I've been wanting to try out an idea using the measuring-tape closure technique, and I whipped up this little set about 30 minutes using scraps from my stash.
I originally thought to put it in one of the 17 teacher appreciation gift bags I'm making (2 kids!), but on a whim about 10 minutes before I left for a field trip to the local university--and inspired by the hat giveaways here on craftster--I grabbed a scrap of card stock and scribbled a note (which was cut out with a REALLY bad set of old kitchen shears, sorry), snapped photos, and decided to leave it somewhere on the campus as a "random act of crafting."
For those not attuned to the vagaries of the deep south's weather, it's allergy season here--the cars are positively green with pollen--and a nasty late sweep of the flu is putting people down, too. Everywhere I go, people are sneezing and honking and wiping watery eyes. Thought this might be a nice surprise for someone.
Finally got one of the WIPs done, a small reading journal for a friend in my book club's birthday party last night. I feel a little better that at least something is finished, anyway. (And she seemed to like it.)
The center design on the fabric is needlepunched. (Anybody know a good substitute for the now-gone DMC thread? This stuff--Sullivan's--sucked.)
Thanks for the FB link! I showed her both, plus your assurance that the colorized version in your framed gift was NOT a photograph...she said (after a reverent moment of silence), "That. is. just. crazy."
She would be particularly interested because she's 16 and in Art 1 this year. She just learned she CAN draw and has been drawing faces for about 15 assignments. She's going to move into color next year in Art2, and I KNEW she'd be fascinated, especially after you sent the FB page in pencil.
Here's a wee sampling of her art, and I think I can tell how much she's grown over the course of the school year so far... Early ones:
I do love the pillows! I'd never thought of doing seasonal pillows on my couch!
Thanks, evilsabina. Me, too! Oh, the good old days!
cursive_queen, I now know what kind of markers she's going to want over the summer, in preparation for Art 2, when they get into color. I bookmarked the copics on Blick. Thanks! What is a "marker wallet?"
Always, the elastics idea on the pencil rolls came from worrying that her favorite sharpener would fall out of a pocket and be gone for good! What kind of gift are you making that needs pencils? Inquiring minds wanna know! (And I just noticed that YOU have done FORTY projects out of your fifty? WOWSA!
Here's a taste of what DD can do with the contents of the roll, at age 16, in her first ever art class, in about three hours last night (due today)...while eating pretzels with icing...and rolled up in a papasan chair watching TV. *Le sigh.* (I do good to draw stick figures sitting straight up and paying attention!) It's why I want to do whatever I can to encourage her! (I'm her mom, but I think it's pretty good!)
I finally got Sewfia going and finished Rev 2 of the pencil roll for DD:
The buttons on the elastic loops for eraser and sharpener were her idea and choice, to help grasp and maneuver while putting the stuff in/taking it out. Closed, pretty standard:
It's a roll-o-firsts for me, thanks at least in part to Alwaysinmyroom adding the "fearless" clause to the March challenge." I decided NOT to play it safe and just instead just PLAY!
--first applique and first attempt at "chenille" --first attempt at freemotion swirly quilting, inspired by mugrugs here: (My only other attempt at quilting was the lines on the first pencil roll a few weeks ago!) --first attempt at metal stamping for the ID thing, on some random metal piece I found...about 5 hours after I stumbled over the little punches at Harbor Freight:
What I learned: --don't sew without a fabric-batting-fabric "sandwich," or the batting will fuzz up the right side!! --It's hard to free-motion quilt in slow-mo...notice (or please DON'T) the irregular stitch sizes. I finally learned just to floor it and mooooove freely. --that there's probably a Rev 3 in the near future, since the last little pencil slip is too tiny to really hold anything.
