Monday, September 30, 2013

Side Table Graveyard

Halloween season, folks. Some will say that there's only a month until Halloween, but purists know that it's 13 months until next Halloween, so plan early. If you aren't on the "But next year..." schedule like we are, now's as good a time as any to get started. For the next month, we'll be providing photos of projects, d├ęcor ideas, and DIY costume inspiration.

First up is a bit about upgrading dollar store finds to make a classy centerpiece or end table display, the Side Table Graveyard. Making use of those little novelty grave stones so popular in craft stores and dollar joints this time of year, why not have a group of them be something spookier than the sum of its parts? It might even make a good companion to some full-size gravestones in your collection.

You'll Need:
  • Little gravestones. Cheap and ugly is fine.
  • Acrylic paint. The tubes at a craft store will work great.
  • Some brushes, particularly one biggish one you don't like.
  • String of lights (blue or purple are ideal)
  • Bag of fake spider webs

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Game Day Mango Salsa

Last Saturday was game day for the WOPC household, and by game day I mean board game day!  We are lucky enough to have met some folks with a love of board games that nearly equals our own and host a potluck-style brunch whenever we get the chance.  In addition to treating ourselves to several hours of gaming therapy, it also gives us a chance to try out new recipes on daring guinea pig guests.  This month, it was J's favorite: Mango Salsa.

To make my version of this deliciousness you'll need:
  • 8 oz. canned Dole Tropical Fruit, drained
  • 1/2 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tsp. lime juice
  • 1 chipotle pepper
  • 1/4 medium red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Making a Board Game, Part II

In our previous installment, I discussed material choices and card printing. I discussed some assembly of parts as well. This time, we're going to discuss a subject a little closer to restoration than original production. Today, we're replacing pieces.

You'll Need:
  • A game in need of new parts
  • A graphic manipulation program. (I use GIMP)
  • Source images
  • Printer, cardstock, spray adhesive, cutters, etc.
NOTE: With Our Powers Combined does not condone using the following methods to re-produce someone else's material for the purposes of getting things "for free." Creators deserve to be paid for their work. The techniques are offered to create new components or replace existing ones of a game you already own.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Rustic Rag Quilt

As I've expressed before, I am continually inspired by my crafty family.  Everything I know about the art of making, I learned from those I love.  This week's post is no different.  Earlier this summer, at a family baby shower, I fell in love with a baby quilt crafted by my mother.  It was soft, bright, and looked like home.  As my cousins and I oooh'd and aaaah'd over the thing, my mom and my aunt were quick to mention how easy it was to make rag quilts.  So easy, in fact, that all three of us cousins took notes that very day.  Three months later (because of procrastination and lack of planning) I have my very own soft, homey quilt!  Cat loves it, J loves it, and it keeps my toes warm while we watch Supernatural!

To make your own quilt you will need:
  • Various amounts of cotton quilting fabrics (math comes in handy on this one)
  • An expanse of flannel equal to the total amount of square footage of cotton fabric you intend to use
  • Quilt batting (I used "Nature's Touch Cotton Batting" 1/4" loft)
  • Lots of thread, I suggest buying a new spool of your chosen color
  • Cutting implements (mat, rotary cutter, quilting square or sturdy straight edge)
  • Sewing implements (machine, scissors, pins, bobbin, etc.)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Meowlnir, the Hammer of Thor

Object may not be actual size.
It's time for us to pull the curtain back a little. Our stripey little friend who has been so helpful through many of our projects (Computer Wrist Rests, Paper Holiday Wreath) is named Thor. Apparently he was an energetic little cuss who was "as fast as lightning" at the shelter and was affectionately nicknamed before we took custody of him. We liked him, kept the name, and Thor became a member of the family. (As an aside, a member of my gaming group/regular reader of the site adopted a Loki the same week. Total coincidence.) He enjoys throwing his toys, and it occurred to me: I have a Thor who hurls objects down the hallway. Get this cat a hammer of the gods! Meowlnir would be forged here in Midgard!

You'll Need:
  • Felt. I used a heather gray and a brown.
  • Pipe cleaners. Mine are brown, but technically any color works.
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Needle and thread. I used a light silvery gray.
  • Fabric glue
  • Graph paper
  • Marking and cutting implements