Posts tagged ‘Arts and Crafts’

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 15, 2015

Chunky Monkey

Every winter I get this urge to crochet and knit a million things I’ll never get around to making. But I’ve always wanted a super-oversized chunky knit sweater. I guess I wanted it bad enough to actually make it this year instead of just think about making it. Except I didn’t want to knit it because it takes me much longer to knit something than it does to crochet.

So when I saw Stephanie’s super cute crocheted sweater–not to mention her easy tutorial and pattern–I had no excuses.

I pretty much followed her exact instructions and duplicated her sweater. I really love the way it turned out, though I do feel a little silly when I wear it since I live in Southern California and it rarely drops below seventy here. 😛

I drive by this beautiful park every morning and finally had a chance to stop by today. It’s a golf course technically, but I’m up at dawn to get some work done which means no one is around. Better for me. 🙂

Everyone at the office likes to make fun of me because I’m a huge fan of bananas. (That’s what she said!) If the potassium overdose didn’t give me heart attack symptoms, I’d eat nothing but bananas. Thus I have been nicknamed the Office Monkey. Which goes pretty well with the fact that I’m wearing my chunky heel, cut-out boots with my chunky crocheted sweater.

I love everything about these shoes. I especially love chunky heels, obviously because they’re much easier to walk in than toothpick stilettos. But I just love the look of them too.

The cutouts are super cute. The only hard part is…what socks do I wear?

Maybe the ones you’re supposed to wear with flats? But that would look funny. So I just gave up and wore regular socks. Sorry for the faux pas, but I’d rather not smell and slip and slide all day because I’m human and my feet sweat. Gross, I

:: Outfit Details ::

Crocheted Chunky Sweater (made by yours truly with like 6 skeins of Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn following All About Amy’s pattern, now available on my Etsy shop)
Fit and Flare Floral Pleated Dress (made by moi, tutorial here!)
Leggings, oops I mean Knit Pants ($6 from Ross)
Charlotte Russe Chunky Heel Cutout Boots ($10 from here)
Cross Over Body Bag (about $30 from H&M)

June 23, 2015

Crocheted Knit-Like Hat


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.


June 22, 2015

Painting with my friend

My friend and I have both been on a painting, arts, crafts, and sewing kick, so she asked me to teach her how to paint. After searching through the Pin boards, she finally picked something similar to this painting, so we got together. It was so fun painting with someone else for a change, because usually it’s such an isolated process.

Here’s what we learned:

Branches are harder to paint than they look.

So is drawing the beak.

I have too many bird paintings, so I drew an owl instead. I love it! What are you guys planning to paint?

June 17, 2015

Underwater Sea Turtle Acrylic Painting


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.


June 16, 2015

Sunset Tree Silhouette Acrylic Painting


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:


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!


November 20, 2013

Leopard Print Elastic Waist Dress


As promised in my LA Fashion District video, here is the dress I made from the fabrics I bought. I love the leopard print on turquoise. Such a pretty color that I thought would go lovely in a simple cut with an elastic waist.

This fabric was a dream to work with. It’s knit with a silky flow to it but not difficult or frustrating at all. I remember my first experience sewing with knits…it did not end well at all. I’m so glad that I don’t have those problems anymore.Image

Anyway the dress is so comfortable that as soon as I was done making it, I slapped on a belt, some leggings, and hit the city. Or more like the library to get some work done. 🙂 Hope you guys like it! If you want to make your own, watch the tutorial and send me some pictures so I can sing your praises!

September 25, 2013

Panda Hoodie Tutorial


Well, if you haven’t noticed already, I’m pretty obsessed with pandas. It occurred to me the other day that of all the clothes that I’d made, I still don’t own a panda hoodie. And once this realization was made, the conclusion to make one immediately followed.

This hoodie is made of fleece and is very simple to sew. It’s also pretty light, depending on what type of fleece you choose, but also warm. I made it with one and a half yards of white fleece and half a yard of black fleece.

So without further ado, here is a tutorial on how to make a panda hoodie! Hope you enjoy. If you make it for Halloween, please send me a picture!

September 23, 2013

9 Halloween Crafts Made with Recycled Materials

Halloween isn’t just about the costumes. More than anything, it’s about the decorations and getting the spooky feel just right. But instead of wasting money on a new set of Halloween decorations this year, why not make your own from recycled products? We gathered some of the cutest crafts from around the Blogosphere, and the best part is they’re all made from recycled or repurposed materials. Check out all the tutorials and projects below.

1. Jack-O-Lanterns Made with Old Lightbulbs

A new spin on the Jack-O-Lantern, these are made from old light bulbs. We all know you’ve got a few hiding somewhere, so whip ’em out, paint on them, and then draw in the details with a sharpie. You can even add embellishments like the one shown in the photo.

LightBulb Jack O Lantern

2. Bat Masks Made with Milk Jugs

Milk jugs are wonderful things to recycle. They are malleable and sturdy and can basically make anything…like these bat masks! Cut out mask shapes, then paint over them and voila!

milk jug bat masks

3. Frankenstein Made with Old CD

The CD once had its heyday, and now there are probably a bunch of them sitting in the corner of a forgotten cupboard in your house. Grab one and embellish all over it with felt and other craftiness to make this adorable Frankenstein.

frankenstein cd

4. Pumpkin Made with Old Grocery Bags

If you’ve got a lot of grocery bags lying around that you know you’re never going to use, cut out a bunch of pumpkin shapes and turn it into this cute piece.

3 dimensional paper bag pumpkin - - cover

5. Halloween Garland with Coffin Made from Old Book Pages

This garland is made from some Christmas lights and clothespins. The coffin shapes are made from recycled book pages. The best part is once Halloween is over you can take down the coffin and pumpkins and you’ll be ready for Christmas!

halloween coffin garland recycled book page stamped

6. Halloween Bowling with Used Milk Bottles

Throwing a party? Make up a fun game with these used milk bottles and a jack-o-lantern or ball, and play Halloween bowling!


7. Old Crayon Boxes into Trick Or Treat Bags

When your old crayons are long gone, save the boxes and turn them into these trick or treat bags.


8. Mummified Boxes

Grab some old strips of fabric or toilet paper and wrap it around a box or any object to “mummify” it.

9. Egg Cartons into Bats

You’ll probably never have a shortage of egg cartons. So cut yours up, paint on them, and make these spooky bats!

Egg Carton Bats


September 20, 2013

5 DIY Halloween Costumes and Video Tutorials

Halloween’s coming up! It’s like the holiday that’s made for crafters and people who sew. Do you know what you’re going to dress up as? Instead of spending too much money on a single costume you might never wear again, why not put together something yourself and show off your creativity? We’ve put together a list of five sewing tutorials on YouTube. Hope they inspire you to make your own!

Pirate Costume

Threadbanger shows you how to make an entire pirate costume.

Hooded Cape Costume

Capes are simple and easy–to make and to wear. You’ll probably be grateful if Halloween night happens to be chilly.

Mad Hatter 

One of my favorite storybook characters, the Mad Hatter has got to be the coolest costume to dress up as. Learn how to do the makeup also with this cool tutorial.

Poison Ivy

A flashback from the old Batman movies, this Uma Thurman Poison Ivy-inspired costume is cute, sexy, and really creative.

Totoro Hoodie

I love Totoro! Enough said.

BONUS: Dog Hoodie

Dogs love to dress up too. 🙂 Check out this tutorial for a dog hoodie, which includes instructions on how to make your own pattern.