Archive for ‘Other Crafts’

August 7, 2015

DIY Friday: Non-Slip Shoe Pads with Traction Tape

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

All right ladies, I know we’ve all been there. There’s a pair of shoes that are just gorgeous. The only problem is once you try to walk in them, your feet will go flying and you’ll look like Bambi learning to walk.

You can buy non-slip pads, but those can go anywhere from $4 to $8 a pop, which adds up pretty quick if you’re like me and have more shoes than, well, I’m not going to say than what because you might be horrified.

So make your own! I bought a roll of traction tape, and I’ve been cutting off strips to stick onto the bottom of my shoes. They work great–actually, even better than the non-slip pads that I was scammed into buying way back before I knew traction tape existed. And seven and a half feet of this stuff will last me, um, hopefully until next year, haha.

You can get traction tape on Amazon or any hardware store. This is the one I got, because it’s clear, but color doesn’t matter since it will go on the bottom of the shoe. As long as it’s sticky and wide enough to cover your shoe.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

First measure how much you’ll need, and then cut out a piece of traction tape that will cover the bottom of your shoe.

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Then snip off any extras if your shoe has a unique shape, like these pointy toed pumps.

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Peel and apply to the bottom of the shoe.

How to make your own non skid shoe pads

Press and rub to activate the adhesive, or just walk around in them for a little bit.

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Voila! Easy enough, right? 🙂

(Yes, sorry for the gross cuticles. Swimming and sewing and crocheting and never having lotion will do that to ya.)

DIY Non Slip Shoe Pads with Traction Tape by Bumbling Panda

July 31, 2015

DIY Friday: Bumbling Pig Plushie

How to make a pig plushie

Last week in my Bandit the Bumbling Panda video, I gave you all a sneak peak of Bandit’s friend. So here she is! And I still have no idea what to call her. 🙂

But at least I know how to make her, and now so will you, with this tutorial.

I’m not sure what happened but the last video clip was suddenly not there. The only step missing was to flip her right side out through the opening at the bottom, stuff her with polyester stuffing, and sew her up by hand. Hopefully that isn’t too confusing, but you can always watch the panda video which uses a similar step to finish up the plushie.bumbling snugglies panda and pigI gave her dreamy anime eyes. 🙂 I would call her Sakura but that seems too cliched and overdone. Any suggestions on her name, anyone?

By the way, she’s currently available on-order on my Etsy shop as well.

** Today’s post is inspired by and dedicated to my friend Beverly, for her love of pigs! Congratulations on your recent engagement, yo! May your marriage be as full of stuffing life and dazzle-eyed with dreams as this pink-alicious, adorable, nameless pig. **

July 24, 2015

DIY Friday: How to Make a Bumbling Panda!

How to Make a Bumbling Panda

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Meet Bandit, everyone! He’s been with me through thick and thin over the past few years since I’ve started my YouTube channel, stopped, and then re-started. I make so many things, including plushies and pillows and all sorts of snugglies and cuddlies. Then it hit me the other day that, of all the things I’ve made, my cute little panda has never been one of them. So I decided to get cracking down on it. And while I was at it, I also made a tutorial:

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So in the video I mentioned that everyone keeps asking me why he’s so sad. Guys, he’s a BUMBLING panda. Has anyone ever looked happy while they’re bumbling?

Haha, joking aside though, I kind of love how “meh” and dejected he always seems. Like no matter how hard you try he’s never going to cheer up. Some people might say this says a lot about me, but I don’t know any of those people, so…meh. Besides. Pain builds character. So his painful smile gives him a lot of character, in my opinion. Right?

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Bandit Dejected at an Orchid

Right now, he’s available on-order at my Etsy Store. So if you’d like a Bandit for yourself but don’t feel like making one, feel free to message me on how you want him customized. I can make changes to his size, facial features, etc. (Like, maybe, if you don’t like him looking as sad and tortured as I do, I can give him a smile. If I must. *Sigh* Haha.) But if you want to order Bandit just the way he is, then feel free and I’ll make him as he’s shown here.Mommy stop embarrassing me

I know this doesn’t come close to the real thing, but I do feel like a mommy in these photos. Like, look at me embarrassing the stuffing out of my baby. I can pretty much hear him going, “Mommy. Staaaaahp.”

