Saturday, December 29, 2007

Little girlies....

A few presents for little girlies...

A headband..I used the most excellent Starleigh pattern available here..the felt flower was my own creation:

A mini tote bag...the smilie button was the only button I owned that looked remotely right, so I had to console myself with the fact that a 3 yo most likely would actually like a little smilie. I used the famous Jordy pattern. Swirly thing was made up cause I needed something desperately:

Disney Princess pillowcases....I loathe that stuff myself, but whaddya gonna do?? Front was Princess satin, the back a cotton that matched well from the stash. Simple pics, cause, um, who needs to see a whole pillowcase??

Following the crowd....

So I have been seeing these everywhere lately, and when I was trying to come up with appropriate presents for a little artist girl, obviously this totally fit the bill:

I had no idea it would be so hard to find 13 different color fabrics that didn't make me want to gag. Seriously. Dh was very unamused how long it took me to get out of Spotlight.

I promise, it's actually straight and even....I just couldn't get the freaking thing to balance well in the wind.

Luckily, I have plenty of fabric left, cause now dd, my own resident artist, desperately wants one (yes, yes, I know, I should have made her one already, for Christmas, but geez....that meant I would have had to try come up with something for the boy, too, and I was already done for in the male presents department!)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ninja chef...

So here's the finished product of this:

It was for a guy who is a chef, and loves ninjitsu, and martial arts in general. Like I know what to make for a guy?? SO paranoid I was just going to come off as mega loser-y...cause, you know, I am seriously a dorky person at heart. It's an apron, just basic, and was being a bitch to photograph, so ya just get the cool part, anyway. Apparently he liked it, though, so *whew*. We won't talk about all the cursing that went into it...I HATE binding edges, and it shows. Oy.

Also came with matching potholders.

Made them kingsize, cause it's one of my biggest peeves trying to grab hold of a hot pan without singing my fingers cause the potholder is basically for prettifying your kitchen. Lined with a couple layers of toweling to keep it thick. Hope it works, heh. I was going to quilt around the images for definition, and spent all evening while watching a movie going around one of them by hand, and then ripped it all back out cause it looked terrible.

I am just hoping the idea is cool enough to overlook my very dodgy work. Shocking.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas..

Monday, December 17, 2007

RIP Tawnya

Babies have lost their mama...a man has lost his wife....the world has lost an amazing person. Rest in Peace, Tawnya. You will be missed.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Oh, how I wish.....

I wish I wish I wish I could read French.

Could care less about speaking it, since I have never had a natural affinity for it, but oh, to be able to understand the stories behind the fascinating images on this blog.

It's like peeking in a treasure box, through a small hole. You can see, but can't tell the whole story.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

To my Secret Santa family...

My apologies for getting me. I should have just left it to the professionals. I can't believe how wrong something so SIMPLE can go. Arrgh.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Love it..

I love when a favorite band comes out with a new album. It's like a big Christmas present come early. :p The Killers' new album is fast becoming my favorite on my shuffle rotation. Since there aren't any Youtube of the new songs that I love, I'll give ya one of my current faves from Hot Fuss. Since I have no real crafts to post. Cause I am having to keep them all hidden. Hmmph.

Friday, November 23, 2007


I saw a mention of Farmchicks this morning as I was running out the door on a blog that I can't remember, rushing out the door and all, and thought they looked so cute I bookmarked the site for later; this evening I saw another mention again on My Byrd House and figured it out...Apronista is having a giveaway! Woohoo!

Thursday, November 08, 2007


Now I wish the carving was better. :rolleyes:


WAKE THE F*** UP!!!!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Bubbles in my window...

I have a mission to fill my windows with bubbles. To that end, I buy more and more glass balls everytime I can. :p

My White Stripes buddy in crime has a hubby who crafts beautiful handblown glass..he fires up the kiln several times a year, and I am usually first in line, ready to go mad with my custom orders. They also have a new Etsy shop.

I also had to lash out on the vases! I custom ordered one, and he made two..I couldn't pick, so I got BOTH of them!! Don't they ROCK!? SO beautiful!!

The kids got in on the act, too, and ordered a buttload for themselves, too. They LOVE their glass. But this time around, the candy from the States almost trumped it.

