Sweater Weather: DIY Felted Heart Elbow Patches

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Wanna revamp and old sweater you never wear? Why not add some adorable felted elbow patches to them?
YOU SHOULD! Can I say that these are so adorable and make me excited to wear this sweater that I haven’t worn since I got it about two years ago? I adore how this turned out!

But stop right there, all the credit goes the the creative Koko of Lollipops and Rainbows. In my last post she shared a link to an amazingly simple tutorial from the blog Honestly…WTF . Visit her fancy blog to see the full tutorial, for now I’m going to show you some quick pics of what I did! Sorry for the bad camera quality, that is really my only complaint about my iPod.

Supplies: Pretty colored wool, simple sweater, felting block, felting needles, iron, heart cookie cutter, tape
Time: ~30 minutes if you are easily distracted like me

1. Put on your sweater, bend your elbow and put tape so the cookie cutter covers the appropriete area

(try eating a lollipop during this step!)

(try eating a lollipop during this step!)

2. Put the foam block in the sweater sleeve. Set up your cookie cutter and fill it with layers of wool

felting sleeve 1

3. Start with the edges and keep mercilessly poking those wool fibers!

Think you're done? KEEP POKING!

Think you’re done? KEEP POKING!

4. After you are confident that the wool is secure, carefully peel it off the foam block.

done felting heart 1

Should be smoothed out like this

Inside should look like this

Inside should look somethin’ like this

5. Time to bring out the iron. Put the setting to “wool” and make sure it is full of water. Iron directly on the wool patch, ocassionally spraying and using steam.

6. Admire your new sweater!

Ta-Da!

(try not to have crooked pigtails)

There you have it, cute n’ colorful heartful flare to your sweater. I have a whole tub cookie cutters and have the urge to felt more shapes on more sweaters, a win-win situation for me! I get to indulge myself in felting and my reward are “new” outfits. Eeek I’m so excited to wear this to school tomorrow, I don’t even know why 😀

That’s all for now! I should really study for my test but I’m sleepy >.> do it in the morning.

Quick shout-out to my photographer, my awesome boyfriend

My love~!

My love~!

He actually only took the last picture of me but I’m in a giddy mood today, thought I’d share with you all my crafting mastermind who aids me in my adventures. He’s so great, and amazing, and I’m sure he’ll just love this praise I’m giving him (he follows my blog).

Enough for now, its almost midnight. Good night!

*Quiet please, Millie going to sleep*

Monthly Mitsuwa Visit

amigurumi book

That’s where I found this adorable mini amigurumi book! How can anyone resist these tiny critters!

ami book 2

Actually, I didn’t even find this book, so credit rightfully goes to my boyfriend’s mom. He really wanted to take her to our Japanese wonderland store (aka Mitsuwa) since he and I have been going there every month since our first visit. So it was me, his mom, her boyfriend, and our mutual best friend. We went to the book store and minutes later his mom came up to me with this book, exclaiming how cute the little lamb was. My personal fav is this cute flamingo!

amigurumi flemmingo

 

Now that I have this and I look longingly at the pages of mini ice cream cones, baby caterpillars, and miniature suns, I have to ask myself, what now?? As insanely cute these designs are, problem is I don’t have any type of yarn that is nearly this small size, nor do I have the plastic eyes, and books patterns are done by diagrams that similar like this:

jp-snake-pattern

 

I can probably figure out these patterns eventually, but I wanna start them NOW.

Actually, I’d rather be sleeping now. Spring Break is officially, regrettably, tragically over for me, and is Monday morning with an hour of precious sleep lost and I am sleepless this morning. Oh, the horrors of college life!

(If its humanly possible) have a perky Monday morning! ❤

Contact from 2013 Millie

Bella Ballerina Doll

2013!! Whoooo yay awesome uh huh yipee yea…Someone (me) was a little late on celebrating the new year on her blog, but better late than never! Sorry I’ve been so MIA, time for an update. Plus, my boyfriend is at work and probably looking for some entertainment (he complained that I haven’t blogged this month.) So I present you with the first 2013 Millie On Her World blog post! (to be honest, I wish it had more interesting content!)

