Thursday, June 30, 2005

Today we closed on our house too! Everything went great - except that they screwed up on the mortage paperwork, so we ended up sitting there for about 2 hours. Otherwise - very smooth. We started cleaning and ripping up carpet and all that fun stuff that Erin was talking about. Even though all the work sucks - it's so worth it to own a house. I'm so excited to have my very own crafting room. And now I can finally have my dog! His name is Bentley and he is staying up at my mom's house - but now he can come home. Isn't he a cutie?

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Buyer's remorse?

The boy and I closed on our home this morning. Our appointment was over by noon. One quick change of clothes, a trip to Bloomington City Hall, and a Wally's Roast Beef Sandwich (a Bloomington tradition) later, we were changing locks, mopping floors, and peeling up some funky-smelling avocado green carpeting. So far, we've peeled up the carpeting, scraped up acres of black-and-white asbestos laden tiles, and lysoled our way through the entire house. Note to home sellers: if you're selling your house, please clean out the fridge and microwave before you leave. And that nasty stain in the toilet - we're not impressed. Bleach, people, bleach!

No pictures of the work in progress, sadly. Apparently cleaning product fumes turn me into a complete moron incapable of working the digital camera. Just imagine avocado-green carpeting, slightly moldy, black-and-white tiles, an ancient piano, and several inches of dust and dirt all crammed into a dark, smelly little basement. Now imagine it gone (with the exception of the piano - we figured out why it was there - it's freaking heavy and it's a long way up those stairs. Looks like we're keeping the piano).

To all of you that own homes: it gets better, right?

Round 2

Hello crafty ladies! I will be hosting Round 2 of our crafty soiree at my place next Thursday, July 7! I just sent the Evite out. If you didn't get one, drop me a line and I'll shoot one right over.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

When do Ya'll meet?

Hi, I am just wondering if you all have crafting circles and when you meet.


Phone Book Purse

I think phone books are a huge waste of paper and they just keep piling up in my front entry closet. When I griped about the waste, my mother-in-law suggested that I put them to good use by (what else?) making a purse out of them.

The purse is simply constructed out of panels sewn together, but the tricky part is that each page is encased in vinyl, which is really difficult to work with because it sticks to the sewing machine and the foot. The secret I found was to sew a piece of fabric on the bottom of each vinyl section, to allow smooth sewing, then I put some paper under the foot on each side of the seam. (You could also just put paper on either side and rip it away when you're done, but then you can't see what you're doing. I also heard a suggestion to put lotion or vaseline on the vinyl, which I think is probably not very good for the sewing machine?)

You could easily copy this pattern using phone book, magazine pages, old children's books, photographs, etc. The vinyl slows things down, but you could probably do it in about 2-3 hours. You can buy vinyl at any fabric store, or pick up a shower curtain at IKEA for about $2.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Patio and Flower Garden

Here's what I've been working on this summer. For those of you who saw this before, you can appreciate the transformation! Today, I planted the flower bed. It's a shady garden, so I put in Begonias, Salvias, Hostas, Impatiens, and some other flower I can't remember. Tall bluish-purple ones. Bowalis? Also, chives.

Arc's Value Village is having a big sale Saturday!

Everything is 50% off Saturday, June 25th at the Brooklyn Center and New Hope Stores (NOT Richfield). They have a nifty little craft section as well as other lovely things. Click here for locations and more info.


Update on the search for river stones: Julie went to Patio Town and said they didn't have what I was looking for. So, I have been searching the internet and I found a good mosaic supplies website,, and they sell EXACTLY what I am looking for! They have smooth, flat river stone in lots of colors. It is kind of expensive, but I might get it anyway.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

recipe cards

My grandma always has her special recipes written out on cards and filed away in her cupboard. This seems like too much work, but I really appreciate the nostalgia of it. I often check Meggie Cat for cool downloads, and she linked to Craftster for these cool recipe cards.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

mosaic table with bird

mosaic table with bird
Originally uploaded by reuben sandwich.

This is my first post to the Craft Conspiracy group blog. I'm really excited because I have always wanted to be part of a group blog and I love crafts. By the way, check out my blog.

My latest crafting passion is mosaics. This is a picture of the project I am currently working on. It is the largest mosaic project I have attempted thus far. I got the table in the As-Is section at Ikea. A great place to find mosaic substrate and they have fabric remnants too. I am planning to fill in the spaces with smooth river stones. Thanks to Shad and Anna, who pointed me in the direction of Patio Town. I am going there this weekend to find some river stones. The stones have to be flat and smooth since this is a table and I would like to be able to set my drink on it. In the meantime, I am debating whether or not to put a border around the circumference. Any thoughts?

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Light's better in this one. Posted by Hello

Oops, it's a little dark. I'm not to be trusted when it comes to photography. Posted by Hello

Wool socks - and it's 85 degrees. Fabulous!

I started these socks just before finals and then figured out that learning to turn a heel (i.e. make a 90 degree turn instead of a tube sock) while trying to understand the finer points of property law was not the best idea. I finished them last week.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Big Sale at SR Harris Fabric Warehouse!

If you get the ad from Thursday's paper, all fabric is 65% off this week! A new ad comes out Sunday, so the sale might end then, I don't know.

If you've never been to SR Harris, you have to go! The selection and size of the place will delight and amaze you. They have a coupon in the Star Tribune every Thursday and Sunday for 50% off--they'll always give you the discount even without the coupon if you ask. It's in Brooklyn Park. Click here for a map. I think they are open from 9-5:30 Saturday.

Little Stool

I bought this cute little stool at Ikea for when my 3 year-old brother comes over (so he can reach the bathroom sink). I thought it was too plain, so I decopaged some little scrapbook stickers to it. I love the key theme!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Mosaic madness

Here's a little table top that I've been working on lately. It's got coasters to keep glasses steady, and I'm even using some of the pink plates that I've been hoarding because they're so hard to find!

I really love the work here. Just a little bit silly.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Some Recent Crafty Business

A T-shirt created and printed by Julie, the tie-skirt I showed ya'll at my place last week, and the wicked awesome patio we put in on Saturday, (currently in the process of being covered w/black dirt so it can settle in the it doesn't look like much right now...but it's down in there somewhere!)

July Project: CANDY QUILT

At our last meeting, we discussed the business of the Conspiracy's public interest arm. The idea was put forth that everyone should contribute a unique quilt block each month (or every other month?) that one of us would then put together to donate to Project Linus. Actually, we'll do it on a volunteer basis--we'll adjust the proportions of the quilt according to the number of squares that come in. One person will need to volunteer to actually put the quilt together each month. (As an incentive, that person gets to choose the theme of the quilt).

I'll volunteer to put together the July quilt. The theme for the quilt is CANDY, featuring pinks, whites, and oranges.

Please make your blocks however you like (e.g. pieced, applique, embroidered, or just a square of funky fabric) in a 13-inch square. Please bring the block to the July meeting.

If you plan to do this, please comment below!

Welcome to the International Craft Conspiracy!

Welcome, conspirators!

The first conspiracy meeting was a success! Everyone brought delicious food, we drank wine, and we made funky little glass bubble magnets. Anyone want to post photos of your magnets?

Summra is hosting the next event, which will take place the first Thursday in July. She'll send evites out to you all approximately two weeks prior.