I can't help it; I'm hopeless. But at least I'm still out there in the real world. Want to see where I'll be next? St. Louis's fabulous Rock N Roll Craft Show, that's where. Roll your turkey-fatted self off your couch and get your butt down to U City after Thanksgiving for one of the best holiday season, hand-crafted buying experiences in the region.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
My husband is not an articulate man. His words are few, but his voice is loud. It comes out in his art. His latest series of concepts have been coming together nicely and we're hoping that 2009 will be the year that he's coming to make his debut as an independent artist. In this series, Mike has used found objects in assemblages depicting his voice and experiences with organized religion. Within me, each piece has provoked a strong reaction of thoughts, feelings and memories. This is just a small sampling of his current work.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
It's a beautiful day and the snails are happy. The rain has wet the forest that will shelter and feed them. Such interesting creatures. It;s no wonder so many crafters use snails for their subject matter.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I'm a little obsessed with the recent influx of moustaches in indie crafts. I haven't incorporated this trend in any of my items, but I don't need to since these fab crafters are doing such a bang-up job. I love me some waxed handlebars! Links below each pic.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
And therefore I drink loads of coffee. These coffee cuffs are made from recycled and renewable materials. I use old felted wool sweaters from thrift stores and vintage flour sack fabrics -- the main goal is to get as many colors as I can onto each cuff. Anyone can match colors, I'm trying to create some diversity in my little woodland creature world.
Blue Bunny ♥'s Yellow Squirrel!
Purple Snail ♥'s Green Birdie! Many of these can be found at the following local shops in the 'Lou:
Friday, April 3, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
There are people who always resolve and people who always don't. Personally, I find this a convenient time to reflect on a year past and look to committing to my goals for the next year. It's convenient because there are traditions all around me reminding me to do this -- not only the tradition of making resolutions, but the annual performance appraisal, the changing of the fridge calendar. Yeah, yeah...resolutions are a tad..well...trite, I know, but they work for me.
Here's my list this year (in no particular order):
- Make new friends -- no offence to the old friends, just trying to spread out a bit.
- Organize stuff -- clear containers and label printing machine is ready to go!
- Eat healthy -- no really, this year I'm going to make it past January 14th.
- Exercise more -- no starting until March; all other resolvers will be out of the gym by then!
- Take the GMAT test (this involves studying too, but I better get used to it)
And the big one...
- Take my crafts to the next level -PUBLIC-or give it up already. This means a lot of things. I'll have to commit to updating this blog, do some real-live craft shows (punk-indie-green shows, not the smells-like-old-ladies-and-cat-boxes-selling-wood-chips-and-walnut-shells shows), keep up the Etsy shop, keep up the Flickr account and post my items to more groups and promote, promote, promote!
If Barack Obama can be president, I should be able to accomplish the measily things. Thanks for supporting me (or being kind enough to laugh behind my back and not to my face). Peace & promises of postings...
Saturday, October 4, 2008
What a pretty day today! I thought I'd share some of my recent greeting card happiness! I love cloudy days and a nice gentle southern rain. This is my take on such a perfect day! I made a couple varieties of trees...
Friday, October 3, 2008
I love fall. I love the smell of fire pits and burnt marshmallows. A woman I work with put it best when she said ideal weather is the kind that allows you to still wear shorts, but requires a big cozy sweater or sweatshirt. That is a perfect day indeed. Similarly, that day could be had with jeans, a long sleeved shirt and just a scarf. Because, in my opinion, if my neck is warm and cozy, then I'm warm and cozy. I've crocheted several scarves and I love the end result and yet I'm conflicted. How can I (spastic, hyperactive and fickle) get that scarf project down to something a bit sleeker and less time consuming. I know I didn't invent anything special, but it's still nice knowing that I came up with the idea on my own. Here it is, the curly-q scarflette:
I never actually write down any of my patterns, but I'm trying to get better. This one was really simple despite it's lovely little curls. Don't expect this to become a regular occurrence, but here's my attempt at a pattern:
- Gauge: Not important as long as it fits around your neck. I used a bulky weight acrylic with a J-sized hook.
- Row 1: ch 10, plus 1 turning ch.
- Row 2: 10 sc, chain out an additional 5 sts, plus one turning ch.
- Rows 3-60: 2 sc into each ch st, then 10 sc (one into each sc st), chain out an additional 5 sts, plus one turning ch.
- Row 61 (button holes): 2 sc into each ch st, then 2 sc, ch 2, skip 2 stitches and sc into next 2 sts, ch 2, skip 2 stitches and sc into next 2 sts, chain out an additional 5 sts, plus one turning ch.
- Rows 62-63: 2 sc into each ch st, then 10 sc (one into each sc st), chain out an additional 5 sts, plus one turning ch.
- Finishing edge: **2 sc into each ch st, 1 Sl st, chain out an additional 5 sts, plus one turning ch** repeat between the ** 3 more times and fasten. Weave in ends. Sew on buttons (mine are vintage from my grandmothers collection -- I find it honors her well).
Saturday, September 6, 2008
---to the piece of art that we purchased today at the fair...
Piece done by Dolan Geiman -- I love that he's green in his art by reycling materials, in how he produces and how he ships his work.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
When I was young, I loved to find a quite place to make origami creations. A few weeks ago, I saw my 4-year-old folding some of my scrap papers and I was once again inspired. Instead of cups and frogs and cranes, I wanted to make pretty flowers and found the instructions for these on the internet here: www.thepeaceofpaper.robogumby.com/2007/07/16/kusadama-flo.... I couldn't stop myself. I think I need a whole bouquet.