Day 103 – Sailor Knot Bracelet

Fail.

I am pretty much a trooper when it comes to crafts. I finish things out to see them through and then decide if I love or hate them. This is the first project in a long time (maybe ever?) that I have quit before I finished.

It was supposed to be a necklace that is repurposed from a tee shirt, and the picture shows it in a pretty pink. It seemed a little larger than I would usually wear, but I am always up for something adventurous. I just did not have a pink shirt that I was willing to cut up, so I decided this would be a project for the future (I pinned it a while ago).

I have been doing a lot of clothing clean-out recently because I have this husband who gets frustrated when I say that I have nothing to wear, but he sees a closet full of clothes. I decided to prove to him that I do, in fact, need more clothes, which meant I have been busy. I have taken some things to a consignment shop, and I have recently made a bag to donate. One thing was too ratty to donate, and as I was walking to the trash can with it, I was thinking about how much of a shame it is to throw a piece of clothing away. I was thinking about how I wish I could repurpose it in some way…and then a little light bulb went off in my head and I remembered the pin about the necklace from a tee shirt and how I have been wanting to have a pink shirt to cut up so I could give it a try.

The tutorial was very good in some points because it had great pictures that showed each step. I could not have done it without that. In other points though, I was left a little confused. I did not know how long to cut the strips, so I had to guess. It was not until later that I noticed in the picture that they cut through the shirt side-seam to get a longer strip. Since my strips were small, I decided to make a bracelet instead. I was able to do the sailor knot without any trouble, but when I tested it out on my arm as a bracelet, I was not impressed. I continued on though, and braided the side and continued to tie the knot in the end as the directions told. I was struggling with what to do with the loose ends, and I was getting a little frustrated. I realized that I really did not like the look of this as a bracelet, and I did not see myself wearing it anyway, so what was the point in continuing. There are too many other things I would rather do with my time than make a bracelet that I will probably never wear.
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At least now I know how to tie a sailor knot.

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Which is probably going come in handy in zero situations in my future.

 

Total cost: $0

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Day 75 – Beaded Bracelet Part 2

Shwoo! That was a close one. I have actually finished it on November 2, but I can’t promise that my post will be finished before midnight. That has never happened before. I am pretty sure there are no rules indicating that I must get my post completed on the actual day, and since I am in charge of these shenanigans, I am making the executive decision that what I am doing here is perfectly legal.

I saw this bracelet made from safety pins and beads and I thought that looked perfectly do-able. (You have to scroll down a good way to actually find the safety pin bracelet.) I am not happy with the lack of tutorial on this website, so I thought I would walk you throughit and offer a few suggestions.

Materials: 100 Safety Pins, elastic thread, seed beads in your choice of colors (I probably would have picked purple, but that wasn’t an option tonight. Pink will have to do…It is a valid alternative)

1. I used elastic thread/rope/string to go through the safety pins. Before I cut it, I doubled it over by folding it in half and then fitting it around my wrist to be sure that it would be long enough. I cut a little extra for the tie at the end. Then I got to beading my pins. I actually started doing this in the dark in the car when I realized that I would probably be cutting it close to finish this before the end of the day. That was an interesting challenge.

2. I put beads on the safety pins until there were enough to cover the whole straight part when the pin was closed. I bought my pins from the craft department of Wal-Mart. I was disappointed to find they were out of regular safety pins. I was not willing to give up, so I kept looking and in the jewelry making section, they had baggies of 100 pins for $2. The others were 50 pins for $2.50. Well of course I will take the 100 please. I think this was a blessing in disguise because they were really thin and all of the beads fit on them perfectly. When I have tried to put beads on safety pins in the past, many of them are too small to fit. That only happened with one bead tonight, probably because they were made for this sort of thing. Plus, they were cheaper. I love when cheaper is the best option, not just the cheap one.

3. After I beaded the pins, I strung them on the elastic, alternating whether the head was at the top or bottom. I threaded one side through the hole in the pin and one side through the closure part. The only challenge here was that my elastic thread was a little too thick. The package does not say its diameter, but it is called “elastic cord.” It works fine, but it was a little hard to get into the head of the pin sometimes. I think something slightly thinner would be better.

4. Once I had it at the desired length, I tied the two ends together in a way that you cannot tell from the outside. The starting end kind of pulled itself to the back side, so I tied the unfinished end to that straight part that was formed by putting my first pin on.
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I am really happy with this project. I have a special person who is going to get it as a gift this very weekend. She has no idea…except for maybe she is reading this in the morning before she starts her day and then she might realize it. It’s ok if she knows ahead of time. She is pretty much my favorite mom ever.

Total cost:

Beads: $1.50 + Elastic: $1.50 + Pins: $2.00 = $5

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Day 71 – Papillon Scarf

I saved today’s project to do in case we lost power from Hurricane Sandy, but when I woke up to electricity this morning, it still seemed like a good crocheting day.

Some people I know like to make fun of me for crocheting. They actually try to insult me by calling me “Mom-Mom K.” Then they get their 8-year-old kid to also call me Mom-Mom while I am trying to just relax by the poolside. Whatever. I can take it. Some other people I know actually think that crocheting is a valuable pastime…and no-they are not grandmas. They are my age thank-you-very-much!

