Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Behind again, sorry

I picked up some pretty cool stuff last week at a garage sale and the thrift store. Yeah for me! However, I have not been feeling well which has delayed my blog updates even though I had the pics ready to go last week. I am gonna split my finds up into a few individual posts.
I came across three bobbins of vintage ribbon at the thrift store. They were all brand new and at least from the seventies. This is typically not my preferred aesthetic, but I couldn't resist. Now I just have to figure out what to do with them. Any ideas?
Antique Keys in blue (do you see the wind up key?)

Household Items in brown (broom, rocking chair, furnace)

In the Kitchen in red (baking, eggs, spoons)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Gift From The Past

I've got some new wall art in my bathroom these days, but it wasn't done by me. My embroidering skills still need a lot of work. My aunt made these sometime in the 60's or 70's. The embroidery on them is fantastically done. The colors here are a little off, but I really enjoy the designs-very old-school.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bringing Up the Home

Just a few domestic (but much needed) updates. I scored this super outdoor rug for half price at Target. Please ignore the lack of moulding on our walls. It is being painted.
Considering the kids get a good portion of every meal on the floor this outdoor rug should hold up nicely.
And in this corner I have brought together some friends to admire my other new rug, also on clearance. 88% percent wool and cute to boot, I needed something to protect my floors from the rocking chair. Unfortunately Hubble thinks it looks like a bath towel.
Now I need to make some throw pillows-they are kind of like shoes only for your home. :^)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Almost a month later...

I've just been busy.....and not really giving a hoot about blogging. I feel a lot of negativity swarming through the air. It could be the onset of changing weather. It could just be me. Either way I am back and hope to post my craftiness more regularly.

Bad pic (I am having a lot of trouble with this recently), but I made this set for a friend's little girl who just turned one. No patterns and I am glad I kept it simple....leaves some room for the wee one to do her own imagining. I was particularly pleased with the pear and it's shaping, however I didn't write it down so I guess I will have to do another set and see if I get similar results. I am looking into doing an eggplant, perhaps some other fruits and maybe some meal time foods.

Tata for now!

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Little Things

We have been watching 'The Sound of Music' repetitiously lately because D enjoys the puppet show sooooooo much. Which got me to thinking about my favorite things like color, stripes, organized anything..........

These are a few of my favorite things: yarn~flowers~chocolate chip cookies~Tori Amos~the beach, the ocean and the sense of calm you get when next to it~dry, red wine~tickling the kids~gingham~trips to Target

What are some of your favorite things?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Paper Products

My first little bit of 8th Child stationery. It is kind of large and I am not sure what I will use it for, but it was free and I love the colors and little bird in the corner. Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Playing Hooky

The weather is supposed to be nicer this weekend. I hope to spend more time on my picnic blanket with a hook and relaxing.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Baby Toy for Evan

The pics leave something to be desired, but I took them at work after I had already given the gift and THEN remembered I still needed to take pics. Oh well. This little guy is based on a free pattern found here.
I like the idea of leaving certain features absent from a finished piece because then the emotion and personality is up to your imagination. And I like to make you think!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Picnic Blanket

We sit outside all summer long and are constantly trying to locate a blanket to sit on. Sometimes we use a sheet.....sometimes we use an old tablecloth.....and then it hit me (while in Target of course). Why not put the two together? End of summer clearance sales always have tons of cute vinyl tablecloths to get rid of for super cheap and I am sure we all have a sheet at home that doesn't get as much time on the mattress as it used to.
This project is sooooooooo simple and if you don't know how to sew I am sure fusible webbing would work too. All you need is a twin size sheet and a 60 x 84 in oblong table cloth of your fancy. Wrong sides out and sew together, turn right sides out........voila! Waterproof picnic blanket that isn't just plaid. Happy Sunday!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Life in Momo and Pawpa's backyard

I took these a couple of days ago while hanging with the rentals and they are the pics I am particularly proud of.I love this pic even with all of its flaws. I keep picturing a little army of cicada shells marching vertically through the trees. I wonder which would make more noise-the marching or the mating call?
Mildew Table Galaxy

White Coneflower Twins

Bird of Paradise Canna

Chaperoned Echinacea

Weeping Hydrangea Bloom

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Project Number Next

This has been started, but like most projects in my house, has yet to be completed. Sooooo...that is my goal for this weekend. I don't know what color to paint it though............something funky ought to do it.

