Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cricut 3D Paper Pumpkins

I've been playing with the Cricut files on Design Space, 3D Chevron Pumpkin and 3D Polka Dot Pumpkin and the Make it Now file that makes both in several sizes. Their directions call for five sheets of the outer paper and five sheets of the inner layer for each pumpkin, using hot glue to arrange them into a circle.

I found this rather bulky and awkward to assemble. I did do the math and figured out that for five sides to make a circle, I needed 72° degree angles between each section, This went okay until the last one. I didn't take into account the thickness of the sandwiched pieces.

My whole idea of paper crafting is that it shouldn't be difficult. I had made their 3D cactus which uses only four sections to make the base. I decided to modify the pumpkin pieces to assemble them more in this mode. Enjoy the video and send feedback if you've tried to make these as well.



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Inkle Loom

I am using Jane Patrick's DVD, Inkle Weaving A to Z, to learn to use my inkle loom. This has been a summer bucket list item and I'm happy to say I'm making some progress. As a weaver, I get a certain excitement when I see my weaving moving past the prep stage into actual fabric, or in this case, a strap. I see so many possibilities with this loom and with this DVD. Jane Patrick is wonderful in her explanations and demonstrations in this. I'm going to make this into a dog leash when I learn how to assemble it. So far, I have about 49 inches woven. So much fun! I'll post more pictures later when finished.
I'm using 8/2 for the white and yellow unmercerized cotton and 10/2/2 unmercerized cotton purple.




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Video Class Live Online! Make Your Own Explosion Box!


 I had submitted this tutorial for Skill Share. For various reasons, I've withdrawn my membership for this site and will now post this on YouTube for all to see. It is still available to members on Skillshare.
Teachers, why not try a new hands-on approach for your students' projects next year? Instead of the same old shadow boxes, why not try making some book reports presented with explosion boxes? Or maybe a science report? Combine math skills to resize for smaller boxes.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Expanding My Cricut Skills

I've been trying to get full use of my Cricut Explore lately. It is a very complex machine with loads of uses. I've been learning to splice, not fully happy with my cutting board project, but at least I did manage to splice a figure and insert text. I ruined it when transferring, but at least saved my file to replace it.

I've also been intrigued by the pictures of cacti in the Make it Now Section of Design Space. I cut out the file for the paper terrarium and have assembled one cactus and three succulents so far. It should have cut out more pieces for the barrel cactus, but for some reason, I was left with only part of a barrel cactus. I also noticed on the video, that the one they are showing is much larger than the direct file to Cricut cut. Bigger would be better and would give a cleaner cut for the details.

I wish Cricut would finish making a video for the rest of the cacti in this group. The succulents shown on the You Tube videos I've seen are different from the ones that I downloaded from DS. I asked for advice from one of the Facebook pages, but got no hits, so I plowed ahead and threw the pieces together. I was pleased, I must say, on how they turned out.

I still need to finish the other cactus pieces littering my worktable, but got sidetracked with the 3D Dinosaur head. This is the second one of these types I've tried. I tangled an elephant a few years ago. These are very fun to cut and assemble. They're also numbered, so it helps to transfer the numbers to the back of the pieces with a pencil before assembly. They go together in numerical order, which helps.

Henry loved the dinosaur. I'm afraid this one may be destined for his office in the fall. I'll have to order more green paper. When I figure out how to pack these, I'll post them on my etsy shop, Tangled Moons.

So back to the paper flowers. My goal before the week is out is to try a rose with the pearl paper from Cricut and the hydrangea. I'll post results later.




Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Explosion Boxes, But Oh What a Fall!

Two Sundays ago, I was on the phone and my husband's computer trying to restore our Internet link. When I stood up to check our land line, my foot caught in the bedspread end hanging on the floor next to his computer desk. I found myself flying toward the floor with a painful oomph. Hours later at the emergency clinic, I was told my right arm wasn't broken, but I needed to use a sling for several days because of the trauma to my arm and wrist. Of course, this is my dominant hand and arm. I put my etsy shop, Tangled Moons, on vacation for a week, estimating that I would be fine in a week.
Well, I am better - I can type a little and write/draw a little. I still can't pick up anything heavy or turn a doorknob with any resistance. Fortunately, Henry is a wonderful husband who has waited on me when needed and also is off work for the summer.
I have  opened the etsy shop again, but the listings are not offering variations at this time. What is listed is for sale as is. I have managed to get a few new photos of some boxes that were already made, so I have a few more listings to add. I'm not someone who is happy to sit back and do nothing, so I am exercising the arm as much as I can.
I'll have to set a new goal (2 more weeks) and I plan to be back on target. Not the summer I had planned, but I'm trying to make lemonade. I'm refocusing on creating a small book on Tangling with Die Cuts and may even start an Explosion Box book. Stay tuned.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Weaving Kitchen Towels

