Thursday, March 29, 2007

Odds -n- Ends

Did you know that marshmallows expand when placed in a vacuum? I did an experiment on those lovely Easter favorites Peeps. You know, the colored sugar covered marshmallow treats in the shape of chicks and rabbits.

We just returned from Knoxville, Tennessee where we met up with some of our friends to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We had a wonderful, though muggy, walk to a waterfall. Justin and I also visited an airplane museum in the area. I have some great shots of the museum over on Flickr.

Project Update
I was able to start on the fleece blanket for my newest nephew. I have it sewn together and about three rows of crochet stitches on the edge. Now I just need to sit my bottom down and finish it.

I also have all the pieces cut out for Pointy Kitty from WeeWonderfuls. I found this great old sheet at my local Goodwill that I am going to transform into Kitties as well. I also took the pattern and enlarged it since I am a beginner at softies and had a difficult time with sewing up the first Pointy Kitty. Those darn feet and tail were a pain to push out :) I posted some pics on Flickr of my progress.

Well with all the traveling, I haven't had the time or energy to get moving on my pottery studio. I am still waiting to hear back from my kiln manufacturer about the proper way to disassemble my kiln in order to get it through my basement door. Then it will be on to making some shelving for the kiln room. After that it will be deciding whether or not to do something with the throwing room floor since my attempt at painting the concrete didn't work out as well as expected.

I am contemplating putting recycled rubber flooring down. But it may end up that I put down ceramic tile in the room like I did in the kiln room, but we will see.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Who Ordered Snow!

Shopping Carts
I just thought I would share with you all the lovely snow storm we are being pummeled by right now. Shortly after shoveling my driveway, AGAIN, it was already covered with about 1/4 inch of snow. We are expected to get between 6-12 inches of snow. I shouldn't complain to much though. I know that New York and other states north of me are getting hit even harder.

So, I thought I would share some pictures of the pretty white stuff...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Recent Projects

As promised, I photographed my first Project Linus blanket. This was made using the 'No Sew Fleece' pattern on the Project Linus site. My husband Justin picked out the fabric. I think the choice was heavily influenced by the fact that he loves planes. He is currently studying to get his license and is very excited about it. But I digress...

Here is a picture of my sewing space. It is currently under renovations, so its a bit disorganized. As you can see I am still not finished with ironing my backing fabric for the next round of blankets. I am hoping to do some applique, mainly cartoon characters I have sketched, for two of the blankets. Some of the others I have the fabric for are going to be a little more 'artsy.' I do these sketches that look like Asian language characters that I want to incorporate as applique on one of the blankets. But I figured I would get my feet wet by doing the cartoons first.

Crochet with Beads

I recently started to crochet with beads making some beginner jewelry items. I used the pattern from the March 2007 issue of Crochet! called Crocheted & Braided Necklace by Jackie Guerra, Sterling Publishing CO., Inc. 2006. It was actually really fun. If only I could figure out how to keep my cats from trying to play with the wire while I am moving the beads into place for the chain stitch. I have ventured a little further into beading, but only some rudimentary stuff. I am not completely happy with the ends and finishing it up with the claps at the end.

I LOVE Hello Kitty!

Well, maybe not love, but she is adorable. Justin purchased a Hello Kitty! hat for me two years ago. I loved wearing it, even though I am in my thirties. But you are only as young as you feel, right! I mostly wore it on the really cold winter days when I was shoveling my two car wide and three car deep driveway. Don't even get me started on that topic... I like the original so much that I wanted to make a kitty like crochet hat. I found this pattern in Lion Brand Just Hats. It is the pattern where you crochet a rectangle and then sew up the first and last rows together and then one of the other ends. The final step is making the ears. You just stitch across one of the corners made by sewing the top edge together and presto-chango you have ears. I added the bow by crocheting another small rectangle and then wrapping the yarn around the middle. The yarn I used was Lion Brand Homespun Baby Powder Blue. I also used Sensations Margherita, the fuzzy blue and green yarns, and Sensations Petalo, the fuzzy pink and yellow yarns.

More projects to come....

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Project Linus

I have temporarily laid down my crocheting hooks to make some blankets for Project Linus. On a rare occasion that I was watching the evening news a news brief featuring the Project Linus organization was highlighted. Now, I know, you all are thinking that there are a lot of charities out there that crafters can make things for, but this particular charity donates blankets to kids newborn to eighteen that are in the hospital. They are not necessarily terminally ill children. Just kids that are sick.

Having spent some time in the hospital as a kid, I though that this was a great idea. I remember feeling so much better when my relatives would stop in with a coloring book. My parents were keen on bringing me stuffed animals. The items made the cold, stark, unfriendly hospital room feel a little bit more like home.

So I thought, hey, I can make a blanket. I crochet, a little, at least. Though the thought of making a blanket in crochet was a bit daunting. (I just started to crochet last September.) So, I went to the Project Linus site and low and behold they have a pattern for a 'no sew' fleece blanket. Yeah!

I immediately went out and purchased some printed fleece. Oh, and one of those cool roller cutters. Within 3 hours I had my first blanket. My husband even helped pick out the fabric! (He's been really supportive of all my craft endeavors, by the way.)

I have continued my blanket-making quest and purchased some more fabric. I spent most of my Sunday afternoon pre-washing and ironing the fabric. Last night I made some sketches of how I want to organize the fabric. I will post some pictures of my progress soon.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Getting on the blog band wagon

I hope that this can be a spot to post my artistic endeavors. Maybe I can provide some inspiration for fellow artists like the wonderful community of artistic bloggers I have encountered over the last couple of months.