Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
So along with the space comes the need for things to organize my desk. While flipping through the business supply catalogue, I couldn't find any hanging magazine racks that were inexpensive / held all of the magazines I wanted it to. I found myself exclaiming "how hard is it for them to make a cheap magazine rack out of cardboard??!" Then the light bulb went off and I decided to make one myself. I must say that I was rather inspired by this fellow over on Etsy who makes his own books using recycled covers and papers. I ordered this one recently and was impressed not only with the product but also with the box it came in...he had skillfully created one out of recycled cardboard. So here's the magazine rack which will NOT house knitpicks and free people magazines, but rather science-y type stuff.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Along with pegboard, I also installed a set of shallow shelves for the wall where the door to the room opens up. They had to be shallow or else the door would run into them. When the idea first hit me, I knew all of my sea glass (which I have carefully been separating by color into those little jars which that yummy unpasteurized yogurt from Trader Joe's used to come in) would go there. It's just very clean and pretty. And you might notice below that my ribbons are happily hanging out together. I had bought little hooks that I planned to hang a bamboo rod from just on a regular wall in the room. Luckily, before I started drilling holes in the wall I thought: if the bamboo is only going to about an inch from the wall, how will that accommodate the diameter of the ribbon spools? It's a minor miracle that I figured this out early-on, as I am usually the queen of messing up and then having to fix. Anyway, my solution was to attach the hooks to dowels and then hang the dowels from the bottom shelf. Yippy-skippy ribbon organization.
And today I painted the chalkboard onto one of the walls. Painting a wall black is pretty fun in that it feels pretty darn rebellious; knowing that I'll be able to write on it with chalk makes it enchanting. I still haven't found corkboard for the other wall...or at least corkboard like I want...so that'll be for another day...
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Anyway, back to our vacation in San Francisco. Did I mention that besides having electric buses and a soon-to-be-enacted ban on plastic bags, San Francisco is also a crafty city? I happened upon a flyer for the Craft Gym while I was putzing around the city and managed to sign up for a class in bound-resist dying. First of all, how amazing is it that I actually managed to sign up and go to a class on my vacation? I am the queen of "oh yeah, let's TOTALLY go to a yoga class in that cool place during vacation" only to return home yoga-less. I consider it a testament to the coolness of our friends and of Andrew for not even batting an eye when I suggested that I'd take 3 hours on the next-to-last day of our vacation to dye fabric. So sign up I did, and then blissed out while messing around with fabric, thread, and lots of clothespins for a few hours. Here's my fabric - I just played around with different techniques:
As is the case with felting, dying fabric turned out to be a magical and surprising experience. This helped me to let go and just experiment a bit without worrying about making it look like "something". It took a few moments for me to dive into the dying experience, but once I did, I just messed around with color and had some happy accidents. My favorite part is this checkerboard pattern which I created by making an accordion pleat, trying and failing to sew the according together, using clothespins to secure it instead, and ending up with this. See? Happy accidents:)Of course, I didn't make it out of San Francisco without visiting the LYS in the neighborhood we were staying in, and one afternoon I went there with Sophie. I was worried that she'd lose interest in the shopping experience and I'd only have a short window of time to browse around, but we got involved in trying to find the softest ball of yarn in the shop, and she took the challenge seriously (bless her heart). After much deliberation, she settled on a wonderful fuzzy, pink yarn so I bought it for her and told her I'd make her something out of it. It was a toss-up between pillow and hat, and I'm going to do the pillow thing because it enabled me to use my knitting machine.
Can I just say how flippin' cool my knitting machine is? When I first considered getting one I thought: Will I still be a real knitter? Should I just get one and not tell anyone I have it? But the more I use it, the happier I am to have one. Truthfully, I have no interest in learning how to knit a sweater or anything complicated on the machine. For just basic, flat pieces of knitted fabric, it just rocks. Here's the world's softest yarn all ready to be made into a pillow - all done in one afternoon:
And that, my friends, is why I love my knitting machine.
Know what else I love? Pegboard. Oh, YEAH. I just installed some in my getting-cooler-by-the-minute craft room and now I want it all over my house. For real...picture hanging would be a snap, you could install a shelf wherever in an instant. Pegboard, people...it should be in every household.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Alright, so our summer vacation is rapidly dwindling and we have one more vacation to go before Andrew starts preseason (that sporty boy). Our bestest friends decided to be total poo-heads and move across the country to San Franstupido...WITHOUT US. The downside is we don't have friends that we can call on a moments notice to hang out and do nothing with anymore, the upside is we have a place to stay in San Francisco. Their daughter Sophie needed something for her new room, I thought. So with the help of the stitchettes, here's what I whipped up. I've blogged about this before, so you might remember the tea-stained linen and the linen floss in natural colors. Anyway, here is it all framed up in an easy-peasy picture frame from Michael's. I ditched the glass, and glued the fabric around the back of the frame, then used a staple gun to secure it. Any excuse to use a staple gun, I'll take it;) I'm pretty happy with it and like the summery feel of it. Anyway, it's getting on a plane with me tomorrow...see you in a week!
Monday, August 6, 2007
And here, ladies and gentlemen, you have the coolest piece of sea glass that I've found yet. This is a chunky piece, well worn on all the edges and a really unique shade of blue. There's not much to say about this one, it's just so dang perfect on its own:
And a slightly blurry photo, but is shows the color really well against the other sea glass:And my ever-patient beach buddy looking for treasures with me: As summer is rapidly dwindling away, I'm getting panicky about not having done enough crafting. So here are some recent projects that have unfolded...
I finally opened up my flower press from last fall. I managed to get a good selection of leaves from our cut leaf Japanese maple. I have about half a dozen leaves and the color was preserved really well. I might mount them somehow because they are pretty perfect on their own, but I need to look into mounting them to be air tight.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
It goes without saying that our vacation was just right (a lobster roll, after all, was had). We spent some good time with family. Toby likes to spend time doing his "homework" which involves writing letters. Andrew, ever the Philosophy teacher, gave him some words to practice and here's the little thinker at work:
And of course, what would be ME vacation, without HOURS spent wandering the beach in search of sea glass? Quick! Spot the sea glass in the photo below! I could spend hours and hours looking for the stuff, and luckily Andrew can too. I'll share some more sea glass photos (along with a photo of all our loot) later.
made. by k.d.