Crafty Me

"Hmm... I bet I could make that..."

Saturday, August 26, 2006

WIP it good....

My Chelsea Tote by Lazy Girl Designs. I'm not sure that I'm following the instructions.... It's my first attempt at one of Joan Hawley's designs. This is a piece of fabric I've been dragging around since the mid 90's. I used a sulky thread I used on the quilted wallhanging below. It's a varigated orange/yellow, which I think looks cool. Found an awsome piece of gold moire-ish polyester possibly acetate to line it with.

These are fat eights I got from Tiny Quilts. It's Bentarex flannel, and it's divine. For a texture junkie like myself, it's damn near pornographic. I found some cheapo black $2 yd satiny stuff at Walmart (where it took over 20!!!! minutes to get someone to show up & cut my crummy 1 yd & 5/8 yd pieces, WTF with that?!). I'm using a satiny/polyester blanket binding in hot pink to finish it. Not sure it I'm going to quilt it or not. Depends on how the next project goes!

This is a single "block" from a quilt in the McCall's July 2006 issue of Quick Quilts. The project is called The World Goes Round & Round on page 12. I didn't want to do a whole quilt. This was my compromise. I'm going to attempt to use my walking foot & do some straight line quilting as opposed to the meander I did on the celestial fabric. I think I'm going to back it with some silky furry stuff I got from Joanne....

I actually "finished" this tote - added some buttons, but I want to make some additional changes to the shape, so I guess it's still a Work In Progress! The fabric is a beige/white/pink check/plaid pattern. I originally bought a yard to make a skirt, but it's been a love/hate thing, but as a purse, it totally rawks.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Summer Reading/Favorite Author Fiber Postcard Swap

I haven't been feeling well: I am basically having my lower jaw redone. Ouch. But in the midst of extractions & stitches & doctor's offices, I completed my first swap. Please be impressed.

I chose Alice Hoffman, because I thought that choosing Edgar Eager would have been a bit obscure, although I re-read Half Magic, and loved it (again)! The books are (left to right, top to bottom): The Ice Queen, Practical Magic, Blackbird House & the Probable Future.

This is what sheer desperation looks like - I started after 9 pm the night they were due, and finished shortly after midnight! It felt a LOT like a term paper or science fair project! I have GOT to get my act together better for future swaps, as I told Tony it 75% stress, 15% determination 10% fun.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

And the uneducated, knuckle dragging, ignorant horse he rode in on

And I quote:

"Everything else in the world has LEDs in it, why not knitting needles and crochet hooks? MAKE mag is highlighting some LED illuminated knitting supplies. I still don't understand the appeal of knitting. Do people actually wear the crap that they knit/crochet or is it simply a hobby to give their hands more carpal tunnel. Regardless, no more worries about having that pesky light on when trying to knit. These LED knitting needles and crochet hooks can illuminate the work area so you can accurately make those scarfs that nobody will wear or care about. Prices hover around the $40 range for a set. – Travis Hudson"

WHAT a fucking ASSHOLE. Gee, mommy not love her little man? So he's gonna shit on handicrafts? What's next: Betty Crocker is a stupid bitch, cooking all that crap when he can just as easily feed himself out of a vending machine?

Dude, this guy has issues. Christ, one of the reasons I knit/crochet is that it helps PREVENT carpal. And to calm down when pissy little geekazoids like this spew their crap all over the internets.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I should be vacuuming....

So, I've been, um, productive.

This is my green bag. With the el cheapo WalMart handle. The pattern is My Bag of Tricks by Homestead Specialities. I used a green batik with a vein of gold through it.

I bought the pattern last March at the Sewing Expo in Gwinnett. The handles there were like, $20+!!! The one I got from WalMart was $4. Ha! Don't I feel clever.

I also used some old beaded fringe I had, probably from WalMart.

This one is Simplicity 9620. Apparently I had the pattern at one point, cuz I can't find the envelope, but had the pieces cut out with the pieces. I faked the construction. The little triangles? I cut the corners to square the bottom, and thought the tips were so darling, I put them between the handles. Aren't they cute?

Again, it's a batik, turquoise and purple with a gold vein. I really like how it turned out. A little small, but super cute. Needs some embellishment!

This is the Margaret bag from the book Bag Boutique by Amy Barickman. Um, I hated the construction, it gave me fits. I love the shape. It's kinda smaller than I like. I think I'm going to see if I can find this as a bigger bag. The Chelsea from Amy Butler looks bigger. I like how the sides slope. Finishing off the cutout for the handle is a bitch.
I have already stashed some yarn in it!

