Archive for January, 2013

Week four

Posted: January 29, 2013 in 52 Weeks, crafts
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This week I was very productive. I finished three projects.


The first was a crochet sackboy that I started a few weeks ago. My husband saw the photos when I first found the tutorial and asked for one. I thought it could be part if his Valentines day present. I started it early fir two reasons. One was the lack of another project. The other was that it was the first three dimensional project I’ve ever done and i wasn’t sure how long it would take me. I am actually very happy with how it came out. He wanted a mouth so I added a little one on in the end.

The second project was also for him. I made him a tiny cuthulu to sit with sackboy in his desk. This worked up much faster. I found the pattern easier to follow and the smaller size let me work him up in a day. Then again the pattern may have been easier because I had already done sackboy. These two now sit with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle penholder I made a few weeks ago. His desk is now officially nerd-tastic.

The third project was for my brother and sister-in-law who are expecting their first child in the fall. I found this cute pattern for a door stopper so the latch wouldn’t wake a sleeping baby. They are also easy to remove so the door can close all the way as well. These were such a breeze to whip up, about an hour for me.

All in all a great week for crafting.


Week Three

Posted: January 21, 2013 in 52 Weeks, crafts, kids
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I am going to be teaching a children’s class in a few weeks about a few sun myths and creating sun-catchers with the children. This week I have been testing a few techniques to see which ones to use. I want to have a few different options for them to choose from and to keep interest in the class.

One I am doing is the classic tissue paper and contact paper. The participants (I don’t think all of them are going to be children) will be able to use construction paper to create an outline of a design. One side will have a sheet of contact paper applied and the holes in the outline will be covered with tissue paper. Depending an the skill, interest  or whim of the creator they could also just apply tissue paper directly to contact paper without an outline.

Another method I am going to offer as long as I can find sturdy enough plastic for cheap is sharpie coloring on clear plastic. This is a fairly simple method, but can be very effective.

I’m considering offering pierced paper sun-catchers for the older participants, but I’m not sure.

There were two new techniques that I wanted try this week. One involved pouring school glue onto aluminum foil or into cookie cutters and coloring with food coloring. The problem is that this takes around 24 hours to dry and the class only lasts 90 min. I want to see if I can speed the process along with a hair dryer, but mine has yet to resurface since the move. Once I find where it went I will see if I can decrease the drying time and leave the art intact.

The other involved melting old crayons into thin sheets with an iron and then cutting out the desired shape. This did not work well for me in that the sheets were very thin and I couldn’t get them to peel off the wax paper without breaking. I was able to salvage this by simply leaving the waxed paper attached and cutting out the desired shape.

Here are two photos of the finished project. Unfortunately neither are using the sun since work and winter conspire to make me see very little of that right now. hopefully that will be changing soon.

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Week 2

Posted: January 14, 2013 in general
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I had a few projects I was working on this week. The one I’m sharing today is a quick and easy journal. Just a warning, I have a lot of photos for this one.

First I gathered my supplies.


I’m using metallic origami paper, a grungebook pack from idea-ology, electrical tape, plain card stock, and red star sequins (not in the photo). You’ll also need glue, scissors, and a hole punch.

Next I used the electrical tape to attach one of the pieces of origami paper to my cover. I didn’t worry about the holes yet. I’ll fix them later.


Then I cut designs into a second piece of origami paper. I used the same technique for cutting snowflakes. After the design was cut out I drew a few designs on the back of the paper. Because of the type of paper those drawings will appear as a raised design on the finished project. Once I was happy with the look I glued it down.


It looked at little unfinished so I applied another layer of tape to act as a frame. Then I added one more finishing touch, the star sequins. Not sure how well those details will show up in the picture, but I like the subtle effect they give.


After that I had to assemble the pages and back cover. I didn’t want to use the grungeboard pages as the whole interior because I have another project in mind for those. I cut plain white card stock to size for the interior. This is going to be a sketchbook/ journal and I wanted to be free to create anything in the pages. I did use one for the back cover. I left it blank because I really like the texture of the grunge board.


This us the point where I used my hole punch to put the holes in the cover and pages at once. Then I assembled it using the binder rings from the kit.


There are a few things I’d like to do different next time but not bad for a quick and easy little book.

52 Weeks of Creation

Posted: January 4, 2013 in general

As I look back on the past year there are a few things that stand out to me. I have been so blessed this year. I have a steady full time job doing work that is fulfilling and I am passionate about. We have moved into our first home. Mr. Eclectic even got a promotion at his job. In total 2012 was a good year to be eclectic.

There was one thing I was missing though. I missed being creative. I got so busy with work, and moving, and family that I let my creative side take a back seat. There were few projects that I completed during this past year. This is something that I plan to rectify in 2013. I am going to challenge myself to finish and post about a different project each week. I know that this is going to be a challenge for me since deadlines are usually better when opposed from an outside source. But I defiantly plan to try. My first post should actually be up later tonight. Here is to a creative 2013!

Week One

Posted: January 2, 2013 in 52 Weeks, crafts, Crochet
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I finally finished one!

I am so proud of myself right now. I have a bad habit of starting projects and never finishing them. A couple months ago I talked about all the crochet projects I had planned. Well it’s the beginning of a new year and I completed one project finally. I have a couple more that are almost done, but this one is a wrap.

Not only is it the first I’ve finished in a while, but it is also my first infinity scarf. When I first started seeing these I didn’t really like them. Then a friend lent me hers and I started seeing the draw. I think what I like best is the versatility. It can be worn in one loop or two, as a shawl, around your head and probably more I’ve yet to see.

infinity scarf 1 infinity scarf Here are a couple of shots of the finished product. Once I got the pattern down it didn’t take me very long to finish. I tried to simply make a regular scarf and join the ends but had two problems. The first was that I hadn’t bought enough yarn so it was too short for anything. The other problem was that I was working on it while doing other things and messed up my counts so the row lengths were widely different in some places.

So for take two I found a fairly easy pattern and tried to follow that.  I don’t know what happened there but it started off pretty small and just kept getting smaller. So the second attempt got scrapped.

For take three I tried winging it again and it actually worked. I’m putting the basic pattern below. It’s easy to alter for size, color, and yarn type. This is the first time I’ve written a pattern so please send any questions or suggestions to improve.

Row 1 chain 200 (or as many needed to achieve desired length. I wanted mine to be about 5ft long so I had the length to loop it.) Join chain together. Try to avoid twisting the chain.

Row 2 chain 4. Dch in second chain. Chain One. Repeat to end of round. Join with ss.

Row 3 change color. Chain 4. (Dch in second stitch. Chain 1.) Repeat till end of round. Join with ss

Row 4 change color. Chain 4. Dch chain 1 in second stitch. Repeat. Join

Row 5 Chain 5. (Trch chain one) in second stich. repeat till end of row and join with ss.

Row 6 Change colors and complete as row 4

Row 7 Repeat instructions for row 5

Row 8-12 Chain 5. (Trch chain one) in second stich till end of row. Join with ss.

Row 13-17 Change color. Chain 5. (Trch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 18 Change color. Chain 5. (Trch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 19 Chain 4 (Dch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 20 Change color. Chain 5. (Trch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 21 Chain 4 (Dch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 22 Change color. (Dch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 23 Change color. (Dch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 24 Change color. Sch till end of row and join with ss.