Friday, May 1, 2015

Wish List

Sometimes I wish that I had thought to call this blog "Jill of all Crafts" or something to reflect that I am just a craft collector and am not a master (mistress?) of any one specific crafty activity.  I have a growing list of things I want to learn/try/do.  Here's just a sampling of them:

Stamp Carving
I took a book out of the library by Geninne Zlatkis called Making An Impression (her blog is here with more details about it).  She made it seem so easy, with the exception of the drawing part, which I really have trouble with.  There's a cute stamp carving kit from Yellow Owl Workshop, but I'm not sure if the $30.00 price tag is what I want to pay to give it a try.  I also wonder if buying all the bits separately would be cheaper.

I have a board on Pinterest called Reasons to Learn Crochet and I spend all my time pinning rainbow crocheted items.  Seriously...they are all brightly colored.  If I could live in a world filled with rainbow blankets, I think I would die happy.  I have no desire to knit, though.  

Well, this is something I'm not going to go out and purchase all the tools for.  It's just not happening and, really, the only reason I want to do this is to make a Little Free Library.  My block does not have one, so it needs one, and this sentiment is shared by my next door neighbors.  We may collaborate, because they've got the tools and the construction skills to help put it all together.  That would be great, because, otherwise I was looking at a $280 class.  I did cancel my gym membership, so that money was earmarked for that class, but I'd much rather do something with the neighbors.

Well, I guess that's it for now.  I'll probably think of other things in a day or two.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Out of Season

It's too early for Christmas, I know, but if I let this project wait until December, it will never get done.  We need Christmas stockings.  I've made stockings for my sister's family:
And my sister-in-law's family:
But we've just got two store-bought faux fur ones that are not personalized or special.  So it's been my goal to make stockings for my family.  I've pinned a number that I like, particularly the elf styles, but they were a little bit shabby chic.  I wanted something with a bit more splash and I was inspired by this pieced stocking late last week.

So with an hour to spare on Saturday, I started working on it and came up with my first stocking.  I was really moved by that small scrap of marbled gold lame that I made two years ago:
This was the fabric that set the color scheme and away I went to form the following piece of stocking art:
A little closer:
That marbled fabric really works here.  I think that darker blue is a little off, but it's too late to go back now.
Most of these other fabrics were from my mom, I'm pretty sure.  She unloaded all of her fancy barbie-dressmaking fabrics onto me when she moved.  I really like that top velvety, furry cuff.  It's so soft and snuggly.
That curly toe was a devil to stuff and it needed to be stuffed so it wouldn't dangle like a sad, limp you-know-what.  I'm going to sew a dingle bell on the tip.

I lined it with that blue satin:
And the back is some stripey gold fabric (also from my mom):
So there you have it...


Wait a minute...what's that?
Man!  I busted through and ripped a hole in it when I was stuffing that stinkin' toe.  Ugh.  It looks like I've got some repair work to do.  Well, I've got an idea for it, so I'll keep you posted.  Until then...just enjoy the rest of it!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Home Stretch

I've been distracted by other little crafty things, so the 40 Year Old Geisha has been taking a while to finish, but I'm almost there.  I have this last little corner to finish and then the thing will be ready to prep for framing.

Friday, April 24, 2015

(Potential) Cape 3

My mother-in-law sent me a birthday package with all the fixings to make my own cape.

I'm not sure when I'll get to it, because,  I have some other projects lined up ahead of it, but it would be a good project for the fall.  I'm keen on that third style.

Thank you!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Thrifted Crafty Things

I went back to the thrift store to look for that abandoned bit of cross stitch and it was gone.  I hope it went to a good home.  As long as I was there....

I found these two crafty items.  So that is an unopened box of Whimsy Dip (from the makers of ModPodge), which is some sort of plastic dipping sauce to coat things.  I pinned a tutorial on making a rubber origami bird and I'm pretty sure this stuff is the same concept.  It comes in red and green dipping sauces, but I have a feeling they are the ugly red and green of the 80's.  Things were just a different color back then.

I also found some paint brushes.  They were made of red sable, which bothers me.  They were also made in China, so now I have a bad feeling that the red sable that donated this hair did so under duress and did not have a pleasant life.  Ugh.  I'd hate to go vegan, but the world is really horrible to animals and I don't want to give up dairy and honey and eggs.  Ugh!  

The last thing I found was at a different thrift store that I got to browse around for ten minutes before closing.
Nesting dolls!  I have an idea for them, but I'm not a drawer or a painter, so my idea will probably end of looking like little blobs of poo.  I love this folksy style for faces, so I'd love to make them like that.  We'll see.

Oh, and this next thing is not crafty, but it's nifty:
99 cents!  And perfect for when Z wants a firetruck themed birthday party at the Firefighters Hall and Museum.   This was my favorite little find.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Antique Things

I've been on the prowl for a small curiosities shelf for many years.  I have a set of hand painted zodiac animals that are made out of silk worm cocoons and a set of eight carved Chinese horses.  And then a bunch of little odds and ends.  Anyway, I finally figured out that I could use those printer type drawers that are all over the place.  I went out and picked this one up.  Forgive the poor quality of the photo.
Neat.  So I need to clean it up and put on some mounting hardware and this thing will be ready for treasures.  

While at the shop buying this one, I also happened upon an umbrella stand, which has also been on my list of things for the house for a number of years.  This one is metal and mod.  Very fun:
I desperately want to spray paint it some funky colors.  Blue?  Yellow?

It has this odd little top piece that my mom pointed out would have had an umbrella handle attached to it so that the whole thing would look like an umbrella when put together.
Maybe I can just add a finial gem for pizzazz.  The umbrella is a kid umbrella that I picked up at the thrift store.
She loves it!  I was sick of her obsession with the big umbrellas, so this was found just in time for spring!

Friday, April 17, 2015

More Finds

I stocked up on embroidered doily things at the Textile Center Garage Sale.   I'm on an embroidery kick right now, so...
I like these sweet little bits of cross stitching. I never do seems way too precise for me.

Satin stitches.  Mine are always so sloppy.
I don't like this one with the blue very much.  I'll probably let the kids play with it.  Same goes for this bird one:
The next two doily designs came with a long doily and a little one.  These were the whole reason I bought the bag lot of doilies:
This brown one is the prettiest!
Oh, and one more thing:
Look at that!  What a great crewel apron kit!