Sunday, March 1, 2015

Yarn Carrier Wristlet - a personal favorite!!

I recently was at the bookstore and came across a book titled "Sew-licious Little Things" by Kate Haxell. Upon thumbing thru the adorable different sewing projects within, I came across a project for a yarn carrier (page 86) that conveniently hangs on your wrist as you knit or crochet. 

Now, I don't know about you, but I have four little sweet dogs, and the littlest one, a Yorkie named Lilo, just loves to pounce on the ball of yarn that sits on the floor as I crochet and grab it with her teeth and run all the way down the hall unraveling the yarn until she reaches the back bedroom to hide under the bed. It is so cute to see her so happy to conquor the yarn ball, but it also makes it very difficult to continue with a project after the third or fourth time this happens in an hours' time. So, this carrier was an absolute must. Needless to say, I purchased the book immediatly and came home to get to work......Here's what we have now:

Please forgive the yellow lighting.....

The instructions were very easy to follow and it was all said and done within an hour or two. I did add an adjustable clip to the bottom hole with thin cord instead of the elastic, but that was just a personal preference :)

 I also added a divided pocket on the side in case I want to carry a couple crochet hooks around if I ended up needing multiple sizes for a project. Again, personal preference!

Top view

So there we are! I fell in love with this woven fabric (above) so I am using it as I work, now, on a purse pattern from another book I picked up, so I'll return with a post on that project as well!

Thanks for stopping by!!

a.k.a. Wicked jypsi :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mandrake Amigurumi - for all the Harry Potter lovers out there!!

I admit to being a bit of a Harry Potter geek and I've been putting together some projects to share with the you....

I have found so many inspiring ideas on Pinterest and it came down to two particular projects this week that I'm sharing now that they are completed:

I found this awesome "Mandrake" pattern from Kristen in her "Miles of Crochet" Etsy shop that I had to try..... here it is:

 The pattern was so easy to follow and every Harry Potter fan out there knows that there's no such thing as a "Happy" Mandrake plant!!

Next comes the "Harry Potter Throw Pillow" that now sits upon my bed :).....

Making these projects helps pass the time as I count down the days to my next visit to the Harry Potter Wizarding World at Universal Studios in Florida......I am so looking forward to seeing the new Diagon Alley...Yay!!!!

Thanks for visiting and I'll be back with more............

Wicked jypsi

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Star Wars Towels & Magnets Set...and I have been a Bad Blogger...Im so ashamed :(

I have been so terrible about posting my recent projects since my defense, I have recently been hired at my local Michael's store as their Jewelry Instructor and (beginning in February) the Crochet and Knitting teacher as well. I am so thrilled to be able to teach there and I've been busy working on the certifications from the Craft Yarn Council. So hopefully, I can be excused for taking such a long break between posts since I have truly been a busy bee trying to get everything done on time!

That being said, I have made so many projects in the past month and then turned around and gave them away as gifts for Christmas before taking pictures of them all. So here are pics of one of the gift sets I made for my awesome, Star Wars-loving sister-in-law...... 

STAR WARS Hanging Towel Set:


Up close of the top of the Darth Vader towel.....

....and I added the Star Wars Magnet Set pictured at top of post
                                  (and below..again:)........

Thanks for checking this out and I'll be back soon (I mean it this time) to update on more projects completed and in the making!!

Till next time,
     Wicked jypsi

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Amigurumi "Brain Slug" and "Grim Reaper

My new fascination with Amigurumi led me to a wonderful pattern I found at "Hooks and Needles" (click it for link)  a very cool site with lots to see by Alicia Ramirez..... the following "Brain Slug" amigurumi character is my new favorite!

Here it is: 
(protect your brain :)

I also grabbed the very cool book by Christen Haden "Creepy Crochet" in which I whipped up a little "Grim Reaper" from one of the many awesome patterns she shares, its a must have for any amigurumi fan out there!!

I also put this "Poison Apple" Display together simply because I am enthralled (for some reason) with the whole: Eden, poison apple, wicked witch thing!! I actually keep this thing up all year round next to my other artsy apple displays! -weird, but true!!

A very short and sweet post, but I wanted to share :).......................

