Thursday, May 30, 2013

I'm now selling Mars University shirts!

In April, I posted a tutorial on Mars University sweaters. I got some compliments on it and had considered trying to sell them. I was a little insecure with my abilities, so I decided to post some other things on my Etsy first. I finally got around to wanting to sell my sweaters but when I went to the store to buy the olive green sweater, they were all out! My boyfriend told me to just make t-shirts instead and told me that he would wear one, so that's what I did.

They can be found on my etsy!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It's my birthday today

Today is my 21st birthday and to celebrate I decided to have a sale on my Etsy. I only have two items on my shop right now but if you are interested in buying the crochet hook grips use the coupon code BIRTHDAY21 for 20% off your purchase. I'm extending this out until May 24th.

Also, I didn't know Google changes the Google home screen when it's your birthday. I was pleasantly surprised.

Hope you guys have a great day!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I printed off my very first business cards!

I've been feeling lately that I have been losing some business by not having a very effective business plan or anything to make myself seem legitimate. I was at a fair yesterday and I was wearing a dress I had made and a girl asked me if I sold them. I didn't really know what to tell her so, I gave her a really dumb answer. I left feeling like I could of made a potential sale if I had some sort of way to conduct business. While I was up late last night browsing the internet, I came across an ad for VistaPrint for 250 business cards for 10 dollars. It was a sign from the Gods! I started designing my business cards and decided I didn't like any of the ones they offered because they didn't really fit what I do so, I started dinking around on Word and made up my own business card using clip art. I went to Walmart today and bought the business card pack of paper and printed off my first 20 business cards! I'm pretty pleased with the way they came out. I figure we all have to start somewhere. I can at least hand someone a business card if they ask me if I sell the items I make. I'm hoping this is the step in the right direction to start doing what I love as more of a job.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lightsaber crochet hook grip

I have another crochet hook grip for you guys! I had a coupon for Michaels, so I decided to buy some polymer clay and make the lightsaber crochet hook grip. This is the first time I have made one of these so I kind of was making it up as I went along so some of the pictures might look a little out of order.

Things you will need
  • Polymer clay in red, black, and grey
  • Crochet hook, any size
  • Butter knife
  • Toothpick

1. I started off with a grey base. I just took a chunk of clay and wrapped it around the bottom and rolled it between my hands. I cut off any excess from the top to get the size I wanted. 

2. I rolled out some "snakes" to use as detail work. I cut them into smaller pieces and placed them around the bottom. (We will be using these again later.)

3. I rolled out a piece of clay and used the toothpick to cut out a circle for the button. 

3. I rolled out another piece of black clay to make a flat band. I put this piece around the middle above the first snakes I put on. (This will all make sense in a second.)

So, it should look something like this at this point. 

4. Roll out some more "snakes." Wrap one around the top and take two and put them down the sides of the button. 

That's it! I baked mine for about 25 minutes. 

I feel like there are a lot of different ways to do these so you don't have to follow my instructions exactly. This is mostly just to share how I did it. 

Thanks for visiting and as always if you have any questions feel free to ask. 

Don't want to make one? You can buy them here at my etsy.

Other Star Wars inspired crafts.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hermione's wand crochet hook grip

I have been feeling a little uninspired lately. I was browsing Tumblr and I came across these crochet hooks with light saber grips and wand grips. I thought they were pretty cool. Since I'm poor and cheap, I only wanted to buy one pack of polymer clay, so I decided to try to make a wand one. I had everything else I needed at home. I've always liked Hermione's wand so that's the wand I went for. For the crochet hook size I decided to go with a H hook since I had two of those, in case it turned out to be a disaster.

Things you will need
  • aluminum crochet hook, any size, 
  • polymer clay, preferably brown or wand colored
  • paint
  • makeup sponge
  • tweezers

    1. I started off by working the clay a little bit just to warm it up. 

    2. I took a chunk of clay and started to form it around the crochet hook. I rolled it between my hands to smooth out any seams.

    3. I then made some "snakes" to use as the vines. 

    4. I took one of the longer "snakes" and wrapped it once around the bottom and then slower started to wrap it all the way around. I then took some smaller pieces and attached them off of the first one I put on to make them look like vines.

    5. I took a piece of clay and rolled it out to cut out the leaves. I just used a toothpick to carve out a leaf shape and attached it to the end of the vines. Once it was attached, I used the tooth pick to put line on top of the leaf. 

    6. I made a makeshift baking sheet out of foil and baked this bad boy for about 25 minutes. I don't think I need to say this but make sure to use a metal crochet hook.

    7. This is what it looks like out of the oven. You could leave it like this but I wanted to add a little more to it. 

    8. I used some brown acrylic paint, a makeup sponge, and some tweezers to paint the wand. I ripped off a little pieces of the makeup sponge and used the tweezers to sponge on the paint. I dunked the sponge in some paint and dabbed off the excess. I then just started sponging the paint all over the wand just to give it some dimension. 

    9. ...And this is the final result! I think they came out pretty cool! They were pretty easy to make and definitely worth trying out if you're a Harry Potter fan. 

    Thanks for checking out my DIY! If you have any questions as always feel free to ask! 

    Don't want to make one? You can buy them here at my Etsy shop. 

    Check out my other Harry Potter inspired posts.