Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A dress a day blog

"Marisa Lynch set herself a challenge:
Transform 365 unattractive frocks in 365 days, for $365." 

I went to look at her blog and found it hard to look away.  She has taken some dresses that I have to admit owning at one time or another, and others that I found myself wondering what she found wrong with them.  But she has done a great job in remaking clothes to fit her style.  It's worth looking at if you are at all interested in sewing.

Here are 2 of the dresses she has worked on.

Pretty handy, I'd say!  She shows lots of the work she does, or at least the process she uses to recreate something.  One day she took a fish from a dress she already remodeled and made it into a necklace.  Very creative site.

Friday, August 13, 2010

I tried a new craft

Look what I did! 

It's called Needle Felting

You start with Roving (unspun wool) and really fine SHARP felting needles. You use something for a pattern or outline and start punching the needle in-out-in-out until the roving begins to "felt".    When you are done, you have made unspun wool into a pattern or shape. 

First I tried to make a coaster.  I used too much roving so it came out pretty thick.  But it worked!

The red heart was a last minute idea. 

I made a heart stencil and worked it directly onto a jacket that I only wear around the house to keep me warm in our frosty Arizona winters.  Today, I tossed it in with the clothes I was washing and it was just fine.

They say you can use wool felt and wool yarn, also.  My mind is just going wild with the possibilities.  Now I want to get some felting molds and do a few pins and hair clips and figure out something to do on Dear Daughter's clothes.

Let's see. . . what would a 16 year old girl like me to put on her clothes.?.?.?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Keep Going

Sometimes, you wonder if you can keep going.  Dispite any plans you made, things just seem to be against you.  I understand that situation completely!!  I hope this will give you a bit of insipration to keep going for today.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Crocheted Items

I try to take a picture of each of the items I crochet.

But I often forget until I have given somethng away.

I had a helper for this shot.
Most of these are for children or babies.
Hope the children who receive these will love them to death!

That box of pens and pencils. . .

Okay, I admit it. 
I love pens and pencils and paper! 
I love to walk around a stationary store and just look at everything.  I am a sucker for papers, in any form.  I love to have cute little pads of paper around me to draw on and write on.  In fact, I'd rather have new papers & pens than a bouquet of flowers!  Odd, I know, but more affordable.

When they remodeled the apartment (a few years ago), they came out with a full bankers box of pens, pencils & markers. I will say that I was a little surprised at how many there were and I have worked at NOT buying any more (mostly). 

Finally it was time to go through the box.   So one night before bed, I dragged out the box and started to test the pens and sort everything into pencils, mechanical pencils, pens, colored pencils and markers.  I didn't test the markers then, or it would have taken me double the time.

What I ended up with was :
  • a lot of pencils that need to be sharpened
  • mechanical pencils that I have to try & put lead in
  • markers to test sometime this week
  • colored pencils to sharpen
  • one box of drug company pens that I will only use at home
  • a stack regular pens that work
  • about 150 pens and a few pencils I threw away
  • even had some paints in there

If anyone wants a few drug company pens to use at home, I can give you a few.

Now I just need to test the markers &sharpen the pencils & test the mechancial pencils.

What I want to know is this: How can I still have a full box when I threw so much away?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Light in my tunnel

Just when I get to a really low point, there is a blessing waiting for me. This time, it was a blessing of some personal revelation.

I was reading my scriptures on Sunday morning and when I read Alma 13:12 (Book of Mormon), I had a talk come into my mind. It was full blown and almost complete. So I wrote it down with the references. This way I can go back and finish it the next time I need to give a talk.

Wonder when & where that will be.