Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Find me on Ravelry

I've moved, to Ravelry. Look me up :delilahlane
I'm shortly moving most of my patterns there and will be posting the angry birds hat there soon.

I do this because I'm really, really bad at making blogs ><

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Countdown till wedding '11

May 21st is the big day, I'm excited, nearly ready to pass out and holding on to life... well for my life, as the saying goes.
I received a request for the angry birds hat pattern and I will be getting that in roughly a week. Back to my regular crafting schedule after that!

See ya'll soon!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lemon Cake Tissue Cozy

This is my first pattern ever, so any critique, suggestions, corrections and other photos are welcome. I made my cover in multipul peices and whip stitched them together with yarn, you can make it in fewer peices if you have the inclination and know how.
please do not sell my pattern, you may sell what you make from my pattern, but please do not sell the pattern itself.

Tissue box measurements: 4.25in x 4.25in x5.25in deep

Using H/8 (5.00MM)hook
Red Heart Worsted Medium weight yarn in cornmeal, white and chocolate

with yellow

1 skip 1 ch, 15 sc across
2-6 ch 1 turn  15 sc across
7 ch 1 turn. sc in next 2 sc, ch 11, skip 11sc, sc in last 2 sc
8-15 ch 1 turn. 15 sc across

Leave long tail for sewing and break off.

Icing sides (for corner peice you will need 2)
with yellow
Ch 16

1 skip 1 ch, 15 sc across
2-19 ch 1, 15 sc across.

before breaking off make sure that the sides are the length of your box. you can add extra lines if needed or deconsruct lines that are extra.

break off with long tail and secure.

Inside cake sides (for a corner peice I would make two again)
ch 16
begin with yellow
1 skip 1 chain, 15 sc across
2-3 ch 1. turn. 15 sc across
4 ch 1. turn. 2sc, mrge brown, 1sc, merge white 12sc
5 ch 1. turn. 12 sc, mg brown 1 sc, merge yellow sc in the last 2 sc
6-9 alternate 4 and 5 accordingly
10 ch 1. turn. 2 sc, merge brown 13 sc
11 Merge yellow ch1. turn. 15sc across
12 ch 1. turn. 15 sc across
13 merge brown, ch1. turn. 13 sc merge yellow 2 sc in last sc
14-19 starting with 4 and alternating with 5 again, it should resembe the first cake layer set.
20 ch 1 turn. 2 sc merge brown, 13 sc aross.

before breaking off make sure that the sides are the length of your box like with the icing sides.

sew together the peices according to how it looks. like sewing together the cake and icings and the top icing on top..... if you cant figure this out I'll wonder on your intermediate status of crochet. :P

You can do whatever you want witht the top decorative icing, be creative! But if you like what I did... here's how I did it.

Bottom trim: witht he top facing you, join white yarn on edge and ch 1, 4 sc in the same st, sl st in the next 2 stitches, *5 sc in the next st, slt sti in the next 2*  repeat from * to * around the edge of the icing.

I repeated like this for the other parts of the decorations. I just decrased the amount of stitches in the same stitch.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Organization, birthdays, and weddings... oh my!

I figured that after my birthday, things would settle down long enough for me to catch up with... well... myself. I was wrong. But it's a great thing, to be alive and to be able to do everything because I am alive.


I'm a horrid organizational person. I'm either on the ball, or off of it. I walked into my sewing room where it was an absolute mess... I wanted to cry walking into the room, and realised that I tend to stay out of the room because it's so cluttered!

Between having no shelving and the room being storage for just about everything else, I was stressed. There seemed to be no way to fix it, no matter how many times I moved things around, the room was cluttered, the space was taken up by my dining room table which I had started to use as the craft table, despite it belonging in the dining room.

Bottom line. I needed to organize.

This is step two. A friend of mine has larger shelves with the same concept, and I'm hoping that this one will be enough. Since this picture has been taken I've stalled a bit, but I've gotten a bit more finished and hope to have it all finished by the end of the month.  It's far more advanced than this image by the way.

These were my birthday gifts. You know a girl is known and loved when all of her gifts are yarn, beads and her most favorite superhero. My parents also gave me knitting needles. I didn't knit before then because I thought all the needles were so expensive and when I did try it was so confusing. My soon to be mother in law (who wants me to just call her mom) bought me a crochet and knitting for dummies book. I adore her for this. She also took me to borders and bought nearly everything I picked up. So there's a stack of books that are not pictured.

Oh and the new iPhone 4 that I took the photo with and my new digital SLR camera that I got and still have yet to figure out how to get the photo's off of.


The left flowers are the bridesmaids flowers. I'm short one because I need to get more floral tape which is supposed to be on it's way. Thank you friend! The right is the bridal. I'm still debating on adding more and making it more teardrop shaped like I originally intended. Any tips from past brides is welcome.

To save money we looked into making our own invitations. And I happened across a sale at Wal~mart of all the old wedding invitation 'print your own' sets and between two Wal~marts we managed to get enough and have plenty left over to go to the backup list.

I still need to get the table decorations and the isle decorations. I'm unsure as to how much the chair and tables will cost, and exactly how many we are getting, that is something that my wonderful fiancee is figuring out and will be getting back to me on.

I am ecstatic that I've also decided to start working out again, walking and eating healthy to make sure that my skin and my body is happier for the wedding and my honeymoon. This new app. My fitness pal is very helpful. and any iPhone/android/blackberry user I highly recommend it.