And being the most generous person in the universe, she tossed in a TON of WS related stuff, and other goodies!! Limited edition LP's, mags from the US and the UK, CD's, and then my FAVORITE!! WS merch from the show she went to..could it BE any more perfect!!?? :D :D

A look at the whole box of loot (and there is MORE coming!!!!)

Even the dog got a treat..his new fort!!!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

It's a problem..

The Christmas crafting season is here..which means all crafting is aimed towards a surprised face on opening the package you just handed them. Which kind of means posting finished products here, where you know various sundry present givees lurk, is a no go. Sucks. Another 52 days to go.

Can I post a tease?

If anybody out there has an inkling who this might be for, just shut yo' mouth and let it be a surprise, 'mkay????????

Monday, October 29, 2007

Test run..

So I broke out the cookbook tonight. I made the umm...can't remember what they were called. But they were asparagus, mushrooms, and feta in puff pasty shells. Verdict: yummy, but could have used something..we are thinking something onion-y, but mild, like leeks or something. Overall, though, it's a good start!

Topped off with cheating bought cheesecake. :p

Mucho apologies for the lousy pics. Picture taker I am NOT.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I wish I could be random...

I want to be random. I mean, I want to be able to put pen to paper, and just add things, that come to a unified whole. Like the setting for this bunny.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Reading material..

Been buying a few books lately....

I was seeing The Dangerous Book for Boys around in the bookstores, but since my boy isn't really a reader, and dd wasn't spectacularly interested in getting a boy's book, I passed. But then I heard of The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls....Suki is over the moon. It's getting a bit of backlash as a giant step backwards for women's rights, scorn heaped on it for teaching girls how to make daisy chains and have a tea party. Whatever. My daughter is being raised to be whoever she wants to be, and by golly, she really wants to be a girl. I will teach her how to be a strong girl. But I draw the line at how to set a nice table for a teaparty. So not my thing. The book fills in nicely.

This cookbook looks amazing. The pictures are droolworthy, and the recipes look soo nice. And there are a lot of recipes that have no eggs, which, for a pastry and baking book, is almost unheard of, and therefore to be sought after! :p After this upcoming hectic weekend, I will be roadtesting it, and will give my verdict. :D

I have been seeing this book around, so I put an order in at my local poorly stocked bookstore, waited a month, and finally got it in. I am NOT disappointed. My fingers have been ITCHING to get into my own sewing room, and start organizing in beautiful ways. Trouble is, I have too much OTHER crafting I NEED to do, which I have to fit in to my limited free time.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Okay, this is as cool as I think it is, right? I went to the Salvation Army, and found four sewing and craft mags, with FULL pattern sheets! How cool is that??!!??

Clever Sewing and Craft 1997

Handmade Australia Sept/Oct 1987

Handmade Jan/Feb 1997
I actually bought this one when the kiddos were little....I think I still have it stuck in storage somewhere in Hawaii...

Neue Mode October 1981
In the original German, but with "Working English Instructions", lol. Man, the 80's could be really ugly!!! lol

Awesome haul, right? Right, right? :p

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I need to get out more

create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.

create your own visited countries map
or vertaling Duits Nederlands

Red shows where I have been. Doesn't look like much, put that way.

ETA Huh...wonder why Australia apparently no longer exists, and there are no states past Illinois??

Thursday, September 13, 2007

I want.

I need a whole hit of this in my house. Read the Pottery Process in the sidebar. How come MY ceramics teacher never taught ME how to do that, huh??

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Random crafting....

Over the last couple of days, I've finished a couple of long overdue crafts, and made one new one.

I was given these beads for Christmas 2 years ago, but couldn't quite figure out the perfect thing to make with them, since there were just thismuch too few to make a necklace on their own, and I couldn't find the right beads to mix them with. Then I saw something, I can't even remember what, that made this flash into my head. I was going to the Stitches and Craft Show that day, and happened to find the perfect red coral beads, and I already had the other parts, so I was SET! I love it so much. I have no idea what the green stones are, and google isn't being much help, either.

I owe a set of the orange and green hairpins I made ages ago, but I am SO late in sending them, I made another little set to add to the box.

This was for a 1920's swap that I was supposed to finish months ago. :( I moved in the middle of the swap unexpectedly, and never quite got back to it. I haven't joined any swaps anywhere, until I finally make good on this one.

It's a little hardcover notebook....I couldn't quite figure out how I wanted to bind it, and all the options that I saw didn't quite work with how I wanted to do it, so I ended up just drilling holes and threading ribbon through. When I had the ribbon in, I had it hanging on a loop, and it just seemed better to leave it that's odd, but I like it. :p It's a print of an Erte poster, on a piece cut from a printed red paper bag, backed with Japanese washi paper. The inside of the covers are covered with a thick cream silk paper. The paper itself is half white, and the other half red.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Have you noticed.... very much I like green??

I've always liked it. When I was younger, I liked a deep, clear emerald green.

As I got older, it morphed to a deeper, forest green.

Then I discovered how much I loved celery, and celadon, and moss.

Now, I love all greens.

Except maybe this.

Edit: Finally tracked down most of the credits for the pics I used....they deserve to be recognized.

Heart of Grass
Green Room

Friday, September 07, 2007

Makes me so happy to handsew....

I saw this tut by Heather Bailey last year, by way of Craftster, and had to try it...It's one of those things that, once tried, you wonder how the hell you ever got along without it, and wth has it BEEN all your life!!!??? It's THAT good. Everytime I have to make a knot to start another thread, I just get a thrill to be rolling it out. Yes, folks, it's been known for some time, I am a nerd.

Hennyways, flipping through old bookmarks, I found the link to it again, and geez, it's almost as thrilling to read it this much later as it was to read the first time!!!! :hahaha:

Monday, September 03, 2007

Simple pleasures...

I haven't been able to craft in ages, both from a time crunch, and sheer un-inspiration. It's been sad. But in the course of homeschooling the bubbies, I pulled out some of my old, burnt out pillar candles, and some wick, and we made new candles from old. Just like I did when I was a kid with MY mom. Made me SO nostalgic for that time...the year I first made them with my mom was a special year in many, many ways, and anything that brings it back is always going to be close to my heart. And now I got to pass it on to my own kids, and they loved it almost as much as I did. The little things that make you happy.....

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Oh, man, I'm going to Hell.....aka OMG OMG OMG!!!!!

So, I am busy trying to raise funds to haul me and the kids to California, to see my family, which is going to take a chunk, seeing as we gotta haul us all the way from Sydney, Australia. To that end, I was working over the weekend, for my FIL, doing floorsanding. I thought we were doing a food court, but when I got there, I thought it was the strangest looking food court I had EVER seen!

That might have been because it was actually COLLETTE DINNIGAN'S studio/factory!!!! I nearly died!! It was SO COOL!! I was standing right in the middle of where it all happens!! :D All the drawings, and mockups, and to-die-for swatches, pinned to the boards, with what must have been hundreds and thousands of dollars worth of trims filling shelf upon shelf; all the idea boards, the coming season's designs, etc etc etc...not to mention all the industrial machines and sergers!! I didn't even know where to look first, and had to seriously repress my desire to lose all dignity and start rummaging through the rubbish, rofl! As it is, I couldn't resist, I had to world famous designers use some fabulous, special pins on their amazing fabrics?? Something us mere mortals only dream of? I had to do it...I stole a handful of pins out of the dustpiles under the machines to put them to the test. Therefore, I am going to Hell. But it's WORTH IT!!! :D :D

Elephants and Candy Canes...

I have a very dear friend online, who I met through a shared love of the White Stripes, and when I saw THESE patterns, I knew I had to make her a Candy Cane Elephant! (I kill me! :p )

It was pretty simple, if a bit fiddly, and is not the best example ever of my sewing skills, but I thought it came out pretty cute! :D

I used another one of the patterns to make these little giraffes for another swap...I was stalking to find out tastes, and discovered some remarkably similar ones in her wist, right at the same time I saw these patterns, so it was obviously meant to be, right?? From the sounds of things, they went over as well as I had hoped! I forgot to take a pic myself, so I had to beg her to snap one and send back to me:

My dd loved them so much, she BEGGED me to make one for her, so...:

I have a calf cut out from those patterns, too, but I am not sure I am going to make it or calls for fun fur, and I don't want to use fun fur, which means it might come out pretty odd looking, and I might not want to waste my time...we'll see.
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