Monday, December 31, 2007

Wow..

Okay, so a little thing called the holidays happened and I got completely burnt out. I could feel it coming and I should have pulled back on some things but once I get a goal set, I seem to do everything in my power to accomplish that and forget about silly things such as sleep or doing laundry and especially blogging. Well, in the new year you can look forward to many new, exciting and rough and tumble things coming out of this guy, which santa brought me this year.

Also, another picture from this site.

Can you tell I'm ready for a complete apartment overhaul? Hmmm... THAT may have to wait. On the otherhand, I don't really need to eat dinner EVERY nite, do I?

Friday, December 21, 2007

Inspiration


Oh my god! I found this here and I'm so in love! I don't know if I'm ambitious enough to think I'd get something this large done, but I definitely will do something smaller like this. LOVE the felt flowers.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Thankful...



I have so many things to be happy and thankful for this month. I need to do a feww proper updates before Christmas but until then, here's some pictures of the lovely ornaments I've been getting in the mail from my ornament swap buddies. There are pictures of more ornaments from other swap groups here and that's where I nabbed these pics from, since my buddies were smart and took pics before they sent them off. I, on the otherhand, did not! So if pictures appear of my goodies in this flickr pool, I'll be sure to post a link.
Happy, happy Tuesday all!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Super Colossal Holiday Sale


Wow! I can't believe this is almost here. The sale at Scrap was amazing last weekend. I met some cool people, sold TONS of card cases and just had a great time. With this big sale coming up this weekend, however, I can really feel myself getting burned out. Sitting in front of my sewing machine, I just sort of feel defeated. So then, of course, I go to my screen printing supplies and get started on some onesies and scarves, but that makes me feel disorganized and messy. Ugh. Regardless, I know this weekend is going to be sooooo fun! I will have tons of merchandise and we got our booth assignments and I'm really happy with my location. It's on a corner, meaning I have space for both my lime green table with wallets and other accessories, along with space for my clothing rack with all the onesies on it!
If you are in Portland this weekend, please stop by and say 'hi'. It's Sunday December 16th at Norse Hall on NE 11th and Couch from 11am-5pm. The first 200 people in the door get a free goodie bag and there is a full bar there as well. I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday in December. I'll definitely have a hot toddie in my hand!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Friday Nites...


These were delivered to our door Friday nite. What an amazing way to start the weekend...

Thursday, December 6, 2007

This is Where it all Begins...


Just put something new up in the shop. I will be putting new things up for the next few days and then I think that will be it until after the holidays. Too much to do with the show on Saturday and and next Sunday. This picture is what an order looks like before I ship it off. I've got the item all wrapped up, a freebie card, a business card and the envelope. I started including this when I post a new item. I think it's nice for people to know what to expect when they order from me!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Heaps of Scrap!


Come say 'hi' this weekend at Scrap on N. Williams for their recycled/repurposed holiday bazaar and bakesale! (oh yes, my friend Matt is making my 'baked good' and I don't know what says Christmas more than horse shaped sugar cookies!)
It will be from 11am-6pm and I will be there with all my bookcover accessories. I've even got some new goodies to show.
Sorry for the blogging absence. I have lots to talk about and pictures to show but I'm so busy getting ready for this show and getting our holiday decorations up. A quick thankyouthankyouthankyou to my secret santa at janes blog. I got my stuff and can't wait to post pictures.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

My Attack Plan



So I saw this sweater wreath on apartment therapy from Viva Terra. It's $69 which really isn't that bad but, as they said on AT, it's so easy to picture doing this yourself. I'm going to try it. I even drew up a little plan. I'll let you know how it goes! I do this before a lot of my projects. Kind of draw up an outline of pieces I need and how it might all go together. Sometimes it's my favorite part of creating. You know, before I get frustrated because my sewing machine is being bitchy or the fabric isn't acting the way I want it to. In these drawings, it all seems so simple.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Handmade!



