World Building Assistance

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Whenever you’re venturing out to create your own world, be it for a DnD game, a book, or even just an art series, having your world fleshed out will always help strengthen your final product. Even if the details are aspects people will never see or read about (see all the lost tales book for Lord of the Rings for example), you knowing why the world has evolved a certain way, or where in it a certain character has traveled can really give your world a bit of realism and grounding; no matter how fantastical it is on the surface.

 

Making notes is a great way to get this process started and, I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to lose journals/note pads or find them hard to navigate since it’s always being added to, but I can’t add to older sections if they’ve run out of room. To aid in this I’d like to present, notebook.ai.  

Not only does this site help you keep all your notes in one place, it goes much much deeper then a simple notepad function. This site will ask you questions about your world and save your answers. It will check to make sure you’ve made no continuity errors. If you’re working on a group project you can invite others to join and keep all your work in the same place. This site will let you go as deep as you want with your world building and keep it all nice and together for as long as you need. Oh, and did I mention it’s completely free?

There are paid tiers if you’re really into world building (ranging from $9-7 a month) but for the casual user the free subscription will be more then enough. I wish a site like this had existed 10 years ago when I dabbled in writing, lol, but if creating worlds is your thing then I highly recommend giving this site a try. The ease of access and customizing is so worth it.


DIY Sugar Scrubs

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It’s the start of a new week, crafty people. Are you planning on trying anything new this week in your craft endeavors? Don’t forget to challenge yourselves. Try something you’ve never tried before. You might find a whole new hobby to take up more of your already dwindling time!

This week, I’d like to feature how to make your own sugar scrubs. In the next year, I set a goal for myself to try and use more natural things in my day to day life. One way to do this is homemade sugar scrubs. These are a great way to exfoliate your skin and some prefer sugar scrubs to salt scrubs as the granules are smaller and less abrasive. So if you have more sensitive skin, I would recommend sugar scrubs.

The basis of almost any sugar scrub is sugar and oil. General rule is 80% sugar, 20% oil. You can add essential oils for homeopathic and aromatic benefits but you don’t have to. Below, are a few basic & easy sugar scrub recipes.

Sweet Orange Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup almond oil, & 7-8 drops of sweet orange essential oil.

Directions: Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, mix well and store in air-tight containers (bail or mason jars work best).

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 1 cup traditional white sugar, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 5 drops of peppermint essential oil, & 4 drops of cucumber essential oil

Directions: Melt coconut oil. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, mix well and store in air-tight containers (bail or mason jars work best).

Vanilla Lavendar Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 1 cup traditional white sugar, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, & 5 drops lavendar essential oil.

Directions: Melt coconut oil. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, mix well and store in air-tight containers (bail or mason jars work best).

Honey & Brown Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup almond oil, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, & 1 teaspoon pure raw honey.

Directions: Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, mix well and store in air-tight containers (bail or mason jars work best).

You can use other oils for the base. Olive oil works really well and jojoba oil can be a great benefit for your skin. Adding a little vitamin E is never a bad idea and can help fight against aging in your skin.

So the next time you want to feel a little sweet, add a sugar scrub to your shower.

~ScribeSarah~


Hard Working Leather

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Happy Sunday, all!

I promised some more MAGfest vendors and this week I would love to direct your gaze toward the creators over at Detroit Leather Company. They have quite the selection of very wonderful leather goods. Ranging from masks:

   

To goggles:

 

To leather wrapped flasks:

 

To these absolutely gorgeous leather journals:

   

I am so entranced by the twisting lock and the pin locks on those last two pictures. Aren’t they amazing?! I can personally attest to the effective holding power of their flasks as well. If you would like to view their other wares, they can be found on their website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. See you next week with a new tutorial!

Stay crafty!

~Laura


Jaybird Quilts and Camelot Fabrics

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I have spoken about the amazing fabrics from Camelot a few times.  They have teamed up with the awesome Jaybird quilts to bring you a FREE pattern!

Jaybird Quilts is Julie Herman. She is a bestselling authorspeakerquilt pattern and ruler designer. She is known for her quilting rulers, the Hex N More and Sidekick rulers, that are used to make her quilt designs, such as Night SkyNorthern LightsRock CandyGravity and many others. Julie is recognized in the quilting community for bringing clarity and simplified design to geometrically inspired patterns.   She is also known for her Alphabet Soup pattern book!

The quilt above uses letters from her book and it is a FREE pattern extension!  You do need to purchase the Alphabet soup book on how to piece the letters themselves.  Here are the fabric requirements once you have both the book and the pattern.

Happy Quilting!

-Toni


Smooth On Feature: Q-Ballz

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Nicole and I have had the opportunity to play and use a lot of the Smooth On products through the years.  We have had great experiences with them and so I want to share some of the products they have and what they can do for you and your crafting.

Today’s feature is on the Q-Ballz product.

