Motivational Monday

Hola,

I am just about to graduate college (this Saturday) so I took the weekend off to spend time with the main one and relax. But, today is Monday! The beginning of the week! So we have to start it off right with a Motivational Monday! Let’s get this week headed in the right direction!

First, I wanna share a picture with you all.


Above, is a crocheted infinity scarf in the process using my own pattern using a bobble stitch. 

My mother taught me how to crochet when I was young. I have always been interested in crafts. My mother could not sew, but she could crochet and embroider like no one else. She passed both of these trades on to me. Both of which I enjoy very much. 

My mom basically raised me and my older sister herself, even before my parents divorced my dad worked strange hours and went out with friends. Leaving all three of us to spend time together. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I always have been and always will be closer to my mom. 

While, I was out and about I saw this box of fun!



This is a kit from the company Seedling. (Not endorsed) that has things inside of it such as: cards, balloon boat, drawing book, dominos, etc.. All things you could do with someone. The pack is geared towards more little ones. However, anyone could use this! I think it could be a fun date night box or a rainy day box. 

To tie my mother and this pack together. When I was in college I became really sick. Most of it had to do with anxiety and mental illness. My mother being the Wonder Woman she is, made me a box. A calm box if you would. It contained: coloring books she made, crayons, a toy, a small craft kit, a stress reliever, a stuffed animal, and some snacks. I’m sure there was more but these things stand out. I had one box at school and one at home for when I came home on weekends. This box really helped and made me feel better and loved. 

Making these boxes are easy. You can go to the nearest dollar store and gather supplies. That is where my mother got the toy, stuffed animal, and craft kit. There is someone in your life who could use one it may even be yourself. Winter is coming where I am and in many places. I imagine the elderly would love to have a busy box of sorts. It could even be a wonderful Christmas present. 

There are an extraordinary amount of people out there who struggle with anxiety and other issues. We have to remember that just because your brain doesn’t work like theirs doesn’t make what they are going through any less real and terrifying. Your body is going against itself it seems.

If you know someone who could benefit from a box such as the pack above make them one. Also, if you haven’t talked to your mom or whoever is your mother figure in a while, call her, shoot her a text. 

We have to take care of one another or else nothing is going to get better, it’s really not. 

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How to do a lolita cosplay on a budget!

Alright. My sister is a huge fan of anime and manga.  She also loves things from japan.  I love styles from all around the world.  I am sure you are up to date with what Lolita fashion is.  If you weren’t you would not be reading this post.  My sister is an avid cosplayer.  I normally make her costumes for cons.  When she came to me a month ago.  Asking me to make her a Lolita outfit for a cosplay.  I got to work, excited for a new challenge.  I sew a lot.  But I understand that not everyone has the means, or the know how.  This will be an easy follow guide on how to put together your own Lolita cosplay for less!

  1. You need to imagine how you want yourself to look as a Lolita.  For the guide I will be using this as an example.  Floral Short Sleeves Cotton Lolita Suit
  2. Once you have an idea of what you wanna look like, you can either make your entire outfit. Or you can buy the pieces.  I made some of the pieces for my sister’s Lolita costume and bought the rest.  I made her skirt, and petticoat, and hair accessories. We bought her socks, shoes, and bedazzled a plain button down. By doing this you will save money.
  3. Either make your Lolita skirt, or buy one.  If you are small or normal size. I recommend Milanoo.com. If you want your skirt to be handmade to your body. I recommend you check out deviantart.com and etsy.com.  You can find people willing to make your skirt and sometimes for cheap.  For example this skirt it on etsy from ScarletCrafts The skirt is on sale, it comes to about 30 with shipping. Pink and White Polkadot Lolita Skirt
  4. Now that you have found a skirt that you like, decide what color of top that you want.  I recommend a white or black button down.  Then embellish.  like this one . 
  5. Then if you will be wearing an apron you can buy one offline or make your own.
  6. When thinking of how to add the umph or fluff to your skirt. Petticoats can merely be a tulle skirt! You can make a tutu like skirt by cutting strips of tulle and tieing them into a band of elastic measured to fit your waist.  This si the same way to make a tutu.  This will add volume to your skirt. here is an example:   
  7. Then you need to find bows and cute objects for your hair.  You can make a bow out of anything! Trust me!  An old sweater, felt, ribbon, playing cards.  You can also buy kawaii things for your hair like these cupcake bobby pins off etsy from LolitaChic: Kawaii Cupcake Bobby Pins 
  8. Once you have all the hair baubles and clothes gathered up it is game time!  Time for make-up and wigs.  My sister uses wigs instead of her own hair.  Where I prefer to just style my wavy locks.  Just do whatever works good for you.  A popular Lolita style is curly pig tails. Like this:  For adding temporary color to your hair, you can twist a strand and use a colored chalk pastel, or any other means you know of.
  9. For make up, fake eyelashes, can help, but mascarra, eyeliner, glitter, and lipstick will do just fine as well.  Dont leave your nails bare either! A plain coat of paint will satisfy.
  10. Once you are all dolled up you are ready to rock that Lolita style!