Alright so I didn't REALLY post on Friday, but there's new stuff up there now! I was way too busy this weekend to do any posting. I'm planning on gettting more craft stuff done this week especially since it's raining and I don't want to even look outside.
Currently I'm working on getting some more business cards together and writing a small card to go with each of my gifts explaining why I chose to do everything handmade this holiday season. It will basically say that as time passes we are moving further away from the orgins of the products we consume (food and material objects) and I think that the result of that disconnect is an atmosphere where we consume more because we don't think about the energy that goes into those things and thus consuming them does not mean as much. So it's that and also when I use recycled materials, it's a teeny way to keep our landfills a teensy-bit less full.
Alright, so I'm done with the preachy-preachy! ON with the craft porn. Check out my etsy shop for more!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving...


I'm going to be spending the holiday with family but I will be updating my etsy shop on Friday so people who are getting their holiday shopping done early can indulge... Here's a sneak peak.
Have a good one!

Monday, November 19, 2007

New Items Up in Heeeeeer!


I figured out the most efficient way to regularly post on etsy. You know, lots of crafters don't do well on etsy and honestly, it hasn't been the most successful outlet for me either, but posting regularly definitely gets me sales. Anyway, it's hard to get out the camera each nite, take the pictures, edit them and then go through the posting process so instead, this weekend I took a ton of pictures of stuff that's ready to sell and got them edited and sized. Each day this week, I just have to go through the posting and description process on etsy and then I'm done! It definitely makes it easier to post.
Here's a new wallet I posted tonite. I love this one!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Button Button, Who's got the Button?


This weekend we went to a really great estate sale. I guess I kept referring to the woman who had died, like she was still alive and we were buying the items directly from her. The boy kept being like, "Wait, who are you talking about? Who's 'she' ?" I guess I felt connected to her. She must have been a crafter and she had all these amazing crocheted afghans and boxes of old sewing patterns. We both got some great things. It's strange being in a house full of someone elses memories when they're no longer alive but these people were truly interesting. Old train sets with boxes of train tracks, a basement with Schwinn bicycles and old dusty plastic bottles of water. What an interesting experience. I love all things vintage and even though we have no idea where all our new treasures will go, I'm so happy to have found this awesome stuff.
I also updated my etsy shop today and will be putting more stuff up all week to get ready for the holidays. I've got so much to do to get ready for my craft shows too but it's going to be so fun! I am going to take pictures of the gifts I'm making as well but those won't get posted until after Christmas since people recieving those gifts may be taking a look here!
Yay for the short work week too! I can't wait to head up to Seattle on Thursday!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Owl Time!



So, I've been obsessed with making these little owl guys for the last week. I found them on craftzine.com and they had a link the Moonstiches website where there's a tutorial to make these little guys. They are super easy and look great! I will definitely be giving them to some family members for the holidays as decorations. I added the window suction cup parts but they could also hang on the wall with some nails.
Finally, I also wanted to put a new picture up of my clothespin santa elves. I love them so much so I decided a proper picture was necessary.
I've been so busy lately with crafty stuff and I also got a cold so I've been trying to heal myself. I'm almost done with a couple Christmas gifts and I got my swap stuff out to my Secret Santa at Jane's Design blog. I'm also doing an ornament swap at Cake and Pie so I need to figure out what my ornament design will be. I love this time of year! Next week we're heading up to Seattle for family, turkey and friend time too!
This weekend there will definitely be an update in my etsy shop. I plan on adding a large amount of stuff over the next week so people can get there Christmas shoptime on.

Friday, November 9, 2007

This Weekend...


Come say hi, this Sunday 11am-4pm! Next month's is going to be crazy so now's a good time to purchase some early holiday gifts. I hope to see you if you're in the area.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Little Santa


Here's a little Santa wizard. Some stuff I'm working on for Christmas. I think I'll add a string so he can be an ornament too! Sorry for the bad picture quality. I was too lazy to track down the nice camera. Still, I think he looks mysterious. I like it. Inspiration from the Rosy Little Things blog.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Secret Santa loves Gocco


So I have been a bit quiet about what I've got planned for my secret santa from Jane's blog. I recently got a gocco printer shipped to me from Japan and I couldn't wait to use it so I decided to make a little something for my secret santa victim. I drew this image by hand, including the "happy holidays". They could be sent out as holiday postcards or put on top of gifts with a handwritten "to" and "from" added. I can't believe how easy gocco printing is compared to silk screening. It was worth the cost for sure, especially if you live in an apartment because everything just packs up into this case it came in when you're ready to put it all away. I read a few helpful hints on printing here and here but the book it came with was incredibly helpful too! I've wanted this machine for so long and I'm so glad that I finally went for it! So Secret Santa participants, are you hoping your my victim?

