Saturday, May 20, 2006

2 & 3: Skirt and Updated T-shirt

I love the skirt, and I like the t-shirt, but I don't think I'll wear them both together. Too matchy-matchy.

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1/100: Ugly Monster

This monster was inspired by the way I felt when studying for my BA exam.

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Don't Be Crewel

Sorry for the stupid pun. It's early. Anyhoo, check out some excellent retro crewel work here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

100 Crafts--2 down, 98 to go.

Hi peeps--I'm just checking in to let you know I've got two projects done. Sorry no pictures yet, I'll get them up soon. I've been pretty busy with the new job, so I may have to play catch-up on the weekends. It is a challenge, after all.

Monday, May 15, 2006

As soon as I get a bit organized, I'm signing up for a two month stint of this. Anyone else want to give it a try with me? I think it will tie in quite nicely with Anna's 100 Day challenge. I rarely buy new clothes anyway, so that part will be easy. I love the idea of altering and embellishing what I've already got, so that part will be easy, too. It's just that I'm such a freaking lazy slob about taking pictures of stuff and actually documenting what I do. That's the part that will be difficult! Next Saturday we're going to a wedding and I'm planning on wearing an altered version of what I wore to a wedding a few years ago (yours Anna), so I'll make that my first posted project.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Hanky Panky

You can always find great vintage handkerchiefs and scarves at estate sales and thrift stores if you're looking. I love to pick them up, and I used some of them to sew this quick little patchwork pillow.

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I couldn't bring myself to cut this one up, so I framed it instead.

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By the way, our good friend Martha posted an idea for decorating with handkerchiefs a while back.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Applique For the Lazy

I like the look of applique, but I'm usually too impatient to do that much stitching by hand. A few months ago I tackled the problem by attempting a machine-sewing solution. Here's what I came up with--

(I whipped this up kinda quick, so pardon the poor craftsmanship...)

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Fold the fabric wrong sides together.
Then, stitch both layers together in whatever shape you want.
Cut away the inside of the shape, leaving about 1/2 inch seam allowance on the inside. If you have curves, you'll have to make some little cuts in the fabric so that it won't bunch up when you flip it inside out.

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Once you turn it inside out, just slap it down on your background fabric and sew along the perimeter. You've got a nice finished edge. Ta da!

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Update: A couple of things I forgot to mention.

After you turn your shape inside out, you should IRON it before sewing it onto the background fabric. (*Ahem*: You should always be ironing everything all the time anyway.)

Also, you can stick some batting or polyester stuffing underneath the shape if you want to make it puffy. That's what I did to the top of the cupcake. I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture. Ooooo...3-D!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Clay Night!

Clay, with friends, wine and lots of good food. Life is wonderful. Inner critics were left at home and we laughed, made crude comments, and just made stuff.

Here's a close-up of Summra's big bowl with birds and leaves. Adorable.

Archana is obviously a natural.

Friday, May 05, 2006

I need some design advice for my necktie suit!

I was feeling nostalgic and started poking through our archives (read: I am supposed to be studying, but am procrastinating). I found the necktie skirt I made last year, which reminded me that I haven't finished the jacket yet. OK, the truth is I worked on the jacket for about one hour, got sick of it, and quit. Maybe I'll finish it for one of my 100 crafts projects.

About that jacket...I need some advice. If I make a regular blazer totally out of ties, the whole thing is just going to look silly and clownish. (Ahem. Let's not kid ourselves.) How could I make a matching jacket that actually looks cute, and not totally ridiculous? I was thinking that maybe I should just make a fitted brown or charcoal jacket with necktie piping or other accents? Or just make a little shrug out of ties? Any other suggestions?

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


I've decided to celebrate my liberation from school for the summer by undertaking a binge-like craft challenge....

100 Crafts in 100 Days!

Would anyone like to join me? Details are as follows:

Begin Date: May 15.
End Date: August 23.

Other: There are no requirements as to the complexity of the craft. It just needs to be challenging for you. Also, you don't necessarily have to do a craft every day, but you do have to have the 100 done by the end of the 100 days. And, of course, you should post pictures on the site.