Sunday, May 27, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

I used a random sequence generator to determine the winners of the giveaways, with the first number in the sequence being the winner (counting the first commenter as #1).

There were nine people who entered the creeper plushie giveaway!

And the winner is Richard Healey, whose son loves Minecraft and will be turning 8 soon.  I love hearing about children playing Minecraft - it's such a wonderfully creative game, and I think it is great.  Not only does it expand their creativity, but I imagine it teaches them self motivation and things like that, as there isn't anyone out there telling them what to do - it's all internal, and the simple joy of completing something that you decided you wanted to do.  I'm so glad a kid is getting it!

There were seven entries for the jeans parts!  I'm so glad some people saw the potential in these pieces like I did.  I try to minimize what I throw away as much as possible, and these pieces are still great useable pieces.  I just have so many other projects going on right now that I wanted to clear space out for other things that were more pressing at the moment.  Thanks for letting me do that and knowing that the pieces were going to a good home!

And the winner is Mike and Jackie!  Have fun being creative with the jeans parts!

Thanks everyone for participating in my giveaways!  It was fun!  ~Kelly

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Jeans Parts Giveaway!

Hi, everyone!  I am participating in Giveaway Day with two giveaways this week!  After checking out my giveaways, go to Sew Mama Sew to see the many other giveaways.

This giveaway is for the parts of jeans.  It includes 14 front pockets, a bunch of belt loops, 8 metal zippers, 4 back pockets, and one unfinished jean "skirt" which will give another set of pockets, belt loops, a zipper, and some material.  This material is left over from me making rag rugs and gifts out of jeans.  I can think of some fun things to do with these parts, but simply have too many other projects that are more pressing.  I hope someone will find them useful!  Here are pictures of the parts:

Front of the unfinished "skirt" - intact pockets, metal zipper, belt loops, and a good amount of denim.

Back of the unfinished "skirt"

4 back pockets, 2 pocket flaps, and 2 pieces with belt loops attached.

4 zippers, 6 front pockets, belt loops, etc

4 zippers (one really long!), 8 front pockets, belt loops, etc
Who can enter? Anyone in the United States or Canada.  International shipping is too expensive for me right now - maybe another year!

How can I enter?  Leave one comment before Friday, May 25th at 5 pm PST (8 pm EST)!  I'd love to know what kinds of things you like to make with parts of jeans, though if you'd rather just leave a random comment, that would be fine, too.  I will pick a random comment to be a winner with a random number generator.

You said two giveaways.  What else have you got?  I am also giving away a plushie Creeper that I made by hand.  It is a mob from the game Minecraft, which I play obsessively some weeks.

Creeper Plushie Giveaway!

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Creeper Plushie Giveaway!

Hi, everyone!  I am participating in Giveaway Day with two giveaways this week!  After checking out my giveaways, go to Sew Mama Sew to see the many other giveaways.

This giveaway is for a Creeper Plushie!  I made it entirely by hand and filled it with really soft pillow stuffing, so it is really wonderfully soft and squishy and I almost don't want to give it away (I might make another for myself later).  The middle is also perfect for a pillow!  It is hand sewn, not machine sewn, so there is the occasional puckering of a seam, but it's still pretty adorable.  The face is black fabric that is sewn around the edges with green thread.  On to the pictures!

Too close!  It will explode!  Ah!!!  And yes, this is me, the maker.

Who can enter? Anyone in the United States or Canada.  International shipping is too expensive for me right now - maybe another year!

How can I enter?  Leave one comment before Friday, May 25th at 5 pm PST (8 pm EST)! If you are a Minecraft player, your comment should answer one of these questions: What is your favorite Minecraft build (feel free to link to pictures!), or What is your favorite thing to do in Minecraft?  If you are not a Minecraft player, let me know why you're interested in the plushie (your kid/partner/friend plays, etc). 

I will pick a random comment to be a winner with a (mostly) random number generator.  By "(mostly) random" I mean this: If I get a fair number of responses from people who either are Minecraft players themselves or want this to give to an avid Minecraft player they know, those people will have preference over those who have no idea what Minecraft is and just think the plushie is cute.  I am choosing the winner this way because I think that there is extra joy in knowing the meaning behind something, and I believe a Minecraft player will be able to enjoy this plushie a lot more than a non-Minecraft player (omg!  I'm hugging a creeper that won't explode!  Haha! - that kind of thing).  Please do comment if you don't know what Minecraft is, though, and would still like the plushie - you never know, you could still win.

