Crocheted Bin “Explanation”

Thank you for all of the wonderful compliments on my crocheted bin!
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I called this an explanation, because, unfortunately, this is not a pattern.
I wish I had the exact pattern, but I just made it as I went along.
What I can tell you, is the basic idea of what I did:

I started with a magic ring.
After the ring, the whole thing was double crocheted.
For the next several rows I increased every other stitch until it looked flat enough (there was some shaping involved with my hands when it started to get curvy).
When it seemed flat, I increased every 3 stitches for a couple of rows, then every 5,  then 7 etc. until I got it to the right size, while keeping it flat.
To make the sides I just kept  crocheting around without increasing. It naturally formed the right shape when I stopped increasing, but it took a couple of rows to look like it was working.
I kept doing that all the way up, then finished and hid the tails.
Again, there was some manipulation and shaping with throughout the process. The sides also got a little wavy, and I needed to stretch and shape occasionally.

It was actually pretty simple. I didn’t use the best yarn, so this particular bin was more difficult than it should have been, but with the right yarn and hook it should be pretty easy.

I would suggest a bulkier yarn, and a medium to smaller hook to keep it tight (depending on what you want to put in your bin).

If you are a “stick to the pattern” type of person, I apologize. I’m not very good at sticking to patterns or, consequently, making patterns.

Please feel free to leave any questions you have in the comments.

I hope this is at least somewhat helpful!

Crocheted Storage Bin

You know how necessity is the mother of invention?  Well, my  fiance and I moved in to our rental house and realized that it has very little storage. I didn’t realize how expensive storage bins can be! One new basket or bin usually costs at least $15, and we need at least 15 to store everything. Buying all of those at full price would be ridiculous, so we’ve been getting creative.

Since I learned how to start circle crocheting projects this week, I decided I’d try for a storage bin.

This one is very small, it’s 5″ in diameter, is  and is approximately  8″ tall, but it will be handy for something!

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I’m still thinking of adding little leather handles, and I will be starching it, so I guess it’s not completely done, but I was too excited about how it turned out to not share the photos!

My First Crocheted Hat!

Just a quick update.
I crocheted my very first hat… or really anything circular in crocheting. It is a slouchy beanie.
I would give you the pattern, but I genuinely don’t remember what I did. I will be trying to re-create it this week… so we’ll see!
It turned out pretty well for a first attempt/making it up as I went along.
The only thing I had to look up was how to start a circle. I looked it up on YouTube, and found some great tutorials.

Here is what I came up with (sorry for the webcam photo!):

Hat front Hat - side

I’ve worn it almost every day since I made it (because I’m a dork like that), and it has only stretched a tiny bit. I’m pretty pleased with it.

Let me know what you think!

C2E2

Yesterday was the last day of C2E2, in Chicago. It was so much fun!
The first day was a lot of walking around and meeting celebrities, but the second and third days I cosplayed! It was so much fun!
I’ve never done it before, but I definitely will again.

I stuck with what I like: Steampunk (obviously).

This was my day 2 outfit:

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Day 3:
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So here is the breakdown of the costumes from top to  bottom:

Goggles:
I made using old swim goggles. I just used a sharpie to make the edges black, replaced the rubber band with a brown shoe lace, and took bits of leather and wrapped it around the edges.

Chopsticks
(day 2): A gift, but you can get them basically anywhere, I’ve gotten several sets from world market. As long as they’re smooth and sturdy you can use them in your hair.

Choker 
(day 2): I made it using a strap from an old tank top, and sewed on a button in the back, and the bezel pendant in front.

Necklaces: 
Hand made by me. If you look through the archives, there are better pictures of all of the necklaces.

Red tank top
 (day 2): hand-me-down, thermal tank top.

Blue Ruffle Tank Top
(day 3): I got this at target, a couple of years ago.

Corset: 
I honestly cannot remember where I got this. I know it came from a store in the mall, right before Halloween. If I remember, or find out where I got it, I will let you know.

