a little blog about crafting, sewing, nothing, & everything.

7.13.2010

DC, finally

Here are some photos I took in DC. My camera's getting worse every time I try to use it, and maybe I am too.

National Portrait Gallery, from the floor.

Renwick Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Museum.

Wild Bill, Presidents' exhibit of the National Portrait Gallery.

Close up of a silk installation piece at Renwick. It's kind of dumb that I don't remember who the artist is.

Perty houses.

Virginia has the best welcome sign. But their interstate only goes up to 65.

Tiled wall bordering a park in Stacy's neighborhood.

Prettiest dessert I ever did have! (Red Rocks)

Awesome concrete-writing fail. It looks like it says "fuck everything", but it actually says "luck everything". Rawr!

4 days is not enough. This was my second trip to DC. Not pictured is the Thao and Mirah show we went to for Stacy's birthday. Divine!
Hello all! This has been some absence, huh?

Well, I've been busy going a few different places and cleaning up my craft space. There are about 12 different projects that I've started just cluttering up my table so before starting anything new, I'm working on getting rid of that stuff. Also, I'm working on finding a job (which is not what I want to spend my time on, but so it goes..) as well.

Below are some photos of things I've been working on:


Was: Pillow Case
Is: Dress!

Close up of paisley pattern. I love the warm colors!

Here's a pouch I sewed today. It's only been in cut-out pieces for like, 6 months.


Yesterday I finished a skirt that had been in pieces since I lived at my other house in Murfreesboro (almost a year!)

Yikes, I'm a little behind.


In other news, I finally deleted my myspace account yesterday. I forgot all about that! I wonder if I still have a livejournal/xanga/deadjournal out there somewhere. (Yes, I had an account with all of those sites. I was young, leave me alone!)

Next post (immediate, I swear) will include photos of DC and possibly East TN. This interface is not conducive for adding lots of photos in each post.


6.25.2010

Recap of Etsy party


Well, it's been an interesting and eventful weekend/week! On Friday the 18th, we had our Etsy Craft Party in honor of Etsy's (sixth?) birthday. It turned out great. We met a lot of people with many different interests and talents. I repeat: it turned out great. Here are some pictures my roommate Sara and I took of the event.

We received a box of party supplies from Etsy because our event was one of the top 50 on Meetup.com. (18th to be exact.) This box had some really cool stuff in it, which we were able to share with our guests. We got a silk-screening kit, a ton of glass paints, and various etsy and Pabst themed handouts.

Here I am freaking out about the kit we got.

Glass paint pens in my TheCraftateria jar I started but did not finish. Hopefully I'll have a better picture of the soon-to-be finished jar.

Cookie decorating supplies.

I made a banner for our porch from fabric scraps. It will hang there forever.

This is the result of the silk screening.

It seems like no one had really had any experience with this before, but after a try or two, we were all instantly hooked. I would love to be able to make my own screens. Perhaps a new hobby is about to be formed. (Because we all know I don't have enough things to learn how to do.)
A new friend brought a button-making machine. I love her.

Brooke (roommate #2) did henna!

She also made these marshmallow treats. They were stupid cute.

There was even someone doing face painting! Our party was just shy of a county fair.


We made a lot of new friends, and will definitely be doing more parties like this in the future. Of the new friends we made, one of them is hosting a book making party next month! I'm pretty interested in this and hope to be able to attend. Hopefully there will be a post about this soon!

Up next: Washington DC!


6.18.2010

Craft Party!

Well, you probably have noticed my absence from this blog, despite having all the free time in the world. This is due to (among other things) the craft party that my roommates and I are hosting as The Craftateria. I'm pretty excited for everything to get underway, but also a little stressed.

Yesterday, we found this write-up in the Nashville Scene, which is awesome! (However I'm a little afraid way more people will show up than anticipated!)

I can't believe we made the Scene!! Crazy!

I'll be sure to take tons of pictures, but it may be a few days before I can upload because I'm driving to DC tomorrow!

