The Adventure Where The Computer Ascended

Off of the floor and onto the desk.

“What desk? You have a desk?” you are surely asking.

“This desk.” *posts picture*

The desk.

Books. Stacks of books are heavy and loadbearing, the only issue with them is that a big stack can be a little wobbly from side to side. So to make up for having a little less stability than regular legs on one side, I wanted the other side to be extra sturdy.

A cabinet! It's actually meant to be against the ceiling corner in a kitchen.

And you can see the stack of books next to it. Those are most of the ingredients. Well there’s a desktop as well, for the top of the desk. But that’s just a cherry wood board, which is pretty cool but not interesting enough to photograph.

Alright, making a desk.

First, we had to check the cabinet for spiders or loose change.

The cabinet and books were all goodwill finds (neat old books are apparently plentiful there) and I already had the board so I don’t know where you would find a cool one.. But if you needed one I’m sure you could find something. I believe in you.

Now the books were not going to be very successful at being a desk if left to their own devices.

Oh you books.

I knew I was gonna have to apply a lot of adhesive to those suckers if I wanted them to comply.

I put some some elmers glue on the edges of the pages, to make the stacks of loose paper into more of a brick. And then I got some epoxy and epoxied the books to eachother. For this I just turned on some Buffy and used a whole lot of q-tips to mix and spread the epoxy after applying it to one side of the book in quick Z shape. I then pressed on the next book, being sure to keep it centered on top of the last book. I did this book by book, letting each book set for about 10 minutes before I put on the next one.

I kept the books pressed together with my powder blue girl weights.

Or in the case of the photo, I used them to glue the top book to the wood. Having a book glued to the wood where I knew I wanted it made the last step (assembling) easier.

Eventually all of the books were glued.

They're all glued together in this picture. Trust me. Smell the fumes.

I have no pictures of the assembly part, because that was actually my husband. This is his desk, and he wanted it while I was at work, so he finished it. But according to the story and the evidence present, He put glue on the top of the stack of books, and lined everything up all desklike, and then he nailed the other side to the cabinet. This resulted in the desk pictured at the top of the page.

The side of the cabinet is a little beat up, but that part’s particle board so I’m not gonna paint it. I’m thinking of decoupaging sheet music onto it… I’ll post a picture of what I decide on.

And that’s how I make desks. Peace out.

The Moment When I Looked at My Couch and It Was Naked

Happy cheap candy day! My husband and I went on an adventure to find cheap candy, (which is basically grown up trick or treating) and we’re gonna eat candy and watch Nightmare Before Christmas. And later this week I’m gonna make candy overload cookies. And later this month I’m gonna go on a veggie only diet to detox for fear of pancreatic failure.

Ha jk I don’t care about my pancreas enough to not eat chocolate.

*Subject change/segue to what I got on to blog about*

I have an orange couch that looks like it’s from the 70’s. Found it for free on Craigslist. It’s the best thing Craigslist has ever done for me.

However, when you want to put a pillow on an orange couch, you will be faced with a serious problem: ORANGE. Which is a great color, but must be cared for delicately.

Or with grey sweaters.

So. I got some grey sweaters from good old Goodwill and made pillow coverings. It wasn’t very hard at all.

Light grey, dark grey, and blue. Ha, take that orange.

So I puzzled out that color combo and bought the sweater. I got another one too.

But my cat would prefer you look at her instead.

I flipped those sweaters inside out just to get that step out of the way. I got the sweaters in men’s larges, so there’s plenty of material. Enough material for me to do THIS!:

"You expect me to talk?!" "No, sweater, I expect you to die."

I regretted the lameness of that caption before I even started typing it.

So you’re gonna want to stitch that up. One side needs to stay open. Not that I don’t think you could figure that out for yourself, but you know. People these days, too busy texting their bffs lols to think thoughts.

MONTAGE TIME!

After the sewing montage was over, I flipped the sweater square right side out and stuffed it with this Ikea pillow.

"Inner" is Swedish for flat rectangle pillow.

It's very flat and rectangle. The pillow, not my foot. My foot has a healthy arch to it, luckily enough. No need for insoles here.

I didn’t want a rectangle pillow anyway, so I sifted the fluff down to one half of the pillow and rolled up the extra fabric. I stitched it by hand quickly to make it stay rolled up, and I magically had a fluffy square pillow.

I actually mesured the pillow sweaters with the pillows as a pattern. But you could probably use numbers too, I guess.

After that’s all said and done, but mostly done, I had a little pillow.

