Archive for September, 2007
This reversible red and blue apron brings me one step closer to opening The Boutique. I’m getting there.
The reverse side is a contrasting Alexander Henry fabric.
I used my favorite red polka-dot fabric for the apron tie at the waste.
I’ll make at least one more for The Boutique before I go live.
Ellie at LittleWanda Crafts has tagged me. As she put it — simply enough – ”you answer the following five questions and tag two people.” Cool.
1. What is the first thing you remember designing/crafting as a child?
I did tons of crafts as a child (thank you, Mom, for encouraging creativity!), but the very first thing I can remember making is a tiny felt dress when I was 4 or 5 years old for this itty-bitty doll that a friend of mine had. The doll was only about 3″ tall, and the dress was nothing more than a square of felt with two slits for the arms and a strand of ribbon to tie it in the back.
I can’t remember the friend’s name, but I do remember that she got mad at me one day and threatened to take back her doll and the dress. I was so upset, because she could have her stupid doll, but that tiny scrap of a dress was mine, bitch!
2. Did you go on to learn more about that particular craft and carry it into adulthood?
Not sure if cutting out a square of felt can really be considered a “craft.” But I’ve certainly continued working with fabric. I sew all the time. I have to. It’s a part of who I am.
3. What crafts are you good at?
Sewing anything other than clothes (except aprons) and working with paper (mostly making cards and envelopes). Those are the crafts I’m best at because I enjoy them the most and, therefore, do them most often. Practice makes perfect.
I’ve seen myself steadily improve over the years. When I used to sew patchy purses in college out of thrift store bedspreads and old corduroys, I rarely measured or pinned anything, which would result in very creative – but very lopsided – results. Since I was selling the stuff to hippie kidz at Phish shows, it didn’t seem to matter. I have a much bigger sense of pride in my work now, and I would never let a crooked seam or a card with a fingerprint on it out the door.
I’m also a fabulous gift-wrapper. My sister wraps everything in aluminum foil because she can’t be bothered with scissors and tape. Go figure. It’s been a joke with my family for years. When you look under the Christmas tree, you can immediately tell which presents are from me and which are from her. Mine are wrapped in hand-stamped paper and embellished with jute twine and faux cranberries. Hers look like leftover lasagna.
4. What crafts haven’t you tried, but want to?
Knitting and embroidery. Although I’m a bit scared to. All my other crafts already keep me so busy that I’m a bit wary to add any others into the mix.
5. If you could only take one type of crafting onto a desert island, what would it be?
That’s not fair. Don’t make me choose between paper crafts and sewing. It’s like asking my mom to choose which of her daughters she loves the most.
Fine, I choose pawing. Or sewper.
More note cards for my fast-approaching Boutique.
Things are definitely coming together, but I want to make sure everything is in place before I go live with the Boutique.
Each project is time-consuming because I’m a perfectionist when it comes to making things for other people.
I’m also working on several other craft projects, so I’m trying to balance my time.
Here’s a peek at one of those “other craft projects,” which I’m making for a one-on-one swap. It’s not a color palette that I typically work with, so I’m really enjoying seeing how the fabrics and colors are coming together.
My swap partner mentioned that she likes black, so I chose a thin black corduroy to give it texture and depth. Don’t want to give too much away, so more on that later!
The set of 4″ x 4″ coasters comes in a matching appliqued box.
Each coaster is backed in contrasting polka-dots and has a layer of batting to protect furniture from heat, cold and moisture.
Someone got hungry.
I’m hoping to drop these in the post tomorrow. Although I made this set especially for Jox, I’ll be posting similar items in the Boutique (a.k.a. my soon-to-be Etsy shop).
Here’s a peek at what I’m working on for my Etsy shop.
Sets of four 5″ x 4″ note cards with hand-appliqued designs on the front.
Each card comes with a matching envelope with contrasting interior.
I’ve also completed a set with an owl applique design.
I’ve grown to love these little guys!
I’m a few steps closer to posting these and other items in my Etsy shop. More to come!