Bee gave me something new you might like to have too. I tend to collect images online and stick them in an inspiration folder- the same way I tear pages out of magazines and save them. I rarely remember where I got the images, which bugs me, and I'm terrible about organizing them. Makes it a pain to find them later. Mostly I'm just cluttering up my computer. Now I use evernote. I just highlight the image, post, recipe or page I want to keep and them clip it to evernote. I have a notebooks for various categories and best of all, evernote lists where I got it all from! There's more you can do with it, but I am terrible about adapting to anything new and it will probably take me a year to figure out how to get the most out of it. It's still in beta and I couldn't get it to work in Mozilla, so I use it in ie right now. If anyone is interested, I have nine invitations left and would be happy to e-mail you one.
M.E. and I worked on Valentines for co-op last night. I thought it was going to be simple paper cutting and a little glue, but she had other ideas. She saw these felt fortune cookies in Martha Stewart and had her heart set on making them for her friends. Even though it took a lot more time than I wanted and was a bit of a gluey mess, I'm glad we did it because she loved making them. We were able to use scraps we had from other projects, so they didn't cost a thing to make (which is my favorite kind of craft).We both loved how they turned out. I like how they look like fortune cookies, but also sort of like hearts too.
I used more scraps to make M. a Valentine pin to wear today.
Here's the great big mess we made while doing all this
Lee will be fifteen tomorrow. He's getting a laptop, which he already knows about. This is a present for me too, because now I don't have to share my laptop with him anymore. No longer will my unsuspecting ears bleed when surprised by some horrible screaming music he's added to my iTunes. No more kid hopping around behind me asking when I'll be off so he can have a turn. He can take his kabillion manga pics and put them on his own computer. I am so happy for him that he will have his very own laptop!
I made a little something for him too. Lee loves a lot of the cute things Wee Wonderfuls makes. He saw her little felt insects when he was 13 and asked me to make him one. I promised I would if she ever sold the pattern. She does sell them at her site now, and I've been working on some butterflies for some little girls I know. Here's one:
Isn't she sweet? A little too sweet for my punk loving drummer boy. So I for him I made this guy:
I tried to give him a angry little manga face, but I think he just ended-up looking like Cartman from South Park.
And because, even though he's not a kid anymore, I'm still his mama and will always see a little bit of that baby boy who captured my heart, I added a little something on the back:
First I turned this lovely, one pound of hand painted wool from the Barefoot Spinner (no website)
into this pound of thick singles
I'm not sure what to make with it. That's a lot of yarn and as much as I love those fall leaf colors, I don't usually wear them.
Then I spun up this fun stuff Mom got for me at the Fall Fiber Fest of Virginia. I don't know what it's all made up of, but it looks like Muppet monster hair to me.It's from Pucker Brush Farm (no website) and they call it "Party in a Bag"
I'd left it squashed in a bag since October and it got a little felted, so it wasn't nearly as fun to spin as it looked, but it sure was pretty soaking in our bathtub. Looked like some sort of exotic seaweed
Now I have another big pile of yarn, but this one I think I'll weave into a scarf for myself. I like green.
Currently I'm working on this bright Muppet hair and I think it's my favorite.
I borrowed that pink basket from M. so I could take a tidier picture of my handwork. I wish I was neat enough to work like that- all my supplies in one convenient basket, ready to pick-up and take around the room with me. This is what my workspace really looked like:
M.'s been sick all week (strep and a bad cold). By Friday I had her cold followed by a nasty migraine all day Saturday, so now our whole house looks pretty much like that.
Poor M., who thrives on socializing, has been miserable and bored, bored, bored. When she wasn't coughing or on forced rest, she tried to keep busy.
She made herself a top
as well as some underwear out of a large freezer bag. "They're special because when you sweat in them, they hold all your sweat and keep you cool!" She was so proud of her sweaty drawers! She modeled them for me, but I refrained from snapping any photos of her plastic clad heiner. She also booby trapped the couch, hallway and various entry ways with tape and a never ending skein of bright pink, acrylic yarn. She could have done that for days, but it got old for the rest of us pretty fast.
We used her alluvial plain biome experiment as a setting for pictures with Lee's new Mouse Guard figures
And on one especially cold day, M. entertained herself by taking pictures of our pups trying to stay warm.
Alley bundled up on the couch
Petey nesting in a chair
Petey sure is lucky he's so cute, because he has the personality of a gross old drunk guy at a bar who won't leave you alone and doesn't notice your disgust when he breathes his horrifyingly stinky breath in your face and then, when he gets kicked-out of the place, his pickled brain decides the only appropriate response is to pee on the front door. Plus, that dog likes to get right next to people and then fart a lot. But so cute! Lookit him all warm and cozy up there!
I'm sure am late jumping on to this bandwagon. Everyone was making these for their kids last year ( or was it the year before?) and it took me this long to get around to it. I did embroider a couple of M.'s t-shirts, but this is much easier and faster. I can't believe I didn't try it sooner. It's instant crafting gratification and all the skill you need is the ability to cut and iron.
