The Perfect Specimen – Part 1

I’m blogging a little out of order right now because I haven’t had a chance to send out a bunch of the gifts that I’ve made recently. For those of you who don’t know, we recently moved. Although it’s not that far from our old place, I still haven’t figured out where the closest place to mail packages is on the week-ends. All with time I suppose.

Things have begun to settle down with the moving, which has opened up a little time for me to continue crafting.  Yay!  My recent “thing” has been butterflies.  I got this great butterfly punch because I was inspired to do a project that I will post about later.  Anyways, I didn’t want to have this go to waste, so thought of other ways to take advantage of this great tool.  I had seen on pinterest some great images for wall art and thought I would try my hand at making a nice piece to hang in my daughter’s nursery.

One thing I found fascinating was the use of paint chip samples (like the ones you get at Lowes or Home Depot when you’re trying to decide what color to paint your room) and turning them into art pieces.  I thought this was such a great idea!  You get a multitude of vibrant and beautiful colors to use for free and the end product looks really nice and polished!

Our new apartment colors are very neutral (what you would expect of a rental), so I wanted something that would add a pop of color to the walls.  I chose one color wave and extended it up into a gradient pattern.  I’m really pleased with the result.  It’s very easy to make, you could do it too!

Materials:

1 butterfly punch (I used the Martha Stewart Brand)

1 Norrlida picture frame from Ikea

10 chips each of a 6-colorwave (or however dense you want it)

Elmer’s glue and a toothpick

Straight edge

Exacto knife

Cutting mat

1. Measure out on your Norrlida matboard starting from the center out.  I used 10 so I spaced the butterflies out 2 1/4″ horizontally and 1 1/2″ vertically.  Make a small x at each of these points.  When you attach your butterflies, this will be covered up.

2. Punch out your butterflies.  Arrange them on the board at the spots you marked, just to make sure you like the spacing.  You can adjust it for whatever density or whatever number of butterflies you have.

3. Turn the  butterflies over and score vertically along the spine of each butterfly.  Be careful not to cut through the paper.  This will allow you to fold the butterflies with a crisp vertical line and also have something for the glue to grab onto.

4. Glue each butterfly to the matboard, using a toothpick to apply glue evenly to the spine.

5. Take out the glass and backing of your frame.  Put the matboard w/ butterflies on the bottom (so that they will project out of the frame) and place glass, then backing.  Voila!  You’re all ready to go!

Note: you can always use the glass from the frame for something else, but I didn’t want to have a stray piece of glass around the apartment with my daughter running around, so for now I just embedded it within the frame.  Maybe I’ll think of something to do with it later.

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The Coolest Kicks in Town

I’ve made many a gift for many a baby now. In trying to remain fresh and original, I am trying to veer away from hats a little, since you can only make so many and I’m a little picky about how I want the hats to look. Anyways, I decided to try my hand at baby booties!

My mom had given me a booklet that had a bunch of baby booty patterns, so I thought it would be easy to try one of them. However, I got started and quickly realized that I wanted to make something completely different from the patterns I had. As a result, I ended up making up another design (I really have to stop doing this especially since I’m not the most experienced crocheter, but I guess I was feeling daring).

One of our very good friends, who was also in our wedding, had their first baby boy! He just turned 3 months and I’m so excited to meet him! I thought to myself, if I were a baby boy, what kind of shoes would I want? Uhhhhh…. BABY CHUCKS!!!!! I had seen an image on pinterest for baby converse sneakers, but I wasn’t really sure how to make them. I had found a tutorial for something similar, but it was all in Portuguese, and I can’t say that language is in my repertoire. I improvised and am very happy with the result. I’m going to have to try this in a bunch of different colors!

I have absolutely no idea how to size baby feet since my daughter seems to have smaller feet, but I tried to shoot for 6 month-ish size.  Again, I used the Martha Stewart brand Extra Soft Wool Blend, since I now have tons of colors.  I like working with it though because it’s really soft and the colors are really nice for baby gifts.  I hope that these keep it’s new owner’s little piggies toasty warm in the colder winter weather!