Sunday, December 14, 2008

Unicorn Pillow

Alas, I have 3 exams left over the next 3 days and I have one again taken to sewing as a form of procrastination. I crafted this pillow for my friend for Christmas. I hope it is clear that she likes unicorns, since the embroidery is such.



If any one wants to make their own, all i did was cut out this image and traced/drew it onto my piece of fabric, then performed a basic back stitch over the line using different colored floss. I then followed the known instructions of making a pillow. I know you aren't stupide, but you can obviously use any fabric, shape, and image you want...

More Christmas gifts to come after the recipients receive them.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Last Minute Project

The only thing that has been keeping my sane during this semester's exams (2 more weeks!) has been my sewing.


What better thing to make during this time than a nice computer sleeve! Now I can take my laptop to the library in style, and I will be the envy of all my study buddies. Why on earth didn't I think of this before!?

This little piece was one of my own designs, made from some heavy weight fabric and lined in fleece for some extra padding. And as you notice, I added some embellishment in the form of a felt ampersand.




In other news, my costuming projects are all finished and I will be presenting them to my class tomorrow. I will also post about them soon. However, I will not be designing for the show next semester that I talked about earlier, for the proposal was not chosen. Oh well. Now I must get back to studying!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me


This ugly little creature had to be put on the back burner over the last couple of months due to laziness and school work. I started him at the beginning of my semester, but the current holiday season has provided me with the perfect time for crafting this obnoxious fellow. Had you not noticed, he is meant to be a fruit fly (or any other variation of this insect) and he has not wasted any time in buzzing around our delightful Thanksgiving left-overs.

Maybe a better view?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Who's feeling the bloat?

Well, for those 2 or 3 of you that are reading this, happy late Halloween, and hopefully you aren't too sick off of all that candy (Not that I feel you are of Trick-or-Treating age. That should have stopped in junior high.).

Just thought that I would share my single best and worst (at the same time) costume idea ever.


Ok, so it isn't the most creative idea ever, but I had all of the need components in my closet, except for the hat which I made from my fleece collection in 15 minutes. I didn't measure my head at all, so it turned out too small, and I heard a few seams pop throughout the night, but 15 minutes is 15 minutes. I say that this is the best an worst costume ever for one reason: everyone feels the need to exclaim "I found you!" While I must admit I liked the attention, it did get old. It is such a burden being sought after...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Reachable Future of Tailor's Hams and Seam Rippers

If I have learned anything since having this blog, it is that I can't shuffle through life working in an office fixing endless budgets and perfecting marketing strategies. So, I am changing my majors (Art History and Arts Management) to Art History and Theatre with an emphasis on costuming, and I am kissing any ounce of financial wealth. However, I am really excited and I may even be designing my first show next semester (needless to say it is going to be a low budget project; its our drama club).

Anyway, this semester in costuming we have done mostly hand sewing and machine sewing samples (not the most fun, so I have decided to subject no one to any pictures of these). We watched the movie version of An Ideal Husband and took one person's costume and made a collaged rendering of one of their costumes in modern times (I got an A!). We also recently made a reusable grocery bag. I will most likely be using it as a fabric transportation device. However, I have to be honest here. I sped through this project, probably because I got a little cocky, so it isn't my best sewing:

I am now working on our written final which is basically taking a period play (before the 1960's) and designing 4 costumes for it. I have chosen Arsenic and Old Lace because I thought it would be fun (yes mother, I know you gave me the 1930's research book, but I didn't have enough time to find a play from that period in the theatre's storage room...). Part 2 of our final is creating some sort of garment, and I will be going to the shop on Friday.

I'm taking Costuming 2 next semester and I really do want to do this with my life, so expect more posts in the future, and I apologize if you have just been bored to death.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Shit Face

I have been wanting to make a small quilt for awhile, and after seeing this "Face" series by Regina Alexandra, I wanted to get my grubby little hands on one just like them. Since they are probably really expensive, and they didn't look too hard to make, I decided to fashion one myself from my own design. Considering I don't have a rotary cutter and board, or a space for cutting, I think it turned out quite well. I have managed to do quite well in this little room, and maybe someday I will be able to make a bigger quilt.

The quilt has a few sad problems. Of coarse since it was my first quilt, the construction is a little wonky. The color blue I chose for it is the wrong shade of blue, but I guess there is nothing wrong in adding another color to the room. Also, it is hard to see, but the thought bubble is embroidered with the word shit, mainly because I wanted to be able to call the quilt "Shit Face."

