Archive for September, 2007

Reversible apron

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.

Getting close!


September 29, 2007 at 2:52 pm 2 comments

I’ve been tagged!

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.

Jox at The Knitted Blog and Erika at Erika Cass Designs, you’re it!

September 28, 2007 at 5:54 pm 1 comment

Golden Delicious

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!

September 26, 2007 at 5:52 pm 2 comments

An apple a day

I’m lucky enough to be awaiting a homemade hand-felted leaf brooch from Jox at The Knitted Blog.  And in return, I’ve made her a set of appliqued red apple coasters, which I really hope she likes.


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).

I’d also like to send out a very special thank you to Natty at Natty68 and Erika at Erika Cass Designs. They both awarded me gold stars in the Swap-bot Blog Awards. Thank you!

September 25, 2007 at 6:29 pm Leave a comment

I like turtles

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!

September 21, 2007 at 6:21 pm 3 comments

Fat Orange Cat: The Shop

I’ve been working diligently on items for my new Etsy shop. I’ve secured the Fat Orange Cat name but have not yet posted anything to sell. I’m waiting until I’ve made a few more items and have some other things in order, such as receiving the customized rubber stamp that I ordered online a few days ago.

I’ve made several sets of cards with matching homemade envelopes for the shop. But the weather has been gray and rainy these past couple of days, so I haven’t been able to take any pictures. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some photos tomorrow or this weekend.

And on another note, I received a Swap-bot Blog Award Silver Star from Crystal at Up in Stitches. Thanks, Crystal!


September 20, 2007 at 8:48 pm 2 comments

Enjoy a big, heapin’ bowl of serial on your birthday

Happy birthday, Tony!

I picked out a nice, simple set of bowls to give you as a gift on your big day.

But wait, what’s that? Is that a bit of color on the bottom of the bowl? Perhaps a sophisticated yet subtle design element?

It’s Charles Manson! And he’s one of a set of four Serial Bowls!

Collect all four!

Happy 30th birthday, Tony! You’re the only person I know who would appreciate receiving a set of Serial Bowls for your birthday, and that’s why I love you.

September 16, 2007 at 11:49 am 2 comments

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