Saturday, August 11, 2012

river rocks and skull

Thanks to the internet, one can see that a lot of people share an obsession for painting river rocks. Rocks are a blank canvas. My lack of drawing and painting ability not withstanding, i remind myself that art is fun like when we were kids. Stencils help and also looking at the work of people who can draw who I try not to be insanely jealous of. And the paper mache skulls at Micheal's offer endless possibilities for painting them a la dia de los Muertos.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

people collect all kinds of things

Why shouldn't you collect nail polish?

Monday, March 5, 2012


Finally purchased Swans Island yarn and blew the budget for yarn for the time being. This color is called "Logwood" and it's just that: the color of a damp, decaying log and it's so beautiful. Gone are the days of buying purples and pinks and red and green yarns. My taste in colors has changed to naturally occurring hues of earth and sky and that's about it. Most likely, I'll knit Decouverte or a rectangular shawl. I bought enough of it to knit forever.

This yarn is like a canvas, to show off the stitches and maybe to combine with just a little bit of another color but probably not, I'm happy with it just on its own.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


I found this image for a teapot cozy. I've been wanting to knit one for at least a year now. It's time.

Monday, February 20, 2012

linen napkins Act II

Mom has always given me old fabric usually in the form of linen napkins and doilies. I know they were carefully selected by her at least a decade ago, over the years laundered and ironed to within an inch of their lives, and then brought out to see the light of day as she hands them off to me. Not one to turn down an opportunity for recycling, I cut away a ton of frayed edges on the latest batch of napkins but they were clean and soft with a silky sheen and begging for embroidery and applique. As far as I can tell, linen just gets better with age.

Linen napkins sewn together and bias-taped for a new life as a table runner:
Making mitered corners with bias tape is still kicking my butt:
Lemon print circa 1990 will get the bias tape treatment next:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

hands, hands, fingers, thumb

Man! i do not post on this blog. Yet, craftiness is happening for sure. I'm happy with the men's half-finger gloves I'm knitting out of the abrasive but warm and luminous Lite Lopi. Knitting fingers is fiddly and sort of architectural. It involves a lot of LOOKING, really looking and examining then looking again some more to form attractive knitted fingers that fit.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

wool shorts, second act

I've loved wool tweed forever but good luck finding it by the yard. Tore apart some shorts that were handed over to me. Given the age of the previous owner they've got to be, i don't know, 1950s prep school? Constructed in the USA with wool woven in Ireland. The pattern for the purse was translated from Japanese and i believe the purse handle is Japanese, too.

Monday, July 11, 2011

dish garden

This could easily become a new hobby but tiny cactus are not exactly cheap when purchasing a quantity. It was satisfying to rescue them from Lowes, however. The plan is to wait until these get established, take cuttings, and then re-plant them into other dish gardens. I wonder if they would sell at the farmers market?

Friday, May 27, 2011

what i've been doing

Potholders! (and two aprons). I was messing around trying to come up with a banner for my etsy shop and put everything out on the picnic table.

None of the potholders really pass muster to be sold. Each one has a little something not quite perfect and each one has been a learning experience that is making me better at sewing them. The batting/fill was a challenge until i came up with a combination that has heat protection properties without being too bulky. been loving the fabric tho. i'll keep a couple, give away some, and take apart the rest and re-do them.

is it wrong to want them to look perfect? i don't think so. whatever makes me happy.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

it has come to this

but i mean it in a good way. just spent half and hour cutting out wool squares in preparation for sewing hot pads to sell at the market. and spending a lot of time just scrutinizing fabric, thinking about colors. I wish i had started this a long time ago. the benefit of getting older is my head has room to create rather than obsess on relationships and other ephemera. it's like going back to childhood looking at crayons.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

let your flag fly

Buntings seem so timeless. I could easily become obsessed with them. I made this for Ping's b'day and now never want to take it down.

Monday, April 25, 2011


i look at other's online photos and blogs for inspiration. i get self-conscious what I make will never be as beautiful as what other people make. I remind myself to express what is uniquely mine to express. The word "Inspiration" comes from the latin word "spiritus," which means breath. Our breath, the rhythm of our inhalations and exhalations, is uniquely our own. Likewise, the things we make and how we decorate, our individual taste is our own and has merit too.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

crafty feeling

addictive to sew, these potholders are great for using up fabric remnants. My taste in fabric seems to change daily. I found some fabric that has a retro vibe without being too bright or cute and used pieces of wool, canvas and linen to add some texture. got the pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's book, "Simple Sewing." Used Pellon's crib 100% wool batting and 3 layers basted together seems to work. These are my first attempt at potholders. They'll get better with some practice.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


i titled this post "sanity" because the minute we got this thing hung up and i finished the puzzle-like process of hanging utensils, some sanity was restored to our kitchen. This is Margaret Oomen's idea that i stole from the back page of "Dwell" magazine.

i hope it's okay i put your idea to use, Ms. Oomen, (i'm sure i'm not the only one), and posted a picture on my blog. I have since been tracking you all over the web. You are a crafty goddess. Thank you.