Posts Tagged 'craft'

Ink Cartridge Chandeliers

Ever wondered what to do with leftover printer cartridges? Probably not, like most people, you probably just disposed of them and went about your day. Well, I bet you never thought of turning them into a chandelier! But, apparently one crafty Etsy seller has!

Check out Boxlightbox’s Etsy store to see all their fun cartridge lamps and chandeliers ranging from $35 to $100.

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DIY Vintage Inspired Laptop Case

I was trolling around Craftzine and I came across the most awesome of projects.

Going To Grandma’s Laptop Case

This project was designed by Jennifer Perkins who owns Naughty Secretary Club which specializes in beautifully funky jewelry with a vintage flair. I absolutely love her laptop case design because it is so effortlessly retro-chic and is a great way to carry your laptop without looking like youre carrying your laptop (great for thwarting would be thieves). The step by step instructions show how easy it is to create this unique case, really the hardest part would be finding the suitcase although most thrift stores will have some nice moderate sized ones.

So click here to get started on your own vintage laptop case!

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Best $600 you will ever spend

Its not often I find reason to shell out $600 for a sweater, but if I had some spare change right now I would definitely drop it on this amazing hand knit (thats the key here) sweater from etsy seller elf518.

Robot Pixel Mash-up Fair Isle Sweater

This awesome sweater is hand made tailored to your measurements, color choices and each one has a slightly unique pattern.

“the floral motif in this sweater is taken from a german lace chart published in 1597”

Of course that old German lace chart has been given a hip modern twist with robots and other pixely goodness. $600 may seem like a steep price but when you consider that each sweater is handmade without a machine, unique and takes 8 weeks to make…well, $600 doesnt seem all that outrageous.

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Urban knitting graffiti

Knitta please! Move over spray cans and markers, theres a new form of graffiti in town and its showing the softer side of tagging.

Deputy Dog posted a blog about a new trend called knitting/crocheting graffiti. Basically crafty yarn wielders are taking to the streets with their scrap yarn and creating public works of textile art.

“Knitta began in August 2005, when the soon-to-be-Knittas were discussing their frustration over unfinished knitting projects: half-knitted sweaters and balls of yarn gathering dust. That afternoon, they knit their first door handle. Then it dawned on them… a tag crew of knitters, bombing the inner city with vibrant, stitched works of art, wrapped around everything from beer bottles on easy nights to public monuments and utility poles on more ambitious outings.”

To learn more about this trend and see videos of these renegade knitters in action, check out the website Knitta Please

I think I know a few statues around town that could use a warm fuzzy scarf!

[link via Current]

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When good crafts go bad

Lately Ive been on a blog kick for blogs featuring crafts gone wrong. It started with Fail Cakes but now thanks to my friends Ive learned of several other blogs featuring adventures in domesticity that dont quite turn out as planned.

Why Would You Knit That

This blog explores all the things people knit that probably shouldnt be knitted. Because you know, knitted candy corn pasties are just oh so sexy.

What Not To Crochet

This blog is much like the previous one but for those of us who yield one stick instead of two.

What Not To Craft

Because yarn shouldnt get to have all the fun in failing this site to highlights all sorts of crafts and cooking ventures gone horribly horribly wrong. Or horribly horribly right? Felted Jesus is kind of totally awesome.

Craft Fail

Another hilarious site for people to show off all their failed craft projects. Not all of them are fails in my mind…this failed attempt to make a pink parsley flecked soap resulted in something amazing…SPAM soap!

Anyone else have any links to blogs that feature failed crafts? Post them up in the comments! Or share your own craft failures!

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Turn a t-shirt into a cardigan

Today I awoke to an email from my good friend Jenn that linked me to an awesome page with instructions on how to turn an old oversize t-shirt into a cute and flirty cardigan.

All you need is an old t-shirt, some yarn, a crochet hook and a few minutes on a sewing machine.Click here for step by step instructions.

What a cute way to reuse old shirts and add to your wardrobe without having to spend much money. Cute and cheap! A perfect combo for this tough economy!

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Periodic Table Table

When Theodore Gray read Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks he misread a passage and thought there was actually a Periodic Table table in the Kensington Science Museum, he soon discovered there was none and felt a void needed to be filled….oh and he needed a new conference table. So he set to work with a pantograph engraving machine that he got at a hospital auction and created a table depicting the entire Periodic Table of Elements.

But of course making a table with the Periodic Table of Elements on it isnt enough, he actually filled each slot with samples of its respective element (Uranium in the coffee table?!).

To see the whole process visit his website.

[link via Current]

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Birdo Cross-Stitch WTF

My good friend Jenn posted up an amazing find on her blog today.

Birdo Cross-Stitch WTF

First of all someone cross-stitched Birdo…thats weird enough as it is. Secondly, they put WTF on there which ads to the overall oddly awesomeness of this piece. Its also frighteningly well done, my grandma would be impressed.

Oh and Jenn wrote a haiku to go along with it…

Rosy dinosaur
Cannon-faced genderbender
Put a ring on it

Could today get any better? I think not!

[link via Infinite Lives]

Watchmen Cosplay Crunch: The Photos!

