Monday, December 29, 2008

Cross stitch Christmas ornaments

Made a heap of cross stitch Christmas ornaments, some with pinked edges, some frayed.

And after second consideration, decided I kinda liked the pristine white wide flange and left those as is.

Christmas crack, it's a good thing

This craftster chick posted her recipe for Christmas Crack and dang, it is some good!

Here is my version:
Strange thing, I had less than a full bag of chocolate chips, how does that happen? So I melted some white chocolate bark and poured that atop the melted chocolate chips and swirled it around. Worried that it might then be TOO sweet, I sprinkled some coarse kosher salt on top. LOVE me some sweet and salt combo snacks!

Oh WAIT! I forgot the moment of Zen:
press your nose against the glass window of your oven and watch the saltine crackers rise and fall with bubbling of molten sugar through the cracker holes. It is mesmerizing, I tell ya!

Here is my post to the Christmas Crack enabler:
Hey, why don't you post your recipe for methamphetamine next year because it would be LESS addictive than this stuff!! Thanks for making me a Christmas crackhead!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Looks a lot like Christmas 7

I keep forgetting, remind me,

who is the reason for the season?

Love this tree
with religious icon canvases.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Stitched headlines

Hello Creative Stitchers!

Perused a shelter mag and spied this Brigid Berlin needlepoint pillow stitched with tabloid front page images and text.

Hmmm, might be fun to create a tabloid page from your own life?

Friday, December 19, 2008

People give me stuff, I tell ya!

My good buddy Kay

gave me a stack of

small vintage coloring books.

They are in perfect condition and
ready to trace for
embroidery transfers.

Check out this book cover -

who knew that coloring could be so much fun?

Tea towel swap

Just completed an embroidered tea towel swap with my new craft buddy Anary. She suggested a few random holidays like "Ice Cream Soda Day". I found the perfect image in the vintage coloring books that Kay gave me (People Give Me Stuff!) and made an iron transfer.

Here is the completed ice cream soda in Anary's preferred colors.

I took liberty with her idea of "5 a day food pyramid".

Stitches include couching, backstitch, wrapped backstitch, outline, stem, seed, etc.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Looks a lot like Christmas 5

The 11 year old girl in me

LOVES this fluffy pink tree.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Looks a lot like Christmas 4

Got a case of red balls
this holiday season?

Hang 'em up, hang 'em up high!

Let your balls dangle and spin.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas card

Here are my home-made Christmas cards for 2008. Tree card idea was inspired by ribbon tree cards by Martha Stewart. Just looked it up online and am amazed this stuck in my head for 10 years! Holy guacamole, I cannot remember what I ate yesterday but I remember machine sewn Christmas cards? My head is a crafty head!!
Anywho, I have a considerable problem tossing fabric scraps and this card idea helped with the tiny bits left over from the
necktie flowers. Those necktie flowers were supposed to help with the bits remaining from the necktie wreath!
Please help me.

Crazy lady ironing tiny pieces of silk,
I am,

Somebody make me one of these!

Oh, how I would love to have and wear one of these knitted masterpiece/horrors! Should one of you knit or crochet folks out there like to arrange for a personal craft swap, contact me!
Stephan Goldrajch is the artist that dreamt these masks and I am alternately attracted and repulsed by them. If I wear it, I won't be able to see it so problem solved.
THIS is the perfect mask for cold Mardi Gras parades!!

Looks a lot like Christmas 3

Can you put too much on a tree?

Not really.

Allium flower embroidery

Pretty sure I saw this flower idea in the book The new crewel : exquisite designs in contemporary embroidery" by Katherine Shaughnessy. With a water soluble pen, I drew overlapping circles from a stencil then filled with various stitches. Super easy and super fast.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Origami boxes

Looks like a kitty catcher to me.

My buddy Trixie avoids the devil's workshop by using her nimble fingers to fold these numerous origami boxes. She tells me that "Cat Sadie took off one of the boxes but Cat Mojo, bless his heart, isn't smart enough to be curious about much other than what's in his food bowl. I'm his mama so I can say things like that."
Love the origami installation, Trixie!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Something from nothing

Dunno if all the economic doom and gloom stories were working on my subconscious or what, but here is what I did over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Cut three old pillow cases into cleaning cloths (rags).

Cut the legs off tattered pajama pants and worked up a prototype for hanger garment covers.

Covered a freebie promotional tote bag with a fabric sample that I embroidered.

Then pieced a contrasting band to a small cut of fabric for a pillow cover.

Guess I am on a frugal kick but don't fret, I am not yet smoothing out the aluminum foil for a second use.

The mantra of the frugal citizens during World War II:
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.

Not sure about that last one.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Looks a lot like Christmas 2

Hey lady, there's a cock
on your Christmas tree!

A peacock, that is.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Another cute skirt for a cute girl

Whipped up this little silk number for a small child of the female persuasion.

100% silk, not machine washable and will probably snag
but DANG, it is some cute!