Here is what the back looks like:

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Quite Literally a Steal

I was helping clean up our Drama Club's theatre today, and I got to walk away with these little finds.



They reminded me a little of my brother's suitcase table, and I have recently taken a liking to old suitcases. I was helping to organize props, and these were going to be thrown out, because one wouldn't close fully and the other doesn't have a handle. I couldn't let them disappear, so I took them. After I got home, I rigged the brown one with some wire, and it now closes quite well. I haven't work on the other one, but I may not need to.



I decided that these made more attractive fabric storage than the plastic crate I was using, so these now reside under my bed, but can still be seen upon entering. The bigger of the two houses my fleece and other creature makings, while the smaller holds my other fabric. A match made in heaven.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

New Room (but not so new anymore...)

Well school has finally started and a combination of classes, wardrobe crew for a play, and a hurricane (which caused the play to run for an excruciating 3rd week) has lead me to postpone this post for quite some time.

As I have done before, here are some pictures of my new (and much smaller) room. Because of the size, pictures don't do it justice, but I do like this room the best, because all my stuff is close, so it looks more decorated. Well, at least I think so. You will notice that I have some empty wall space. The objects I made before classes started looked like shit, so they didn't make it to the wall, but I am working on the disgusting empty white spaces.






I made this quaint little wall organizer awhile ago in the summer, but it wasn't till now that it could grace my wall. The pattern came from Lotta Jansdotter's book. The organizer is a little far away from my desk, but it's the look that counts.



In other news I have joined Etsy! I figured I might try to make some things this year and sell them. I don't have a shop yet, but I have started to make more creatures, and I will to force people to purchase them (since I don't have a better job) as soon as I have made a fair number of them. Hopefully it will work...I will have to start networking if I want my future shop to be seen

I am also in a costuming class. I really like it, but some of the stuff has been boring since I know how to hand sew, use a machine, etc. Our final project is to make one article of clothing, but I haven't decided what yet. Hopefully whatever it is doesn't leave other people with disgust.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Surprise!




Bugsy over at A Day in the Life of Bugsy has given me this award. It is nice to know people outside of my family read my blog, let alone enjoy it. So thank you Bugsy, and I apologize for not noticing sooner that you gave it to me... The deal is that I have to send this to 5 other bloggers. Hopefully my laziness will get around to it soon, but I can't promise much (I'm not even sure if I know of 5 other blogs...).

In other news, I finally get to move into my next room tomorrow evening. It has been a long week and a half by myself with no where to go. The worst part was that I had no sewing machine or even any needles and thread (gasp!). I did purchase some faux fur, so there will be creatures in the future. However, as I start school and a new play next week, my free time will be lacking.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Quilts on the Move

Well, it has once again come time for me to move all of my stuff into another dorm room. Oops. Sorry, residence hall (my supervisor would have my head). My room is a mess right now, but I have made another little something for my room next year. I won't post about it until I am fully moved in (which won't be until the end of August; I can't stay in my new room yet) because it is packed up already. I also have some other ideas for wall art that I will make during my down time in the next few weeks. My walls have all been too bare, so that will have to change.

In the meantime, my mom made me a nice throw quilt. I had found the pattern entitled "Posh" by Chez Moi and I was planning to use it to try and make my first quilt. However, on a recent trip to see the rents, my mom suggested that she instead whip it up for me. I couldn't decline, so together we picked out the fabrics and I just got it in the mail.


I was actually at work when I picked up the package, and I couldn't wait to open it, so my supervisor was also forced to gaze at the beauty. I'm not a freak at all... So thank you mom, wherever you are! Needless to say, she did a much better job then I would have done.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Almost Useless Slippers

I took a short break from my projects for reasons unknown to myself, but I finally completed something else. Denyse Schmidt's book once again provided the pattern for this recently finished project. After living in dorms for awhile, I've gotten sick of getting my feet dirty on the old carpets. I didn't want to wear shoes indoors, so I just HAD to make these ever so masculine slippers (maybe I could've just clean the carpets...).

