Saturday Stitching: An FO, a Small and the MSAL

I have one finished small project. I started it a week before my vacation started, while I was waiting for my car to be worked on. I finished it this past Thursday,

The above is what it’s supposed to look like. It’s a DMC Cross Stitch Starter Kit design. The kit came with 7 skeins of floss, each a different color, 2 pieces of 14 ct white Aida, a tapestry needle. a hoop and a book with 6 designs in it. The supplies were enough to make two of the designs.

Now me, I made some changes to the shoe. The pattern is simply named Shoe…

The original pattern was only stitched, nothing special on it. I added some bling to it. The red beads are upside down hearts. I didn’t like the hearts of the tongue of the shoe so, I left them off. I think my shoe looks more fun than the original.

I haven’t decided how I’m going to finish it completely yet. I’ll need something like a shadow box if I decide to frame it. I could give it away as is as well. I just made it because it was small, quick and fun.

What do you think?? Suggestions/comments welcome!

Then, there’s my other small which I shared with you all last month. It’s the Mill Hill beaded ornament I started.

This is what it looked like last time I talked about it. It’s being worked on 28 ct lavender even weave. I have never done so much frogging in my life!! It’s hard to see it unless I really focus, even with my magnifiers on.

I’ve discovered I don’t like working with beads this small. It’s time consuming, fiddly and annoying – to me. A friend of mine has graciously consented to take this project off my hands and finish it for herself.

I like working on even weave fabric, but I’m not a huge fan of beading something that small. I don’t see myself doing another one in the future though they are quite pretty.

I’m behind on the MSAL, but I’m working to catch up. I’ve done half of September’s design so far, and I’m trying to figure out what colors to use for October’s.

Pomegranates and pumpkins oh my! 🙂

I also wanted to show you two things I discovered on my visit to Fort Worth Texas on Thursday. We went to the Montgomery Street Antique Mall where we discovered a lovely little cafe called The Secret Garden Restaurant.

We both had the Secret Sampler and shared an order of Bread Pudding for desert.

Anyway, while in the antique store, I found these very interesting looking wall art pieces, and I took a picture of one of them:

I just noticed the price tag. OMG!!! I could make something like this for way less, even framed!

I bought a tapestry kit as well, but I don’t have a picture of it to show yet. Surprisingly, the kit is fully intact with plastic over the bottom of the box where the yarn it. It has gone into my To Do pile for next year.

That’s it for this week. I start work on Monday so, I’ll be back to having limited time for my projects. My main focus is going to be the MSAL, but I’ll also be working on some other small projects as I get the time. I haven’t forgotten the dollhouse either. I hope you like the progress I’ve made on it thus far. I’ll be writing about it soon.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

YouTube Tuesday: Jack Mack Wodturning

This guy has some serious skills I just had to share!! Check out his video below for some awe inspiring ASMR and visual effects!

I have nothing but respect for the way this man works!! I really enjoy watching his videos, and I hope you will too. Join me in subscribing, liking and leaving comments on his video!!

Let me know what you think of him, and if you have any more woodworkers you’d like me to check out, leave them in the comments below!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Dollhouse Project: Second Floor

I know some of the walls are not quite straight, but I didn’t notice it until after everything had dried. Short of tearing it up, the walls will remain a bit crooked. I also know they don’t all line up with each other, but I did this on purpose. Not all rooms in a multi-story house line up with the rooms above and below so why should mine?

This house’s outer walls and roof are being created using new 1/4 Luann while the walls are being cut out of the old walls and roof of the original house. I’m reusing the original base.

I say “we” because my son, J, is helping me with this build. We are using a hand saw because I can’t afford power tools right now. I was gifted with a Dremel 3000, but it’s not going to be used for cutting out walls.

We were using 32 TPI(teeth per inch) metal blades, and they were so hard to get through the wood! At one point, one of them began to bend. I switched us to 24 TPI metal blades, and it’s much easier to cut wood. I was worried the coarser teeth would splinter the wood, but it really hasn’t. What has splintered can be easily sanded, and it’s just the edges, not the main part of the walls.

Right after I took this picture, I added three walls to the third floor. I’m using wood glue to attach everything and nothing else right now. Eventually, I’ll be adding tiny magnets to hold the front wall to the body of the house.

There will be a third floor and an attic with a mansard roof. I am planning on four fireplaces and around four gabled windows.

If anyone has any suggestions for how to shingle the mansard roof where the front meets the sides, I’m all ears.

That’s it for now. I’m working on getting more walls cut for the third floor and for the attic space. After that, I’ll be adding the left side and putting on the roof. The roof is going to be a challenge because I have yet to find a video on how this roof is built in miniature. I’ll be winging it.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Dungeons and Dragons Inspired Twitch Streaming Prop – Health Potion

I took a Hartley Peach Brandy bottle – emptied by myself and my special gentleman friend – and I turned it into a Health Potion ala Dungeons and Dragons. My son asked me to make him a prop for his Twitch stream : Grim Commando 95, and we both chose the potion bottle.

