Sunday, December 27, 2009
Where was I? The winding roads I take throughout my crafting process gives life to the final product. It's as if one can feel the life and time that was put into an object. I think handmade is the original way of life, buying only what you can't make yourself. Making something, rather than buying something also gives me a great sense of accomplishment.
For the third year in a row, I have done a handmade Christmas. My family lives far away from me, which means I don't always make it home for the holidays. When I send a box of gifts to them, I want it to really count. I want to them to know that I think about and miss them often. I know they miss me, too. I feel that a little something made from my own two hands, helps us to be a little closer. I also recruited help from other crafters (all hail etsy!) to keep with my handmade theme. I am but one woman. hahaha!
These first round of pictures were crafted by yours truly.
mandala hoodie for the armanos (this is only one of them, some how i missed snappin' a pic of the other. boo.)
wall hanging for the hunter
festive repair job on my miguel's sweatpants
Cowl neck scarves
I chose the color palette and button to go with each lady's style
Soy wax candles
This was the first time Miguel and I ever made our own candles. It was super fun and easy. We scored fun ceramic vessels at the thrift store super cheap. My favorites were in hand thrown mugs.
Handmade Hippie Secret Santa gift I sent
I made this apron with vintage velours and blue scraps for Sarah of May's Playce
Repurposed "Classy Cozie" (pattern courtesy of fiber artist & friend The Peaceful Peacock)
I made these with repurposed vintage fabric from a family stool. One went to my mom and the other to my sister. This way they could have drinks together while being far away from each other.
I made this sweet throw back apron for my future mother in law. It features lots of gathering in the front. I made my own bias trim and added a towel loop.
This gift was an impromptu for my buddy's dog who stayed with us over the Christmas holiday. I used repurposed fleece from a torn sweatshirt and vintage buttons along the belly closure. Isn't she precious?
These gifts were created by other etsy artists.
Hand turned wooden orb/marble stands by Wood Art and Steam Punk
Handmade natural and awesome deodorants by BathLife.
Hand printed T-shirt by dndteesandstrings
Hand thrown shave mug set & handmade soap by Soothing Suds
A beautiful hand spun & hand knit scarf by my dear Gypsy Road team leader The Peaceful Peacock
More Gypsy Road goodness
My favorite gift from Miguel was this amazing apron by my fellow Gypsy Road member Holly, of Holly Daze Creations. She does amazing applique work, not to mention her bad ass patchwork skills. You can find her etsy shop here.
I look forward to the new year. I plan on setting realistic goals for myself. The most exciting thing about this year, is that my main squeeze and I are getting married in the fall. Planning our wedding is going to be the biggest crafting challenge I have ever done. I want lots of DIY and vintage inspired everything. It is a bit overwhelming to think about all of the details, but I have lots of people who want to help me plan it all out perfectly. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sometimes, I feel like my life is living me the same way a freighter rides the rails.
The feeling of vertigo bares it head while trying to balance a job and working from home
The creative juices flow, but have to be jarred for a later date
I have a sense of yearning to spin in circles until I am dizzy.
Focusing on bettering myself is hard when the outside world stretches you thin.
Drawing on my inner strength with patience for myself and others is no easy task.
All of these feelings remind me how important it is to take a few quiet moments of my day just for myself.
The big wheel is always turning. It will be ready for me to jump back on as soon as I've caught my breath.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Hey everyone! I sure have been busy this fall. The frequent rain has kept me from the woods, but I can't complain because it's been a whirl wind of threads and inspiration in my world
As I told you all in my last post, I was up to my ears in scraps in the sewing studio. The life of a die hard pack rat permits me from throwing away many things, especially textiles. After a massive scrap color sorting session my vision came to me.
Patchwork is truly an age old tradition found in many cultures around the world. In the times of yesteryear, all people were frugal and resourceful out of necessity. Why would a woman get rid of a torn dress that could potentially become a quilt to warm her sleeping babes? My "Scrap Collection" is a tribute to our fore mothers and their humble creativity.
