Hippity Hop on over!

I've participated in a few blog hops, and thought I should give props :)

Blog Hop with C.R.A.F.T.

And this fun Twitter Hop with  Our Reflection!

Thanks to all the hosts, and if YOU have a blog hop hosted, let me know! I love making new bloggy friends!

A bit of sewing, finally!

Ya know, I just realized that I have yet to post anything that I've actually sewn! In fact, I havent sewn anything in a while. That project I mentioned? I kind of .. gave up on that. I was trying to make the pattern myself, and it wasnt working out. So I ordered a pattern, whenever it arrives I'll actually get to work on it.

SO! Since I didnt want to feel like a total failure, I decided to do something else I've been meaning to for a while. I bought the fabric weeks ago but hadnt had a chance to make it happen... until now!

So without further ado!

 A very cute little coffee cozy thing!

Its been a while since I made anything... so I was a little rusty. (As you can probably tell by my totally psycho sewing lines.. pay no mind to that!) But its cute and functional and I love it. :)

I used this tutorial from Crafty Staci. I even got some fancy Insulbrite and everything (didnt have any ironing board scraps on me.. who woulda thunk?)

Anyway, as long as I'm at it, might as well show off this other thing I made. It was one of my first projects.

This is a very cute little tunnel I made for my pretty kitty!

I used this tutorial. I didnt use faux fur for the inside, though. Instead, I used this super soft plush fabric, the kind that robes are often made out of. In fact, thats exactly why I chose that fabric! Its the same sort of fabric my and my boyfriend's robes are made of, and Patches loooooves those things. So I figured she'd like to have some of her own!

I picked out a cute brown cotton with these little kitties printed on it to match, and whala!

The only problem was that it was veeeeery floppy. So I got some wire and threaded it through what was supposed to be the drawstring, in the hopes it would stay open. It.. sort of works. I'm sure I'll think of something. If you have any suggestions, let me in!

And heres the pretty kitty herself, enjoying her kitty tube, floppyness be darned! :)

A Masquerade!

 I attended a friend's birthday party this weekend. A birthday party with a masquerade murder mystery theme! How fun is that. However, I had totally blanked, and forgot all about the party until a couple hours before! Eek!

I dont have many pictures of the process, because I was in a bit of a rush! But I'll show you what I do have and explain what I did as best as I can.

A quick trip to the craft store (grabbing pretty much anything that looked interesting) and here are my findings:

Patches found it all very interesting!

The first thing I did was take this totally lame black plastic mask and shape it up a bit. Heres a picture of what it looked like before and after. (Ignore the glitter, I didnt think to take the picture until after it was on!)

I opened up the eye holes (they were pretty tiny to start out) and gave them a bit of a curve at the outside end, as you can see in the picture. I also gave the bottom of the mask a little shape.

Then I put glitter glue around the edges of the eye holes, to make them a little more prominent (and who doesnt love glitter!)

Unfortunately thats all the pictures I have. However, here's a picture of me wearing the final product!

I used this tutorial to make the faux bow (only put two loops though). It was simple and ended up looking really good!

Then I added the loopy silver tape around the edges of the mask.

And finally, super glued the feather patch and bow onto the edge! The bow was a bit.. large. Looking back I would have probably left the flower off and just had the bow. It probably wouldnt have been quite so in my eyes and less overpowering that way.

And of course, I needed a gift for the birthday girl! Luckily, my fancy Chalkboard Paint (pictured) had just arrived the day before!

I dont have any pictures of what I made (heck it hadnt even dried yet when I ran out the door!) but I'll tell you what I did.

I got a cute little wooden plank and marked off a square in the middle. Then I painted it with the chalkboard paint. The birthday girl's favorite colors are orange and yellow. So I painted all around the rest of the board with orange craft paint, and then where the orange and black touched I put a stripe of yellow. It was pretty nifty and hopefully she finds it very useful! :)