Mar 29, 2013

A long time ago in a Galaxy far far away...

It's easter, you probably have a few days off school/work, so why not do some crafting? I made the Galaxy Shoes for my man last weekend and wanted to share the making with you.
There are a bunch off tutorials out there, personally I always check But in the end, there is no real "this is how you have to do it".
But see for yourself:

I used various cloth colours, an old toothbrush, a dish sponge and a paper plate for the paint.

The first thing I did though was to spray the black fake converse with a bit of bleach the evening before. This creates a cool effect without having to use paint.

Bleach usually turns black cloth a shade of orange/red. The use of a spray bottle creates a cool "star mist". Don't forget to put painter's tape on the sole and sides of the shoe, so it doesn't get paint all over.

Next I used different shades of blue and just dabbed it on the shoes. Just make sure you blend out the edges of the painted bit, so you don't have any defined lines.

Repeat this step with all the colours you want your galaxy to have.

I added a little swirl on this side, by painting the swirl and then dabbing the sponge on it, so it fades out a little.

To get the millions of stars on there, you take white and/or silver paint, mix it with some water and use the toothbruch to get it all over those shoes.

Now you wait to let it dry for a couple of hours. Once they are dry, remove the tape, get the shoe laces back in and ta daaa:

You got some awesome Galaxy Shoes!

It really is a fun project and if you like the design, try it out!

PS: Check out all these funky geeky crafts at the Nerd'n'Geek Linkparty <3

Mar 27, 2013

The Walking Dead Swap on Craftster Part II

Yay, after a long wait (probably mainly because of the lovely german bureaucracy) I got my package from my Australian swap partner.

Check this out:

I think she was reading my mind with the bag. It's so perfect and I actually need a new bag!

Rotten Brains inside. Because, get it, dead inside :D

A lovely locket...

... with comic Michonne and her poor boyfriend & friend. So cool!

Pills to safe me from zombiefication. I think she should get those mass produced. Major market for a cure I think!

The Ricktator on canvas. I'm pretty sure this will go on the wall. I'm just not sure which one yet.

And look at this awesome Angel Wing Shirt. It fits perfectly and I can't wait for spring/summer so I can show it off outside!

Group Shot:

It was an awesome first swap for me and I think with the right theme, I'll definitely do another one soon!

Mar 26, 2013

Artsy Fartsy Flower Pots

This project contains three pins from Pinterest in one. First the flower pots, then the coffee filter lining and the lemon seed planting.

We'll start with the pots. You might remember these from our Thanksgiving Feast, they were used to bake flower pot bread. They've been hanging around since then.

This is how you start. Grab some paint you can spare/waste and dump it on the flower pots.

Then take however many different paints and dump them on there as well. (Be careful, it's super fun, so I wasted a bunch of paint) Try not to cover the lower paint completely,  and maybe leave some of the pot untouched as well.

There you go. Now let it dry (forever, because I used way too much paint). Notice all the wasted paint on the bottom of the pan? I used that to create the paper "art" for the Spring wreath. I just couldn't let all that paint go to waste, especially cause it's looking pretty cool down there.

I skipped a step here. The pot needed to be covered with clear laquer, because I used water soluble paint. If I didn't the paint would dissolve once I watered the plants inside.
Now for the planting. I prepared the lemon seeds a while ago and put the in the pot covering them with an inch of soil.
So messy! That's what happens, when you feel like springtime, all planting and stuff, and it's snowing outside.

Here's the coffee filter sitting in the pot before putting the soil in, so the soil doesn't come through the hole on the bottom. So practical.

And they're done. Took long enough.. all the painting and drying. They took place on our window sill in the bedroom.

Side to side with my small eucalyptus tree.

Now it's time to wait for little lemon plants to sprout! I'll give you a heads up when that happens.

Mar 24, 2013

Artsy Fartsy Spring Wreath

It was about time for our door to get a new wreath. We've had the old one for about a year and I had some artsy painted paper lying around as the byproduct of a different project.

I cut the paper into pieces and cut out a ring of cardboard as a frame.

First round of paper glued to the frame.

And the second and third round.

Here's the old wreath.

