Friday, July 25, 2008

Things for your hair

I recently started wearing my hair sticks again, in particular the pair I made for myself a few years ago, and a co-worker asked me to make her a pair. Which I totally forgot to take a picture of, though maybe I can get her to pose for an action shot sometime. But while I had the sticks and beads and everything out, I also put together another set.

I had to debate for a few days whether I was going to keep them for myself. But finally decided to put them up in the Etsy shop on the grounds that I already own about 2 dozen sets of hair sticks. Also, I can always make myself another pair.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


For July, the Big Damn Crafters Team chose "Ice Planets" as our theme. For those of you not familiar with the show Firefly, ice planets are a frozen treat suspended from a stick which make an appearance in the episode "The Message" and are most notably remembered by the following quote:

River: My food is problematic.
Jayne: The girl's a mind reading genius, can't even figure out how to eat an ice planet.

For me, ice planets embody the sense of fun and humor that I love about the show and I wanted to create something that captured that spirit, so I decided to make a mobile:

The 4 ice planets are made from paper mâché which has been painted white and coated with a generous helping of glitter. Each ice planet is hung on cotton cording, strung with painted wooden stars. In the center of the mobile, the colorful squares spell out "My food is problematic" and are finished with a set of silver toned bells.

Etsy Listing

Friday, July 11, 2008

Finished up this cute bag this week. I have been slowly overcoming my hatred of all things pink, and I actually really like this one.

The inside is lined with a peachy-pink fabric and has a pocket in the same material as the outside.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

This month's EtsyFAST challenge is "destashing". The idea being to use up some supplies that you have on hand to create something new. This has inspired me to finally finish spinning the following yarns. I started spinning these in late April/early May and have worked on them in spurts over the last few months. That's a long time to have something on the bobbin...for me, anyway. Both started with the same green/blue fiber that I used a few months ago for my Dragon Skin yarn, only this time, I spun the singles much finer.

Secret Garden was then plied with gold thread, randomly strung with black glass beads.

Foliage was plied with black metallic thread

Speaking of finishing things, I have picked up my TW Winter Carousel cross stitch for the first time in about 5 years and am making good progress. This further inspired me to pull out some of my completed cross stitch pieces and try to figure out what to do with them. I am thinking about making some of them into fabric wall hanging type of things, but still have to take a closer look at them to decide what best to do.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

I recently participated in the "I Love Ewe" swap on Craftster, which was expanded to include other farm animals. My partner made me some really cute items.

First, we have this pretty blue brocade purse, which has the symbol for Rabbit embroidered on it:

It is a really beautiful color and so shiny! Plus, I know how much of a pain working with that fabric is, so that makes me love it even more.

I also got these adorable ninja bunny hair clips:

Don't you just love them? I know I do.

And finally, I got teeny stitch markers:

A bunny, llama, sheep and goat. I stuck them on a current sock WIP so you can get an idea of the size. You all know how much I love getting stitch markers, and these are a great addition to my collection.

Thanks again to my great partner for making such wonderful things for me.