Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hey crazy crafters its me again, did you miss me? My new craft for January is in honor of New Years Eve and just any old party in general. You see Jacob bought me Kesha's new album (of his own free will I might add) and I was planning on bringing it with me to my parent's house because we love having dance parties over there, so I had to come up with a craft we could use for our dance parties. So I decided on party masks and hats that we could also use for our New Years Eve party. So thank you Kesha you are finally good for something! Anyway they were super fun and easy to make and I hope you try making some too for your next Kesha dance party!

party masks and hats supplies:
old party hats and masks (the hats I had leftover from birthday parties and the masks I bought at the craft store)
old paper napkins (also leftover from parties)
school glue
glitter glue
glue gun and gluesticks

Step one: First get out your school glue and put a bunch of it in a bowl, then add water (just enough to make it kinda soupy, not too thick and not too runny). Then you take a few of the napkins and rip them into a bunch of pieces (printed napkins are more fun but you can use plain ones if you want too). Then simply use your paintbrush to paint all the napkin pieces onto the mask and hat with your glue water (its like decoupaging). Let them dry overnight.

Step two: Go crazy decorating your mask and hat! We used glitter glue, sequins, feathers, and pom poms, but you can use whatever your heart desires.This was my favorite part, just glue everything on with your hot glue gun, let them dry, and voila they are ready to wear! Raven of course had to make hers look like her favorite My Little Pony Pinkie Pie.

Step three: Put on your new party accessories and I suggest some footsie pajamas, pop in the new Kesha cd, grab some glow sticks and a few drinks, and you are ready for your dance party! Happy New Years everyone, have a drink on me, and see ya next year!!!

P.S. This is my sister's mask by the way, see if you can come up with something better hee hee!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hello and welcome back to the Legend of the Crafter! This month for December I decided to do some fun ornaments for the Xmas tree that the kids could make with me. I came up with the idea for these when we were at the Puyallup antique show and I kept getting drawn to the booths with the tacky vintage Xmas decorations. The tacky ornaments that stood out most to me were the pinecone ones that were made into snowmen, Santa Claus, etc. So I decided to come up with my own pinecone ornaments!

lots of pinecones
various colors of felt
Xmas ribbon
glitter spray paint
hot glue gun and gluesticks
pom poms

Step one: Gather all your supplies and head to a family members house (the kids and I went to visit my parents and sister in Yakima) because crafting with crazy family members is much better than alone. I also suggest having a few beers while crafting with your crazy family members because this adds to the excitement, as you can see from the pictures we got a little crazy with the googly eyes and yarn! First gather up a bunch of pinecones, you can buy the yummy smelling ones at the store or better yet send your damn wiener kids outside in the cold to collect them for you (after all that's why I had kids in the first place so I could put them to work for me hee hee!) Take all your pinecones and spray them with the glittery spray paint (glitter makes everything better!) then let them dry for a few hours. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area unless you prefer to get high off the paint fumes.

Step two: Get your felt and scissors and start cutting parts out for your pinecone critter. I decided on owls cus they are big right now, all the hipsters love them. For the owl I took my scalloped craft scissors and cut two large circles for around the eyes, then two medium black circles for the eyes with regular scissors, and last two little white circles for the pupils and glue these all together. For the beak I cut a triangle shape and for the feet two heart shapes. And don't forget two leaf shapes for the wings. Glue all your pieces to the pinecone. If you want to add extra things like hats you can cut a circle for a top hat, then cut a long rectangle piece and roll it into a tube and glue it to hold the tube together, then glue the tube to the circle. The santa hat I made by cutting a long rectangle piece and rolling it up into a cone shape and trimming off the bottom so it is straight, them glue a long white strip around the bottom and a white pom pom to the top. Just go crazy coming up with felt pieces to glue on like mustaches (also big with the hipsters) or find things around the house to use (I just happened to have a lil pair of wire rimmed glasses that worked perfect for a dapper young gentleman.)

Step three: After your done glueing on all your felt pieces you're gonna want some little ear tuft thingie majiggers as I like to call them. I made mine with yarn. Get about six to eight pieces of yarn about two or three inches long each and bunch them together. Tie them in a knot in the middle and trim the edges so they are the length you like them. There you go, they are now ready to glue them on above the eyes.

Step four: Finally get a piece of Xmas ribbon and tie it into a loop and glue it to the back of the pinecone for hanging it on your tree!

