Saturday, October 4, 2008

Happy little clouds

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

It's getting colder

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:

  1. Gauge: Not important as long as it fits around your neck. I used a bulky weight acrylic with a J-sized hook.
  2. Row 1: ch 10, plus 1 turning ch.
  3. Row 2: 10 sc, chain out an additional 5 sts, plus one turning ch.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

Owls

I went to the St. Louis Art Fair today; what a beautiful day it was too. As always I find inspiration in nearly every booth and I am humbled and reminded that my entire being is only as crafty as these folks are in their tiny little pinky. As always, I find recurring themes at the art fairs each year. After all, it can only be called contemportary if it keeps evolving and staying current. This year's most recurring motif had to be birds -- mostly swallows and wrens but my daughter was so pleased to see that owls were also a popular subject matter.
She loves them -- all of them. The great horned owl, the eastern screech owl, the snow owl, the barn owl, and especially, her all time favorite, the barred owl. We've done birthday cakes...




...and we've recycled old thrift store finds...




...and the mini cards we've made (3"x3")...



...and the pajama's we just had to have from Target...

---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.


http://www.dolangeiman.com/
http://www.dolangeiman.etsy.com/




Sunday, July 6, 2008

Kusadama Flowers


Kusadama Flowers, originally uploaded by hypercraftive.

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.