I hope these tips and tricks will help you achieve a Lolita look on a budget! If you want links to any of the pictures I just googled them, or looked around on etsy!

Keep it crafty!

Pomegranate Sugar Scrub

This is a recipe for a sugar hand scrub. This is my mothers personal favorite. She always raves about how soft it leaves her hands and how great it smells. You may alter the recipe to your liking.

Pomegranate Sugar Scrub

Project rating: Beginner

What you will need:

– Small container (I used a baby food sized plastic glad container. because they were on sale)

– Dawn Olay hand renewal (the pink pomegranate splash)

– Sugar

– A spoon to mix with (I used a regular teaspoon from the kitchen)

Instructions

1. Lay everything out.

2. Fill your container half way full of sugar.

3. Add in your Dawn hand renewal.

4. Mix

5. Keep adding parts of sugar and Soap to achieve the thickness you want. Id go for a paste like consistency.

6. Decorate and give or use.

here is the finished product!

how to recipe pomegranate sugar scrub ingredients easy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the decoration on top

sugar pomegranate hand scrub easy decoration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is the lather it makes!

pomegranate sugar scrub lather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was by far the easiest scrub I have ever made! It works great as well! I have given these away as gifts with much success.  These would be wonderful bridesmaid gifts!

If you are not crafty or do not have the time to make these, you may always buy them in my store. 

If you alter the recipe or want to share you thoughts please let me know in the comments! Thanks for visiting!

What is ahead!

Hello Stitchamaroo faithful readers! And Newbies! I have not been able to post anything for a very long time due to demanding school work and graduation.  NOW that all that is over I have focused more on crafting! and I have a whole bunch of posts lined up perfect for the summer time! 

What to look forward to:

– White lace covered sunglasses

– junk jewelry

– Easy wash out hair dye

– inspiration for the crafting soul

And much more! Sorry for the jet lag! I hope everyone enjoys what is in store! 🙂

FLASHBACK!!! Kids activity book! No sew!!

felt kids activity book

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revisit post! If you remember I have posted some pictures before, but now I am going to give you a quick overall tutorial so you can make this adorable activity book for your cutie pie! Okay!
I have to share this little project that I started on that is virtually no-sew!!! Yes, I said an easy NO-SEW project! There are so many endless possibilities for this project! The size I made is perfect for on the go moms to slip down in their purse to entertain their child on a car ride or in a waiting room, or anywhere. Its mess free because the velcro on the back the kids can stick it down and go, and moms can rest assured no pieces will be left behind! So take a peek below at the kids felt activity book and let your mind wander and imagine all sorts of possibilities for your kids book!

Please note that mine is not completed for the fact that I ran out of velcro pieces….

