Where does time go?

I always feel bad when I get distracted. But,to be perfectly honest, a lot has happened in the last 8 or so months. I’m still with my job, and its stopped kicking my butt as much. Its just.. I dunno. I lost a lot of the craft mojo. I don’t know why.

My friend said just now while I was looking for photos of things I’ve done and didn’t see much since January, “You haven’t really been enthused about it for a while.”

And… I dunno why that struck me.
But it did.

Granted, it’s been a busy year. XD I finished this little mousey dragon:

And the little square to represent grass..but it was smaller than him.

THEN..I have no idea what I did. Watch a lot of tv shows and movies and work and sleep and not do much else.

In April, lots of things happened at once. I was writing short stories for CampNano..I’ll post one, I promise. Just not this post. I actually found and started the house buying process. and I actually finished the house buying process for said house in June. However, I had planned a trip at the end of April before I bought the house and went to London. XD Saw Stonehenge and Windsor Castle and just spent a week hanging around touring.

I’m not gonna picture spam you guys with London, but I wanna show a couple of things.


That was the main gate into Windsor Castle. Omg, it was so pretty and so cool.
BUT THE BEST PART was that once I got through that gate, I saw this beauty:

bwhahahaa. DRAGONS! And there was a dragon statue in the city of London itself.So many hidden dragons around the city too. I had a blast.

In June, I hosted Guy, from Tumblr’s Die Redshirt, Die. I… got distracted and didn’t write up the picture story for it. I’ll do that after this. XD

In July, I started writing again, trying to do a full length novel.. I haven’t finished it. lol. One day maybe!

And then I made another dragon, this one I sent off to a friend.

Then, this past month, a hurricane hit. I… have minimal damage, some trees down, my house looks okay. So, it’s not terrible. But, I made a few things:
These little heating pads:

This little monster:

A tiny seal… that I dont seem to have picture of..hmm.

I also sewed this little bear:

And.. I’m working on crocheting again. Anyways, Guys.

I’m…I’m gonna be completely honest. I don’t know what it is, but it’s just been a really hard year for me. It might be the moving away from family and friends or everything being in boxes (and still in boxes). Whatever it is, I’ve been getting depressed. I’m okay, I’m functional throughout the day, but I really have been struggling this year a lot more and a lot harder with self-hate and depression. I.. I don’t feel good enough to be crocheting. I look at my work and groan. I’m doing the same thing with writing. And I can’t seem to pinpoint what it is that’s not right. I’ve dropped the ball on lots of things, things I’ve loved and were excited to do. And I don’t know why.

I’m trying to get back to where I was when I started this blog. Trying to remember the enthusiasm and how happy it was just to share cool things. Nice things. Things that make people smile. I’m trying to allow myself to be okay with myself. It’s hard some days, friends. But I am trying to get better. I am trying not to be hyper critical of myself. Anyways, I hope you are all doing well, and hope to see many awesome things from you in the future.

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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.
Front:

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.
Back:

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!)

Galaxy

I really love my crafts.
Honestly, I do.
Though, it may take me forever to do something, I love messing with different projects and everything. Trying to figure out something new.

That being said, I’m still learning how to spin yarn.

So, I started with this fiber:

And I was using my drop spindle so you can see the in-progress picture here:


And the yarn when it was all finished, of course. I kept staring at it, because it just reminded me of a galaxy.

Anyway, since it wasn’t a whole lot.. and I had no other idea what to do with it.. I made this little dragon with it:

I named him Galaxy. I love the way the colors came out and I loooved the way the yarn came out. I didnt have all that much of it, unfortunately. Just enough to make Galaxy with only a little more, enough to make this little octopus.

I hope you all are doing well! I’ve been slightly under the weather, but the good news is that I’m slowly getting over it!

EEK! 1 Month. O.o

Sometimes in the river of life.. I find myself lost. I blink and suddenly a week or a month goes by. It goes by quietly, and all at once and then I’m sitting over here going “But.. how?I did things right? Did I?” and I look at my piles of half finished things, my house with all its boxes in it.. and I wonder what I was actually doing in that time frame.

I had plans to make a nice spoooky Halloween scene with all my little amis… That didn’t happen.
I had plans to make a go vote post with my little amis voting… That didn’t happen.

… And not because they couldn’t just because I got swept up in the small tides of life and totally forgot to stage and take pictures.

Anyways: I don’t think I shared this little guy.

His name is Vezoth and he’s made with my very first ever spun yarn. WEll, that and I took some stash black/greyish yarn for the wings.. But still!


Because of the way the yarn was made.. and it being my first.. It was super blobby at times and made parts of him a little uneven.


That doesn’t stop me from loving him any more or any less of course. XD Actually, I am very proud of my little dragon and I appreciate all his little flaws.

Anyway, I do have some other things completed. Hopefully I won’t be a complete loon and forget to show you soon! (There will be a second post for that yarn next to Vezoth by the by.. I promise!)

Feeling a little witchy…

Boil boil, toil and trouble.
HALLOWEEN IS FAST APPROACHING!

Right, that didn’t rhyme, but this little witch can barely keep her hair out of her face, let along make sure the spell rhymes.

