Sunday, August 28, 2016

Cutting back

Pin It Well, if you had been following my blog over the years, you would know that I used to post nearly every week.  Then it went to just a couple times a month and then I disappeared.  My life just go too busy.

This spring, I thought I could give it another go and be regular again.  But with work, family, and my newly developing Etsy shop (with the same name as the blog; Without Directions), it was just too much.  I still have fun things to post, but I don't have the time to make a quality post with great content.  I could probably throw something together with OK content; but really, who wants to read that?

So until I find another few days in the week, I won't be blogging for a while.  I will occasionally post projects on my FB page, because I still like to share.  So if you are interested, you know where to find me.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your crafting life.

Major Moma

Thank you for letting me be apart of your day! Did you know I have an Etsy shop? Well I do and there I sell handmade home decor. Come on by and check it out.



Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Crocheting Star Wars Episode 2

Pin It Earlier I talked about and attempted to share a Periscope broadcast of my crocheted Star Wars figures that I made from the Lucy Collin book my husband gave me.  (I am slowly figuring out how to use Periscope and save the videos.)

Well, I just wanted to show you pictures of all of them done.

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from Lucy Collins book

from Lucy Collins book

Princes Leia

Wicket the Ewok

Luke Skywalker


Han Solo

Darth Vader

I have not yet done Chewbaca or Bobo Fet.  They are on the list but probably wont be started until the fall.  I have a lot going on right now with my new Etsy store so the purely entertaining crocheting will have to wait a bit.

Thank you for letting me be apart of your day! Did you know I have an Etsy shop? Well I do and there I sell handmade home decor. Come on by and check it out.

Friday, May 27, 2016

DIY hats for Disney

Pin It If you follow me on social media, you know that our family is counting down the days until we go to Disney World.  Last time we went, we only had two kids and the second was only 18 months.  So, for two out of three, it will be a first time type experience.

I had seen all over Pinterest different custom and homemade Disney ears and thought that would be a fun project for my oldest and I to do together.  She is twelve, so some days are a bit strained and I am always looking for ways for us to have a close moment.

She is quite the artist, she she sketched out what we would do for various characters.  I am a firm believer that people should wear hats to protect their faces from the sun, so we went to the Dollar Store and picked up some ball caps.  Also at the Dollar Store we bought craft foam.

Those were the only two purchases for this project and everything else we used were scraps or notions I had on hand.  That forced us to be especially creative.

I had a few bumps in the road.  The first hat we worked on, Fear from Inside out seemed to be a miserable failure and I wondered if that was going to be the case for all of them.  I had to put it aside for a while and work on the next hat.

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A special thank you to my husband for modeling and taking selfies of each one!

Genie from Aladdin was next and I think that one turned out quite well.  It was a good thing too because it gave me the emotional strength to keep on going.

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Ignore arm and hair behind him.

We then made King Triton from Little Mermaid.

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And then was our most complicated one, Rapunzel from the movie Tangled.  I really enjoyed this one and like the music a lot.  I did not realize how good the music was until my youngest was listening to Disney radio on Pandora and I discovered that those songs really are pretty good and do not get old as fast as some of the others.

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This one is one of my daughter's favorite.  She loves the movie Lilo and Stitch.  She drew the picture of Stitch free hand and then we laminated it with packing tape.  She also drew and cut the shapes of our white leaves.

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By the time I did this last one, I totally was done fighting with the ears.  That was the main problem; our ears did not want to stand up.  So I asked my son if I could just glue the Baymax face on his hat. He was cool with that, so I was too.

I broadcast some of our progress and struggles on Periscope.  (you can follow me there if you want @MajorMoma) and I save 3 of the 4 videos.  So if you want to know our ear struggles and solutions, watch these:



I never got a picture of our Fear hat completed.  It is OK.  So if you follow on Instagram, you are sure to see it being modeled in the happiest place on earth and you can decide if it was worth the effort.

Thank you for letting me be apart of your day! Did you know I have an Etsy shop? Well I do and there I sell handmade home decor. Come on by and check it out.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Crocheting Star Wars

Pin It If you follow me on instagram you have seen that since Christmas I have been crocheting Star Wars figurines.  My husband bought me a kit from Costco that had a book by Lucy Collin and enough yarn for two characters.

I of course immediately bought some yarn for the rest of the characters and have been slowly working through the book.  The book is quite well written and all the characters are the classic ones from the 1970s.  My kids are huge Star Wars fans  and so they love to play with them after I complete each little guy.

I would love to share pictures, but I seem to have deleted the ones on my phone and can't figure out how to transfer my instagram photos over to blogger and since I am not in the mood for a complete photo shoot, you will have to settle for a video.
I recently shared about all of my completed characters in Periscope, so if you want to check out the 'live action' explanation, click HERE.

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