Finally got Sewfie's tension wheel out of a bind and...FINALLY finished another rev of DD's art roll!!! It's one of my "50 in 2011" goals from JANUARY. Take 2:
Quilting swirlies: Button on which teal magically materialized when placed on fabric! First metal stamp attempt:
\ I'm expecting to need to make minor tweaks (on a whole new roll), but it was a fun project. She found it this morning and squealed, "Oh, Mom, it's GORGEOUS," and then proceeded to pick out each detail and exclaim with pleasure.
Yep, worth it, even if I have to make another one to get the details just right! What I learned: --It's best to quilt through a "sandwich," not just one piece of fabric and batting, since the cotton batting tends to pull up through the black fabric and leave permanent (?) fuzzies. (I just wanted different patterns inside/outside.) --Sewing machines cooperate in inverse proportion to the seamstress's desperation to sew something fun!
I've been a lady in waiting so far this week...waiting for my car to be repaired, waiting in the dentist office for hours while some fancyschmancy new computerized machine molds some crowns, waiting for track practice to be over...so all I have been able to work on so far is this, from my original list in January:
"some kind of two-sided cat magnet for the fridge."
It's a freehand (freeneedle?) cutout and embroidery project that fit in a sandwich bag for portability. It's a little wonky, but I hope that gives it whimsy. The whiskers might have to go...they're just single threads, and they get smashed when they're on the fridge side.
It was conceived with one purpose: to help my kids remember whose turn it is to clean out the cat litter box. (Does that count as either household organization and/or children, Alwaysinmyroom?!)
Pink= it's A's turn.
Purple and Gold (LSU colors)= it's G's turn.
Don't remember to turn it over when you've taken your turn, and you get to do it again, no fussing. And, I hope, no 10-minute argument every time the litter box needs help.
They chose their colors--we don't have pink-on-pink or purple-and-gold cats!
Hopefully under the wire for the February contest (though I know not all will qualify!)! Yay, alwaysinmyroom, for providing me with motivation to craft even though my sewing machine died and I've been on about 1000 field trips lately!
Updated list; these items are now complete:
lip wine-glass coaster/marker, revs 1 and 2, in red and pink. Didn't like the shape of #1, loved #2, but it will only fill the smallest bases...gotta enlarge before I make sets! (Already have multiple "give ME a set" requests...) REV 1: REV 2, empty and in use:
DD's RED pencil roll, rev 1 She has already made modification requests, and I have it cut out and half sewn. Now that my AMAZING DH has busted out the screwdrivers and ordered some parts and FIXED MY Brother cs-6000, I can actually finish rev 2! Open, with random colored pencils instead of blending stumps and fussy, fancy art pencils: Rolled:
DH's now dearly departed mom's recipes, collected for his sib/nephews complete with pin-ups of "Nonie" as a young woman. (Gotta be subversive wherever possible, you know? ) Random scrapbusting covers, which just happened to be close to her kitchen colors and era: Pictures NOBODY had ever seen before...it pays to be the only daughter-in-law with all the photos and all the recipes!
The finished DOG COZY, in red shown with accompanying bonus Chihuahua sleeping bag, thanks to LimeRiot's amazing doxie tutorial (here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373007.0) , made in size T-tiny (as we say in Cajun Country): Notice the ruler. One tiny dog. The cozy fits great, the sleeping bag needs to be longer. Yet another do-over-to-be.
The EXTRA-SMALL dog cozy (purchased) that I used to provide the shape, with the trial-run cozy for comparison:
(And yes, I tend to sew everything TWICE. At least. )
That makes TEN projects so far, if you only count each thing and not all the revisions!
It's for a friend's teeny-tiny chichuahua (1 1/2 pounds). If my friend will give me photos, I'll show action shots, too, but he's too skittish for me to be there to take any!
The little red thing in the pic is an outdoor coat (or "cozy," as we've been calling it) that she asked me to make when even the smallest one she could find was waaay too big on him. It's really pitfully small, as you can see. "Oddie" (said Odie) must have some hairless in him and he has to be forced outside or he won't go, even when it's 60 degrees!