2012 was a good (and my first) blogging year, and I just discovered my 2012 Annual Report, all those pretty pixel fireworks just for me, you shouldn’t have WordPress! I like the random little facts like: “4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 13,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals.” The most popular post is “Melted Mayhem” from my melted crayon project, and a total of 112 different countries visiting, cool! Thanks everyone for checking into my blog, you guys rock socks around the clock!

Enough of that, now presenting my first doll made in 2013, a new and improved slender in black Bella Ballerina doll (Valentine’s Day themed). No I didn’t actually think of her colors myself, she is a custom order. But still, something new that isn’t My Little Pony related!

Original vs Remake

This is the first time I remade a doll, and I’m pretty puzzled how using the same pattern and yarn brands led me to one shorter/large-headed doll and one slender/smaller headed doll. I don’t get it >_< Either way, I find myself adoring the new doll before she was sent to her new home. The original seems so…..sloppy (forgive me blue Bella!). Is this a sign that my crochet has improved? Maybe! Maybe not!

The only other Non-pony order I’ve had lately was this ADORABLE (yes, I’m braggin’) Soot Sprite pin-coushion bracelet. I made them a while ago, but Soot Sprites are these little guys: il_170x135.362108952_c7ew They are funny little dust mites from the movies My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. He had his round little fuzzy body, googly eyes, a star in his hand, and a elastic adjustable wristband with different star buttons. I had a picture…somewhere on one of my technological devices….or I thought so….

Mini Dolls, I am determined to make a new one –tonight! I have so many drawings for them, I can’t wait to actually MAKE one or two. ^-^ I love holding them in my hands, they are so little. Lulu and Lola are currently on my bed watching me type, they are going to be mine I can’t part with them. Just what I need, more toys! 😀

My 2013 year has been B-U-S-Y
Lots to do, so little time
Get no sleep, yea yea
Now Repeat!

School: As of Jan. 8th this blogger is an Aurora University student, YEA! Hopefully in less than 2 years I can be officially done with college and have my BA. The University is really nice, a small cozy campus that is 20 min drive away from my house. Not too bad, except I keep getting lost. Turns out I am completely directionally challenged!

Job: Hahaha that’s funny. Okay seriously, been slacking on my search due to me fearing rejection and losing the confidence to convince people that I CAN do the job correctly and to not show them my awkwardness or clumsiness. This morning my boyfriend (grumpily) filled out an application for me for a position that will be opening up since his friend is leaving his job because he’s moving. (That was a mouthful–or typeful since I’m not actually speaking?)

Other Time Is Spent: with my boyfriend. Any moment possible, I will be with him. He is the reason I don’t get sleep! I’m joking. Sort of 😉 He works second shift, and usually we stay up until 4-7 am before going to sleep or I have to wake up an hour later for school. Less than 2 months and we’ve been on a few adventures already. Mainly I went skiing for the first time ever. Now I am addicted, I can, not, WAIT to get into a pair of (rented) skiis and ride down the hills, even if it is all artificial snow! — Tip if you ever go skiing: AVOID the Bunny Hill! That thing is a death trap! I was so bad on the bunny hill, I couldn’t stop, or turn, and crashed into some people as if they were bowling pins. Not to mention the 5 year old I almost took down. The moment I got on the normal hill I started learning and had it down after only a few more tries. Skiing is amazing. —

About every other week we have silly sleepovers with our friends, the craziest being the last one that turned into an indoor water fight. We go to the Japanese Supermarket quite often, and we love to eat out, good food is a glorious thing. Majority of our time is spent relaxing together, just happy to be in eachother’s presence. I’ve told him many times that now he’s my “home.” When I’m around him I feel happy, and I don’t feel so lonely that my parents aren’t here with me. I’m still adapting to not having my mom here, but my boyfriend’s helped so much.

