Archive for February, 2013

Day 59: Porthole Card
February 28, 2013

This morning was full of crafting challenges. You know, one of those days where nothing quite works right on the first try or even the second and third ones? That being said, I was finally able to pull together today’s project and it even turned out pretty much like I had hoped.

Porthole Greeting Card

I have been playing with the idea of making a porthole card for a while now, and picked this morning to sit down and make it happen. I got off to a good enough start when I was able to find all of the supplies I needed. The tricky one being the transparency film that I used for the window itself. I got everything together and fired up the Cricut which is when the trouble began. I wanted to use a different fish that had these long flowing fins and looks really cool, but I tried numerous times to cut it out using my Cricut and it would either not cut through or the paper would tear. Finally, I gave up on using that fish and used this guy, who is very cute, but not very elegant. Regardless, I was able to cut him. Then when I was trying to quickly put the brads into the porthole frame, they kept breaking. I have had cases where I might break one, but this morning it seemed like every other one was breaking. Finally though, it all fell into place, and I put everything together before running out the door to head to work.

 

Day 58: Baby Blocks
February 27, 2013

I don’t know why I wanted to make baby blocks. Maybe it is because I have a lot of co-workers who either just had babies or their wives are expecting. Or maybe it was because I got to spend time with my precious little nephew this weekend. Regardless, the idea hit me over the weekend and I ran with it.

Baby Blocks

Now, you may wonder how baby blocks are inspired by the sea. As soon as the idea hit me, I knew I wanted to make a whale block and a shark block. (Convenient since both have 5 letters leaving an open side for me to put the critter on.) Now, the frustrating part was not being able to find true baby block style blocks, but I made due. I cut squares in white glitter paper than I adhered to all 6 sides. I then cut smaller squares from the blue textured paper and put them onto the white squares. The final step was cutting the letters and the critters out and adhering them to the blocks. All in all, not a difficult project.

I guess I should include a note that these are for decorative purposes only.

 

Day 57: Coral Drop Earrings
February 26, 2013

I set out on one path this morning but it just wasn’t quite working. I knew I wanted to use some of the coral that my friend and co-worker had given me, so I set out to make a pair of earrings. But, part way through, I just wasn’t happy with how they were turning out. So, I dug back into the bag that she gave me and decided to do a pair of drop earrings.

Coral Drop Earrings

That gave me the red pair. But, they just seemed lonely. So I broke into my own coral stash for some of my blue sponge coral. I combined it with some grey crystals to make a second pair of coral drop earrings. And, I still have all of the little coral to use for a future project.

Day 56: Candles on the Half Shell
February 25, 2013

Today’s project was actually the one I intended to do yesterday.

Seashell Candles

The reason that I couldn’t do this yesterday was because I didn’t have a double boiler which was necessary for melting the wax. So, this morning, I got up early and melted the wax adding the blue coloring. While it was melting, I got the seashells and wicks all together and, as soon as the wax was ready I poured it into the shells, trying to be careful not to let it flow right out.

Now, I just have to figure out how to get the leftover wax out of my double boiler.

 

Day 55: Socktopi
February 24, 2013

Is the plural of octopus octopi, octopuses or octopodes? Technically, any of them are correct. Which is a good thing to know since today’s project consists of 2 octopi. Or should I say Socktopi?

Socktopi

These guys were actually pretty easy to make. I started with knee socks and I cut off the foot part. I tied off the open end using embroidery floss (since I don’t have regular thread) and trimmed it close. Next, I used cotton balls to fill the head and tied it off. I cut the remaining part of the socks into 8 tentacles each. Added some button eyes and created this cute pair of Soctopodes.

One of my favorite parts of this project is that my youngest son actually made one too, but he doesn’t want me to share a picture of his. He used some slightly different techniques, but his result was similar enough.

Day 54: Cross Stitch Sailing Ship
February 23, 2013

I used to do cross stitch all the time, but most of the cross stitch that I did were never completed in just one day, so I never thought that I could do one for my daily project. Then last night, I remembered that I have a book called Two-Hour Cross Stitch. I flipped through it last night and what did I find but a pattern for a sailing ship.

Cross Stitch Sailing Ship

It took me about an hour and a half, so I guess the title of the book is pretty accurate. Anyway, the hoop is a 4 inch hoop to give you an idea about the size of the finished design. I have to admit that I didn’t have the exact colors the pattern called for, so I improvised. Like I said, I used to cross stitch a lot, so I was pretty sure that I could make it work with alternative colors. I think it turned out pretty well.

Day 53: Fish Bingo
February 22, 2013

Today’s project isn’t as visually stimulating as some, but it is still fun. Fish Bingo!

Fish Bingo

I spent some time last night looking up species of fish. Did you know that there are ratfish and hogfish? I didn’t. I found 75 types of fish. I then typed up all of the types, printed them out and cut them into strips. The next step was creating the Bingo cards themselves. I set up the grid and added a fish photo to the bottom of the page. In the free space, it says, “Gone Fishing.” Seemed appropriate. I then randomly selected from the strips to fill in the boxes on 6 cards.  I saved all of the strips with the fish names so that they can be used for calling out the fish names for a game.

Once the idea hit me yesterday, I knew I had to get a bag of Goldfish crackers to use for marking the squares.

So, who is ready for a game?

Day 52: Seashell and Aventurine Bracelet
February 21, 2013

So much for not making any more jewelry this week. I got up this morning and quite honestly wasn’t feeling terribly inspired. I looked through my various craft supplies and finally settled on finishing a bracelet that I was actually looking at the other day.

Seashell and Aventurine Bracelet

I had gotten the small white shell circles (they are about 1/2 an inch across) and wanted something different to go with them. The colors of the aventurine chips reminded me of the greens that you see in choppy seas, so I thought they might work. What do you think? Do they work?

 

Day 51: Seashell Fish
February 20, 2013

After having made seashell boats yesterday, it only seemed appropriate to make seashell fish today.

Seashell Fish

I remember that my one co-worker and I each used to have fish at work. That is until someone told us that we weren’t allowed (even though the president of the company saw my fishbowl and thought it was pretty cool). Well, I bet I could have this shadow box fish tank at the office and no one would complain.

Just like yesterday, I started out by painting the seashells. These are much smaller than the shells I used yesterday with the largest ones measuring about an inch. I then used my trusty glue gun to glue the fin shells onto the larger shells and to glue everything to my water print paper. I then used adhesive pearls for the eyes. Put it all into a shadow box frame, and I have a new fish tank safe for any office.

Day 50: Seashell Sailboats
February 19, 2013

Excited to have lasted 50 days. With each day that passes, reaching the goal of 365 days feels more attainable.

For today, I played with an idea that I saw when buying seashells and other supplies at Hobby Lobby: Seashell Sailboats.

Seashell Sailboats

I started with plain seashells that I painted red. I then used paper to make the sails and straws for the masts. The trickiest part was gluing the masts to the shells. I tried a couple of adhesives before discovering the best option was my glue gun. The glue dries quickly and keeps the mast upright.

I could see using these for table identifiers at a sailing themed event. Just use different colored paper for the sails for each table. Or they could be used as place markers by writing people’s names on the sails. Could even be a fun project for Sunday school or VBS.