It's hard to believe that the year 2020 is coming to an end very very soon. I can't believe tomorrow is already the new year, yikes!! Time sure flies fast nowadays! I'm still in the midst of cleaning up my craft room and I found a variety of yarns....I mean a whole lot of them really. I must have been so obsessed with knitting a few years ago that I went and bought a lot of yarns to knit. Unfortunately I never got the chance to knit a lot because I was also busy with quilling and making handmade cards at the time. I can only do so much at a time. With my health situation I move really slow you know. Haha!
Some of the yarns that I bought were meant to be used as decorations on my handmade cards. That's why there's a lot of them still available because I had big plans to use them on my handmade cards. But I haven't made any handmade cards since the pandemic and frankly speaking I'm still not able to make them and one of the reasons is because of my messy room that is still messy. Not a space available on my table to make cards. I have no idea how it got that bad really. Wait.....I forgot I'm a hoarder too. Haha! Of course there are other reasons why it's messy but hoarding is one of the reasons how it got that bad. To clear up all the years of hoarding that I did requires time. I was thinking of giving away some of the stuff that I have but not as they are now but instead in the form of a handmade craft. Make something with them and give them away. That's the plan. Sounds like a great plan but executing it again, takes time.
So I thought of something fast and easy to do, that won't take so much of my time and energy, which I don't have a lot nowadays. One of the ideas I had was to make crochet face masks extenders. It's something I've been wanting to do since it became a trend to wear them with the face masks so that our ears won't hurt so much. I need them for myself as well because I wear a scarf and it's so hard to wear it without the extenders. I did make one with fabric before but I also wanted to crochet them. I've seen a lot of people wearing them in town when I go out grocery shopping and they are beautiful compared to the fabric ones that I made. I'm not at all great at crochet though. I'm still a beginner, still lots to learn and I think that making these crochet face masks extenders is a great way to practice crochet. It's a small project and in just a few minutes, it's done. I was able to make quite a lot of them this month in different colours but mostly they are made using the same type of yarn because this type of yarn has a clean finish. I love how they turned out.
When I first started to crochet the mask extenders, I was super ambitious! LOL! I tried making the complicated patterns like the photos above instead of the simple ones. I should have tried the simple ones first! There's more patterns that I made but I haven't the time to take all the photos yet. Will try to upload them here later once I have added the buttons on them. I've made a lot but they are without buttons. Still searching for suitable buttons for them. In the beginning I did try to make crochet buttons as you can see from the photos above but I think I prefer buttons that are not crochet. Plastic or wood would be nice.
Hope everyone is doing well even though we are all going through a very rough time this year. Covid 19 definitely has changed me a lot these past few months. I've been feeling really down and have not been my usual self. I really miss crafting but I just couldn't bring myself to create anything new for the past 3, 4 months.
I've been keeping myself busy growing vegetables in my garden at home instead of crafting. It seems to be a big trend around the world these days to grow your own food and I just couldn't help myself to do the same. It's good therapy as well. Since I can't go out as much as I like anymore, staying at home and spending time in the garden in the morning seems like a good idea in the beginning. Honestly I love it till now. But it did occurred to me that I needed to get back to crafting as well. I received some lovely gifts from a dear friend some time ago on my birthday this year and those gifts somehow gave me some motivation to create something again.
I immediately got into the mood to do something creative but I had to clean up my room first because it was so dusty and messy. I've neglected it for the past few months. When I was cleaning up the mess, I stumbled upon a weaving project that I started way back in 2018. At the time I was so addicted to knitting, crochet and weaving. I did make a small weaved scarf at the time too using the same method. Then I got over ambitious and wanted to make a bigger and longer scarf. Unfortunately I didn't get to complete it back then because I was so busy doing so many things at the same time. So I decided to finish what I started. I still have one more knitting project that I started in 2018 left to complete. Not sure when I can get that one done though. But I'm glad that I manage to complete the blue weaved scarf once and for all.
To be honest, I don't think I will be weaving another scarf anytime soon. It's so difficult to do plus it takes so much of space in my craft room. So from now on wards I would just do crochet or knitting with a loom. If I ever wanted to weave again, it will only be in smaller sizes using a small loom that I bought some time ago. That would be exciting to try. I've always love trying out new tools.
This blue weaved scarf did not come out as nice as I expected but it's ok, as I am a beginner. I'm always glad that I did try it as it was a good experience. Anything new to try is always good for the brain. I love to challenge myself. There's definitely some flaws on the scarf which you may not be able to see clearly but I know where it is. So it's definitely not for sale, it's just for my own personal use. Weaving is very time consuming and needs a lot of patience. I'm just so relieved that it's done, haha!
The video that was featured was the one about how I cut and embossed paper using the pasta machine. I never thought that one day I would get myself a pasta machine to cut paper, LOL! It's just so funny! I would never use it to make pasta though. I'm not that interested in that. All I care about is paper.
Special thanks to Ann Martin for choosing me to be part of this feature. I'm truly honored to be listed. All the quilling artists who were featured with me are special in their own way but some of them are those whom I'm a huge fan of!
So do check out the blogpost and see it for yourself especially if you are a quilling lover. You will definitely learn something new from those videos featured there :).
Hello again everyone!
I only have a manual paper shredder and it only cuts 3mm paper strips. If I wanted other sizes, I would have to cut the paper with a craft knife. I do wish that there is a machine that could cut other sizes as well. That's why I wanted to try the pasta machine. So I went to searched for it in town and found a cheap one that I could try at home. I wish there was a better quality one here but I couldn't find one. In this post, I just want to do a little review on the product and share with everyone my experience using it.
As you can see from the photos above, I really love making those leaves using the 2mm strips. I could also make it look like a 3D leaf and yet it doesn't look so bulky. That's what I love about it! Awesome!
I also made small little flowers with the 2mm strips. I really love them! They will compliment the bigger flowers really well. I've always wanted to have different quilling paper sizes for different purposes and now I can make it happen because of this machine.
I cut the 5mm paper strips and made bigger sized flowers with them. It's nice to make flowers with different size strips. I'm so used to using 3mm paper strips for so many years so it was nice to be able to cut a lot of 5mm strips at one go and work with them.
All in all, I don't regret buying this machine but I don't necessarily recommend it to anyone especially if you don't have the patience and don't like rough edges on the paper strips. The machine has helped me cut the 2mm and 5mm strips that I wanted even though it does have some rough edges. I really don't mind it that much because I'm used to the rough edges already. I've been making quilling cards using shredded quilling papers with rough edges for 10 years now and it has not stopped me from being creative. Hope to make more interesting quilling shapes with the new quilling papers!
Do check out the video below to see how I use the pasta machine. Thank you!
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