Monday, September 21, 2009

No really, I can't stop.

I made this Möbius cowl last night in an hour. Not so sure about the color anymore so this will probably be up on Etsy soon. Actually yeah, I'm gonna list it, I can always make more :)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Crochet Obsession Update.

So, if you've read my blog before, you will know that I just taught myself how to crochet. I think I'm addicted! I love it!!! I keep finding cool yarns and thinking of what I can crochet...
Anyways, here are a few recent projects:

Monster Scarf!!!!! This is for sale at . So... buy it so I can eat this week haha.
This is made from "Patons Allure" novelty yarn, with a Q jumbo hook. I just glued the googley eyes on with Aleene's.
Boob shot.
A crocheted collar of sorts. I found this great hand-spun yarn at the Corn Festival (representin' Wilmington, Ohio) and I knew I had to have it. I didn;t need a pattern for this, Its basically a short scarf with buttons haha.
Amigurumi Birdie!
This is one of my Woodland critters for my Halloween costume. I'm ALMOST done with the squirrel.
So yeah. This is what I do in my spare time.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Nightmares and mutilated babies.

I really can't believe I forgot to post these!!!!
These are both projects from "The Big Ass Book of Crafts" by Mark Montano. The first one is a nightlight idea. It's made out of painted wooden clothespins, 2 cheap frames from the dollar store, an LED nightlight, and an extension cord. It costs under $5 to make!!!! I should do a tutorial for it someday but for now, here are basic instructions... (even though I know step by step instrucions will be more helpful)
1) Disassemble the clothespins and lay them side to side. Glue them together so that they will make the sides of a box.. meaning the length of each clothespin panel will be the length of one side of a picture frame.
2) One of the frames will have a printed out image that you like under the glass. I chose Reagan from The Exorcist, simply put because I enjoy inspiring nightmares :) The other frame will just have the cardboard back left in it, but cut a hole in it to put the nightlight through.
3) Paint your clothespins and frame, then assemble. Attach the extension cord to the nightlight, plug in, and there you have it! A fancy pants homemade nightlight!!!!
Here it is lit up at night!

The next project is a baby head paperweight. Basically all you do is pop off a baby doll's head and fill it with Plaster of Paris. TBABOC says to paint it or cover it with gold leaf, but I think its cute they way it is.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cupcakes, Ice Cream, and my Birthday.

As promised, photos of my first crocheting attempts. I decided to take on a cupcake scarf... here are the results.
Oh, and for my birthday, Mae Rose made me an Ice Cream hat with drippy chocolate and a cherry on top!!!! Huzzah!!!

Thanks, Dennis the Menace!!

Dennis the Menace (with Walter Matthau) is undoubtedly one of my absolute favorite movies from my childhood. So, when I was watching my DTM VHS a few months ago and the VCR began to eat the tape, I panicked and took apart the VCR with a screw driver. Granted, the VCR was from 1994, so no big deal, but I couldn't resist holding onto the spare parts. Until today, they had been sitting in my drawer, waiting to be used. Today, I was feeling especially crafty, so I decided to make a necklace out of a bulb from the VCR.
Turned out pretty BA, no?

Second degree hot glue burns suck.

I feel so bad that I've put this off for so long... I've been doing some hardcore crafting lately!!!
Today's venture was making my Mom and autumn wreath with the assistance of my best friend Thea.
Yesterday, Mom picked out some artificial flowers, leaves, berries, and a grapevine wreath that she liked at Joanne Fabric (a.k.a. the greatest store ever).
Thea assisted me by cutting the flowers off of them stem, then I hot glued them onto the wreath. Once all of the flowers and leaves were glued on, we decided that the wreath still needed something special.. so we went out and bought some gold ribbon and wove it through the wreath.
Seriously people, making a wreath is SO easy. Wreaths are the perfect home accessory to make your front door look extra special for a holiday or for the changing of the seasons. Also, they make great gifts and usually cost under $10 to make (unless you're feeling super zealous). As you can see, our wreath makes our front door look BA.
Also, note my Dad's latest undertaking.. he painted the door green and added a peephole last week. Fancy, no?
Now, I feel complelled to warn of the dangers of hot glue guns. High temp glue guns were created by Satan himself.
This is my thumb after making the wreath. The glue accidentaly dripped down onto it.... note the white blister on my cuticle and the red, blistered line where the glue landed. Honestly, from now on I will only use low temp. Oh well, at least I learned from my mistake! Be careful!!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009


I havent been here in a while. Oops :) A quick update on my life, I FINALLY learned how to crochet. HUZZAH. But Ive been super busy and hopefully I will have some new crafts to post soon :)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Holy Snap Crackle and Pop!!!!

Today I discovered the magic of a little book called "The Big Ass Book of Crafts" by Mark Montano.
It's my new Bible. I've probably read the thing about 5 times now. Every single project idea in the book is AMMAAZINGG. Mark Montano certainly knows his stuff and has the greatest ideas. Plus, all of the projects are affordable and use things that you probably already have lying around the house!! So far I've only made one project though, the Baby Head Paperweight. I will write a tutorial out for everyone soon and show off that cute little gem. I just thought I would let the entire world know that I officially love that book and that it is well worth your $19.95.

