Author: passtimedesigns

The fact I can be used for this

Interesting title, I know. I’ll get to that later. 

Writing a blog is something that have seen others do and I’ve said to myself ‘I can do that’, but I have never actually put any effort into trying to maintain a blog. 

I want to change that. It will start with sporadic entries of random projects I am working on, and I hope it can grow to something that readers come back to for DIY ideas and project inspiration. 

Right now I’m working on stock for my fall shop update and a couple of craft sales I will be attending in the fall. Here is a preview:


Now, the title. I was thinking how to title this post, something I always struggle with coming up with. I accidentally pushed the middle word suggestion on my iPhone’s keyboard, and continued (without changing any) and got these 8 words. I see them as an encouragement and an inspiration that I can do this blog thing. 

Hannah

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Smeagol/Gollum Cuttout

My sister and I have this thing going where we have a Gollum card that we hid around each others rooms and in each other’s stuff. So far he’s made it in books, in laptops, under pillows, in laundry and a variety of other places. It’s a harmless amusing thing we do, though it’s great to be in class and have the card fall out of your textbook… Only a couple weird looks there…

Anyway, for her birthday this year I wanted to get her something more creepy than the greeting card sized picture of his face; I had seen a couple pictures on Pinterest of the life-size cut outs. Though I loved the idea, $30+ was more than I wanted to spend. So I got creative and made my own.

I started by purchasing a poster on EBay. I bought this one.
Unfortunately it did not come in time for her birthday, but not to fret because April 1st wasn’t too far off.

Supplies:

  • White foamcore board
  • Spray adhesive
  • Poster
  • Exato knife
  • Newspapers (to protect work surface

Directions:

Lay down your poster and make sure it’s nice and flat – the often come rolled up tightly.

Lay out your poster to make sure the design you will cut is smaller than the foam board. Spray board with adhesive.

*note this should be done in a well-ventilated area that is protected from overspray of adhesive. This is also where the newspapers came in handy.

Starting at either the top or bottom begin slowly smoothing your poster onto the foam board. Be especially careful of air bubbles where the image you want as the cutout to be. The areas that will be cut off are not as critical.

Let the adhesive dry for the recommended time, you may find it helpful to put weight on your poster to make sure it dries flat and evenly.

After it dries carefully begin cutting around your design with your Exato knife. Go slowly, taking your time around tight spots.

The sharp blade cuts through the foam board really easily.

Leaving the bottom edge intact gave me a nice flat bottom where I could then use extra pieces of foam board to make stand pieces. I forgot to take pictures of this step, but basically I cut little rectangles out of the main piece that matched the stand pieces and fit them in. It is not necessary to glue them in if they fit tight, but you could for extra security.

That’s it. Pretty easy and the whole project was less than $10 since I had everything on hand except the poster.

I have found the cheapest place for foamcore board is the dollar store. You could use cardboard for the base, and for a larger piece you would have to, but the foamcore is sturdier in my opinion. And it is easier to cut with more precision.

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Homemade body butter with essential oils

Recently my family has been doing more with essential oils – they actually work for many purposes and are quite effective. I do recommend Young Living oils.

The Recipe:

Making the body butter is super easy, here is the recipe I used.

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I used Frankincense for its benefits with various skin issues
PanAway for its muscle relaxing and soothing (putting a couple drops of PanAway in about a tsp of almond oil almost instantly relives sore joints and muscles when applied directly), Lavender for its general purposes like frankincense

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I bought my Shea butter here on Amazon.com
The almond and coconut oils I got at a local health food store, you can find them online or a lot of grocery stores are carrying them now.

Jedi Merida Cosplay – Part 1

Making my Merida cosplay was a fun project. I really wanted to attend the GR Comic Con as a Jedi, but I also liked the idea of making a Disney Princess inspired Jedi outfit after seeing some cool designs on Pinterest.

So I came up with my own design for Merida, I wanted it to be closer to the traditional Scottish style from the movie, Brave.

(click on any picture to see it larger)

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I started by making the pants, using a pair of my yoga pants as a pattern, same idea as making a pair of pajama pants. The fabric was sort of stretchy, but I didn’t want them as tight as leggings. The also have an elastic waistband.

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The jacket was a little more complicated, I made it a kimono style with two seams, so using a napkin I figured out how to cut it then used muslin (which turned into the lining) to practice. Use your measurements to figure out the length/width you will need.

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My $3 a yard clearance linen fabric for the outside of the jacket.

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To make the jacket sew the bottom arm seam and side seam in one go, repeat on other side (for both outer part and lining). Then pin together around all raw edges (except sleeves) and turn right-side out, fold and finish sleeves.

The lightsaber also presented a bit of a challange, since a bow and arrows are not Jedi-like I needed to modify a lightsaber. Ideally I would have made the whole thing, but I ran out of time and this was actually much cheaper (aka budget friendly)… since I painted it 3 days before the Con.

I took a plastic lightsaber (it used to make noise/light up but the battery door was missing and I don’t know if it worked or not). I chose a blue blade to represent the ‘wisps’ from Brave. I used 3 different colors of acrylic paint to paint a design following the basic pattern of Merida’s bow.

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I also made these accessories out of modeling clay, an arrowhead necklace (I put a chain through the hole to wear around my neck), and a buckle to put my sash through (not seen in the picture). The design was then painted on after baking.

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My next post I will post details about how I made the skirt and styled the wig.

Stargazer Cowl

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This cowl was so easy and only takes a couple hours to crochet.

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It’s worked up with a bulky yarn and large hook, that gives it a nice loose pattern that drapes well and is nice and warm.

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Supplies:

2-3 skein’s of Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in color of your choice (I used Dallas Grey)

Size S/35 Crochet hook (about 3/4 of an inch in diameter)

Tapestry needle (optional, using your hook to loop through works too if you don’t have a tapestry needle)

The Pattern:

Piece is worked flat then sewed up the side

Row 1: Chain 55 (or however many you want to make the diameter you would like. Just make sure it’s multiple’s of two plus one for your first row). Single crochet along first row starting in first chain from hook (54 stitches)

Row 2: Chain 2, half double crochet across starting in second stitch from chain (chain counts as 2 HDC)

Row 3: Chain 1, single crochet across starting in second stitch from chain (chain counts as SC)

Row 4: This is where you will start the star stitch pattern. Chain 3, pull up a loop in second chain from hook so you have two loops on your hook, pull up a loop in third chain from hook (three loops), pull loop from first stitch, second stitch, and third stitch from previous row, four, five then six loops. After you have six loops on your hook pull yarn through all six loops then chain one. This completes the first ‘star’. To finish the row: pull yarn through ‘eye’ of star, (two loops), then wrap the yarn around your hook (like your going to HDC) and pull up loop through the last ‘spoke’ of the previous star (four loops), pull up loop in next two stitches (six loops), and finish the same way as first star. Follow the instructions for the second ‘star’ to finish the row.

Row 5: Chain 3 (counts 1 HDC), make two HDC in each ‘eye’ of the stars along the row, and make one HDC in last stitch.

Here is a Youtube video I made to explain this better

Rows 6-7: Repeat rows 4 and 5

Repeat row 1-3

Repeat rows 4-7

Repeat rows 1-3

(end on a row of single crochet)

finish off, leaving a tail long enough to sew short ends together and you’re done! Enjoy your new cowl!