I found this scarf and I thought that it looked very pretty. I decided to take a look at it to see if I could decipher the pattern. Usually I do not have much luck with reading crocheting patterns because they are abbreviated and there are a lot of things I don’t know. I pretty much know how to do 3 different stitches. Lucky for me, this pattern used only stitches that I already knew.

I started this a few days ago, thinking it would go pretty quickly. It doesn’t take a really long time to crochet a scarf, but I was disappointed to find that I could not do it in just 1 or 2 sittings. I made a couple of spiral scarves last winter, and I was able to finish them pretty quickly. This one is a little slower, but pretty easy once you get started. One tiny problem I had was deciding on an appropriate length. Sometimes I like to wear scarves that just drape over my neck, and sometimes I like to wrap them around in a circle like in the picture of the example. There are also a lot of other ways to wear a scarf, but I wanted to make sure it would be appropriate for different situations. I think that it is a pretty good length. The great thing about it is that if I hate its length, I can always add on or take some off later. (but I doubt that will be necessary)
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Total cost:

$2.50

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Day 52 – Man I Love My Dog!

Just a note: Don’t scroll down too far too fast. Take it slow on this one…

I think I am hitting the 50s rut. The 50s rut is something like a mix between writers block and the 7 year itch…except it happens when you have done more than 50 days of Pinterest, and you are struggling to find easy to complete ideas because you are feeling just slightly overwhelmed at the thought of more than 300 days left of this craziness. I forgot to do my Sunday night planning, thanks to the Ravens game and then the Orioles game, which was rain delayed, which meant that I was distracted for even longer than I could have been. So because of that, this week’s projecting has been a little disorganized. Sometimes, while I am at the gym, I plan the night’s Pinterest on the elliptical or the bike, but tonight, I came up with nothing. I had it in my head that I wanted to do a fabric project to use up some scraps that I have, but every project I found included supplies that I do not currently have. (But now I have a lot of good ideas for a future week!) I was really not interested in doing anything involving cooking because that meant extra cleaning. I searched and searched and kept coming up with nothing that I felt was worth doing. To ease my frustration, I decided to look in my “Dog Stuff” board, which has tons of pictures of cute dogs. Aha! There it is. My project for the day.

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So that gave me this idea:

Baaahhhaaahhahaaaa. Who doesn’t love a good dog-dressed-up-like-something-funny-picture. More importantly, MY finicky dog who had the patience to wear glasses and a scarf. That was no easy feat. I had these old glasses that I got from a race that I ran. I have been meaning to throw them away, but boy am I glad that I haven’t yet. The scarf has been around for a while. A few years ago, I got a snowman making kit from my secret pal, and I wasn’t sure what to do with it since it rarely snows here. I stuck the scarf, hat, carrot, and pipe in my niece and nephew’s toy box. Every time they play in that box, without fail, someone either a. puts the scarf on, b. puts the hat on, or c. puts the pipe in their mouth. (I mean, who doesn’t let their kid play with a pipe?) This is not the first time that Jolie (my very cute and tolerant dog) has worn the scarf, but it is the first time for the scarf and the glasses together. You can tell by the pose that a treat is being held up to her. She did a great job of staying until we let her go. I couldn’t get a head-on picture, but I figured this would get the job done. It gave me a pretty good laugh after a stressful evening of searching for a project.

 

Total cost

$0

Day 8

Pinterest Fail! Today’s activity was not a keeper. I decided to try Plastic Wrap Marble Nails in conjunction with using cold water to completely dry your nails (in just 3 minutes!). Well don’t waste your life.

First I painted my nails with a dark steely silver (Revlon “Steel Her Heart”) and to dry them, I put them in cold water for 3 minutes each. I didn’t time it, but I think it was probably longer than 3 minutes. Plus the time that each hand was out of the water while the other one was in.

Then I painted a lighter silver (Revlon “Silver Screen”) over top and immediately blotted with plastic wrap.

This messy grossness is what happened next:

 

 

I am willing to admit that perhaps if my nails were dried more completely when I applied the second silver coat, maybe the results would have been different. In my defense though, the Pinterest post says it will dry it completely if you soak it in water. I just went back to it to double check, and I clicked on the link to take me to where it is posted originally. Pinterest has blocked that website for inappropriate content. Maybe because IT IS ALL A LIE! I have even started to only pin things when I have been sure they are connected to an actual tutorial or website or something that looks somewhat credible. I guess this one slipped through the cracks. I have often been thinking that someone could just create a remedy that is 100% made up, just to see how many people on Pinterest try it. “Putting maple leaves in your water gets rid of a headache in 24 seconds” “Eating 43 skittles every day has been proven to reduce your risk of heart disease” I mean, it seems pretty simple to dupe people through Pinterest. We are all so excited to see all these new things we’ve never thought of before that we forget to think realistically.  Not anymore people…not anymore. (Ok, I can’t actually promise this…I still have 357 days of this to go. It is very probable that this could happen again).

 

Total Cost:

$0 (Thank goodness!)