Le sigh, le yawn…perhaps I will drink some more Coke and get some pep in my system. I have a book to finish reading and at least one Mini Doll to make, that’s all I ask tonight! 😀

My you all have good 2013’s! Although its already started, and if its not good so far, keep your head up, MAKE IT GOOD! ❤

Presenting Prince Shining Armor and Princess Cadence!

Shining Armor Princess Cadence plush

Who didn’t love the My Little Pony Season Two finale with the Royal Wedding of the Prince and Princess?
Probably anyone who doesn’t watch the show.

But no matter! That episode caused fans to shed tears believe it or not. I got an order to crochet these two love birds.

Princess Cadence

 

Shining Armor

And so far this has been the “newest” thing I’ve been able to crochet.

Why?

My Etsy shop has been booming thanks to Christmas shoppers! The most popular of all have been the pony plushies, but I have sold my own designs as well. Lately as soon as I finish an order, I get another. Yesterday I made 12 toys and still have 7 more to make. My fingers are going to fall off. Yet I am super happy, thank you holidays!

Things will likely die down come January, I can focus on my previous plans to present my work to stores. And work on focusing on seasonal themes, which I have never been very good at but I’ve got a boyfriend who is pretty creative and been helping me a lot. Is it too early to be thinking of Easter items?

A week from today my parents packed their bags and flew away to Nevada. I am restlessly waiting for that reality to hit me. I know my parents are gone, can’t say I feel it yet. I realize they moved into a new house, but I keep feeling it is just in another town that is like an hour away. I don’t feel like they are states away. Atleast not yet. I give it a month before I”l be really feeling the distance. I need to teach them how to Skype!

How is everyone else doing? I have soooooooooo many blogs to catch up on!
Any big projects for the holidays?
Either way, hope all is well.

🙂 Catch you later gators!

 

 

 

 

Taking on the Crocodile

 

 

Q: What led me to step outside my amigurumi frenzy and attempt the crocodile stitch?
A: My mom

Yesterday I was on Etsy looking for some beautiful handmade Christmas gifts- for myself that is. I stumbled across a pair of  STUNNING fingerless gloves with crocodile stitches on the ends and a beautiful black to deep blue ombre effect. As usual, my mom pokes her head in my laptop screen and ruins my longing:

Mom: “You’re not buying those are you?”
Me: Shifty eyes slowly frowning at mother, “Maybe…”
“Why, you can MAKE those!”
Whiney voice, “But mooooooom, they are so pretty and that stitch is hard.”
Waves hand in my face, “Stop being silly, you can learn that if you practice.”
Considering challenge, “Say I buy these and then make my own?”
“No. Go practice.”
Rolling eyes, “Fine….”

The results:

 


 

This is my first attempt, I’m pleased but also irritated. During some part of my crochet stitches, I turn my hook the wrong way and the stitches are facing backwards. Some are too loose, some are too tight, but I am determined to get this right, I really love this stitch. The only downside is the tremendous amount of yarn this stitch uses! If I used this to create those beautiful lovely astonishing crocodile stitch fingerless gloves I have been dreaming of  – literally, I dreamed I was wearing a pair last night(a little weird? yes) – I would have to devote my whole bundle. While that doesn’t seem like a big deal to most, it is to me. Making amigurumi toys and dolls always leaves me with plenty of yarn to spare, when one project takes up a whole bundle I start feeling stingy (lol).

I practiced for a good 2 hours, taking a while to comprehend how to start the stitches themselves. I used a lot of different resources, discovering that YouTube held the key to my success. Here are the videos that really helped me get going:

Crochet Geek – How to Make the Crocodile Scale Stitch
How to Crochet *Crocodile Stitch* Scales Stitch
Crocodile Stitch – How to Crochet

I’m happy that this stitch isn’t as unattainable as previous thoughts. I’m going to practice tomorrow, tonight I am doing some sewinnng~~ ❤  I’m working on the lining for my Gameboy Pouch and BAM, I use the machine and get it to work perfectly! Since then my sewing has been much more enjoyable. How happy I am!

