Sewing some fun

Hello, dear pond readers, thank you for joining me here at the pond. Happily, I’m here today to share some crafty fun that I’ve been sewing. I hope that it inspires you to get your own crafty shenangins going.

I got busy making some Whovian magic happen by using this set of directions for an envelope pillow cover to sew two 16″x16″ throw pillows. As odd as this sounds, I liked that Martha Stewart’s page didn’t have pictures for the directions because just using the math happened to be easier for me. There are various picture-filled options online though for the more visually inclined. The pillow pictured below is wonderfully plush and cozy.

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Front of Whovian pillow by E.A. Schneider Also, FYI, it is super adorable to see someone using this pillow and see the “Vworp Vworp” above their head like a text balloon.

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Back of the Whovian Pillow by E.A. Schneider

For my mom’s birthday, I made this pincushion. I made it two-sided because both sets of fabric are adorable and my mom likes to have fun choices. I’m rather proud of how well centered the buttons are.

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Blue side of pincushion

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Peach and blue side of pincushion

I also made her this pendant but I did cheat and string it on a pre-made cord. It is painted jasper so it also has two sides that look all impressionistic and lovely.

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Jasper pendant side 1 by E.A. Schneider

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Jasper pendant side 2 by E.A. Schneider

To kick off my fundraising for team Nerds for a Cure in Walk MS Waukesha 2017, I made these two dice bags for friends of mine. These friends have joined the glorious world of Dungeons & Dragons and needed suitable bags of holding for their dice so they asked me if I could make them bags. Two years ago I made dice bags for my fundraising for Nerds for a Cure and I used that same pattern again.  We play weekly and I tailored the bags to their personal interests, both in and out of the game. It was a delightful creative challenge and I’m happy to say that they were pleased with them.

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Dragon and cat dice bags of holding. By E.A. Schneider

Also, because I thought it would be a fun challenge, the insides of the bags have a surprise at the bottom.

I have no doubt that I’m going to craft some more nifty stuff for the fundraiser and will share the details here when I can.

I’m working on some other fun craft projects and will hopefully get them finished soon. What sorts of crafting are you doing these days, dear pond readers? Please, post comments and links below when you have the chance and thanks for stopping by the pond today!

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Crafts and Treats

It occurs to me, dear pond readers, that I never did a big blog post about my holiday crafts and treats from Christmas or my 2015 reading thoughts. I will begin my catching up with the crafts and treats.

In 2015 and early 2016, I sewed a lot of towels and baby bibs but I unfortunately forgot to take pictures of some of them. I’ve compiled two slide shows of the pictures I do have all together. The baby bib slideshow features pictures that appeared in a previous post as well. I used cottons and flannels with some re-purposed flannels from old shirts. Enjoy!

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Finally, I did get the opportunity to make Christmas cookies again with one of my favorite people. This year I also got to bust out the Star Trek cookie cookies for some holiday geekery. Enjoy!

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Please, leave any questions or comments below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today, dear readers!

P.S.

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Raffle for a Cure! Nerd style :-) Now bigger than ever!

Raffle for a Cure! Nerd style :-) Now bigger than ever!

All the different prize options in a pile!

All the different prize options in a pile!

Hello, dear pond readers! I am doing something new in my pond in an effort to save my brain from multiple sclerosis. I was diagnosed in 2013 and I’ve written about it a little bit in another post, if you want to check that out. I am doing a raffle of handcrafted items to raise money for Walk MS-Waukesha to benefit the Wisconsin chapter of the National MS society.

Here are the directions: look through the items pictured below and decide for which of the twelve prize option(s) you would like to buy a virtual raffle ticket. UPDATE: All raffle tickets are now $2 per entry! You still have to specify which drawing(s) you want to put your donation toward by copying the comment text with each option, but there is no longer variation in price. If you already donated, fantastic, you just get more entries per prize option drawing than you initially thought you would. Also, I will always round up so if you donated an odd sort of number I will round up the number of entries you have. To buy a raffle ticket, go to my personal fundraising page, hit “Donate to Me,” donate in the ticket increment you want, fill out your full contact information, and, in the comment section, copy the text that corresponds to the desired item option(s) below. Your information is confidential, will not be sold, and will not be used for any nefarious purpose. Your full contact information of at least a name and an e-mail address is needed to contact you in the event that you win and so I can mail any item(s) you won. If you want to opt out of being contacted by the National MS society, there is a way for you to do that when you donate. I won’t contact you either beyond one thank-you-for-being-amazing note. All donations are tax-deductible in the United States. I have no idea if they are tax-deductible in other countries but you will get the same warm, fuzzy feeling of being amazing no matter what nation you hale from, if you donate to my fundraising.

