Sunday, October 28, 2007

Catch Up

I've been a major blog slacker lately. Apparently doing nothing is easier than I thought it would be. I haven't been entirely lazy, I made two sets of Halloween bags for neighbors and friends, but neglected to take pictures of either. I still have to make A & D's so hopefully I'll remember to take pics of those.

I've been a very lucky crafter lately. First, I won Sew Mama Sew's Free Fabric Friday drawing and chose this as my free yard. It was too hard to choose, so I got a little bit of these as well.



Then my mother found the mother lode of embroidery hoops at a yard sale and passed the spoils along to me.




And finally, I received my embroidered buttons from the swap! And all I can say is WOW! You ladies are really talented! I was lucky enough to receive a button from Maitreya, Kristin, the swap organizer Michelle, Jessi, Sweet Bee and Elsie. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them yet, but it will have to be special. For now they shall just be admired.





I can't wait for the next swap that Michelle has promised for after the first of the year.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I Pledge Allegiance...

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

I've made the pledge to buy handmade (or make myself!) and request handmade gifts for the upcoming holidays. Are you game?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Good day

My mom came into town today, and we all had a great time. She got here in time to watch Devin's soccer game, which was a blast, and then we headed to the bead store (which has recently doubled in size and is now open on Sundays, for all you locals). While there we popped into Knitter's Playground which is unfortunately closing up shop on October 27. And just when I caught the knitting bug! I went there to get a cable needle or double pointed needles for a project I'm working on, but I'm still getting the hang of knitting jargon, so I came home with 6mm (US 10) DPNs for my 12mm (US ?) knitting needles. I'm no expert, but I think half the size is too much of a difference... Ah well, I think I saw that JoAnn's is having a sale on knitting gear. And then I can check out the new knitting store that Rebecca at Knitter's Playground mentioned opened up on Main Street in Woodland...

Anyway, my mom had the address of a wholesale/retail bead place called Bead Babe that she wanted to check out. It ended up being in what looked like a storage space in a random part of North Highlands, but it was totally worth the drive. They had lots and lots of beads, and for a $25 membership fee, everything you buy for the next 12 months is half off. So between the two bead stores, I ended up with a bounty of beads and even some buttons.
Yay nighttime photography! And yay my laziness for not taking the beads out of their baggies. But, rest assured, they are all quite cool. Ok, you get one bead out of the bag...


After all that shopping, we decided to do some more shopping. My mom had never been to Ikea, so off we went, to bravely peruse cheap European design, and ogle the masses of neatly organized shopping carts.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Greener laundry

So I want to save the planet just like everyone else, so when I read Eren's post about Mugwort Maggie's natural laundry soap I was intrigued. I read about the soap on Mugwort Maggie's site and found out that it doesn't have all the crazy chemicals that regular soap has, it takes a lot less, it comes in lots of cool different scents, and it was $2 a sample (now $1.75!). I thought I'd give it a try. A load of laundry only took about a tablespoon and it smelled great while it was washing. I even left the door to our laundry closet open while it was washing, putting up with the crazy amount of noise our Craigslist-$50-washer makes so that I could enjoy the Tea Tree and Eucalyptus scent. Unfortunately, after a spin in the dryer (with a chemical-ridden dryer sheet), the scent didn't stick. So when I read about Nellie's Dryer Balls on Not Martha's site, I thought, a-ha! Doubly better for the environment, and I get good smelling clothes! You can read here for an in depth review, but basically, surprisingly, they work. So not only am I probably saving the planet single-handedly with my eco-friendly laundry choices, I have clothes that smell like Eucalyptus, Fresh Cut Grass or even Dragon Blood if I want, and I don't have to buy dryer sheets ever again!

Welcome Home

After a long day at work, it was pretty nice to come home to this (check out the detail here)...

And find this inside waiting for me...

I'm even getting into the spirit of the upcoming holiday, and got these to make some gifts for work friends...


I never thought I'd be a person who bought seasonal holiday prints... but I've been Boo'd and must Boo back. (Anyone else work in an office and know what I'm talking about?)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Parade Success

The Handmade Parade was great! Here's my table...

Mike whipped up a last-minute headband stand for me from a hanger and wood from the junk pile at the SPCA thrift store. It worked perfectly and got quite a few comments.
And of course I came home with stuff!
Mike and I both fell in love with Lauren's awesome creations...
A scarf by Melissa (more pics here) and a Nice notebook by Claire...

These very cute earrings made by Kelly...
A resin necklace with a photograph she took at a beach in Oregon made by Antoinette of Creatress...
And that's not all I came home with, but presents are involved, so I'll have to post about them later.
There were a number of demos going on, and Mike came up with this at Jenn's foam printing demo...



After the show, we were heading to dinner in midtown and came across a fellow crafter selling her wares, which were fantastic! I'm so glad we got to meet both her and her husband.

Ah, it was fun, but I'm so glad to be done!! Now I can sit and read a book (or whatever!) and not feel guilty that I'm not at my sewing machine making something for the show. Today's plan: Nothing. Let's see if I stick with it. Oddly enough, my sewing machine is calling to me...

Friday, October 12, 2007

Don't forget the Handmade Parade!

If you're in the Sacramento area, don't forget to come to the Handmade Parade! Here's a list of the demos that will be happening, there will be a band called Jason and the Punknecks playing, and the Coffee Garden has very yummy chocolate chip cookies. Seriously. My mouth is watering already. Oh yeah, and there's going to be lots of cool crafts! See you there!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Progress

Finally!!

Happy Columbus Day

What I'm doing on my day off...

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Jeannie P.

My mom has opened her etsy shop, and while there is only one item in there at the moment, she will hopefully have more examples of her different designs in there soon. She is looking to do mostly special orders rather than having a set stock of jewelry, so please contact her if you're interested in something.

Here's a sneak peak of some of her other designs...


Also here and here.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Check and check

I love checking things off my imaginary To Do list. And last night I got to check not one, but two things off! I finished my embroidered buttons for the swap, and made up some coffee sleeves for some of my work friends.



Next!

Weekend Shenanegans

Instead of sewing all weekend (which is what I should have been doing in preparation for this), I hurt my pinkie finger pretty badly smacking it into a door jam, and did a whole lot of procrastinating. One thing I did accomplish was "helping" Mike (aka, watching and occasionally handing him a tool or holding something) take apart and make new our hand-me-down baker's rack. As one piece, it didn't quite fit anywhere convenient, so was placed in a rather awkward and nearly useless location. Now, the top half is a lovely shelf in the kitchen, and the bottom is our necessary surface by the front door.



(Ok, I know it's Thursday, and a little late to be talking about my weekend, but I had this post written up Monday night, and have just been procrastinating on adding the pics. How lame is that?)

Monday, October 1, 2007

And what I sent...

Now that Kim has received her package from me, here are a couple things I made for her...
Freezer paper stenciled coasters...

...and a Charming Handbag with embroidered owl (ah, apartments, where else can you find sponged brick fireplaces?). The tote is a repurposed corduroy shirt with Amy Butler lining. The owl designs on both the coasters and tote were by Mike.

Owl Swap


I received such a wonderful package from Kim of Fat and Scrappy the other day for the Owl Swap Missy organized. She made cards, a checkbook and card holder, and a notebook with the cutest owl paper, as well as adorable gift tags and luggage tags. She also included some etsy finds: a zipper bag and sleeping owl patch. Thank you Kim!