Archive for May, 2009

More stupid sock creatures

Well, I can’t stop making these things. I knew they would be addicting! Here are Eugenie Etouffee and Angus MacVicar, the latest in the Stupid Sock Creature crew.

Eugenie Etouffee is actually my favorite so far. She's so cute! These buttons were a pair I'd picked out at the last second (among about 30 pairs of buttons), thinking, maybe I can find a use for these? I think they fit her perfectly!

Eugenie Etouffee is actually my favorite so far. She's so cute! These buttons were a pair I'd picked out at the last second (among about 30 pairs of buttons), thinking, maybe I can find a use for these? I think they fit her perfectly!

I used part of a kid's dress-up boa to put ribbons down her back, back, back... :-)

I used part of a kid's dress-up boa to put ribbons down her back, back, back... 🙂

Angus MacVicar is made from argyle socks. He's named after a guy a friend of mine went to high school with in Canada. Strangely, when I Googled the name Angus MacVicar, I found a poet from (where else?) Argyle!

Angus MacVicar is made from argyle socks. He's named after a guy a friend of mine went to high school with in Canada. Strangely, when I Googled the name Angus MacVicar, I found a poet from (where else?) Argyle!

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A career in kimonos

A while back, I made a set of paper pieced kimonos for a friend of mine who is in the foreign service. She’s currently serving in Peru, and is heading for Japan very soon. I wanted to make something for her to celebrate the career she’s chosen, as it’s not always an easy one and I’m so very happy for her to have a job she truly loves. I hadn’t posted any pictures of it, becuase I wanted to give it to her first, but she was just here visiting for a vew days and I was able to at least show it to her (even though I still need to get it in a frame). Her reaction was priceless; she really loved it! You know how when you make something that is a surprise for someone else, and you just hope they will like it? I wasn’t sure how she would feel about it, honestly, but I had to really talk her into letting me frame it before she left with it! 😀

So here are a few pics. I can’t quite recall the magazine I found the pattern in (I know it’s called “Robes of Honor,” though), but will post that info when I find it again. I used tropical fabrics for the kimonos themselves, and called this “Kimonos from Peru to Japan.”

These are the kimonos sewn together in a row. The original pattern had them in a square, but I liked this layout better for framing. This is also without the border added.

These are the kimonos sewn together in a row. The original pattern had them in a square, but I liked this layout better for framing. This is also without the border added.

A closeup of one of the kimonos.

A closeup of one of the kimonos.

For the Crafty Mama in your life

Happy Mother’s Day to all the crafty mamas out there! Like a lot of you crafty people, I am sure I got the sewing/crafting bug from my mother and grandmother (grandfather, actually, but that’s another story!). My grandmother was the quilter in the family, having learned it from my grandfather. My mom didn’t quilt, but she could sew up a storm like nobody’s business. Really, she could make just about any type of clothing or costume a girl could want. One year I wanted to be Scarlet O’Hara for Halloween, and she made the velvet dress perfectly. Another year I went to a Renaissance Faire and needed a costume, and she made me a dress that was to die for. (Literally. I used it as Anne Boelyn that Halloween as well! 🙂 ) At the Ren Faire, I got called “my lady” and all the gentlemen bowed when I walked by. It was wonderful! I wish I had some photos to show you, because those costumes are just amazing. Maybe my mom will read this, realize she has some photos, and send them to me.

Now, I can’t sew up clothes to save my life. I once tried to make a simple pair of non-pleated, straight-leg hippie pants, and couldn’t even get those right. And I measured myself and everything. My mom, though, can kind of eyeball it and get it right. I take more after my grandparents in the crafty area, as quilting really is my passion, as it was theirs. My son likes quilting, too, but he also likes doing any other kind of craft we come up with. I found a great free pattern for passport covers, and plan on him and I making some this week in anticipation of his first trip to Disneyworld in September.

Another great thing I got from my mom was that DIY attitude. It was basically just  me and her growing up (with my grandparents living a street over from us), so almost anything around the house that needed done, she did it. From gardening to fixing electrical and plumbing to building a deck and putting up siding, that was my mom! When I see the prices for some things, I’m as likely to say “I can do that!” as I am to pay someone else to do it. But, for example, when my son needed an art smock for school, I couldn’t find one I liked and did find a free pattern online, so I just made my own. Thanks for that, Mom!

So Happy Mother’s Day to all you crafty moms and your crafty moms! Don’t forget to tell her thanks, and maybe even do something crafty together today!