Sunday, December 30, 2007
These pink Sapphire & Sterling earrings were made for one of my cousins.
These pink Swarovski crystal & Sterling earrings were made for another cousin.
This felt and glass bead necklace was made for my step-mom. I really liked how this one turned out, so I think I will make a few more of them.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
We took the headboard off of a full sized Dalselv bed frame from Ikea and re-attached it to the long side of the bed. We marked equidistant spaces for the bars, drilled holes for them, and purchased another piece of lumber to cap the top of the headboard.
I purchased a futon cover for the mattress, and covered some giant pillows for the backrest. I used cotton fabric including a bunch of Amy Butler prints. It is so comfy that I may not ever be able to go back to a regular couch.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I could not find Peppermint extract at my grocer, so I decreased the amount of sugar and substituted Peppermint Torani syrup.I did not purchase enough whipping cream either, so my "bark" did not come out as pretty as the original. I used Droste cocoa powder in the whipped cream tasted like an outstanding chocolate ice cream.
-eye pillow that was inspired by this project from Sew, Mama, Sew!
-soy wax jar candle, supplies from General Wax.
-a CD of meditations from the Meditation Oasis podcast.
-a bar of felted soap.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Liquid Paper, via
Bella Dia has a printable gift tag round-up too.
Monday, December 17, 2007
I wanted to find some type of garland to decorate my table top Christmas trees. I looked in several stores and nothing was inspiring me. I finally found what I was looking for at Michaels. It was a beaded wire with large sequins attached to it that was made for decorating gift packages. Now my dinner table is complete. Yeah!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
While browsing I came across this great list of free patterns for knit mittens and gloves over at Knitting Pattern Central. Although they would not really help keep my hands warm, I really liked these Mushroom Pulse Warmers over at Hello Yarn. I am still searching for my perfect pattern.
Monday, December 10, 2007
a few of my favorite etsy shops:
Felt Club Vendors
Around the Los Angeles area
Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre
Handmade Galleries LA, Sherman Oaks
Hollywood Farmer's Market, Hollywood
Eagle Rock area
Be sure to check the ads in the back of magazines for great indie finds too:
Friday, December 07, 2007
Felt fabric (I used a wool blend yardage)
Straight pins with a small head
Ribbon or other decorations
Cut felt fabric into 2” wide strips.
Trim the bottom edge of the strips with the pinking shears.
Cut the strips of felt into smaller rectangular pieces.
Use straight pins to attach pieces of felt onto the Styrofoam cone. Be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up, overlaping your layers as if you are putting shingles on a roof.
On the next row up, stagger the next row of felt, like you are laying down a wall of
Trim the cardboard tube to the length you would like, and use white glue to cover it with felt fabric. This will be the trunk of the tree.
Trace the circumference of the trunk on the base of the tree.
Use a craft knife to cut a channel to fit the trunk of the tree into.
Glue the tree trunk into place.
Decorate the tree with ribbon, mini pom-poms, or whatever you desire.
You can see the trees all decorated here.
Monday, November 19, 2007
I entered the gauge from my knitted swatch into the pattern generator for an ear flap hat that was created by The Knitting Fiend as suggested by Easily Amused.
I wrote up a pattern for the bumps which I will post when the hat is complete. I am filling the bumps with 2" Styrofoam balls that have the bottom trimmed off so they have a flat side. I covered the balls with a thin layer of batting and then stuffed them into the feet of stockings before they received their knitted cover.
I can't wait to see the finished product.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I just came across this site, Bath and Body Recipes, that has 787 recipes for bath and body products. There are many many sites out there with these types of recipes, but this is the first time I have seen a recipe for making your own pore clearing strips.
You can read an article I wrote a while back about how to create your own lip balm recipe here.
Friday, November 09, 2007
I was browsing over in the flickr Crazy for Knitting pool and came across these fabulous knitted bangles by See Mi Knit. She has written up a tutorial for how to create your own. You can see more pictures of her finished knits here.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
This was my fist "large project" and I could not have completed it without help. I learned intarsia, fair aisle, i-cord, 3 needle bind off, how to pick-up and knit in another direction, and how to make button holes.
I used Merino Style yarn from Knit Picks. Merino Style is a nice yarn with beautiful colors, but if I were to do it again, I would have not used the red and pink. I would have dyed some yarn a fuchsia color and maybe a few other colors too. Or, I would have used the Paternayan yarn that was called for because it comes in so many many colors.
I would also have knit my i-cord longer and thinner. As it is, I ended up cheating a bit and braiding the pieces on the ends, otherwise this scarf would have still been sitting in a bag incomplete. I adore all the color, but I think this piece is a little too colorful.....and it looks like it belongs in the circus. Oh well.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Simplicity classroom: How to Make Wings
Instructables: How to Make a Pair of Angel Wings
Squidoo: Make your own Fairy Wings, scroll down a bit
WikiHow: How to Make Fairy Wings
CDHM: How to Make Fantasy Film Fairy Wings, these are small for dolls
Craftgrrl: Fairy Wings
Angry Chicken: Fairy Items
Knitting And: Halloween Fairy Wings
Dicey Home: Fairy Wings
Family Fun: Fancy Fairy Costume
About: How to Make Fairy Wings
Sonic: Make Your Own Fairy Wings
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The equally best thing was to create something that was wonderfully Wonder Woman. As a young girl I had always coveted those fabulous evil deflecting gold bracelets and fancy gold crown.
