Monday, October 26, 2009

Notice: The Merge

For all you faithful followers out there, I have exciting news for you. To conserve my creative energy, I have decided to merge this blog with The Wrinkled Page, my other blog.
When I created this blog, I had hoped to magically tap into the font of infinite time, but I haven't even found the blasted thing yet! So since my sand crystals seem to have developed a frightening love for gravity, slipping through the neck of the hour-glass with dangerous rapidity, I have decided to conserve my efforts into one blog.
What you will find there (although I suspect you are already a Wrinkled Page reader) is a clever mixture of family anecdotes, my deep thoughts on life, a smidge of creative writing, and now.......drumroll please................crafty stuff! Wahoo!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Owl Bag

I really want a new camera. Have I said that before? I just took at least 20 pictures of this bag, and these are the only 2 that aren't blurry.
Anyhow, this is what I worked on today while I was home with the sick child. It's a messenger bag made of sturdy olive green cotton twill with a subtle stripe going on. I drew the owl and appliqued him on the front flap. His eyes are antique snaps I found in my treasure box.
Strap and lining incorporate the fabric from his body and beak. It's a cute fall bag, perfect for any wise chick! Look for it soon on my etsy soon as I get a good picture, that is.

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Olive You Heart Bag

I love this Joel Dewberry fabric I ordered from Hancock's a few weeks ago (or more--has it been so long?) when they were running a super sale. After waiting for the perfect design inspiration to strike, I made this bag yesterday. Had to run to JoAnn for the olive twill...and sent THE MAN back when I realized I needed pink DMC floss to stitch around the hearts.
It's just a simple messenger bag, my basic design. It has one exterior pocket on the outside (under the flap) and two interior pockets. The back has another heart applique, this one of a different fabric. Look for it soon on my etsy shop...gotta get some better pictures...

Notice my new label? Thanks to Jennifer's Jewels for that.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Earrings done!

Got some beads today at Bead Culture to make those earrings for the first day of school. So easy to make! Just slip on a silver bead, a spacer, and the turquoise bead...repeat the pattern, a few twists of the head pin. Voila! An earring.

I made a pendant too. Probably will just string it on a black leather cord.

Oh, and thanks to the helpful manager, who cut a strand for me so I could pick and choose my 3 favorite beads.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Where to find these things? #1 and #2 are from Gap, #3 waon SUPER SALE at Kohl's,
#4 is from (and a great deal too!), and #5 is from

So far (sigh) I'm looking at #3 brand spankin' new in my closet and something similar to 1 and 2 as well. None of the jewelry. But maybe I can make some turqouise earrings...yeah, sure I can!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Back to school

I had planned on making a backpack for Jared 'cause he's going into preschool (no suitable bag yet), but just as I was buying fabric for his, the older two suddenly realized that their bags from last year had mysteriously sprouted holes. "Big holes, mom," they said seriously. "Too big for you to fix."
So it was three bags I had to make. As I cut out the pieces for Jared's (using the same pattern I had used for Jonah's preschool backpack--which, by the way, is still in perfect shape. Who told my sixth grader he's too cool for a T-Rex backpack, huh? Sheesh.), I was thinking, This is so easy! I am going to just whip through this thing. Then as I started sewing all the little parts of the many-pieced straps, I remembered very clearly why I had sworn a solemn vow eight years ago that I would NEVER NEVER make that backpack again. But it turned out okay.

So here's Jonah's. It's so hard (sigh) to find nice fabric for a boy his age. Skulls look a little iffy to me, but they were really the only choice. There was a weiner dog print, but it looked a little cutesy. Poor guy. The lining is all the skull fabric and it has 4 interior pockets and two big ones on the exterior of the bag (one under the flap and one on the back). I left some of the edges raw (on pockets, mostly) to make it look cooler--more distressed as it ages.

And here's Lauren's. You really don't get the full effect of its cuteness without a shot of the lining, but I forgot to take a pic of that. I bought two fabrics for the lining. The one (stripes) shows up in the body of the bird, and the other is a print with small birds and flowers and trees. I used a bird from that fabric to sketch the pattern for her applique. She has two exterior pockets and four interior too.
She wanted one really big pocket that was part of the lining--one that zipped closed to hold colored pencils, etc.--but I just couldn't figure out how to get the thing in there and still look good. I made the pocket, realized it was too small, cut the zipper off (instead of ripping out the seam) with a 1/2 inch edge of fabric all around the edges, and tried to recreate a larger pocket--only to realize I didn't have enough fabric left. I kept the zipper but ditched the pouch idea. Told her we'll just get one of those zip-up pouches for supplies.
Turns out, she already has one. So that's all good.
So we're ready for back to school. Just need to get the rest of the stuff to go IN the bags!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

A better trouser

J Crew chins

Gap chinos

So I went shopping yesterday with my daughter, and I was so frustrated when trying on pants. I love wearing chinos to work (I teach high school), as they are comfortable and not too dressy... and I don't feel like I need to wear un-comfy heels or boots with them, like I do with my dress pants. But I just don't like how they fit. If I get 'em to fit in the waist, they're too tight in the butt and thighs, but if I get 'em to fit in the nether regions, they gap at the waist.

Therefore, today I am going to begin on a new endeavor: making the perfect pair of chinos. We're going to Jo-Ann this morning (after said daughter wakes up) to find fabric and maybe a pattern. I think I'll use my favorite chinos (from Gap) as a model, just easing things a bit in the backside and thigh.

I'm thinking I might add a splash of color in the inside of the pockets and maybe on the belt loops. I'll let you know...