AH HA! There she is:

So, I didn’t make a pattern. Oops. But I did make her poseable. Inside her little crocheted body, I followed some of the stop motion tutorials I had found on how to make a wire skeleton…with a lot of mistakes in the beginning of trying to make the wire frame.. Her hair is yarn that I pulled apart to the single ply and sewn on, but I didn’t brush them out. I was going to, but couldn’t find any of my combs. Truthfully though, I love how it came out without brushing it, so I’m glad that I didn’t!

Anyway, I hope you all are doing great and prepping for the spookiest time of the year!

Spoooooookkkkyyy…

Hi guys!
I swear, I’ve been working on things. I did tell you I started my new job, right? It’s great. I love it. The people I work with are awesome. But… man, I get home and feel like a puddle of goo. It will pass, it IS passing, it’s just taking me some time to get acclimated to my schedule.

That being said, with halloween just around the corner, I wanted to share this really neat project I did.
First off, I started with a dollar tree “carvable” pumpkin. It was vibrant, fake orange. when I carved a section out, the inside proved to be stryofoam, STRAIGHT WHITE, and overall kinda disappointing looking. The stem was… fair… but not great. I have a before picture somewhere of my before on the stem, but I forgot where I placed it. Plus, the stem was stuck on by a small toothpick which actually shoved down into my cavern I wanted to use. Overall, I was wondering if I could really get the effect I wanted from this project.
Then, I started painting the pumpkin. Inside and OUT.

The small section you can see the vibrant fake orange coating, and you can see how I changed the pumpkin to give it a little more of a realistic look by using an acrylic orange paint called “carrot” and mixing in some small dabs of black into the crevices. I’m pretty impressed with it. (I also repainted the stem, but I totally forgot to save that picture to flickr.)

BUT WAIT! So, then I had these little spider rings that we picked up somewhere. So I snipped the ring part off and attached them to the pumpkin with a hot glue gun. I also reattached the stem this way since I broke off the overly large toothpick. I also painted the inside of the pumpkin pure black.

EVEN better, I had a small skeleton from this garland kit that I also picked up at the dollar tree. Even though he was a looot bigger than I really wanted for this project, I made it work by scrunching him up and getting him to “sit” inside the pumpkin. After a few attempts with my hot glue gun on a small silicon pad (I used the back of one of my silicon molds) I was able to get some fairly decent web-like creations. Which I wrapped the skeleton in, attached one to the pumpkin with a couple of more dabs of hot glue… and then another spider later I was set with my scene!

I really wanted to do better with this project, but realistically, with the small space inside and the items I had already acquired, I was super happy how it came out.

What about you all? Any halloween crafts you’ve been working on? How are you planning on decorating? Anyone else love this spooky time of year?

Politics, Take 2.

Guys,
SERIOUSLY.
This man? THIS ORANGE MAN? What the hell?

FIRST OFF: He lives in his own world. Okay, we all do in a way. I like my world with my little crocheted creatures. BUT I still will admit that reality is reality and that sometimes, people MAKEMISTAKES and need to apologize. Not read a crap-ass apology while glaring at the camera and seething. His world… His world is Trump is god. You turn against trump and you are evil. Yet…

He’s sexually assaulted women.

and bragged about it.

and lied about it….

He “loves war”.

He ADMITTED to not paying his taxes for yeaaaaars.
Taxes that we all pay.. that goes to our vets, that goes to our healthcare, and our school system.
TAXES that HELP make this country run and make it great.
Then for him to go and say our country is a “disaster”
You know what makes it a “disaster”? Not being able to fund the things that “make it great again” (Yes, I am playing on his words. I think we have improvement to go through, but not that this country is a disaster.. or all that perfectly great either. We’re young, we’re learning. We’re getting there.)

THEN: In a TEEN BEAUTY PAGEANT Trump WALKED BACKSTAGE while these TEENAGERS were changing or naked.
First off: Invasion of PRIVACY.
Second off: What the hell? That’s borderline childpornography type crap!
At this point, I head desk.

Look, I don’t care if you find Hillary the best thing since sliced bread or someone barely tolerable. Do you REALLY think that she’s worse than this orange pig? Actually, that’s not fair to pigs everywhere. Sorry Piglet, Babe, and all the other pigs of the world. Seriously though, I know there are third party candidates. I doubt they’ll win. They don’t get enough press, they don’t have enough support. Instead, take a look in your heart. I know people dislike Hillary. But can you honestly say that Trump, this racist, sexist pervert should be the person who represents our country? I don’t think he should. I think we should shut him down and prove once and for all that we won’t stand for this crap. Voting third party just helps him in the long run.

Please, don’t think your vote doesn’t matter. That’s one of my biggest worries, truthfully. I’ve done it too, we all have. We look at a candidate and think “oh, the person I’d vote for will win/lose.. my vote doesn’t matter thaaaat much…” But seriously, when we become complacent or think that one vote doesn’t matter, it means we aren’t at least TRYING to cast our voice. It means that if I don’t vote for the candidate I believe would do a better job loses, then the only person I have to blame is myself. If I voted, at least I TRIED to say “look, this is what I believe!” I’m worried that if people don’t vote, Trump will win. I’m worried what will happen if he wins and becomes president, because I don’t think he’d change.

SO, that being said. If you can vote, go out and vote.

Even if you disagree with me and vote third party or think Trump will be a good president. I may disagree with you, but I respect your right to vote, I respect your freedom of speech as well.
Just like you should respect mine.

And… Now I will try to keep my opinions to myself for a little while. That is until something else makes me angry or upset with this craziness.