Long films and what to do

Monday night sort of went to plan, in so far as I made dinner with enough leftovers for an easy lunch tomorrow, had home made crumble from the increasingly huge rhubarb bush in the garden and watched a film

The film was 2 hours and 32 minutes long, that rather eats the entire evening; yes I can stick the washing machine on to get through some of the laundry pile and yes I can fuss the cats – assuming they want fuss!

(Photo from makezine)

As there does seem to be a fixed trend towards films over 2 hours long I really must lean to knit so I can do something useful whilst still watching: the mother-in-law knits cute little octopus things for premature babies, which really should motivate me more!

However I’m ashamed to say that having heard problems about the local hospital’s stance on the octopus knits I’m probably more likely to be inspired by hats for cats!

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Crafty: Photo onto a Canvas Bag

As a concept putting a photo onto a canvas bag is fairly straightforward and should be pretty easy, the reality can see it go a bit wrong

The materials aren’t complicated – a canvas bag, a photo printed onto paper, some image transfer goop (I used Dylon Image Maker Glue however there are a few options)

In theory you cover the printer photo with the glue stuff pretty thickly and then place it on your bag (glue side down obviously!), if there are any air bubbles then smooth/push those out then leave it to try overnight

Once it is try then use a wet sponge to carefully soak the paper so that it rubs off and leaves the image behind. The aim is to remove all traces of the paper and then when clan & dry add a bit of the glue over the top to hold the image

Then you should be left with a lovely picture on your bag – simple right?

It would have been more simple had I know these minor details before I started:

IRON the canvas bag first – seriously otherwise the creases screw it right up

It’s really easy to rub the image off with the paper so take it slowly, if it doubt leave it and come back later

Removing the paper carefully takes way longer than you’d expect!

But apart from that it was a lovely quick and easy thing to do that didn’t make me swear at all…

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Craft: Felting

I would really like to be artistically inclined and have lots of half started projects to prove it

A combination of lack of time and lack of confidence tends to scupper me, however I would like to go into 2018 with a view to completing at least some of these endeavours!

The other month I did buy a felting kit (sometimes called needle felting) to make some animals, the logic was that the kit contained everything that would be useful when starting a new hobby; it turned out that the kit contained everything except any instructions

dinosaur felting

So I had wool, a bit of foam to stab, some needles and not a clue where to start! A very brief look at videos online summed felting up as “stab the wool lots until it sticks together”

However there were a few minor details that I wish I’d known before I started:

  1. If you are making multiple legs (as you will need to for most mammals)  make them all at the same time using the same amount of wool – otherwise your felt animal will be mutant and lopsided
  2. It’s really easy to break the needles if you aren’t careful, try to pull the needle out at the same angel as you stabbed it in to reduce the risk of breaking. Cutting open the animal to retrieve the broken end feels a bit wrong
  3. Making your own eyes is hard if you want them to actually match. Seriously consider using buttons or glass eyes, otherwise you may have a scary looking beastie staring unevenly at you
  4. Be careful when adding wool to cover the joins where limbs and other body part attach, otherwise it can lead to strange lumps if you add too much – my poor first dinosaur really had thunder thighs!

Now that I know all that maybe I should try making another one…

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Crafting: Putting the WRONG into crafting with a paper cutter

Recently my household purchased a Silhouette electronic cutting machine, in theory it was a carefully considered purchase with no impulsive tendencies, theory is a wonderful thing.

The cutting machine can in theory be used for loads of things, it can cut various materials and can be used to make cards, personalised tshirts, more cards, airbrush stencils, more darn cards, wall art, did I mention cards, erm… like something that needs cutting out, seriously you have a mountain of cards and no one to send them to.

paper cutter

(Photo from blog.ponoko.com)

Anyway, parking the issue what you use your cut outs for you can cut out a variety of bits. You can find random pictures on the internet, you can draw your own or you can purchase pre-existing design from the Silhouette store.

For an easy life, and because there is a $10 store card included in the box, I thought seeing what was in the store could be fun and then I found the “easter bear dressed as lamb” – who appears to  be simultaneously violating and eating a bunny.

easter bear - wrong wrong wrong

The above image is designed by Stinkin’ Cute Paper Piecings and I’m very sure that they deserve lots of support… although I am really not sure that I want to send a card with this design on to anyone I like.

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