Friday, October 28, 2011

Kyokin's Halloween Costume

Well, that time of year is here.  It's Halloween time!  My first costume I've made so far has been for our newest addition, Kyokin.  He's going to be the headless horseman's mount.

Now all I have to do is make a toy for him to take around with him :)  This is the first of (hopefully) several new posts about costumes :D

Saturday, July 9, 2011


I have finally entered the world of quilting  ( I know I know I've been slow about it >.>)  Here are several pictures of my first quilt :P  The quilt top was constructed using a sewing machine, but all the quilt stitch work was done by hand!

A folded picture of the quilt.  I used the leaf stitch design for a border >.> not the nicest, but it is my first one!
A larger view of the patches of the quilt

The back of the quilt.  My hand sewing got lots of practice during this!

Even my cat loves the finished product!
I'm really excited about how this turned out.  It's a throw sized for me :D  Next on the quilting list is my husband's :)  He picked out his material and really liked (after me insisting he helped pick the quilt design) the zig zag quilts.  I guess he had one when he was a kid.  I'm going to try machine quilting (no frame or any fancy features on my machine so I hope it works out alright) on it.

His quilt so far.  It's turned on it's side so I could use his monitor to prop it up!
I've still got a few more rows to go on it.  This article really helped me to make all of the squares quickly and easily!  I started with 6 1/2 inch by 6 1/2 inch squares and have given everything a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  My hubby tends to be hard on clothing and blankets so I wanted to give it the extra room.  For once I've even been ironing all the way >.>  it's not so bad.  I have it worked out where I work with four rows worth at a time.  I chain sew the squares, cute them all into the half squares, iron, piece together the rows, iron, sew the rows together/on, and iron again.  I can add an average of two full colored (I don't count the dark blue ones) zig zags on with a few hours of work.  :)  I'll keep everyone updated and I think I'll have a tutorial up soon.  Not sure on what, but I've got the crafting bug :D

Monday, June 27, 2011

A gift for the sick gamer....A Dice bouquet!

Yes yes, it's been a while since Something Crafty This Way Comes has been updated. I apologize >.> Hopefully it'll be more regular!

Today, we found out that a dear friend of ours is in the hospital. What to bring him when we go see him I wondered. He's not really a plant or flower type of guy. So, these were born.

D10 Flowers

List of supplies:

map colors or crayons
sharpie marker
bamboo sticks
Glue (I had no glue thus had to use tape)

Step One

To begin with, I used the templates here to find the dice shape. I am not fortunate enough to have a printer at this time, so I tilted my monitor and used it as a light box and traced my dice onto the paper making notes of the numbers. If you have a printer and like the colors they used, feel free to just print them up and skip to step four.

Step Two

Trace over the pencil lines with the sharpie. Also, take this time to make some really cool numbers to go on the dice.

Step Three

Color your dice with map colors! Make them pretty. Draw a dragon if you want to. It's all up to you :D

Step Four

Cut out your dice. I find it helps is all the tabs are cut down to meet the line dividing the sides of the dice. It saved me quite a bit of time once I ensured that. Also, which ever side you plan on putting the stick in, make sure you cut a little into where all the lines meet so there is a place for the stick.

There's a picture of my dice at this step.

Step Five

Fold along all of the black lines so that your dice sides are already bent and your tabs are ready to attach.

Step Six

Glue (or tape) all your tabs in. It helped me to tape the big tab on the side without any other tabs and then tape down the little tabs while going around. Find what works for you though!

Step Seven

Insert your stick in the side you cut a little extra slot for it in. I pushed the stick all the way until it bumped into the point at the other side. Tape it down. I took a piece of tape and cut several little niches along it about half way down and used that to help attach it better. Then I wrapped another piece of tape along the bottom of that one.

Step Eight

Repeat until you have the desired amount of dice!

The website has an amazing assortment of dice. I was only brave enough to try a d10. (well that and I was tracing off my monitor). Experiment and have fun :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Dish Scrubber

Finally the warm weather is coming around again and it feels like nature is on the move! To celebrate the warmer days that are on their way, I've designed this flower pot scrubber. I hope you all enjoy it and think of wonderful Spring activities!