Project rated: beginner
Time needed: 2 hours tops
Here is what you will need for this activity book:
– around 3 or 4 pages of felt depending upon the size of your book. (mine was small enough to easily fit in a handbag. However you could easily make the book as big as the whole piece of felt if you wish.)
– hot glue sticks
– hot glue gun
– felty scraps
– Velcro dots or cut up Velcro strips.
– embellishments
– a little artistic skill or stencils 🙂

Here is how you do it:
– take your pieces (mine already were rectangles so I just cut them to the desires size across) measure them, marking lightly with pencil.
– cut along the mark across. Using a ruler if necessary to keep nice straight lines.
– repeat for all as many pages as you desire.
– NOTE: your strips should look like long rectangles kept sideways or horizontal.
– measure and find the center or your strips.
– use the center to put a line of hot glue.
– Place your next page over top of it.
– repeat for all pages.
– now that you have your pages it is time to plan what will be on them.
– once you have your ideas break out the felty scraps and artistic ability! (or stencils.)
– make your pieces. Hot glue down the pieces that are not interactive. And hot glue down Velcro dots to the back of the interactive pieces. (some pages have places to put the dots: the doll, tic-tac-toe, etc. otherwise I have found that the sticky side of the Velcro sticks well to the felt.)
– finish the inside of the book and embellish the cover as you see fit!

The possibilities with this project. So have fun with it and be creative. Your child will live the interactive aspect. Keeping them occupied during a long drive, waiting room, meeting, or a new favorite toy. As a kid I loved toys like this and had fun making it.

Here is the index: ocean, flower outdoors, clothes for doll, doll, more clothes, design your own pizza, tic-tac-toe.

No Sew Kids felt activity book easyThis is the front or cover of the activity booklet. Notice mine is still blank, I am debating adding ribbon and button loop closure. Along with my God Sister’s name.

Under Water Felt activity book for kidsHere is the underwater scene which comes directly after the cover page. Blue underwater background. And it has two velcro fishies your child can interact with. Glup Glup.

Floral Felt activity book for kids

Since my activity book was for a little girl I included a flower garden page. Including 2 flower pieces and 2 butterflies. If you had a little boy you could easily accommodate.

Dress up no sew kids activity book

Here we have the dress up doll, the velcro dots are where she can add clothes to her. Which I have some examples of the clothes I have made below. I did the face with a sharpie. 🙂

Clothes that she can put on the doll above to dress her up.  I also have hair dos on the other page.

I did not show that much but this will at least hopefully get your crafty wheels turning!

Remember to be creative and make it specific to your child.  All this combined and you will have a long-lasting toy they wont want to put down. 

Comment if you have any questions or to share the love 🙂

Thanks for reading and keep it crafty out there!!!

ModCloth inspired military dress from a thrift store find

Okay let us face the truth my fellow crafters, we normally start our crafts to meet a need or want.  I started to craft to get the things I wanted, for example a cute tote bag, a feather hair peice, or the perfect skirt.  When I meet my needs by crafting they are not exact replicas but they are close and a whole lot cheaper.  Fabric however has become more expensive, leading most handy dandy crafters to patrole thrift stores for useable fabric, cheap plates, and peices that can be altered.  Changing thrift store items are some of my favorite crafts. 

Lately I have been craving the cute ultra mini dresses out there.  Plus I love the toughness of the military style with cute girly girl accents such as heels and bows.  While thrift store shopping I found this dress, featured below.  I knew it had great potential. 

How I altered this dress was easy peasy.  Since it was pretty much my size *the tie back helps me make the dress tighter when neccesary*. All I had to do was cut and hem the bottom and sleeves. 

This dress cost me less than 2 dollars!!!!

Here was some of my inspiration: *images via ModCloth

image of Under Cerulean Skies Dress in Wheat

image of Dream Dressing Room Dress

Project rated – Begginer

How to:

– Find a dresses that you would like to have.

– Look through thrift stores fo something similar.

-Find a thrift dress your size but not your style.

– measure from the seam line attaching the skirt to the bodice and measure to the length you desire.  NOTE: have someone else do this part for you while the dress is on!!!

– Mark with chalk.

-Cut where you marked.

– Repeat for sleeves.

