Nov 30, 2010

Fabric Flowers

Hand-stitched fabric flower I made out of green and pink striped fabric. Lined the back with thick black fabric and sewed a clip to the back. The center is made up of a metal button sewn directly to the fabric.

Oct 27, 2010

Recycled Vinyl Record Cuff

I've been workin' on a vinyl record purse from scratched up vinyl. In the process I ended making a cuff from the scraps. Here's the result.

I think it came out pretty cool. Luckily I was cutting off the edge of the record for this project because it worked out perfectly shape-wise. All I used was a pair of metal scissors and the oven to make it pliable. Just make sure to sand down the rough edges on the side that was cut to avoid scraping yourself!

Oct 14, 2010

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting... and Super Nintendo

After a day of rainy chilly weather and being sore from getting tattooed, the comfort of my roommate's Super Nintendo and delicious cupcakes is just what the doctor ordered.

Baking counts as DIY, right?
I need to share this recipe because it's just THAT good.I got it from And all the Trimmings, a food blog run by the Tribune staff.

The writer was right, it's the perfect fall cupcake. The pumpkin flavor is just enough and it's not overpowered by spices. They came out moist and yummy. The frosting is pretty much heavenly.

Click below for the recipe...
Like a cupcake should. 

Oct 11, 2010

Tank Girl!

It's finally October. The leaves are turning, pumpkin and apples are in everything, and my favorite holiday is quickly approaching! My costume this year?...

TANK GIRL! I've wanted to do this costume for awhile now but I always end up doing something else. I'm basing the wardrobe on the awesome comic book. The movie.. is eh. Since there are so many great outfit combos in the illustrations I decided on a combination of Tank Girl outfits rather than attempting to recreate a single one.

Here's my checklist so far:
1. Stuffed Camp Koala
2.  Earflap hat
3. googles  
4. combat boots
5. mod target shirt
6.Cross earrings
7.Tank belt buckle
8.Random Knicknacks: Rabbit's foot, bullets, patches, cigarettes, bandages, cut-off stripe socks, pins, teeth, bones, ect. (If you have any of these, feel free to contribute/donate!)

9.Rocket Bra
Now, the real challenge is going to be making the rocket bra. I've got a couple of ideas in mind, lets see what comes of it. Suggestions from friends for materials include: quaker oats containers, pvc tubes, papier mache. I also found a rocket bra online that was sewn and stuffed, kinda like rocket pillows but meant to be worn over the bust. Although it would be rad, I'd rather spare myself the trouble of attempting to make a pattern to achieve that so I think I'm taking the solid route and going for the quaker oats containers. I'll post the results!

Here are some well-done tankys i found via google searches on the interwebs:

Oct 2, 2010

Westcott Fair

@The Westcott Fair Picture by Christina Cathleen.

Oct 1, 2010

Stuffed friends

"This is how I make a carrot"
 Terribly cute video and profile on etsy seller, Steffbomb

This is how I make a carrot! from Craig Shimala on Vimeo.

Read the full article here
Check out her plush creations on her etsy store here:

She makes quirky, fun plush creations. With names like Grumble buns and Twanga Twanga Twanga Tenor Banjo, who could resist? My favorites are carrot and baby corn. The severed hand and the chainsaw are pretty great too, just in time for Halloween!

Ah, sometimes I wish I could just make stuff and hang out all day in a studio creating.
I think I'm too antsy for that, though. I want to be doing so many things all the time.

Sep 30, 2010

Made with vintage buttons

Sold a couple of variations of these at the fair. Brooch in the back and elastic band to be used as a headband as well. I'll get a better pic up soon. xo.

Sep 16, 2010

Project studandspike-a-thon: part 2

Following my recent obssession with studded things and my previous post with the awesome Louboutin/Rodarte heels I finally got around to working on my own version. The whole project didn't take too long really(about two days?). At this point I just need to get some more cone studs for the front of the right shoe and i'll be done!

$5.00 pink heels from Salvation Army
$15 bag of assorted large spikes
things i already had:
xacto knife, bag of cone studs, felt, can of black spray paint + clear coat spray
TOTAL: All and all i spent around $20... not bad, not bad!

