January 24, 2015

Summer Camp Swap

So about a million years ago (about a year and a half) I played in the Hogwarts Kit Swaps summer camp swap. its been so long that i cant really remember what the theme was but i think that we we all split up into summer camp cabins and you were supposed to make them a kit that coincided with the name of the cabin. i DO remember that the idea was to send them something for THEM to craft to pass the time over the summer.
First things first you need snacks for crafting so i sent a potions card and ingredients  to make Toads in a Cauldron. The crafting part of this kit i made was based on Kreecher (my pals cabin was Grimmauld Place). My friend from gryffindor house Stacey Designed these awesome badges that i turned into shrinky dink charms. I included all the other fixins for making stitch markers like beads and findings.
I found these tins at Michaels for less that $1 each and designed and printed the labels on sticker paper. one tin for each element of the stitch marker materials. I also sent some pretty yarn that matched the color scheme, a lego toy for her son to build his own flying ford anglia and an autgraphed picture of Gilderoy Lockhart. i just mounted that photo on two fancy pieces of cardstock and the image i found on the internet and just printed it on photo.
My spoiler sent me this amazing Gryffindor themed kit! There were needles, yarn, and a pattern to make these Gryffindor Lion Shadow Mittens. they look really challenging (not being a very advanced knitter and all) but im gonna give them a try cause they are super spiffy and i want them on my paws!
She also sent some lovely gryffindor colored buttons and this awesome fox mug. I love everything and I know i said oodles of thanks over of the group page but i felt like its not officially official until i share it over here. a very belated extra thanks to Mafalda for this wonderful package. :0)

January 16, 2015

Gryffindor Rag Quilt

As I promised heres the Gryffindor quilt that I made for Andy. I gave this to him for Christmas this year and learned a few MORE things about making these. So there he is, knocked out, on christmas morning, next to a pile of fever fudge and nose bleed nougat from his rabidly jealousy inducing trip to HP World this year. I DIIIIIIEEEEEE of jealousy....die.
These rag quilts could not be any easier to make. Here's the tutorial that I used to learn. I made one with t-shirts that you can find here and heres a link to the Hufflepuff blanket version.
So, things I learned: just like last time it took multiple washings/ dryings (more then the t-shirt version for some reason). Shedding is rampant in the dryer but that's good cause it means it's fuzzing well, so have a roll of packing tape or a sticky roller handy. I got a LOT less shifting of the layers when I changed the pressure of my presser foot from 3 down to 1. This means that the presser foot isn't smashing the fabrics down to the sewing machine so hard for anyone that's a new sewer. For me this is a dial on the left hand side of my machine. I also discovered that the higher quality quilting cottons fray WAAAAYYY better than the cheapy stuff I put on the back which was also 100% cotton but much thinner. 
Ok that's it! Hope everyone had a happy christmas or merry yule or whichever holiday delights you partake in!

January 14, 2015

Hufflepuff Rag Quilt

A bit over a year ago I made this quilt for a friend. These rag quilts could not be any easier to make. Here's the tutorial that I used to learn. I made one with t-shirts that you can find here and I discovered that this Hufflepuff blanket required 2 washings to get fully fuzzy. also you probably do NOT want to wash your blanket with anything else for a few washings cause it sheds like CRAZY for a while. She loved it and I'm totally obsessed with making these. come back later this week to see one I made for a fellow Gryffindor.

September 4, 2013

SO you want to be a Death Eater

Death Eater Mask Materials: 
  • Plaster Gauze Rolls 
  • Vaseline 
  • Vegetable Skewers 
  • Silver spray paint 
  • Black acrylic paint 
  • Rubbing Cloth/paper towels 
  • Silver paint (acrylic or other) 
  • Tie of some kind (rope, fabric, etc) 
  • Hole Punch (or drill)
  1. First I covered my face in Vaseline so that the plastic gauze do not stick to my face and hair. This is extremely important over your eyebrows, eyelids, anywhere you have hair. It will even stick to peach fuzz! I cut the plaster gauze rolls into smaller strips and set up in front of a mirror (I did this by myself, but it’s easier with someone else to apply the strips). I dipped the strips in water and began to apply them to my face, making sure to cover all areas I wanted for the mask. Be sure to leave space for you to breathe our your nose, especially if you are covering the mouth. I plastered over my eyes, mouth, just under my chin and jaw line, and back to my hairline (again make sure you used lots of Vaseline!). Be sure to do at least 3 layers (overlapping) so that your mask will be strong. It doesn’t take long to harden, but one it does, simply wiggle your face and the mask to pry off easily enough (if you used enough Vaseline!)
  2. I let the mask dry completely (make take a day or so, or use a hair dryer/fans) 
  3. Next I cut out the eyes, drill through the nostrils to make sure they are clean, and cut out part of the mouth for the added “grill” detail. I use extra gauze strips to “hem” the seam around the outside, as well as around the eyes, nose, etc. You can even sand down the areas to make them look nicer. I hot glued the skewers (cut to size) and place plaster strips over them to integrate it into the mask. I also drilled the side holes where the ties will go to attach the mask to my face. Let it dry again. 
  4. Next comes the painting! I started with a base coating of metallic silver. For a deatheater you could use any combo of silver, black, gold, copper, etc to achieve your unique mask look. I sprayed the inside and outside in order to “seal” the mask, otherwise sweat could dampen the plaster and fall apart. 
  5. Once the base coat is dry (you may have to coat a few times) I generously applied black acrylic paint to the raged surface of the mask. When doing this, you must wipe the black off as you go, so it only sticks into the crevices, creating an old, metallic, evil looking mask.  
  6. Lastly, I decided to add some extra lines of “decoration” to the mask, such as swirls and patterns. I used silver paint to accomplish this. It takes some practice (I had to re paint mine more than once cause I messed up). 
  7. Lastly add the ties to the sides and now you can be a bad guy! I love how the mask fits perfectly to my face, making it very comfortable and menacing to wear.
 ** this post brought to you by my insanely talented friend Jeremiah Boehr. Feel free to go friend him on face book! this was his mask and his write up and geez hes nice for sharing it! THANK YOU!!!!!