Q-Ballz™ is a single component liquid that can be used as a bald cap plastic or for encapsulating silicone gel prosthetic appliances. Thin with acetone to airbrush material into a mold (or over a plastic head form) for creating a membrane. Use as soon as possible after opening.
The edges of a silicone prosthetic appliance encapsulated in Q-Ballz™ can be dissolved away with acetone. Q-Ballz™ can also be used to create bald caps on an appropriate head form.

FOR CREATING BALD CAPS:

  1. Apply a thin layer of release agent, such as Ease Release® 200 or petroleum jelly, to a bald cap head form.
  2. Stipple undiluted Q-Ballz™ thinly over the desired area of the bald cap head form.
  3. Allow at least 10 minutes of drying time between layers.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 to build up an appropriate thickness. Generally, 5-10 layers are sufficient.
  5. Allow at least 2 hours for acetone to completely flash off before removing bald cap from the head form.
  6. Powder outside of bald cap using talcum powder.
  7. Remove bald cap from head form gently using a soft brush and talcum powder.
  8. Fine edges of the completed bald cap can be dissolved using acetone.

FOR USE AS AN ENCAPSULANT FOR SILICONE APPLIANCES:

  1. Apply a thin layer of release agent, such as Ease Release® 200 or petroleum jelly, to all surfaces of prosthetic mold.
  2. Thin Q-Ballz™ with acetone. Generally 3-4 parts acetone added to 1 part Q-Ballz™ is sufficient.
  3. Using an airbrush or other fine mist sprayer, spray a thin layer of thinned Q-Ballz™ over all mold surfaces
  4. Allow at least 10 minutes of drying time between layers.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 to build up an appropriate thickness. Generally, 5-10 layers are sufficient.
  6. Fill mold using a silicone gel such as Ecoflex® Gel or Dragon Skin® softened with SLACKER®.
  7. Allow silicone gel to fully cure.
  8. Optional – spray 3-4 thin layers of thinned Q-Ballz™ over back of appliance.
  9. Demold silicone gel filled appliance with the assistance of a soft bush and talcum powder.
  10. Fine edges of the completed encapsulated appliance can be dissolved using acetone.

They even have a tutorial on How to Make a Silicone Gel Filled Appliance.

Overview

This instructional video shows how to create a silicone gel filled makeup prosthetic appliance using Q-Ballz™ and Ecoflex® GEL materials.

Q-Ballz™ is a single component liquid that can be used as a bald cap plastic or for encapsulating silicone gel prosthetic appliances.
Thin with acetone to airbrush material into a mold (or over a plastic head form) for creating a membrane. Use as soon as possible
after opening.

The edges of a silicone prosthetic appliance encapsulated in Q-Ballz™ can be dissolved away with acetone. Q-Ballz™ can also be
used to create bald caps on an appropriate head form.

Materials Used in this Tutorial

  • Mold Star™ Silicone Mold
  • Q-Ballz™ Cap Plastic
  • Ease Release™ 200
  • Ecoflex™ GEL
  • Mixing Cups and Sticks
  • Chip Brushes

-Toni


DIY Dinosaur Serving Dish

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Good morning, Thursday folks!

I’ve got a cute little DIY for you. I saw this as I was browsing earlier this week and said to myself, “Self, we would use one of those, wouldn’t we?” Well. Who doesn’t need a dinosaur serving plate?

The materials are simple, and can be found at second hand and craft stores. You’ll need a hard plastic dinosaur toy (it has to be sturdy and balanced so that it can be useful), a small melamine plate, sandpaper, strong adhesive, spray paint of your choice, a hand held saw and parchment paper for lining the plate (for food safety reasons). You can find the original tutorial here at Three Little Monkeys Studio.

First, use the saw to cut off the dino’s head just above the shoulders. Try to keep your cut level and use the sandpaper to smooth the cut edges. Also use the sandpaper to score the surface on the top and bottom of your plate so that your adhesive will hold better and have something to grip to.

Apply your adhesive to the body and plate (use the manufacturers directions on your adhesive, as some may want you to let it set before adhering). When you’re ready, attach the plate to the body and allow to cure for 24 hours. When everything has dried and cured, do the same for the dino’s head.

When you’re dry, you can start painting. If you’re feeling super creative, you can do multiple colours, designs of your own, or you can use your favorite spray paint in your favourite colour. A white dino plate is chic. A silver dino plate might be out of this world!

Happy crafting!

Megan

 

 


Snuggable Sweet

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As someone who designs her own plush toys, I think it’s safe to say that I adore plushies. 🙂 Which is why I had to share these adorable creations from Snuggable Sweet when they came across my dash.

These are just some of the adorable creations made by Britta Shurtleff, of Snuggable Sweet. All the plush are her own design and have a lovely simplicity to them. She also makes use of every bit of fabric she has with her adorable scrappy series.