Friday, November 2, 2007

Costume Making (a bit late...)


Oh! If I was on top of things, I would have posted this on Halloween. Here's the boy as Kanye West for his office costume contest. We made some of it and the rest was just clothes he had in his closet. We bought a pink polo at Ross and since he's a slim guy, I brought the shirt in a bit with my sewing machine. This is a super easy thing to do but I was in a hurry and didn't shorten the sleeves so it looks a little funny.
In order to make the Jesus chain, we printed out a picture of a blinged Jesus that we liked, glued it to cardstock, let it dry and then cut it out. To make it extra durable, I also modge podged the front. I left some room on the top of the Jesus to fold over, then I stuck the "gold" chain through the loop and glued the loop to the back of the Jesus.
The boy made those glasses all on his own. Aren't they great? He downloaded a pattern from the internet and glued it to some cardstock, then cut all the slits out with an exacto knife.
He only got one vote for best costume. The person put "I vote for Dan because I hear it took him 3 hours to make those glasses." It was probably more like 2.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Viva Portland


Ahhh...it's good to be home. Vegas was great. Not much more to say, really. I met awesome people, got to lay by the pool and gambled more than I thought I would. The wedding was emotional, as weddings tend to be for me and I'm glad to be home. For your enjoyment: A picture of the bride and groom shortly after their wedding, drinking margaritas.

I also updated my etsy shop (look at that, I promise made to this blog that I actually kept!) and there are a couple cute new things up there.
More to come soon. Of course, I need to return my focus to Christmas gifts now that Halloween is almost over. Before I get too Christmasy, however, I want to complete a few Fall craft projects that I've been thinking about lately.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Oregon in October

I'm finally getting around to posting pictures from our afternoon on Sauvie Island last weekend. Most of them speak for themselves so I'll just mention that it was an incredibly warm and sunny day, unusual for October in the Pacific Northwest, and the lines to get off the island were insane. We decided to make the most of it while we were there. We went through a corn maze, took a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, ate carmel apples and got a whole bag of loot to bring home. The boy also found some goodies that will aide in the recording of the new album, most noteably, a woven gourd shapped thing with bells inside. Perfect.





We are going to Las Vegas this week for a friend's wedding and no, like I told my mom, I'm not going to get married there. I will try try try to post a crafty-related post before then but no promises. However, I did find out today that I will be participating in the Super Collassal Holiday Sale in December put on by the lovely people who do Crafty Wonderland. I'll post the specifics as we get closer but for now, you can get some info at their website, www.craftywonderland.com.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New Items Up on Etsy



I have been neglecting my etsy shop for the last month or two and then all of a sudden, I got 2 sales in a row. Isn't that the way?
Well, for the holidays, I DO plan on posting often up at my shop. About once I week from now until Christmas. If you need to get some shopping done or just want to take a look, check it out here. I'll even gift wrap your items for free, so you don't have to!
I'm amazed at how many creative types I know, who still don't know about etsy, or people who live here in Portland that don't know about Crafty Wonderland. I forget sometimes that not everyone is a crafter or an artist.
I should also mention that this weekend went awesome. I sold the most that I've ever sold at Crafy Wonderland, apparently, it's my month of craft! We also went to the farms on sauvie island and got pumpkins and warty gourds and lots of produce. I promise to post pictures later this week.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Crafty Wonderland this Weekend

I just got an email asking me to participate last minute at Crafty Wonderland this weekend. If you're in Portland, stop by the Doug Fir between 11am and 4pm for some early holiday shopping or just some awesome accessories for Fall. I will have Unicorn onesies and maybe some other surprises if I can swing it. As always, my recycled card holders and other wallets and zip bags will be there too!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Shrug In Progress