M. was so fidgety when I was trying to take her picture that I finally just told her to go ahead and move all she wanted. That's why she's doing that little shimmy.
This morning I made another one (I'd already cut out the fabric awhile back). A little green tree to iron over a stain on her blue-green t-shirt. It took all of ten minutes (which is still quite a bit longer than the only 8 seconds of pressing promised in the directions for the HeatnBond Ultra Hold iron on adhesive).
I have so many unfinished projects around my house and it depresses me. Every time I see one sitting around, I feel guilty. So I generally shove them in a drawer and keep them out of site. I'm surprised I ever bother to start any craft project when I know that eventually the site of that abandoned quilt or bits of half finished acorn cap fairy are going to make me feel like a wastrel and a shirker. I've decided I need a little change in perspective.
I've noticed crafters will often post WIP's in their blogs. Seems like putting it out there helps motivate them to follow through with their projects so they can eventually post the end product. So from now on, instead of "unfinished objects", I'll think of them as "works in progress". Hopefully I'll lose the guilt and get to work.
Here's what I'd like to finish over the next four weeks:
Applique for M.'s t-shirt
Scarf made for M.E. from the yarn I spun last April. Needs a lining because M. thinks it's too itchy.
Yarn spun from roving I dyed last spring. It's too electric for me, so I'm spinning some white to ply with it. Looking at it here though, I'm thinking it might be cool to ply with black instead and make it Halloween yarn.
Katy Jump Rope lap quilt. I love this fabric so much. Denyse Schmidt has made a line of fabric that both reminds me of the dresses I wore as a little girl in the late 60's as well as the old 1940's aprons and and house dresses I saw in my Grandmother's farm house. I don't think you're actually meant to use all of them together, but I'm using almost all the fabrics in the blue color way anyway. It makes me happy to see them and also my living room has a lot of blue, green and brown, so even if the quilt doesn't match itself, it will match the room.
It's nothing crafty, but I'll also be painting this little antique chest my mother gave me. It belonged to my grandmother who "antiqued" it before it became an antique (meaning the old pine look of it is actually painted on). I'm afraid she antiqued a lot of the furniture that was handed down to me. I don't like the look, but I don't mind because it means I can paint it without guilt (the other alternative is stripping, but I'm way too lazy to ever do that) For this chest I bought some jadeite green paint, which you can see I tried along theedge of the top. Now I'm not so sure I like that color afterall. Maybe a deeper green or a nice pumpkin would be better. Though I didn't like the blue I chose for the chest that Katy Jump Rope quilt is hanging on, and it's really grown on me. It takes me so long to get round to going to the hardware store, I'll probably go with the paint I have rather than wait for another color. No matter what color I paint it, it's got to look better once it's cleaned off. Look at all that crap! Shameful! (I'm only pretending to be shocked by that mess. That's pretty much how our whole house looks. I've got a little problem called "I can't stop buying books")
Today Lee had a friend over, Bee took M.E. to her soccer game and I stayed home doing some leisurely cleaning. After M.'s game she went to her grandmother's house while Bee and I went to Target. I am ashamed to admit I bought a bag there. It's not handmade or a great thrift score, but it is a really cutehobo bag that matches the clothes I bought myself at the Lame Giant.
I love those orange and yellow blossoms.
Know why I took a picture of my boring clothes and $10.00 bag? Because my wonderful MIL gave me a new camera for my birthday! Look! You can see the roving M.E. and I dyed with leftover Easter egg dye:
I've got a busy week ahead of me, but I want to try spinning some of that up and see what I get. Though M.'s having so much fun playing with it that I might just give it to her and look around for some on sale Easter egg dye.
M.E. had a lovely birthday. I took that picture on our way to go out for her birthday dinner. Big brother gave her the kitty ears.
I stayed up late the night before finishing her Knitted Babe. I had fun making her clothes and accessories and I was pleased with myself for only using materials I could find around the house, but I can't say she's my idea of a really cute doll. I know lots of people love the Knitted Babes, but I think they kind of look like aliens. M.E. thinks their spaghetti like arms and legs are creepy, so I made my doll's a little larger and lightly stuffed them. But M.E. liked her present and has played with her right along with the two adorable Groovy Girls Grandma gave her, so I consider my first doll a success. She's been looking through the Knitted Babes book and is excited about making more clothes and accessories for Bunny Sunner (M.E. picked the name).
Here's a close up of her face. She looks awfully snooty for a girl named Bunny.
I'm having camera problems and I really wish I had a working camera to take a pic of M.E. in
the apron Kelly made for her. It's perfect! My mom was here this past
weekend and she looved it! Said it reminded her of an old table cloth
of my grandma's. It was my favorite present for M.E. I'm going to see
if I can borrow a camera to take a photo to post later this week. An
apron that adorable deserves to be seen on the internets.
M.E. had a special dinner out on her birthday and a kid party at a play place this past Sunday. I'm exhausted! Next year I'm pushing for small and quiet celebrations.