Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
And by now, you realize I am a ribbon whore but there's no reason to use for the brat gifts so simply wrote their name on box with silver Sharpie pen.
Managed to wrap sister's gift with a small kitty print remnant. See underlay of contrasting paper. I know it looks like a parsimonious paper miser at work but she likes feline print paper.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This miniature liquor bottle photo snow globe idea makes me wish I had more frequent traveler points. Dag-nab-it-all!
Check out Photojojo's instruction page HERE.
Come to think of it, how cute would a small bar Christmas tree look with "baby" bottles of liquor? Aw, HELLS to the yeah!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I'm gonna highlight organizing ideas and hopefully prevent us all to sliding into hoarder oblivion.
Until then, don't you dare purchase one single box, tub or container. Retailers push those bins the day after Christmas but don't you fall for it. Okay okay, if you cannot resist the gathering impulse, just promise to keep the freakin' receipt, y'hear? Because organizing is not putting things into nice new containers. Organizing begins by getting rid of CRAP!
Your job between now and January 1st: gather trash bags, cardboard boxes and markers
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Covetousness, envy or jealousy -
I don't give a shit what you call it but
I WANT THIS Johnny Swing coin furniture!!!!
Shiny settee and chairs and such ~~oh my!
That is 7000 nickels, people!
Let's see Sammy the Shredder destroy this furniture. AND if the heat conducting legs sat on radiant heat flooring, that might just be a warm seat indeed.
(Johnny Swing also offers bowls, baskets and small teddy bears. As Elizabeth would say ~~ cancel.)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This necklace has been in my head for a year or so but after recently reading Amy Hanna's fabulous book, I pulled out all that People Give Me Stuff bauble and bead bounty, pilfered an antique watch from my crow-like candlelier and made myself a junque necklace from bits and pieces o' stuff. That's iron pyrite hanging from the shorter silver chain, fool's gold, I tell ya!
I wore my junque chains last night and received lots of compliment but kinda wonder if I look like a crazy lady that collects shiny bits, tin foil and cats and lives in a hoarder house?
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
(Yes, I agree the ribbon is too long but the little girl mama will trim it to desired length.)
UPDATE: I asked Ernest for fabric content for care instructions and he told me it is silk dupioni! How many LSU skirts are silk?
Monday, November 23, 2009
SHINY STUFF ~~ CAW, CAW!
Thanks, Amy Hanna, for the inspiration!
Take a look at my bathroom "Candle-lier" that I started 8 years ago - gonna start pilfering from it for shiny bits.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Saw mention of it on Lindsay T Sews blog, found it on HBO and watched it last weekend. Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags documents the history of Manhattan's Garment District and the slow ebb of American-made apparel.
It was very interesting but I found a couple points to be contradictory. Immigrants and the bottom earners of society could find work in the thriving industry. One person noted jobs were done by mostly Jews and Italians and with each wave of immigration, the work force became more diverse. The industry needed controls to protect the safety and rights of workers and the unions answered that call. Over and over, the documentary subjects stated that their grandparents and parents worked in the "rag trade" just looking for a slice of the American dream but complained that the current economy does not allow them the middle class dream of earning enough money for a house, a car and tuition to a nice school for their children. That's the part that tripped me up. One generation comes to America with no education, finds employment at the entry level, seeks and achieves protection through a worker's union but the second and third generations expect to earn enough money to achieve middle to upper middle class levels and they wonder why their union jobs went overseas?
In the book Snobbery: The American Version, author Joseph Epstein explained that most immigrants strived to attain affluence for their future by the Three P's: becoming peddlers in the first generation, plumbers next followed by the third generation reaching the level of physicians. The garment industry workers did not look to the future to realize greater aspirations but instead are unhappy that their children will not be able to find work in their industry.
Agreed: It is sad that only 5% of apparel is manufactured in America and domestic manufacturers cannot compete with low labor rates overseas.
Contrast that with the testimony of one man stating that he is currently collecting $405 per week on unemployment with only 10 remaining weeks of benefits AND he said he didn't mind sharing that before being laid off, he made $3100 per week for 35 hours which brings the question: is an annual salary of $161,200 considered an average level for a skilled worker with no higher learning, diploma or license? There were many factors to led to the loss of American jobs. Unions, profit driven corporations and manufacturers seeking lower costs elsewhere but the ancestors of the garment workers need to look at themselves as well and ask why they relied on one industry to sustain them and their future generations.
Adapt and change are the learning words.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
One day while picking up something at an electrical supply business, I spied a big roll of waxed twine. What the heck waxed twine has to do with electrical parts I dunno but I snatched it up in my greedy little hands and asked the counter guy "what's this used for?" He didn't know. Okay, how much? He didn't know the item number nor description so after a few minutes of tapping on his computer keys, he became exasperated enough to just shove it toward me and growl "take it". WooHoo, if it is FREE, it's for me!! I thanked him and bolted out of there before he changed his mind.
Waxed twine works for gift wrapping and all kinds of little household uses. Not good for macrame, it's too sticky.
Little did I know that there are fancy baker's twine out there in cool colors. Looka! 240 yards for $15.00 ~ that's .06 a yard!
Oh wait, here's a roll of 3,360 yards of packing twine for $17.40!! Available in red/white or green/white.
I smell another obsession~~~
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Well, I said it before, I'll say it again, necessity is mother fucker of invention so I snipped some leaf shaped tweed scraps, ironed them on with that WonderUnder fusible web, did fast and sloppy applique stitch around the leaf and embroidered a meandering vine.
I used the same tweed fabric and iron-on petal idea on this little girl skirt.
For the price of FREE, what's not to like about this skirt?
Over the weekend, I ignored overdue tasks in the house and used every shortcut I could think of to sew this skirt.
- Used RikkiTikkiTavi's favorite skirt as a pattern
- Serged the sheer fabric side seams
- Serged the purple underlay side seams and hem
- Joined sheer and purple layers at the top with foldover elastic
- Straight stitched the purple hem
- DID NOT hem the sheer layer but left the raw and cool looking selvage edge.
Complete and really cute! Another FREE skirt!
Hope to have a photo of Rik in skirt soon.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
After you cut the strips, tug on the fabric and it magically coils into a tube.
Click on the tutorial link above to see an embellished version.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
There is a stack of fabric waiting to be sewn into pillowcases.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Anywho, the class reinvigorated my interest in crafting my very own baubles. The facilitator had new jewelry books on display and I rushed home to reserve as many as possible on the library online system but had no idea that all would be available in 2 days. WooHoo, a stack of books, full of ideas and inspiration!
(Checking out library copies is a great way to find books not available at your local bookstore and then, if you like it, order the book.)
Here are a few cool books you might want to check out:
- Beadalicious by Sonya Nimri
- Bejeweled: beautiful fashion jewelry to make and wear by Claire Aristides
- Beading with Pearls: beautiful jewelry, simple techniques by Jean Campbell
And my two favorites of the stack,
Enjoy book shopping!