Look at how beautiful my feet look in these puppies! As you can see, I was actually clenching my toes so that it appeared like my feet weren't too big for these. Due to wacky sizes and instructions, I had to tweak the pattern more than I wanted to, and as a result the soles are too small and the strap is too big. As it turns out they are less than useful, because when I walk my toes poke out at the front, the slipper flies off, or the toes of the sole curl under and I end up walking on top of them. Oh well. They were fairly quick to make and if nothing else, they could become a lovely gift for some unsuspecting person with awkward feet.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

I suppose it is a little depressing when I have to make my own friend for my birthday. Okay, so that may not be the reason that I made this, but I made him nonetheless, so here he is. His name is Tobias Beckendorff, or Toby for short.


You know that kid in school who gets picked last in gym class? Well, that's Toby. No one really talks to him ever, but that is alright, because Toby prefers the company of Jeremiah (Jeremiah has never been seen by anyone else, and many people think that Jeremiah is an empty can of sardines, but don't tell Toby that). Toby wants to be an actor when he grows up, but if he doesn't get to speech therapy soon, his lisp could shoot that dream down. His unique prehistoric looks might help him to snag a gig, but Toby doesn't really know if he descended from ancient creatures, because 2 years ago he found his biological mother (he's adopted by the way) and she looks more like a giraffe than she does a dinosaur...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

So Much Fabric, So Little Time.

A recent weekend trip to see the parents certainly inspired a rush of sewing this week. Okay, so it may have actually been the large amounts of fabric and patterns given to me by mom during that stay. Nevertheless, I have been on a constant sewing spree since I have said goodbye to mom and dad.

My new room comes complete with a kitchen, and with a kitchen one must have hot pads. Very well then. Upon receiving Lotta Jansdotter's book Simple Sewing, I whipped up these lovely hot pads. Smashing, no?


Also from Lotta Jansdotter's book was this brilliant bed pocket. Now I can fully embrace my laziness and not have to get up to put away my remote control, or my glasses. Perfect. Thanks to Thelma for modeling the full potential of this pocket.



Next I had to of coarse make a bag for my future trips home. Who could go without a sewing bag when they re situate themselves? How did I do it before? The large bag (featuring a decorative sock monkey key ring from mom) also came from Lotta Jansdotter's book, but the smaller, zipper bag was designed by me, loosely based on a pattern from Denyse Schmidt's book, Quilts.


That is all for now, but there are certainly more projects to come and I am also working on a new creature right now... Speaking of creatures, as I went home this past weekend, I discovered that No Name is alive. He is safety residing in my closet.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Evil Spool of Thread

So, my mom wanted a nice little pin cushion form me. Her two qualifications were that it had to be quilting/sewing related and it had to be strange or fun. I went for the strange idea, and thus the world was introduced to this little fellow. Now my mom can take out her frustration this little contraption. Hurray...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Boris Hildrison

Please meet Boris. He is a new creature made by me both at home and while at work.

Boris' favorite thing to do in his spare time is eat. However, he has recently taken up speed dating and he is quickly screening those Mrs. Wrongs in order to find that Mrs. Right. Currently he has his eye on one of them who calls herself Claudia. He would love to start a family, but he is moving slowly since it has only been 9 months since he got a divorce due him devouring his children (I said he liked to eat). Boris is currently unemployed, but rumor has it that he was once an undercover bounty hunter, but the truth to this rumor is extremely hard to come by. Boris would like you to know that he is sick of people asking him if he is related to the piranha plants in the Super Mario Brothers video game series, so please stop.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Another Birthday

One of my coworkers birthday occurred recently and because we had become friends I decided to make her a sock creature whether she wanted it or not. It matches her room, and as a result the creature is reminiscent of my last one in the color scheme. She has yet to name this one, but she said she liked it...


My job includes working at a desk, but sadly the day I took my supplies to work, I was too busy to pull them out. Sadly, due to this, the creature was finished a day late.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Moving On


So I have finally moved into my new dorm room for the summer (I have actually been moved in for about a week). I get discounted housing because I am working for the school this summer. Seriously, I think I pay less for more. My individual room (no thieving roomie) is huge and I must say that all my handmade goodies look delicious in their new home, even if the walls are really high and bare. Too bad I will only be here for 3 months.


Monday, May 5, 2008

A Sad Goodbye

So as I have been packing up my stuff, I have realized that a few of my prized possessions have been stolen by none other than my room mate (he is the prime suspect at least). It may only be two items, but the combination of the two creates an...interesting (to say the least) mystery. The first item was a pair of my underwear that I had seen the morning before the crime (so strange and odd). The next was a sock creature that I had made over my holiday break. It was not one of my better ones, and he was sadly never named. However, I think that it is important to have a elegy-like post for this creature. The poor guy did not live much of a good live cooped up in my closet, but it did not deserve this horrible crime. Unless he is found soon (There is less than a 1% chance that he was misplaced by me. I keep track of my items, and I had seen him recently in his living quarters), No Name is presumed dead. If this creature is alive, may he be treated correctly and unharmed...

