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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Film swap and other stuff

I am gearing up to get my shop up and rolling again. I cleaned out the old and the new is in the making. I am still swapping on the side. Well, okay, I am trying to get swapping on the side, since it shoved it's way to my forefront the last couple of months. This is because of my cabin fever and general malayse that comes to me automatically at the end of every winter. I am getting cought up now, so I can start making money again instead of givng it all to the post office :)

I doubt that my partner for the "Friday is movie night" swap has visited my blog, so I'm probably safe to post what I sent.

The rules were 1 movie in it's original case will fulfil the swap. This is what aI did to make it fun:

My partner loves Dr. Who, so I managed to score a new dvd from Amazon for little-to-nothing. While I waited for that to come, I took my own advice for the film canister idea I had posted in December and made a film can out of an old cookie tin. I spray painted it silver, then went on line and found what a real canister looks like and printed a copy of the picture onto some sticky paper. I stuck that t the top, but because I had to blow it up so much, I ended up having to go over it with silver and black makers to make it look less...pixle-ey. Here is how it turned out:

Then, according to my partner's likes and dislikes, I stuffed it with snacks (popcorn and chocolates), drink (flavored water pack for cold, hot chocolate for hot), the movie of course, and stuff to do because, like I told her, I can't just sit there doing nothing. I have to crochet or sew or something, so she got fun fat quarters, a handmade journal with an owl (she said she loved owls) and some crochet stitch markers I made.

The kicker was, after all the work I put into the film can, my dvd was too big which was why I sent the journal-to make up for my stupid mistake. Unfortunately, after I made the owl, I read that she despised the color orange. I gave up trying at this point and packed it up and sent it off. I'll have to try again next time and make sure I have a big enough can.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Butterfly Journal

I did an image search on google for a butterfly shape I could copy and you wouldent believe how many butterfly themed crotchless panty images came up. I wonder if the have crotchless panties with crabs? Hahahaha! OKay, bad joke. Get on with it..I know, I know...

How come my applique is all centered and then I sew it and it's all...not? Sigh.

here we go...

Today has been one of those days. More than one of those days. My puppy, who has been my love for 5 years was hit by a car and killed today. I feel so...heavy. I keep thinking, thank God it wasn't a kid. On the other hand, I am so sad. I pet her before we buried her. She was really tore up, but I pet her anyway until she got cold. I thought I was done and ready to bury her, but I wish she was on my bed as usual so I could hug her. My fat little beagle girl...She was one of my babies too and I'm gonna miss her so much...

I need some cheering up big time, so I want some advice from my readers...

Since it is spring, I will be getting back in my shop again to weld, but while it was cold I started making journals. I really like it, but its really hard to have nice even pages when you make your own. I found where you can buy those composition books for a dollar a piece. I have been just working on nice covers and the overall affect has been more desirable, in my opinion, than the from scratch journals. I am just happier with the pages being even and more professional.

Anyway, here is 2 journals I made. The red one is scraps, but I use heavy fabric stabilizer on everything to make is sturdy and to keep the appliqué nice. The black one is covered in fake leather. The owl is appliquéd on with scraps and decorated with...uh. graphics? OKay, so I'm not exactly thrilled with that one, but its only my third---cut me some slack.

Anyway, my question is, do you think they are sell able? What do you think of an etsy shop selling swap items? You know, just little things to make swaps special-unique bookmarks, small packets and unique envelopes to make simple swaps special like my little mug envelopes that work awesome for coffee, tea/drink swaps that otherwise would be nothing more than a packet of something in an envelope? Of course the price had to be right and maybe have minimum orders for small items? Thats what I'm thinking about right now...

Other than that, I have sent out a few swappies the last couple of weeks. Here is my "seeing green" swap:

I packed some hot chocolate and a chocolate treat in the mug envelope and sent a handmade journal. This is one of my first journals with hand bound pages. I made up some swap cards and a quick little bookmark for my partner...I haven't heard if she got it yet, but I hope she enjoys everything.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pimp my table

I signed up for this swap in which the participants had to sew 2 placemats and 2 napkins to "pimp" your partner's table. I'm not really sure why I signed up since I have never made a placemat or napkin in my life, but I did. There were a few links at the end of the swap description with how-tos on how to make placemats, but they were all quilted. Unfortunately, unless the quilt is actually a quilt, the look is not my thing and the whole process of quilting makes my eyes cross.

I was on my own.

So, I took 2 matching fat quarters and guestimated how big a placemat should be and backed them both with some fabric stabilizer, then I took some pinkish flower fabric (my partner's only hint as to what she likes on her profile is that her favorite color is pink) and proceeded to applique some hearts here and there. I had some white fabric that is like dress shirt material and used that as a backing, sewed right sides together, fliped everything right side out and topstitched. I then had some flour sack material I thought would make good napkins and cut out a couple of decent sized sqaures, hemmed the edges and used the scraps from the placemat material to applique hearts onto those. It wasn't that hard! I think they came out kind of cute and are much busier than any placemats in a store...hope she likes them :)