last year i thought i had a brilliant idea when i started making these quilted scarves. i was prepping for a craft show and was making several of every item at once, although i never fully finished a 'prototype scarf' before starting to make them. i did have a sample with everything completed except for the finishing. when i got to the final stage, the binding, i found the scarf suddenly looked like an oddly-shaped potholder (i actually use one as such - i'll post that later). totally not scarf-y.
so a few months later, i remembered my intention to make a window-seat-blanket/pad so that i could snuggle into my spacious window frame and read. i sewed a bunch of the abandoned "scarves" together, and ta da.
it is a bit bumpy, unfinished, and will have to sit face-down, but at least it makes my nook more nook-y!
a bit of a crazy looking chair, the seat and back of which I wove using a whole whack of scrap fabric sewed together. it was good to use up old fabric otherwise destined for the garbage, but it turned out much more 70s-lawn-chair looking than i had hoped. the chair frame itself was once covered in wicker. bits of it were snapping off and my co-worker wanted to get rid of it.
it's ugly, but comfortable. doesn't really help my (weak) attempts to have a more aesthetically cohesive, grown-up apartment, but it was an experiment. what can you do?!
I had this yarn in my stash for TOO long (as we all say), and I had this pattern picked out for some time too. I decided to knit it up and it only took two days.
I was very happy with how it turned out (see my smirking face!), although it is still fairly big - my head is pretty average-sized and it is hanging off my head. I also used smaller needles than gauge for the yarn or pattern recommended. I am going to try making another, reducing 20 sts on the back of the hat. I haven't added the I cord yet, but I will.
I am in a craft show in a couple of weeks and figured these journals out a couple of days ago. I was super excited, but when showing friends, got the 'meh' vibe. Do you think these are neat enough to have at a craft show?
The craftsmanship isn't great because it was my prototype, which might have affected their reactions. It is bound using a 'wrapped binding', which means that I sew through the spine, which in this case is vinyl. The pic displayed is an old one of my dad and his uncle, but can be replaced with any photograph.
Someone suggested a snap closure, but I don't like that idea - I have to play with closure yet.
In February my agency had a fundraiser to raise money and awareness surrounding youth homelessness: a sleepout. I was excited to do it, but needed something to help me stay warm. While scavenging for blankets at my parents house, I uncovered these fine gems:
Two old wool sweaters!
Immediately I pictured a hip, cute, joined-short-and-tank-top kind of thingy. Of course in my visions it was well-tailored, stylish, and flattering too.
Nearly delirious with excitement, I plunged forward, and lured by the prospect of full-body coverage, instead created the unitard:
You enter by the neck! It was a fabulous hit the night of the sleep out, and I was so hot at night that I had to stick my arms outside the sleeping bag (in -10 degree weather it was too cold to expose my face!).
I am a newbie to craft fairs, and am really excited to be participating in one next month. My items are going to be a mix of kid stuff (mixed crayons, i spy bags) and 'adult' stuff (journals, coffee cozies, bags). Low to mid-range of prices.
I am also thinking of including reusable pads in the line up. They were the biggest sellers from the Shop the Swap shop, and I have their production down flat. I am a bit concerned, however, about displaying a product that some people could have strong reactions against, or getting into a discussion about menstrual politics when I have people looking at purses.
Does anyone have thoughts, experience, advice? Either for display or carrying the product at all?
I received my package on Tuesday from Slingmomma and it is awesome! When I am looking for craft supplies I try to find stuff that is kind of different unique, and everything she sent me is perfect!
First off, she sent me a TON of wallpaper samples that I will use when I am journal-making:
They are really cool - I already have a couple of them pegged for where they will be used.
She sent me a bunch of notions:
Last year I had this dream that involved me making bags for my friends - I never got around to it, but this is the stuff that bags are made of.
She sent me about 10 sheets of that stuff where you rub on one side and it transfers to your craft (I want to call it vellum but i don't know if that is right?) - this one is my favorite:
And finally, the envelope was STUFFED full of yarn:
As well as a set of needles - and you didn't even know I have been borrowing my mother's for the last year! The yarn is super, I am going to start playing around with it soon and it might even turn into some CHristmas gifts.
Thank you so much Slingmomma, I love all my gear - and thank you for organizing!
I was really happy to be able to dress in a couple this year with a good friend - we were the Queen of Diamonds and the Queen of Spades. We tried to be as playing card-ish as possible, with motley capes of all colours.
I was also really happy to find almost all of the fabrics to make the capes in my stash. My friend (diamond queen) made our staffs, jewelery and earrings, and the crowns. We carried playing cards around as 'identification'. We didn't make the dresses - they were genuine 70s numbers that we had to pin, they were so little!
I had such a good Halloween - this was the first time I tried to put together a decent costume since I've been a kid. We didn't win any prizes, but we had a fun night!
I live and craft in lovely Southern Ontario, Canada. All items are crafted in an animal-free, smoke-free environment.
Please have your order total at least one point. Thanks for looking!
Coming soon: more journals!
Coptic-Stitch Journals - 2 points each
Reusable Pads - 1 point each, includes insert
Made using all new terry cloth and flannel, and a metal snap. Each pad is about 18 cms long, and the inserts are slightly shorter. Inserts come for 'light days' (made of flannel on both sides) or for 'heavy days' (made of flannel on one side, terry cloth on the other).
I used a tutorial from the Blood Sisters of Montreal website, which seems to have disappeared.
Please indicate which pad and which insert you would like when making your claim.
Pads. Left to right, claim as "Blue/Green Pad" (1 available), "Blue/Butterfly Pad" (2 available), or "Red/Ford Pad" (1 available)
Heavy days inserts. Left to right, claim as "Heavy Ford Insert" (1 available), or "Heavy Green Insert" (2 available)
Light days inserts.Sold out - more coming soon!
Magnets - 3 for 1 point
From a 1952 edition of Better Homes & Gardens.
Claim as: "1,095 meals", "Pimento", or "YOUR Bathroom"
Claim as: "Mowmatic"
Claim as: "Coke", or "Weedabomb"
Claim as: "Beef Gravy", or "Record Handling"
Claim as: "Beatrice Roth", or "Miracle Whip"
Coffee Cozies - 0.5 points each
Knit using 100% wool, albeit a Walmart brand... From top left, in a clockwise rotation, claim as: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Claims from me: From STS 18: to calluna, blue/green pad with light insert (1) - Send by October 5
Claims I have made: from penguino, "Purple Fuzzy" (3) - Send by October 11
POINTS Started with: 6 Current: 2 Pending: 1 TOTAL: 3[/b][/size]