I received from my lovely angel partner, dharma_rebel. Love it!
She sent me an embroidery hoop (hooray! more for my wall!) and a cuff. I love having new cuffs to wear and the snap on it is adorable (forgot to photo that; it's a horseshoe with a star. never seen snaps like that).
I kept forgetting to post this, but I finally am. HA!
Anyway, my husband has had this bowl for years that he loves. It's a white, large bowl with an orange and red design on the sides. The birds are kind of ambiguous, but they're chickens. Trust me. Anyway, I recently decided I wanted to take a portion of the design and embroider it. Y'know, just in case the unthinkable happens and we need a memory of the bowl itself (plus, it is a really nice design).
The embroidery (sorry, the wall it's on is weird and I can't make it stay straight for the life of me. It's this weird thin stuff and nails can't be put in it proper, so I have to use thumbtacks and... yeah):
As with many things, the camera doesn't do it justice. It looks a lot better in person.
Obligatory "in progress" shot:
My sketches (so I'd have reference of color and could plan out what stitches to use):
Sorry I'm posting pics so late! Having a 3-year-old in the house sure does delay things you want to do.
My book making kit from SnapsandDrangons! This may be one of the best swap packages I've ever received, but that might also be because I'm a bit of a whore for paper and books and journal-y things.
Some basic supplies, a sample book, and instructions.
Paper, paper, paper!
Paper for signatures, cardstock/board.
The day before I received this, I tried making a book because I just couldn't stand it anymore. I actually did something similar to the one described to make, but it was mostly made up as I went along and thus not nearly as good. Already, before even using the kit, I know what I did wrong and how I can make it so much better.
I got in the mail today (my MIL ordered it for me) a box of stuff for my sewing machine (it's a Kenmore from the late 60's). Instruction manual, cams, needles, a spare lightbulb, feet. I'm hoping in the next day or two to give the coaster instructions in the kit pixieval sent a try.
I've been wanting to venture into the art journaling and hand-bound books for a long while. I finally decided to just go for it.
For this one, I took an old sketchbook with a battered cover and only one page used. I erased the pencil on that page and am gonna use paints on all the pages here shortly (probably after I'm done posting!). I used a sheet of red scrapbook paper on the cover, bits cut out of magazines, markers, and microns on the cover. I intend this to be a journal we make with my stepson (he's 3!) while he stays with us for two weeks.
Last night I was playing FFXIV and decided to take a break. I wanted to do something, but it was too late to start a new painting (my first thought), so I decided to finally bite the bullet and try making my own book. It's a lot easier than I thought! Not like, super-easy, but I dunno what all my trepidation for the past 5 years has been for. I'm SO glad I did it. It's not perfect, certainly, but it's not bad either.
I gave it to my husband to fill for me. With sketches, poetry, haiku, or whatever he wants.
I had cardboard inserts from some origami paper packs. I made sure they matched in size. I cut some basic copy paper and glued it to the cover, then I glued origami paper over that, wrapping it and gluing it to the inside. I covered the inside of each cover with a (cut to size) piece of construction paper to hide those seams. There are 7 signatures in all. 4 of copy paper, 3 of card stock (for painting, markers, etc). The end pages are glued to the cover and that's where I'm least happy. I put them in the center at first, not thinking it would, uh, keep you from being able to open the book. So I had to peel them up *wince* and re-glue them. So the end paper on the back cover is kind of messed up, BUT. It wouldn't be a first time attempt at something handmade if there wasn't some kind of noticeable mistake, right?
I'm unable to knit anymore due to arthritis. I was about to just leave behind yarny goodness altogether, but I gave crochet another chance. It doesn't hurt my hands (knitting hurts within seconds, crochet takes like, half an hour before I begin to ache) nearly as much. It took a little while to properly get the hang of it, but now that I have... I can't stop!
Here's some things I've finished in the past week-ish. I'm working on a chocobo right now and he's taking a bit longer, but close to being done. Might finish him today or tomorrow.
This little guy is my first: a slime! Yay! He sits on the mantle.
A Luma! (From Super Mario Galaxy) I didn't have enough yellow, so I figured purple would do. I don't have any white felt, so I just used dabs of acrylic paint for the light spots in his eyes.
This guy is currently the household favorite. I used the pattern here on Craftster. My husband now wants me to modify it to make Squidbillies squids.
Sorry for the bad lighting, it's been raining. My house doesn't get much light as it is, so if it's overcast... no chance.
This is the DIY kit I got from pixieval. It's a beginning sewing kit with fabric, thread, and instructions to make coasters. It's perfect! I've been looking at different kinds of coasters to make (we have a handmade end table and an antique coffee table in our living room- I SHOULD have coasters!). The fabric is adorable; I wouldn't have guessed so many different scholarly owl fabrics even existed, hehe.
Now I just have to sit down and decipher the manual for my sewing machine. I may, however, just wait until the cams and such my in-laws bought on e-bay come in (sewing machine is on loan from them until I get my own and my FIL has wanted the cams for it for years, so they bought 'em).