My plan is to print out little squares of paper donation entries based on the donations, put them in a zippy bag for each prize option, and then, the day after the walk on September 21st, film a drawing of names and post that video here on the pond. Winners will be e-mailed and shipment arranged after the drawing. I will mail items at my own cost in the most economic fashion, which will probably be USPS first class, but, we’ll see, this is all new to me. People can definitely have their names in more than once for each raffle option and have their names in for multiple options but, your donation has to add up to that many virtual raffle tickets and you have to have the comment text for each option you want to have a chance at winning.

For example: Jane Smith really likes the pincushions, the Star Trek scarf, and the reading quillow. Jane wants at least two tickets for each option. When Jane donates, being sure to include her e-mail address, jane.smith@fictional.com, she donates $35 (35/2 =17.5, ~18, 18/3=6 entries per drawing!) and copies all three lines of comment text, so her comment box says:  I am a Technicolorlilypond SEWIST nerd for a cure!  I am a Technicolorlilypond READING nerd for a cure! I am a Technicolorlilypond STAR TREK nerd for a cure! And, just like that, she has paid for six entries in each of those three prize option categories and she will have the satisfaction of knowing that she has made a tax-deductible donation to help rid the world of multiple sclerosis. On the day of the drawing, Jane’s name will be in each pool six times, increasing her odds of being the lucky person to receive the nerdy item in the post. See how amazing that is? Together, all of this will add up to making the world a better place for lot of people who are really hoping that people like you will help fund scientific research into curing them of multiple sclerosis. That is some pretty amazing stuff.

Time for prize option pictures! As you can see, some options have multiple items whereas others have one. The way I envision this is that as an example, for the pincushion raffle there are four pincushions that you can potentially win. I will have one pool of pincushion entries and will draw names from the pool four times, once for each pincushion. I hope that that makes sense. I know that that means you might not win the exact item you want but, hopefully you know somebody in your life who would like that item and you’ll be ahead on your unbirthday shopping.

Raffle prize option #1: Wristlet style Phone case with E.A. Schneider photo-print! Raffle ticket cost is $2 per entry

Comment text to copy: I am a Technicolorlilypond PHOTOGRAPHER nerd for a cure!

Phone case with velcro closure and 4x6 photo print

Option #1: Phone case with velcro closure and 4×6 photo print

Raffle prize option #2: Pincushions! Raffle ticket cost is $2 per entry

Comment text to copy: I am a Technicolorlilypond SEWIST nerd for a cure!

Option #2: Pincushions homemade with cottons and buttons.

Option #2: Pincushions homemade with cottons and buttons.

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Raffle prize option #3: Dice Bags of Holding! With actual dice! Dice not pictured but two gaming dice come with each bag. Raffle ticket cost is $2 per entry

Comment text to copy: I am a Technicolorlilypond GAMER nerd for a cure!

Option #3: Dice bags of holding with 2 dice apiece (not all pictured)

Option #3: Dice bags of holding with 2 dice apiece (not all pictured)

Raffle prize option #4: Doctor Who Pillow! Raffle ticket cost is $2 per entry

Comment text to copy: I am a Technicolorlilypond DOCTOR WHO nerd for a cure!

Option #4: Doctor Who pillow handmade by E.A. Schneider. Made of cotton and polar fleece.

Option #4: Doctor Who pillow handmade by E.A. Schneider. Made of cotton and polar fleece.

Option #4: Doctor Who pillow handmade by E.A. Schneider. Made of cotton and polar fleece.

Option #4: Doctor Who pillow handmade by E.A. Schneider. Made of cotton and polar fleece.

