Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

Withdrawal

October 19, 2009

Crafty friend Ailis was in town last weekend which made this weekend kind of a bummer in all honesty.

But I thought I would combat my suicidal thoughts (“If I can’t craft with Ailis, I don’t want to liiiiiiive!”) by reminiscing about happier times.

One of the things we made were Thanksgiving-y paper garlands to sell at an upcoming event at her friends’ beautiful inn.

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They all say something a little different although if they were to really reflect what is said at MY house at Thanksgiving, they would have phrases more like “Turkey Coma”,  “No more vodka, please”, and “Uh oh, the dog is throwing up”.

They were fun to make (of course, that may have had something to do with the company *wink*), but a little time consuming.  ALTHOUGH, next time we make them (for Christmas?  Maybe.) we figured out some ways to streamline the process (translation: shoddier workmanship).

We’re becoming adults, aren’t we?

June 13, 2009

My friend Alex just did a very adult thing and bought a house.

And I did a somewhat less adult thing and moved out of my parents house (Not for the first time, for the record.  I have only been living with them post-graduation like a TRUE music major…).

So I have been going crazy in the garden and planting everything I see.  Which left me with some extra Gladiolus bulbs and terra cotta pot or two.  I figured I would share the love with my adult friend Alex (“adult friend” sounds somewhat dirty doesn’t it?  Like, “Come meet a new Adult Friend, only $4.99 a minute”)

I stamped the terra cotta pot with black Staz-On…

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… and used a grocery ad from one of the Mexican supermercados in my neighborhood to wrap it all up.  And I totally made a cute card but completely forgot to take a picture of it.

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Let’s hope she actually gets them into the ground in time…

Mmm…. ripply…

March 17, 2009

So I am moving into a new house (meaning, not my parents house anymore THANK GOD) and I am full into “I’m poor, but I need to nest!” mode.  So while I’m horrified at the thought of having to pack up all of my craft supplies (They have taken over my closet.  And my floor.  And my car.  And my chair.), I am also an idiot and have decided to start a new project, complete with a new bag of yarn.  YAY!  Who needs food and shelter when you can have bags full of half-started crochet projects?

I was particularly inspired by this flickr pool : Hexagon Love

Which lead me to create this one hexagon.

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Which took forever.  And when I read that I would need over 150 of these little bitches, I decided to move on.  I guess I now have a coaster.

So then I found this blog:  No-End-in-Sight Ripple-Along and then this Flickr Pool, and I decided to go for it.

So here I have the very beginning of what will probably turn out to be a scarf but what I’m hoping will be a cozy throw for my……  NEW HOUSE YAY!

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My cat enthusiastically approves.

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So here we go.  If I don’t blog ever again it’s because my fingers fell off whilst making a ripply blanket.

Love Glove Love…

January 18, 2009

Last night my good friend Sebastian fumbled around in his man purse for his money (having had his wallet stolen from him while passed out in a roofie induced stupor on the train).  As he placed the contents of his bag on the table in the bar, strewn about with his money and receipts was his abundance of condoms.  As an attractive gay man, one can never be too prepared.

But it was just so unseemly for such a well-mannered young man.  When I got home, I knew what I had to do.

And here it is.  A custom made, hand embroidered, one of a kind condom pouch.

It’s fleece, for his pleasure.

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So there is a little schmutz on the front there inside the embroidered heart, but that is just a little scrap of the inside fabric.  I’m too lazy to take more pictures.

And here is the inside:

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For all of you not familiar with the phrase “Oh haay!”, just picture a sassy drag queen’s reaction to the punchline of your latest anecdote of sexual conquest.  Haay girl! *snap*

I didn’t have any supplies for making any kind of closure, so I figure he can just load the pouch up and tuck in the flap.

There you go.  My lastest project.

Stitchy stitchy…

January 7, 2009

My newest obsession (which I’m sure will last about another week, as it seems I can only sustain a hobby for about 2 weeks at a time) is hand embroidery.

I guess I first learned how to stitch when I was a kid from my friend’s mom.  She was this awesome June Cleaver-style mom who made all kinds of crafts and sewed clothes for her kids.  And me.  Well, I got one T-Shirt dress that was splatter painted with neon pink and blue.  And let me tell you, I wanted that dress so badly.  And once I got it, I WORKED. IT.

No round little girl worked neon like I worked neon.

So I vaguely remember her teaching us the easy stitches, and I vaguely remember not really ever figuring out anything but a running stitch.  But look at me now.

In case you all don’t know, you can basically learn anything online, and I learned pretty much every stitch I used on these web sites (and the fact that I just taught myself the other day online is why my pieces look pretty messy. Meh, oh well)  :

http://www.needlenthread.com/

http://www.sublimestitching.com/          <–and various forums associated with Sublime Stitching

http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/stitches/free_embroidery_stitches.html

http://inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html

All of these are awesome resources for know how and inspiration of what embroidery can be.  Meaning; it can be more than those daily chore kitten tea towels your mom had.  Not that those aren’t actually adorable.

They are.

At least my Mom’s are.

So here’s what I’m working on:

These are both tea towels I’m making as a hostess gift for a friend’s friend who is letting us crash at her house when we go to Disneyland (leavingtomorrowYAY!)

Side note: Disneyland makes me so excited it’s all I can do to keep myself from peeing.

Here’s a cupcake towel…

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and a towel about pie…

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And can I ask all you out there how do you keep the back of the tea towel from looking like the embroidery floss aisle vomited on your work?  Am I the only who doesn’t know how to plan ahead well enough?  Is there some secret trick?  Do they all look like this?

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I mean, that looks like the evil demon soul of the cupcake and pie.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.