And the new one. I like it a lot. Sorry for the picture quality, the lighting in the hallway is crap.

Sunday PB cookies in bed

Today I got a recipe for you! What's the best way to ease into eating solid foods again after a fast? Cookies of course (don't try this at home). So the man made us some vegan peanut butter cookies.

Here's what you need:
1 1/2 cups of flour (we used spelt wholemeal flour/Dinkelvollkornmehl)
1 cup PB
1/4 cup of oil (we didn't have oil, so we used margarine)
3/4 cups of sugar (we used raw cane sugar)
1 tsp of vanilla

Knead the dough and roll it into 2 inch balls. Put them on a pan and into the preheated oven (400°F/200°C) for 10-12 min. Done!

Supe simple recipe and super yummy cookies. Simply delish! Hahaha, we watched too many food shows by this dude yesterday. It's addicting.

PS: Waiting for Sarah now to pick up her cookie.

Mar 17, 2013

New Projects coming up

This weekend was not very productive. I've started my yearly fasting week and that's not the time to be super active, especially at the beginning. But there's still time to think about upcoming projects like the following:

The infamous galaxy print. I'll try my luck with these fake converse. They're for the man.
I'll pick out a tutorial over here.

Also for the man, a couple of shirts that need some cool prints. The mermaid is for the striped shirt, which we got at a thrift store in Paris. Because you have to get a striped shirt in Paris! Stencils are tough though, so I might have the man cut them out. You know how it's done, like this.

And then there's the making of pretty flower pots. They need to dry right now, so I can't plant anything yet, but as soon as I can, the'll be on here as well.

Yep, that's it for now. I think I really have to stay off pinterest and other blogs for this week, because it doesn't help with fasting when you see mouthwatering food everywhere.

Mar 12, 2013

The Walking Dead Swap on Craftster Part I

My swap partner just gave the go, she got my package, so I can share with you what I made for the "Calling all Walkers - The Walking Dead Swap" on
This is my first swap ever and it was also a big one. A 5 point swap, so naturally I had 5 projects.

1. Rick, Glenn & Daryl Bead Coasters

I got the basic outline of the characters from this etsy product. I had to make a few alterations, because the plate for the melting beads wasn't big enough. The background is designed by me. The prison for Daryl, trailer for Rick and the farm/barn for Glenn. You know how it works. Set up the beads and iron to make them melt together. It was fun in preschool and it's still fun!

Can you tell that the little things on Daryls coaster are zombies? Ken couldn't :( I thought it was pretty obvious.

2. Decoupaged comic box

This one's quite simple. Cut out comic strips, glue them to a cardboard box and coat with clear laquer.

This is probably the most memorable scene both in the comic and the show. Rick rides into Atlanta and bumps into thousands of zombies. Duh, stay away from the cities! First rule in the zombie apocalypse. He also meets Glenn for the first time, who's saving his butt.

3. Slide Magnets

Also very simple, take a slide, glue some magnets to the back and put a nice picture in it. Done! You notice there's a reocurring Rick, Glenn & Daryl theme? Well, they are my swap partners favorite characters.

4. Slide necklace

You know this one already. I chose the ride into Atlanta again, because it's just a beautiful picture. Of course the pictures in all the slides are changeable.

5. Zombie Drawstring bag

This one was the most work, but also the most fun, because I designed it myself based on the drawstring bags we used to carry our PE stuff back in the school days.
I used the same cloth as for the Tablet cover, some buttons, a zipper and a string that used to be a belt for a dress.
Here's the basic outline:

Sewing on the zipper pouch as the mouth and chin of the zombie's face.

Handsewing the buttons for the eyes and nose

Strenghtening the areas where the string would be going through.

Skipping a few steps here, but I think my explaning the steps would only be confusing without the pictures. You get the idea, right? The string turned out to be a little too long to put it on your back comfortably, but it's adjustable.

And here's the whole package.

It took 3 weeks to get to my swap partner in Australia. Can't wait till I get my package! Of course I'll be sharing that with you as well.
Until then, keep calm and kill zombies!

PS: Check out all these funky geeky crafts at the Nerd'n'Geek Linkparty <3
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