Belts:
Hand made, by me. The thick leather belt was made from a piece of leather, from a scrap leather bag, from Hobby Lobby. I attached the buckle using rivets. As long as you have a way to punch holes in leather, it’s pretty easy to make (I used a hammer and nail). The second belt was made out of man made leather, which I just sewed together, and put belt rings on one end.

Military Pouch: I purchased this, a long with a few others from an Army Navy Surplus store in Downtown Chicago. You can go to almost any Military Surplus Store to find something similar. I suggest going in person, rather than ordering online, because you can find some amazing deals.

Skirt: Hand made, by me. You can find photos from me making it HERE.

Leather Cuff Bracelet (day 1): Hand made by me. I also used leather scraps from Hobby Lobby for this project. I found a piece that was the right sized rectangle, and punched holes in the back (using a heavy duty hole puncher), and laced it using another piece of leather. The front was made using a gear charm, and spray paint.

Lace Cuffs: Hand made, by me. Using lace from Hobby Lobby, and little metal gears.

Leather Scrap Bracelets: Hand made, by me. Better pictures of one of them can be found HERE. They were incredibly easy to make. I just cut leather cord, all the same length, and wired the ends together, and made clasps. If you’re not up for making clasps, you can buy them.

Arm Warmers (day 3): I found at Sock Dreams. They are amazing. You should look at their website. The ones I had on were the Sorcerer Sleeves.

Leggings (day 2): Target, but again, you can get them anywhere.

Lacey Shorts (day 3): I got these at Gordman’s. But I’ve seen them so many places.

Socks: Sock Dreams.

Brown Leg Warmers (day 2): DSW.

White Leg Warmers (day 3): Gordman’s.

Combat Boots (day 2): The Army Navy Surplus store.

Thigh High Boots (day 3): Macy’s Clearance.

I think that’s everything! Let me know if you have any questions!

Jonathan’s Art

So you see my art and crafts all of the time, so today I wanted to show off my big brother’s creations!
Jonathan is a chef, but in his free time he loves creating unique pieces. Including, boxes, jewelry stands, jewelry, paintings, and carvings.
Sorry about the quality, these are all cellphone photos (like, flip phone, not iphone), but I hope you enjoy them!

This first piece is a potato box, that he made for someone. It has a matching recipe box, but I didn’t get a photo that piece.
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This face is carved  and painted. (This is for sale, for $85. Please let me know in the comments if you’re interested!)
Face

These are earrings, which are almost finished (just missing earring hooks). They are amazing! (These are also for sale, at $20 each!)

Leaf Earring Set Earring Sets Metal Leaf Earring Metal Leaf Earrings

This last piece is a jewelry tree (or just a piece of art). I don’t remember the exact dimensions, but it is quite large. (Also for sale for $300)

Jewelry Tree Leaf Jewelry Tree Jewelry Tree Jewelry Tree

I hope you enjoy these!

Leather Bound Books

I have a few more pieces done! I did two new necklaces, but I also made two miniature books, just as little pocket books!

The First necklace is based off of the one in my last post. I’m calling this line my “Explorer Series”.

Brown and White Explorer Necklace Hand Made Brown and White Explorer Necklace Close up Brown and White Explorer Necklace White/Brown Necklace Clasp

This second one is almost the same, it just doesn’t have the glass vial attached.
Tan Explorer Book Necklace Tan Book Necklace Necklace clasp

This is just a little tiny book I made. It’s just under 3.5″ tall.
Mini Book Mini Green Tinted Handmade Book Mini Green Handmade Book

The last one is my favorite of the night. It is a little leather pocket sized note pad or journal with a strap, so it can be secured closed.
It’s 4.5″ x 3.5″, which is a perfect size for your pocket or purse!

Open strap handmade book Red/Brown Leather Handmade Book  Red/Brown Book with Strap Books

And again, if you see anything you are interested in purchasing please let me know!
Regardless, I would love to hear your feedback! Please leave a comment!