The christmas presents have begun. This pattern is out of the Speed Knitting book I got from the library and it's for a shrug (like a half sweater in case you don't know). I'm using ggh Aspen Merino wool and Acrylic blend and I'm really happy with how it's turning out. The people at my neighborhood yarn shop, Close Knit really helped me out. Once you get going, these patterns are simple but they aren't specific about how much yarn you need. They use weight instead of yardage which is really annoying because this particular pattern called for cotton and I wanted to use something heavier. The awesome people at Close Knit stopped me from having a math breakdown and I got what I wanted to start this project. I'm actually really confused about how to add stitches in a row without creating a hole in my work, which is what this pattern seems to be asking of me. If anyone has any pointers, I'd love the help!
Oh, and I also got my swap partner assignment. I'll need to get started on that soon. I've finally come to terms with the weather change and now all I want to do is bake stuffed squash and drink hot toddy's with orange slices.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Christmas Swap

I'm doing a christmas swap over on Jane's blog. Here is my questionnaire for whoever gets my name! Swaps are so fun because you never know what you're going to get. Like birthdays or holidays but random. Plus, I love getting stuff in the mail!

1. What is your Christmas style? Contemporary, traditional, glam and glitter, primitive, cute or something else.
I always love glitter but nothing too gaudy, you know? Oh, and cute too. Always cute.

2. Do you collect something special? Santas, gingerbread people, angels, maybe snowmen, etc...
I don't really collect any particular Christmas objects but I love angels/fairies and more "folk" inspired or antique Christmas items.

3. Favorite holiday color. Fire engine red, lime green, burgundy, hunter green, pink and chartreuse or are you all about the metals, gold, silver or copper.
Gold, metal and copper are more my taste, although I also like wood ornaments that are handpainted.

4.Favorite things--Food, colors, pastimes or anything that you think we should know or that you just feel a need to share
Well, I sew and knit currently and I love listening to music, eating sushi and telling my cat to get off the furniture.

5. Least favorite things--scents that might bother you, allergies etc. If you don't tell us we won't know.
Hmmm... This one is hard because I like most things. I guess I don't like really overtly religious Christmas items. No offense to anyones beliefs, it's just not my personal style.

6. What so you prefer--candy or cookies--those special things that we only make at this time of the year. Like fudge, caramel popcorn or Mexican wedding cookies, yum yum.
Woah! I don't even know what Mexican wedding cookies are but I bet I'd like them. Fudge is always delicious in small doses but hot cocoa or a hot toddy is always the best.

7. How about--coffee or tea
I am insanely addicated to coffee and I love herbal teas of all kinds.

8. Do you wear knit or crocheted scarves? Yes or No
Yes! Although I make these myself and am a bit bogged down by them at the moment. Would definitely prefer mittens or socks that are knitted.

9. How about slippers? Yes or No, If yes what size.
Yes, slippers are awesome! Size 9.

10. Hats? Yes or No. Pin head or pumpkin head.
I love hats as well. I would say "medium sized" head.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Want to Take Advantage?

I'm on Joann Fabric's e-mail list. If you sew and don't get there emails, then you should consider signing up. I get tons of coupons for 40% off an item or just notification of their sales. Here's what's going on at joann.com now:

I also want to mention my love for locally owned fabric shops like this one and this one. I wish I made enough money to only shop local. Unfortunately, sometimes the reason that I need fabric is to make something that I can't afford to buy and in that case, I need the $2 a yard fabric. That's where Joann's comes in.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Electric Eel Neckpillow Tutorial


My niece is turning 2 this weekend and I wanted to make her a special stuffed animal. She loves carrying around animals and with the shape of this guy, I can just picture her running around dragging him on the ground. Once he was finished I realized that he'd make a perfect neck pillow for adults! If you feel inspired to make your own, here are some simple instructions.

To make this electric eel neck pillow stuffed animal you will need two pieces of contrasting fabric. I chose a heavy duty felt for the belly and a soft cotton blanket material for the top. The body pieces should measure about 18 inches long, 6 inches wide at the top “face” section and taper to 3 inches wide at the bottom “tail” section. I also used the felt as a tongue, cut a rectangle with one side rounded that’s about 3 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. For the eyes, I used plastic doll eyes that are available at Joann’s Fabric. They come in two pieces, one that is the eye part and another that is a plastic "washer" which secures the eye. If you are giving this to a child, like I am, you need to make sure that they get a second piece of “reinforcement” fabric to place in-between the eyes and the “washer” pieces.

