Dreamfall's FINALLY here!!!

Ok, so after waiting years for a sequel to The Longest Journey - It's FINALLY here! It had so much wrapping on the outside I actually cut myself ripping into it. I felt like a 6 year-old; and it ROCKS!

Except, I can't play it yet. Or rather, I shouldn't play it yet, because I'm having family over for dinner, and I have to clean my house. Oh yes, you read that right, I am cleaning my house in favor of playing a pc game I've waited 5+ years for. Man, I can't wait til Sunday - then I'm free!

Except sort of not really free - my craft room is a volcano threatening to erupt right now. I cleared the closet so I could paint & organize it, and apparently my timing couldn't have been worse! It's literally mountains of stashness, just waiting to take a tumble! I just hope I can tame it before it annihilates me. LOL I can't stand chaos in my craft room.


Suprise for me!

My sister was so sweet today! She gave me a beautiful pair of Mrs. Beetons - which I've been wanting since I ran across the pattern a bunch of months back! I'm so intimidated by knitting in the round - both my mother and sister reminded me today how easy it is, but my fears can't be quelled quite that easy.

In exchange - I'll be making her some tsumami kanzashi... that is once I figure out what color she wants most and what function she'd use most (barrette, ponytail holder, pin, etc); Jenn if you're reading this, lemme know! (I actually wore the Mrs. Beetons with my sweatercoat home! Thanks again!)


Fancy footwork!

Craftster's current challenge (#10 - Footwear Facelift) totally had me thinking... I love shoes, and knew I wanted to try my hand - but I just wasn't quite sure what to do about it...

Then it totally hit me! I bought a pair of beaded white satin mules as a back-up for my wedding shoes, (my kitties had gnawed at my first pair, and I didn't have the heart to investigate for some time) and they cost like 9$ because I found them on clearance at DSW (but I wasn't going to be heartbroken if my little expiriment didn't pan out.)

Anyhoo - I've been wanting to try Kool-aid dyeing since I saw the article on Knitty, a few months ago. My original concept was to dip-dye the shoes, so the color was more intense at the tip and more subtle towards the top. In reality, it seemed that wouldn't work out very well... so I just dyed the toe end, and left the heel end white. I really like the contrast... and the beading is mostly white or clear, so the white heels tie the two colors together, I think.

Here's a work-in-progress shot... the blue in the cup is what the Kool-Aid really looked like! I was nervous my shoes would end up electric blue too, instead of the lovely aqua water color I was going for.

I started by adding 1/3 of the dry powdered Kool-Aid mix to 8oz. of water, and the remaining 2/3 dry mix to 6oz. of water. I originally wanted an ombre (or gradient) effect, and thought I'd achieve this in multiple color washes in the two different strengths. The more diluted solution seemed to barely tint the white silk at all, so I quicky switched to the stronger stuff. Basically I just painted it on with a brush, not being too careful as I had set the shoes in pyrex pans first. Some dripped off, but each "layer" was about 2-3 washes over the whole front of the shoe. Then I blasted them with a hair dryer, in the hopes that would set the colorfastness of the dye (I would hate to try and wear them, and then end up ruining them!)

I knew I wanted to do more than just dye these - although I was very suprised how well the Kool-Aid dye worked out! So, I dove into my bead stash... and came up with a bunch of seed beads (which I drove myself nuts sorting & stringing - only to decide they were too dainty to use!) and a wonderful strand of vintage aqua channel-backed rhinestones. The channel backs allowed me to sew them on... which was interesting, because I've never sewn anything onto shoes before!

Here's an in-progress shot of the rhinestones being sewn on... I was hoping to get away with only sewing every third or fourth down, but quickly decided I needed to sew them all. It was pretty tough, as I tried to use my fingernails as thimbles! I used 123 of the rhinestones, and have about 20 left, I think.

Well, I'm so tired I can't type very well anymore, so I'll just finish with pictures of the completed shoes!


Nifty Thrifty Bag Challenge

Craftster is my new online home... and it's down right now! Which is so frustrating because today is the last day for the Nifty Thrifty Bag Challenge; and I've made an awesome entry - that I have to finish the handle for before I post (to Craftster)!

I took a very old men's black overcoat and turned it into a vertical hanging messenger bag. I don't know the content of the coat fabric, but it didn't felt in the wash, and it's extemely soft - and linty! It took forever to take apart, the lining was sewn to the coat in so many places. I tried to salvage as much yardage as I could, I knew I wanted to make a bag for my laptop (even though I have a very nice one LOL!), and I knew I wanted it to have piping (welting) so I knew I'd need a lot.

After I decided what to use, I had to then figure out what to make. So, I hopped over to Bluefly to look at expensive bag shapes to copy. Lo and behold there was a lovely little 1-grand number by Dolce&Gabbana - just begging to be tweaked for my purposes! It's appx. 15" square, black leather with a fold-over flap closure. It has chain straps and a leather handle - I didn't care for the gold tone metal details, I prefer silver. It's got a magnetic closure (these can be pricey, I used a button for mine), leopard lining with an interior zip pocket.

My version is 11" wide by 13" tall & 2" deep. It has a fold-over flap that closes with a beaded loop over a button from the coat I reconstructed for this challenge. It has matching piping (5/8"wide), purple satin lining with a patch pocket (with embroidery detail!), chrome plated chain straps and a leather handle.

In order to qualify for the Nifty Thrifty Challenge, I had to spend 5$ or less on my bag. The chain straps were dog collars, 2 for 1.49$ each, and I bought 10ft of nylon rope to fill the piping @0.15 a foot. Total cost was 4.50$ The coat was a thrift store find a decade ago, the leather handle came from my husband's old motorcycle jacket, the purple poly satin was left over from a Christmas present for my sister's husband....and I think that's it!

I was originally going to applique a skull & crossbones onto the back out of a lovely ivory cashmere sweater. When I realized I only had a week to complete this challenge I had to nix it :( - it's too bad, I vectored a cool skull all custom just for me!


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