– SEW THAT BABY!

– Press your new dress.

– Put it on and bask in your handmade glory.

Here is my dress before my alterations:

Grandma thrift store military dress neon socks

Dont you just love neon socks!? Well I do, as you can see this dress screams GRANDMA!!

…. FINALLY! here is my updated version of this dress by alteration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

short cute military style revamped dress stitchamaroo

Miss Fluff N’ Stuff just couldn’t stay out of the shot, she can’t be away from her mommy for one second! No she can’t! *stop baby talk*

Once again keep in mind that my mother has to shoot my pictures so they will not be the quality I would like to have… If only I could do both… One day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some more views

short cute style military dress refashioned

beautiful military style dress boots refashioned

beautiful OOAK military mini dress handmade

Thanks for reading!

Now get out there and start making!! 🙂

MINI Monster Alien Hair Clips

JUST LANDED! Little monster aliens! They have lost their home planet and need a place to stay. You!  They are now orphans and need someone to take care of them. That is where you come in.  You love cute things, and are more than willing to wear them in your hair or anywhere for that matter! Which is exactly what they want and need.  In order to take over Earth. …. WHAT?!

Check out these cute little fellas! They are little monsters! And made to wear in your hair!  They are all little orphans needing a new home.  Which can be you! Inside each little monster box you will receive the little monster, and the monster’s story and name.  These tiny monsters are trying to take over the world, one head at a time!  Each little monster is different, so you will never have one exactly the same. 

Here is what you will see when you open the shipping packaging:

Little Monster Crate Handmade gift box packaging

Let’s not forget the side views!

Little Alien Monster Orphan adopt Clip Handmade DIY

Little Alien Monster Hair Clips

Open the box and see what is inside!

Little Alien Monster Orphan Hair Clips

It’s your little monster!!

Not take that little guy out and wear him!

Little Alien Monster orphan Adopt Clip

Little Alien Monster Orphan Adopt hair Clip Mini Surprise

You never know what little monster you may get!

Little Alien Monster Orphan Adopt hair Clip Mini Surprise

Little Alien Monster Orphan Adopt hair Clip Mini Surprise

All little monster aliens are made different. Each little monster will come with a card, telling you their story and their name.  Each one is different and is waiting to be adopted!

They are too cute and too adorable to walk by! Best part, they are a surprise and able to be put on many things, a bobby pin, clip, broach, headband, and many more. 

Check out my DA page if interested: www.stitchamaroo.deviantart.com

Thanks for stopping by! Happy trails!

DIY Bride Build your own veil

Build-a-veil:
Build a veil is where you tell me exactly how you want your veil to look on your big day and I make it exactly how you describe. Here is what to think about when desgining your own veil.
– Tulle or netting color
– How long
– What you want on your veil, (feathers, flowers, lace, etc.)
– What style
– When you need it (I will need time to make it, do not tell me a week before your day.)
– How you are going to attach your veil. (this mostly depends on your hair style. If you are not for sure send me a picture of your ideal wedding hair and I will make a choice based on easy to insert.)

I also will do fascinators, birdcages, and any flowers you want to wear on your big day.  If interested and want to see more pictures please let me know and I will get them to you via email.

Here is a select few of my work:

Spoof Proof Flower Clip

Today I have a tutorial that is super-duper easy!  You don’t even need to know how to sew to make this clip.  You just need to be handy with a lighter and able to use a glue gun. 

At my house I am a master with a glue gun, like a glue gun ninja!  I have wanted to make some new clips, bows can get tiring.  While digging through a bargain fabric bin i found a roll of silk for like 32 cents.  LIGHTBULB!!!  I bought some more silk and grabbed a 2 dollar bag of beads. 

Remember you cannot screw up this tutorial so if you have shied away from DIY flower clips, fear no more!  These clips would be perfect sewn on to a belt, or fancied up for a bridal clip, or for brides maids.  My favorite is wearing it with jeans and a tee.

