Jul 30, 2014

Wooden Project Love

Ever since I got a table saw for my birthday I have been on a wooden project kick. I think I'm using every excuse possible to use it. I have build a built in shelf for my studio. ( I'll have pictures up when I do an update on the studio.)

We bought a house plant over the weekend to try to spruce things up in the living room. What we don't have is a plant stand.


My plant stand in progress right now (sitting next to that shelve that is waiting to be painted, shhhhh..). I've been working on it in the evenings after the kids go to bed. Right now the glue is setting.

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 This is pretty much my inspiration. A cube. Yep.

Until it's ready, let's share the wood project love with some I found on Pinterest. Because it's like a craft hoarders dream. All the photos, none of the paperwork.


This is made out of one sheet of plywood. Get the plans for this Retro Shelf.
Or how about this Mission Style Plant Stand? 

And I love this console table for behind the couch.
Are you looking for something dirt easy? What about these shelves? 3 pieces and they're done!
Interested in seeing what other wooden things I have a crush on? Check out my Pinterest Board!  And check back in later to see my modern cube side table/plant stand.

Jul 25, 2014

Happiness in Song

Ever have one of those days that start off wrong? You can't find the shirt you want to wear, your kid dumps his soggy cereal all over the floor, or every road you need to take to work has decided to have construction at the same time.

We all have days like that. Sucks, doesn't it?

But what seems to help me in the morning is a good song. I think it's the best pick me up you can find.  A good song lifts up my spirits, calms me down and gets me ready for the day. It mellows me out and talks to me. It's never too busy or in it's own funky mood like people get. These songs are good friends to me.

I was in that funky mood today and after a few good songs it was like a fresh restart. I thought I would share some of those with you. These are my personal happy songs, not found on some chart or list online based on what is cool right now. Some of these you may have never heard on the radio.

Hey Mama by Mat Kearney

This song is just happiness in a bottle. It's upbeat and peppy and so far I love all of this album I have heard.

American Girl by Tom Petty

If you don't love one song  from Tom Petty (even if it's not this one), we just can't be friends.

Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

It's classic, simple and good. Enough said. And it talks to all us girls that don't have blue eyes. Mine are hazel, but close enough!

Restless Heart by Matt Hires

When I first heard this song I could not get enough of it. It's still wonderful and it's been over a year.

Brave by Sarah Bareilles

This is a new happy song. It is empowering and strong. It will knock the bad feelings out.

I don't wanna be by Gavin Degraw
This is just about being who you are. Sometimes if you focus more on being you, that morning stress caused by others just melts away.

Sweetness by Jimmy Eat World

It might be the guitar that wakes me up. It is so full of energy and then add to it that great outcry of Wooooooah!

Have you got any favorite Happy songs? And, no I don't mean anything by Pharell.

May 28, 2014

Not So Very Step 1

SO, my last post was all about how I was on Step 1 of Patternmaking, which was research. Well,
I did that and I haven't made it to my expected Step 2.

Instead I made it to.. what shall we call it?  Oh Yeah. Step minus 2.

After my successful Step 1 I went to start my Step 2, which was to select designs and start drafting. I pulled out my homemade scrappy sketchbooks I've been filling every week and perused through my designs. I put stars next to the ones I liked and wanted to develop a pattern on. Then I took my happy little notebook and wandered down to the studio to get to work.

And after that I stopped. I saw the gigantic mess in need of cleaning and stopped dead in my tracks.

This is just a small sample. I can't fully disclose this or the authorities will find me.
Then I'll end up on Hoarders with my pile of craft supplies suffocating me.

May 21, 2014

Step One of Patternmaking- Research

I'm gearing myself up to get back to patternmaking after taking a very long break. How long. Like ten years, but who is counting?

My first step has taken me deep into Pinterest, searching the internet for all kinds of free patterns and indie pattern companies. Want to see my Pinterest board of Free Sewing Patterns for Women?

You know what I found out? There really aren't that many Free Sewing Patterns for Men. It's pretty abysmal.

