Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Yup, stuffing that little guy, already layered with much clothing, into a slightly-too-small snowsuit. Today's masterpiece.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
:It's my submission for the Craft:/Singer Sewing with Nature contest. I hope it's good enough to win me a sewing machine!
Friday, January 23, 2009
A family book! I love this idea, which was totally conceived by the wonderful customer who ordered it. This is actually the second I've done for her and both, I think, turned out really well. It helps that her friends all seem very interesting and have lots of good hobbies.
Sorry for the lousy pictures. Not only is my camera broken (just one of a series of unfortunate events this month) but the light is awful today and I can't get this borrowed camera to take very good pictures, either. Oh, when will the camera fairy bring me an SLR?
BTW, Avenue Q was so so so so so so so so great. I wish I could afford to go again! If you have the means I highly recommend it. It is so choice.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
:Our friends Jon and Krista turned us on to it a couple of years ago and we have the album but have never seen it. I'm SO excited! We're so lucky to finally have some real Broadway shows in the area, last year we saw Jesus Christ Superstar with the original Jesus (well, not that original) and Corey Glover from Living Colour as Judus, who ROCKED; even though we're technically pretty close to NYC it's always a huge expense to go (the train tickets alone are more than we can afford!). This was my Christmas gift to Skye (he gave me this). Technically I guess I got two gifts this year!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
:It's for the niece of our fantastic friend Katie and I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I had hoped to put a bit more detail into the Hawaiian flower but kind of ran out of steam after attaching its 18 individual fabric pieces. Here's a photo of the real thing:
:The little tendrils would have been fantastic, but so much work. Am I finally becoming realistic about what I can do in these books? Of course not--I'm totally regretting not putting in the extra effort. If I wasn't under a time constraint I definitely would have done it. Imagine what I'll come up with when I actually have time to work!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Rocking the double N once again, this time with Nena instead of Nirvana. What German book would be complete without 99 Luftballons?
Thursday, January 15, 2009
If you haven't guessed this is a German-themed book. I used almost exclusively vintage calicos (like that awesome olive green), much of which was handed down to me from my German Great Grandmother. Seemed appropriate. I wanted to create a sort of bavarian/fairy tale feel for the book but couldn't really define what that meant so I just went to my (crazy-enormous) stash. After pulling piece after piece of vintage I decided to go with it.
I'll try to post more/better pictures tomorrow (with my pathetic--but red!--camera), including the finished product.
I also started on a submission to the Singer/Craft: Sewing with Nature contest that I'm pretty excited about. I could REALLY use that sewing machine!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
My new friend Tracy ordered a really killer rock-themed book for her friend's baby. Here's an image from the book I made for her:
Yup, that's the Abbey Road album cover. Measuring about 3" x 3" this baby is a tiny little feat of amazing strength. The whole book turned out really great and I was thrilled to send it off to such an appreciative home. And then, to my delighted surprise, Tracy sent me a big box full of vintage fabric that once belonged to her grandmother!
A big ole pile of polyester double knit! Some may balk at this but I don't discriminate with vintage fabric, especially some that takes me back to my childhood of plaid polyester pants! I'm planning on making Lyric a pair of pants from that blue and grey plaid and Tigerlily an outfit of her design from the two coral fabrics. But there is a lot of fabric here so I started thinking of other things to do with it. Then it hit me--a rug! Rug-making has been high on my list of things to do and the polyester, super-strong and washable, is perfect for it. So I cut some of the fabric into strips and started crocheting (SO much faster than braiding):
:This will make a really sweet addition to my kids' play area and has inspired me to make a huge one out of some of my vintage wool fabric.
Thanks so much, Tracy!!
Friday, January 9, 2009
We rely heavily on our wonderful local libraries for the books in our lives but there are the select few books, usually reference, that I must have. These two are at the top of that list, and now they're mine!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
One of my favorite customers asked if I could make her a mini swiss cheese quilt and of course I said yes! I love that my customers challenge me with things I never would have thought of on my own. This little beaut measures about 13" by 9" and was one of those "dive right in, don't think too much about it" projects. I mean, a hole in the middle of a quilt? Gasp! Had I thought about how I was going to do it I would have gotten all worked up and probably flubbed the whole thing. But now I'm thinking of other applications for holes in quilts. Doughnuts? Wheels? A ring? And certainly some amazing abstract possibilities there. I've been really wanting to spend some more time on art quilts and this little charmer (and my wonderful customer, Emily!) may have just inspired me to do it.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Okay, so a blog it is. Maybe this will encourage me to start writing again, for real!