Thursday, October 27, 2011

Photo: Jake the Dog and Finn the Human!

Check out this trick'r'treater! This photo was sent in by Dennis, one of my custom Jake order customers.  Doesn't his son look adorable!? I'm so glad my Jake can complete his ensemble, after all, who's Jake with out Finn?

Hope you guys have your Halloween costumes in order! What/who are you gonna be?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Project: Whoo?! It's OWL that's WHO!

I have a new creation to show you guys, meet Owl! 

I altered the penguin pattern to be a little shorter and fatter and made this guy. I meant to make him a horned owl but I forgot to put on the little "ear" parts before I sewed him together, oops!

I also tried to make his eyes a little funky, what do you think?  What color owl would you want?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nails: Chrysanthemums

Plate: BM 02
Base color: Sinful Colors - Nirvana
Design: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - White On
Top coat: Seche

I've taken off this mani after only about 2.5 days of wear. My nails are totally destroyed right now.  I've always had peeling nails but constant nail polishing has really exacerbated the situation.  I've cut them all super short and am going to go au naturale for a while in hopes of growing out some healthy nails.  Anyone know of a miracle treatment for peeling nails?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Three of a Kind

The first (and last) Jakes I've made.  I've run out of the proper color fleece and won't be making any more of these until I find the color again.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

the three caballeros

Say, "Adios!" to these little cuties! They are the last made to order penguins I'm making for a while.  I need to focus on some personal projects, i.e. HALLOWEEEEEN! But, wouldn't you love a whole army of these dudes?! :D

Monday, October 10, 2011

Nails: Wild Berry Skittles

I did a "Skittles" mani (all different colors) to match my new shirt! Looks like Easter candy!

Colors (Thumb to Pinky):
China Glaze - For Audrey
Jordana - Boy Oh Boy
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Twisted Pink
2 coats Wet n Wild - Fushiarama under 2 coats Sinful Colors - Dream On
Sinful Colors - Amethyst
Top coat: Seche (I took this pic before the top coat which turned Boy Oh Boy GREEN!)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Project: Flower Headband

I had a wedding to go to last weekend and I really wanted a cute headband to wear, so my boyfriend and I made a special trip to Target to pick one up.  I was super disappointed though.  I couldn't find one that was exactly what I wanted and the one that I liked the best was already falling apart (and still cost $9).  So I decided I could make one... at the last minute!

I just used stuff I had lying around: headband, lace, ribbon, beads from an old necklace, so technically my version is "free" ;)  I whipped it up with just a little thread while I watched Howl's Moving Castle.

The flower is made using this tutorial. (Mute your computer! Loud music :-P)

I think it turned out pretty good! What do you think?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Project: Perfect Camera Pouch

The camera case I use for my little point and shoot broke a while back, first one side of the zipper refused to work and then the other side went too.  It would "zip" but the teeth wouldn't link up. After rolling around in my purse for a few months with my keys my camera was starting to take a beating so I decided to make my own padded pouch for it.

I was inspired by the little boxy pouches I've been seeing around the net. So I made a pouch according to these instructions (but I added a lining just like this tute), but unfortunately this method didn't leave a whole lot of control to what the exact dimensions of the pouch would be and it turned out waaaaaayyyy too big.  I also didn't like having exposed seams on the inside.  (Though I added a little pocket inside and that turned out pretty awesomely!

So I did a little math to make up my own pattern.  I decided that with a little tiny bit of wiggle room for my camera, I wanted a pouch 3.75x2.5x1.25 inches.  I drew out my pattern on graph paper and added 1/4 inch for seam allowance as well as subtracted 1/4 inch on each side of the zipper (I measured my other pouch and determined that the zipper added about 1/2 in width, and since I wanted the bag to turn out square I needed to subtract this). I took out the "corners" that you would need to cut off anyway so my pattern looks more like half of a flattened box instead of the rectangles used in other patterns.  I also wanted a strap to hold the pouch and a tab to make using the zipper easier. I made my pattern into a .pdf.  You can download it and use it if you have a similarly sized camera/phone/whatever. [click the link below]

I fused interfacing to my lining and also added a layer of fleece to work as padding.  When sewing in the zipper, I sewed the padding with the lining (so that the top stitching near the zipper would look neat), but then I basted it to the shell fabric and treated them as "one" piece of fabric from that point. The construction was pretty easy until I needed to sew the corners.  The amount of space between the corner and zipper is really small so it made it difficult to get everything to lie flat.  The process I used is similar to this tutorial, but remember mine doesn't have the "corners" that need to be measured and then cut off, I just sewed the seams.

I was amazed when I turned it right side out! It came out just as I had imagined and my camera fit perfectly.  It's so easy to get discouraged when a project doesn't come out perfect, but I am so stoked about this one!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Nails: Snakeskin

Plate: BM 215
Base color: Wet n' Wild Craze - Morbid
Design: Wet n' Wild - Caribbean Frost (I have it in the old-style, round bottle. I think it is a different formula than the new Caribbean Frost)
Top coat: Seche

Still working on doing a better job on application, I like to slop it on apparently.  I should also note that this mani started chipping on the second day. I've had good luck with the Wet n' Wild Megalast line but the Craze line doesn't seem to last as long.