Thursday, February 28, 2008
I have needed a new wallet to hold the dozens of discount teacher cards and other plastic that seems to multiply in my purse. In the interest of blogging "transparency" here is the one I am using right now. Yup, it's a red vinyl freebie from Build-A-Bear.
Actually, Simple Gifts To Stitch called for vinyl too. After making the beach tote using a foamy auto sunshade I have been too afraid to sew anything with vinyl. I am also *trying* to use what I have. I had some black twill fabric to use for the accordion part. Thankfully, the twill had some stretch to it and it worked really well.
In the end this was fairly simple to make, although, I do think there is one mistake in the directions, which had me confused for quite a while. I would recommend the pattern and I think I will make more of these to have on hand for birthday gifts.
Whew! That does it for my February projects!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Heidi sent me this beautiful potholder because it reminded her of my new bird canvas. This bit of cheer by mail did wonders for me after a long rainy weekend of feeling blah. Thanks so much Heidi!
I was especially encouraged Monday when no less than half my parents showed up for parent conferences! This year I have the "high" class and with such dedicated parents it's no wonder. Plus, out of the blue, I got translation services and didn't have to do all the translation myself. I do speak enough Spanish to get by, but just barely. I really have to work at it and concentrate very hard.
The upside for me out of the Crayon Box is that I am much more rested. So, I have a few things lined up for this week.
This napkin was one of the things I picked up at the last Sunday $1 sale at Jet Rag. I had been looking for some linens for Barb's Purse Challenge. The print of this is really happy and while I wish I had a full set, one is perfect for some sort of project. I am thinking of either the accordion fold wallet from Simple Gifts to Stitch or the No Cash wallet from Bend the Rules Sewing.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Here in Hollywood we observe the Oscars with reverence and a sushi picnic from Sushi Dan.
The sushi was deelish! Yet, I have to say I really wasn't all that enthused by the show. I did enjoy all the red dresses and the usual beauties looked beautiful. But, Juno and Sweeny Todd were the only films nominated that I had seen, so I felt pretty indifferent about who won.
Did anyone else think three songs from Enchanted was a bit much? Here was a theater full of three thousand dolled up movie stars and one of the songs was about cleaning mildew. I wasn't too keen on that and not just because I don't like to clean! I guess they were hard up for original music this year.
My favorite part was the musical performance from Once. The song was beautiful and their speeches were so heartfelt.
Gotta say watching the Oscars on the West Coast is very nice. It really is a much better show at five o'clock than it ever was at half past bedtime!
How 'bout you? Did you watch?
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Remember those sweaters from last weekend?
Well, it turns out that the red one is cashmere. Not too shabby!
Here is the grey side. This was a wool vest from that same pile and was pre-felted. I have never worked with felted sweaters before. They sure are thick! The two ply of this scarf barely fit under my presser foot and my stitches at the end are all wonky. Probably should have followed the directions and hand sewn the end. Luckily, the funny looking side is somewhat hidden by the top flap!
Monday, February 18, 2008
I also found a Vera napkin that I forgot to photograph. I hope to use it for Barb's purse challenge.
Now, I just have to get crafting to use up some of this fabric stash!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Right now, I am recovering from a blur of sugar and spice and everything nice. Actually, the blur was Jungle Green running around after a cupcake, cookies and a whole conversation's worth of hearts!