I have a tendency to flit around between different crafts and never quite seem to finish any of my works-in-progress. At the beginning of this year I decided I would finally finish all those craft projects I had started but hadn’t gotten around to finishing and wouldn’t be able to start any new projects until they’re all finished. I thought I’d show you two of my finished projects and one of my in-progress projects.
This cross stitch I actually started early this year for a friend’s birthday. It didn’t take too long to do, but it turned out beautifully. I got this pattern from ThuHaDesign on Etsy.
This is actually the first knitting project I’ve ever finished. There was quite a learning curve to this project considering I had no idea what I was doing. However, I think the scarf turned out very nicely. I still need to block the scarf to stop it from rolling over itself so much, but all-in-all I think it was a great first project. Though it took me a month an a half longer to finish than I originally planned, I learned some lessons about proper yarn weight and needle size that I will carry forward onto my next projects.
My current work-in-progress is actually quite a fun project, but it got a little out of hand. I’ve been working on a Dragon’s Egg. It takes a bit of time to paint all the scales and properly place them, but it looks super awesome. This project got a little out of hand because the example I looked at didn’t specify a size for the egg, so I went to the craft store and got what I thought was the correct size. Boy was I wrong. The egg I got was basically twice the size of the sample project in the picture, so technically I would have been already finished this project if I had gotten the correct size. Alas, I am still prepping more scales for the project, but it shouldn’t be too long before this project is completed as well.
So last year I made a post all about my foray into cross stitch and indicated I was working on a bigger project. Well, last month I finally finished it. I had been working on the Slytherin crest for my sister’s birthday. Though it took me almost a year and three months to complete, I finally did it!
The whole piece is quite large. The cross stitched area is about 14″x17″. While I loved doing this piece, I’m going to give myself this December to relax and do some other crafting projects before I start on my next cross stitch piece.
And for those of you who want to know, I got the pattern from The Leaky Cauldron website.
I love DIY and crafting projects, especially when I’m re-designing items and making them my own. When I was looking for a skateboard I couldn’t find any designs that appealed to me. They were all geared towards younger boys and there was a lack in neutral or girly designs to pick from. I decided to take matters into my own hands and re-design a skateboard to match my personal taste. I decided on a subtle Harry Potter theme with a metallic background and black detailing. It wasn’t very difficult to customize this skateboard, but it was well worth the effort.
Here’s what I used:
-Sandpaper -Painter’s tape
-Gold Spraypaint -Letter Stencils
-Black Acrylic Paint -Clear Laquer
I started by removing all the hardware from the board (wheels, screws, etc). I then sanded down the board so the image doesn’t show through the new design. I probably could have skipped this step, but since it was such a bright detailed image I thought it was better to be safe than to have to re-do it later. I then cleaned off the bottom of the board with some soapy water and left it to dry. Next, I took some painter’s tape and taped off the screw holes and the side of the board. This allowed me to still have the wood-grain effect on the side of the board and prevented the spraypaint from marking the top of the board. I then sprayed 3 thin coats of the gold spraypaint and allowed it to dry overnight. The next day I used the stencil and acrylic paint to make the design on the underside of the board. Once this dried I sprayed 3 thin coats of the laquer over top of the design to seal it and make it more durable. When everything was fully dried I re-attached the wheels and it was ready to ride.
I thought this was a really fun project and now I have a customized board that looks awesome.
For the past few months I’ve been trying out a new hobby. I have become completely enamoured with cross stitch. My mum tried to get me into cross stitch when I was younger, but I was never motivated to ever start anything. Something must have happened in those 14 years, because I find the craft so enjoyable and relaxing now. I managed to complete my first little cross stitch earlier last week (pictured below) and have a large piece in the works at the moment.
I got the pattern for my cross stitch from SewHappyCrossStitch on Etsy. If any of you are interested in getting started with cross stitch I suggest checking out Bothy Threads or cherrylanedesigns on YouTube for instructions for beginners. Hopefully this inspires you to try something new. Who knows? You might find your new favourite hobby.