Thursday, 18 December 2014

Nintendo 3DS Carrying Case

Logan recently had a birthday and instead of a party, he decided to get a bigger present - a 3DS.

So far it's been a good decision I think. He plays with that thing constantly. Now he's at the point where he wants to bring it to his friend's houses to connect it to their 3DSs. He requested a carrying case so that it could be safely transported around.

I went on the Internet and looked around for what 3DS cases might look like. I noticed there were tons of ideas out there. Some that had extra pockets for cords and tiny pockets to carry games. I showed Logan some of the suggestions and he took all those ideas and drew up his own plan. His plan included space enough for his 3DS and also mine and Terry's DSs. Plus a zippered pocket for a charging cord or 2 or 3 and a spot for at least 12 games.

Phew! Tall order! I didn't want him lugging around something the size of a duffle bag. Especially because he was also thinking that he could carry this case with him for long car trips or on the plane (if we ever get around to going on a holiday).

I did a whole lot of math! Seriously guys, if anyone had told me in high school that I would need to know this much math to be able to design something properly, then maybe I would have paid attention. Well... probably not because I'm pretty sure my dad told me that many times while I was in school.

Anyhoo... after all that math, I came up with this:

Pretty awesome amiright?

And the whole thing only measures 7.5 inches wide, 3.5 inches deep and 5.5 inches in length. A small carrying case that fits everything nicely. Math - who knew it could be so useful?

I put Logan's name on the handle.

I stiffened the entire case with the cardboard from a Pepsi box so it's nice and sturdy.

My pink DS is in the back pocket. Terry's grey DS is in the middle. There is a zippered pocket in there holding a charging cord and some stray stylus pens. Logan's 3DS is in the front.

When I take out the middle DS, you can see that there are little pockets sewn into the middle divider. Enough pockets to hold 8 games on one side and 8 games on the other for a total of 16 games - woo!

All in one compact carrying case. When I asked Logan if this is what he imagined, he said no. No? Dammit - I thought I screwed up and all that hard work and math was for nothing. But he elaborated by saying that it was better than he thought it was going to be. He thought I was going to make a roll-up sort of design with a tie or a button which would piss him off. Hee! I'm glad he enjoys the many benefits of Velcro like I do.

What do you think? A little overboard for a simple carrying case? Or a super slick design?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Iron Craft #25: Under The Gun

This week's challenge:

"It’s that time of year when we are all rushing to get things done and still enjoy the holidays. We want to make sure you still find time to craft, so this challenge is all about time. Make something that you can complete, start to finish, in an hour or less. That is your only restriction for this challenge, so have at it!" (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I've been so busy working on Christmas gifts this year that it was nice to take a break and work on something fun, even if it is just for an hour. Not that working on Christmas gifts isn't fun, it's just exhausting worrying about colours, styles, etc of the gift recipient.

I decided to do something entirely different than anything I've been working on lately.

A grumpy cat Perler bead ornament for Lane and a Pikachu Perler bead ornament for Logan.

Pikachu was easy to find in pixellated form since the character is in a video game. Grumpy cat was a bit tougher, but a search on Pinterest found loads of examples for cross stitch that I interpreted into beads.

From the time I started searching for the pattern, to the time I was ironing the beads into a melted mash was 1 hour on the dot. If you count me searching for an ornament hook and then threading them through a bead at the top of each ornament, then it might have gone over by about 15 minutes. Those hooks were buried under all the Christmas stuff! ACK! But since searching for hooks isn't really "crafting" I think I made it under the time limit. :D

To check out all the 1 hour projects from the Iron Crafters, please visit the Flickr Group.

Monday, 15 December 2014

We Got A Tree!

This holiday season has been especially warm here in Winnipeg, so we decided on the weekend to try something new in an effort to get a Christmas tree.

We headed to Timber Trails Tree Farm and chose our tree and then cut it down and hauled it home. The kids found this to be super fun and I think it might just be a new family tradition.

Hot dog lunch in the beautifully decorated, warm and cozy barn.

We went through fields and fields of trees trying to select the perfect one.

We picked a nice round, fat tree with lots of branches and a big branch at the top for our snowman to sit upon. Terry chopped it down - TIMBER!

It was a family effort to drag the tree back to the lot to have a net placed around it. But truth be told, Lane and I both got soaked and poked with pricklies too much so Terry ended up dragging the tree by himself with us following.

Logan was in charge of the saw. The tree farm provides the saws in the cutting lots so you don't even have to bring your own. Awesome!

While Terry was tying the tree to the top of the car, we investigated a huge snowman that was built in the middle of a tree field. The 7-Up can for an eye had come out so after this photo was taken I did my best to jump and push it back in.

Then we climbed to the top of these hay bales. You see how warm it was? No snow covering the hay. Actually it was really foggy and raining on Sunday when we went. Very strange for December.