We had alot of fun making these, even my sister who claims to be crafting impaired got in on the action and made some crazy lil critters. Speaking of critters the horror nerd in me had to make a Critter ornament for my tree. Stay tuned next month for my next crazy craft, and I have been busy knitting a bunch of cute hats for Xmas gifts and I will be posting pics of those also. Knit or die!!! Peace out crazy crafters!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hello and welcome to the Legend of the Crafter, a blog for all you crazy and nerdy crafters out there! My name is Alisha and I'm a crazy housewife and stay at home mom with too much extra time on my hands and too many crafty ideas in my head! So I thought I would start a blog to show off my creations. First a little bit about me, besides crafting I love drawing My Little Ponies, listening to bad pop and techno music (get used to dubstep people cus its robot music and when the machines take over the world its all we will be listening to!), watching horror or fantasy movies and bad teenybopper tv shows, roller skating, making forts and having dance parties with my kids, thrift shopping, reading books about vampires and wizards, and basically anything from the eighties the best decade ever! Oh and my favorite craft supplies are googly eyes and glitter! My philosophy in life is "I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys r us kid!" and my dream is to one day own an antique store with my hubby that specializes in oddities and stuff from the eighties, where I can also sell my crafts and we will live above it. That is after we kick the damn weiner kids out of the house! Enough about me, lets get this party started!
My Craft of the Month:

Well this time of year I have been busy making gifts for the upcoming holidays cus I'm too poor and white trash to actually buy nice gifts for people and one day I came up with these cute and super easy wreaths that you can make with stuff around the house. It all started when I took down the Halloween decorations (it was a very sad day!) and I decided then and there I wanted to start decorating for Christmas. Well I told my hubbie Jacob (or as I like to call him my big goth daddy Jacob the prince of darkness) of my wonderful plans which he immediately shot down saying it was way too early (he is such a grinch!). So to get revenge on him I decided to make some super cute Thanksgiving decorations for the house and I decorated while he was at work. When he came home and saw them I was like "You never said I couldn't decorate for Thanksgiving!" So anyway that's how the idea for the holiday wreath came about.
Supplies for wreath:
cardboard or poster board
various printed paper (from old books, magazines, scrapbook paper etc.)
craft glue or hot glue gun
paper napkins or tissue paper
yarn and ribbon
Instructions for holiday wreath:
Step one: Find a piece of cardboard or poster board big enough to trace a large plate sized circle on it ( I like to use the cardboard backs to Jacob's comics cus it pisses him off) if you can't find a piece big enough just tape a couple smaller pieces together, then take a large plate and trace a circle with it, then a smaller plate to trace a smaller circle inside the larger one. Cut this circle out (I like to used scalloped craft scissors to make the edges cooler looking).
Step two: Next you need to gather a bunch of different printed pieces of paper, I have an old textile designs book I found at Goodwill for like two bucks that has some amazing prints in it but you could use pretty much anything you like (for example for the Ernest Saves Christmas wreath I used old xmas wrapping paper and gift bags that I have saved over the years because I am a hoarder). Just cut a bunch of about three inch leaf shape pieces out of the paper. Sometimes I go for a theme like color (black and red goth prints for the vampire wreath)
or patterns (I picked prints related to the ponies cutie marks for the My Little Pony wreath)
and just go crazy cutting out a bunch of these (I also use the scalloped scissors for this) make enough to completely cover the circle all the way around. Then get busy glueing them on the circle, I suggest listening to some bad dance music like Flo Rida while doing all this, it makes all the cutting and glueing seem less tedious.
Step three: Now you are gonna want a few pictures to decorate the wreath so pick a theme it can be something normal and boring like a turkey and leaves for Thanksgiving or Santa and xmas trees for Christmas, or if you are not normal like me think of your favorite xmas movie or cartoon or better yet a holiday themed horror movie cus I bet you'll be the only one on your block with a Thankskilling wreath for the holidays! Just find the pictures online and print them out or cut them from magazines or old books and glue them on. Make sure to space them out evenly to make room for the paper flowers.
Step four: Okay now for the paper flowers, I use old party napkins from the kids birthday parties but you can make these from tissue paper or even kleenex, or if you are really desperate use toilet paper! Just cut a bunch of squares out (for the bigger flowers I used 6x6 inch napkins) about six, but you can use more if you want to make them fluffier. Place them together in a stack and accordion fold them up like you did when you were a kid and made those paper fans. Then take a piece of yarn or string and tie the middle securely. Then comes the fun part, pull each layer one at a time towards the center on both sides of the yarn, very carefully so you don't tear them, until they are all pulled up and you can then mush it and fluff it until you are happy with how it looks. Make a few of these, enough to fill in the spaces between your pictures, then glue them on.
Step five: And last you cut a piece of yarn or ribbon long enough to hang your wreath, tie it into a loop, and glue it to the back side of your wreath, let it dry and it is done and ready to hang! Have fun coming up with your own crazy and nerdy wreaths for the holidays!
And that is all for now, I want to give a special thanks to my hubby big goth daddy Jacob the prince of darkness for creating my super rad Legend of the Crafter logo for my blog! Keep on craftin and wear those hot glue gun burns like a badge of honor, peace out from the crazy crafter!