How I did it:
-Before you begin mark off with a sharpie where you'd like your spikes to go.
-Then poke holes through your marks with a sharp x-acto, making them wide enough for your spikes to screw threw (start small, you can always widen them)
-Screw in your spikes through the holes and tighten
-For the cone studs in the front, bend the prongs back and use a glue gun to attach them one by one to the toe of your heels

Aug 26, 2010

Westcott Fair

Clutch purse! If I get my ass in motion more  will be available at the fair.
Just got started on my things for the westcott fair. Ive got some new things in the works to sell this year.

WESTCOTT FAIR THIS YEAR: Sunday, September 19, 12:00 - 6:30 PM

Aug 25, 2010

book picks.

  Brought to you by the lovely ladies of Punk Rock Domestics

2.Who You Callin' Cupcake: 75 In-Your-Face Recipes that Reinvent the Cupcake -

  Straight from Bleeding Heart Bakery in Chicago


3.Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design 

  Companion book to the documentary film of the same name, by Miss Faythe Levine

When im not so broke, these are next on my to buy list. Who knows? Maybe i'll even attempt to review them. Ah, the possibilities! Either way, they scream radness.

Aug 24, 2010

Surfing on a rocket

Looks like we will be using all the boxes left over from the move!
Introducing...the new house project. WERE BUILDING A ROCKETSHIP for our living room.
How awesome is this?

Images and tutorial here:

Aug 20, 2010

Studs and Spikes

Recently a lot of designers have been popping out shoes, bags, and clothing studded and spiked to my little heart's content. I of course, cannot afford such an expense. Thats where my master diy skills come into play.

Feast your eyes on these kick ass beauties though:

        Exhibit A: Louboutin and Rodarte                                  

 Exhibit B: "The porcupine"
 Louise Goldin for TopShop

Exhibit C: "The Stegosaurus Tail Spike heel"                  

  Exhibit D: "The Balsac Jaws of death heel"                             
   ...Better known as the ultimate metal heels  

I just bought myself a 40 pack of spikes on ebay and have a couple of english cone studs that i'll be using on this little project as well. Still debating on silver or black for the actual shoe though.

Upon my recent obsession for all things spiked  I quite honestly wish acquire some super large spikes. Mind you, not any kind of large spike, im thinking hurtyourself-immakillyou 8 inch spikes. (Which by the way i did find online here.) I want to put those babies on the shoulders of my jacket and trot around like bowser. Yep, I want to be the jackass at the show that scrapes all the assholes in the pit "Oops, was that your face? Sorry about that."

My google searching for spiked heels and placement inspiration also yielded a really nice tutorial that was posted on a while back. Check it out here

Jul 29, 2010

Welcome to the candy shoppe

Im on a sweets kick. Heres a little kawaii inspired ice cream pendant I made today.
polymer clay, rhinestones, metal wire, and an oven.
the result=

Jul 14, 2010

Reopening doors, were back in business!

Now that I've graduated and have more time on my hands I have once again rekindled my love affair with crafting and have been keeping myself busy making things. It's been awhile since I have even updated this blog, so a little revamping was in order. New layout, new header. and without further a do.. new content!
From this moment on I shall embark on a journey in which the results of my hours obsessing over stitches, hot glue, fabrics, trimming, and putting my dumpster finds to good use will undergo a decent amount of documentation. Wish me luck!

ll start off with a little something mildly flavored...
A recently customized Vest and Hoodie after the jump.

Jun 11, 2010

Apr 22, 2010

I like my coffee hot

Just because I've become a master at procrastination and I'm of course still up at this ungodly hour in the morning I thought i'd combine my need for coffee with a productive eco-friendly tip.

In lieu of Syracuse's Earth Week celebration, I have found myself bombarded with discussions about sustainability and green alternatives. Among these conversations, my friend Lindsay recently mentioned she keeps the heat protective sleeves from People's Place and reuses them. So her comment quickly turned into a crafty lightbulb moment: COZIES!

Image via Etsy

First thing that came to mind, crochet and felt. Handmade cozies make for a great alternative to double cups and cardboard or carton heat sleeves that people often throw away. While I can't make every coffee shop invest in compostable hot cups or corn-based coated cups, reusable cozies can certainly aid in reducing the amount of cups wasted... and keeping you from burning your fingers off.

Feb 16, 2010

Craft Chemistry

Just found about this place called Craft Chemistry in downtown syracuse,
Way excited to make my way there soon.

They sell local crafts and artwork, serve as an artist space and host a studio lab that provides a space for crafting circles, gallery space,  and general art-making. Im particularly excited about their research lab- they have everything from juxtapoz and high fructose to american craft, the big ass book of crafts and  I.D. magazine.
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