Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hiatus Ho!




So the last post I wrote was in May.
May!

I'm sincerely hoping everyone is having a wonderful summer, I know we are. 
Time has just simply had no meaning around here. The kids are able to not need me for every single little thing in the morning so I've been able to sleep in a bit. 
I took the kidz to LegoLand with Melissa and her daughter. 
Here's a link to her blog knitting sandwich on it: Oh my gosh you should check out this blog!

The kidz each had a weeklong camp: Morgan- Girly Glitter Art Camp and Will-YMCA Kindergarten Prep. 

I have not gotten a haircut for months and am in sore need of one!

But, I usually post about my craftiness, right?
Well...I still been crafty to a certain extent, but this is the first summer I'm not quite able to eek out time for the craftiness. 
In a way it's irritating, I've not had much of a creative outlet and sort of feel in a rut...
That's not to say I didn't participate in a craftster swap or two. (Tee Hee)

But, my current fun is going to be completely different. 
I've decided to do a 30 day drawing challenge I stumbled onto via The Pinterest!




This is double fun because it's also my first foray into Copic Markers. 
I invested in some Sepia shades to get me started. 


I'm pumped and just finished Day 1...
But I think I'll post that tomorrow. (wink!)

So...
If anyone is still reading this thanks for sticking with me!!!


Friday, May 23, 2014

Pinterest Stitch

This wonderfully snarky stitchery was stitched up 
for my friend Alex!

I'd found the original on pinterest
and she saw my pin and asked me to make one up for her

Sometimes these nice little Cross Stitches are a great 
little palate cleanser of a project!!!


                

I couldn't find the original stitch Artist so 
here's my pinterst link (right here!).
It leads to a tumblr and I can't follow the trail from there.

                                   

I just LOVE snarky Cross Stitch!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Anna and Elsa Pillowcases!

These Frozen Pillowcases were created for
GrindHouseHussy in the recent Frozen Swap on Craftster!

                              

The Images are taken from the back of a Limited Edition 
Elsa and Anna Doll Set box.

   

I didn't use a stencil, just the old trick of printing out the image
and tracing the outline onto my fabric.


To color in, I used a gel fabric marker to get nice sharp lines.


The back fabric on both is this mint green winter scene I had in my stash!


I had such fun with the Frozen Swap.
So many ideas were whirring around in my head!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Zen Doodle for Belly Dancing Bravery!

So, this weekend I did something Brave.
I danced on stage...in front of people.
Belly Dancing.

I was pretty freaked out at the prospect,
I'd never taken a dance class in my life before last August.
Now I was going to do it.

I needed a token of the things that make me feel strong.

So I decided I could make a wrist band and zen doodle on it.
1. I found it DID give me strength
2. It kept my mind occupied in the hours 
leading up to dress rehersal.


                           

I had the kids write their names and draw something that made 
them feel strong.
Morgan: MineCraft TNT
Will: A Football.

Then I drew my little strong pictures:
Honey Badger "I do what I want!"
The Hulk Symbol "Hulk SMASH!"

Lee was still at work, so I wrote his name in as well.


After that I Zen Doodled all around the aforementioned things.

The show went SO well!
I'm so glad I finally took the plunge and took a class.
I've met some super nice people and really stretched my limits.
Belly Dancing was and is all about breaking out of 
a rut for me. I LOVE it!
I love the outfits, the way I've used my muscles, the people....

My super good friend, Melissa, was the one who talked me into it 
and I'm so grateful she did.
THANKS MELISSA!!!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Prayer Flags Round 4

Prayer Flag Swap: Round 4!
I love this swap in particular as it's a really quick project with
great impact.

We choose what meaningful phrases
we like and our swap partner choose one to craft up
in the general size of 8x5 inches.
(Initial cutting of fabric is 11x5 to allow for a foldover for hanging)

These flags were destined for Alwaysinmyroom.

                                  

Little did I know how much they might mean to her as
after I mailed them...
her aging mother died.

This being the week of Mother's Day too.


First flag was Trust.

                                     

I went for an "ocean at night" vibe
thinking how much sailors had to trust the stars to 
lead them on.

                             

The blue eyelet lace for water was taken from scraps.
I"d disassembled a thrift store dress (that didn't fit)
for a belly dancing skirt and held on to every little piece
left over because I love the color. 


Then we have Strength.





The tree here is pretty self explanatory...
Just by happenstance purple, orange, and green was my 
partner's favorite color combination.
Sometimes things happen they way they were meant to.


                                        

I did hand applique for everything in both flags.
For some reason, I didn't want to be stuck behind my sewing machine.
I'm glad I wasn't as, I feel, it makes the flags more personal.

For all the Motherless Daughters out there,
myself included in that group,
I think these flags are for you.






Saturday, May 10, 2014

Anna's Spiffy Frozen Earwarmer!

As an extra for GrindHouseHussy19's Frozen Swap
package of chilly goodness I knitted up 
an Anna-esque Spifftastic Earwarmer!


Luckily I happened to have these colors in my stash
as the pattern doesn't call for a whole lot of yarn.

Speaking of the pattern...
It's "Coif" from knitty.com

The pattern has been on knitty since 2003.
It was one of the first things I remember knitting from the site.
I still had the pattern printed out and tucked away in 
the File Cabinet of Doom located in The Crafty Cave.

It's good to be a hoarder....
sometimes.

Here's my inspiration image:



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Frozen Conspiring Hoopla!

This Hoopla is inspired by the Art of Steve Thompson.
And when I say "Art" it's because when I stumbled on the images of 
his drawings, I was obsessed.
I couldn't look away!


I stitched this for GrindHouseHussy19 in the Frozen Swap,
trying desperately to mimic his pencil sketching.
The way the sisters have their heads together as if they're sharing a giggle over
some silly thing Olaf is doing was so endearing....
I just had to stitch it up!


Here's a link to Rick Andrioli's Pinterest Board dedicated to Steve Thompson's 

Mr Thompson is a principal designer for the Disney Store.
Here's a couple of fun interviews with him from the D23 Blog:

I think his art is such a breath of fresh air...
just because you work at Disney doesn't mean you 
have to conform.

Check out his stuff, he's awesome!