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Wednesday, 9 November 2022

Print and Play Board games


So I have been a huge board game player for years. But over the last few years it has both gotten increasingly hard to buy games and hard to find people to play with. There are some games that I love and I think are worth the price. BUT there are so many games that as soon as you take into account that I live in Australia, and shipping and exchange rates they become ridiculous! On top of that I'm a crafter... with a very strong need to make stuff for myself. 
 
I started making a game folder a few years ago with some dice and card games inside and I made some simple boards, for games like checkers and backgammon. I love it. Such a cool way to play and honestly so cute to have a mini backgammon game. I seem to be all about the mini games at the moment! 
Continuing on with the mini trend I decided to make a smaller version of sprawlopolis. I bought these files from PNParcade and printed them two to a page on A4. The cards are so cute! I also printed a few of the expansions while I was at it.
As much as I love this game I think I have only managed to win a play through once. It's always the roads that do it! I was only 2 points off with this game!
 

 
 
To continue the trend I was over at Board Game Geek when I stumbled across these files. It's a game called Deep Space D-6 and it's so much fun :D I was even able to find a mint tin version that is designed to be cut and folded into a mint tin. This one is awesome to play. The last one I'm super proud of! I bought hive a few years ago but then I lost one of the pieces. I loved playing that game but didn't want to buy a new one. So I started looking at options. I ended up buying these wooden hexagons I found on Amazon. This didn't quite turn out right because I didn't read the listing and they weren't one INCH they were one CM!!! Ooops.
 
So I went with it and after asking in my print and play group, I ended up buying some magnet sticker sheets and a mint tin style box. I used those to make a mini set of HIVE! 
 


Using paint pens that I had I could colour these in and then I coated them with a clear acrylic paint to seal them. I just love how these turned out and as normal for me they are purple :D making it even better! 

I managed to win a game against my cousin :D Though it was his first time playing so not quite as fair. This has been a fun craft to explore as they are really fun to do and I'm sure I will make a LOT more games since I've found so many good ones.

Happy Stitching, 
Caitlin


Saturday, 24 September 2022

New Obsession: Artist Trading Cards

 I have found myself a new craft obsession. I am deeming this an extension of the drawing and art I have been doing so it doesn't count as a new craft. And honestly outside buying some card from kmart I haven't bought a whole lot of stuff for it. It started as being invited by one of my friends into a craft group and I accepted not really understanding what I would be walking into. I thought it was about making small craft projects which I do a lot of as that is the kind of cross stitch pattern that I do. It turned out to be a lot more specific than that. It was specifically for artist trading cards which are pretty awesome and I'm going to tell you why. 

 They are cards that are 3.5inches x 2.5inches which are the size of a trading card like pokemon. The idea is that you make these cards and then you can trade them around the world with other people. Now this group is just a local facebook group and we are separated into groups of 9 and we make cards to suit a theme. The first group that I ended up in was the white plus one theme. So I had to make 9 cards that all looked pretty much the same and then send them off to the organiser. The theme had been a vote between a few options and I picked Disney but the white plus one theme had won. So I ended up combining the two into these Cinderella cards. This was my first foray into this and I had sooo much fun making these! I became addicted.

The card backs are numbered out of 9 to show that it's part of a set of nine.


Then the package came in the mail with the 9 cards back. 


I love how each person interpreted the theme and all the different colours and ideas. These definitely show the different backgrounds of all the people. with some being very artistic like the candle and the tree in the bottom row. To the very scrapbook based coffee one. It was so cool to see them altogether like this. 


The next month the theme did end up being disney :D So I took inspiration from my newest obsession Encanto. (Though this obsession is helped by a 17mth old who is obsessed with the music!) I had lots of fun with these. I drew the little mirabel in my notebook one day and then digitised it. I then printed it out and coloured it in. Then I created the pretty banners and the butterflies. I'm really proud of how this one turned out even if all the parts took me AGES since bubs was being extra clingy anytime I was home as she wasn't well.


While I chose to make each of the cards very similar I did deliberately choose to do two different banner designs and also the butterflies are all slightly different in their placement. The slight changes make the cards unique. 

What was also awesome was that without talking to each other we all managed to pick different disney characters. We all picked entirely different movies!

 


I'm so excited to show you more as I get them. These are such fun little art projects that while I can take up to a month to finish them because there are little hands getting in the way... 