Here we all are at the top of the hay bales. When Terry was done tying the tree to the car, we all went for a sleigh ride.

There were Christmas bells attached to the sleigh and it made for a very festive fun trip!

The drive even let Lane take the reigns for the trip and showed her how to steer the horses. She was in heaven.

Can you see all that fog in the background? It certainly was an interesting trip back to the city, but Terry had tied that tree up so tight that we didn't have to worry about it falling off, so we all got back happy and excited from a new adventure.

This year was Lane's turn to place the snowman at the top of the tree. A tree that we got to choose and cut ourselves. How very Griswold of us!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Happy Birthday Logan!

Happy Birthday to my awesome, totally radical, most excellent Logan! I love everything about you from your silly sense of humour, to the caring way you take care of your little sister, to the intense passion you have for things that interest you. You are 8 years old today and my life is abundantly richer because you're in it.

My boy is so big that he made the big boy decision to skip a birthday party this year in order to get a 3DS. A 3DS costs about as much as a birthday party would, so it was a fair trade (and means that I didn't have to make a bunch of birthday party t-shirt badges this year - Win!)

Happy Birthday Logan!!!!!!!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Handmade Holidays 2014: Crocheted Lego Brick Scarf

Remember how I totally stole that Grinch scarf that I was going to send to my brother for Christmas?

I've been getting tons of compliments on it actually...

But I do feel kinda bad about not sending it to him. Kinda - but not enough to actually give it up and send it.

So I had to make something equally as good to send him.

I seem to be stuck on scarves for almost everyone on my Christmas list this year and I found a pattern for this awesome scarf.

Check it out! Lego Bricks!

My brother loves Lego!

I think I've redeemed myself, no?

I used this pattern to make the Lego Brick Scarf. The actual bricks worked up really fast and then I stitched it all together. It's going to be super warm. Not sure if my brother will actually need a scarf, but it would make a pretty cool decoration thrown over a couch top or something anyway.

A link to my Lego Brick scarf project on Ravelry.

I'm getting close to the end of my Christmas gift making frenzy. Woo!

How is everyone else doing on their lists?

Friday, 5 December 2014

Santa!! 2014

I've been eagerly bringing my camera to every family outing we've had these past few months in the hopes that I'll get a good shot to use for our Christmas card.

We're not really big on getting the family together at the photo studio in our itchy Christmas sweaters or whatever goofball crap some families like to wear for their Christmas card. Well... that and we're cheap. Who wants to spend all that money on fake looking photos where everyone looks more uncomfortable than cheerful?

My plan for the perfect candid shot was not going so well. Every single time I snapped a pic, there was a blinking kid or a frowny face. I'm all for regular looking photos, but I wanted a little cooperation from the kids.

Anyhoo... my perfect Christmas card photo never happened. I had to resort to the next best thing - a photo of the kids with Santa. And it turned out pretty cute even with the silly volunteer girls taking the pictures. They told Logan to show some teeth which made him bare his teeth like a feral wolf or something. Yikes! And then they wanted me to approve that one as the best one. Ummm... no. I'm not that picky about photos, but really the wolf pic? That's the one you want me to go with?

I chose a nice one with the kids looking as natural as they are going to with a big bearded dude demanding to know what they want for Christmas breathing down their necks. hehehe.

Our Christmas cards are saved!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Iron Craft Challenge #24: Holiday

This week's challenge:

"Well, you all knew this one was coming. It’s time to move those holiday projects into high gear! For this challenge we want you to make something themed for any of the upcoming holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter Solstice, New Years, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa…. Whatever you like to celebrate." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Since I'm on a serious holiday gift making spree I figured this challenge would be right up my alley.

Unfortunately, all the gifts I've been making aren't really holiday themed - they're just really cute and stuff.

So I got to work on a couple of gifts that were truly holiday themed.

The first is from one of my favourite holiday TV programs:

The Grinch Scarf!

I was originally going to send this one to my brother who is a bit of a Grinch at Christmas (with a big heart of course). But then I came up with an even better gift for him so I get to keep this one for myself. Well... that was the plan until Lane decided that she wanted to wear this particular scarf. Apparently, it's in high demand at our house!

And then I made another holiday themed scarf - this time a peppermint swirl one.

Lane loves this one as well, but I'll be sending this one out. It's way to fancy and not warm enough for a Winnipeg climate. Perfect for the milder climate where I'm sending it. So pretty and ruffly.

I used this pattern for the Grinch Scarf.

And here is the link to my Grinch Scarf project on Ravelry.

I used this pattern for the peppermint swirl scarf.

And here is the link to my peppermint swirl scarf project on Ravelry.

To check out all of the holiday themed projects from the Iron Crafters, clicky on the Flickr Group.