Well, it's simple. Doesn't take much time or effort.
But I needed a way to get my window full of seedlings, and a way to keep track of what each little plant was. And it needed to be freakin' cute, because it's a little apartment, and I look at them all day. So... voila. Hello My Name Is cups. Take a cup, put a sticker on it, write in the name of the plant, and fill with dirt. Add a seed, and wait patiently.
I moved (again) into a new place with this guy I know (okay, it's my boyfriend of eight years) and when we got here, the walls were this weird baby-barf yellow/brown, with a darker shade of it for the trim. How inspiring. Anyhow, the walls are now a sweet aqua-y turqoise, the open kitchen is red, and the trim is white. But here's some special projects I did to make the place a little more personal:
#1. My heart on my wall... (half-wall between kitchen & livingroom)
..drawn with pencil and then painted with acrylic.
#2. There's a pantry/laundryroom off the kitchen that needed to be covered, so I made and put up this curtain, sewn from my favorite fabric in the history of fabrics; sweet Dr. Seussish trees from japan.
#3. I found these shelves at a thrift store for a dollar. They're really shallow, and therefore perfect for little sewing stuff to have right in front of me at my sewing table. Increases the likelihood of me actually putting stuff away when I'm done with it (generally near to impossible odds against)...
#4. My favorite part! I "bought" these images from matty8080.etsy.com, from Matty Cipov, who freaking rocks. Anyhow, he sold me the rights to use the images on my curtains (as opposed to selling me the physical prints), and I put them on curtains that I bought at Ikea...
I love them. I love that they look like they're facing off when the curtains are closed . I had to trace the images onto cloth (transferring attempts failed), and then I cut them out, backed them with more fabric for opacity, and sewed them in place.
There you be! Now you're more intimately acquainted with my apartment than my mother is.
I was introduced to Anne Carson's book "The Autobiography of Red" (and the mythical character Geryon) recently, and challenged to make a stuffed little guy using the book of verse as a jumping-off point. It took a lot of planning, actually, and I kept trying to go for a very realistic style and getting frustrated... until.. I realized that he could be kind of boxy and funny and cute, and still fit the bill. So, here he is.. Little Red Geryon
As you can see, he is very red; made of all kinds of fabrics, like velvet, and upholstery fabric, and flannelette and so on. He has a ribbon around his middle that I fused silk squares onto so it would look a little like photographic film (Geryon's a picture-taker), and lots of little details, like extra stitching, and little fingers and toes.
I'm quite pleased with his facial expression especially.
Here's his little repurposed-leather wings...
... and he has a little dog in the story, so I made that too - he sits up on a gusset bottom, and is just basic embroidery outlining the shape.
Sorry for the abundance of photos, but I'm really proud of him; after a lot of torment, I think he's one of my favorite things I've ever made. It's a lovely book, too.. I highly recommend it.
Divide your overall-sized design into a grid of squares or rectangles (each one, say, a foot by two feet, or whatever), and then use each of those squares/rectangles to subdivide into a bunch of smaller "stripey squares" as you say. Overall, the quilt will look random, but it's actually divided and subdivided into squares so that the sewing together in the end is easier, you just keep sewing together smaller bits into larger groupings that makes squares, and then sewing those together into larger squares/rectangles. It means when you do your design, you have to line things up a little sneaky-like.
**edit** ooookay, i did this really fast funny-looking drawing to try to explain better:
Alright, so, I had this minor moment of genius the other week when I saw a KISS t-shirt in the window of a consignment store. I don't usually buy stuff from shops like that (they charge too much - I'd rather dig in thrift stores for cool stuff myself) but after searching for awhile, I couldn't find a KISS shirt on the cheap, so I bought this one. It was big - very big, and needed a little something.
Something: fitting, cute puffy sleeves, aaaaaaand... a cliche irish saying stencilled on just in time for st. paddy's day.
Okay, sorry if this is in the wrong place...it seems like an appropriate spot. Anyhow, we all know how cute puffed sleeves are and how much we like them. I can't get enough of them. However, if you are like me, you are both lazy and clumsy. There are many ways of making a 'ruffle' or 'puff', including using thread, or pinning like crazy, etc. This is my cheater method that I use all the time, now. I've been meaning to post about it for weeks, but have been busy with other projects, so I just made up this little mini puff with scraps so you'll get the picture. Three easy steps:
Number one - put tape on the fabric an inch or less from where you'll sew (scotch, electrical, masking, whateva)
Step number two - fold over the edge of what will be your shoulder piece, or the unruffled part, and press it down with your fingernail
and, step three - put the pieces together, and top stitch in a single or double line, whichever you prefer
I guess then removing the tape would be a fourth step. Forgive me. Anyways, there you have it! This little scrap took me less than one minute to put together. Obviously if you're aligning pieces to a particular spot, it'll be slightly more complicated, but the essence remains the same. Here's a side shot so you can see how nicely it makes a puffy shoulder
Hallo...I think this is possibly the first time I've posted in this section (at least that I can remember). Anyhow, I'm always on the lookout for really neat vintage ties, coz the fabric is perfect for lots of things - like lining the ears of plush bunnies, or making appliques, or whatever. So, I have lots, and I was looking at one of them and had a minorly miraculous brain-wave, which resulted in these pouches! They are the perfect size for glasses cases, or for pens and pencils. They're SOOOO easy to make, I whipped these three up in under fifteen minutes - no joke. Just snip, sew the end up, add a button hole and a button. You could easily applique designs on, or embroider...the fabric of these one was so busy I didn't want to add any more clutter. Just make sure if you try it, that the tie is wide enough for whatever you want to use the pouch for, and off you go.
Pardon the blurry pictures, but you get the idea. Not a bad little idea, hey?
My first excursion into linoblock cutting and printing, in honor of my close friend Tyson (who, for his university art project made a giant six-foot tall steel abacus with molded plaster squirrels for beads), Squirrelly McGee:
He likes nuts.
And also, my second attempt, from a drawing I did (i'm obsessed with two-headed and conjoined things, lately) The push-me-pull-goat:
The goat cracks me up.
Edited to add: Linoleum blocks are available at any art store worth its salt, and so is rubber, the cutting tools, ink and so on. I bought all mine for pretty cheap. The blocks range from tiny to huge, and cost anywhere from about $1 to $10 canadian depending on size. The rubber stuff's cool, too, because you could cut it to whatever size you want. There's lots of info on Craftster and the web at large about the products and process, so if you're interested, go a-searchin' . Good luck and have fun! It's a great craft activity.
Whew, it's been a while since I posted any clothing recons. Please excuse the pathetic photos, hopefully you get the idea
First off, I took a ginormous boy's sweatshirt, and made it into a tanktop. I added the pocket in the front, and black criss-cross straps, and took it all in. I'm pretty happy with it:
And the second is a cute basic halter dress from a table cloth. I drafted the pattern myself, but it's like a million other ones out there Zipper at the back, lined bodice with blue cotton. It's comfy and breezy (perfect for...winter??) No, i don't normally wear dresses with jeans...i was just lazy for the pic: