Sunday, February 28, 2010

Well, THAT was some birthday..

It was my birthday yesterday. Started by waking before 6 to get the trash out before the truck comes, and get the laundry in from the rain. Halfway through that, get a call from my sister that a tsunami is coming. Halfway through that, the sirens go off. Next 3.5 hours, load the car with essentials to possibly survive a week of disaster and no home. Camp at my sister's for a couple hours. Go home when nothing happens. Pass out on the bed from the stress. Whee.

Oh, yeah, and on top of it, it was a very special day for us in celebration of God, which involves juice fasting, just adding to it all, and then the party/celebration for it got cancelled cause of the tsunami.

Today is do over day. :p

The pic? How I had PLANNED for my day to go. :D

Hope you all had a better day of it! :p

Credit: Alicia Bock via the Kindred Site

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dancing coconuts..

Architecture in Helsinki - Like It Or Not from helsinkids on Vimeo.

This is one of my favorite songs, and then I saw the vid, and it's even better. :p

So..I'm studying it, to work out how it's made. My theory is the individual elements were embroidered, and then someone skilled in Flash animation strung them all together. Any thoughts on that? (I am terrible about dissecting things like that, lol.)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sad eyed zombies..

I saw the paintings of Jaime Best ages and ages ago, and am only just now getting around to posting them..

I adore the colors, and the curvy lines..

I love the bleeding red trees, and the sad zombie denizens of her worlds..

I love the random details that make no sense, like the octopus a couple above, and the flying paper cranes scattered through out.

She shares her Etsy, under the name BestArtStudios2, with her husband, Mike Best. I think I would love a small print, to put in my own space in the house, my sewing room. Wouldn't YOU feel inspired looking at one? :p

Credits: Jaime Best

Friday, February 19, 2010

Change me..

So I have a wallet. I like my wallet. It works perfectly for me. But, the change zipper pocket just broke recently, and I am over fishing up a handful of change combined with lint, old receipts, and stray cookie crumbs from the cookie one of the kids stuck in my purse and didn't tell me about, when I need to pay for something.

So, I decided I needed a cute change purse. I saw a tutorial in one of the emails Craft Stylish sends out (not sure why I am subscribed to it..I am sure I had a reason at some point!), for a coin purse, and remembered I had a coin purse frame in my stuff that I hauled over from Australia. Obviously, it was a sign. :p

The outside is a Kona Cotton print (I think), a stylized Asian parasol pattern, and the inside is an Amy Butler Lotus print that a friend gifted me at one point, for doing up my house. So far, the colors of it aren't working in the house, but it sure looks cute inside my coin purse, don't it?? :D

I basically followed the directions of the tut, which works up really quickly, drawing my own shape that I wanted rather than what they showed, but I am not 100% sure I am going to leave it at that. The frame I have is not one that you sew into, and the tut has you just glue the fabric in in those kinds; but I have also seen instructions where you crimp the frame around the fabric, with some kind of special tool. I don't have the special tool, of course, but I think I am going to give it a go with a well padded pair of pliers, and a little verrry gentle pressure. Wish me luck! :P

PS Never mind my crap photog skills...this is the second batch I have taken, on different days, and they still suck. I refuse to wait til more daylight to try again.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Bring the story to life..

My SIL sent me to Indie Quarter, where I saw this. Cooooool....
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