Once you have all your pieces cut, take the top piece of body fabric and mark with a pen where you want the eyes to go. Cut a teeny hole where each dot is and in the middle of the “reinforcement” fabric squares.

Poke the “male” piece through each of the holes and attach the “washer” on the back so it is pressed against the “reinforcement” square. The directions on the packet for the doll eyes should clarify if you have any questions, though I found them pretty intuitive to use.

Take the two body fabric pieces and lay them with the right, or “outside” sides together. Place the tongue fabric piece in between the two body pieces, in between the eyes.

Make sure a quarter of an inch of the square side is sticking out and pin it in place . Pin the rest of the body together around the edges, leaving the bottom “tail” section unpinned. I wanted the front of the face to be rounded so I took a pen and marked small dots in a half circle to follow when I sewed the body pieces together.

With a straight stitch and starting on the bottom right side of the body, sew all around the body. Make sure you follow the dots on the front of the face in a half circle and stop sewing once you reach the left bottom section of the body, so that you have the bottom “tail” section open for stuffing.

Flip the body inside out using the opening. With your iron on medium heat, press the edges around the body and face. With cotton stuffing, stuff the eel until it’s as full as you want it to be. (I like my stuffed animals a little floppy but if you want to use it as a neck pillow, you’ll want to fill it a bit more so it’ll support your head).
Tuck the seam of the tail in the inside of the body and pin it. Use a straight stitch to close the hole.
Voila! Electric eel neck pillow or stuffed animal gift!

Other Ideas: If you don’t want to use the plastic doll eyes that I got, You can cut felt circles and stitch them to the body instead! You can also get creative with antennae or adding a nose.
For the more earth conscience, use torn pieces of old cotton t-shirts or rice as stuffing.
Let me know if you have questions or if anything is confusing! The boy carried this around the apartment all nite last nite so it looks like I might have to make another one for my neice since he didn't seem to want to give it up!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Things That I Love


I just picked this book up at the library as inspiration for my "Handmade Christmas". There's a bunch of cute and quick projects including a shrug and fingerless gloves that are all sooooo simple. (I'm a self taught knitter so sometimes patterns confuse me but these ones are super easy!)
I also sent in my application today for Carfty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale. Wish me luck!
Over here on the Love Forever blog, Kayte made a list of the things she loves and encouraged other bloggers to do the same.
Here's mine:
-Picking up knitting again when the weather starts to get cold.
-Sweater dresses
-Wearing more than one necklace at a time
-Cheap taco joints on Alberta
-My new J.O.B.
-Mailing "I love you" presents to my family up north

So...What do you love?

Friday, September 21, 2007

I Had a Dream I Could Buy My Way to Heaven


The new apartment is almost coming together. Its amazing what a difference it makes just moving up a floor.
Also tonite is the Cut and Paste design tournament at the Wonder Ballroom. Doors open at 7PM and competition from 8 - 11PM. Here's one of last years winning designs. Check out www.cutandpaste.com for more details

Monday, September 17, 2007

I didn't mean to hurt you, I'm sorry that I made you cry...


Woah blog, stop crying, I'm sorry that I've been neglecting you! I guess that's what moving and anniversaries and starting new jobs will do to you! Those things will also cause you to lower your craft productivity significantly. ugh. I have started a new knitting project and made a tentative commitment to myself to hand craft all my Christmas gifts this year. It is a fairly ambitious task and I really hope I can keep up with it since it will take some advanced effort. This year I have thought, almost constantly, about the amount of waste that humans create. It's devistating and, although I do plan on keeping this blog free from preaching, I'll just say that I think we as humans, need to significantly lower our output of waste. I think that using some recycled materials and not buying over produced junk, I can lower my waste output making my gifts by hand. Does that even make sense?!


To catch you up, here are some inspirational pictures. I think lite is such an important part of taking pictures, actually lite is important in art in general. The light is so different in all of these pictures. I hope you get inspired!
Oh and I also found a craft nite here in Portland at a yarn store called Twisted on NE Broadway and 22nd. It's every Tuesday nite and they have tea and snacks. I plan on going for my first time this week!