I pray that he has actually been misplaced or taken home. If this is the case, I apologize for my horrendous accusations, but only time will tell. I shall know the truth when I visit home in a few months.

RIP poor No Name.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

I DO make stuff outside of class...

Well, the time has finally come to move out of my dorm room. It has been a long first year at college, and there have been many memories in this room. However, although my room was of coarse very pleasant on the eyes, the memories won't necessarily be good ones. I am definitely ready to leave this place for awhile. Oh wait... I don't get to leave; I am working for the school this summer. Well, at least I get to move to a new room.


Well, in other news, my best friend's birthday awhile ago, and I made her a sock creature. I don't know if she really wanted one, but what else would a crafter do for someone's birthday, and who doesn't love opening an extra package, especially after said package has traveled for about a week?

I am actually quite impressed with this latest addition to the sock creature family, considering that a good bit of it was made backstage while I was working on a play for my school. The small, almost unnoticeable hole near the base of the tail has been fixed. We don't want people to think I'm not perfect now do we?

Friday, April 25, 2008

Self-Portrait

This was probably the worst experience I have had in my sculpture class. For our final project, we had to carve our head out of foam, and it had to be realistic and anatomically correct. The foam was extremely hard to work with and I think each week I got more and more frustrated. To make matters worse, I had to also create a pedestal. Naturally, I decided to sew some arms out of fleece (with my mom's old sewing machine)... AND, we had one week less than the other classes. Great. It certainly doesn't look like me, but people pretended to like it.


Monday, April 7, 2008

Hanging Out

Wow. It has been awhile since I have posted. Oops. It is actually finals week, and so I have been pretty busy, but I finished my sculpture a long time ago. I ended up hanging it from the ceiling and I thought that it looked pretty good. you can see all components here: the abstracted volume, the container, and the connector. Turns out I actually got a 97 on it (Yay!).

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

APRIL FOOLS!!

Wouldn't this be the perfect place for a really funny April Fool's joke? Well, I am not that clever. I have only managed to get one of my friends today, and it wasn't that great. I did actually start sewing a new sock creature and it is almost finished. I am working back stage for a play, and I whipped it out during my down time. It is needless to say that the actors all think I am freak, but they aren't really wrong... I will post it soon.

And in other news, I am trying to sign up for an Intro to Costuming class for next fall. There is one spot left in the time slot that I want, and I sign up tomorrow morning, so wish me luck. Well, this was a boring post, but a quick update is always nice, and I was avoiding studying...

Sunday, March 30, 2008

A container? Yes. Of what, I'm not sure...

So I finished my next part of my current sculpture project, but I am not exactly sure what it is. I sewed my red linen to foam and chicken wire to make a container, which was what we were told to make. It turned out to look like a few things. I have gotten, one of those Alaskan baby pouch things, a mouth of a worm, a phallic symbol, among others. I think I have an idea of what I am going for when I combine the three pieces, but I will have to wait until after I make the final component. I have to connect my components with the last material I chose, which was aluminum foil. I think I can make it work...

Lovely decoration in the background, no (I see my toe made it into the shot as well...)? Well actually, my room is currently a mess because I am getting ready to move all my crap from room to room. My parents graciously piled all of the stuff I will need for my next semester (I am working on campus over the summer) in my room. I also made sure that my mom's old sewing machine was brought back with me, so that now I can be the weird roommate who sews on their machine in the common room. I am alright with that. I mean, I have to wear the name of Campus Crafter with pride, right?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Sculpture Monday

Our current project in my sculpture class consists of 3 different parts. We have to make 3 separate pieces (one per week) and at the end of 3 weeks we have to put them together in some way to convey our concept. My concept is mainly about how I have felt lost and awkward during my first year at college and it is only until now that I have integrated myself into a social group (oh woe is me...). My first part was due today and we were required to make a closed abstract shape and cover it with any unique material we chose. I chose steel wool, and after purchasing what seemed like 20 pounds of it, and covering 3 pillows with it (who knew hand sewing steel wool would actually work), I made this awkward piece:


For next week we have to make some container-like piece that we will cover with our latest material of choice. I got a lot of bright red fabric to use this week, and I think it might actually make something interesting. If not, then I guess I am screwed. It could go either way. I could make a masterpiece, or I might end up with something that I wouldn't even be able to give to the needy.

