The Ill-Fated Washer Necklace

washersOh yea, it’s pretty bad. A few days ago I looked at those soaked stupid washers from The Washer Necklace and well, it didn’t work out too well. Maybe I can go for the distressed look.

Or just stop being a cheap ass and buy some more washers.

Or just do another project?!

Ug.

This is going to be the project that hurts me. Look at me analyzing my issues, like I mentioned in my Finishing Strategies. This one is a mixture of not being good at this and anger.

I feel like I need to print out a picture of the beautiful end result from the blog to remind me that this is completely worth it.

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So…..

Guys,

I have a little problem. I soaked those stupid washer washers from The Washer Necklace in nail polish forever and well, it didn’t work out too well. Maybe I should have just forked over the 92 cents needed to buy another set? Bleh.

I’ll take a picture of the disaster later tonight for all of you so we can collectively groan together.

You have no idea how badly I want to say, “Oh well, guess this one’s not going to happen.” Arg. Hang in there?

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The Back Button

necklaceOh the Washer Necklace. I had such high hopes for you. I really wish I could just click the back button on the remote on this craft. Instead, we have nail polish remover.

Here’s the skinny:

The Washer Necklace

The story:  I am lucky to have a super rad group of crafters to laugh with here in Texas. My friend holds a monthly Crafternoon for us where we can work on a group craft or just any of our ongoing projects. This month, we decided to make this beautiful necklace from painted washers. Great idea! Problem is, mine didn’t turn out so beautiful.

Finishing Problem: I hate everything.

Last night I decided to get started on destroying my washer necklace. Then I thought I lost it. My response? I shrugged.

necklace2Shame! I really love this beautiful necklace on the website and need to have faith that I can make something as beautiful.

For now, I will take all of my angst out on these little, chipped red-painted washers by sitting them in a bath of nail polish remover.

Take that.

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From the Unfinishables: The New Craft

Look at me, just finishing stuff left and right! Boo-ya! Do people still say that anymore?

earringsHere’s the story. I am getting ready for Halloween which means sending lots of gifts to family members. It is also my sister’s birthmonth, so that gives me the opportunity to send one big package of goodies for her and her family.  My sister is pretty rad and can somehow pull off really bold fashion. I knew that one of my Unfinishable pieces would work for her: those amazing Dia de los Muertos crochet earrings.

Here’s the wrap-up, just to rehash.

The New Craft

The story:  “Look at this! Ooh, look at this!” That is what I sounded like the first time I looked up crochet patterns on Ravelry. The possibilities were endless….and so is my to-do list. This was the first pattern I was just DYING to make. The problem is, I still haven’t.

Finishing Problem: Too many projects, not enough time.

earrings 2A challenge like the 31 Days Challenge is perfect because it forces me to make time for things that are important. This pattern is pretty easy, considering that I am a new crocheter and am still a bit shaky at this.

The pattern PDF shows the skulls with some fancy eyes so I looked through my bead collection and found some shimmery white eyes to add to these guys.

Also, look at that beautiful calavera pot! I participated in a little craft exchange with a long-lost friend from high school and that is what they sent me. Isn’t it fantastic?

I can’t wait to finish the second pair so I can wear them to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, which is the 1st of November this year. Curious about the holiday? Check this out!

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Medallion Earrings

The crocheting continues! Serious all, if you don’t know how to crochet and really don’t know if you care about learning…just do a Ravelry search for crochet earrings and your mind will be blown! There’s too many cute things not to try it.

Case and point… my new earrings!

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Find the pattern on Ravelry (for free!) or at the designer’s blog: Taraduff’s crochet and other stuff.

Since I’m a newbie, I’m not cool enough yet to be able to crochet on such tiny, tiny hook with miniscule thread. So mine were crochet with a size D hook.

Do it!

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Crochet Kuchi Earrings

crochet earringsFirst, I just want to remind you that I’m completely new to this crochet thing. Though that crochet class helped immensely, I can barely understand the directions so crocheting actual items (as opposed to free-form thingies) is pretty hard.