Oh and here’s a sneak peak at an upcoming DIY Friday. I thought Bandit seemed lonely, so I made him a little friend. Actually, she’s not quite so little since her head is way bigger than mine (and my swim cap size tells me I have a pretty large head–literally, not figuratively. Although I might also have a figuratively large head as well haha). I don’t know what her name is yet, so if you want to help me name her, leave a comment below! bumbling snugglies panda and pig

And who knows, this might be part of a new series of Bumbling Plushies I’m doing. 😉

One last thing, if you know me at all then you know how obsessed I am with pandas. So in honor of Bandit’s debut into the world Internet, here are some past panda arts and crafts I’ve done.

Have a great weekend everyone. Don’t forget to check back on Monday for my next makeup and beauty review, and on Tuesday for the next dress in the 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks Summer Sewing Series!

June 23, 2015

Crocheted Knit-Like Hat

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My husband always complains that I never make him anything, while my closet is overflowing with clothes. So I finally got down to business and made him a very simple hat. It’s crocheted but the stitches look knitted, and it took about half an hour to make. Really, it’s that easy.

Don’t believe me? I made a tutorial to show you just how simple it is. 

I used a size 10MM crochet hook and some Bernat Soft Chunkee yarn. Here’s the simple pattern:

Cast on 26 single chains or enough so that the length measures from the crown of your head to your eyebrows. If you want a fold at the brim of the hat, cast on a few extra single chains.

Half double crochet in the BACK STITCH ONLY for the next row, and then for the rest of the hat until it is wide enough to wrap around your head.

Once you’re finished, you should have a crocheted rectangle. Again, the length should be equal to the crown of your head to at least your eyebrows, and the width should be equal to the circumference of your head.

Fold your “fabric” in half, making sure the stripes or rows are vertical. Stitch down the side with a knitting needle. (In the video, I didn’t have one on hand, so I just used my crochet hook.) Then either with a knitting needle or a crochet hook like me, gather the top of the head with a piece of yarn, tighten, bind the yarn, snip, and flip it inside out.

You can add a pom pom for extra oomph! But since this is for my husband and he has enough oomph as it is, I decided to leave it out. 🙂

Voila. You have a crocheted hat that looks like it was knitted. And it will only take you about half an hour to make, depending on how awesome you are.

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June 17, 2015

Underwater Sea Turtle Acrylic Painting

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I told you I’ve been bit by the painting bug! Here’s one of my favorite paintings so far, and I love it so much I don’t even want to part with it, but I’m seriously running out of space. I realize I’ve been doing a lot of silhouette paintings lately, but I love the way the black images pop against a bright color.

Want to make your own? Of course I made a video tutorial:

I mentioned this in the video’s description, but this was inspired by an art class taught by PaintNite. I’ve never attended a PaintNite class before. I just thought the image was cute so I decided to give my own stab at it. I love turtles. I actually had a few growing up. (Unfortunately they all died. I know. Sad face. One of my baby turtles that I bought in China Town still lives with my mom in Georgia. It started off the size of a quarter, and is now the size of her hand! Pretty cool. Yes, I realize the irony of the fact that the only surviving turtle I ever had was one I didn’t raise myself.)

I love that the seafoam/aqua undertones in the painting matches almost perfectly with my mail organizer. I didn’t even do it on purpose! Thus it has earned a permanent spot at the entrance of my home.

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June 16, 2015

Sunset Tree Silhouette Acrylic Painting

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I’ve been bit by the painting bug. All I want to do is paint! So I made a tutorial on this lovely sunset tree silhouette acrylic painting. Wow, what a mouthful.

Don’t you love the cute mail organizer? I’ve been searching for one for so long. When I finally saw this one at Marshalls for about $20, my friend was like “Just buy it!” and I was like “Okay!”

See the video tutorial to make your own. It’s super easy!

I’m excited to share this video because I asked my sister, Vy, to make a jingle for my tutorials. She did an amazing job. It’s upbeat and cute, and I love it. Goes perfectly with all my fast-paced how-to’s. I’m trying to convince her to come up with some more. 😉 She has her own YouTube, so check out some of her Vietnamese musical covers.

If you’re feeling lazy though, I’m also selling it on Etsy here. I love my paintings, but I really want to share them, and it’d be awesome to know it’s hanging up in someone’s home for them to smile at when they get home. Also, I have been painting so much! I need to make room for my other creations.

You can see it’s still kind of wet in the next picture:

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I’ve got so many new projects coming up. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for some more awesome tutorials coming up. Summer is coming, so I’m looking forward to making cute, floral dresses, upfashioned shorts, and beach-y things. Seriously, it’s my favorite season and since I’m back in sunny California now, I can’t wait to sew some lovely summery clothes to complement the weather. Happy creating!

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