Friday, April 16, 2010

Eco-Friendly Crafts - Celebrate Earth Day~

A few weeks ago when I was packing my things, getting ready to move, I started to wonder what kind of recycled artsy stuff I could make with all the cardboard that I'm going to have after I unpack everything. So I did a google search and was inspired by all the really neat Recycled Art out there. My stuff has yet to get here *grumble* but with a couple of cans of baby formula, a roll of toilet paper, and a few Game Informer Magazines I put together the neatest and cheapest wall art ever. Well I thought it was cool.

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It's cheap its' fun and it's super easy. Just take some cans of different sizes cut 'em up (Mine are all sorts of uneven - cuz I wasn't patient enough to draw lines-) find some cool pictures to cut out, magazine or your own pictures and TADA! Cheap frames and wall art.

Also when I did a cardboard art search I came across this really neat idea where a craftster by the name "fluffypants" put together this really neat looking Duck Hunt Lamp outa a Nintendo Gun Zapper and I thought it was real neat. I found it on craftsters.org, but I found her deviant art you can check out here:

It turned up in my cardboard search because she made the base of the lamp out of cardboard. I don't have a zapper, but I do have alot of cardboard and a broken lamp, sooooooooo.. I've started project Cardboard Duck hunt lamp.
This is the lamp I took apart the other day:

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And this is what I have so far on my cardboard duck hunt lamp:

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YOu like my silly base there, I ran out of cardboard because well ... The movers still haven't delivered my stuff. I'm not sure it'll look quite as neat or even anywhere close to the original idea, I'm no artist. NOt even sure I drew that gun out real well. Or the Base NIntendo, but I'm entertained and it's fun to try.
I'll keep ya posted.

Earth day is coming up so get yourself inspired to make some recycled art. I'm collecting my toilet paper rolls because this idea is soo neat!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Roadtrip Dreads and Lady Gaga!~

We've made it to the SF bay, took us three days with the lil one but we are finally here.
On the road I took some yarn to entertain myself and I came up with my first yarn dreadfall. It's kinda random as I just used left over yarns, but I really think it's neat. =] I'm going to try to come up with some yarn dreads that will blend in neat with my hair so I can braid them in. Since I just cut my hair braiding them in would probably hold better. After a while of wearing the fall it kinda just slipped off my hair, also because my hair is just ridiculously thin.

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After I've got this yarn dread down, then maybe I'll give it a go with synthetic hair. ^_^ Who knew dreads could be so much fun! It was really fun putting this fall together.
I was curious to make dreads after I encountered this Pirate knitting project which included making some dreads by knitting a whole bunch of I-cords. Then I was motivated to look up other methods to dread yarn and the end result a random dreadfall! I did some knitted I-cords, and two different twisting methods. One looks more like a dread and one kinda looks like a braid and works better if you want to make a thick dread, IMO anyways. I guess you could also just braid the yarn, but that would take longer. Twisting is quick. There is also another method I want to try using a type of larkshead knotting or Macrame. It makes some really neat looking dreads-also takes longer though, but it's a much cooler looking dread than a braid.

Here's my Jack Sparrow Icord dread wig/hat. (The base knitted hat turned out way too small, so I'll have to redo this.)


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Another project I started on the road that I just finished is my Lady Gaga inspired hat.Photobucket
I've had a couple of people ask me if I'm going to sell these hats, and although I think that my crochet shades need a little work, I think I will start selling them soon so stay tuned~