Loss

Bonjour my friends, Today’s post is a rather sad one… About 2 weeks ago me and my significant other (MR) have decided to go our separate ways in life. This decision was not easy to make and was rather made … Continue reading

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!

Fathers’ Day Card and Gift How-To

  • fathers day card printable idea and homemade gift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my daddy’s fathers’ day superman card, along with a super disguise coffee mug! All handmade by yours truly! 🙂

Inside of the card reads: “Happy fathers’ day to one super dad! We love you superdad! xoxo”    How cute is that?! 

When you are thinking about what to get someone for a special occasion, think about what they like and what reminds you of them. Also handmade items are always kept close to heart.

For my dads card, I knew I wanted to make his card. I asked him what he wanted and he said a card. So I went a little farther than the run of the mill cards he is expecting. When I think of my dad I think of Marvel, DC, Superman, Dinosaurs, Stone Soup, Comic Cons, cats, a tie, and every super hero movie we have seen together. My father is a history buff and loves comics, superman, green lantern, Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman, Etc.  So what better than a superman card for father’s day?!

First I will show you how to make your card!

Superman Card

Project rated: Beginner

What you will need:

  • Card Stock! I bought mine at Wal-Mart in a pack of 4 colors.
  • Scissors
  • Self healing mat
  • X-acto knife
  • Some form of glue or double-sided tape. I used a scrap-book tape runner.
  • Template
  • Pen
  1. Find a template that has what you need. I used this one here http://www.vectortemplates.com/raster/superman/superman-logo-013.png
  2. Simply print it out on regular white printer paper, then remove the black areas with your scissors. or X-acto knife on a healing mat if you have those. Once you have removed the black area you are left with the part of the superman logo that is red.
  3. Add tape to the right side of white superman logo. Stick down the logo backwards tape side down to a piece of red card stock.
  4. Remember how you removed the black area with printer paper logo? Well you are going to do the same thing again with logo you have just taped down, cutting around the white parts of the logo.
  5. ALMOST DONE! Add tape to the wrong side of the logo. (The part where you can see the white) Tape the logo down to a yellow piece of cardstock. Now it looks like it is coming together!
  6. Cut around the logo so you don’t see yellow around the edges. DO NOT CUT ON THE INSIDE OF THE LOGO!
  7. Fold a piece of blue card stock in half
  8. Tape your finished logo down to the front anyway you prefer.
  9. Write a cute message for your papa inside!

Now that you have your super card you need a super disguise! Tie optional!

Superhero Disguise Mug

Project rated: Beginner

Here is what you will need:

  • A ceramic mug (Mine was a dollar from the dollar tree!)
  • Non-toxic Ceramic or acrylic paint in your color choices
  • A sealer, Modge Podge, Etc.
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper towel for mistakes
  • A template for your design
  1. Print out a template for your moustache and tie. I free-handed mine, you can too if you are brave.
  2. Either paint a moustache at the top in your color choice inside a template of free hand.
  3. Once that dries give it another coat.
  4. Now repeat the same method for the tie. Also giving it another coat.
  5. Once the paint has completely dried cover with a sealer to protect it.
  6. Put date on the bottom with a permanent marker along with name.
  7. If you are just going to make a moustache mug for your father or just a tie mug. You can write him a happy fathers’ day message on the other side with permanent markers.

I’m really happy with the way both projects turned out!  Tomorrow is father’s day I know but it is not to late to make both or either one of these projects!

 Enjoy this fathers’ day and keep it crafty!

 

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!!!

New York City

I returned from my senior trip thrusday night.  And I absolutely loved the city.  The culture, the architecture, everything blew me away.  I have been to cities before, but nothing like New York City.  Since I cannot say enought, here are some of my pictures i snapped along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have many more photos but this gives a small taste.  To see many more of my photos and prints for sale check out www.stitchamaroo.deviantart.com

Thanks for reading! Dont forget to keep crafting! 🙂

 

 

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!! 🙂

What I’ve Learned Over 2 Weeks

This post is dedicated to my late Uncle Bugsy.

Over the course of 2 weeks I have seen injustice, sadness, grief, joy, life, misery, and death. All teaching me more in 2 weeks than I have in years. Because a week ago today i lost my uncle bugsy. One of the greatest people you would ever meet. He died of a massive heart attack that made him suffer for a week exactly.

Now I am a girl of structure, neatness, organization, some may refer to me as anal. But I like to be on top of things, even ahead of the game. I am also feisty. Leading me to be a often stressed out and anxiety girl. Losing him changed all of this.

People lose loved ones everyday. I am not asking for pity, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Out of every bad situation there is good. This is my good.

Some of what I am about to say you may already know and live by. However they are now engrained into my very being.

1. Trust your gut. Even if you are told otherwise.
2. Always go to the doctor. Don’t lie around for days. Cause you may not have many more.
3. Whatever is stressing you out will be there long after you are gone. It can wait.
4. If you don’t work you aren’t worth the powder to blow you up.
5. Know your family’s medical history. With that history do research. Find out what steps to take to avoid it.
6. Seize each day. It could be your last.
7. Let go of upsetting emotions; such as road rage, holding grudges, etc. it’s over and done, no amount of yelling or crying will change that.
8. Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.
9. Be proud of who you are.
10. Never take it for granted. You never realize how valuable it is till it is gone.
11. Protect your siblings, someday they may be all you have.
12. Use manners.
13. Always, always, always, make yourself happy above all else. You only get one go at life. Make it count.
14. Always say I love you.

There it is. The end.
Thanks for reading and remember to check out my get featured contest over on DA.

If you have a life lesson share it below. And or you have a funny story of how you learned this lesson share it as well. We always love a good laugh at others expense. 🙂

Rant of the week

My rant of the week is: people need to mind their own business.
If I tell you something that is going. I meant for you to know not everyone and their grandpa! It’s annoying when your business is not your own. Everyone else apparently has to know about it! If people would mind their own dang business the world would be a better place.
I know we need to know things about others. But there’s a line people! Think about what your gonna say before you say it! Cause everyone is different. What you may think as nice will agitate another.
Which leads me to say stop the gossip. And always think of the other opinions in the room. Not everything has to be a Tolman argument! If more people thought about others the world would be a better place as well.
Finally when you view things from the other side you have a better understanding and are less likely to be angry or upset. Next time your mad at your boyfriend evaluate the situation factoring in their view and more likely than not you will realize the issue is able to be worked through. We work though our differences so we don’t turn into the hunger games. Lol

I have a lot on my mind. Therefore I figured I would share my feelings on the topic.

Comments welcome!