Saturday, November 22, 2014

MY DIY Christmas

Since my job contract ended last May 2014, I have been trying to maximize what I have earned from my day job for the past 5+ years. Losing a job isn't so bad after all, if you have made plans for the money that you have earned. Looking for a job now takes longer time than from the previous generation. It's been 7 months that I am work-stress! My time is all mine and I'm free to do whatever I want to do everyday. I was counting, and I found out I had been working for almost 10 years for 8 or more hours in the office everyday!
Christmas is almost coming, but I'm always so lazy to decorate a room or in my house, maybe because I don't have so much time to do all the decorating by myself. I also have to buy christmas decorations, and the smallest Christmas tree will cost around Php400! Since I own all my time now, I thought i will make some DIY Christmas decorations. Because I don't want to spend so much for Christmas decors, I might as well make use of my TIME. Do more, spend less! This is the Christmas tree that i started to make yesterday. It stands around 2-3 feet. Actually my housemaid did this one. I just have to give her instructions on what to do. My sister hoarded too a lot of craft materials like fabrics, beads, ribbons, lace, coloring materials, etc. I thought I might use them too to minimize the clutter going on around the house. We made use of boxes that we have put around the garage and cut it into triangle shape boards. Connected them using a glue gun, covered it with white fabric which my sister found for sale in Ayala Center Cebu. I like the way the fabric looks which was purposely creased. I think the fabric is nice to give the tree a base color. I am still in the processed of making the trimmings, I used green colored tulle as if these are the leaves of the tree. . I made 3 already, I think I still need to make 3 or 4 more? Put Christmas balls and lights and that should do. Wait till i finished it...I hope I finish this by tomorrow so I can show it. While my housemaid made the tree, I also made a fabric/lace garland in shades of tan,white,and flower printed fabric in shades of green/pink and added some ladder yarns in red/orange. I am ready to hang this, this morning though not to satisfied with it yet til I put some christmas ornaments to hang with it. I hope to post updated photos of my DIY Christmas tree tomorrow and my Christmas fabric garland. Happy weekend everyone!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

last week's update

These are what I've been up to last week. Finished a girl's crochet dress, which I've been talking about in my previous post here I finished weaving in the ends of this dress but I still need to add the collar, and buttons - which closes the back part of the dress.
I made this for my niece, my cousin's daughter. Another thing I have done was a commissioned knit baby boobie hat for an 8th month old baby. I hope it will fit her/him well til he/she grows up to one year old! I got satisfied with how it looks, like a real boob...
I really wasn't able to find a pattern for this. I made use of the pumpkin hat I made earlier and made the stalk shorter so it would look like more of a nipple...does it? Lastly, I have to redo a cabled hat for a cousin who requested for it. I have posted this long back in ravelry, but I thought I should just redo it while I am still in Cebu and there is still time to finished it and give it to her to fit as well. It's more than half way, so i hope to finished it by monday or tuesday this week. I would say I would prefer to do lace knitting than cable knitting, but the cables are equally as satisfying as lace. I love the look of cables though I find it tedious to do. I hope everyone will have a crafty week ahead!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Sewing Adventure Begins

Now I think it's time to refresh a bit of sewing. I've learned sewing back in school during elementary or highschool years. I really do need to start sewing again because I have stash a bit of fabric...but not half the yarn yet I have stash! This project is supposed to be a throw pillow case but because I put a batting in between, it seemed that the fabric became shorter. I have only put 1/4 inch allowance for seaming. I need to make 6 pieces of these for my sala set throw pillows. Next time, I think I should be putting aroun 1/2 inch seam. Besides learning how to sew I wanted to learn quilting too, so I decided to put some batting. It really looks better with the batting, makes the piece sturdy and gives it more body. Anyway, since this piece came out short, I will make this into a table mat. I just added a printed bias tape to close the edge. I really didn't buy my own electronic sewing machine yet, since I won't be around too long in Cebu or I might be moving around a lot. Instead, I borrowed an electronic sewing machine from a very good friend. She brought this sewing machine in japan since she was working there for 3 years. This machine is different from what I have seen most on the new ones now. It does not have a pedal, but instead a small button to run the machine. I did have a bit of time to figure out what the instructions say, but the manual had a lot of detailed illustrations. When I started using it I thought my hand sewing has more even stitches than the machine, which needs a getting-used to controlling it. I didn't even notice time just went by yesterday and I was sewing this piece from 10am-5pm!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Addicted with a new Craft - Terrariums

Around two months ago, I was planning on having a small vegetable garden. My lawn is a small one as I live in a subdivision, but i thought i should make use of the space I have, no matter how small it is. I still have yet to take pics of the plants that I have grown from seeds. A small steel plant stand is also what I have planned to get customize, so the plants would give a bit of shade to the front window of the house. So far there is no feedback on the quote yet from a friend who I ask to customize plant stands for me. I have planted veggies - tomatoes,raddish,broccolis, but not all have survive. I guess because there is too much sun on the front side of the house. From where I'm living, the weather is not cool enough for the brocollis, which most of it died. Some are still surviving. They all need full sun but should have some shade. To solve that problem of not getting enough shade, I'm now looking for a climbing plant or with vines that would create shade for the veggies and herbs that I have planted too. I have mint and oregano for now.:-) These was just another craft I was doing for the couple of months aside from knitting and crochet that I have been doing too. Another addiction that I have been itching to try on is making some terrariums. So far I have made 4 terrariums. First I made one for my house which i have put on the shelf first.
And just the other day when I was in my mom's house I saw an unused aquarium. I told her that this can be use as a terrarium as it looked really useless to me. She just put plastic plants and pebbles inside it and placed it in a corner 3-tier table. So yesterday I came up with these:
I made to more yesterday, which i place on the shelf in my house. the first one I made i transferred on top of the fridge.
I wanted to try using this vase too, which has a bit of flair. Making this becomes more intricate compare to those round types with bigger openings.
This shell shape vase I find easy to work with. Just cute,easy and fast.:-) As for my yarn crafting. I've finished a little girl's dress, which I will be gifting to my niece. I will post and talk about it when I post the photo.
This one's a work in progress shrug, I am gifting for my aunt. This side is almost done, i think just 4 more rows left. I need to make 2 of these rectangular parts. I've use Louisa Harding's Ondine yarns. The free pattern is from deramores sirdar lacy shrug pattern Lastly, these were some of my yarn purchases last year. I have let my aunt brought these with her when she went home from Florida, U.S.
Another shade of Louisa Harding yarns, berroco pure pima, and fibranatura exquisite bamboo! Now, what to make out of these? I plan to make the green berroco pure pima into a knitted leaf shawl. The other 2 shades I still have to find out what to make out of them.