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...