I managed to do just that and then Sunday happened. Well ok, lemme back up. Pinterest until 4am happened. Confession time. *Deep Breath* Ok... I never really "got" Pinterest. It just never made sense to me. It was like Tumblr's way more intense, ADD ridden cousin. I can barely be bothered by those types of people and I certainly can't be bothered with a website like that. You could say I had a change of heart though when I realized I was being one of those "I hate technology! I hate change! You kids and your music!" grumpy butts. So, I made it a mission to really live in the now and get a handle on the Pinterest craze. Well, I was up until 4am so I think it's safe to say, I get it now. I totally get it. So I did what any newb does. I embraced my inner Martha and spent 3 HOURS on Sunday between the hardware store and the craft store. I had a list of all the supplies I'd need for all of the projects I pinned. (That's Pinterest lingo for bookmarked, right?) Anyway, I was SO inspired that I even decided to bust out my sewing machine (the one I've been trying to sell for Africa money.)
Let me list all of the crafts I planned to do on Sunday. You read that right. Sunday,
as in 1 day.
1. Turn some of my older but too stiff/uncomfy t-shirts into soft, vintage feeling t's.
2. Make my super stiff denim vest & jacket soft.
3. Finish said denim jacket.
4. Make SO many wrap bracelets out of ball chain, hex nuts, beads & colored thread.
5. Make a ribbon cinch on a shirt I got from Forever that is SO cute but way too big.
6. Turn an army jacket into an army vest.
7. Turn a few of my older t-shirts into tank tops.
8. Turn a few pairs of my Old Navy flip flops into dressier sandals.
9. Make a skirt from scratch.
10. Turn about 5 dresses into skirts.
Yep. All that.
One thing you need to know about me (if you couldn't guess by that utterly ridiculous list) is that I tend to go "balls to the wall" so crafting, the idea of crafting AND any store dedicated to crafting, to me are all like dessert buffets to a 5 year old. Crafting happens for me about twice a year and Pinterest was the catalyst this time around. I loaded up my plate and kept piling it on. It's always the same. I'm thinking "I have a whole day. I can do EVERYTHING I've EVER wanted to do!!!!"
I'm also incredibly impatient, I'm no good at measuring, I can't cut a straight line to save my life, (my sewing lines are on par with my cutting lines. Wonky. ) & I haven't touched that sewing machine in ohhhh, 8 years.
So what you're saying is: You can't really sew, you're too impatient to actually read the machine manual and you're incapable of making a straight line?
Yes. That's what I said.
Anywho, lemme tell you how many of those little projects I actually finished :D
This required I find washing soda which is part of the reason I took so long gathering supplies. The stuff is elusive. The alternative was to bake baking soda for 30 minutes because apparently it turns into washing soda. Then you wash your shirts like 3 times and Voila! Except 30 minutes turned into 3 hours. Don't ask because I don't know. Nothing happened, that I could tell. I mean it cooked and for some reason the chemicals were too lazy to react? I tried anyway but washing 3 times turned into washing 6 times plus soaking everything in the "washing soda", salt, fabric softener & a can of diet coke (I'll get to the DC in a sec.) over night. Outcome: Craft Fail. My t's are exactly the same as they were when I started except way more faded and some a bit smaller. (You also have to dry them like 80 times.) Project abandoned. I'm afraid of what my water bill is going to look like next month.
They seemed so easy! Like the easiest project out of the 10. Outcome: Craft (semi)Fail. I made 2. I couldn't find ball chain (weird right?) so I got some beads that I thought would work. I also got some hex nuts which hello!!!, are NOT cheap! I sat outside for 2 hours and made one kind of wobbly, uneven beaded bracelet that fits around my wrist once. I attempted the hex nut wrap but silly me, I got the wrong thread and the bolts are too big and I have no patience so I ended up with a waaaay different version than the one I was trying to copy. It's um, amateur to say the least. Any 10 year old could make better ones BUT I refuse to toss either (or start over.) I will wear them
Fancy flip flops:
I found two styles that I wanted to try. The first was the easiest and just entailed cutting up some old t-shirts, braiding the fabric and using the braids in place of the plastic straps. The second was cutting up a silky scarf and basically doing the same as above minus the braids, add more strips. The end result is fancy gladiator(ish) wrap around your ankles sandals. I obviously chose to do the latter, because my middle name is Ambitious. Outcome: Craft Fail. I couldn't part with any of my scarves so I used a sheer, patterned top I haven't worn in forever. I didn't bother measuring or really even paying attention and I ended up with a bunch of jagged strips of shirt that weren't even near long enough to use. Project Abandoned.
Denim vest & jacket destruct:
This required washing both in a can of diet coke, fabric softener and salt. Apparently all of those things are abrasive enough to break down the denim just enough. Weird since it did nothing for my t-shirts.
Outcome: Craft score! It totally worked! Holler! Well, it worked REALLY well on my vest and just so-so on my jacket but I'll take it!
Denim vest revamp:
Ok, I've been working on this thing for a year. Actually I "worked" on it once, a year ago and that consisted of cutting of the sleeves (it was a jacket) and spray painting a scorpion on the back a la Drive. (I just love Goslbutt and that movie is one of my faves) I equate torn sleeves with a "Don't Mess With Me or You'll Be Sorry!" attitude and scorpions are tough. So yeah, I needed to redo the scorpion stencil because after all those washes it was barely there. I also wanted to make it even more tough by adding studs. Annnnd I'm determined to take it in because it was a tad too big to begin with. Outcome: Craft (semi) Score. I redid the scorpion & it's pretty tough. Watch out!
Which leads us to -
Cinching a shirt, making tank tops, making a skirt, converting my dresses & army jacket & finishing my super tough scorpion, Ryan Gosling, Drive vest.
Before I even left to gather supplies I was so pumped about all the cool shit I was going to do that I went ahead and prepped by hacking up my dresses, cutting ties off things, cutting straps off things, cutting entire top pieces off things, etc. My intent was to save all of those things for last since they required sewing which meant I was going to have to get reacquainted with my sewing machine. Outcome: Craft SUPER Fail. I have piles of shredded clothes sitting NEXT to my sewing machine, in the spare bedroom.
I just got so tired - all of that pre-craft adrenalin must have worn off.
So... there you have it. The end.
Do you craft? Are you more like a Martha or do you just kind of wing it like me?