6.01.2010

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Treasury love!


Quick update to announce more random treasury love!

Also, I'm working on a custom shirt (larger size) of the same design for this girl. (FYI, she makes some pretty badass jewelry.)

Lately I've been working on the above custom shirt and a couple special edition black robots. One is for a friend and the other will probably end up on etsy.

I'm hosting an etsy party at our house on June 18th and I'm thinking about making something cute to wear. After all, it's an etsy party. How can I not wear something I've made? Remember that purple flowered fabric I have? I think I should use that, but I'm still not sure what to make. Leaning towards a simple dress to showcase the fabric, but I don't know.

5.29.2010

Minor update.. I finished the robots!


5.25.2010

Etsy Craft Party, Nashville Style!

While perusing facebook this morning, I happened upon the Etsy Craft Party and signed Nashville up!

If you're in the area on June 18th, please RSVP!

5.24.2010

Do I love you, my oh my! River deep, mountain high!

Well, it's back to the daily grind after a pretty spectacular weekend. Here's just a quick update since I just found out about this: My etsy shop with my roommate was featured in a Treasury! It's nearly over, but here's some linkage!

More later with photos!! (But not of the pants. They turned out fine, but in my haste, I didn't take pictures.)

PS, I can't get that song out of my head, so here. Suffer with me.

5.15.2010

Sunshine Award!

Hello all! Quick update before I head out for the evening..

A fellow blogger Angie gave me the below Sunshine Award, which I think is pretty cool! I am passing it on to 7 other bloggers that I enjoy reading.



Rules for accepting award:
1. Put the logo on your blog within your post.
2. Pass the award on to 7 bloggers.
3. Link to the nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and the link to the person from whom you received this award.


I am passing this on to:

April

Rachel

Oops I Craft My Pants

Fabulously Funky

Lisa

Embroidery As Art

A Whim of Mine

On another note, I began Wedding Pants for a friend today. So far, so good, though I'm somewhat nervous about them. Mainly the bound pockets. I plan to tackle them tomorrow and hopefully I'll be able to get some good photos. Wish me luck, I may need it!

5.13.2010


hello!

Being newly jobless seems to work sort of well for me. I have been pretty busy lately with some sewing projects and a few random art projects. So far, I've been spending about 5 hours a day working in our workspace. I'm finding that staying busy and trying to keep a regular work/sleep schedule is helpful. It's such a weird feeling to not have to be anywhere! Below are some pictures of what I've been up to lately.A couple friends of mine are getting married in a little over a week. The Bride asked me to alter her dress, which is a vintage taffeta beauty. I have no idea what era it is from, but I'm going to blindly guess the 50's. It's lovely. I changed the neckline from a high V-neck to a scoop and altered the underarms so that there were less..stains.

I'm pretty proud of it, I hope she likes what I've done.

I'm also making the pants that the Groom will be wearing. From scratch. I should be cutting these out today and hopefully won't have much trouble with them. There are two bound pockets on the back, which is slightly intimidating since I haven't done those since..probably my costume class back in school, but everything else seems kosher.
I love the hand of the fabric he chose.

Here are some unfinished robots I've been working on from my very own Killing Machine pattern. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this army yet. Probably etsy I guess?

Army of sentinels!

Here are some collages that needed work. I finally finished a few up! I am in love with the bird one.
After I am done with sewing these things, I plan to develop some stickers to sell on etsy. Below is a button/banner I designed for TheCraftateria.


Finally, my next project will be something from this fabric..

I've got 2 yards. Ideas?

5.03.2010

"If you're not going to be here on Friday, don't bother coming in on Monday" -Burns

"Woohoo, four day weekend!" - Homer Simpson

Well due to some unforeseen circumstances (mainly, I was fired.), I will be updating here a lot more often. To anyone interested, I was fired from my job for applying for a new job. I got a severance package and I'm no longer working where I didn't want to be. It will probably be awful later but right now, it's not so bad.

