Friday, February 12, 2010

I've been slacking... again

I've kinda been MIA. Sorry.

I got my butt in gear last night and worked on more produce bags and some book thongs that I'm giving to a coworker as a valentine's day gift... I want her to be my valentine. haha jk.

For the produce bags, I used some happy veggie graphics that I printed on fusible, printable fabric paper? (I know what it is, just not what its called and I'm too lazy to look up the name).  I'm using fabric scraps that I've accumulated over the years.   Finally, huh? I never thought I'd use those funky prints on anything that I thought would be cool.  (in my head kind of cool)


Book Thongs or better know as book markers.

I used waxed linen and butterfly and heart charms and glass beads. No big deal. Really easy and quick to make.



Now, for the weekend...
I plan on setting up my craft area with a new craft table and more shelves!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

BTW, Here's a mug for today

Me. Today. at work. like always.

2-3 Unofficial Thing A Day

Originally uploaded by fleasha_
Here is my submission for the Unofficial Thing A Day for Day 3.

It is valentines day cards inside hand made envies.
I am in a swap on Swap-bot called Old School Valentines.  The deal is to send valentines cards like we sent in grade school.  We have 5 partners.

Easy swap. So I go to Walgreen's to buy a box of valentines cards.  I was a bit put-off by the selection.  They had a decent variety but they were not like they were when we were kids.  They were all commercialized. I can't even tell you which characters there were, all I know is that I didn't like them.  I finally ended up with some farm animal related cards. They're cute, but I still wanted something more generic, or plain.


The next thing that irked me was that there were no envelopes! I already knew I was going to have to mail them in a larger envelope but I had expected to be able to put them in their own envelope!  I got a bright idea to make my own.  So that is what you see up there... handmade envelopes.  I used a template for a small square rectangle envelope.  In doing this project I realized that I'm not too good with paper, glue and scissors. well, I don't really care to use them together like this.  I'll use them again, I just won't like it.  :P 

So there you have it, my Unofficial-Thing-a-Day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My UTAD #2

Yesterday, I was looking at someone's etsy faves and noticed a pair of simple earrings. Simple looking but really pretty.  I thought to myself, I could do that...

I've been playing around with jewelry making stuff for a while now, but haven't really gotten into it.  When I was making dotees I bought a lot of beads and charms, and received as swap extras.  But then I grew bored with dotees and still had a butt load of beads. So I figured I'd buy a set of the basic tools and some findings and a couple of books and try to teach myself something new.  When I get urge, I go into my beads and try to make stuff.  But I haven't actually sat down and studied the books to really get it.  I've picked up some tips here and there and learned some really basic steps.  I think I do ok with what I have learned.

So, back to today... I went to Hobby Lobby at my lunch break in search of some similar looking beads as the ones in whats-her-name's faves... (I'm not telling who, cos when I get it right, she's getting a pair.) anyway, I went to Hobby Lobby in search of some cool beads. I spent the majority of my time in the wall decor section.  I want something different for my wall! I didn't find anything I liked for the wall or the beads like I wanted... but I did find some tiger eye and pottery beads (I've been on a brown and blue kick lately)...  I also wanted to try a different finish (or whatever its called) for the findings.  I chose what I think is called antique ...

So, yeah, I made these.  Simple. and I like the finish but I don't have much else in that finish so this is pretty much all I can do for now.

On Another Note...

OK. so if you know me, you know I'm sorta a freecycle freak.  I have scored some bad ass shit through my local freecycle group.  once, I got about 4 huge boxes of sewing notions... all vintage!  I'm still giving away the stuff -- buttons, anyone?  Well, today, after my two-hour long lunch (I swear, Hobby Lobby, held me hostage- I swear!!), I'm at work and I get an email from the freecycle group...
OFFER: Beads
Lots of beads! Mostly seed beads. Also includes a bead loom, a beading book and a random  assortment of other types of beads. Porch pick up only.

I hurried and replied. Gah, could I be so lucky to get picked?

I had planned to come home after work and make these earrings (along with dinner and cleaning the kitchen afterwards and doing laundry...) I really didn't have time to go anywhere else. So by the time I got home (I also stopped at the art supply after work looking for a bone folder - no luck) I still hadn't heard from her.  I had already went through the drive thru for dinner cos I was spent and my toes hurt. No cooking for me tonight... We get home, eat, then I go to sort the clothes to wash when I hear a ding on my phone letting me know I had an email.  It was about 7:30. It was her!!

She gave me her address and said I could pick up anytime as she was leaving it on the porch.  She said that tomorrow would be fine with her.  (sometimes some freecyclers are anal when they tell you to pick up at a certain time or its going to the next taker...)  It didn't bother me none that it was late in the evening already. She said, anytime.  So I went and picked up my new beads and stuff.  This is what I got...

I dunno about that loom, though.  It looks complicated.  But I'll give it a shot.