Any ideas?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Big A$$ Indie Art and Craft Show

The Friday night opening of the Big A$$ Indie Art and Craft show had quite a crowd. Hosted by the Mad Art Gallery and put on by the St. Louis Craft Mafia the show featured about 30 local artists and their wares. There was jewelry and recycled bottlecaps as far as the eye could see, but otherwise the selection was mediocre. Plus with the amount of bodies squeezed in the place it was a little cumbersome to really enjoy and appreciate the art.
Another attempt by Faith and myself to get an acceptable DIY photo.

And this is 90% of the reason we went opening night............Leslie Hall! I highly recommend getting your own pair of gold stretchy pants.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tiny Bits of Fall

Jenn is already getting excited about Autumn due to the unusually cool weather St. Louis is having in July. So I suppose it is time to start thinking about pumpkins.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Missing Mojo

I think we all experience an A.W.O.L mojo periodically. You have clouds of steams evaporating from your brain and then BAM!'re wheels quit moving. What are you gonna do? I chose to get my mojo back by entertaining the mundane and simple. Mojo is a nosy, jealous bird and can't help but notice when you are no longer paying attention to her. So she inches closer to you, but gets scared and retreats a few paces. This game continues the whole time I am crocheting washcloths. And when the last end is woven in I snatch the dizzy bird and return her to her wire, domed dwelling. A Ha! Gotcha, you little stinker! And so now I am on to other projects and ideas while the steam moves my engine down the tracks. Perhaps some embroidery this week.....

By the way, I received my first blog comment from Muriel the other day. This a big deal for me because she is the first unknown person to visit my blog. Check out her site and say hello!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Birthday Craftiness

Hey, uh, how ya doin'?........Are we crafting for Faith's birthday?.....Yes, we are!
Recycled Plastic Bag coin purse and coaster........thank you to the hippie on YouTube
I am not really a fan of the whole ami-cupcake thing, but this turned out rather well.
Definitely a prototype for the bird idea I have a-swirling. I am having a lot of trouble with the legs. Any ideas?
This was a good time...dollar section reusable totes embellished with brads, embroidery and felt shapes. They went over very well.

I don't know what I will work on next. I am pretty pinned down with the day-to-day currently, but I will be back soon.

Monday, June 15, 2009

It's Herb.....with an H

Hello! I made this for a friend at work whose son in law was tragically murdered last week. As my friend Faith puts it, there is no better way to commemorate a person's death than by giving life to something else.
Aside from the hideous orange colored strainer I used as the planter, I really like this idea. I originally saw it in a BHG mag and clipped it for future reference. Well that day has come and my version comes with adorable little plant tags that I made.
Considering this is a first go-round and I was under time constraint I really enjoy the simplicity of these. I hope next time I can give them more thought, but they serve their purpose in this situation.
Unfortunately, these are for indoor use only at this point, until I figure out how to weatherproof them. And I will have do something much better for the back of them next time, but my son and I thought the bugs would look cute and natural (as natural as glitter bugs can be) amidst the herbs.

As far as that damn colander goes, I bought it in the dollar section at Michael's and my choices were this orange or 80's fuchsia. Neither were appealing, but it worked for this occasion and I still think my friend will like it, even if she does just give it to her grandson as a toy.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Dollar Section Find

Typically dollar stores give me gas because they are so full of crap! But the dollar SECTION at Target is much less overwhelming and a fun way to start a trip to my favorite store. Sidebar-I hesitate to say favorite store because, ya know, it's Target.......twill serve for now. I found this pashmina scarf amidst the chaos and it was the last one. I have been wanting one of these for a while now, but couldn't justify the pesos for purchase. And obviously, I got what I paid for, but that means I can alter it without remorse. I think I am going to embroider one end, but I am not sure with what.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Projected Projects

Any guesses as to what I am doing here? I really hope it works.

Otherwise, I have a laundry list of projects I need to start or finish:

Devil Ami for Faith's Friend
Type up and tweak pattern for Exsley
Exsley also needs legs and a belly button
Embroider my new pashmina scarf
Finish my new craft haven in the basement
Lion Ami
Cow Ami
Happy Birthday Banner

I know there is more, but I can't think of them right now and really I don't need to think of them right now.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I designed my first pattern

Meet Exsley! I designed him for my son as a graduation gift. Who knew kindergartners graduated?

He has no legs! Exsley did not work up quite like I had drawn him, but I am pretty happy with his completed form. I always intended not to give him legs, but this guy looks kind of funny without them. Next time I will put wheels in his hands.

Again, here I envisioned a pointed, dragon-type tail but it didn't fit with his mane.

He will also be getting a belly button in the coming days. Gross! Is that armpit hair?

I will probably make another one and mess with the pattern before I put it on the ravelry. No Etsy shop yet, but I am getting there.