Thanks for sharing the journey with me,
Handmaiden Ashley

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy birthday to me....

I planned on posting all of my wonderful bithday presents today, but it may have to wait.

It seems my mom is still a little off kilter from her heart surgery last year and has had a stroke. It's wonderful news that my mom is still alive and doing well, but I'm worried about her and will be visiting her in the hosptial today.

Friday, February 18, 2011

This is how I spend my free time....

I have finally made it to my Nero game. Forgot to have my photo taken to show off my big hammer and my final creation of the uniform. For now I'm focusing on my wedding things and schoolwork.

Last week was finals week for school. This, to me, was hell with a side of a biscuit. My professor, as most do, tore into my web design and spit it out in ragged spittle covered bits. I'm not sure of which was is up and which way is down after that. Teachers, I beg you, if you're teaching an online class... please, please, please watch the wording in your comments. Is it meant to be snarky and negative? If not then why are you only pointing out things I messed up on? Record what you have fixed in previous viewings of the final projects and don't mark off your students for fixing what was initially your suggestion in the first place. This goes double for art based classes.

This was one of the three finals I made, I used every skill crammed into my brain in a 6 week time span.

Folks. This is harder than it looks.

This was the second of the three. It was a wonderful project and the one I had the most trouble creating... Creating for a vague client with minimal information and the inability to ask any further questions than what I was given in a stats sheet.

Sounds like fun? Then maybe you should look into Graphic Design as a major. If not then you can sorta understand my frustration.

I apparently used the wrong type of text. I didn't know that there was a type of text that was correct. This was not explained to me either. Nothing aggravates me as a student more than being told that I'm wrong and being given no explanation as to how I'm wrong. How do you propose that I learn?

This one was the third project. A raw file that I was to make into this beautiful composition. It started out as a nearly black canvas. I gave it a white balance and sharpened the image. Adjusted some of the colors. And I think I fell in love with raw camera imaging. Before my final I hated raw camera formats. They always ended up nearly black, I could never find a program to open it (little did I know I already had the program with my photo shop suite) and every camera had it's own version of the raw format. It's a wonderful format, but since there is not a universally recognised format for this (because each company wants theirs to be on top) it's hard to learn unless you're in a classroom setting, and reading directions straight from a how to for dummies book.

From all the projects that I turned in. I learned the most from the final one... photography may not be my preferred media, but I found a new love of it with this project. There is something to be said for photographers and the amount of skill needed to make a picture look good.

Anyone can point and click.

On that note.... I wish you all happy crafting, and much learning.

Handmaiden Ashley

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Dual Tailed Jesters Hat

This hat was created for my larp charater Cabbage. She has a Harley Quinn twist to her so I wanted to make a hat for her. At first I crochet a hat that I ended up liking for every day use rather than for Cabbage. I searched idly for a two tailed Jesters hat, and finding only three tails and the paper triangle ones I finally gave up and decided to make my own and share.

I give you my simple Dual Tailed Jesters Hat!

1. Select your fabric. You can choose up to four different colors, but if you're still a newbie at sewing I suggest two colors to simplify things. You will need at the most 1 yard per color. Scraps from this are great for other projects and for decorations.

2. Measure out the Width for your fabric, this would be for the point at the center of your head to the end of the tail. You can make this longer and shorter as you wish. I wanted super long tails so I used the entire width of the fabric.

3. Measure out the height of the fabric. This should be at least 10 inches. The longer you make it the deeper the hat.  If you have thick hair or a large head you may want to cut it at 12 or 13 inches.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 three more times. Stack your newly made rectangles on top of eachother. Be sure to line them up as straight as possable. It wont be the end of the world if they're crooked but it makes it much easier if the cuts are straight.

5. Cut out this shape. Below is further detail as to how to make the cut. Be sure to save the upper 'heel' for scrap and decorations for your hat.

5a. Measure your head around, divide it by 4 and add 2 inches for sewing and comfort. This will be the opening area and you will begin your curve here.

(I can use my measurements as an example, my head is 24 inches around. 24/4=6 inches. 6+2=8 inches.)

5b.  Leave at least 2 inches at the bottom for sewing allowances. You can add more if you want the tails to be chunkier, and likewise you can subtract more, for finer smaller tails. I suggest not going smaller than two inches because it may be hard to turn it inside without tearing out the stitch.

6. Pin together your two seperate sides, if you are like me and have the same colors on one side then pin those two colors together.  Where you want to pin is the outside top edge and the edge of the tail leading up to the 90* angle. Do not pin this angle. Sew your edges, but do not sew that angle, this is your opening to attach and for your head. Below images show you where not to sew.


7. Pin together the two colors along the middle line and sew. Be careful not to sew the opening of the head space closed or to the color connecting areas. I did it once and even with a seam ripper it can be a pain to undo.

7. Turn your hat inside out, At this point you will want to add any decorations to the hat such as extra fabric, iron ons, and bells or poofies to the end of your tails.

I chose to sew diamond shapes of green into the black and minature crochet cabbage roses to the ends of the tails.
8. Turn in the edge of your head opening to around an inch pin and sew. This is where you would slide in the elastic if you wish. The elastic helps keep it on your head so I highly suggest it. Be sure to leave a gap big enough to thread the elastic through. Once that is done sew the gap closed.

Arrange your fabric as you want it  and now you're done and it's ready to wear!

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