

 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Adventures - Soap Making

Happy New Year to you all.  Where does the time go? From Mid September to the first week of January it is non stop around here trying to fulfill orders, make gifts, bake, visit, concerts... you know the holiday routine. Ahhh Now all I want to do is just sit, have a cup of tea and of course think about my next project.
Well ever since my baby girl got sick a few years ago with severe food allergies to casein (milk protein) and egg whites, it has flipped everything we knew about the world we lived in upside down. We are now required to read EVERY LABLE, whether it is a whole food or not, you would be scared to know just how lax the labeling requirements are for the food we consume. Vaccinations are touch and go and even the products we use on our body is extremely dangerous in most cases. So in order to face this challenge head on, we have taken control of what we put in our body by making 95% of the food we eat from scratch and grow it when ever possible. We have also learned the art of soap making.
This year for Christmas, instead of making the adults an ornament, I thought I would test out some of my soaps, and to my surprise they have gone over extremely well.  I think I'll be looking into this a little more seriously.

This is my Heritage Bar.  It is hot processed in the crockpot it has a very uplifting citrus and tea tree scent, which is highlighted by the ultra luxurious creamy bubbles and shea butter for moisturizing. Ingredients are listed at the bottom.


As you see, there is nothing fancy here. An old crockpot and utensils that are for soap making ONLY. A plastic shallow tub from the Dollarstore which is lined with a plastic garbage bag and for cutting I used a bench scraper. Let the sit out for a few weeks to dry them out (this will allow the bar to get harder, milder and will last longer.) Hot process soap is one that you can use right away in a pinch but real soap should be treated as a fine wine. It is always better with age.

****If you are going to be attempting this at home, use caution and educated yourself on safe handling of caustic products. ******


Ingrediants: Cocos Nucifera (coconut Oil), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive oil), Aqua (water) Sodium hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,Tocopherol, Glyceryl Stearate (steric acid), bergamont oil, orange oil, lime oil, grapefruit oil, lemon oil, lavendula officinalis (lavender), melaleuca (tea tree), mica, tumeric

Ingrédients : Cocos nucifera , l'huile hydrogénée vedgetable, Olea europaea , Aqua . L'hydroxyde de sodium , 4 Simmondsia chinensis ( jojoba ) Seed Oil , Tocopherol , Glyceryl Stearate , l'huile bergamote , d'orange, huile de citron vert, pamplemousse , huile, huile de citron , lavendula officinalis , Melaleuca , mica, tumeric

 
 
I would love to hear what you think.
 





 

Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Paper Doll Costume

 
This is my Halloween Paper doll Costume this year. It will be completed with anime doll makeup and a big red buffon wig.  

This is an easy no sew, last minute Halloween costume idea. Here is how mine came together.

Supplies;  2 pieces of poster board. This color choice will all depend on your outfit. I chose white as I knew I would be painting it.
                 pencil 
                 scissors
                 a formfitting outfit you already own
                 sharpie or other permanent marker 
                 paint or decorative tapes to color in designs
                 stapler and staples
                 elastic
                 straight edge

1.  Go searching for outfit inspiration, just don't go too long or too fancy. It is was easier walking in a two piece outfit above the knee than a long dress. This costume does not bend very well. Also you are going to be coloring this in so the pattern should be something your comfortable working with. 

2. Lay out an outfit you already own on the poster board to get your size parameters. Lightly trace around your existing outfit with pencil and remove. Now construct your paper doll outfit within the parameters you just established.

3. Remember to add tabs using your straight edge,

4. Now color or paint in your pattern and design.


5. Go back and outline your dress and tabs in sharpie.
6. Cut out your dress/ outfit.
6. Take your elastic and attach 1 piece around the waist of your skirt. so it can be slipped on and off. Remember to leave a little more wiggle room if it is going to be going over your winter gear. And attach 2 more pieces of elastic from each shoulder to just under the underarms. So it fits like your putting your jacket on backwards,
7.  Try on, add makeup, a wig and a paper accessory and you are done.
Ill make sure I get a picture on Halloween with makeup and do an update. I hope this inspires you to try one out too.
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