To make me practice, I’ve chosen crochet as my September blog theme though you could hardly tell by the looks of this blog this month. Oops.

Anyway, I’ve been lusting over ridiculously beautiful crochet earrings on Ravelry. They are lacely, gorgeous, intricate and look extremely difficult.

Probably because they are.

I’m confused by everything. Most patterns say “oh just go ahead and start with a magic loop”. Well what the hell? I Google’d it and yea okay, magic loop is like what I learned in class. You chain a number of stitches, slip to connect and then start making your stitches into the circle — but the pattern directions DO NOT always tell you how many to chain!! This is just too much freedom for this constrained knitter. Knit patterns are not free. They do not just leave important things like the number of stitches in the cast on row just up to you. Squeak! Okay, so I realize that the magic loop is magic because it is adjustable. But, eek! That’s just the sort of thing that would freak a newbie out.

But I blindly, lovingly jumped and tried out some earrings.

done!With partial success.

These earrings were adapted from Life in a Gilded Bottle’s Crocheted Kuchi Earrings. I say adapted because I tried to complete the pattern but well…I’m new to this and couldn’t understand what to do next. I’m sure it will all sink in with time.

Basically my pattern involves these following rows instead:

  1. Ch 5 and join with sl st to form a ring.
  2. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), *dc into the ring and ch 1, repeat from * 6 times, dc (8 in all). Turn
  3. Ch 3, dc 2 times into every space across (15 in all).
  4. With yarn needle, thread through last loop to secure.
  5. Grab your earring hook and stitch remaining thread through hook and secure.
  6. Grab your bottle of Stiffy Fabric Stiffener and soak earrings, lay flat overnight to dry.
  7. Ta-da!

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Crazy for Bracelets

new braceletI know guys, I’m a bit behind. Things have been crazy. Shame, shame…I’ve been making jewelry I swear! Just not blogging about it. Bad me.

Time to get caught up.

So the internet is a dangerous place, right? I’ve been lusting after everything on this website that has DIY designs for a bunch of bracelets. I mean, who wouldn’t want a bracelet made out of a zipper?!! So, when I was at the hardware store the other day, I decided that I would also pick up the gear to make the adorable DIY Nut Bracelet from Truly Smitten.

And truly, I am smitten. I could make like five thousand of these in more colors and wear them forever.

DIY Nut Bracelet

The Hardware

  • Twine, leather, whatever you want to use as the base, but make sure you have enough to go around your wrist twice, remember you are braiding this! Cost: $1.99
  • Nuts, I basically brought my twine with me and measured up to see what size hole I needed to be able to thread the nut through. Granted, tough men will look at you strangely while at Lowes, whatevs. I liked the gold but there is also silver. Choices! I used six nuts for this one, but you can use more! (I think I will next time).  Cost: $1.70 (breaking the bank, guys!)

braidingDo It

1. Tape down three pieces of fiber, knotted at the top. Yup, that is Charlaine Harris’ face. What? Doesn’t everyone use the back of the new Sookie Stackhouse novel to affix their braiding?braiding 2

2. Braid about halfway down and start to braid the nuts into the braid: thread nut on right twine, braid. Thread nut on left twine,

braid, repeat. This takes some patience and dexterity. Hint: I threaded mine on early and then made sure I pulled down tightly on the braid. Note: It may not look correct right away, I noticed I had to “arrange” the nuts so they laid correctly. You can do it!

3. Finish your braid, knot and affix clasps. I like the hooks with a circle and straight bar. Much easier for my clumsy hands.

Then pose.nuts

Okay so that last part is un-necessary.

This may be my favorite bracelet of the month, which is largely in part to the ease of finishing. Most of my bracelets have been made with larger thread, mostly because I like the leather. That has proven difficult to get to affix. One big hint I have for you is: clear nail polish! It is a life saver. Knot your ends to their clasp real tight, snip close and then apply some clear nail polish. I used Sally Hanson’s Hard as Nails because that seemed appropriate.

Enjoy!

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