July 1, 2015

Because I'm Just a Big Kid


Last notes for the school year.

Toy Fest.

I have a problem.

Funko family.


Sweet furry goodness.

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June 30, 2015

Midwest Toy Fest

This year, we attended the inaugural Midwest Toy Fest.  Rooms and hallways were lined with vintage toys, comics, handmade items, art, and (our favorite) Funkos.  It was great to see some of my childhood toys like the Crash Test Dummies.  We only spent an hour at the show, so we missed the gaming room and costume contest; but we didn't leave empty-handed.  Our loot included buttons by Crystal Wilson, a signed Adventure Time print, a few Funko Pops, and some other toys.

We can't wait until next year's show!


June 29, 2015

Chevron Pony

This was my first attempt at a horse pattern.  Once it was finished, I had to take it apart and re-sew the back end and chest.  The underside piece was causing the problem.  I'm hoping I have the kinks worked out for the next time I make a horse.


June 24, 2015

Superhero Photo Booth

The library where I used to volunteer as an artist contacted me about making props for a superhero-themed photo booth.  I've since moved out of the area but couldn't pass on the project.  It was a lot of fun creating these pieces.

Check out some of my other library projects here.


June 23, 2015

DIY Star Wars Fabric Converse

I couldn't bear parting with my old pair of navy Converse.  Instead, I upcycled them using my brother's old Star Wars sheets.

This project is an updated version of my Map Shoes.

You'll need fabric, a pair of shoes, Fabric Mod Podge, scissors, an exacto knife, and a paintbrush.

1.  Begin by removing the laces and coating one side of the shoe with Fabric Mod Podge.
2.  Cut out a piece of fabric and lay it onto the coated shoe.  Rub the fabric so that it sticks to the shoe.
3.  Using scissors, cut along the top silhouette of the shoe.
4.  Using the exacto, press the fabric into the tight corners along the shoe.  You may need to do this a few times.  Allow to dry.
5.  Once dry, trim all excess fabric.
6.  Seal the edges of the fabric with Mod Podge.  Allow to dry.
7.  Using the exacto, puncture holes through the fabric covering the eyelets.
8.  Repeat steps 1 thru 7 on the other side, then on the other shoe.
9.  Relace both shoes, and you're finished!

If using Converse sneakers, you may choose to cover the tongue and heel with fabric.  I didn't since the fabric used was similar in color to the shoe.


June 22, 2015

Updated Spiral Ear Cuff

A new spiral ear cuff is now available in my shop.  You can check out my other ear cuff styles here.


June 17, 2015

Mobile App Update

The mobile app for this website has finally been updated (it's only been 3 years)!  For those of you who already have it on your phone or tablet, I suggest deleting and re-adding it.  To get the app, type something monumental.mobapp.at into the web browser of your device.  Click the Share button at the bottom (square with upward arrow) and select the Add to Home Screen icon.  On the next screen, tap Add in the upper right.  It will now show up with your other apps.