Flower Dish Rag/ Pot scrubber

G Hook
Small amount of yarn
a few plastic grocery bags

The way I make my plastic yarn is on this wonderful site
but feel free to use any method you prefer!

Taking your plastic yarn,
Ch 5, join with a sl st.
Ch 2 add 9 hdc inside of chained ring join with a sl into to of 2 ch. ch3, dc in next hdc, ch 2, *2 dc in next hdc, dc in next hdc, ch 2* Repeat from * to * 3 more times, ch 2, dc in next hdc and join with a sl st in top of 3 ch. (You should have 5 ch 2 holes)
Tie off.
Change from plastic to yarn.

Join in 2 ch spot.
Ch 3, 3 dc in same ch 2 spot, ch 2, *4 dc in next ch 2 spot, ch 2* repeat from * to * 3 more times and sl st into top of 3 ch.
Turn, sl st into ch 2 spot. ch 3, 4 dc in same ch 2 spot, sc in between the second and third dc , *5 dc in next ch 2 spot, sc in between the second and third dc* repeat from * to * 3 more times sl st into top ch of 3 ch.
Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, sc in sc, *ch 1, dc in next two dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next two dc, ch 1, sc in sc, * repeat from * to * ch1, sl stitch into top ch of 3 ch. .
Tie off.

Switch back to plastic.

With right side facing Join in a sc and ch 2. Continue around the flower alternating one hdc and two hdc into each dc, sc, and ch-1 spot. Tie off.

Now as a ending, we would like to apologize for slacking off here lately. There's been moving and general mischief in our lives preventing us from fully jumping into the crafting.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Free Lacy Flowered Valentine's Day Headband

(I apologize for the not so nice picture. I will change it to a better one once my hubby gets home to take it!)

Lacy Flowered Valentine's Day Headband

What You Need:
Size G Hook
Size F Hook
Small amount of Color A (white in picture)
Small amount of Color B (blue in picture)
yarn darner

In Color A with G Hook

Row 1: Ch 14 and dc in 4th chain from hook and across.
Row 2: Ch 4 turn, sk 1 (not the base stitch of the chain, the next one) and single crochet. *Ch 3, skip 1, sc 1* Repeat from * to * until end.
Row 3: Turn and sl st into the ch-3 spot. *Ch 3 and sc in next ch-3 spot* repeat from * to last ch-3 spot (there should be four rises)
Row 4: Ch 4, turn, sc in ch-3 spot. *ch 3, sc in ch-3 spot* repeat from * to * twice. Ch 1 and dc in the first ch of below sl stitch
Row 5: Turn and sl st into the ch-1 spot. *Ch 3 and sc in next ch-3 spot* repeat from * to last ch-3 spot (there should be four rises)
Repeat Row 4 and Row 5 until the piece measures 15 1/2 inches from the beginning.

You can add or subtract more of these rows to create a custom fit for your head. Just make sure to keep in mind the ribbing section that is 5 inches long. You also want to make the headband slightly smaller than where you plan to wear it on your head so that there is some stretch to help it stay in place.

(continue with Row 1 below)
Row 1: Ch 3, *dc in ch-1 space, dc in sc, 2 dc in ch-3 space, dc in sc, dc in ch-3 space, dc in sc, 2 dc in ch-3 space, dc in sc, dc in top ch of ch-4 group
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc across in back loop only
Row 3-17: Repeat Row 2

Tie off and sew ends together.

