Thursday, February 28, 2013

Things That Make Me Happy #14


#14: My spindle collection. I only have a few, but I'm working on it! This is one I got from etsy and painted myself. It's so tiny, only six inches, it's so cute!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Making an Impression


 It's miiiiine all MIIIINE! This is my new favorite book, by Geninne Zlatikis. She has the most amazing prints in her shop, and someday those will be mine too. But for right now I'm happy to learn stamp making, -or block printing, whatever- from her. Because she's brilliant and all things lovely. 

















 I've never really been interested in stamps until I stopped using scrapbook paper and switched to kraft paper for my stitched packages. I think they need a little jazzing up, so I've been searching for the perfect sewing-themed stamps. Then I saw this book and I was all, hey let's make my own!
Here are my very first stamps, carved from dollar store erasers for practice:


I know, they're kind of hilariously horrible. But just a few more minutes of practice....



And I was able to make this little gardening scrapbook for my sister-in-law. The directions for making it are in the book too, and they were really easy to follow. There's a brilliant project for making a wall stamp border that I want to use for my bathroom makeover. This book is so inspiring.


I even let Carly make a stamp (under close supervision, of course, those tools are sharp!) This is an airplane. D'awwwww!
So now I'm ready to make some stamps for my shop! I got the Speedball brand cutter kit at Michaels with a coupon, so it was about $7 and came with a piece of rubber to start with. Not bad for a new hobby!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Shop Update. Also, Pneumonia

I know, I know, I haven't been posting enough lately. Ok, I haven't been posting at all. Things have been kind of yucky around here. I started a new medication that makes me sleepy until about three in the afternoon, so that kind of wipes out most of my day. And then last night I spent in the hospital because I have pneumonia! I mean, what?? This is 2013, I thought people only got that stuff in historical drama movies. Oh wait, that's consumption. Anyway I still don't know why I have it. At first I thought it was a pulled muscle (the myentiretorsomaximus) because I was playing Dance Central a wee bit too aggressively. But it got worse and worse until I couldn't breathe or move, so I went to the ER and they did a CAT scan. Turns out the entire left side of my chest cavity is full of fluid. EWWWW I know, right? I just couldn't believe how much pain could be caused by pneumonia- when the doctor touched my left ribs I blacked out from the pain! Highly embarrassing. But yay for narcotics!
Excuses, excuses. Maybe I'm just too busy with my shop, I just want to stitch and stitch! Here are a few new hair clips:




I also added some destash items- buttons that I will never get around to using, but maybe you could!




And even a set of stitch markers! I really hope people buy stitch markers online, because I love making them- just the perfect amount of attention span.

Things That Make Me Happy #13


#13: Lists! And apparently having too many irons in the fire. You should see the list of things I want to make for my shop! And let's not even get started on pinterest to-do boards...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My First Weaving Project!

I made this "loom" out of old chopsticks, cheap cotton yarn, and nail files.





And if you're wondering what that mangled strip of string is on the loom, it's supposed to be a bookmark. I used handspun thread for the warp and weft. I gave it to my mom as a present. I can only imagine the look of horror and/or humor on her face when she opened it!




But it was really fun to make, I can't wait to build a real loom and try out patterns!