That is a pillow.

After that I just stitched up the top. I also added an appliqué to the orange stripe one. I’ll show you the picture, but I took it at night, and the lighting in my living room is awesome, but very warm. So in pictures it looks really really warm.

Arrow pillow. For better aim when you throw it at people. Tell your friends.

So those are the pillows that grace my couch (and chair, and coffee table, and floor…).

I’m not good at writing conclusions.

The Adventure Where Duct Tape Doesn’t Replace Electrical Tape.

Ok so I said I was going to post more and how did that work out? Let me tell you.

My charger for my laptop (where all of my important things are) was having trouble and would only work if the cord was jiggled into just the proper position. So I decided to tape it into this proper position, since I can’t type with one hand holding the cord. But my apartment doesn’t have electrical tape in it, so I used duct tape because that fixes everything.

It’s also flammable

Sometimes new chargers get lost in the mail.

Sometimes the second one you order is put into a “package box” that’s different from your mailbox and you don’t look there for days.

Anyway, that’s what happened. But now I have my charger and can blog and pin and get on facebook and be happy once again.

Right now I want some chocolate, so I’m gonna post a few of my baking adventures. I’ve been inventing cookies lately, because cookies are my favorite food.

Among other pancreas demolishing projects, I made Latte cookies. MMm. Espresso chocolate cookies with a fluffy vanilla coffee frosting.

A mocha latte you can chew on.

The frosting is what makes it really good. If you want to make your own, you can look up seven-minute frosting and replace the water it calls for with brewed coffee. And then just spread that stuff on everything because it’s so so fluffy and so so great.

Then I made some marshmallowful chocolate coconut cookies, based on the flavors in a Mallow Cup. I used star shaped marshmallows I got on clearance at wal-mart. Cheap stuff tastes better. Except that expensive stuff usually actually tastes better. But also there are Toaster Strudels and those are cheap and delicious. But I digress.

Cook cookies mostly cooked to nearly cooked cookiness and add marshmallow to each. Cook a little more. Nom.

But I didn’t use all the cookie dough on those cookies. I had leftovers. I think we all know where this is going.

I got a cupcake pan and flipped it upside down and made cookie bowls! For ICE CREAM!

Cookie dough bowls full of blue mint twix ice cream. (if you want mint ice cream with twix, you have to make it yourself because people haven't discovered it yet. Sad face.)

As much as I like cookies, I also like pie. I just watched one of my favorite tv series for the first time recently. It’s called Pushing Daisies, and the lead guy owns a pie shop. Long story short, cup pies are made at some point, and I had to make some too.

Apple cup pie. Really good if you put some graham cracker crumbs on the bottom of the crust.

Well, glad to have a computer back so I can post about stuff like this. I hope you felt moved to go eat something tasty.

The Wall Clock From the 60s.

This post is about the wall clock I made. It has a sixties look to it, but I actually got the clock part at Ikea for $3. I’m pretty sure everyone can do this project, but I’m positive that no two people can make the same thing. People who have to do things “right” may have trouble with this kind of thing, because it’s kind of, you know, however man.

Named after its creator, Sven Rusch. Or Rusch could just be the Swedenlandish word for clock.

I started by popping the plastic front off of that sucker.

This wasn't hard for this clock, but I imagine a grandfather clock would put up more of a fight.

I… I didn’t take any pictures of the next step. It was nighttime and the lighting was all wrong and I wasn’t thinking anything beyond “OMG PAINT!” So I’ll just paint you a word picture. I got this rather sturdy paper that I had lying around, I think it’s for packaging. I laid it out and traced 12 large thin triangles onto it.

“How large? What degree was the acute angle? How did you get this measurement?”

Alright, I was going for a sixties look and everyone knows that everyone was high as hats all of the sixties. And stoned hippies don’t measure things probably so I didn’t either. I just traced out some triangles.

I then painted the triangles with mixes of paint in all different colors. Once this was dry (I went to bed, it was dry upon my waking.) I cut out the triangles and laid them out near the clock in an array, so I would know what angle to paint the numbers on. In retrospect, it’d probably be easier to paint the numbers on as the last step.

There's how it looks "Pre-assembly."

I also painted the clock and hands, but I kept track of where the numbers previously were by scratching a little notch in the paint before it dried.

Before I covered everything in glue, I set all the triangles out and arranged and folded them over the clock how I wanted. Some of the triangles were too big since I didn’t measure anything, but it was all good. I simply trimmed everything until it was ok.