Taken from the bits and bobs left over from bigger projects, these adorable little blocks remind me of emojis as she give each one a unique face and personality . 🙂 If you’re interest in seeing more of her work, simply pop on over to her etsy shop to see a nice gallery of various plushies (like her adorable bears) that are all made to order.


DIY Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders

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Good morning, hacky friends! Happy start of the week to you all! I hope that you all had a restful weekend (but if it wasn’t restful, I hope it was at least productive).

By now, you all know how much I adore DIY projects and refurbishing things around the house. Well, this weekend, I decided to try out an idea to make your own stained glass votive candle holders. This is a very inexpensive way to decorate for whatever occasion you want. All you need are the following items:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Matte finish Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glass Containers that hold votives
  • Paper Punches (optional)
  • Q-Tips (optional)

You can pick up glass containers that fit votive candles at any Dollar Tree. But look around your house too. You never know when and where you will find the perfect items to rehab.

First, you want to cut out your shapes from your tissue paper. You can use the scissors to make you own shapes or paper punches to save some time or if you want a more uniform look. Once you have those cut out, set them aside.

Next, scoop out a bit of the Mod Podge with your paintbrush. You can use school glue if you can’t get your hands on Mod Podge. Thin it out very slightly with some water (don’t add too much water or it will saturate your tissue paper, causing it to tear more easily). Place the tissue paper onto your glass and gently affix with the Mod Podge. Be patient and gentle brushing the Mod Podge on or your tissue paper will tear. Once you have your shapes affixed how you want, let the object dry completely.

The dried Mod Podge will give any portion of glass without tissue paper a frosted appearance. If you don’t like or want that, take a Q-Tip and some hot water and scrub the glass sections clean. of the Mod Podge.

Once complete, place a votive candle into the glass, light it and enjoy. You can make holiday specific ones or just everyday decoration. These also make great centerpieces for weddings and banquets. As projects go, this one was easy and inexpensive and thankfully, did not turn into a “Pinterest Fail.”

Enjoy!

~Scribe Sarah~


DIY: Seed Starters

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Hi there Thursday Crafthackers!

In an effort to encourage the cold to go away, I’ve got a simple little tutorial for you that would be really nice as Valentine’s day gifts, wedding or shower favours, or just an I’m thinking of you gift. With the warm weather coming, and gifts of all types being needed for all kinds of different spring and summer celebrations, I thought this might be nice to post. The original post is from Hands Occupied, and is meant as a valentines day tutorial, but looking at it, there’s a lot of different ways you can decorate and manage these special little gifts.

You will need a few supplies: mini mason jars, rubbing alcohol, potting soil, coffee beans or small pebbles, glass adhesive or a stencil of your choice, glass paint, a stiff bristle paint brush, thread, scissors a hole punch and a spoon. You’ll also need the seeds to your favourite plant!


Use the rubbing alcohol to clean the jar and place your adhesive stencil if you’re going to use one.You can also just paint the glass freehand, add glitter, spray paint it, really whatever you like. The simplicity of the little hand painted heart is just so sweet.

Dab the glass paint over the stencil with the stiff brush until the stencil is completely filled. Let the paint dry before removing the stencil.

Cover the bottom of the jar with coffee beans or small pebbles – these will help with the drainage for the plants and seeds – nothing that grows likes to drown. Since there’s no holes in the bottom of the mason jar, this is an important step. Add potting soil to the jar and leave enough room for your seeds to be added and the extra soil they’ll need on top. Give your seeds some water (follow the directions on the seed packaging), but as a general rule, enough water so that the soil is moist  with a little water along the bottom with your beans.

Your last step is to cut a little card and attach it to your mason jar. If it’s for Valentine’s day, a little heart might be sweet. If it’s another event, think of a little vintage style tag. You may want to include how to take care of the seeds: Water regularly but not too much, keep in a warm, light filled area, remember to transplant to a bigger pot once they’ve sprouted.

These little beauties can make great little votive candle holders when the plant has been transplanted. Hope you enjoyed and as always…

Happy crafting!

~ Megan


Lightweight Wearable Horns

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As someone whose just thinking about putting their toe into cosplay, I’ve always wondered how the pros deal with the weight a good costume can bring. Mostly if it’s on your head cause I don’t know about other people with long hair but if I keep mine pulled back all day? Man oh man am I in for a headache/pain in the evening. So when I stumbled across Grave Glamour, I knew they were someone I should share to help save others from this fate.

Grave Glamour specializes in lightweight, but durable, horns that you can wear all day long with no problems. Each set only weighs a few ounces (ranging from .5-2.5oz currently) and is easily hidden under a wig/hair thanks to the ribbon they’re attached to; as you can see above.

She also makes various crowns and occult based items (wands, spell books, etc) that you can find in her etsy shop. The work is really quite lovely and if you’re in the market for some horns then I highly recommend giving the shop a look over. 🙂