I still have three more pieces I would like to finish before posting the collection on good ol' etsy. Until then, let me know what you think of what I've got far.
~~~~~~~big fluffy hugs!~~~~~~~~
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I've been feeling a little claustrophobic in my sewing room these days. I can never say no to fabric 'kick downs' or clothing people no longer wear. This has resulted in my sewing room being stuffed to the gills.
Such is the life of a pack-rat, but even more of an earth conscious crafter. There are SO many existing materials already made and ready for use.
I believe absolutely everything can be used again someday, whether it be packaging styrofoam or the thinnest scraps of fabric from my serger. I even fold up the wrapping paper from the gifts I have received.
I try to stay organized, I really do. Nevertheless, I am an atypical Taurus and the definition of unorganized. Much to my dismay, this chaos I live, breathe, and create for myself can stifle my creativity and overstimulate me more than you can believe.
Every so often I have to force myself to resituate everything back into "order".
I started with my dresser that houses my fun smaller cuts of fabrics. I folded and color sorted every last piece.
rainbow goodnessbrowns to whites
My sense of accomplishment did not last long.
that's right folks, it's a cube of scraps
I looked around my sewing room saw that I had three fruit boxes FULL of random scraps. I knew what I had to do. I dumped every single box on my floor to force myself to deal with it. I color sorted all the woven fabrics and threw all the jersey scraps into another box. I ended up with a giant garbage bag stuffed with tiny fabric scraps too small for sewing. Of course I am not going to just throw this stuff away. This has become my pillow stuffing source.
Fast forward to a couple days later,,,,,,
A couple of work buddies and I hung out and got crafty together. I packed up my back-up sewing machine and my good ole 'Rock Steady' with color sorted scraps in hand.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I have been enjoying my summer to the maximum degree. You may think I am crazy, but I love summers in Alabama. They are hot and humid like you would not believe. I soak in the heat like a lizard, I was not meant to live in cold weather. I also love any reason to wear an insanely short skirt everyday. :-D
On a crafty note, I went through quite an ordeal of buying a new serger. I ran my Singer ProFinish into the ground and very quickly might I add. I fought tooth and nail replacing the ol' girl. My crafty support crew, also known as Gypsy Road, helped me realize that I deserved a more rugged machine.
As I said good bye to Bee-Bop (my old serger) a great weight was lifted from my creative spirit. You definetly get what you pay for when it comes to sergers. I dropped a pretty penny on a JUKI Pearl and let me tell you all; I am in love with a serger. Her name is Penny and she purs like a kitten. The sweetest part about the youngn' in my sewing studio is that there is a little mechanism that threads the lower looper. It's like magic.
I have been super inspired and motived. I even moved around every piece of furniture in my studio. It's amazing what a little rearranging does for your mind.
My newest design was inspired my friend who has recently become a mommy. She wanted a custom dress to flatter her figure. I also thought about how a mama's dress needs to be accessible to her mommy parts.....hence the Mama dress was created. A cross over bodice that features elastic beneath bust for comfort. There will many more of this style to come. I have already had several custom inquiries. yay!
I am officially a part of the facebook community.....(myspace --shmyspace pfft over it! )......you can join my fan page here to hear about my adventures and see fun pictures.
Also, if you have purchased something from my lil ol etsy shop I would LOVE if you would submit a pic of you rockin' my wears.....
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I made embellished baby jumpsuits for my boss's baby shower....here is a pic of him rockin' one them.
My cousin's baby shower is this sunday and is too far to hutsle up there for one day. I sent something up to her, but I neglected to take a picture of what I made. Everyone will have to wait and see what I made. Someday I will have a picture when her little man starts wearing his special something.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I wonder what the sale of my estate will consist of.....
Hopefully there won't be a bunch of unused craft supplies. I hate to leave things unfinished.....even though these are usually what I look for. Nothing makes me happier than an uncut pattern or unopened package of elastic. Nevertheless, I try to buy as few new supply items as possible.
