DIY “Book” Shelf

Oh the Irony! This shelf isn’t made to hold books, it’s made out of a book! book shelf

I used to do this as a kid to make desks for my barbies with small pieces of cardboard. It is Super simple, I used faux leather strips, wrapped it around the book and then attached the straps to the wall with upholstery tacks. I really want to do this on a bigger scale, something stronger that can hold more weight; dare I say it, maybe hold books?! You aren’t laughing are you?

 

For now, I’m really enjoying this little shelf.

 

-PK

DIY Cardigan with Fabric Shoulders

I really like adding material to shirts and cardigans, and I’ve been itching to finish this cardigan for weeks now. We’ve ALL done it, you start a project and then something happens and we get distracted and your project sits in a corner for a while. Yea, something like that happened with this project. This doesn’t really require very much sewing skill, I used a sewing machine to do all of the sewing. Though it will be slower, you can hand stitch this as well. DIY cadrigan with fabric

This sweater started out as an old red cardigan that I wasn’t wearing anymore. I decided to try sprucing it up with some fun fabric on the shoulders with the hopes that maybe I’d want to wear it again. I’m pretty satisfied with out it turned out! You’ll need about a yard of fabric, a cardigan, sewing machine (or needle and thread), scissors, pins and something to use to make a template with. DIY materials

I used Interfacing to put over the top of the sweater as a template. I traced what areas I wanted to add fabric  with the fabric pen and cut out the template. TIP: put the sweater on after you’ve pinned your template to the sweater to make sure you’re satisfied with the placement.DSCF1636 DSCF1634

Once I knew what areas I wanted to put fabric on, I was ready to cut my cardigan apart. DSCF1674

You will cut off the neck, the sleeves and you’ll cut the seams at the top of the shoulders. DSCF1640

You will use your template’s to place over the fabric to cut out the fronts and back of the sweater. I kept an inch to two inches excess around the edges so that I could iron over the edges, I am also a huge believe in you can always cut off more if you need too!DSCF1703

(You can click on the above image to see it larger so that you can see all of my notes, sorry for my horrible handwriting!!) I realized it was really hard for me to fully illustrate how to sew this all together, so I am hoping this diagram will help you. I sewed the tops of both of the shoulder pieces together and that made the piece you see in the above picture.

This piece now will be attached to the different parts of the cardigan.  The neckline that you cut away from the sweater will be attached to the half circle part of the fabric. Both sleeves will be attached to the sides, with the top of the sleeves meeting at the shoulder seam. Hopefully the diagram helps you.

I made a HUGE realization after I finished this… I didn’t need to cut the cardigan at ALL! I could’ve just covered the cardigan fabric and attached this to the cardigan rather than cutting it all away. Sometimes the most simple solutions are just staring you in the face so hard that you can’t even see it! Either way you will get the same exact results! DSCF1936

Here is the back of the sweater. I am pretty stoked with how it turned out and even though it took me a couple weeks to actually get through this one, I’m glad I finally finished it! Now I’m dreaming of more cardigan DIY’s

 

-PK

DIY Shoes & Baking

I like to take advantage of time when I am home and working on things, so usually I have several things going on at once. There is ALWAYS a TV show(lately I have been catching up on House) or a Radio Show(This American Life ALWAYS) Playing in the background. But why not listen to a radio show, make a fun new DIY AND Bake something? All those wasted minutes while a treat is baking in the oven can surely be used for some quality handcrafting time, right?! Well These pictures sum up how I used my time.DSCF1676__1 DSCF1678_1

I made Gluten Free Rice Krispie & Chocolate Chex Marshmallow Treats using Dandies, my favorite Vegan marshmallow. Here is the recipe I used from Fettle Vegan. Instead I did 2 cups rice Krispie’s and 3 cups Chocolate Chex.DSCF1679_1I also made my favorite Gluten Free/Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe that never ceases to amaze me. I really like to slice it in thin bread-like slices and warm it with a little agave or butter on top….Yum! I also made a new pair of shoes using a pair of white sneakers, acrylic paint and a paint pen, it was time consuming but totally fun.DSCF1687_1I got the white sneakers at Target and they have elastic in them so you don’t need to have laces in them!DSCF1692_1 Happy Friday!

 

-PK

Maker Faire 2014 and oh, Hi!

 

Oh, Hi, How ya doin? I’ve been a little MIA lately, I know, I know. Sorry!! But I’m back! I went to Maker Faire 2014 this weekend, and you know what? It REALLY is the the greatest show and tell on earth! Don’t know what Maker Faire is? Yea, I didn’t really know either, in fact, I am still a little unsure! Basically if you make something and its a really cool thing that you make, you can come to Maker Faire and show it off! There was every kind of handmade/innovative thing there. Cue the pictures!Maker Faire Robot

This is the Maker Faire Robot, he’s the friendly mascot and you’ll see him everywhere, say Hello to the Robot, be his friend, it’s worth it.sphoto 1What have we here… a band playing and the fate of the electricity depends on these children riding bicycles?! WOAH. rphoto 5 rphoto 43D printers were a pretty big thing at the Maker Faire, I will admit they are pretty awesome. qphoto 5 sphoto 5If you have been to Burning Man or if you’ve seen pictures then I think you will recognize a lot of the people movers out and about.rphoto 1 rphoto 2Tapigami … Pretty insane right? There was a whole corner of one of the expo buildings with a crazy landscape made all from TAPE. ophoto 3 ophoto 4 nphoto 4 nphoto 3

“See your success through the lens of your life and project what you need to do to develop true vision. (sorry for the puns!)” Thank you Psychic Typist!! nphoto 2 nphoto 1

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This was my first time attending Maker Faire, and I have to say it was pretty great! When I first walked in I was a little overwhelmed, there was a safety wristband line, which I got but I didn’t really know why I needed it. As I walked through the faire I saw lots of activities that you could do like rock polishing, learn to solder, play with live Bees and for all of these you needed to have a safety wristband. What I didn’t know was the faire is really about getting to actively participate and make things. There was a tent with people sewing, screen printing and making other fabric based things. There were hands-on activities all throughout every department. Added to all of these things to do there were SO many cools things to check out! I was super excited to go and next year I think I’ll be more prepared and actually look at all of the interactive things to do and do more activities. What a fun way to spend the day!

-PK

Tetris Shelf DIY

This shelf reminds me a lot of Tetris. With its different little shelves with alternating sizes and uses for each area. Cody made this for work, it sits by my desk. The basic bones of building something like this is really simple, you just create the outer frame in the size that you want and then create the different size shelves inside it. It is really simple but it adds so much character to a usually boring surface in the studio.DSCF1122

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We are looking for a few more books to occupy the lower part of the shelf. The chalkboard has been fun to write and draw on, we painted a few coats of chalkboard paint on mdf board to make the chalkboard.DSCF1125 DSCF1126

We also went to the FlowerMart to pick up succulents for the planter boxes and a couple really cool air plants for the shelves. This is a really simple DIY but if you had a large wallspace, just imagine the possibilities?!