Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Here is a snip of the quiet and peace of the shore of Dog Lake, which is a very steep yet short hike out of Toulumne Valley.
I just wanted to try the new button on Blogger! Next to the upload picture button, there is a shiny new upload video button. And you know how hard it is not to push buttons.... So let's see if it works!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
So I was able to sneak in under the finish line with these woodblock prints on some of my recently finished hand-dyed cotton:
Woodblock printing is harder than rubber stamping on fabric! I obviously need to practice, or change my technique because it was mucho harder than I thought it would be to get a consistent printed image.
I used a fabric printing ink that I bought from Dharma Trading, purple and green were the two colors. It isn't really labeled, but I think it is made by Ranger.
The woodblocks are from two sources, a store called Treasure (who are usually there vending at PIQF) and of all places: Lillian Vernon! The teeny Ganesha, Sacred Feet with Eyes (it must be called something specific) are from Treasure. The floral-ish ones from L.V. I need to figure out how to do this, because it was really fun, I mostly liked how my fabrics turned out, and I have some other woodblocks/batik stamps that are larger that I want to use!
Now to go peek in my package at the goodies I received!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
I haven't fully come back from vacation yet.
Not even close!
A week of camping in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite will do that to a person.
I have hundreds of photos, but this is my favorite that I'll share with you right now.
This is Lembert Dome at sunset, with a deer in the foreground.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I bought the fabric way back in April, and the Sewing Workshop L2 Bag pattern in May.
What was the holdup? Well, hmmm. I'm not sure really. I guess I got it cut out in June, started sewing it, realized I didn't have the iron-on interfacing or stabilizing stuff, had to find some, then I needed some ultrasuede in the right color. Anyhoo, after several stops and starts it went together super easily, and I can't wait to transfer my stuff into it and begin using it already!
And here is the super cool, full-'O-pocketsessss, contrasting inside.
I used a Clover magnetic catch, which was super easy, and it looks good, and holds well.
Guess I better get started on my Winter bag, right?
Friday, August 03, 2007
It was a really great class, and I was happy to learn so much about fusing from such a good teacher. Plus, she sings!
This is the leftover from the class, including the scraps (which are fusible backed), fusible backed fabric, some of her dyed thread, and my official Chicago School of Fusing badge, yay! Guess I'll have to make at least one more little quilt with all this material that is ready to go.
Here is my version of one of the exercises she had us do, to practice cutting out shapes on the fused fabric. It is like making your own patterned fabric in a sense.
The next day I got to go see the Simpsons Movie with my family. Oh boy was it ever funny. I was worried they would try to "movie it up". But nope, it was just like a super long extended regular ol' Simpsons tv show. Go see it if you like the Simpson at all.
Here is what I'd look like if I was a character on the Simpsons. You can make an avatar like this at the movie website.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Turns out she was especially fond of these socks I dyed for her! She sat down and tried them all on, including running up and down the hallway. They seemed to suit her. And it certainly made it worthwhile for me as a dyeing gift-giver. Nothing like the immediate feedback from a two year old!
Check out the girly flouncy layers. But still comfy as a t-shirt. I was happy with how the colors mixed on this one.
Here is the complete green, blue, yellow ensemble. I thought the yellow hat and dress shoulders would help her stand out in a crowd. I chose this t-shirt dress because of the nice big pockets on the skirt and the floppy bucket hat was made out of a comfy, soft cotton knit. Good old Dharma Trading, they have such good stuff to dye!
It is fun dyeing for such a sweet little girl!
First up, a necklace given to me by Lunaea, she got it by mistake and thought it looked like the art I make. Thanks Lunaea, I'm enjoying wearing it very much. I am not enjoying sleeping in it however, oops, won't make that mistake again!
The challenge: How many centers of Newman O's Mint Chocolate (Oreo look-a-likes) can one stack? Twelve was the answer. Yes, he was able to eat the whole thing at once. (wow!).
And yes all the chocolate cookie parts got snarfed up too.
As you can see we are quickly running out of things to do this summer.
Thank Goddess it is August!
I had a few minutes on my own last week so I dashed into the Bead Nook in Felton and found a watch to bead into a bracelet or key fob. A recycled glass pendant in red. A red glass etched marble from China. And some bone beads fashioned into dice. Cool stuff huh?
Then I toddled down a couple stores to Luminous Threads and snapped up some sale fabrics. A really unique Egyptian print, a Buddha collage print (this one felt more respectful than some others I 've seen), a stripey/blocky print, and two colorways of a stretched-polka-dot-ish print.
It is so nice to have these two stores close together, and nearby too. If only there was a used bookstore and a music store too. Nope, gotta drive 15 more minutes for that to Santa Cruz.