Hope you like, Super Tiger!
Friday, April 30, 2010
Hope you like, Super Tiger!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Living 25 miles from the nearest craft shop meant that I also spent a lot of time either searching for or making all the little doo-dads that went with them. I was making angels, snowmen, scarecrows, crows, turkeys, Santas, reindeer, witches, bunnies- the whole gamut. I wish I had taken more photos of the things I had made, but I didn't think to.
As an example, I made many of these big Liberty dolls from this pattern- in fact, I accidentally plugged my bathtub drain because I was soaking sisal in the tub to relax it so I could make her extremely awkward hair. WHAT A MESSY PAIN! And dangerous, too, I had hot glue burns all over me, ever drip hot glue on your thigh? lol Anyway, I quit that job after about 7 years, working 6 days a week at home to keep up with the demand and the other day I worked at the shop. Finally I couldn't take it anymore, the fun was gone, so I quit. After I quit, the demand for dolls fell off anyway, so I guess my timing was pretty good.
So my sewing tapered WAY off, I don't think I used my machine much at all for a couple of years after that, until I got over it, I was really burned out. Then I started making things and selling them in my Etsy shop and I rediscovered my love for sewing.
I buy a fair amount of fabric from the new Bernina shop nearby and teach an occasional class there, usually for a bag or something like that. Somehow, and I don't know how this happened, I got roped into making some pincushions that look like cake. I now remember why I quit that other job!!!!!
What a pain in the butt! A lot of little pieces and I actually had to write notes to myself so I wouldn't get them all scrambled up. Interfacing, Timtex, ground walnut shells, stuffing, hot glue (because I cheated and didn't want to handsew those roses down) ricrac, changing thread colors 20 times, OMG! These aren't very good photos, because I don't really care about these things, but they took way too much time to make and I griped and grumbled thru every stinkin' minute of them. They turned out pretty cute, though, especially compared to the one I saw that someone else had made and was collapsing! I have to say, my fingers don't seem to be as nimble as they used to be and I found myself fumbling around a bit which I don't rememberbeing a problem in the past. Old age? Gosh, I hope not!
These are patterns by Cindy Taylor Oates and are very well written.
On a better, less whiny note, I did manage to make up 4 pair of no-no bands for a friend to send to a group called Operation Smile, where they use these to help during the healing process after children undergo surgery for cleft palates. Tongue depressors go into those slots and they make soft casts to keep the kids from touching their new face.
I can honestly say that this was probably the first time I've bought kid fabric to use for an actual kid! :) Usually I make myself something out of it.
I hope you all have a great day and only have to make the things that YOU want to, today!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Anyway, this is the placemat I made for the swap at Flickr. I sent it to Sudi-Laura and she received it yesterday which means I can show it to you. I had so much fun making it, I tried new things and they came out well, I think. The flying geese/seagulls were new for me but very easy to do. Only problem is that the strips of them are very unstable as to staying straight and I ended up with a placemat that doesn't want to lie down really flat, it has a couple of little waves in it. Hence the term- psychotic seagulls. Psychedelic would work, too.
My husband was helpful in the making as I kept running ideas by him and asking advice about the bottle/label construction. And he said an emphatic yes to the bit of black separating the houses from the bright colored seagulls- and he was so right! Thanks, honey! You have good taste in more than just wives. (Well, wife- you didn't choose so well the first time, now, did you?) lol
Have a great weekend, everybody! Make something fun. I was kind of sad when this got finished up, it was a great weekend project!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I was having a great time making up more triangles and working them into each layout, when suddenly- the beast came from out of nowhere and plundered the layouts. Ack! Then she came back to admire her handiwork.
It was exhausting work, too.
A nap on the fabric hutch (where all good things come from) was in order. Oh, a life of crime- it'll flat wear a girl out!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Then yesterday, I found out that I won a drawing from the lovely and gracious Jodie of RicRac! She's going to put together a show-bag of her patterns and things after her big show is over in Melbourne, Australia. No offense Jodie, but I hope you have a few good things left when all is said and done! I know you, and I know how popular you and your products are and I seriously doubt that you'll have ANYTHING left! Jodie designs THE cutest little dolls/softies/robots/animals, etc and has such a knack with them. And she is a wonderful photographer, too, and has quite the sense of humor. I just am so grateful and excited to be her winner. Woot! The link to her blog that I gave you above is to part 1 of her 5 part story of Ernst, the most wonderful turtle you'd ever hope to meet. Be sure to seek out all the parts, trust me- it's worth it.
And just so you don't think I've been sitting around doing nothing but admiring my DL photo and gloating, I finished up a placemat for my swap partner, Sudi-Laura. We agreed on a beach theme with colors and wonky and wild, so here's just a peek at part of it. It's all done and on it's way to Massachusetts as we speak. After she gets it, I'll show the rest of it.
Friday, April 9, 2010
So I think- this should be easy, hot purple, piece of cake, it'll jump right out at me!
Yeah. Not THIS week!
The view is soooo purple.
Under the forsythia bush is a popular tussling spot for the boys, I've probably found 10 collars under that before, one at a time. See the redbuds peeking out from behind? Those are 40 yards away, probably.
We also have wild violets, best year ever, must be because of all the rain we've had. You have to watch where you walk because it would feel too mean to step on them!
Don't you just LOVE springtime? I know we do. Even if we can't find diddly this time of year. lol
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Thank you, Krista, for making my first potholder swap so much fun! I had a great time and I really love my potholders. If my OVEN WAS WORKING, grrrr, I would actually contemplate using them. (Long story- used the self-clean feature for the first time and now the entire oven and digital display is DEAD. Not happy, nope, not at all. Samsung appliances? I won't ever buy them again. This is the 4th problem we've had with our less than 2 year old appliances and 2 of them were in the first week!)
Here's whatI sent my partner-hopefully she'll like it. 2 wonky potholders, some Pez fabric and a condiment wallet. I also jazzed up a note card to match.
I had fun making them, this was my first wonky star and I think it turned out great. I learned how to make this star from my friend Pamela, who has a great shop on Etsy. She's another super talented lady and is very generous with her knowledge, which I so appreciate.
We had company come for the weekend so I've been busy cleaning house and then having fun with Jennifer and Charles. The boys fished every day, all day, leaving us to our own devices, which was wonderful. We cooked, ate, drank, watched movies, visited, laughed, ripped paper off my string blocks, sat in the sun, and just generally had a great time. Oh, we sneaked in a visit to my mother, the Mumster, too. That was good, she just loves Jennifer (it's mutual) and she considers her a daughter, because Jen "gets" her. Mum is 89 but doesn't look it or act it.
No photos of us, though, because we were too busy chillin'. :) It was a great weekend and we capped it off with little grown-up Easter baskets (cute Rubbermaid containers) at breakfast (I can't believe we didn't photograph them, the table looked fun) with chocolates, toys, notepad, fishing lures, gummy worms, Swedish fish, etc. They were a hit! I hated to see them leave, but Charles and Jennifer both have to be at work tomorrow, darn it. They're the best, easiest company, too. SO helpful and fun. We just LOVE them. Travel safe, you two!