Raffle prize option #5:  Wildlife pillow! Raffle ticket cost is $2 per entry

Comment text to copy: I am a Technicolorlilypond WILDLIFE nerd for a cure!

Option #5: Wildlife pillow! Made of cotton and polar fleece. 10

Option #5: Wildlife pillow! Made of cotton and polar fleece. 10″x10″ size.

Option #5: Wildlife pillow, back side, 10

Option #5: Wildlife pillow, back side, 10″x10″

Raffle prize option #6: Star Trek fleece scarf! Raffle ticket cost is $2 per entry

Comment text to copy: I am a Technicolorlilypond STAR TREK nerd for a cure!

Option #6: Star Trek Fleece scarf made of cotton and polar fleece, ~48

Option #6: Star Trek Fleece scarf made of cotton and polar fleece, ~48″ long.

Option #6: Star Trek Fleece scarf made of cotton and polar fleece, ~48

Option #6: Star Trek Fleece scarf made of cotton and polar fleece, ~48″ long.

Raffle prize option #7: Star Wars fleece scarf! This scarf glows in the dark. Raffle ticket cost is $2 per entry

Comment text to copy: I am a Technicolorlilypond STAR WARS nerd for a cure!

Option #8: Star Wars scarf scarf made of cotton and polar fleece, ~48

Option #7: Star Wars scarf scarf made of cotton and polar fleece, ~48″ long.

Option #8: Star Wars scarf scarf made of cotton and polar fleece, ~48

Option #7: Star Wars scarf scarf made of cotton and polar fleece, ~48″ long.

Raffle prize option #8: Doctor Who fleece scarf! Raffle ticket cost is $2 per entry

Comment text to copy: I am a Technicolorlilypond WHOVIAN nerd for a cure!

Option #9: Doctor Who scarf scarf made of cotton and polar fleece, ~48

Option #8: Doctor Who scarf scarf made of cotton and polar fleece, ~48″ long.

Option #9: Doctor Who scarf scarf made of cotton and polar fleece, ~48

Option #8: Doctor Who scarf scarf made of cotton and polar fleece, ~48″ long.

Raffle prize option #9: Reading Quillow! Raffle ticket cost is $2 per entry

Comment text to copy: I am a Technicolorlilypond READING nerd for a cure!

Option #10: Reading Quillow! Made of cottons and quilted in the ditch. The throw is a micro-plush throw.

Option #9: Reading Quillow! Made of cottons and quilted in the ditch. The throw is a micro-plush throw.

Prize option #9: Reading quillow, unfolded back-side of pocket and throw

Prize option #9: Reading quillow, unfolded back-side of pocket and throw

Raffle option #10: Woodcraft Bangle Bracelet! Raffle ticket cost is $2 per entry

Comment text to copy: I am a Technicolorlilypond JEWELRY nerd for a cure!

Prize option #10: Woodcraft bangle bracelets crafted by Wisconsin artist, Steve Ripp.

Prize option #10: Woodcraft bangle bracelets crafted by Wisconsin artist, Steve Ripp.

Raffle option #11: Bottle Openers! Raffle ticket cost is $2 per entry

Comment text to copy: I am a Technicolorlilypond SPIRITS nerd for a cure!

Option #11: Bottle Openers crafted by Wisconsin artist, Steve Ripp!

Option #11: Bottle Openers crafted by Wisconsin artist, Steve Ripp.

Raffle option #12: Kitchen Accessories! Raffle ticket cost is $2 per entry

Comment text to copy: I am a Technicolorlilypond COOKING nerd for a cure!

Option #12: Kitchen Accessories!

Option #12: Kitchen Accessories! Pictured are (from left to right) a mortar and pestle, a pizza cutter, and an ice cream scoop all crafted by Wisconsin artist, Steve Ripp.

Option #12: Kitchen accessories! Pictured is a nutcracker.

Option #12: Kitchen accessories! Pictured is a nutcracker crafted by Wisconsin artist, Steve Ripp.

You may start donating and get your name in the pool today. All donations that include the comment text from this blog post will be eligible for the raffle drawing until 12 PM CT on Monday September 21st, 2015. On the 21st, I will film myself drawing the names, post the video, contact the winners, and thank everyone who donated. If you do choose to donate, please leave a comment below. Thank you all for spreading the word to your friends. Should you have any questions about any of the options or the Walk, please leave the question below and I’ll do my best to answer. Thank you, dear readers, for reading all of this. Your readership and support mean so much to me.

Spring Crafting

Hello, dear readers! I am happy to report that I have pictures of crafty projects to share with you today. This winter/spring I have been busy with an assortment of  fun little crafts. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave a comment, it would be fantastic to get some crafty discussion going. On to the crafts!

First up is my Doctor Who purse. I used fabric from Spoonflower.com as well as bits and bobs from my stash to make this purse. This purse is really special to me because it represents my return to sewing following a health-inspired hiatus. It’s not perfect but I will never ever tell why. I made it to wear to the screening of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special. It felt amazing to walk into a show I had been looking forward to for months wearing a bag I had made after weeks and weeks of being unable to craft. It felt really, really great to be back at the pedal of my Husquvarna again. I will always cherish this bag.

Doctor Who purse made and designed by E.A. Schneider

Doctor Who purse made and designed by E.A. Schneider

I used glow in the dark thread to outline quilt the swirls and the TARDIS on the front. It is subtle but fun.

Back of the Doctor Who purse made and designed by E.A. Schneider

Back of the Doctor Who purse made and designed by E.A. Schneider

The variegated fabric I used gives the illusion of more piecing than I actually did. I love it when I can do that! Mwahahahaha!

Hey look! It's bigger on the inside of the Doctor Who purse! (Not really, but the universe fabric does give a nice illusion, doesn't it?)

Hey look! It’s bigger on the inside of the Doctor Who purse! (Not really, but the universe fabric does give a nice illusion, doesn’t it?)

In this picture you can see the pocket I sewed for emergency hand sanitizer (holding actual sanitizer no less!) nestled underneath a galaxy. I used a snap clasp to close the purse. You can also see the brass ring, towards the left of the picture, that secures the strap to the bag body.

Matching potholders by E.A. Schneider

Matching potholders by E.A. Schneider

Above you can see a set of matching potholders I made for a favorite person. These are hopefully industrial strength since I used two layers of pre-quilted fabric as well as special insulated batting. No burns on my watch!

Fishing scarf by E.A. Schneider

Fishing scarf by E.A. Schneider

Another couple favorite people got fleece scarves from me this year. Long time pond visitors might remember that I like to make these scarves a lot. I forgot to take pictures of a cute one I made with turtle fabric but I get pictures of the fun fishing themed one I made above.

Tea wallets with vintage buttons by E.A. Schneider

Tea wallets with vintage buttons by E.A. Schneider

Tea wallets! I love making these tea wallets. I used a tutorial from here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403079.0#axzz2clJOep3z

I can make them in under two hours, use up small pieces of fabric, and customize them with vintage buttons. It is a great gift project that is perfect for two of my very favorite people.

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Inside of the tea wallets by E.A. Schneider

 

Finally, I will leave you with a sneak peek at another project I’m working on. Hopefully I’ll be back at the pond soon with pictures of the completed project.

I see amazing border fabric! Is that, perchance, a quillow? Yes, dear readers, it is.

I see amazing border fabric! Is that, perchance, a quillow? Yes, dear readers, it is.

 

Thanks for joining me here at the pond!

Christmas Crafts 2011: Part III, the tasty conclusion

Here is the exciting conclusion to this year’s round of Christmas crafting at the Technicolor Lily Pond. Ornaments and Christmas cookies were the final components of my Christmas plan this year. A lot of people got an ornament with a card and a bunch of cookies or snack mix or other small-nifty-thing I thought they would like.   Believe it or not, I actually really like making Christmas ornaments by hand. It makes me happy to have busy little hands that actually produce something tangible and immediate. It is probably the instant-gratification factor. I can spend 15-30 minutes at work, whilst watching a program, and behold! At the end of it I have a something, an ornament, which I can hold up and say to myself (and often my long-suffering husband): “It is finished and it is good. And cute!” He usually nods his head patiently in response.

