Friday, February 27, 2015

A. Chanin - on a Budget

I've been inspired by Alabama Chanin's designs and wanted to try making a cardigan in a similar style.  I had some old t-shirts form Gap - 10 years old - to layer together and cut up the front.  I made my own stencils out of old milk jug plastic.  I bought t-shirt paint and found cotton darning thread in my stash....
I'm doing brown on black, over brown: black shirt on top, with brown shirt inside, and brown paint for the stencil.  Then I'll embroider both layers together, following the shapes of the stencils, and cut out the center to show the brown shirt - this technique is called reverse applique.
For a total cost of $5 for the t-shirt paint and sponge-applicators!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wall Art Hanger

I'm having fun painting and saw a genius way to display cards/drawings/etc. on Pinterest.  An old multi-skirt hanger...which I had!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bird Acrobatics

Literally hanging out - swinging on her ring and ringing her little bell - Skyler is a birdie acrobat - she can fly a little now and started exploring!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Best Movie EVER - in print ; )

The Princess Bride.  My friend just gave me this hardback copy for Valentine's Day.  It's one of my favorite movies that I shared with my friends dozens of times back in high school.  It's the funniest, quirkiest, silliest, classical-and-goofy-put-together kind of movie.  We have been quoting lines from it our entire adult lives.  The most popular is "Have fun storming the castle!"  or "Hello lady!"
I'm eagerly looking forward to reading it now : )

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pattern #30 - Olivia Wrap Dress

 In The Shop
I've posted a digital pattern of the Olivia Wrap Dress for sizes 8-10-12-14 available for instant download...check it out and let me know if you have any questions about it!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Some Little Paintings

I got my paints out this week.  I thought I'd start with some greeting cards first, just to get my brushes wet.  I sketch ideas in a little journal first, then draw them in pencil on watercolor paper, then pen the lines, then paint...or sometimes I paint then pen - depends on my mood!

Night Stand

 On my nightstand recently:
latte - live on these
sketchbook - ideas and notes
chocolates - yum!
coconut lotion - wintery dry skin
alarm clock - set for 7:30 a.m.

What's on you're bedside table?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Boy's Imaginations

You know those B-rated movies about dinosaurs and cowboys in outer-space?  (I've never actually seen one, but I hear they're out there.)  Well, it's in the playtime of little boys that these things are dreamed up!
Also, it's on the floor of my room - where there's plenty of open floor space (not already cluttered by toys) - that these great scenes are enacted!
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