I just won a Polaroid Cool Cam on shopgoodwill.com, and if I can ever find some film, I'll get to use it! If anyone has any suggestions for a cheap place to by Polaroid film, I'd love to hear them.

Not much new has happened in the way of crafts lately, I've just been catching up on some projects that have I've been behind in. I'll be working on a pair of pants for a friend's wedding and some new projects shortly, which I'm really excited about. My roommates and I are selling stuff at a convention in October so I'll be periodically preparing for that by making stuffed robots and some other things. (See the original robot post here.)

More later!

4.20.2010

Hello! Long time, no see.

I only have a minute to post this: the lustiest thing in the world. It's a sewing machine that custom matches thread to whatever fabric is being sewn. Of course this is probably just some engineer's pipe dream right now, but it's a fantastic idea.

As that lady says in Napoleon Dynamite, "I want that."

fin

4.01.2010

Come on baby, don't be cold as ice


Short update before I hit the hay:

More collages.

3.18.2010

Spring Optimism #10

Not having to wear panty-hose for another seven months or so.



You may or may not be able to tell that I'm running low on optimisms for spring's arrival. I'm still pumped, but less about specific things than the overall idea.

In the past few weeks I've been working quite a bit lately on collage and found art from vintage childrens books and encyclopedias. I'm kind of in love with the idea; there's a lot I could do with this.
This one's my favorite. Prairie dogs!

3.17.2010

Spring Optimism #9

Starting a garden.

3.16.2010

Spring Optimism #8

Breezes that don't make me want to kill myself!

3.15.2010

Spring Optimisms delayed

I bet you thought I abandoned this idea, but alas, I just had a busy weekend. The past two days were filled with much crafting (pictures later), a great show with Rachel, parties with home brewed beer and fire pits (yes!), and being an extra in a friend's movie. The last was my favorite, I think. I've never done anything like that before, and it was a really great diversion from my regular activities.

Spring Optimism #5 - Patio seating.

Spring Optimism #6 - GLEE returns to the airwaves April 13.

Spring Optimism #7 - Seeing everyone around you come out of their winter shells.

3.12.2010

Spring Optimism #4

Being able to leave the house with wet hair.

3.11.2010

Quick short post

I discovered yesterday the amazing and very dangerous site Spoonflower.com

I am in love.

See the dino fabric I made!! I really want to make a dinosaur sun dress..

Spring Optimism #3

Thunderstorms with actual thunder.

3.10.2010

Spring Optimism #2

Not having to keep track of a coat, gloves, hat, and scarf when you go out.

3.09.2010

Spring Optimism

In honor of spring starting anew in a mere 11 days, I'm going to post a short entry each day about something I'm excited about.

Spring Optimism #1 - Feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin for the first time this season. This happened this morning. It was majestic as shit.


Not much on the craft front lately..I just got an iPod touch and it's hogging my attention.

2.28.2010

Long weekend update

It's been a while since I felt like I needed a break from my weekend, which is my current sentiment. Roommate's birthday was Thursday, so we went out to dinner at the beautiful Margot in east Nashville, followed by drinks at Red Door. Twas an evening to remember, and I hope someone did.

Friday night Boyfriend played with his band Vermicious K'nids at my favorite east Nashville bar, 5 spot. I found a new band to love called Elsinore, from Illinois. I'll be checking them out in the near future.

Finally, last night (Saturday), K'nids played at some house show at an Alice in Wonderland themed party. That recap brings us to now, Sunday evening. I's exhausted!

Below are some photos of things I did/finished this weekend. I may party a lot, but at least I am productive..sort of.Stuffed giraffe for my cousin's upcoming infant..

I'm probably going to try to mail it tomorrow..

if I can convince myself to not keep it.


Glass beaded bracelets for etsy.

PS, this is not Boyfriend's band, but is something I found while googling it. Hilarious. Also, this. Because you should be more pumped about the new Alice in Wonderland coming out next Friday.

More later, mabes!