I watched Darkest Raven Designs make her potion bottles, and I copied it only on a large scale. I also didn’t age or label the bottle because my son wanted something simple and basic. For the potion itself, I used:

Glycerin

Red Mica Powder

Water

For the bottle, I used

Push Button light

Foam

Cardboard

Mod Podge

Glue

Acrylic Paint in Brown and Black

Tissue Paper

The end results:

I know these aren’t the greatest pictures, and I really wish I had a decent way to make a video of it because the potion swirls inside and looks really cool with the light shining on it from below.

This is my first time ever doing something like this, and my son was pleased with the result so, I’m happy with how it came out. I’ll be doing more projects with bottles including making a Mana Potion prop for his stream. That will be a while because I want to get a few things to try out with it first.

More great projects are in the works, and I’ll be sharing them with you as I get them done just because I can!! LOL

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Baby Blanket for Co-Worker

This is what the blanket looks like right now, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue with this. It’s for a newborn so I don’t want to make anything with holes in it that might catch tiny fingers, but I don’t want it too plain either. I’ll offer the mother some suggestions on patterns and see which one she goes with.

I am using Lion Brand Ice Cream yarn in UBE. I have no idea what that means, but that’s the name on the packaging. I just like all the pretty colors that could be for boy or girl.

I am also using a “G” or 4.25mm aluminum crochet hook.

The stitch you might see above has many names, but I prefer “Moss Stitch.” It’s simple, works up quickly, and it keeps its sides even.

I’ll let you know next week what pattern the mother decides to go with. 🙂

see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

YouTube Tuesday: North of the Border

I found North of the Border when I fell down the rabbit hole of book nook creation. I had started out looking at videos teaching me how to make my own book nook,and it went downhill from there. I got lost for hours looking at videos related to book nooks, and North of the Border was one of the top five I liked when I finally freed myself from the maze.

Adam is the man behind the hands and voice of North of the Border. Strangely enough, the name of his channel only makes sense to those who live in North America – he lives in Canada. Still, it’s part of the man’s quirky sense of humor and laid back style. He makes “lots of tiny nerdy things” – his words, not mine. For only being on YouTube for about six months, the channel has over nine thousand subscribers. Yes, he’s that good!! Don’t take my word for it however! Check out the newest book nook/diorama he’s created mashing up LOTR and Star Wars!

Gandalf vs the Balrog/Rancor

I hope you enjoy watching and listening while he makes some seriously fun stuff.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

YouTube Tuesday – The Paper Outpost

I found this lovely person when I was perusing papercrafting. Thanks to her, I’m considering trying my hand at journal making.

The Paper Outpost is run by Pam. She lives in Florida, but she’s from Canada. Helping her in the background is her husband, her Aftican Gray parrot, two lovebirds and a puppy. She’s a very prolific creator so she has a lot of videos and releases one almost every day.

She shows everything from how to make the journal to decorating the pages. She uses as much scrap items as she can and loves to use things she’s gotten from thrift stores. Her tools are also things you should be able to get fairly cheap, and she always offers alternatives. She loves inking too by the way. She’s fun to watch so if you’re into papercrafting, or just curious, check out the video below:

As always, don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself.

I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

YouTube Tuesdays: bigstackD Casting

My youngest son turned me on to this guy. He makes ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response)videos where he doesn’t speak. You do hear him scraping at slag, the sound of melting ice hissing and assorted other sounds. He uses text to let you know what he’s doing, and he doesn’t overdo it either. His humor comes through even in text so that’s nice.

He lives in Australia, and he’s taken recycling metals to a whole new level, imho! He shows you how to smelt metals and turn them into a great many others things, and he’s a stickler for safety! He’s been making videos since 2007, and he has Lots of them to enjoy! I highly recommend you check him out if only out of curiousity. Below is a link to one of his videos:

If you want to see what else he has on tap, here’s the link to his channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNQkKS2AkN_BX36MdvY70Q

Newest Etsy Addition

Below is my newest addition to my Etsy shop.  It’s a stroller blanket. 🙂  I am working on a second large project even after I told myself I wouldn’t do another after finishing the peacock.  Still, the new project is proving to be fun to make so I’ll continue with it.

Please, visit my shop and tell your friends about it too.  I do take some commissions so it doesn’t hurt to ask, either here or at the shop.  I’m using the money to save up for a car so I can move out of the motel I’m currently living in and get into a place more secure.  I also can’t have my furbaby Oliver with me, and I miss her a lot!

The shop’s name is Griffin’s Market.  Yes, I realize it’s not a terribly creative name, but I wasn’t looking for creative when I started the shop.  My wares are my creation.

With that I bid you all adieu.  I’ll catch you on the flipside and as always, don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

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Griffin’s Market

Griffin’s Market is the name of my Etsy shop.  I know it’s not too original, but it gets the job done.

I have four items already listed on there – including my just finished peacock project.  I will be listing more items as I get pictures made and get projects done.

I take some commissions as well so don’t hesitate to ask.

The link is : GriffinsMarket

Let me know if the link doesn’t work.

See you all on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!