This pencil box was a gift from my Auntie Annie, many years ago. It's made of cedar wood and smells wonderful every time I slide open the lid. As an art major in college, this went everywhere with me. In fact, everything currently held inside, are things I used every day in classes. See that blob of rubber eraser? They're usually a nice grey color, even after many uses. It's hard tell in the picture, but it's pure black. Not a speck of grey in sight. In one art class in particular, we did a lot with charcoal. The poor eraser never recovered. It's still as stretchy as ever, though. Sadly, this pretty little box has been packed away for too many years. It's time for it to find a special place, next to my other favorite tools.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
This was my first EVER "thing" I knitted. It's been done for over a year, and I finally got around to taking a picture of it. It was a good practice in knitting and purling. I got the pattern from the Lion Brand website, but made it on a much smaller scale. It fits perfectly on Bubble's doll bed. There are mistakes in it, but I don't care. And neither does the doll, who is currently snuggled under it.
I saw this tutorial on making a Retro Duffel Bag. I decided to make one for Bubbles and JB. I thought it would be perfect for a weekend trip to Grandma & Grandpa's. I made mine bigger than in the tutorial so it would hold all their clothes for the trip. I wanted to use up some fabric from my stash, but didn't have any heavy weight fabric that I wanted to use for this project so I used some heavyweight craft fusible interfacing. It was a pain to work with, but in the end I'm glad I used it. the duffel's are very sturdy. I also used the tutorials instructions on making your own handles, again using stash fabric. The only thing I would add, if making one again, would be to add a little loop pull tab at either end of the zipper. It would make it easier to zip open and closed. It seemed like it took forever to get them done, but that was because I only had a few minutes at a time to work on them.. In actuality, they came together quite quickly. Tutorial on Saltwater Kids found via MADE.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
I know that no one reads this blog but me, but I felt like making a section on this blog called "Favorite Tools". One of my favorite tools in my studio is my PaperPro Prodigy Stapler. It's amazing! I can EASILY staple through 25 sheets of paper using one finger! REALLY! Lulu loves to use it when she makes her handmade notebooks (fancy paper cover with sheets of plain paper inside all stapled together). There is no way a regular stapler would be able to handle that. Now it's hard for me to use a standard ol' stapler that you have to fist pound in order for the staple to get through 3 sheets properly.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Birthday present #5 for the month was for my nephew. I used a scrap of fire fabric and used a clip art fire banner. I drew the design on tissue paper, then pinned the tissue paper, T, and fabric together. I stitched right on top of the tissue paper, then tore the paper away after stitching. I thought the tissue paper would easily tear away (which it did), but it left little tufts of paper under the stitches in some spots. I thought it would wash out just fine, which it didn't. I ended up having to pull out the tufts by hand with tweezers. I stitched around the flames in black, and then again in orange. I also stitched around the neck and arm hem in both black and orange. After trimming away the excess fire fabric I then ironed on thin interfacing to cover up the itchy fabric edges and stitching. I think I turned out well, and made a big hit (from what I heard).
Birthday present #4 for the month is a zippered pouch for my niece. I used this tutorial, and embellished the front with an "L" in a reverse applique (there are many tutorials online, but I just winged it). It was quick to put together, and I really like how it turned out. Next time I would add a little loop on a top corner to add a carabiner to so it could be clipped to a backpack or belt loop.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
With all the birthday parties my kids are getting invited to this month, I decided to make these cute hats. It kills two birds with one stone, an almost free gift and use up my fabric stash. It came together quite easily. The hardest part was trying to decide what fabric to use (isn't that always how it goes, though). This one was for my niece who turned 2 yesterday. Now, on to the next one for E's friend who is having a B-day party tomorrow night. Thanks to my friend,Tresa, for buying the pattern and letting me borrow it!