After I pinned my brain out on all those patterns I did start to get a good feel of what was out there. At the same time I got a good sense of what is not out there.  So, now I have a direction of which way to go.

I have notebooks full of ideas, so now I'll be picking out a few and giving them a proper illustration. Then drafting and sewing sample time!

Yay for motivation!

*Oh and if you see any other great free patterns for men or women, let me know. I found many of the skirt patterns were just regurgitations of each other. How many dirdl skirt patterns does one really need. It's a big rectangle, HELLO! lol

May 20, 2014

Back to Patternmaking

Four score and several million years ago... (okay, like a decade ago) I was a fashion school student. I was the portfolio carrying, tackle-box of art supplies wielding, taking up too much space on the university bus with my crap, starving fashion student.


And I wasn't starving because I needed or wanted to be a size 2. I was starving because I was so stressed. The Fashion School was so stressful that I changed programs. I changed programs and banished all the things associated with it. I buried them or threw them away.  Do I regret leaving? Sometimes. But did I love creating and the positive environment I went into studying art instead.

May 15, 2014

I think I Pinned by Brain Out

Ages ago I signed up for Pinterest. It was tiny at the time and only was open by invitation. Yeah, I know.


Honestly, I didn't think much of it. I didn't see a point to making a digital bulletin board. I figured if it was really that great I'd print it out, or save the link, or some other nonsense.

Then the kids came. And I would print things out or write them down thinking I would get to them later. Later sometimes never happened. Or when it did the item in question had something spilled on it, ripped, or was missing a piece. So now I am a true convert to the Pinterest bug.

My only problem is now I have so many reminders of things I want to do. Like, I've become obsessed with finding free sewing patterns lately. So much so that if I was to sew one item a day I'd be well into fall by now. If you don't believe me, check out my board here.

It is jam packed with all kinds of goodies and now I don't know where to start. So, in order to gain some sort of footing and make some headway I've decided to make another list.

A LIST?!?!

YES! I know. I don't really like them written out usually, but if they are on the internet it doesn't really count. I technically didn't write them out. I typed them.

Besides, if I post it here I feel more inclined to show that I made some progress. It's weird. But it seems to work in my funky little brain.

This is my list of Sewing Projects that I wish to try out this summer. They are in no important order or preference. I just want to try them.

1. Breezy Tunic Pattern by Me Sew Crazy
2. Gemma Skirt by Tamanegikobo
3. The Garden party Dress by Honig Design
4. Ms Eliza Bennet Shirt by Meanie Greene
5. The Brigitte Dress which looks a lot like the Coco Dress by Tilly and the Buttons
6. The Weekend Blouse
7. This Short Dress

Besides, we can consider this all research because I want to start making my own patterns to share and perhaps sell later on. I didn't go to fashion school for 4 1/2 years, change majors and graduate from art school for nothing!



I'm talking crazy. Blame Pinterest because I think I pinned my brain out.

May 14, 2014

Princess Tiger Lily and the Lost Boy

Many moons ago (count that as last May) my daughter's preschool was holding their Pre-school Prom. Since it was her last year at Pre-school before taking the big jump to Kindergarten I wanted her to have a nice outfit. Something to make it feel special.

The theme of the event was Never, Never land and after some long thoughts we decided on making her a Princess Tiger Lily costume.


May 12, 2014

Fairy House and Garden Adventures!

I haven't been crafting that much lately. I'm going to assume it's because my ridiculous list of things to finish is smaller. After finishing my Circle Fun Granny Square Blanket, I think I need a breather anyways. So I've been working outside instead. The weather is getting nicer and the yard was a bit scraggly.

In the past month I have done gobs and gobs of things outside. But my favorite thing happened yesterday. Mr. C (the middle child) helped me plant the flower bed. Then Miss T. and I made a fairy house.


May 8, 2014

May 1, 2014

Do you have Mashed Potato Pillows?

That's right. You read that right.

Do you have Mashed Potato Pillows?

Mashed Potatoes in Their Natural Habitat

Before you think I'm completely batty, let me tell you what they are.