In Color B with F Hook

Row 1: Ch 6 and dc in 6th chain from hook, ch 2, *dc in same spot, ch2* repeat from * to * five more times and then join in 3rd chain from bottom with a sl st.
Row 2: sl st into ch-2 spot and ch 3, then tr, dc in the same ch-2 spot. Continue around by repeating the dc, tr, dc pattern in each ch-2 spot. Join with top ch of 3 ch.
Row 3: Ch 1, and sl st in the dc from Row 1 and ch 5 then sc in the next dc from Row 1. (Note: Make sure that while doing this, you are pushing the work from Row 2 towards yourself and working behind it.) Ch 4, *sc in next dc from Row 1, Ch 4* Repeat from * to * 5 more times then join with a sl st in the 1st ch from the 5 ch
Row 4: sl st into the ch-4 spot and ch 3 then add 4 dc in the same ch-4 spot. Continue by putting 5 dc in each ch-4 spot around and sl st into the top ch of the starting 3 ch
Row 5: Ch 1 and sl st in the sc from Row 3 and chain 6 then sc in the next sc from Row 3. Ch 5, *sc in next sc from Row 3, Ch 5* Repeat from * to * 5 more times then join with a sl st in the 1st ch from the 6 ch
Row 6: Sl st into the ch-5 spot and ch 2. hdc, dc, tr, dc, and 2 hdc in the same spot. Continue by using the following pattern into each of the ch-5 spots: 2 hdc, dc, tr, dc, 2 hdc. Finish by sl st into the top chain of the starting ch-2.

Tie off and weave in ends.

Sew the flower (or flowers) onto the headband where you would like them and wear and enjoy!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

ANTI-Valentine: Zombie Cupid


This just in! Zombie Cupid was kidnapped by a gang of vicious, brain splattering zombie slayers!

All pictures were deleted from Daisy Danger's computer by a group of mischievous gremlins! But, have no fear! Pictures coming soon after Daisy Danger's fearless rescue mission, taking place tonight! Stay tuned!

Update: Pictures of this creature have been recovered!

The creator of this adorable...I mean terrifying creature is no longer with Something Crafty This Way Comes but her personal blog can be found here! So go show her some love!

ANTI-Valentine’s Day Zombie Cupid Valentine


Green Yarn*

Black Yarn (Really small amount)

Embroidery floss or yarn (for hair, color not important)

F Crochet Hook (Gauge not important)

Felt (1 sheet red, 1 black)

Needles (blunt for attaching limbs, sharp for sewing through felt)


Row 1--6 single crochets in magic ring

-2 two sc in each st (12sc total)

-3 sc, 2 sc in next st, sc (18sc)

-4 sc, sc, 2sc, (24sc)

-5 3sc, 2sc in next st (30sc)

-6 sc around

-7 sc around

-8 sc around

*Attach hair now. Trust me, you don’t want to wait any longer.*

-9 sc, sc, sc, sc2tog (24)

-10 sc around

-11 sc, sc, sc2tog (18)

-12 sc, sc2tog, sc (12)

-13 sc around


-1 6 sc in magic ring

-2 2sc in each st (12)

-3 sc, 2sc, sc (18)

-4 sc, sc, 2sc (24)

-5 sc, sc, sc, 2sc (30)

-6 4 sc, 2sc (36)

-7 sc4, sc2tog (30)

-8 sc around

-9 sc3, sc2tog (24)

-10 sc2, sc2tog (18)

-11 sc, sc2tog (12)

-12 sc around

-13 ac around

legs (make 2):

-1 6 sc in magic ring

-2 2sc in each st (12)

-3 sc around

-4 sc, sc 2 tog, (9)

-5 sc around

-6 sc around

-7 sc around

Arms (Make 2):

-1 6sc in magic ring

-2 2 sc in each st

-3 sc around

-4 sc, sc2tog (9)

-5 sc around


Take the floss and wrap it around something that's about an inch in width, then clip one side. Separate the floss into groups of 10 strands. Pull the hair up through the scalp, then do the same with the other end. Secure it on top by tying a bit of string around the base. Do this down the center of the head. (Be careful to keep it straight! Mine's slightly crooked.) Then trim to the desired length.

Other Instructions:

Embroider the face before you stuff the head, it makes it much easier. I just used big X’s for eyes and a zig zag for a mouth, but it’s your zombie cupid! Make him look however you think a zombie cupid should, get creative!

Attach head and limbs where you want them, I attached the legs slightly forward so it would be easier for him to sit.

Cut a triangle large enough to make a diaper out of the red felt. Wrap it around him and mark each piece where you need to sew it. Sew it together and put it on, if the felt is too long on the legs, just trim it off. I did a bit of ‘zombie stitching’ to the front of the diaper. To do this, just stitch one long horizontal stitch and then three short vertical stitches across.