What you will need:

– Lighter (I used a wind resistant one)

– Silk

– Beads

– Hot glue gun

– Felt

– Wax paper

– Alligator clip (I used a repurposed one)

– Scissors

If you prefer to sew the beads on you will need:

– Needle

– Matching thread

 

PLEASE NOTE:  This will be my first REAL tutorial, I will try my best to explain every step.  If you find something that isn’t clear, or you do not understand please let me know.

Step 1: Cut a strip of your silk, you will not need too much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Cut a square  from the strip.  Mine was more of a rectangle.  There is no set measurement, just eye-ball it.  Remember you cannot screw this up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3:  Use your lighter to heat seal (Burn) the edges of the silk.  this will cause the silk to curve in and picker around the rim.  Be sure to burn on the silky side, for that is the side you want to be the inside you your flower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4:  Now you need to cut a slightly smaller rectangle. Make a slightly smaller circle out of that rectangle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Heat seal the smaller circle’s edges.  Now you will have 2 circles one small enough to fit inside the larger one.  If not then burn the smaller ones edges a little bit more, this will shrink it some more.  BEWARE, too much heat will cause holes to form in your silk!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6:  Repeat making smaller rectangles and circles.  Heat seal their edges and stack them inside one another by size, largest on the bottom, smallest on the top. This will give you the shape of a flower. 

Step 7: I will show a picture of sewing the beads on.  But to glue the beads on just add a dot of hot glue on to the bead and place them in the center of the smallest circle.  Position anyway you like, then move on to Step 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 8:  Cut a cirle of felt to hide your stitches. Even if you hot glued your beads on I think the felt makes it look more professional.  But the felt is your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 9:  Fire up your glue gun and hot glue your felt circle to the back of your flower, where you will be placing your clip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 10: Fold your wax paper and place your alligator clip onto it, this makes it easier to prevent sticking, and an unusable clip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 11:  Hot glue your alligator clip to your flower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 12: Pull off any glue strings, flip over and admire your handy work!

Step 13: Now wear your amazing creation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you all enjoy this tutorial, and love these little flowers! I know I do!

Making Your Photos More Desirable To Your Audience

I have recently acquired a Ipod touch for Christmas, and I discovered the App store!  I downloaded many things to my Ipod, such as a calorie counter, Sudoku, Tango to talk to my boyfriend, and some camera apps.  I could not believe all the different camera applications the App store had to offer!  Me being very cheap, I opted for the FREE camera apps.  I even downloaded a free photo editor to give my pictures the umphoof they needed.  Me being the excitable person I am, I immediately started taking many pictures of me, making them look better.  Then I looked through my camera’s pictures…  Thinking about my first failed store, I was debating how to make me more desirable to my audiences.  First appearance is a MUST!  When you are shopping, you are looking for something.  Let’s pretend that you are looking for one of a kind bracelet for your niece’s birthday.  You are looking through ShopHandmade, because you prefer to buy handmade.  You find the bracelet you have in mind, but what lured you in to pick this said bracelet.  The picture that is the bracelet’s icon picture.  If it isn’t clear and appealing, you would not have chosen it. 

So what makes a picture appealing? Natural light is a must!  Pictures just do not look the same in artificial light.  Also how you present them, maybe on a blank canvas so the viewer can imagine it on themselves, or better yet on someone willing. Let people see your wares on someone to give the viewer a impression of how it may look on them.  If all other actions have been taken, use Photoshop.

Here is an example of some things I have made using my camera:

Flower Clip Taken Outside on Sister

 
 This bridal clip isn’t too bad, as you can tell I took this picture outside, and on my unwilling sister.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bow taken in artifical light

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My sister... and her 2 heads!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Raechael Sketched

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hopefully these pictures can give you a taste of what all you can do to make your pictures even more amazing.  Or if you are just learning how to make your wares more desirable.  I hope I have helped you in some way.  If nothing else, entertained you.  All these pictures are mine, do not steal them and make them your own.  If you are interested in the bridal clip, I am debating making a tutorial on how to make it, let me know if you think I should in the comments below!