While you're at the book store or library checking out TBABOC, I also recommend picking up "Bazaar Bizarre" by Greg Der Ananian. Another awesome craft book loaded great ideas!!
Anyone got any other great crafting books that I NEED to know about? Let me know and I will write a review!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Decoupage Candle Holder Tutorial

Ok this is a fairly simple tutorial. I made this for my PRD Secret Santa gift last year (and one for myself as well ;) ) and decided to make a nifty step-by step guide!
1 CLEAN glass candle holder of any shape or size
1 candle that will fit well in the glass (make sure it smells yummy !)
1 computer and printer to print out your images (I used images of old horror movie posters off of the internet)
1 pair of scissors
1 large paintbrush and a sponge roller or brayer
1 jar of Mod Podge
*Optional* Glitter, stickers, ribbon, etc.
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Step 1) Find your images, print them out or cut them out of a magazine and cut all of them to your desired size/shape/whatever
Step 2) Take your CLEAN glass holder (remember to wash your glass with hot soapy water and dry it well or you might sabotage your project) and give it a nice coat of Mod Podge
* This step is entirely optional* I'm really A.nal about brush strokes, even strokes made by sponge brushes, so I use a sponge paint roller to even out the texture of the Mod Podge. Yes, I'm OCD, but hey at least my projects look nice :) Plus I like that it gives the glass a frosty look.
Step 3) Next, take your cut out images and place them carefully on your glass, smoothing out the wrinkles with a brayer or your sponge roller.
Step 4) Next, after all of your images are on the glass, give the images a nice coat of Mod Podge. After about 15 minutes, do it again.

*Optional* add some glitter, stickers, or tie a ribbon around your candle holder to finish it off.

Step 5) Light your candle and bask in the glow of your own awesomeness
Here are the images on mine from different angles :
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How do I spend my time, you ask??

Why, on teh intorntez, of course!!!!!
I'm posting today (tonight? whatevs) to whore around some of the sites I frequent.
Of course, there are the usual Facebook and MySpace. I spend too much time on Myspace. Come visit me at , but if you add me let me know that you're not just a creeper. Moving on!!
I frequent a DIY board called Punk Rock Domestics. I've been a member there since 2005 and I love it. Yes, it gets a little crazy in there from time to time, but its still cool.
I'm also a certified member of the Bitches Sew Stitches, a crazy group of crafty gals that like to get a little bitchy. Visit them at their forum or the new website.
Also, I'm a new member over at D.I.Y. Scene. Check it ouuuttttt.

Other than that, I spend a good amount of time on Etsy, checking out shops and thinking of new ways to improve my growing shop. Yes, that's right folks, it's ALWAYS the right time for shameless self-promotion.
Zannakin Skywalker on Etsy. Now go buy stuff from me.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I like crafts :)


That's right, I have an Etsy shop.

Currently, I only have some jewelry and hair accessories in the shop, but I'm working on putting in some glass votive holders, soap, candles, light switch covers, and maybe even some dolls. Like I said, I'm a crafty bitch.


Feel free to whore my shop around :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Well Hullo There.

Blog #1
I guess I will start off my introducing myself.
My name is Zanna. It is in fact, the greatest name ever known to mankind.
I am a crafter/artist/musician/bitch.
I have been doing crafts since I could hold a pair of scissors and a bottle of glue. I like to sew, make jewelry, knit, decoupage, paint, make soaps and candles, construct..... anything really. I just love crafting.
I go to art school. No, I'm not a hipster. I do not smoke Black n Milds, nor do I believe that I am more Indie than you. I go to the Savannah College of Art and Design. My major (for now) is Graphic Design, and I'm thinking of minoring in Photography or Scientific Illustration.
I thrive on music. I play trumpet (5 years of marching band, symphonic band, pep band, and wind ensemble.. represent). I also play bagpipe, and dabble in guitar. I love all music, including but not limited to : classic country (George Jones FTW), 80's pop, hair bands, punk, rockabilly, pshycobilly, metal, 90's music, traditional cultural styles, opera, and classical.
I. LOVE. HORROR. All horror. I don't care how cheesy it is, I love it. From age three, every time I have gone to the video store with my Dad, I have always picked up at least four horror films. I knew from a young age that people getting their intestines ripped out was my thing. Horror inspires everything I do, from my makeup, to my art, to my crafts.
I go antique shopping about once a week. I freaking love antiques. This fuels my theory that I am a gay man trapped in a female body. As well as an antique/vintage fetish, I am obsessed with showtunes, Disney movies, and Drag Queens. You be the judge.
I'm a girl of many interests. I love white trash culture, and I want to spend my life in a shitty parked double wide with Christmas lights and pink flamingos out front, shooting possums for dinner. I also love body modifications. Piercings, tattoos, scarification, branding, and other mods (split tongues and pointed ears, anyone?) are all my thing.

The more you know......