Once I knew how I wanted everything, I covered the backs of the triangles in elmers glue and smoothed them on. A little coat of Triple Thick over the middle (every part the hands would have to go over) to make sure no paper edges were sticking out, and my clock was all finished.

There it is.

If you make your own version of a clock, post a picture somewhere because I want to see it.

Well, there’s that. I’m gonna go play with Pinterest now.

The Adventure Where Greenscribble Gets Married.

If any of you noticed that I was gone for a REALLY long time, you probably suspected that I’d had a tragic mishap with my sewing machine and lost all of my fingers, making me unable to blog about my adventures.

That was simply not the case.

Though I did drop an open pocket knife on my foot, point first. Boy did that make a mess. Anyway that’s not where I was.

I was getting married! Yay! Some of the things I’ve been making were for the wedding, and I’ll show you how I put them to use soon.,

By soon I mean as soon as I gather the pictures, which will not take any of your time, just mine. So yeah.

……….*Time passes in my dimension but not in yours*…………..

Alright here:

Here are the cupcakes stands I made a while back.

I made over 200 cookies and 200 cupcakes in advance and froze them. I like baking, so that pretty much saved my sanity.

I also had a photoshoot that made the reception super fun. Most of my favorite pictures were taken there.

Green toy piano, picture frames from goodwill, a globe, a ukulele, and a parasol, with a random wallpaper backdrop.

Remember the sleeves I made? Is this a rhetorical question?

There are those sleeves, and the photoshoot in action.

My pictures aren’t all the same size. Let me know if that bothers you so I can put another tally under “how many people I annoyed today.”

Aaanyway, here’s a picture of my henna. I hennaed my mom and one of my bridesmaids as well.

Henna. I like henna.

So yeah. I also made sparklestar shoes for all my bridesmaid, in grey. We had pom pom bouquets and the flower children threw pom poms. The gentlemen wore suspenders. Their ties coordinated with the ladies dresses. I’ll show you.

Colorcolorcolorcolor.

And all those pom poms I made? I hung them from a bunch of lights that zig zagged across the ceiling of the room.

Too few things in the world are bright AND fluffy.

In retrospect I should have photographed the making of the dress, but that would have taken many pages, and I changed my mind about what I was doing embarrassingly often.

So that about sums it up. I skipped a lot of traditions because they didn’t mean anything to me, we toasted with those little toasts you get for … I don’t know what their for, but they’re tiny toasts. We took pictures in picture frames and listened to Mika, Hellogoodbye, Darren Criss and other good stuff.

Anyway, I just wanted to let people know that I’m back and I have a good reason for being gone for so long. Life has settled down and I have a whole new apartment to make things for, so there will be many posts coming up. The next one being the wall clock that I might have snatched out of the 60’s.

Peace.

The Adventure Where Greenscribble Faces Her Fears.

I’ve kind of been a loser lately about posting. I know. I’m sorry. I’ve been “busy” with “stuff.”

Anyways, today I for some crazy reason decided to learn how to make pants, once and for all.

But it’s so haaarrrrd… I don’t understaaaaannnnd it. I can’t figure out what to sew to what…

And that’s why I never make pants. But today, I need to man up and figure this out.

Reason number one that pants are confusing: You can’t just eyeball it. When I make stuff, I don’t measure things because I dislike looking at numbers. I just kind of guess and go with the flow. But pants need a formula and stuff. Number stuff. I used this website to get my formula (http://patternsthatfityou.com/frshortscl.htm) , I’m not going to go over it again here because I’m afraid of numbers and I don’t want to talk about them anymore. The important thing is, I now have two pattern pieces for shorts, and I got over my fear of numbers a little tiny bit (the measurements were really not that hard. A twelve year old could handle it easily.)

There's my pattern.

The other reason I never attempt to make pants (and the reason it goes wrong when I do) is that I just can’t figure out what parts to sew to what other parts and in what order. It just doesn’t make sense. But I’m feeling all kinds of superhero-like today, so I believe in myself and I think I can figure it out. So I’m going to find a tutorial that makes sense to me, and I’ll relay it to you.

Once you’ve got you pattern pieces, get your fabric and fold it in half, right sides together. Pin on the pattern piece and cut out, once for each side (front and back). You should end up with two fabric pieces of each side. The pants I’m making are purely for sleeping or wearing under skirts, so I’m using white cotton eyelet fabric. It was once a curtain, actually. It has holes in it, owing to the eyelet-ness of the fabric, so these are one pair of pajama pants that I shall not be wearing to the grocery store, no matter how late it is. Also, because they used to be a curtain, each of the edges already has a hem. Needless to say, I’ll be using that for the bottom of the pants to save me a step.

