Friday, February 20, 2015

Bags and Beads

In Sioux Falls I visited the Old Courthouse Museum because they had a vintage purse exhibit.  I love vintage purses.  I really loved all of these metal mesh bags from the 1800's:

This little embroidered bag was sweet.  
 I also really liked this little Italian beaded baggage:
The rest wasn't very noteworthy, especially anything from the 1970's.

There was also a Native American bead exhibit that the museum reception guy told me about.  

Beaded pouches...
 And this was some sort of smoking bag, I think, but how pretty!
 And this sweet little dolly:
 I also loved this bit of beadwork:
How long do you suppose it took to get all those beads like that?  More time than I have, I bet.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Roadside Giants

My mother got so excited when I told her that I'd be driving to Sioux Falls, SD and she immediately looked up all the roadside attractions that I would be able to see.

The Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth, MN.  I missed him on my drive there, but took the Interstate all the way home.  
Um, yeah, that fella is sixty feet tall.
My mom was trying to tell me that this would be a great road trip to take the kiddos.  I don't know, I mean, he's kind of creepy...don't you think;
That's some creepy face right there.

And then there was the large Land O' Lakes cow, which is in Sioux Falls.

She did not, however, share with me any information about Mr. Bendo and I had to discover this dude on my own.
He's at a muffler shop in Sioux Falls.  I heard that a number of years back, a driver plowed into him and knocked him down, but they fixed him up.

Monday, February 16, 2015


I signed up for one of those "drink wine and paint this" classes at Creative Spirits.  I almost didn't go, because I'd had a really hard day at work, got home at 6pm, and the class was at 6:30.  There was a small group of participants:  a group of work friends, a couple, and me.  The work friends showed up and made a stink about how the person who had picked the painting du jour was absent and they wanted to choose a new painting.  They wanted to go from the fall forest theme to an abstract/graffiti piece that said "Vino."  Lame.  In the end, we stuck with the original painting.

So here's the advertised painting:
And here's my version:
Hah!  What do you think?  Should I turn pro or what?  I've never painted before, so I was (am) a little proud of my painting.  Now I want to go paint more things, but do I really need another hobby with more accessories when I'm already busting out of my craft room as it is.

Close up, because you love it so much:
If they ever post pictures from that night, they'll be here on their facebook page, but they haven't yet and it's been a week.

And the entire time I was painting, I kept remembering that Disney video about the four artists painting the same tree.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cutting Felt

I have 800 ideas of things to make for Z's third birthday and I probably have time for one project, so I just randomly picked one that has been staring at me from the floor of the craft room.  I just did a little cutting for it and I have to really think hard on the construction.  Until I know more, here's a little behind the scenes:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Our house can be so drafty.  It turns 100 this year, so it's to be expected, I guess.  Until we are able to get new storms on our old windows, we'll just have to suffer through it.  To help with the cold air that seeps in near the front door, I whipped up a quick draft buster.  It seriously took ten minutes, if that.  I made that nice one for my friend last year, but I don't need something fancy.  I used the remnants from some hemmed curtains and I barely needed to remove any fabric. 
Don't pay any attention to the ugly green mat.  That came with the house and I have yet to find a replacement.  The draft buster has definitely helped a little bit, but we really need those storms.  We replaced ten old storms with some fancy ones in the sun room and that place is now the warmest room on the first floor.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

Christmas Tree Garland

Well, it's supposed to be a Christmas tree garland, but, as my husband pointed out, there are no tree trunks, so it's more like a triangle garland.  You don't think the stars at the top elevate it to tree status?

I have been working on this all month.  I don't know why I started doing it, but I got it into my head to embellish some paisley felt with sequins.  
I only have small silver stars and they'll do just fine, but I'm going to hold out for some larger ones before I call this garland finished.  
As for the recipient, I'm not quite sure.  It started out with my sister-in-law in mind, because she's keen on blue, but I don't know that this is her style.  I'm considering giving it to a friend in California, because she likes the sparklies.  I guess, it's all flawed without those trunks, so maybe I should just keep it for myself.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Neighborhood Snowmen

The snow was just perfect this past weekend for making a snowman.  It was Z's first one, which was kind of exciting.  We let her watch Frozen around Thanksgiving and she's been pretty obsessed with the Frozen Girls, as she likes to call them.  I mean, not obsessed like she wants to dress up in Elsa's gown, but just obsessed in that she likes to sing the songs and talk about the girls.  When we came in from making the snowman, she called out to Elsa and Anna to tell them about it.

The hat didn't fit, so I just grabbed some dead plants that I never got around to cutting back and we gave her some hair.

She's very regal.
After we finished, we walked around the block to see if anyone else had any snowmen.  We only found two before we had to head back in.