Lately when I’m not crocheting or doing school, I have my eyes glued to the computer screen playing some good old fashioned online games. Specifically the ever popular (and slightly overrated) World of Warcraft game. I used to be a WoW addict when I was 17. Last week my friend reintroduced me to the world, all the new changes and characters, maps, quests, soooo much to do! >.> I regret my addiction awakening, I hope it does not consume me again, but oh so tempting…in the meantime, I’ll stop playing now to watch the new episode of Prank My Mom, a Lifetime show that I vow to put my mom on someday!

❤ Ta ta for now from Millie

I’m Season Skipping, Now onto Winter!

Not that I don’t have a huge love for the fall season, but I’m seriously lacking inspiration for fall themed amigurumi. I got my head start this weekend.

What’s cuter than dancing penguins?

Meet Bow and Suits the dance loving penguins! Bow glides across the stage with her cute tutu and elagent ballet moves, while Suits likes making a lot of noise with his tap dancing. The only thing they like better than dancing, is dancing with one another (aww ❤ ).  Bow’s tutu comes off with a button i attached to the back, and Suits’ top hat is removable. As usual with amigurumi I make with this pattern (same one I used for my Ice Cream Bunny), I added my signature two felt hearts on them. My next character is a classic holiday grump:

“You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch~!”

Who on this Earth (or atleast in the USA) hasn’t seen Dr. Seuss’ Grinch Who Stole Christmas? Has to be my all time favorite winter character ever, especially the Jim Carry adaptation. I decided to make him because of his charming personality, and the extreme lack of amigurumi love for this green grump, he’s so classic he needs more fan art! One day I hope to actually make him, but I’m happy with my chibi version and in his signature fake Santa Claus outfit, with removable hat of course. As usual everyone is up for adoption at my Etsy store.

I had 2 more amigurumis to make, but only half started one. Can anyone guess what it is:

“What am I?”

Here’s a hint:
“I don’t eat grain, only meat
You’ve seen me before, but we wont get a chance to meet
I’m really tall and pretty strong
I’ll probably rawr at the end of this song!”

Ahahaha, hahahar, lol. Okies a little poem for everyone too (not my best).
Everyone out there been good, peachy, fine and dandy?
._. I start only classes tomorrow, yet I still have to buy my books, argh. A week ago I got a potential job offer, the manager said after her training she’d be going through the applications and calling for interviews. She said she’d be back this week, is Tuesday to early to call and harass her to give me an interview?? I’ll try to be patient. Until Thursday, then I’m calling Friday.

That is all from Millie! I’m going to buy my textbooks then finish my last two amigurumis. Sayonara, bye-bye, adios! ❤

If You’re a 90’s Kid, You’ll Understand

 

Who started all that “You’re a 90’s Kid if you remember…” “Only real 90’s kids had this…” stuff on the internet anyway? Who doesn’t think their generation had the best childhood, toys, and experiences? But me being a TRUE 90’s kid (I was born in 1990, how much more 90’s could I get?) recreated one of my most prized possessions back in the day, my Nintendo Gameboy Color.

I got the idea for this the other day when I found my old purple Gameboy shoved under my bed. I remembered how I’d spend hours playing my Poke’mon games and spend an equal amount of money on the hundreds of AA batteries I used. These things were tha’ bomb, even when the Gameboy Advance came out I stuck with my GB Color. I used this project as a challenge to work with sewing and the use of a zipper. For a first try, the fabric on the inside is alright, I forgot to fold in the edges so they would be smooth. ^^ oh well, a few loose ends on the fabric isn’t all that bad. I made two identical clutches that are new to my Etsy 🙂 I’m looking for the right purple yarn so I can recreate my Gameboy I have, I want one for myself!

I’m off to a late start this morning, I have to get working on a  few new patterns, I really really really want to make a crochet dinosaur, I don’t know why! Since winter is approaching, I’m brainstorming ways to incorperate that into my shop, but without using Christmas or green/red colors into everything. Well not like my crochet hooks are magically going to make toys on their own, (as amazing as that would be.) I need to stop lolligaging >.<

Take care everyone ❤