Archive for May, 2008

Countdown to craft show: Part IV

Craft Emergency is this Sunday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Red Cross Park (818 North Fourth Street) in St. Petersburg, Fla. If you live in the Tampa/St. Pete area, please drop by and say hi!

Here’s another peek at what I’ve been working on for the show.

A black corduroy market tote with pink appliqued stars on the front and the strap.

market tote

The bag is lined in a very cool Alexander Henry fabric that I’ve had for months but could never figure out where/how to use it.

market tote

Light blue camel pillow bordered in black and white polka dots.

camel pillow

The camel is made out of a black and white fabric that has a little bit of a sheen to it. The sun picks it up in this photo.

camel closeup

The back opening is finished off with polka-dot binding.

pillow back

And last but not least, a blue and green bib accented with ricrac. Have I mentioned how much I love ricrac? Well I DO.

bib

If you come to the show, please look for my Fat Orange Cat sign at one of the indoor booths.  And be sure to say hello to me!

FOC sign

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May 30, 2008 at 5:50 pm 3 comments

Betty rocks!

Just one more reason to love this wonderful crafty blog community of which I’m lucky enough to be a small part.

ricrac

When I got home from work yesterday, a surprise package from Bettyninja was waiting in my mailbox. It was filled with tons of ricrac and lace and included a very sweet note from Betty.

What a lovely surprise. Betty, thank you so much! I’m hoping to use some of that lavender ricrac tonight!

May 30, 2008 at 12:05 pm 1 comment

Lucky number

I finished another number tote for Sunday’s craft show.

number tote

The numbers don’t mean anything. I chose them based solely on aesthetics. I like how the curve of the 2 looks next to the sharper angles of the 7. That’s it. No hidden meaning. I know Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix died when they were 27 years old, but it has nothing to do with that. I promise.

number tote closeup

If I were going to choose a number based on meaning, I would have chosen 12. It’s my birthday (May 12), Alex’s birth month (December) and my favorite/lucky number.

lining

So tell me….what’s your favorite or lucky number and why? (If it’s aesthetically pleasing, I might even put it on a tote!)

May 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm 6 comments

Countdown to craft show: Part III

Alex and I spent our Memorial Day at IKEA in Orlando. I hadn’t been to one since moving to Florida six years ago, and I had forgotten just how COOL everything in that place is. I wanted everything. Seriously. EVERYTHING.

IKEA cabinet

We purchased the above red TV cabinet, and we love it. It takes the place of two ugly-yet-functional pieces of furniture — a rickety old wooden table that was in my old apartment when I moved in and a faux-wood cabinet that never quite closed right because the interior magnet fell out a long time ago. Now the one wall in our home that used to make me cringe has become my favorite.

TV wall

Four days until the craft show! I’m actually right on schedule, my back is holding up (knock on wood), and I’m no longer panicking about whether or not I’m going to be able to get everything done by Sunday.

bib

And I haven’t had any nightmares about showing up to the craft show and realizing I left all my purses and aprons at home or waking up at 3 p.m. the day of the show and realizing I completely forgot to go. When I don’t have those types of dreams, I know I’m in a good place mentally.

seahorse bibs

If you live in the Tampa/St. Pete area, please drop by my booth and say hello. I would love to meet some of my readers in person!

seahorse bib

May 28, 2008 at 6:48 pm 4 comments

Countdown to craft show: Part II

The sun cooperated today, so here’s a peek at some more of the items I’ve been working on for the upcoming craft show.

number tote

A number tote bag made of light blue denim and lined in Amy Butler.

number tote

A pink cordory market bag with black polka-dot appliqued stars — one on the front and one on the strap.

market tote

I’m not sure if you can tell from the photo, but this bag is huge, and the strap is quite wide. It’s about six inches across at the bottom where it meets the body of the bag, and it narrows to about two inches at the top.

market tote

And finally, a Luna Satchel.

Luna Satchel

There’s something about that pinky-peachy-salmon corduroy combined with that golden yellow liner that reminds me of eating melon at a summer barbecue.

Luna Satchel

Back to work!

May 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm 3 comments

Therapy

I handle the marketing and communications for a very small nonprofit organization, and we recently found out that two people were being let go because of budget reductions. To be honest, it came as quite a shock that I wasn’t being let go. Marketing is often considered a luxury, not a necessity, and is usually the first thing to be downsized in times like this. I feel extremely lucky to still have a job, and it’s going to be rough around here with two of our folks — one of whom is a friend of mine — gone. 

Yesterday after work, we gathered at a nearby restaurant for a farewell dinner. It was nice but also a little sad, and I got home at about 9 p.m. and ended up sewing for almost three hours. I had ideas in my head that I had to get out, and I probably wouldn’t have been able to sleep if I hadn’t. Plus, sewing is therapeutic for me. It relaxes me. Except when I break needles or rip out the same seam three times. But other than that, totally therapeutic and relaxing.

I’m pretty sure I’ve never produced so much stuff in such a short amount of time before. I have been working nonstop — other than resting for my back — ever since I found out about the craft show. I’m determined to have as many items as possible finished for the show. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to take photos. And the weather hasn’t cooperated either, so it’s not completely my fault.

market bag

I did manage to take some photos of two large market bags that I made. They’re so big and floppy that these pictures don’t necessarily do them any justice. But they’re cute in person, I promise!

market bag

I made both bags out of some tapestry-esque fabric that I’ve had forever. I ran out of corduroy one day but had lots of sewing left in me, so I searched through my piles and found fabric I had long since forgotten about.

market bag

Hopefully I’ll be able to get some good shots this weekend of everything else I’ve been working on.

market bag

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! Alex and I are going to IKEA on Monday!!! Jealous? 

May 23, 2008 at 3:34 pm 3 comments

Floor

I entitled this post “Floor” because that’s where I am today. I awoke this morning with major back pains so I set up a bed on the family room floor and that’s where I’ve been all day, catching up on my HGTV design shows. Hello, Design on a Dime!

It’s not as bad as it’s been in the past. I can turn my head to the side, so I’ve got that going for me.

I’ve learned to pay attention to the signs and rest my back immediately so that it doesn’t get any worse. That means no sewing until my back loosens up, otherwise I could be floor-bound for days. God, how boring.

Quinn

At least I’ve had some company.

Nola

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but she reminds me of someone…

Jabba the Hutt

May 20, 2008 at 3:40 pm 4 comments

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