I have two strategies for making ornaments. Strategy #1 is to fussy-cut something from a fabric, sandwich it with ribbon & batting scraps, and back it with a holiday fabric to get a super simple cute ornament. I also used a bunch of pre-printed little fabric ornament kits that I purchased many years ago in an after-Christmas sale. These were great, I just had to cut them out, stitch them, and stuff them.

Birdhouse fabric ornaments

The big pile of homemade hand-sewn fabric Christmas ornaments.

The fish ornaments and the Scottie dog ornament pictured above are cut from novelty fabric and stuffed like the birdhouse ornaments above. The little space star I designed myself and I think it turned out cute. The rest pictured came from the pre-printed sets I mentioned above.

As anyone who reads my blog knows, I am a big fan of sewing yo-yos for fun to use in diverse crafty projects.Yo-yos are the foundation for strategy #2: make something cute with yo-yos and buttons. I’ve made wallhangings and ornaments out of yo-yos before and posted them in earlier blogs (I am a BIG fan of yo-yos). This year I made only a handful of yo-yo ornaments but I got more experimental. The two pictured below were made using oval yo-yos (I used the Clover yo-yo maker). I added small yo-yos to the one on the left as well for holly berries. I also added buttons, ribbon, and jingle bells as embellishment. I think they look really cute.

Yo-Yo Christmas wreaths by E.A. Schneider

Yo-yo Christmas tree ornament by E.A. Schneider

Above you can see a little yo-yo ornament I made of a Christmas tree. I’ve seen ideas for these floating around in one form or another on the internet. I only used a lightly stuffed yo-yo from the jumbo size Clover yo-yo maker to the extra small size. The “trunk” is made of two brown plastic buttons with a brown glass bead sandwiched in-between.

Now for my cutest yo-yo ornament to date: a yo-yo snowman!

Yo-Yo snowman ornament I designed by E.A. Schneider

Yo-Yo snowman ornament close-up by E.A. Schneider

I think the snowman ornament pictured above is one of the cutest things that I have ever made. As my Christmas gift to you, dear readers, I have compiled a tutorial of how to make this cute little ornament. Enjoy!

Finished snowman close-up by E.A. Schneider

My masterpiece of ornaments: the TARDIS! Being a Doctor Who fan who is privileged to know other Doctor Who fans I was thrilled when I came across this fabric on Spoonflower.com. It screams many nerdy awesome craft projects to me which I will hopefully complete  during 2012 and post here for your enjoyment. Until then, feast your eyes upon the coolest blue box in the universe.

Three little TARDIS' all in a row by E.A. Schneider

The universe is the backing fabric

A TARDIS close-up by E.A. Schneider

Making the TARDIS ornaments was simple. I fussy-cut the police box from the fabric I linked to above. I bordered it with a space-themed fabric from my stash. I layered this with batting and the uber-cool universe fabric, stitched it round, turned it right-side out, and quilted all three layers together with blue thread. I was really excited to use my blue sparkly tartan ribbon. It had been waiting in my stash for a year to be a part of this project. I mean, what is more Doctor Who than the color blue and plaid just always reminds me of K-9’s dog collar. As a final touch, I used a bead of glow-in-the-dark puff paint as the flashing light on the top of the box.

Finally, here are some Christmas cookie pictures just because I had fun making them and they are super cute in my opinion.

Christmas cookies! Complete with the Christmas frog.

Christmas Frog close-up. Yes, I am a herpetologist with holiday spirit.

More Christmas cookies

These have mint sprinkles. Mmmm....minty...

How many did I make again?

So there you have it, dear readers. That is everything I made this Christmas (that I remembered to photograph anyway) for people on my list. It was a lot of work. My fingers were sore. Glitter seems to be permanently affixed to my skin despite countless showers. Three words though: totally worth it. I had a lot of fun and more importantly everybody seemed happy with what they got. I’m already scheming about next year.

Post-holidays I am catching up on my craft backlog, reading, and writing fiction among other things. Hopefully I’ll be doing more blog posts in the near future on those subjects. Until then, dear readers, happy crafting and thanks for joining me here at the pond.