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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mass Effect Felt Wall Plaque DIY (Flashback)

No, your memory is not failing you, nor is it that funny taste that may have been in your drink.  Although, if that actually happened, you may want to look into it.  You may have seen this post before.  In an attempt to make everything easier to navigate for everyone, I am working on transferring all of the old beauty and craft posts from the recipe blog to their appropriate homes on the newer wings.  Please bear with all the boring re-caps!
This is, obviously, a continuance of the mad-craft-a-thon I endeavored in while the Wookie was is still glued to his new game.  In the spirit of his new game and how much he has been enjoying it, I decided to make a few of these:

Cute, eh?  Also SUPER-DUPER fast and easy.  If you make more than one, I'd suggest saving your first cut-out negative as a template, it makes the second one go faster.  I made two, one for the Wookie, and one for our awesome zombie-drawing friend he's been spending hours playing the online co-op with.

You may have noticed at this point, that I only do very simple patterns.  This is due to the fact that a) I can't draw so I have to keep things kindergarten-level easy, and b) I don't have a printer either, so that limits me quite a bit.

Anywho, I looked up logos from Mass Effect 3 and saw this one and was delighted to find something easy enough that my drawing-impaired ass could actually pull off.  As an added bonus, this just happened to be the Wookie's favorite logo in the game, so YAY, go me.  Or rather, go video game designers who make logos easy enough for me to cut out.  Whatever.

Moving right along...

First, pick your background color and clamp it into an embroidery hoop.  This is just one of the small plastic ones with the rubbery-stretchy-top-part-thingy.  God, I'm so descriptive I just floor myself sometimes.

This one didn't have a hangy-thing at the top (look out world, there I go again), so I used a small cup hook and just screwed it in, then bent the hook a bit more with some pliers (read: the Leatherman I keep in my purse because using the actual pliers would have required me to walk a whole extra 20 feet and excavate them from the rubble that is our storage room) until it was more hook-y than before so it wouldn't fall off whatever we nail it up with so easily.

Then, I drew the pattern out on to the appropriate colors of felt using a yellow off-brand Sharpie because I'm awesome enough to rock off-brands and because I didn't want black to bleed through and somehow using white chalk just didn't seem like a great idea.  This simple pattern, for me, required a straight-edge, yes.  No, I can't even draw a straight-fucking-line.

I'll give you a moment to laugh at me.



We good?


Glue the pieces on with hot glue and you're done.

No, really that's it.


The Wookie Wifey

Monday, October 6, 2014

DIY Slipper Socks! ^_^

This is such a cute, yet quick craft...If you don't count drying time, that is.

Non-skid slipper socks!  I tend to run around barefoot like the hippie I am in the summer time, but in the winter, my feet and hands are *constantly* cold and I tend to wear socks pretty much all the time unless I'm sleeping.  Socks + hard floors = busted asses...or at least a few close calls every winter.  Not anymore!

For this, you'll need some socks, some slick fabric paint (it dries sticky), and a flip flop or a cardboard cutout of your traced foot.

Super lazy cat is totally optional.  Mine would NOT move.

Stretch your socks over your flip flops or cardboard cutouts.  Make sure the bottom of the sock is on the bottom of the shoe and that it is fitted to it more or less the same way it would be on your foot.  If you're doing a more foot-shaped design instead of a flat one, this will help with that.

Take the puff paint and draw on your design.  Put it somewhere the cat can't wake up and pounce it and leave it there for about 24 hours.

Always test your design by poking it with a toothpick because REALLY big, complex designs that require a lot of paint can take more than 24 hours to dry if you try to goop it all on in one sitting.

There you go!  Cute socks and they really do put the brakes on sliding around on hard floors.  I have lots of designs in mind, so I think I'll definitely be making a few more pair!

Let me know if you try it out!!

<3 WW