Thursday, March 28, 2013

Make-Something-Monday: DIY "Sea glass" bottles

Update/Disclaimer: I have been getting a lot of views of this post, probably since folks think they might actually get instructions on how to make the very bright and pretty mason jars seen in the image going around the 'net. I never could get the original link to work, and I'm fairly certain that those jars were manufactured, not a D.I.Y. project. Correct me if I'm wrong, and enjoy our project!

A friend had pinned an image with a caption that claimed a how-to for making jars look like "sea glass" using Elmer's Glue and food coloring. As luck would have it, the link didn't work - the server (or whatever fancy website-blocking software) here at school blocked it. I should probably be thankful, since it very well could be a bogus, porn/virus-filled link, despite the really pretty jars. But if you've seen this pin, and the link works, let me know. Maybe it's legit (or possibly even too legit to quit).
 LEFT: the alleged "sea glass" jars        RIGHT: the "sea glass" jars we made
      circulating the world of Pinterest             after reading several how-to's

So I went to the Google and did a little search, and of course came up with a ton of hits. There are a lot of crafty blogs linking this idea. Most of the pics look less like "sea glass" - which I picture as being somewhat frosted in appearance - and more like colored/tinted glass. Creative nonetheless.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Creative & Crafted Pay-It-Forward

Around the beginning of the year, a facebook status started making the rounds. Offer to make something for five people who promise to do the same for others. A creative pay-it-forward, if you will. With the end of grad school and the resuming of "free time" in my future, I decided to bite.
want something?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Honeycomb Headband

I have a habit of buying one skein of yarn at a time. Usually it is an orphan skein from a sale basket at a yarn shop I've happened upon. I like supporting small and independent businesses, and I know how sporadically yarn shops can see customers, so I often end up buying one or two skeins of random yarn. I'm nice that way. Other times I'll buy just one or two skeins because I like the color, or the fiber.

assorted sock yarn. .  .
minus a few rogue skeins

This frequently happens when it comes to sock yarn. I have a stash of sock yarn (also called fingering yarn) that has built up over the years. Mostly purchased because I like the colors - fun colored socks are a must. Plenty of the yarn has indeed gone to making socks - I've perfected the one skein pair of sneaker-socks, and number of the skeins have partners which is nice for making calf-high or knee-high socks. But, I still have quite few skeins right now and have been trying to come up with an alternative use for them. I have no patience for knitting a sweater out of sock yarn. Thousands of stitchs on size 2 needles? No thank you.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Go Outside & Play

At some point in the last year or so, this image crossed my path on the internets:
go outside & play
found through this blog
I really like it, because it is something I frequently want and need to do.  Having come across it over the last year, it was particularly something I wanted to do while in the midst of grad school. The message is also quite relevant to my grad school studies, so I was feeling especially attached to it, and felt the need to somehow recreate it.