Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Silent movie bag: Nosferatu

I love silent movies.   I once read a review of the silent German film, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, and decided to check it out.

Let me first say that I'm not a fan of horror films, but I did enjoy Nosferatu.  It was so creepy.  I should also mention that I don't really like vampires, especially vampires of the new Twilight / True Blood fads.  I suppose that makes me an oddball, but I'm fine with that.  Nosferatu is the original, old-fashioned, evil, stinking kind of vampire, so if you decide to watch the movie, keep that in mind.  And I do recommend the movie!

All that brings me to this....

I recently organized the June Birthday Swap on Craftster, and chose to make one of the birthday girls a messenger bag.  She is a big fan of the old-school movie monsters, so I jumped at the chance to make a creepy Nosferatu bag!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Breathe: a relapse and a little sewing

Lately I've been rushing around, hurrying, procrastinating, worrying.  I'm trying to remember to breathe.  Breathe.  Breathe.  That helps.

Monkey 2 has had a severe relapse, and could use some prayers.  (My new readers can read about the beginning here and an update here.)  We have more, new doctors added to the team, but still do not have a diagnosis.  I know there are so many people out there with sicker children, worse circumstances, scarier prognoses.  I try to remind myself that we are truly blessed, and every day is a gift.

Sewing helps, too.

I've been stash-busting like crazy.  Most of the pouches in my shop now are made from fabric I've had on my cutting table for 2 or 3 YEARS.  It feels great to be using them up!   Although, I'm a little sad to see this one go. . . .

Friday, July 23, 2010


Oh, how I love denim.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I hate my new camera, and some stuff I don't hate

My simple, trusty, and very cheap Samsung point-and-shoot has served me well for a few years now.  It has recently developed a hiccup of switching to video mode (or some other mode) at random moments.  It was bothersome, but didn't prevent me from taking photos when I needed to. 

But then one of my sweet Monkeys signed up for a photography class with our local 4-H.  I imagined her fumbling with the camera, in front of other watchful teens, while it beeped and blinked and switched in and out of different modes.  How embarrassing that would be!  So I thought a new, simple, and very cheap replacement camera was in order.

Oh, how I hate my new camera.  It tries to overthink and outsmart me.  It fiddles with focusing, with lighting, even when I tell it not to.  It's anything but simple. 

But maybe my daughter will get some good use out of it. 

New stuff shot with crummy new camera. . . .

Monday, July 12, 2010

Catch Up, Part 2

As promised, here's the entire series of calaveras from the Mexican Kitsch Swap!  These are all made from little wooden trinket boxes, plus polymer clay, fabric, paint, paper, glitter (lots of glitter) and some beads.  Enjoy!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Catch Up, Part 1

Let's play catch-up, shall we?  Blogger is acting so oddly this morning, that I'll break this into two posts.  My brain can only handle so much aggravation!  GRRR!

I received this sweet embroidered piece from prttynpnk in an Embroidery Swap back in March. . . .

I had begun working on my partner's piece, and then this happened:

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