Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
This one isn't super stunning, but I love the pretty simplicity of it.
I liked Nicole Kidman's dress. I can even handle the bow. She stood out so much from the other ladies because of that color. It was hard not to look at her.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Plus I still have to figure out an appropriate project for a 10 year old boy. Hmmm....
Friday, February 23, 2007
He's a fruit cat cause his belly and ear fabric have tiny little fruit slices on them.
I like how his tail came out.
He does appear to have a pretty serious lean going on though. Kinda like the Ed character in Ed, Edd, & Eddie when he runs (No I do not have kids and yes I'm probably too old to be aware of the finer details of cartoons. I have no shame). His head's a bit on the pancake side of things too.
And his his face. My husband picked out the eyes and nose.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Bad bad bad leaky roof, car problem galore, crappy day. So to cheer myself up I'm looking at pretty flickr pictures and envisioning what crafty things they could become.
This one......a quilt! A vibrant beautiful stripey quilt. Too bad I have no quilting skills. My mum is an excellent quiltress (and if that isn't a word it should be). I cannot send the idea her way though cause she's still working on my wedding quilt. And as that's almost a year and a half overdue (hint hint if you're reading this, mum), I should keep other ideas to myself.
I suppose its a good thing I haven't gotten it yet because there's still the leaky ceiling issue. It hasn't gotten my bed, but it would if there was a beautiful subtley colored Irish chain quilt adorning my bed.
Anyway, I love these colors much. Oh and some of the photographer's other pics would make delightful quilts. Like this or this. I like the idea of looking for more inspiration from random things rather than just other craftiness.
Or this would make a great embroidered piece or this a painting or this another quilt or printing on a skirt (from completely different photographers). I know that everyone takes ideas from the whole world around them, but I am enjoying this exercise of looking closely at pictures that appeal to me and determining what I could specifically do with each different inspiration.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Here's all the bits cut out:
And here's close-up on his turtle tummy.
Friday, February 16, 2007
People are so clever! Isn't this lovely? Okay maybe in addition to painting my walls, I should be thinking of cool murals to put on them. I usually am not all that taken with murals. They have to be done really well not to make me think of a nursery room.
But this is stunning - and the design is somewhat simple (not easy, but not too fancyish). Hmmm...the possibilities are endless.
See this whole set here.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
More inspiration! I spotted this dress on flickr. She made it from a pattern found at her local goodwill. Cute, original looking pieces like this are another reason I need to keep practicing on the sewing machine. (and looking at that dress, getting familiar with my pilates tapes again wouldn't hurt either).
You can see more of her clothes on Flickr.
I did cut out the pieces for a turtle puppy for another nephew. I think he'll come together pretty easy unless I keep making it harder by adding ideas to it. I'll share some progess pictures tonight. I'm making him and the kitty to go with out of kids flannel fabrics which is pretty fun to work with after all that grey corduroy I used for the robot. These ones are very bright.
And I watched Marie Antoinette last night. Pretty! That's the best description for it - pretty, pretty, pretty! And I often find Kirsten Dunst a little on the annoying side (especially in that one movie where she had a southern accent and played a flight attendant. Bleh!). But she was perfect in this one. And oh my the costumes and sets were spectacular.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
It's Blueberry Lime Curd Cake. Recipe is here: Delicious Days
Drippy lime curd detail. This cake was perfect - summery and fresh and nothing like the weather i'm seeing out this window. I want to try almost everything on her site. Maybe next it'll be the honey cake. Yum.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
The next party I'm attending is going to have a get drunk make art station specifically for making masks. I think its a very cool idea.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Here's the other two. I promise that I'm working on my lackluster photography skills. Promise!
And a little pot I did. The glazing isn't great, but I'm learning and having fun. Not much else counts in my book.
He accidentally flipped a few of the panels, but it doesn't show too much with a big landscape like this. And he'll be able to change the picture when he likes cause they're just velcroed to the wall. Best part is that he's using CD cases which is something that cannot be recycled. We've had lots of compliments and some friends even want him to come over and install something similiar in their own homes.
Friday, February 9, 2007
Oh and I need this light so bad I can't even explain it:
What's creeping me out? Those Blythe dolls. I find them so disturbing, and I can't figure out why. See them here if you dare. I'm I the only one who has this reaction to them?
Later tonight I'm gonna post some pottery projects that I picked up tonight.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
I run down to meet Floriana who is breathless from her hike. She stops in the road, the last light at her back. Prickles of rain cling to her unkerchiefed, loosened hair, capturing in her the flickering russet frame of it. Topaz almonds are her eyes, lit tonight from some new, old place, from some exquisitely secret oubliette, which she must often forget she possesses. We talk for a minute and Barlozzo passes us by like a boy too shy to speak to two girls at once.
I like authors who enjoy language. Mostly the book is a sleepy account of countryside, local people, and food. Its a great escape from this bitter February.
I really like this one - the shape and the colors are pretty. I'm not gonna even risk mucking it up with bad embroidery.
Branching out from regular 2d flowers. This 3d flower is too much of a temptation for the critters. The cats see it as a kitty toy. Lincoln thinks its his. I have to keep it in my button jar for safety.
I'm not satisfied with the pink haired woman. I'm gonna fuss with her some more.
I put this up over our spare room (computer/ craft space). Its a good reminder for both of us. Me to be crafting and him to be taking photographs more often.
This I do not love. I did them cause I saw them on Flickr (I'll find the link here in a moment). It didn't work out so well as I'd hoped, but I kind of like the flowery look of it when smooshed. Pondering a flowery wall art piece now instead of hanging globes.
My computer is fixed (and wasn't nearly as messed up as I had assumed). Tonight I will busily be getting all those pictures that have been pent up on my camera. Hooray! I like sharing other people's pictures, but am feeling quite unoriginal lately without much of my own content to add.
In not so great news, my poor little Lincoln hurt his hip playing the other day so we're on a strict regimen of buffered aspirin and no horsing around. Its sad to see the bouncy lil guy not without his high spirits. Hopefully, he recovers quickly. We've had long talks together on how he has to take good care of himself so he can grow old with me. I'm hopelessly smitten with my dog.
I purchased fabrics for a stuffed dog and kitty to be sent out with my robot buddy. I need a cute tummy and ear fabric to go with before I get started. In the meantime, I'm making lots of little puffy origami stars for a garland. Only 1 out of every 3 is okay at the moment so hopefully I get better quickly.
As for inspirations, Danielle White does the most adorable softies:
Monday, February 5, 2007
So I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed that all will be well later tonight.
Sunday, February 4, 2007
You can see the artist's site at http://www.tararossstudios.blogspot.com/ or even purchase her art on http://www.tarasartcamp.etsy.com/. Very cool stuff. I'm finding it very inspiring at the moment.
Saturday, February 3, 2007
Today I finished Robot Buddy, my first softie ever. He's not the best, but I'm happy to have finished him. He's made out of soft, stretchy grey corduroy with lots and lots of buttons for little fingers to push.
Next softies are gonna be a dog and a cat for Robot Buddy's owner's two older brothers. I'm looking forward to a less square shaped project.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Found here in a size 7. Not in my size, but I may need to hunt these down. They're perfect!