What to make with faux leather?

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Yesterday I bought some faux leather. Half metres actually, but in 5 different colors because I wanted to make some more fauxdoris.  I still have lots left over and was wondering what else I could use the faux leather for, so I found some cool ideas, do you have any other suggestions?

 

 

LeatherProjects

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Tissue Holder , Denim and leather tote, Clutch, Earbud holder, Rolled Handles

 

Reviewing 2014

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Last year I did a review on my year.  One of the nice things about blogging is that you can go back and see what it was like a specific point in time.  I had no resolutions last year, but I had two personal goals, I wanted to read at least one book a week and to knit myself a sweater.  I used Goodreads to track my books and I actually managed to read more than 52 books this year, true, many of them are children’s  books, but hey they are still books.  I stopped thinking about how important the books were and just read for fun.  A lot of the books I read were bedtime books I read to my daughter. 

And I know myself a Hitofude, then I knit another one for my sister.  If you had told me last year that I would knit not one but two fingering weight cardigans I would have laughed.  I still want more pretty cardigans, but I will take my time and order the good yarn first. 

I like reviewing my year, I like looking back and realizing that the year was not a total waste even though that is how I felt most of the time.  It is also satisfying to look at all the things I made

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There is over 30 projects in that picture.  The ones I enjoyed the most were definitely the dolls.  They were personal and had character.  The cardigans were awesome too.  Two completed large blankets and two baby blankets isn’t bad either.  Not to mention another two large ones still being worked on.

I might have less projects that previous years, but 13 of them were made out of fingering weight.  And of those 13, 8 of them were large projects.  I used to want to knit something fast so I could have it ticked off my mental to – knit list and don’t get me wrong I still can’t wait to finish a WIP so I can enjoy it or cast on something else, I am teaching myself to stop worrying about time.

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 12.07.17 PMAnd some of the books. Yes they are for kids, yes they are not serious books. But in my defense, some of these were super fantastic.  For example the Fairyland series are super so was the Mr Benedicit’s Mystery Society.  And I loved the Hundred year old man who climbed out of a window and disappeared.  As for Girl Gone, that book gave me the creeps, I still feel creeped out just thinking about it.

It hasn’t been an easy year, that is for sure, but I like to think that I took it all quite well and responded appropriately.  I read somewhere that you should not react to things, instead you should respond.

Something slightly different

 

 

 

I made a bunch of stackable wire wrapped rings today. I am so in love with them. I love stackable rings and now I finally have a set of my own that I just totally love. I used this tutorial. I had some crystals in several sizes and wire. At first I tried thicker wire but then settled on the smaller crystals with the thinnest wires. I have short fingers so the thick wire was too much. It is one of those crafts which you really need to experiment to find the best thing for you.

I love making jewelry. I love wearing it too. So this is just a perfect thing for me.

I might be quiet on the blog but I have definitely been making stuff.

Summer is a good time for a little arm candy. I love making simple and quick accessories. They take almost no time and no materials yet are always fun and pleading.

It is also a good time to be adventurous. I got these white skeins of sock yarn. Wound them into hanks/loops and dyed them.

I was hoping the colors would be this saturated.

Sadly they weren't. But still good.

I really want to knit a color affection shawl and I think these colors would look cool together.

I also hadn't made any toys in a while. So I made two.

I love crocheting them. But I also hate having to sew all the parts together.

 

But it is always worth it.

 

What have you been up to ?

I have been busy sewing grocery bags and making other stuff

Yesterday I decided I needed to sew something. I have been wanting to make Keyka Lou's grocery bag since I saw it the first time. I love how the bag is structured and always felt it could be used for lots of things.

 

I made two. One for my daughter and one for myself. It is a clear and easy pattern. I highly recommend it.

 

I made the small size which is perfect for carrying my works in progress. I want to make the large size for groceries.

And today the 5yo and I played with clay today and we made sad looking figurines. Need to make more to get better at it before I crack out the polymer clay.

 

I also took out the embroidery floss and made a plain friendship bracelet. They are so much fun to make.

 

 

And some more bracelets. Sweet instant gratification.

 

Coconut Vanilla Lip Balm (Lotion Bar) {DIY}

Did you know that making your own lotion bars / lip balm is ridiculously easy? It is so easy, really, super easy, so easy I can't really believe it.

I did a bit of googling and found this tutorial. There are lots of them online, but this was the one that said the Shea Butter was optional, and I couldn't find it locally so I just went with it.

DIY Lotion / Lip Balm

I found these little pots at my local Daiso, I just love that place. I put mine in pots even though you can make them like bars because I live in Kuwait and even though it is still March, the temperature was already in the thirties so I don't really want to risk a meltdown of my lotion in my bag.

I also bought little plastic measuring cups because I didn't know how hard they would be to clean up and had decided if it was going to be too much of a hassle I was just going to throw them away (I am so lazy, it actually makes me do smart things some times).

I would also suggest you grate or cut up the beeswax as small as you possibly can, it melts easier when it is smaller. I have a kitchen scale so I weighed a small peice of beeswax (16grams) cut it up, threw it into a (DIY version) double boiler, weighed the same amount of coconut oil, half the amount of almond oil (I didn't want it to be too greasy) and a tablespoon of Vanilla. It was probably completely liquid in less than 5 minutes. Then I took my bowl off, wiped it dry (you don't want the condensed droplets in your lotion) then poured it into these pots.

Washing everything took another 10 minutes, the whole process from start to finish probably took 30 minutes, which is just amazing when you think of the amazing product you end up with. Seriously this stuff is amazing. It is a little bit greasy, but your hands take it in and in a couple of minutes it is completely absorbed and you smell like a coconut (which is an added bonus). My 5 year old has already claimed one, which is great because I am not worried if she eats the stuff, it is completely safe, non toxic and edible.

I made another batch but with vitamin E, it is slightly more greasy but it does leave my hands and lips softer.

 

Productive Weekend

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I made some a woven hotpad.  It is quite easy. Just cut 4 square of felt into strips, weave every two squares together, sew them down then sew the two woven squares together.

 

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The little one wanted to learn sewing.

 

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I made some progress on the Vitamin D cardi

 

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I made a little amigurumi octopus because this week is O week.

 

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Took the beads out to play with.

 

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Bling blinged my glasses

 

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and made some arm candy.

 

How was your weekend?