Sunday, June 8, 2014

Vintage Doll Cradle to Awesome Photography Prop

Last summer I found an awesome vintage doll cradle at a yard sale for only $5, so I, of course, had to have it.  It was falling apart when I bought it.  The bottom piece was no longer attached to the cradle and the whole thing was extremely unsafe.  I brought it home with every intention of fixing it up straight away.  Can you guess where I'm going with this?  Yep, I figured you could.  I'm kind of predictable like that.  Anyway, it sat.  For an entire year, until this weekend when I decided to get it done.  I don't have a before picture because I forgot.  I do, however, have a picture of it after I started sanding it and got it all put back together.

While I was sanding, I made a decision.  I was going to paint this cradle with chalk paint.  To make the chalk paint I used 1 cup of paint, 3.5 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris, and 1.5 Tablespoons of water.  Here's my paint when I was finished.

Painting took FOREVER.  There are so many surfaces on the cradle, that I painted for hours to get it to look the way I wanted it to.  Then I sanded it.  I know, kind of annoying that you have to do all that painting just to take paint off, but I love the way it looks distressed.  

After I finished THAT step, I spent a couple of hours waxing it.  Yeah, that part was the most tedious part of the whole project, but I'm glad that I did it.  It was very rewarding because when it was all done, I got to take some pictures of the finished product.

When Miss R saw it, she immediately wanted to climb in, so I let her.  She just happened to be wearing a tutu dress that I made, so it made for some AWESOME pictures.

I'm definitely not a photographer, so I can't WAIT to see what someone with skills can do with this piece.  You can see that the blue shows up differently in every picture depending on the lighting.  I'd say that in reality it's closest to the indoor picture.  What do you think?  Is it an improvement?

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pretty, Pretty Poncho--The Butterfly Breeze Poncho

This weekend I finally got a chance to make this awesome poncho.  The pattern is from Sincerely Pam and is called the Butterfly Breeze Poncho.  

Originally I was going to have 3 different blues, but I couldn't make it work.  The darker blue yarn was a gift from one of my awesome friends.  I'm so glad that I finally got a chance to use it!!

Isn't it pretty?  I love the way it turned out.  I debated about putting the fringe on, but eventually did it because, well, I wanted to.  

Ya know, for taking these pictures myself, of myself, I didn't do too badly!!!  What do you all think?  This poncho will probably be in my Etsy shop by the end of the week.  I might even make the matching hat if I get a chance!!!  

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Told ya, I love Chroma yarn!! Creepy Skulls Slouchy Hat!

Right around her birthday in February, my littlest sister sent me a picture of this hat that she thought was cool.  Well, it turned out that the woman who wrote the pattern for it is in one of the crochet groups I'm part of on Facebook, so I'd seen the hat a few times already.  I couldn't make one for her right then because I was pretty swamped with orders at the time, but things have calmed down a bit now.  I even had the perfect yarn for the project!  Chroma really has THE best color changes outside of hand-dyed yarn.  This colorway is Rollerskate or Lollipop, I can't remember.  Anyway, last week, I finally made her a Creepy Skulls Slouchy Hat!!!  

My husband was at work when I finished it up, and I didn't want to wait for him to get pictures.  So I pulled out my trusty cellphone and took a few pictures myself.  Isn't it awesome?  The yarn is Chroma in worsted weight.  I LOVE the way the color changes look.

When I was crocheting it, I was a bit worried that it would be too big for my sister, but it's perfect!!!  She's in love with it already, even though she hasn't gotten her hands on it yet.  Soon Shellie, soon!!  I love it so much that I might make one for myself.  Although, I'll probably never wear it.  I have a very nice hat collection, but I never wear them.  It drives my husband crazy.  What about you guys?  Do you wear hats?  

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