Plastic Canvas – the Forever Hobby

For those who don’t know what plastic canvas is, you’re not alone.  Few do as it is not a popular craft today as far as I know.  But today, you shall know its awesomeness.

During my childhood, my mother was really into a lot of different crafts.  She put together puzzles (a favorite of mine too!), made ribbon doves, sewed with my grandmother’s sewing machine (which I still have today), and made crafts with plastic canvas.  The biggest project I recall was an entire miniature house that opened up and had people and stuff inside.  My favorite was a tissue box cover that looked like a house and had a little black kitty sitting on the second floor window on the outside.  The tissues came up out the chimney. *sniff* I miss that thing…

Several months ago, I took up this craft in a fit of nostalgia.  My first craft: dice.  Yep, you read right; dice.  It came from a dream actually.  I guess I was so caught up in trying to figure out what on earth to make that my dreams went to work too.  As I was waking up, I remembered how I in my dream was trying to think of how to make one.  I acted as soon as I could and BAM!  Many dice were born.  The first one has a bell in it too, it’s kinda cute.

The first one I ever made!  I don't own a camera so this was taken with my hubby's phone. :/

The first one I ever made! I don’t own a camera so this was taken with my hubby’s phone. :/

Some more of my dice (not all).  The 8-sider was unfortunately not finished with its numbering (It is now though).

Some more of my dice (not all). The 8-sider was unfortunately not finished with its numbering (It is now though).

After making several six-siders and then doing an eight-sider and then a twenty-sider, I went on to bigger things.  I am in charge of about 20 kids at my local church and I wanted to come up with a clever way to encourage them to bring their scriptures to class.  So, I made a piggy bank…in the shape of a temple.  Inside it is a glass jar that makes a lovely sound every time a penny is put in.  When it adds up to a dollar, one lucky child gets to present the money to our Branch President to put towards the Temple Construction Fund.  In the past year, we’ve made $2.  It’s a work in progress.

A piggy bank in disguise.

A piggy bank in disguise.

Side veiw

Side veiw

Top view

Top view

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Here I show how the flap works to get to the monies and the glass jar if ever it needs replacing

Here I show how the flap works to get to the monies and the glass jar if ever it needs replacing

As for the design, I made it entirely myself.  I tried to find patterns but I may just be blind to the bottomless stash of patterns that fit my fancy.  Even so, my creative mind liked the exercise.  And it turned out great (though not flawless).  I have the design documented on Paint (which took FOREVER by the way) so that if anyone else wanted to make one, they could.  Currently, I’m working on a tissue box cover in the shape of the Washington, DC Temple.  It’s huge… But it’s gonna look awesome when all is said and done.  I’ll leave that for another blog post. :p

Basic directions.  If you need further instruction, let me know and I'll do my best to help. :)

Basic directions. If you need further instruction, let me know and I’ll do my best to help. :)

-Embermyst

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Start our first blog?

Start our first blog?

Today marks the start of our blog. Right before the new year; this’ll turn into fascinating debates as to when our blog “really” took off as we’re doing this at the odd hours of the morning.

Anywho, I’m Embermyst. Nice to meet ya. I am new to this so please have pity. Or just have fun laughing at my pathetic attempts at blogging. I certainly hope to engage and entertain my readers. If anything, I hope to discover the wonderful joys of writer-dom in the blogging world.

I must admit, this project is already more than I thought it would be. Starting this thing was a 4-hour feat in of itself in just naming the darn thing… But as a potential author in the writing world, I’ve got to start somewhere. It may be a bit slow-going at first but I’m excited to get it started. If anything, I hope my energy lasts beyond the initial “Oh my gosh, I’m starting my own blog!” phase.

Oh yes, and I’m not the only one posting, FYI. There are others…many others…. Not really, but we’ll make sure that you’ll at least know who is posting what by our signature at the bottom. Like so:

-Embermyst