Saturday, March 21, 2009

More Comic Plush

I have no idea why I had the urge to make a baby Rorschach, but here he is. He's just under 12" tall. He has a felt fedora, flannel shirt, and purple romper. All of these are removable, not that I would recommend trying to undress Rorschach if you like having fingers. He also has a stuffed puppy, his journal, and a can of beans for lunch. Hrm.

Continuing with the comic book stuffies, I made a little Doop for our doggie. (This was mostly Bats' idea.) Since our dog is fond of tearing the appendages off stuffed toys with wild abandon, I appliqued the little arms. He's currently covered in drool and almost missing an eye, but he's simple enough to make again if need be.

Meme Quilt Continued

I have the front of the meme quilt all done! I ended up doing 2" sashing to seperate the blocks a bit. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Continuing the Meme Quilt

This was the project for the day. I did all the piecing and put together the blocks for the meme quilt. It's not going to be big, around 40-50" wide and 50-60" long, depending on if I decide to do sashing. The blocks themselves are about 10" square.

Each piece of embroidery got a different contrast piece. I wanted the block to look like a computer, with a grey or black band around to make the monitor. The larger piece at the bottom is going to be quilted to look like a keyboard.

Each block has a different contrast block that serves as the "desktop". The stripe with this one is the basis for the color scheme.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Stuck on the Sofa

Figures as soon as I set myself a to-do list, I get struck with illness. It was so nice out this week too, boo.
As I have been laying on the couch trying not to die, I haven't gotten much crafting done. I have, however, been plotting what else to get up to once I'm well enough. (After all the projects in my last post, more job hunting, cleaning up my yard, and finishing what's in my sewing project basket.)

I may play with these a bit, especially Elephant Man. I'm thinking bowler hat and no hair. I do dig the moustache though. I'm in love with Lobster Boy already. Fish Boy rather favors Herman, I like nips on plush.

Ugh, my ankles felt funny the whole time I was planning Annie. I don't know if I can make her. I'm thinking of a little Willard too, but are enough people familiar with him?

Now some tv and back to sleep I think.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Things to Make this Month

1. If I can get Bats to help me, I want to get my duct tape dressform made. My old one just wasn't worth the trouble to move it cross-country and I've been without one. It's very handy to have and I got the supplies for less than $10. (Much better than the $100-150 for a manufactured one that isn't exact to me.)

2. Asssuming that gets done, I have two shirts I got at the thrift shop that need some tweaking.

3. Make some freaking sleep shorts. I have this weird thing about sleeping in pants. Unless it's super cold my legs just got too hot (although the rest of me will be freezing). Generally I resort to being a boxer thief, but I figure I can use up some of my cute cottons for a few pairs.

4. Get my scraps and fat quarters sorted so I can do some patchwork.

5. With the help of lovely testers, get my pattern to the point where I can sell it and do so. (What does one even charge for that sort of thing? And should I offer it as a download or a paper pattern or both? Argh.)

Hoppin' and a Boppin'

So now that my craft room is mostly squared away and I actually have a place to work, I figured I should finish up the rest of my birdy totes, which have been laying in my to do basket for a bit now. The last five were sewn up today today, which was mostly topstitching straps and securing birds. I may make some little flowers or other embellishments for the bags tomorrow and then hopefully get them on my Etsy. (SOMETHING needs to go on there anyway!)

The other three can be found on my Flickr. I'll post the pattern for a few of the birds on here within the next few weeks.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Testing 1, 2, 3

Remember these guys?

I'd like to eventually sell the pattern, but I'd really like have some pattern testers first. If anyone is interested let me know and I'll e-mail the pattern and instructions. These dolls are roughly 18" tall (the boy is a little taller) and can be made from fleece or felt.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Stu, Stu, Studio

I haven't updated for a few days, but I have a good excuse! On Sunday I talked Bats into taking me to the new IKEA, in spite of the torrential rain. Despite all the people and Bats following me around complaining about all the people, I managed to get what I needed. The rest of the weekend and most of Monday and Tuesday was spent cleaning my room. (Cue dramatic music.) This is going to be a pretty picture heavy post, just as a warning.

On the left, you can kind of see the MASS of fabric that was piled in the middle of the room. To be fair, I was in the middle of projets and I knew I was getting this stuff so I hadn't been tidying up after myself. Which is usually do, really! At the top of the "after" picture you can see the two shelves I put up all on my own, unfortunately for my poor little arms. I really hate not having a drill. On the plus side, only $6 for a shelf and two brackets.

You can see my ENORMOUS new table (76" x 30" roughly) down in the far right hand corner. The width will be great, I'll actually have room to cut things out. The table under the window probably won't stay there, it's over the air vent, but I didn't have anywhere else for it at the moment.
And finally, my favorite part...

Old fabric storage, meet new fabric storage. For comparison, here is my stash from June 2008 and April 2008.

Let's get another picture of that beauty. It's half as wide as the old one (meaning I have more room to actually open my door), but taller and wider and with actual shelving. I still have a huge box of fat quarters and discontinued deco samples (the joys of working in a fabric store) that I need to sort. Those are eventually going in a plastic drawer unit under my work table... I see a lot of patchwork in my future. I also have a basket of fashion fabrics that need a home. But for now, I am so happy to have most of my stash organized and accessible and easy to see. Glee.

And here's more of my work area. My sewing machine looks so teeny in the middle of it, I think it needs a cozy. I took my old curtain hardware down so I could use it to support a dowel with most of my ribbon stash, you can see more of it on the stand on the left. Hopefully having it in front of me will make me more inclined to use it instead of hoard it. Not that there's anything wrong with hoarding...

And leading into my next endeavor for today, on the laptop screen is this post on the Bakerella blog. I made just the cake cookies, veganized, but didn't bother with the frosting. Bats is vegan, so I've had to overcome my inability to bake in order to have tasty baked goods we can both enjoy, and I actually have been fairly successful. Duncan Hines Super Moist cake mixes are vegan with the exception of the buttery something or other cake and I used Smart Balance Buttery Spread and Ener-G egg replacer (love that stuff). They came out really yummy and chocolatey. Usually, given the opportunity, Bats will devour all the cake he can. (Literally, he has gone through almost an entire pan of mini cupcakes in one night.) Where cake batter doesn't keep, cookie dough does. So I have enough left for another batch of cookies tomorrow and no gagging boyfriend, everyone wins.

Now I'm going to lay on the couch and try not to move my sore little body. Ow.