Sunday, August 23, 2009

Part I of my Nani Iro pattern dress finished!

Me in the dress I just finished!
So here's the dress that I finished this week. It's a lovely box weave cotton, with a nice drape. Since the summer's soon to end and I'm not much of a white wearer Part II of this dress project is that I dipped dyed it today in a grey gradient. It's in the process of drying so I will post pics later of that portion of this project. Next step is some Sashiko Embroidery!

The dress in Nani Iro book

I have the fabric in this picture so think I may also do it in this fabric which is the reason I bought it in the first place. But I want to finish the dress I'm still working on.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A place to rest your paws

My little buddy, Budda, loves to hang out where ever I'm stationed in the apartment and one of those places I'm most often in is our studio. I used to have an old bed in there for him (he has a special orthopedic bed in the living room where he sleeps most of the day) but it got gross with his sister peeing on it and it was all lumpy from multiple washings. Ever since then I've been throwing a towel down or a blanket for my baby B in our studio to rest his weary paws while I search for a new bed/mat. Every they sell that's not in a ridiculusly expensive boutique is butt ugly and entirely too large. Finally, last night I got my ass in gear and decided to make him a mat myself, I only have a million yards of fabric and poly fill laying about. I choose a nice soft cotton knit that would wash well and I wanted to make sure it was a dark color so no paw prints would show up immediately. I rummage through my recent free findings and found this cute elephant print. I measured, then cut with my rotary cutter on a cutting mat, folded it in half sewed on three opened sides leaving a 3 inch space for stuffing. Then I stuffed away flatting as I went along making sure it wouldn't be lumpy. Then I sewed with a zig zag stitch evenly spaced lines across the width to keep the poly fill in place making a quilting effect. Voila! I doggy mat!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

ABBA land here I come!

Next month, starting Labor Day weekend I'm off to the land of Blondes! YES! Sweden and Denmark, more exact Stockholm and Copenhagen. I've got to get my shopping list ready, there is so much exciting stuff to see and buy! Lots of Scandie prints, have to find the craft shops and home stores. I will be there for 10 days and I have to make the most of it, I was hoping for a whole two weeks but my stingy workplace won't budge, motherf***ers! Hmmm, relocation ideas floating in my head, don't the Swedes and Danes get like 2 months off a year and get paid to have children, sounds like the place for me, stay tuned kiddies momma may be lookin'for a new place to park her big behind!