You said two giveaways.  What else have you got?  I am also giving away parts of jeans (includes pockets, belt loops, metal zippers, etc).

Jeans Parts Giveaways!

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Holy Moly Garage Sales

Today was my neighborhood's coordinated garage sale day.  Such an awesome idea!  A couple of our neighbors printed up fliers and put them in everyone's door that Saturday May 19th was the neighborhood day to do garage sales, and it worked!  DeForest and I spent about 3 hours today going to something like twenty garage sales around the neighborhood, and I found some great loot.

Great lightweight heavy-duty padded case for $5.  This will end up holding ALL my Dominion cards when the expansions finally stop coming out (~April 2013).  I think all I have to do is make four dividers to go down the middle (the padding will be taken out).  Then all the rulebooks will fit nicely behind the screen in the top, which pops out, and the tokens and little game boards will fit in the pockets in that screen.  Sweet!

Michigan t-shirt: $0.25.  Fo realz.  It fits pretty well and is a nice cheery yellow color.  :)

Charcoal grill for $5!  DeForest and I had been muttering about getting a grill so that we could take the heat of cooking outside during the hot summer months, and now we can!  All we need to do is buy a bag of charcoal and scrape the daylights out of this thing to clean it up.

Candle holder (...because I need more of those?) and 11 wooden pictures frames with no glass.  Candle holder: $2; picture frames: $1.10.  Boo yeah.  Maybe I'll finally get around to hanging up all my family photos now that I have a bunch of neat frames.

Perfect-sized travel bag: $5.  DeForest has a bag pretty much exactly this size, and I steal it all the time.  It fits an amazing amount in it (more than enough for a weekend trip, including several board games, of course), and fits underneath an airplane seat. Yay!  And I can pretend that "SI" stands for the international system of scientific units.

Bowls: $3.  I love the design on the sides, and I'm pretty sure that I'll be using two of these as food/water dishes for the kitten (coming June 17th!).

Christmas bulbs: $3 for the assorted box, $0.10 for the other neat one, and $0.50 for an unopened box of hangers.

Four Terry Pratchett novels: $2.00.  I've never read his books, but I've been told my many people I respect that I would like them a lot.

Two onesies (for a friend): $1.00.  Five popsicle molds, two soft boiled egg dishes, and a wonderfully-sized pizza peel: $4.00.

Curtains: $1.00!  We finally got the curtain rod about a week ago, and our laziness in making the curtains has paid off.  They are actually twice the length as seen here, but DeForest doubled them and sewed the bottom to the top so they are double the thickness and fit out windows better.  Also, there are two curtains - one actually stretches the entire width, but we put both of them up there as we didn't feel like cutting up the curtains.  They are actually handmade a long time ago by the person selling them at the garage sale, which is really neat!

Collapsible box: I forget... maybe $0.50?  I have four of these already, and they are really useful storage devices.

Amazing wooden box: $7!  It actually has a bunch of fishing doodads inside it - I'll go through them another day and decide what I want to keep and what I should give to Uncle Mike or someone.  The box is really well-made and after some love cleaning it up will hold... something useful in my house.

Little Miss Sunshine: originally $2, but free with the "neighbor discount."  Our neighbor Kat gave this to me for free, as she mostly wanted to get rid of some stuff and reminded me that I had given her an extra bookcase I had when I moved in.  I haven't seen it yet, so I'm excited!  I've heard good things about this movie.

Four big plastic storage bins: $4 (that's right - $1/bin).  These will help us in storing things in our shed behind our house, and in bringing things to Pennsic in August. Yay!  What an amazing deal.

Four folding chairs: $4.  We can now seat twelve people in our house if we bring out all the chairs, which is awesome for the big board game days we throw every couple months.  I got two folding card tables for $10 off Craigslist a few months ago, but didn't really have the chairs to go with them.  Now I do!

DeForest also found four pairs of really nice children's shoes in sizes his nephew can wear for $5 and four books he really wanted (including one that had been stolen from him last year) for under $2.  Woo!

All in all, we spent $54.45, plus $1.50 on some very tasty lemonade that kids were selling.  A lot of money to spend garage saling, but we sure did get a ton of amazing stuff.  :)
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Thread Rack and Cereal Tin

Here's some of the things I picked up from Ionia cleaned up!

 Thread Rack

DeForest actually cleaned the cabinet for me as a surprise when I was at work (he was cleaning his rocking chair and decided to be a dear and clean it for me!).  I polished it up with some wood wax and put it on the wall.

