Thursday, August 28, 2008
Here is a video... its entrancing... she feels real to me.
Which leads me to be all the more impressed when someone like Craftster's jen-jen creates something like this, the ultimate in crafter's desserts. Gorgeous isn't it?
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I also made three reversible bandannas with the leftover fabrics from the quilt...
A braided fleece tug toy, and a bone-shaped pillow...
I made a prototype of the bone pillow a couple weeks ago, and this is Zack snoozing on it tonight, so I guess it was a hit!
Of course anything that Zack has...
Kaya is going to want...
He usually ends up giving her what she wants... I guess with bratty little sisters, its just easier that way!
Crafter Minouette took this ugly, old (and Free!!) chair... and made it into something beautiful.
She used a combination of new fabric, thrifted fabrics (corduroy, cotton, upholstery, an old pair of pants and a men's shirt etc.) and block printed fabrics. She also used lino block prints of the oudjat eyes, radiolarians, jellyfish, frog & lily pad, koi, seahorse, walrus, dragon and blue whales.
I think we all have an "ugly chair" in our lives... are you feeling as inspired as I am?
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Once you create your piece, you can save it to the gallery and it becomes part of the work of art itself. This is the one I created...
If you do one yourself, please leave a comment with the link- I'd love to see them!
Some are even created to look like actual objects... so be creative!
Oh how I love Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Children adore her because she understands them--and because her upside-down house is always filled with the smell of freshly baked cookies, and her backyard with buried treasure. Grownups love her because her magical common sense solutions to children's problems succeed when their own cajoling and yelling don't. For the child who refuses to bathe, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle recommends letting her be. Wait until the dirt on her body has accumulated to half an inch, then scatter radish seeds on her arms and head. When the plants start sprouting, the nonbather is guaranteed to change her mind about that bath!
Who doesn't wish they'd grown up on Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's street?!
And just for fun, this is my favorite Crafty Children's book... one I just recently dug up on Amazon and purchased for my adult bookshelf. My sister and I pulled this book out for inspiration on just about every rainy day of our childhoods. Things to Make and Do is an "oldy", but a goodie!
And one other I will never forget... Amelia Bedelia! Did anyone else love her as much as I did (and do?!)? Really more of a series then single book, Amelia is a maid for a wealthy American family, husband and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. She repeatedly botches her assigned tasks by taking her instructions literally, to comic effect. Told to dust the furniture, she throws talcum powder all over it ('"The box does say 'Dusting Powder'"). Asked to dress the turkey, she sews it an outfit ("I wonder if she wants a 'he' chicken or a 'she' chicken?"). She makes sponge cake by mixing the cake batter with real sponge. When told to "run home" while playing baseball, she literally runs back to her employer's house. No matter how outrageous her mistakes, however, her fine cooking for her employers assures that all is forgiven.
Monday, August 25, 2008
And just in case you missed her first collection, Modern Flora... Delicious isn't it?!! I just love those leaf designs!
1. "Petits pois" hand-painted pendant, 2. Carrot for Craft:, 3. Mini Fruit & Vegetable, 4. meet the mental vegetables, 5. four vegetables, 6. three's company, 7. veggies_2, 8. fabric produce 05, 9. Two peas in a pod!, 10. Corn, 11. Sniveling Little Onion - Felt Plushie, 12. The vegetable gang, 13. veggie embroidery, 14. Corn of Plenty - view 1, 15. Happy Vegetable Necklace, 16. eggplant original fabric on wood art, 17. Quilt, 18. Vegetables Covered Buttons, 19. Knit Vegetable Rattle Set, 20. knit pumpkin with its brethren
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
She mentioned an affinity for "cute things" and "buttons" so I decided to spend tonight whipping up some fabric buttons for her. It was an excellent way to use some of my favorite Japanese prints- they're always such tiny designs, and they just define the word "cute".
So here's what I came up with... a simple project, but I hope she enjoys them!!
I especially love the owls... and the two hedgehogs... and of course the mushroom, and the squirrel... oh I give up, I love them all!!!
But there is another way! You can carve your own stamps for a fraction of the price! Here are some tutorials...
I love Junie Moon's tute, mostly because she takes us along on her very first try at carving rubber stamps. You may think "How is she qualified to teach us if she's never done it before?!" but in actuality, its to your advantage because she can see the project from a beginners point of view, something that more experienced crafters may struggle with.
Inky Squid has a fantastic flickr tutorial here- excellent photos and lots of details & options.
And one more great one by Alma Stoller... I just love her designs!
In case you're not convinced yet (or perhaps if you've already started carving)... here are some fabulous hand-carved stamps for inspiration!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
And so what is she to do but call up myself and a couple of my aunts for a free fabric feeding frenzy? I'm actually pretty proud of myself, to avoid physically being pushed out onto the street by my own fabric stash, I kept the taking to a minimum and snagged nothing (well, almost nothing) that I wouldn't have bought for myself at the store. Sorta.
Anyway, one of my prizes was a HUGE bag of buttons... and I love collecting buttons. They're so small, so colorful, so unique, and you just never know when one will come in handy! I'm looking forward to sitting down with my new collection and sorting them into mason jars by color... I know, thats a little sad isn't it? Oh well...
Anyway, here are some fun Flickr photos of "Button Crafts" I found today while searching for inspiration.
Wonderfully executed, don't you think?
But I have decided to start taking Graphic Design classes at a local community college. Today I meet with a counselor and hopefully sneak into one of the last remaining seats in a class I'm just dying to take (please cross your fingers for me!). Technically I'm already a graphic designer by trade- but I lack any formal education on the subject (I was a Cognitive Science major the first time I went to college) and I think some classes could really help me grow my talent. I also think that at 27, and after four years in the "real world", I'm ready to take furthering my education a lot more seriously then I did at 21. Not to mention, avoiding random filler classes like statistics and physics to round out my course schedule will help me put more focus on the classes I do see as relevant to my life...
**quick update, I did indeed get a seat in the class I needed (a pre-req to all the others), so I'm now officially a "student" again... and very excited about it!
In light of this, I'd like to share some fantastic "Back to School Essentials" from JC handmade's adorable Etsy shop... I will definitely be stocking up before September...
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
From their website:
Marianne Wakerlin, the Socklady is the founder and owner of Sol Mate Socks. The company is named after her mom, Sunny, who taught Marianne how to knit. Marianne continued to knit for the next 40 years, but it wasn’t until she started knitting socks that her real passion was born.
"I found it exhilarating, designing a pair of socks that didn't match and were knit in random patterns with multiple colors. I loved my finished socks!"
Within a few years Marianne had knit over one hundred pairs of socks for family and friends, and she decided to turn her hobby into a business. Her colorful and complex patterns are knit in the USA at a family owned knitting mill, hand finished and mismatched. The company is run from the Socklady’s home in central Vermont, surrounded and inspired by the woods, brook, gardens and hills of the countryside.
They are incrediably soft, and totally comfy... I picked up a pair called "Zinnia" (the bottom pic), and they certainly will not be my last!!