Thursday, January 28, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
I used a fantastic reclaimed skirt for the outer fabric, and some cotton quilting fabric for the lining. I like this size -- about 10" by 13", and 4" deep.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I have entered this in the January Design Challenge for Etsy Texas Crafters. This piece is stitched on reclaimed linen, with new and rescued floss. I mostly used 3 strands, and split stitch and french knots. A tiny bit of crayon tinting was used on his cheeks.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
We do need a chicken coop -- soon, and a large-ish one. Can this wood, or parts of this structure, be saved and used for that purpose? So, my creative friends, what do you think? Salvageable? Not? Other?
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
This little bird is already hanging in my sewing room -- it's perfect! Thank you so much, timpani~jax!
As for projects around here, I'm making my partner (timpani~jax) a tote bag, so I'll be showing that here in the next few days. I'm also working on a new bag design for a custom order; it's interesting. Definitely a learning process, and I've learned a new technique. More later!
Have a lovely day!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I know I said I was done with swaps. I'm weak. I signed up for the January Birthday Swap. . . hey, my birthday is in January, so it's a legitimate reason for swapping. Isn't it?
It's a neat swap -- you post a wish list, and other crafters choose items from your list and make them for you. As a birthday girl, I'm only required to choose one item to craft (but I've already chosen 2! Shhhh!) I've finished the first project:
I used this amazing pattern for a crochet hook roll. I almost want to take up crochet so I can have one of these! Actually, I really do want to learn to crochet. I've been given lessons, but my poor brain just can't seem to retain any of them.
The hook roll has a flap to protect the hooks, and keep them from falling out. I used reclaimed fabric for the poppy lining, and some scrap fabric for the exterior. I made the mistake of using too thick of an interfacing, so it's a little too padded. I'll know better next time.
I liked this pattern because it had the little pockets for needles, scissors and lots of hooks. . . .
The pattern was very easy to follow, and I highly recommend it! Now, I just hope the birthday girl likes this.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
. . . with the storage jar beneath the skirt, and a needle-keeping removeable apron.
I'd like to try my hand at more soft sculpture or dolls some time, and greatly improve my techniques and skills. I just won't be making this particular one again. Thankfully.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
A rescued-from-the-trash wood hutch, some of my fabrics, thrift store storage cart, a hand-embroidered tunic of some kind (anyone know?) to disguise the hot water closet a little.
Blue thrift store chair, denims and WIPs below, black & whites and tans above, on found-wood shelves (collaged with vintage book ephemera.) I need to hide that breaker box!
Temporary window covering -- a vintage silk scarf my sister picked up in Hawaii, I think. The non-functioning bamboo shade was already here. . . I'll be replacing it soon with some fabric curtains.
My work surface is a large office desk, with drawers, picked up at an office liquidation sale for mega-cheap.
More found-wood, collaged shelves for khakis, corduroys and shipping supplies.
This spool organizer was found in one of our storage sheds -- it's a homemade piece.
An inspiration board made from an old cork board (also found in the storage shed) and covered with scrap batting and a skirt. A vintage thrift store scarf and hanky hang nearby.
This next area sits back in a darker recessed area (and is even more difficult to photograph.) The desk and credenza are also liquidation furniture. The credenza is crammed with teacher's manuals and homeschool books, and functions as a catch-all on top. The office chairs in the space are either hand-me-downs or liquidation pieces.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
My sister was concerned. About an opportunity wasted, one that I obviously didn't even see. We discussed this bird cage at length. I saw ugly mesh, old wood, an eye sore in my front yard. She saw a sitting area, vines, flowers.
Ahhhh. . . I see it now. A gazebo-of-sorts. Painted white, hanging pots of flowers, mini-jar lights hanging and twinkling in the summer evenings. I can't believe I didn't see it sooner!
Most of the mesh will be removed (and used elsewhere on the property -- chicken coop?) although some will be left to host some creeping vines for shade and decoration. The brick floor needs some repair -- or a new surface. . . maybe a mosaic?
I'll keep you updated on this new project. Thank you SO much, sweet sister, for the intervention!
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Until today! I just unpacked a box marked "home decor" that had been packed since the Texarkana house, and look what was at the very bottom, wrapped in a nondescript plastic bag:
I made this gypsy ring for my sister-in-law for her birthday that year, and was planning to mail it to her right after the move. . . . It's FINALLY on its way, Sis!
Very excited to find these, and just had to share. :)
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I've had this design in my head for months. OK, for over a year. Yeah, I'd say there's quite a backlog in there. I used a vintage wool skirt for this bag's exterior, and a beautiful handmade button from thebuttonshop, run by my lovely friend, Jenn. She's about to close up her shop... so if you want some for yourself, well, you know what to do!
I used Joel Dewberry's Aviary fabric for the interior. This was designed as a knitting project bag, so I made a tall pocket for knitting needles. There's another pocket for cell phone and wallet.