August 22, 2013

Mad Eye Toady

I know I know!! this vegetarian is posting hilarious harry potter related texidermied animals!!!! but i cant help it. this is one of my favoriet bloggers and its just so funny. im going to imagine that all these animals dropped dead of natural causes after living very happy and long lives.....don't judge me.
i totally kleptoed this photo from the blogess cause you needed to SEE why you should go read her ridiculous post over here and probably her whole blog.....dont be mad at my thievery bloggess ok?

August 7, 2013

Mandrake Me

Have you ever wanted a reason to shriek your ever lovin' head off for no reason all day long? well i'm gonna give you one. when you're a mandrake EVERYONE wants to try to unpot you to see if you'll scream. Here's a real general breakdown of how i made my mandrake costume for the very last movie midnight release (*sob*)
First you start with a bendy plastic beer bucket thing from walmart ($5) and you cut out the bottom. Then you paint the bucket a pot kinda color. *note i learned from repainting the beauxbatons shoes that the spray paint for plastic works GREAT all by itself no primer needed on surfaces that flex and bend. plastic primer and regular spray paint do not. as proven by this project. it was fine for one night but its almost all flaked off now. i wanted the metal bucket look but that didnt come in the plastic spray paint. i think when i repaint it ill try to go for a terracotta look. ill blog that process if it ever happens :0)
now you need dirt to put in your pot. how else are you gonna grow!? so i used this auto upholstery weight fabric cause it HAS to be somethin real sturdy and i liked the dirt like texture of this stuff plus it was REAL cheap as a remnant. i cut off the salvage edges and and cut them a little longer than my natural waist measurement (read: thats around your belly button area. not where you wear your pants. thats your high hip) and i sewed them together along the cut edge. i did not enclose any seams. i wanted this costume all frayed.
then i sewed a circle of fabric with a slit up the side and the center cut out to that waist band. kinda like making a circle skirt. see here for a better idea of what im talking about. except hers is slightly less than a full 360 circle but its close enough.
figure out how far below your natural waist you want your pot top to be and cut  your dirt skirt to a few inches longer than that (see below). Im really sorry i didn't take pictures of this next part but i was totally out of hands to be able to accomplish that.  i put my sewing machine 1/2 way off of my table and held the needle end with my knee. then i put the dirt bottom edge inside the pot and literally hand cranked (read: twisted the needle up/down knob instead of using the pedal) around the whole pot. it didn't take too long. it was way faster than trying to hand sew it. the needle went through the plastic just fine but i needed to hand crank to fenegal all the parts and try to hold the bucket and the fabric and the machine. sheesh.
to make your roots for both wrists and ankles you do this: get a buncha cotton fabrics in different patterns but all the same color family. snip snip snip the edge. grab two adjoining snipped sections and RIP! yeah! thats fun huh?! rip rip rip. all nice and frayed. pick up a couple of strips and sew those to the bottom of some brown leggings. just keep adding clumps of roots and sew a little bit till you get all the way around the leg.
To make the shirt i bough 2 short sleeved nude color t shirts cause they were like $1 a piece. one i left as is. the other i cut long strips out of the front and the back. roughly in a sleeve shape (see below) the length was the distance from the sleeve edge to my knuckles. one end was as wide as the sleeve opening. the other was a little wider than my hand. then i a sewed (right sides together) down each long side and across the short narrow end turn it right side out and added my roots in the same fashion as the leggings. on the sewn shut narrow end i just snipped the holes to poke my fingers and thumb through. then i sewed this onto the existing sleeve opening.
Now you crochet an ear flap hat look up any pattern on the internet or just make a beanie and sew on two triangles with braided chin ties where your ears are. i imagine you could sew this kinda shape too if you are disinclined to yarn things. i did mine in this more helmet shape to be sure it covered all my hair. then i just sewed the front flap back cause it was just more comfortable on my face that way. then i bought a fake fern from walmart and murdered it. ripped the little bastard limb from limb and stuck each limb through a hole in the top of the hat and whip stitched around it to secure it.the whole hat was less than 3 bucks.
Using parchment look scrapbooking card stock i printed out my warning label from my friends blog and tied it on with some hemp i had laying around. TADA!!!! MANDRAKE!!no magical earmuffs?! shes really brave or really dumb. i cant tell which but either way shell be passed out shortly. someone get ready to catch her!
I really hope you like this and that it answered all your questions. if not feel free to ask away! ill do my best to answer. you can send me a private msg with the comments form in the sidebar or you can always ask in the comments. i bet other people might like the answer too! 

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