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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

My messy world

I get very jealous when i read my favorite crafty blogs everyday. Everyone seems to have things so together, with great photos of great project, photographed in their clean, well decorated houses. I wish i led the same life, but mine is messy. I attempted to decorate and gave my craft room a good cleaning and organizing a month ago. But i never quite finished because i wanted to get back to creating things instead of cleaning things. Creating things like the table runner i mentioned in my last post. Now normally when i upload my photos i spend time cropping. Cropping out my messy life, but tonight you can see a little bit of it. You can also see my daily uniform of skirt and flip flops!

The table runner has been basted and a few of the squares have been quilted. I decided to outline quilt each triangle and a square swirl (is that such a thing) on the squares. Anyways if you click the picture you'll have a better idea of what i'm talking about. I really love all of the fabrics from this charm pack although i wish there was a bigger variety of small, medium and large prints, i feel like there is not a lot of print contrast in the runner, although i definitely love the colors. I have a lot of little triangle scraps left over and i think they are going to be a matching pot holder. The last picture is of my favorite square in this project and the quilting.


Saturday, September 23, 2006

Christmas in September

I know its too early to be thinking about christmas, but i cant help myself, i LOVE christmas. Its not even close to halloween yet and i already joined an ornament swap on craftster. These three little trees are for my swap partners. I had so many ideas flying around my head for all of the different ornaments i wanted to make, but i finally settled on these. I really like them and think that a taller version would look great on a mantle. These little guys are about 4 - 5 inches tall. They each have two buttons sewn to the top instead of the traditional star and a little loop for hanging. I'm going to be sad to see these guys go, i used up the last of my scraps of my favorite christmas fabric. I used that fabric last year for my grandmothers christmas quilt. Its really strange how attached i get to fabrics, there are some that i just cant cut up because i love them too much. I'm afraid i'm not going to use them in the right project, or that i will find something better to do with them. I have a little fabric museum in my sewing room! Stacks of pretty fabric all waiting for a project.

One of my new little stacks of fabrics is this great charm pack i bought at honeybee quilt store in austin. Its 45 5inch squares and i'm going to make a table runner for my mom's best friend, Pam. The fabrics are so gorgeous in person, a lot of orange, brown, blue and cream. I think that this table runner would be great for fall and thanksgiving, but Pam's dining room features alot of oranges and browns so i think she'll be able to use this throughout the year. I should have this done soon, so i'll be sure to show y'all how it turns out!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

On the needles

And i'm back! School has started and I'm struggling to keep up and on top of things to make sure i graduate in December. I haven't been doing a lot of sewing lately. I've moved more to small, quick to finish and portable projects. I've been working on some christmas ornaments, small paper collages and my first ever knitted garment. I'm working on eunny jang's argyle sweater vest. Here is my vest so far, the pattern is fun to knit and interesting enough to keep me going which is key. This is my first time doing fair isle and its not really hard although the back of my knitting is not looking very good, alot of my strands are either pulled too tight or are too loose. I'm sure i'll figure it out right as i'm finishing the vest, thats how it always happens. The colors are charcoal and a pale pale purpley pink. The brand is baby bee, sweet delight baby yarn. It is 100% acrylic which i know makes all of the knitters of the world gasp at the blashpemy of it all, but i didn't want to spend a ton of money on nice yarn on my first big knit project. Its knitting up alot quicker than i thought it would, although i'm a little afraid of the finishing. There are things like steeks and adding a neckline and arm holes to do once the vest is knitted. Since this is the first non scarf/dishcloth that i've done it will be a big learning experience. I'll keep ya'll posted!


Monday, September 04, 2006

Cutting and Pasting, not just for kindergarten

So i've never really thought of myself as an artist, a sewer yes, a quilter yes, crocheter, knitter, gluer and the list goes on. I've really been inspired by the little Artist Trading Card's i've seen on craftster and i decided that i would try and get in on the fun. I got a little nervous at first because i cant paint and i cant draw, which are two very important area's of art. I decided to join the fun anyways and that my medium would be cut and paste. Here are two that i just did for an ATC swap on craftster. The "I is for Ice cream" is going to a girl who is trying to complete her atc alphabet! "Polka dot" is going to a polka dot lover i'm sure. I'm going to be sad to see them go. I had a lot of fun making these. I'm thinking about doing some larger scale cut and paste artwork in the future. It reminds me of elementary school art class, and its so much fun!

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Friday, September 01, 2006

A new blog....

So does anyone know how to configure perl scripts and use shell access? Anyone........ pretty please....... Ok i didn't think so. So i own and it was set up with oscommerce as a store, but i decided to stick with etsy for awhile. So anyways, since i have just sitting there, i think i'm going to move my blog over there. It sounds easy enough right? Nope, i've just read through the installation guide for installing movable type and well, i just dont have the technical capabilities. So anyways, i think the point of all of this is that i will be moving this little blog to in the future, not real sure how soon that will be, but it will happen!

In the meantime here is a photo album i've put up in my etsy shop. Its a hardcover photo album and holds up to 24 4x6 photos.

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