To make the broken heart Anti-Valentine, just cut a heart from the red felt and stitch it onto a black square (extra points for messy-ness, it’s a zombie!) and then stitch across the break line in the center. You could easily personalize this with a little fabric (or acrylic) paint. I was tempted to write, “You’re stupid but I’d still eat your brains,” across mine. Have fun with it!

Other Ideas that I would have used, if I could have found the supplies around the house:

Make a Quiver, bow and arrows. To make the quiver cut a small rectangle of fabric, fold into a cylinder and stitch it up, cut a circle the same size as the opening of the cylinder and stitch it to the bottom. Thread a piece of yarn through it to make a strap. For arrows, use match sticks and heart stickers. Take a match and put an upside down heart sticker on each side of the head of the match. For a bow (I didn’t actually try this so I have a couple of ideas) soak a toothpick in water until it’s pliable, then bend it and let it dry. Tie a rubber band around each tip. Or maybe use a straw and do the same thing?

*The brand or color that I used really isn’t important, plus it’s a discontinued line anyway. Any color that you think a zombie would be is fine. I like the olive green for my zombie, but a blue or grey would be awesome as well.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Knitted Broken Heart Anti-Valentines Headband

Anti-Valentines Headband

What you need:
Size 5 knitting needles
small amount of Color A
small amount of Color B

1 in square= 8 stitches horizontally and 9 rows in stockinette stitch

Working in CA:
Cast on 15

Row 1-4: Knit
Row 5:(wrong side) Knit 2, Purl 11, Knit 2
Row 6: Knit
Row 7-14: Repeat Rows 5 & 6
Row 15: Knit 2, Purl 11, Knit 2

(Beginning with Row 16 is the broken heart pattern)

Row 16: CA Knit 7, CB Knit 3, CA Knit5
Row 17: CA Knit 2, Purl2, CB Purl 5, CA Purl 4, Knit 2
Row 18: CA Knit 5, CB Knit 7, CA Knit 3
Row 19: CA Knit 2, CB Purl 8, CA Purl 3, Knit 2
Row 20: CA Knit 4, CB Knit 9, CA Knit 2
Row 21: CA Knit 2, CB Purl 9, CA Purl 2, Knit 2
Row 22: CA Knit 4, CB Knit 9, CA Knit 2
Row 23: CA Knit 2, Purl 1, CB Purl 7, CA Purl 3, Knit 2
Row 24: CA Knit 6, CB Knit 3, CA Knit 1, CB Knit 1, CA Knit 4
Row 25: CA Knit 2, Purl 5, CB Purl 1, CA Purl 3, CB Purl 2, CA Knit 2
Row 26: CA Knit 3, CB Knit 2, CA Knit 5, CB Knit 1, CA Knit 4
Row 27: CA Knit 2, Purl 1, CB Purl 3, CA Purl 3, CB Purl 3, CA Purl 1, Knit 2
Row 28: CA Knit 4, CB Knit 3, CA Knit 1, CB Knit 5, CA Knit 2
Row 29: CA Knit 2, CB Purl 9, CA Purl 2, Knit 2
Row 30: CA Knit 4, CB Knit 9, CA Knit 2
Row 31: CA Knit 2, CB Purl 8, CA Purl 3, Knit 2
Row 32: CA Knit 5, CB Knit 7, CA Knit 3
Row 33: CA Knit 2, Purl 2, CB Purl 5, CA Purl 4, Knit 2
Row 34: CA Knit 7, CB Knit 3, CA Knit 5

(Ending with Row 34 is the broken heart pattern)

Working in CA
Row 35: Knit 2, Purl 11, Knit 2
Row 36: Knit
Row 37-46: Repeat Rows 35 & 36

Repeat Rows 16-46 twice. (This should be rows 47-110)

Working in CA
Row 111-115: Knit
Cast Off.

Taking a strand of both CA and CB cast on 36.

Begin working holding both strands together.

Row 1-12: Work in a Knit 1, Purl 1 Rib pattern.
Cast off.

Using CA attach ends of the two pieces together. Enjoy your headband!

Note: If you wish to make it smaller, you can reduce the number at cast on or you can place the excess of the ribbed band under the patterned piece and sew along the edges. The stitch work will not show.