I also have to choose a new material for next week. This could end in disaster. I will update next week.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

eww...ming...

What a better way to spend the Easter holiday than finishing a new project. I finally finished a project that I started over my Christmas break. Mr. Ming was once a sumo wrestler, but he has since retired and has taken up the highly sought after position of manager at the local used car lot. He is part of a (hopefully) new set of plush characters called Little Mingers. They are based on the random strange and sometimes gross people that we see on the street in our everyday lives, and their made up life stories. Mr. Ming may have to change his name, because I don't want it to match the title of this wonderful cast of characters, but we will see. In the near future, I hope to make many strange, politically incorrect characters. The next one in the works is a Hell's Angel who makes his living as Santa Claus in a year round Christmas store.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spring Break

Unlike many drunken college spring breaks, mine was not spent at the beach with a beer in each hand. I instead sat in front of my mom's sewing machine with a project in each hand. I didn't get as much done as I wanted since I only had access to a machine for 3 days. However, I did work on several projects, and I only finished one. It is a handy little iPod cover made from a sock (of coarse), with some embroidery embellishment. I was going for a rugged, used look, but I'm pretty sure that that is difficult to accomplish with embroidery, to say the least. I made a different version for my friend as well, who was kind enough to drive me to and from the sewing machine's residence.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sock Creatures


Thank you to John Murphy for his wonderful book, Stupid Sock Creatures which inspired me a year or so ago. These creepy, yet oddly fun creatures are made from socks that I have found our bought from stores. I started with a few of the designs in the book, but I now I design my own. Who wouldn't want one of their socks to be turned into an ever-so-lovable, umm, monster?

Is it weird that I actually ask for socks on various gift giving holidays? I might not sew quilts like my brother and my mom, but I think that these things can be just as interesting and sought after...right?

Intro to Sculpture

I was pleased to discover that I had to take a Studio Art class for my Art History degree. I could choose between Drawing and Sculpture, so obviously, the crafter in me was drawn to the sculpture class, so that is where I ended up (I guess it also had something to do with my lack of drawing skills...). I have no problem saying that I was scared beyond belief on my first day this semester. I am by no means a Studio Arts major, but most of the people in my class have an emphasis on drawing, so as it turns out we are all struggling through the world of contemporary art together. Great. I have a great teacher who certainly knows her stuff, and for this reason, I am proud to show some of my work.

For our second project (my first project was pretty much just a catastrophe of paper bags, wire, glue and paper...) we had to choose one emotion and construct it and the emotion's opposite. My semi morbid brain choose disgust as the main emotion. I made this blob-like form entirely from chicken wire and plaster, but the icing on the cake is definitely (its hard to see) the petroleum jelly which highlights certain areas of the piece. Yes, I for sure made people touch it and they were grossed out. Job complete.



The other emotion I chose was excitement. My intent was to make the piece seem as if it was bursting out of the wall, kind of like it was rushing towards something (I presented the piece on a wall in our "Installation Room": a room consisting of 4 pure white walls). The form is made from chicken wire and plaster bandage, but the surface is not as smooth as I would have liked it. During critique my professor mentioned enamel to give it a slick, shiny surface. This would have been nice, but I am not made of money! However, it is fun to venture down to the hardware store and watch as the workers give me, a clueless, puny guy the weirdest looks.


I am not sure what our next project is, but apparently that is the point (?). So we'll see how this next piece of art turns out...

The Beginning

So I suppose you could say that my craft exploits really developed during college. I am currently wasting away in my second semester, but the crafts help me to get through it. Why this room itself has helped me great through 2 different roomates

It all really started before college (I did a lot of hand sewing in high school), but my mom and I got really bored one summer and we went shopping for my future dorm room. Needless to say, it is probably the most decorated of all the guy rooms on campus. It makes for good small talk.

Many of these goodies came from family members. My mom and my brother both made pillows for me and I made the small rug that can be seen under my backpack. And certainly I have to send many thanks to my mom for her hours of sweat shop work on the quilt. It is after all the focal point of my room. Yes, I guess my family consists of some crafting freaks. My other brother and my poor dad have had to sit through various long discussions of sewing. Oh well.