Till next time,

Giselle- Wicked jypsi

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fabric Scraps Project # 2 "Halloween Apron"

I was so glad to come across some Halloween fabric when cleaning out my supplies that I decided to put a few pieces together with a cut up black cardigan I was planning on throwing out.

A few cuts from the main part of the  black sweater, the cameo fabric made into pleats for the skirt portion, and a orange and black striped strip of fabric to make the straps, ties, and a little pocket !!

Thanks for stopping to check out this apron and I'll be back with the 2 quilts and another apron I'm finishing from the remaining scraps I have hanging around :)

Till then,
Wicked jypsi

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mini Beading Loom size!!

On my recent trip to Florida I wasn't able to bring all my craft supplies, but I knew I would want to do some beading during some down time between Disney park visits....

So I decided to make a mini travel-sized loom to take and I wanted to share the process with you:


Wood pieces 1" thick cut to desired size (I cut one piece 3" width by 6"length, and two smaller pieces each 3" width by 1.5"-approx.-in length)

2 Eye Screws, 4" bolts, two wing nuts to fit bolts

Wood Stain (if desired)

Wood Glue and 2 clamps to secure while drying

Drill, Sand paper or electric sander

First, cut your wood to dimensions listed in supply section above:

Next, if desired, sand edges and surface of wood till smooth and stain with wood stain in desired shade:

When the stain has dried, use wood glue to connect the 2 smaller pieces to the top side ends of larger wood piece and add clamps to hold in place while drying as shown:

After the glue has dried, drill 4 holes into the each end of the two smaller wood pieces- as shown:

Add the eye screws to each of the 4 holes and use the bolts to screw them in tight:

Add bolts through the eye screws and secure with wing nuts on both ends:

Add two nails to each outer edge (if desired - not shown) to use to secure thread when threading the loom....

 There you have it. A mini bead loom to take along with you!

Let me know if anything is unclear in comment section and I will get right back to you. Also, if you want to make a larger loom, check out my other tutorial Here!

Till next time,

Wicked jypsi

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fabric Scrap Projects #1: Wrapped Lampshades Mini-Tutorial !

 It has been a while since I have done an official project post, but I have been busy taking trips and working hard to improve my drawing, collage and painting skills so I can launch a new line of art pieces due in the fall! 

But, in the meantime, I have been doing an overhaul of my home and cleaning out the ever-growing stash of unused art supplies that have gathered throughout the years. This has been a constant process and fabric stash has been neglected for some time. Therefore, it has been my focus to give away and/or use the scraps that I can't part with due to a wonderful design or color that rings with my creative side! 

I've come up with some projects from seeing lots of ideas online and, of course, Cost Plus World Market (my favorite store in the whole world and my constant source of inspiration each and every season) and have come to a short list that I am in the process of completing:

1. Fabric wrapped lamp shades (This Post :)

2. Wrapped Frames (open frames with cross wires to clothespin pics and notes to)

3. Another set of Prayer Flags to match my last set (shown in previous post: Here )

** Here is a (mini) tutorial on how I've made my lampshades:
I found some old lampshades at a thrift store that I stripped down to the wire frame. On one, I added a few cross-wires with some thick, but workable wire from the hardware store so that I would have extra wire cross-sections to tie the long and short fabric pieces to (this is only on the first lamp which I wrapped vertically. The second one, I left as is and wrapped the fabric horizontally -as shown below).....

I grabbed a basket of the fabric I had recently cut into strips (unfortunately in a variety of lengths due to the fabric pieces of different sizes I had to work with)....

I began wrapping and tying at each wire cross-section (vertically on the first (finished lamp) and then horizontally on the second (shown in empty lamp frame above) and continued until the entire lamp was covered to my satisfaction :))

I then applied the new glue I picked up "E6000-fabric Fray Check" to each of the knots and let it dry for about 2-3 hours- this glue is awesome by the way!! I then returned and trimmed the extra fabric from each knot so they appeared neat and clean and wouldn't fray or come undone due to the E6000!

Here is the finished lamp after I attached a chain to hang it with:

Either you can use a battery operated led light of some sort, or add a light socket kit and weave the cord through the chain to the plug!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I will be back with more....

Wicked jypsi