I also made a demin tote with a pink brocade lining. I'll post pictures of that later. I need to do some finish work to it, as well as the green and turquoise totes.

And it's hotter than hell here in Georgia, what with our nasty political fights and unhealthy air levels.

If I'm going to hell in a handbag, at least it will be a tres chic one!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Remains of My Day

Tonight for dinner: Pantry Pasta and Amazon cake. I am alone, so I get to eat what I want to eat, and not worry that so and so won’t eat this and such and such hates that…. Yippee!!!

Pantry Pasta – I am making this up as I go, so tinker with the ingredients as you wish. This is what I had on hand.

1 onion, chopped
cherry tomatoes
Parmesan cheese
2 eggs beaten w/nice dollop of milk

Cut up some bacon, add an onion. Fry them together in a large skillet; when everything starts to crisp, turn down and add cherry tomatoes. Cover skillet; and start water for pasta. By the time the pasta is done, the bacon, onions and tomatoes should be nice and caramelized. I ended up squishing my tomatoes, as I was too lazy to cut them up.

Drain the pasta, and return to pot. Add bacon, onion and tomatoes; beaten eggs, parmesan and pesto to taste. Toss everything together. Voila! Pantry Pasta.
Amazon Cake – I made Black Bottom cupcakes the other day (drool); and found this recipe while I was looking. It was (burp) pretty good! I found it on the blog words to eat by.

Amazon Cake
From The New York Times
Adapted from Cafe Beaujolais by Margaret Fox and John S. Bear
serves 6 to 8

1 ½ cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa [I used Double-Dutch Dark]
1 t. baking soda
1 cup sugar
½ t. salt
5 T. corn oil [I used canola]
1 ½ t. vanilla
1 T. cider vinegar
Confectioners’ sugar.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, vanilla and vinegar with 1 cup cold water. Whisk in the dry ingredients, blending until completely lump-free. Pour into a greased 9-inch round cake pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top springs back when pressed gently. Cool before removing from the pan and dusting with confectioners’ sugar, or frosting if desired.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Annie's Attic

Okay, my head hurts something awful, but I got the Annie's Attic catalog today. So far, I need to learn hairpin lace, and make one of those awesome skirts. More later!!!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

You've got Mail


Gotta love the folks at North Breeze. My mom had this pattern, and made at least the cookie and the hamburger, carelessly giving them AWAY, and not keeping them in the house. I mean, c'mon, Jessica was a BABY in 1978, what does a BABY need with an oversized oreo cookie. Snivel. So, yeah, I was 16, but still...!

And now, thanks to the Awesome Power of the Internets, I have my own pattern, and I can make whatever I wants to make. And Keep. Or give away. I'm suffering from an advanced case of stash-itis....

Everyday should be Mother's Day, and I'm not just sayin' that cuz I'm a mother....

I was a rotten kid. Consequently, two things are true:

1) I have rotten kids


2) I try to do right by my mom for Mother's Day.

Yeah, we could talk more, but hey, at least we talk occasionally. My dad had a stroke in October of 2000 and now my mom's his caretaker. Her feelings on that (and I quote)?

"If I'd have known I was going to have a high maintenance husband, I'd have never gotten a high maintence dog".

She's a hoot, my mom.

Back in 2004 I made this "scrapbook" page for my mom, complete with a little story about my grandfather (her dad) working on the Alaska pipeline, which confused her, because, well, he didn't work on that pipeline.

He worked on one, and it went through Kansas, which is where the Infamous 3rd Degree Sunburn story happened. Hint: don't fall asleep on a white sheet on an overcast day in Kansas.

I started out with a piece of foamcore, which I love. I tore and collaged some floral printed tissue paper on it. Then I printed a portrait of my Grandmother, Ruth Dale, onto a transparency. I glued it to a piece of cream colored paper with sienna colored writing. Tore that, added "pearls". I had a piece of scrapbooking paper that had definitions on it, so I cut them out, and scattered them on the square.

I added the daisy trim in honor of my Great Aunt Daisy, a scary looking blunt-talking, no-nonsense, take no prisoners old lady with a tissue thin crust and super sweet creamy marshmellow filling. She was Gran's oldest sister. She was a hoot, terrorizing everyone, independent and most definitely marching to the beat of her own drum. I am grateful that there was at least one generation between the two of us!

I created a wire heart out of some hot pink wire; added more "pearls", decorated some slide holders, stared at it on and off for about three months, ate a frozen pizza (for the box, really!), then finally sent it off to my mom.

Who deserves an award for putting up with me.