Another month. One day I’ll be better!

Man, I don’t know what it is that got into me. I’ve been struggling to finish projects, unless they REALLY tend to catch my attention. It’s more a focus issue, and I look at things half finished and get… meh about working on them.
HOWEVER, I have been working on somethings.

I made a little mouse, I don’t remember why. Lol. I also don’t remember if I showed it, but I don’t think I have.

Then, my cousin is pregnant and due in March, so I’ve been trying to make her some little things for the baby. She’s calling her daughter Lulu right now, and I’ve only made a couple of things:

I made her this little binky holder.
Because I like all sorts of crafts, I bought these canvas tote bags and decided to decorate one up for little Lulu.

Those little monsters/crown are appliques that I also bought and ironed on.. I don’t know how to embroider, yet, and I wanted something cute and silly on the front.

The quote reads “Beauty isn’t what you see on TV or in magazine ads or even necessarily in art galleries. It’s a lot deeper and a lot simpler than that. It’s realizing the goodness of things, it’s leaving the world a little better than it was before you got here.” The thing is, I ran out of room, but the quote goes on with one more line, “It’s appreciating the inspiration of the world around you and trying to inspire others.” Its from a Charles de Lint novel, and honestly, I just loved it to bits. Hopefully, this little girl will see it, be inspired, and want to make the world a better place. That’s all any of us can ask to do.

In that vein, a new friend and I were talking about art/craft things. He does these reaaaally cool things with making his own stencils and spray paint. I’m honestly super impressed with it. I would link it, but I’m not sure exactly where to link to be honest. Well, he found out I crochet. And he was interested so…. I offered to make him something. I always like making things for people waaaay better than making them for myself. I also want to make things for people who’ll appreciate them. It’s why sometimes when I’m working on a project for someone, I struggle with even wanting to start it or finish it or anything and other times, the project flies off my hooks. Anyway, I offered to make him something, anything. One reason was to give me inspiration and the other reason is that I honestly love making things. Also, struggling with not being able to finish a lot of projects recently left me in a funk and I wanted something to help me out of it. However, he kept saying he felt bad.

Needless to say, we finally reached a point where I was able to talk him into letting me make him a thing he’d been wanting…

I’m so happy with this project. I don’t make a lot of “hats” and I’ve never made a helmet before, and it was one of those that once I got it started (after two froggings and restarting) it just flew and I finished it within a day.

That’s the best picture of the colors of the helmet and here is another picture I took of the helmet:

But. Since I had to mail this off, and I had no way to pester him to try it on and off to check the size and everything…. I was super nervous about it. Again, I don’t make many hats.
Needless to say:

It fit “like a glove” he said. (I’m also totally using his photo, but I asked him and he did say I can show it off. Not sure if he realized this is what I meant… ho hum..)

I made the base of the helmet and the details on my own, just looking at the basic picture he sent, and some examples of what people have done online, because I like to do things like that. However, I did find a pattern for a helmet and used their pattern for the horns (which was someone else’s pattern that they improvised as well) and then I chained a loooong strip and wrapped it around the horns and sewed it on.
The pattern I found is here and it’s for the Skyrim Iron Helmet kinda like I made. Like I said though, there’s gonna be differences since I improvised the entire helmet beyond the horns. But still, I feel I should give credit where its due, since I definitely wrote… nothing… down on how I made it.

But still, I’m very happy with it, and while I keep looking at the pictures and thinking how I could make it better “next time,” I know that my friend loves it. Its things like that, the putting something out that makes someone smile into the world that I love about crafts and I need to get myself back to remembering when I make things. 😛

What about you all? I know I’ve been very MIA lately, and my goal is to get back to finishing projects at least every other week (if I can get in the habit of making more things!)