... the projects are still fun despite the size.

Happy Stitching, 

Caitlin






Thursday, 5 May 2022

Winter Owl and a Round Flat Finish

 

My latest pattern is now available in Issue #7 of Down the Rabbit Hole. It's called Winter Owl and adds to all the cute owl patterns that I seem to be loving to make at the moment. I just love cute owls and I hope you love them as much as me.

I really like these round designs at the moment and I really wanted to try a new way to finish this pattern. I did some research and figured I would do a round flat finish. I did watch this tutorial and use it as a guide. But I changed it for what I actually had at home. I used cardboard that I had from a box at home. Not the best stuff to use but it was what I had.

I cut out circles of the cardboard and also the wadding that I had. I glued two layers of wadding on one piece of cardboard and one on the other. I just used PVA glue which didn't hold very well but I didn't need it to hold for long.

 I cut out the fabric in circles and did a running stitch around the edge and used that to pull the circles on. You can see what they look like here. It was so quick and easy to get the circles looking great. Much quicker than lacing a square flat finish. (though I still love little pillows!)

I then used a ladder stitch to sew the two parts together. It looked really awesome but the connection wasn't always the neatest. Good thing I planned to put a rope around.


Using my normal glue I glued the rope on and created a loop. I glued the two ends together and hid them behind the top. Though silly me didn't take a photo.

I hope you enjoy this pattern and this gives you ideas of how you can finish it. 

Happy Stitching, 

Caitlin

Saturday, 30 April 2022

Mermaid

 This does feel a little late but I wanted to talk about this awesome pattern. It came about the way most of my patterns appear these days. I was playing with a drawing in my notebook while feeding Hannah and then I realised I HAD to make it happen. So I grabbed out my phone and turned the drawing digital and then into a pattern. Of course it took a few more months than that sentence suggests. I can't go near my computer at the moment without a baby climbing me trying to help me so I am a little bad about making things happen quickly. But that is slowly changing as she becomes more independent and lets me do things.

I love this original drawing. It was just a fun little sketch I did. and I never did finish the drawing properly.


The digital version turned out good too though I think I want to try and work with it one day to neaten it up a bit. I did the bare minimum to give me something to work with to create the cross stitch pattern. I think I will go back in and make it good to distribute as a print itself because it's kinda cute!

While I did design this piece to use metallic thread for over the tail and top you could just use the black thread if you really don't like metallic threads. I do think it adds an awesome aspect but it's not needed. If you do want to use metallic thread use shorter lengths and you'll find it works better.


And just to be exciting this is the first pattern I'm linking to from my new website. Which is scary and exciting all at once. While I will still have some patterns on Etsy I just can't afford to keep paying their fees so I'm in the process of starting up my own website. It will make some things harder and I'm going to have to work on marketing my patterns a bit better but I won't be charged just for the privilege of displaying my patterns. 

So you can find the mermaid pattern HERE if you wish to purchase it. I hope you do like it as much as  I do. It was a lot of fun to design and make. 

Happy Stitching, 

Caitlin




Thursday, 17 March 2022

Starting a Cardigan for Hannah

 I have been fascinated by the hexagon cardigans for the last little while. The way they are constructed is absolutely amazing. The first person to see a hexagon they've made and folded it was amazing! While I haven't used a pattern directly I have used this pattern HERE as inspiration. Maybe when I am done I will write up the full instructions on what I have done particularly to do with fitting to bubs.

So I pulled out my 8ply bendigo cottons to have some fun with this. Figuring a light cotton cardigan is something that is needed right now. Hopefully if I just push through with this one I will get this done quickly. It's also easy to pick up and put down which makes it easier. I also worked out how to walk and crochet yesterday which helped even more! 

For reference I'm using the bendigo 8 ply cotton with my 3.5mm hook. I love how this size hook works with this yarn. It's so gorgeous.

I chose two purples from my stash so I'm doing a striped pattern because I can! Just to add a bit of interest.

In order to walk and crochet I had the yarn in my backpack and was listening to a story as I went. Wednesdays I don't have Hannah with me for the trek to work so I can craft a lot more on the train.

trying to get a photo of my work but I have a bottle on my lap and my hook was stolen because apparently it's yummy??? 


I am excited about this cardigan and I will see what this turns out like or if like so many projects at the moment it ends up forgotten. We shall see!

Happy Stitching, 

Caitlin


 

 

 

 

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