I was so thrilled last night. Not only had I finally finished warping over 400 threads for a set of kitchen towels (seven yards plus), but I had finished weaving them, taken them off the loom and actually hemmed them, washed and dried them. Today I will press them, since they include a Mother's Day gift and a hostess gift. The remainder, the ones with funny flaws, are mine to enjoy. I can't wait to do this again. The next time I will try a set of twills. I used straight weaving this time.

Somehow, I managed to leave out a whole section of threads and had to go back and add the section. The result is a set of slightly off centered patterning, but unless one if a weaving aficionado, I don't think it will occur to anyone to notice.

This was my first set of towels to do. They were woven on my Mighty Wolf with 8/2 unmer

cerized cotton. I wish I could buy about ten more color cones to do more today!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO ALL OF OUR READERS!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Hot Hats - Free e-book from Universal Yarn

Do you love to knit hats? They're fun, quick and so useful in this winter weather. Universal Yarns is offering a free e-book, Hot Hats, for knitting hats. Cute, cute patterns which feature the wonderful Uptown Worsted, Classic ShadesDeluxe Worsted, and Deluxe Chunky yarns. Check it out and download this free e-book:

 http://blog.universalyarn.com/2016/02/11/free-e-book-hot-hats/



Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Thick and Thin of Bamboo Bloom

I love the thick and thin yarn from Universal Yarn called Bamboo Bloom. It come in solids and in Handpaints. I'm working on my second cowl with the Handpaints and it is really starting to take shape. The gray cowl followed a pattern which called for double-wrapping the yarn before knitting when you reach the thicker wool parts. On the next row, this creates a nice little extra long loop. I don't remember the name of the pattern.

With the new pattern, The Interrupted Cowl, a freebie from universalyarn.com, instead of double-wrapping, you just pearl the thicker parts.
I love the way this starts to create a scallop kind of edge. This is a fun yarn to work with and it weaves interesting cloth as well. I have one more skein of this limited run colorway, Hashi, on my etsy shop, The Irresistible Ewe, but I do have other colorways as well which would be beautiful knitted into cowls or other items as well.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Up-Cycled Holiday Nightlight



My husband had asked me to make a gluten-free cake with chocolate frosting for a school social and we usually go with canned frosting to save time. He brought home a container of Duncan Hines chocolate icing. After the container was spread on the cake, I was washing it for the recycling bin. I noticed how translucent the plastic was, so of course, my mind began working on how I could up-cycle this project.
It took some doing to get the sticky part off after the label was removed. Why manufacturers feel they need the paper to adhere with such a death grip is beyond me. I much prefer jars with cheap glue, where the label floats off after being soaked for just a few minutes.

I had a bag of battery tea lights left over from Halloween on the kitchen counter, so I turned one on and inserted it into the now-empty tub. The light shone through softly, but distinctly. I thought of the votive patterns I have seen on the Cricut Design Space and pulled out my black vinyl.

Since the top was red, I decided it would be best for a Christmas votive. I didn't see any Christmas votive patterns, so I used the Santa sleigh from the Christmas file and the HO HO HO from Christmas Kitsch.

I plan to give this away soon. I liked how the project turned out. I did have to work the Santa side a little to fit it to the contour of the tub. I would advise placing it on first lightly and then lifting parts carefully to get a smooth fit. I think this would be a fun project to make for little ones. The plastic is soft and won't break if dropped and the votive should be safe. I'm not sure about leaving it lit for a while; make sure the votives used will stay cool. Hope you like it. Wouldn't this be cute to set on a nightstand next to the child's bed the night before Christmas while you read your favorite holiday books with your child?