This will be the bottom hem, because I'm super clever. Or lazy. Whatever.

Near as I can figure out, the next step is to sew the inner sides(the smaller parts) of one front to one back piece. Obviously, we’ll do this twice.  Remember to keep right sides together if you want everything to be right side out in the end.

You should have two of these for some reason.

So now we have two stupid looking pieces. What we’re going to do next is put these crazy things up against eachother in such a way that seems to make sense to most people but often escapes me. Right sides together, pinning along the curvy part, back to back and front to front. Hint: If it starts to resemble pants, you’re probably doing something wrong.

I don't know why. Just do it.

I got the seam all seamed up, and then something wonderful happened. I flipped them around a little, and pants appeared in my hands. Pants with open side seams, but that’s something I know how to fix. I can’t wrap my mind around how this works, but just play with them after this point, you’ll figure it out. Then you just need to make them look like inside out pants, and stitch up the sides.

Where did these come from?

As you can see, those are gonna come clear up to my belly button. Which is back in style, but not something I want to sleep in. I don’t like things that come up that high. So I put them on and folded them down several times until they were as low as I like sleep shorts to be.

Don't they just look comfy? Er, once the pins are out...

I stitched along the bottom of the fold, leaving about an inch unstitched. I used this to insert elastic, using the safety pin method that I’ve talked about before.

I don't have anything to say about this picture.

Sew the ends of the elastic together and scrunch it about evenly. I have no picture of the finished product, because it basically looks like the picture up there before this last one, without pins in it. And I don’t want to model it because it’s hole-y. If you want to know what they look like on, you’ll have to make your own, using your own cool fabric.

I’ve learned a very valuable lesson about facing my fears and making pants today. I learned that all you have to do is sew the insides, sew the curve, flip things about, and then sew the side seams. It’s not really hard at all. It makes me wonder what else I’m missing out on because I think it’s too hard. Filled with inspiration, I warn you that my next post may be about quantum mechanics, because that may not be impossible either.

See you Saturday. If I’m not too busy curing cancer or finding the Loch Ness monster.

The Adventure of Getting Dressed in the Morning.

I got a new t-shirt online, and I liked the fit of it, except the collar. The collars of most of my t-shirts have been cut out, because I just don’t like things to be close to my neck. So anyway, I wanted to wear that shirt today, so I lobbed off the collar before putting it on. The whole time I was thinking, “Hm, what to blog about today…”

The solution to my blogging problem was fixed with a problem with my outfit. I opened the neck up too much and the sleeves of the shirt now kind of fell off my shoulders. I cut too far down the back. Or did I?

I actually cut just far enough to show you a nifty thing to do with a t-shirt. Even my mistakes are great.

(Most of my mistakes are just dumb. I thought I could convince you that I’m a genius or something. But then I felt guilty for leading you on.)

Here’s the shirt:

I sometimes wake up on the scissor-happy side of the bed.

The problem was only that the back was too open, so the sleeves fell off a little. But having an open back isn’t really a bad thing otherwise, because where I am right now, it’s pretty darn hot out. I just needed something to hold the sleeves on my shoulders a little better.

Options: String. Leather. Several fairies. Chains. Lace. Wooden planks. Staples. A complicated system of pulleys and levers. Shoelaces. Ribbons. Thin strands of fabric with assorted wooden beads on them. Right, that last one will work perfectly with the thin cotton dress I have hanging up in my room that doesn’t fit but has cool fabric.

Yep, that's a strand of fabric.

I gathered eight various wooden and glass beads and put them on two strands, each roughly ten inches long (I didn’t end up needing that much length, but it’s easier to cut it than start over).

The next part’s pretty simple, just sew each of the strands to the back of the shirt, about 2 inches below the shoulder seam.

Approximately like this.

As you can see in the picture, I also safety pinned the other side of each strand to the opposite side of the shirt. I tried it on like this to make sure that the strands weren’t too short or long.

Once I got the length right, I stitched the strands on properly and cut off the extra fabric.

And it's basically finished.

You could make the ends of the strands of fabric look a little better if you sewed a little wooden button over the stitches, or used embroidery floss to stitch them on, or… I don’t know. There are probably cool things to do that I haven’t thought of. I decided that I liked my shirt like this and put it on, and then I got distracted by making some of the fabric from that dress into a headband.

That’s all for today. See you Saturday.