Random Strawberry Crafting Weekend

Worked on some crafts this weekend. After all, this next weekend is Paradiso and the weekend after that is the Strawberry Festival, so need to get my strawberries done.

All of my other accessories are red but these strawberries are pink. Whoops. Luckily, no one will ever see this handkerchief anyway.  It’s not even part of my outfit, it’s just a cute little extra that only I will know about.

Made some little plush strawberries that are 3D. Original plan was to make them into a charm for my bag.

But now…crap I am unsure, since I already have the other pin.

More flat strawberry plushes in two sizes. Made the larger ones and then though they might be too large to be okay for hair clips. I guess the larger ones could be for a proper brooch for my dress. Or not. I will figure something out. I made these a bit differently from the other one I made, and I think I like these a bit better. Can’t just have a plain strawberry for a brooch or hairclip (well, maybe hairclip) so I will finish these up later this week.

I also went to a craft store to find a strawberry charm to make a necklace, and see if I could get more red and green felt. Felt was successful, but there were no strawberry charms. I did find some other super cute charms instead, but didn’t buy them.

Crap, the little strawberry cake and biscuit charms probably would have worked well enough now that I think about it. Oh well. There is a super cute strawberry necklace from Kuma Crafts that would be nice, however, I don’t think I want to spend that kind of money on strawberry themed jewelry until I have a real strawberry print dress.

Look at all these little tea set charms! They are so cute! I did get a different (not pictured) teapot charm, but these would be cute for earrings (that I can’t wear ha ha) or a necklace with lots of charms on it.  Maybe eventually.

Strawberry Tote Crafting Project

ILD this year will be a Strawberry Festival, but alas, I have no strawberry dresses STILL. So the plan is strawberry accessories. First and most importantly, a tote bag.

I followed this guide. My bag is a bit larger, and the straps were not canvas because I had trouble finding canvas straps online.

I really like the tutorial and it only took one evening to get most of it done. I used the heaviest interfacing I could find, but I think medium weight interfacing would probably be fine also. Hand-sewed the lace to the outer layer, which took awhile but it’s not bad when you turn on Netflix. I also managed to line it up so it matches on both sides!

The fabric on the inside and outside got super wrinkled in the almost step where you turn the layers inside out. I though the hole I left would be big enough, but no. So next time, I will leave a larger hole for flipping the fabric right-side out.

Then today, I made this little strawberry brooch. The strawberry is all felt, and then some lace and ribbon, and the back is another piece of felt with a small bit of interfacing attached for support. The ribbon part looks weird to me, so I may end up just pinning it to my bag and making a nicer brooch to wear on my dress.

I did finally test out a trick for working with ribbon. With some ribbon, you can prevent the ends from fraying by melting them with a lighter slightly. Be careful while doing this, because you don’t want to get caught on fire.


Crafts and daydreams

Went shopping yesterday, but once more, I just wore normal clothes. I thought about it, but it was raining very hard all day. I did wear a nice outfit, but failed to take a picture.

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My brother who is supposedly moving in with us sometime says he will give me a new bed. Technically a used bed, but new to me. I’ve had a twin size bed all my life, and was planning on getting a bigger one when I move out with the boyfriend. So I am not currently in the market for a new bed, but I may get stuck with one anyway. And thus I went to look at sheets.

This Shabby Chic brand has some really cute ones.

Pink and little pink flowers!

White with little pink and blue flowers!

None of these would be my boyfriend’s style at all. (*≧▽≦) And I don’t want to spend too much on sheets for a full size bed I won’t need to too long. Maybe someday when we have a house, I can pick out floofy girly sheets for a bed in the guest room. (If there is a guest room in the future house….). At the very least, at least I have pictures of cute sheets.

Today I was feeling very crafty, but also wanting to try and reduce the amount of craft supplies I have. So I made a very fluffy, hideous petticoat, and a cat bed. I had a ton of tulle that I bought years ago with the desire to make petticoats…but then got lazy. Now that I know what a more appropriate petticoat should be like, I decided to make one with pink and lavender tulle. I even attached it to an old skirt I made years ago and was thus throwing away (until now). I’ll test it later this week and perhaps it will quench my desire to buy petticoats for the moment.

Here is my Devil Cat testing it out. So the cat bed is made of a sheet she is fond of sitting on, and stuffed with some old sweatshirts that are too ratty to donate but still something she liked to sit on. So a lumpy cat bed for a spoiled cat.

I ordered some fabric online a while ago to make a cute bag, and also ordered a set of pastel fabric pieces. Instead, they send me yellow, orange, some beiges and browns. I can live with all of those colors except orange. THIS orange. Yuck. It’s like the yellow orange crayon. Gross. So I am going to make something out of it. Not sure what, but it will give my hands something to do while watching Netflix.

One Year

I have officially had this blog for an entire year now!

When I started, I wasn’t really sure what direction to take this blog in. Even now, I am still a bit aimless. At least my anime rambling is quarantined elsewhere. And I am still bad at blog post titles. 🙂

Since I got back, I started working on embroidery again

This one has little lavender knot roses and random blue dragonflies that really don’t match anything. I think this will just be a bunch of random things.  One more piece of fabric and then the first set of (way too small actually) handkerchiefs will be done. Now that I have more colors of thread, I think I will plan out larger pieces, and try to make them actually match my dresses.

Embroidery Update

Went to see my boyfriend this weekend and took my embroidery so I could sew a little between taking turns on Civ 6.

The rose and vines are done! However, somehow I think I got cat hair on this (hmm surely it is not because of the many cats in my life….) and the embroidery loop left indentions. I think once I am done with the four handkerchiefs I initially made, I will wash and iron them again.

Second one was all done today. A tea cup and some flowers and a heart. I wasn’t really sure what to do so I came up with on off the top of my head. It all looks kind of wonky to me, but I guess it is good practice.

The tea is hot pink because I don’t have any embroidery floss that is the same color as any tea. Well, I guess hibiscus tea is kind of bright red/pink. However, hibiscus tea is also sour as heck and I do not like it. :/ I want to get some other colors of floss.

Embroidery Projects

I actually got started doing embroidery again yesterday. Today has been too hectic, with errands and lab and my boss suddenly being inspired by my project again (it helps that there was a very interesting piece of data I presented Friday).

I made some handkerchiefs on Saturday, and Sunday, I tried this rose tutorial out for the first time.

They look kind of blobby, and the first few were kind of bad looking. I probably need more practice and to get back into the habit a bit more. It was kind of relaxing to sew a little bit, and also keep an eye on Mom while she was in one of her moods (that is a long story I will not be sharing).

I am going to sketch out some vines and add some little leaves also. I only made 4 handkerchiefs, so I have 3 more to go before moving forward. My plan is to have handkerchiefs that I will keep with me when I wear lolita. In everyday clothes, I don’t have second thoughts about wiping my hands on my jeans. They’re jeans, after all, and I don’t care. But with my nicer clothes, I need to be more careful. The ones I made so far are only about 8×8 inches, so I think the ones I make in the future will be a little larger.