Don't get me wrong I love all the fancy designer prints available in fabric shops, though most of the time the price deters me from purchases. Using eco friendly upcycled fabrics allows me to keep my prices low for my customers.
I try to find the style in textiles that are already made......my favorite finds include vintage (or just plain pretty) bed sheets, corduroy pants, table clothes, and anything made of knit fabric.
Back to my estate sale visit....I didn't find any craft supplies this time. I did find some awesome functional pottery.
I was pretty excited about the earthy brown tea pot. I scored a his and hers set of mugs that remind me of beehives. These mugs are huge and will be great for cold nights and chamomile tea.
The coolest score has to be the tiny "pitchers". I found out that they were made by a local potter and worth about alot more than what I paid for them. Antique Road Show here I come! Anyway, I think they may be nasal cleansing pots....or nettie pots. Mine will be used to refill my steam iron with water. Yay!
While bumming around my neighborhood I stopped at a farmer's little stand on the side of the road. I grabbed some of the prettiest yellow squash I've ever seen. I couldn't resist the peaches either. I will probably make a vegan potato salad with the tender red potatoes. The cucumber will be eaten raw. Miguel made a batch of garlic and dill pickles with our last local cucumbers.
estate sale fun $5 + home grown local produce $5 = summer time fun, priceless
Get outside and enjoy the warm season!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Our town has free concerts in the park on Monday nights. We decided (more like Miguel tore me away from my sewing machines tee-hee) to take the dogs and soak up some tunes........
I've got several new items that need to be photographed and such.
In other news, I just go a new adjustable dress form. Yay!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
06/19/09 Verizon Wireless Music Center (formerly Deer Creek) - Noblesville, IN
- 1: Backwards Down the Number Line, AC/DC Bag, Limb By Limb, The Moma Dance, Water In The Sky, Split Open and Melt, Lawn Boy, The Wedge, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, The Connection*, Ocelot, Fluffhead
- 2**: A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing -> Drowned -> Twist, Let Me Lie, Tweezer -> 2001 > Suzy Greenberg > Possum
- E: Sleeping Monkey > Tweezer Reprise
06/20/09 Alpine Valley Music Theatre - East Troy, WI
- 1: Punch You in the Eye, Runaway Jim, Stash, Ya Mar, Bathtub Gin, Kill Devil Falls, Train Song, Farmhouse, Sparkle, Run Like An Antelope
- 2: Waves > Sample In A Jar, Maze, Makisupa Policeman > Ghost -> The Lizards, You Enjoy Myself* -> NICU > Prince Caspian -> Waste > Fire
- E: Character Zero
Miguel caught my off gaurd here making pretty eyes at him early in the morning
This pic was bitter sweet....the last night of our "tour".....but geez I love these people!
This night Miguel, our old friend Cliff, and I broke away from our crew to get nice and close to the stage.....well not that close, but closer! We had ample dancin' grass that was flat enough so that you didn't twist you ankle. haha!
The show started with the band's children coming on stage in tribute to Father's Day.....I happily sent my Papa a text messge wishin' him a happy day. It was truely touching. Wolfman's brother was really fun, but Avenu Malkenu was freakin awesome! Trey was so funny when he sang in "just called my probation officer". That's right buddy! Keep your nose clean! ;-)
The second set really did it for me.Down with Disease, Velvet Sea (more mad love to Becca!), Reggae Woman (hooolllaa!), and Slave to the Traffic light.
06/21/09 Alpine Valley Music Theatre - East Troy, WI
- 1: Brother*, Wolfman's Brother, Funky Bitch** > The Divided Sky, Joy, Back On The Train, Taste, Poor Heart, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday^^, Time Turns Elastic
- 2: Crosseyed and Painless*** > Down With Disease > Bug > Piper^ -> Wading In The Velvet Sea, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Slave To The Traffic Light
- E: Grind, Frankenstein^&^