And so, I present these Wonder Woman accessories, which are perfect for days when you need a little help feeling like a hero, or just want to play dress-up. They are available in my etsy store.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I was over at the Craftzine blog and came across this amazing knitted scene that toki45 posted at Craftster. The inspiring animated video was for "I Lived on the Moon" from Kwoon's album "Tales and Dreams". The designer and director of the animated short was Yannick Puig.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I have received a review for the Wool Breast Pads I made last February for my friend who was having a baby shower. She liked the larger size, but the colors from the silk or dyed wool ended up bleeding when she released milk. They ended up only being appropriate for dark colored bras.
I have entered my Knit Leia Wig pattern, and fleece edition Leia Wig. You can see the other entries here.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
There are two weeks left to enter the 2007 Holiday Softie Awards going on over at flickr. There are a bunch of fun entries to look at. My Mr. Hankey doll has been entered into the Doll Dress up category. You can learn more about how to enter here. via Craftzine
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I just stumbled across a knitting pattern for these super cute Buccaneer's Booty Socks. They are perfect for the fall Halloween days that are just a few weeks away. This pattern was designed by Anne Kuo Lukito of Crafty Diversions. I may have to start making socks now.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
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Thursday, October 04, 2007
I had remembered that there were several posts about other crafters who had made their own labels on the Craftzine blog. This one by I Sew Biz seemed the easiest.
I headed over to my local fabric store and purchased the "Colorfast Sew-In Inkjet Fabric Sheets" by June Tailor. They worked out great.
For the first few wigs, I had sewn in the label so it showed. I decided to change this and now all the tags will be sewn into the inside.
Be sure to check out some of the other amazing things she has created on her website.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
It took a while to design a pattern that would fit just as nice as the knit version, but I think I finally did it. I will be offering these for sale during The Brewery Artwalk, October 6 & 7, in Unit 642, W-9. I mentioned the Artwalk here.
I will be offering the fleece version of the Leia Wig at my Etsy store in brown and black, just after Artwalk. They cost $49.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday and Sunday
October 6 & 7, 11am - 6pm
Come visit me and over 100 other working studios of Brewery artists and purchase art at studio prices.
2100 N Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90031
directions are here
list of participating artists with links here
images of previous ARTWALK's here
Thursday, September 13, 2007
We purchased almost everything from Ikea. The cabinets are from the Akrum series with Applad doors, Lansa pulls, and Capita legs. The counter tops are Pragel. We got the steel sink, which is discontinued, from the as-is bin for half price, and chose the Edsvik faucet. The spice racks, shelf, and paper towel holder are from the Grundtal series. The flooring is Armstrong's Standard Excelon industrial composition tile. You can see images of the progress on our kitchen here.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
September 8th - November 24th, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8th, 6-9 pm
Featured artists include:
Lisa Clague, Cynthia Consentino, Debra Fritts, Linda Ganstrom, Marie E.v.B. Gibbons, Margaret Keelan, Coeleen Kiebert, Beth Lo, Janis Mars Wunderlich, Kathryn Rush, Kathy Ruttenberg, Esther Shimazu, Nan Smith, Cheryl Tall, and Patti Warashina
Forming the Figure in Clay – October 13th, 12-4pm, Fee: $10 adults, $5 children 12 & under. Learn how to form a simple figure in clay. This workshop is for children and families.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Worth 1000 has a few contests going on for advanced Photoshoppers. Boing Boing points to this contest using vintage ads to promote modern products. There are a ton of great ads there, but I really like this one for the Nintendo Wii which was created by gugacardo.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Berroco has come up with a free pattern for scarf just like this one created by Queen Mud that I posted about a few weeks ago. Berroco's pattern is called Sabinette. I like how the architectural structure of the "rungs of the ladder" pop out like fringe when wrapped around the models neck. You can also see an un-felted version of this scarf here on the Berroco site.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
If you like these too, you may want to check out the ceramics of Catherine Reece of Village Clay Works.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
One of my favorite needle felting artists, the amazing Moxie, whom I wrote about earlier, has once again wowed me. Her finger puppets make me giggle with glee, and this new fuzzeh one has put me over the top. You can see more of her fantastic needle felted creations on her flickr page. She also has an etsy store.
Friday, July 20, 2007
I really like this knitted & felted Rainbow Scarf created by Queen Mudd from Sweden over at flickr. She has a ton of fantastic photos of knit items. Many of them are of lace. You can see a before felting photo of her Rainbow Scarf picture here. She also has a blog called Queen Mudd.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Recently, jeffkobi posted a how-to on making your own LED Hula Hoop over at instructables. He said he spent about $15 in materials. Yeah!
To learn more about the hooping phenomenon, go to hooping.org.
Saturday, July 14th, 12-9pm
340 S. Garey Ave
Pomona, CA 91766
Felt Club, Los Angeles's fantastic indie craft show.
Sunday, July 15, 11-7pm
4315 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA
I adore the fake diamond rings by Danielle Maveal. I think they would make a great engagement ring.