Im still waiting on the construction photos from our 3 day costume challenge, but I do have the final result pictures in! Just pretend like this blog is all Memento style and youre watching it backwards…I swear, production photos coming soon! For those that havent been following our journey heres a quick recap, Katie and I had planned to dress as the two Silk Spectres (Katie as Silk Spectre I from the movie and I as Silk Spectre II from the comic) for the midnight release of Watchmen, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we were not able to start on our costumes until the week of the release. So we were left with less then 3 days to make 2 complete costumes from scratch in our free time after work. How we ever finished it, I will never know.


Me with my man Night Owl…is he staring at my boobs?


Katie with The Comedian…who is trying to light her on fire!


The two Silk Spectres posing with Rorschach.


Our friend Shannon who made an adorable Silk Spectre inspired outfit that said WATCHMEN on the front and back. I really wish you could see it better in this picture because it was super adorable.


After the movie we posed with some other people dressed up as Dr Manhattan, Rorschach and Comedian. As I mentioned this was after the show and Katie had taken down her hair while my wig was messed up..but its still a cool shot!

All in all, I think we did a pretty good job given the time constraints. We had to cut corners in construction just to get the outfits together, but they still reflected our initial designs. Katie’s outfit was done completely from scratch and we ended up not using the pattern. I just threw fabric on her and cut and pinned until it looked right. My outfit was based on a pattern that I altered, but due to the material I had to alter it quite a bit. We’re planning on revisiting these costumes for San Diego ComicCon and we’ll blog along as we make them stronger (my sleeve was starting to come apart and so was Katie’s mock corset) and more awesome!

To follow our costume journey click the links below!
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

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Watchmen Cosplay Crunch: Day 1

A while back Katie and I decided we wanted to dress up for the premier of Watchmen since we are both big fans. We decided that I would go as Silk Spectre II from the comic and she would go as Silk Spectre I from the movie (lets be honest, the movie version of Silk Spectre I is a lot more awesome). Unfortunately due to family emergencies and other unexpected life projects our costumes had to take the back seat. Now that doesnt mean we arent doing them, it just means we are met with and unbelievable challenge…most people spend months on their costumes but we are doing 2 outfits in less than 3 days…all while maintaining our normal jobs and life responsibilities. Can we do it? Lets see.

Day 1 Monday: Planning

Silk Spectre II- My Costume

This last weekend I finished buying the fabric for my costume (Katie got hers the weekend before). Mine was fairly difficult to find because it needs to be sheer, but not too sheer and a chiffon/silk material. Most Silk Spectre IIs that I have seen dont nail the fabric and either have not sheer enough fabric or use mesh which looks all wrong. I finally found the perfect fabric although its a hair too light, but it will have to do. Thankfully Katie has a bathing suit which is almost identical to the black under layer so that will cut down significantly on my construction time. I also picked up a pattern that I will be able to alter. Im taking the poofed sleeves and the round neck bodice and just making the skirt really short. After that all I need to do is attach black ribbon to the wrists and make a waist tie…simple right? I also found the perfect wig yesterday which is another thing most girls don’t nail. Most girls buy a brown pageboy bang wig but if you look at the comic, Silk Spectre II doesnt exactly have pageboy bangs! She has some short bangs pushed to the side, not a blunt cut all the way across. So I bought a decent quality wig with no bangs and cut the bangs in and pushed them to the side. Perfect! If you cant tell Im a perfectionist, I dont ever cosplay but if Im doing it you know damn well Im doing it correctly so Ive been obsessively analyzing the comic. The only thing is Ive noticed some inconsistencies with how she is drawn! Sometimes her yellow overlay attaches to her choker and other times it doesnt, the color of her shoes and belt also change…so I’ll just have to pick one version and roll with it. Oh and bonus, I have a freckle in the exact same spot she has a mole…so all I need to do it enhance it with some eyeliner!

Silk Spectre I – Katie’s Costume

Katie’s is going to be simpler in some ways and more difficult in others. Unlike my costume she doesnt require sleeves, which always cuts down on time. However, mine doesnt have to be perfectly fitted because it will tie around the waist but Katie’s has a mock corset that needs to be fitted. Thankfully we found the perfect fabric for hers (slightly less sheer than mine) and she has a few pieces that she can wear under the yellow to create the under layer. Yet again Im going to be taking a pattern an altering it to create the dress. Now this pattern may look nothing like Silk Spectre’s dress but actually the top is fairly similar as is the neck piece, I’ll just have to create some extra slits but it should work fine. The only real snag we’ve run into with Katie is finding the wig. She thought she could get one online but that fell through and unfortunately the clock is ticking so we cannot bank on getting one shipped in time. After checking several party stores we came up empty. In a pinch I think we could just style her hair up in a retro fashion and it will be close enough to at least create the effect of Silk Spectre I’s hair. Other than that all she really needs to get are the thigh highs and possibly one elbow length black glove.

So that the plan. Katie comes over tonight to help with construction and fitting so we will actually only have about 2 nights to work on the costumes since we’ll be lining up early on Thursday for the showing. Can we do it? I hope so! We’ll take pictures along the way and let you see the final products! Wish us luck!

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