The thread looks so good in it!  I love how the slats let all the colors come through.  It's a joy to have on the wall.  Before, my thread was kept in a big ziplock bag - not only was it sometimes hard to tell what colors I had, but the ends of the threads would get tangled.  Now those problems are both solved, and the sewing room looks better to boot!

Doors open - thread organized by color, and type (in that my elastic thread is in the bottom left corner).

My bobbins are kept in one of the drawers - also easier to see and they don't tangle anymore!  The other drawer holds a few needles and my thimbles.

Quaker Oats Tin --> Cereal Tin

The Quaker Oats tin got washed.  It now holds the granola I make and looks great sitting on my counter with my other food containers.

Some loose tea and brown sugar in the two stacked wooden containers, then sugar and all purpose flour, my oats tin, bread flour (I have a 50 lb bag on the floor, haha) and extra long grain basmati rice.

I washed the John Kar Beverages box (a lot of dirt came off of it), and I put my SCA unfinished Pennsic clothes/fabric in it, which is much nicer than having that pile just sitting on the floor.  I'm told that John Kar was an old Michigan pop company, which is neat.

The camping chairs (director's chairs) are slowly coming along - I cleaned them and waxed them and washed the cloth bottoms.  The only thing remaining is to make cloth backs for them and carrying straps, but that task has been pushed back until after all my cat stuff is made.  I'm currently working on making a cat tower - once it's finished (within a week or two) I will be posting LOTS of photos of the process.  :)
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Stuff for Mom

Here are a couple presents I made for Mom in the last six months.

Minnesota Pillow (Christmas 2011)

Mom gave me a dishtowel that has this cool Minnesota theme embroidered on it, and asked me to make it into a pillow for her.  I considered making it into a pillowcase, but I would've had to try to add fabric to it and I didn't have any fabric that matched it in both texture and color.  I did take the trim off the edges of the dishtowel and incorporate them into the seams on the top of and bottom of the pillow (bottom image).  Also, when pillow making - make sure you buy the stuffing for pillows.  Originally, I tried to stuff it with the white stuff used in snow villages, but while it looks like pillow stuffing, it is lumpy and weird and definitely not make for pillows.  Pillow stuffing is wonderfully soft and fluffy and works much better. :)

Luggage Accessories (Mother's Day 2012)

I made Mom a luggage handle wrap and a luggage tag for Mother's Day, as I know she's always liked having really colorful luggage tags (it's easier to spot your luggage that way).  I improvised off of a tutorial on how to make luggage accessories from recycled neckties, though I used fabric from my stash and not a necktie.

The luggage handle cozy has velcro to wrap around a handle and make it both colorful and more comfortable to grip.  The luggage tag has a pocket made from clear laminating contact paper (which you can get by-the-yard at Ace hardware!  I got 6 inches for 30 cents - how neat!) that is doubled on itself (sticky side in) and sewn on three edges - the top is open so that the address card can be taken out.  I wrote each of Mom's addresses on the card, so all she has to do is flip the card for Minnesota in summer and Florida in winter.  :)
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wall Hooks!

I love having wall hooks - it's so much easier to just hang something on a hook than a hanger, and things like scarves and hats can be hung on them, too.  DeForest and I bought some nice metal hooks from a blacksmith at last July's Ann Arbor Art Festival, and I finally got around to putting them on the wall in February.  

We didn't have enough studs in the wall to hang the hooks up individually (thanks for the stud finder, Dad!), so I hung them on a piece of wood.  I started with a scrap 2 by 4 piece that I got at the Ann Arbor ReUse Center for free from their junk wood pile (this place is AMAZING - some day I'll post about the cheap furniture I've gotten there).  I'm not sure if their junk wood pile is always free, but I was buying something else and they told me I could take some wood pieces for free.  I measured the angles I wanted, and cut the edges of the wood at a slant with the hand power circle saw that DeForest got me for Christmas (so awesome and a complete surprise!).  Then I sanded and stained the wood with wood stain that I found in a cupboard at the apartment I subletted last summer (haha free wood stain!).

This paint shirt used to be a work shirt of Dad's - I've been using it since I was a small child.  :)

Then I found the studs again, drilled holes in the wall for it (thanks for the power drill, too, Dad!  I use it quite often), and hung it up with the hooks on it.

So much better than before!  For months we had mostly been throwing all this stuff on the chest inside the door (or occasionally I would hang it up in the closet and then DeForest would grumble that he couldn't find his coat as he wouldn't think to look in the closet... silly man).  I love my hooks!  So pretty and so functional!
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