Saturday, April 20, 2013

Made a Couple Chemo Caps

Since Mom found out her liver cancer came back, I told her I'd make her a couple of new caps, since she's going to do chemo again. I think she was a little bummed out, because her hair had just started to grow back in from the last chemo sessions.

The hard thing for me is making the hats small enough. For me, I have hair so I need a larger hat. When I made two of the Urban Chic hats last year, one for Mom and one for my now three year old niece, the one I made for Mom was a little too big and the one I made for Eden fit Mom perfectly.

So I tried a new pattern, Soley Granny Squares Hat by Crafty Christina. These were both made with G sized hooks.

This one fits me so it's going to be too big for Mom. I'm still going to send it, in case Eden would like to have it.

This one looks too small to me, for an adult anyway, so I think this one will fit Mom.
I'm going to take another crack at another pattern and see what I can come up with for her.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Just a Quick Photo

I snapped this picture with my cell phone this morning on my way to work, along Kempsville Road in Norfolk. I love these trees. I think they are wysteria plants.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Star Trek Swap on Craftster

Because I've always been a Trekkie (I've been a "Trekkie" for so long, I'm not even a "Trekker"), I knew I had to participate in the Star Trek Swap V on Craftster.

My partner is RikaHeart, and she's going through some stuff (lung cancer) with her dad that really seems to mirror what I'm going through with my own mom. I didn't know that beforehand. RikaHeart posted that because of her dad's health, that my package might be late and why. My heart goes out to her, because I kind of know where she's coming from.

Anyway, here's what I made for her. The package arrived already today. Data is one of her favorite characters, and she enjoys ST:TNG and ST:V more than the original series (I agree with that). I wanted to try another painting, done in the same vein as my painting of Glenn from The Walking Dead.

I loved the idea of Data playing poker, so I decided to paint Brent Spiner (faceless) as Data getting ready to deal the cards. This is an 8'"x10" painting on a flat canvas. I really wish I had primed it first, because it took a lot of paint to get   rid of the heavy canvas look through the paint.
A set of towels and ST:TNG communicators in felt. I actually did a matching set for myself, but with purple instead of orange. This was the tutorial I used to make the badges.
While shopping for supplies at AC Moore, I came across their t-shirt selection. I decided to make a ST:V uniform t-shirt for RikaHeart and sewed on another (but different) communicator badge. I actually intended to split the red and black t-shirts so we each got a shirt, but I got carried away when cutting the black one, and I didn't have enough of the black shoulders to make the ST:TNG uniform shirt for me. :) I still have the lower red so maybe I'll just go cut up one of my own black shirts.

And here is RikaHeart in her uniform shirt. I used a nice headshot of Captain Janeway to figure out the placement of the badge and how far down to split the front opening.

In all honesty, sewing the two t-shirts together was easier than I expected, with the rough edges and all. However, just so you know...Gildan t-shirts are not all sized the same. The sleeves on a red Gildan XL tee are actually about 1/4" longer than the sleeves on a black Gildan XL tee.

I had a really good time crafting for RikaHeart, and if I'd had more time, who knows what the next project would have been. :) It was actually supposed to be a four point swap: required to craft at least one large or one medium item. The point scale is: Large=3, Medium=2, Small=1. I would guess my rating would have been 2 points for the 2 small communicators, 2 more points for the medium shirt, 2 points for the medium towel set, and probably just 2 more points for the medium painting, putting me at 8 points total for this swap. :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

More Photos of the Bench

A few more photos of the bench I'm working on.

A close up of the underside and the straps that the springs were attached to. Nicole took a look at the bench a few days ago and she thinks it's not an original, "antique" piece, but rather a reproduction.

This bench is a weird combination of aspects that, to me, make it seem like it could actually be an original piece that was repaired. Those nail heads actually have four sided "spikes." And there was a couple hundred of those sunk into this bad boy! The straps look authentically old. And there was that odd straw "stuff" on top of the springs.

But then once I got the fabric off from under the bench, I saw these silver supports and modern Phillips head screws. The wood support inside the frame looks newer than the wooden bench itself. How the hell did it get in there??? And all of the white quilting and batting that was under the old looking velvet was pure white still. I was expecting it to be discolored.

But finally, here we have the stripped down bench frame. Because it's got mostly straight lines, I'll be able to hand sand most of it. Since it does have that nice detail work on the back, I'm going to use a stripper or stain remover there, because I don't want to sand away any of the detail in those carvings. I won't have a chance to start sanding until Friday night.

Since Shane's got so much wood in the garage, I'm hoping I can steal some of it for the seat. I'd like to put a new piece of wood on the bottom, as well as on the top where you'd sit. However, I'd like to hinge the top, and make a really shallow (maybe only 3" deep) storage unit in it. Why not take advantage of a little extra space.

Keep in mind, that I've never done anything like this before. I've only read enough websites on refinishing furniture to be dangerous. :) Which is the reason why if I ever got the chance to do a project like this, I didn't want to spend much money on the piece itself. I was figured I'd try to snag something for free from Craigslist. :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Few Little Projects Done

This picture really doesn't do it justice (taken with my cell phone instead of the close up setting on my camera), but these are four new pairs of earrings (for me!) made from buttons I just picked up at Hancock's. My favorite is the pink and green pair.

This is a simple anniversary card for my sister and her husband. Their anniversary is on Friday, and I think they'll be celebrating 10 years. The fortune on it came out of a cookie, and it says something to the effect of not having to look for happiness because it is right next to you. I came across a bunch of vintage scooter pin up girls online and kept the images to use them on greeting cards.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Trying To Do My Nails

I love the look of manicured nails but I can't keep them looking nice long enough to warrant getting tips. I've tried, but I actually set my thumb nail on fire one time lighting a candle. I didn't hurt myself but the burning smell of the nail is what made me realize what I'd done. :)

Because I'm on Craftster so much, I've realized there are people who buy press on nails and then create original mini works of art on them. Since I can't keep my nails looking nice, I decided to try this so I don't have to spend big bucks on a mani.

I started out with Kiss's Everlasting French real short length nails. These nails are still longer than my own real nails. Unfortunately, I've been biting them off again this last year. (I haven't actually put the press on nails on yet...I've got a little yard work I want to accomplish tonight first.)  These nails have the self tabs.

The polishes I used are, from left to right:

  • a brand called SC (probably from Walgreens) in Hottie 831 (a really great quality glitter)--this is the blue
  • Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Deep Purple 08
  • Milani Nail Lacquer in Magenta Metal 13
  • Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment base and top coat--I wanted a top coat to try and seal the glitter
  • I also used Beauty Secrets Nail Polish Dryer in between the coats (not pictured).
I was able to hold the tabs to get the polish on each nail. I started each nail with first a coat of the magenta and then a coat of the purple. I didn't actually allow the nails to dry in between these coats because I wanted the colors to mix. After one coat of each color, I loaded up the brush with more polish than I'd normally use per nail and let it drip onto the nails, switching back and forth between the colors. The colors didn't mix completely together, but they kind of swirled together. They started to take on a little bit of a metallic marble look.

Once I had the colors set the way I wanted them, I hit them with the nail dryer and let them sit for awhile. Then, I put one coat of the blue glitter on each nail, and then hit them again with the dryer. After sitting for a bit again, the last coat was of the top coat.

I probably won't get these on for a day or two yet, but at least I know I won't smear them because they'll be completely dry by then.