Catch Up (Not Tomatoes)

I have to start off this entry with a bit of a disclaimer. You see, I had more photos of what I’ve been working on lately. Sadly, the 2GB CF card I bought before my trip to Chicago last year has resumed eating my photos. All of Easter? Pfffft. Gone. Just like that. Everything I shot yesterday? Gone. So, know that there’s more to be photographed as soon as I can find my 1GB card (henceforth known as “ol’ reliable”). Also, I’m doing a separate post with my sewing space revamp because there’s so much to share there.

Now, on with the show!

Neither of these cute little purses is for me. The one on the left, made with the cutest Japanese panda fabric (with a touch of Jennifer Paganelli) is a pattern by Jenna Lou Designs, the Fiona Handbag. Ca-yooot! It’s a birthday present for a friend and I can’t wait to give it to her. I added a little pocket on the inside with the same panda fabric on those polka dots. There’s a touch more JP on the kitty purse on the right, another Melly & Me pattern. The two main fabrics are (I think) Alexander Henry. I’ll be honest here and admit that I’m not as crazy about this bag. Love the pattern, love the design. The fabrics aren’t doing it for me. I think I need to use a smaller print fabric the next go ’round. The print just gets lost in the strips, which is a shame because it’s a cute fabric with geisha and cats. (The little missy has no complaints and has been hauling it everywhere she goes.)

I had so much fun making these felted wool pincushions! I used an online tutorial I found and was surprised at how easily they came together. It does take a little bit of patience, especially with the dunking and squeezing part, but I found it pretty relaxing.

I’m eager to try more felting, actually, and have a few more projects in mind. That’s how much fun it is. It’s a little tough to find supplies and tools locally, though, so if anyone has suggestions of online sources, throw ’em at me. And with this project, I get to cross off another on my Try It! list. Oh, yeah! I’m pleased with the progress I’m making there, especially since I may need to slow down with the list a bit in the next few weeks as I finish up some custom orders, stock my Etsy storefront and try to make a little progress on spring and summer wardrobes for Miss L and I.

Last but not least is the little design job that let me stretch myself creatively in a completely different way. My sweet sister-in-law has a show coming up next month and needed some tickets designed. How could I refuse? I’ve never done something that size before; most of my work has been a considerably larger format (newspaper or magazine). Fortunately, I had some great images to work with and the photo booth strip from Pink Ink Studios lent itself to the format. They were a huge hit and I can’t wait to see them in person (which actually won’t happen until the show, since the tickets aren’t coming here). (The red bar at the bottom is where the ticket numbering goes.)

Some Easter fashions for Miss L and I, plus a couple more apparel items, will hopefully make their way to the blog in the next few days as I re-shoot what my camera ate. In the meantime, check back soon for the new and improved sewing space tour!

Achy Breaky Blog

Posted On March 18, 2008

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I’m still kickin’! Sorry for the bit of a blog break but I’ve got a bit too much on my plate right now and the Internet is always the first thing to get knocked out of my schedule. It’s gotten to the point that I’ve stopped putting things on my to-do list because it’s just stressing me out that I’ve got so much going on. I hope to make a good dent in things in the next few days and will be back soon to share the last Try It! I’ve checked off (and am now addicted to!), the umpteen sewing projects I’ve been working on and my revamped sewing space.

xoxo,
Mary

That’s Two

My hat is off to all of you who crochet. I do not have the patience to master it. Or even learn it.

This is no surprise to me. My mother taught my how to crochet when I was just a wee craft explorer, in the years before becoming an addict. I made many a snaky bookmark out of Red Heart yarn. Anything beyond that was more than my feeble skills allowed.

Not much has changed in the past 30 years. I can still do a basic chain stitch. Beyond that? Not so much. I did manage to make a couple of simple flowers last night, a circle of chain stitches with chain-stitched loops around it. I also have the beginnings of a coaster. I went with that since all of my attempts at building on straight lines resulted in misshapen curves and curlies.

Another one off the list, although much less successful than the last endeavor. I do believe I’ll leave the crocheting to the pros.

One Down …

Sixteen to go!

I dug out my Sublime Stitching book yesterday morning and selected a few transfers to use on these tea towels I picked up at the craft store. I bought the book last year but had not done anything with it, other than flip through the pages and admire Jenny Hart’s handiwork. I know: Bad Mary!

Because I have Craft ADD, I have plenty of things like embroidery floss, needles and hoops. Dug them out of the pit that has become my craft closet, and got to work. I thought some outlining really did these patterns justice, with just a touch of satin stitch and cross-stitch. I kind of view these towels as a set, even though they aren’t identical, so I used blue with a bit of yellow on all the serving pieces.

Honey was very sweet in admiring my handiwork last night, and agreed that they would make good gift ideas for Christmas. Guess I’ll be doing some more embroidery this year!

The Great Tripod Hunt of 2008

Like my attempt at photographing the eclipse? I’ll give you a tip: it’s much easier if you put your camera on a tripod. Nighttime shooting requires sloooooow shutter speeds, to slow to hold with your hand.

And I know this. So why I thought I could just step onto my deck and snap away is beyond me. Probably the same reason why I didn’t think to look for my tripod until the eclipse was at its zenith. Nope, no idea where it is. I did, however, find my knee brace which was nowhere to be found on Saturday, when I needed it.

Gotta work on that spring cleaning.

I cranked up the ISO on my camera to 800 (I think; I’m too lazy to get off the couch and look) and dropped the shutter speed on the above photo to five seconds. In a perfect world, I would have used the tripod and done a shutter speed of a minute to see if I needed to go longer or shorter. Since that was not the case and camera movement would be inevitable, I opted to “drag” the moon across the picture. I focused on the moon on one side of the camera, depressed the shutter and slowly panned the camera across the sky. I did a few and think this was the best of the lot (and I don’t think that’s saying much).

Oh well. There’s always the next one.

Giveaway Goodness

Posted On February 18, 2008

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I tell ya, y’all are into quilting. Was there some kind of organized group voting going on? ha ha ha! More people suggested I give that age-old craft a try than anything else. To the left is the entire rundown of crafty suggestions, handily put in alphabetical order (what? my OCD scares you?). Yes, that means I plan to try all of them this year. Crazy? Probably. But I’m always up for a good challenge.

Thanks to all of you for playing along! It made me smile to read your comments and congratulations. I really did start this blog just to have a place to document my many projects. That so many people have come along for the ride is just icing on the cupcake! I look forward to sharing even more with you during the coming year, especially all the fun ideas you’ve given me this week. I’m sure more than a few of them will be filed under the “Bloopers” category, since I can’t imagine some things turning out too well without a goodly amount of practice first (crocheting, knitting, smocking — I’m looking at you). You’ll be able to check my progress via the Try It! category, and I think I’ll add my handy list to the blog so I have a place to visibly check off things.

And now … on to what you’ve all been waiting for: It’s giveaway time!

Rather than use the handy dandy random number generator, I opted to go a more old-school way. I printed out all your comments, had one of my assistants (aka sons) cut and fold them, then filled up a lovely bowl for a real drawing.

Congratulations, Lynn! You win a copy of Amy Butler’s Madison bag pattern, some fabric and a CD by an outstanding young indie rocker! Who knows? I may even be inspired to stick a few other things in the package. ^_~

There were so many comments and I wanted to share the love a little more, so I decided to draw three more names for some pay-it-forward-style gifts. During the course of this year, I will share the results of a few of my Try It! projects with these sweet commenters:

Congrats to Angela, Nichole and Apple Cyder! Y’all send me your mailing addresses and I’ll send you something special during the course of the year!