Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Japanese Charm Pack Giveaway

Lovely Little Handmades is having a giveaway. She is offering a Japanese charm pack of 30 pieces in adorable red, aqua and brown prints. I wonder who the lucky winner will be... She is going to pick the winner on Feb. 28th. So go on over and leave a comment to enter the giveaway.

In the meantime, I posted a set on my flickr account that diagrams how I sewed together the fabric blocks pictured below. The original instructions were okay, but I found an easier way to get the cube together. The squares are 4.5" X 4.5" and there are six total to a cube. You need to make sure you mark on the wrong side of each block a 1/4" outline so that you can sew the seams and stop correctly at each corner. Without the marks, it was hard to judge when to stop and my blocks became difficult to align later in the assembly process, not to mention the corners became wonky when I turned the block inside out.

All the sewing is done with the right-sides facing one another and the wrong side facing you.

Another pile of blocks

Monday, February 23, 2009

Red and Aqua Charity Block for Project Improv

Red and Aqua Square

Now this particular square was interesting to finish. It seems that my scraps currently run to the pink, orange, yellow and green variety. I had a tough time coming up with Aqua in my stash. I have plenty of dark blue or light blue but almost no greenish blues. I have reds, but not to many.

The center part was not working to well for me. The striped part to the right had an almost lime green color and pink to mauve stripes. It was clashing to me visually with the blue square patterned fabric. Luckily though, when I attached the solid red fabric to the stripes, it hid the green and mauve stripes in that fabric. The only colors left visible are that sorta red and black stripe.

One of my favorite parts to this square is the red ribbon pieces sewn onto the top of the white strip on the bottom of the square. It was an extra piece of ribbon left over from some flower arrangement I received once upon a time from my wonderful husband. It seemed like the right extra bit of texture for the square.

The light blue bits in the white strip on the right and bottom are from a print that has apples and pears on it. I have a whole yard and a half of it that I am determined to make an apron out of. I want an apron to wear in the studio so I can keep my scissors and measuring tape right where I can always reach them. Oh, and pens and pencils too.

That's it for today, but I want to leave you with a list of some of my favorite YouTube animated shorts:

Rex the Dog 'Bubblicious'
I love the song and the stop motion animation for this one. "Say Baby... Say Baby... Don't leave me now... I love you..."

The Last Knit
Obsessive compulsiveness with knitting, err crochet and sewing for me, but this video rings true for any craft addict.

I will survive - Alien Song
This one has been around awhile, but the ending is a hoot!

Sumo vs. Karate
Okay, so this isn't an animated short, but it always makes me smile. My littlest kitty actually sits on her back paws just like the little black and white kitten in the video.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bushfire Quilt Project

I am participating in the Bushfire Quilt Project (Flickr Group). It was started by CampFollowerBagLady to help the people of Victoria Australia that have been effected the large bushfires there.

Here is the set of blocks I will be sending to the project organizers. I included a couple of my favorites below. The quilts will be made from 12.5" X 12.5" Maveric Stars on light backgrounds. Here is a link to the FAQs for rhe project.

Bushfire Quilt Project

Bushfire Quilt Project

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Old Pictures

I was looking through some of my old photo albums and stumbled across some pictures of me and my sister when I was still a toddler. Mmmm... Love those polyester outfits ;) I have included them for you enjoyment, more like gut busting with laughter enjoyment, but I figured we all need a good laugh once and awhile.

1972-73 - Age 6-8 Months
Heidi 1973

Easter 1973 - Age 10 Months, Sister Kim 4 years
Heidi and Kim Easter 1973

1974 - Age 2
Heidi 1974

In case you all are wondering, the bulge on my upper lip is a type of blood tumor. It was removed shortly after I turned a year old. There was no danger to my health other than hitting it on something and puncturing it. Me and hospitals are old friends as I had about six surgeries total to remove and correct my upper lip.

Now on to happier things... When I was in the 6th grade (1984), my school started an honor roll program called the 'A-Team'. And yes, it was named after the T.V. show of the same name on NBC running from 1983 - 1987. The local NBC affiliate caught wind of the program and decided to work out a prize for our school at the end of the school year. Basically, all the kids that were on the honor roll for at least 80% of the year had their names placed in a hat. The last name pulled from the hat won a free trip to California to meet the A-Team cast. The winner and their parents would go out to California for a total of 10 days, all expenses paid.

And wouldn't you know it, I was the last name pulled from the hat. So at age 10 I had my ten minutes of fame. Later my mom told me that people were stopping her and congratulating her on the trip and she thought they were pulling her leg. By the time she arrived at the school to pick me and my sisters up, she started to believe. She saw the local news van outside of the school.

At the time, my dad had just got back to work driving a semi-truck and wasn't going to be able to go on the vacation. My mom and dad worked out things with NBC and my father's work so that the whole family was able to go out to California for five days. We flew for the first time and rode in a limo from the airport to the Universal Studio's Hotel. We met the A-Team cast as well as the Rip Tide cast that week. I had a ginormous chili burger in the NBC cafeteria. We saw several T.V. celebrities while staying at the hotel. We also visited Disneyland and Sea World. It was a blast.

The cast of both shows were extremely polite and genuinely interested in what we had to say about ourselves. Mr. T was very funny and a big teddy bear. He gave me a Mr. T doll that I have stashed away in my closet somewhere. He kept giggling the whole time we were taking pictures and talking. Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict were very nice and talkative too. I remember Dwight being very funny and zany. Below are the publicity shots of me, age 10, with some of the cast from the show.

Mr. T and Me
Mr. T

Dirk Benedict, Me, and Dwight Schultz
Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz

Monday, February 16, 2009

Celebrate Handmade: The Swap

Celebrate Handmade: The Swap Flickr Group

I received my package from my swap-mate, Kayla, early last week. It contained the greatest Hello-Kitty-Like doll made from upcycled sweaters. Kayla also made me some wonderful fingerless gloves that look like monsters. They were also made from an upcycled sweater, it's sleeves!

The one-eyed monster glove reminds me of  Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.. Yeah, yeah, I know Mike was green in the movie and the glove are red, sheesh. The other glove reminds me of Bucky B. Katt from the cartoon Get Fuzzy. I think I may take the gloves to work. My fingers get awfully chilly sometimes...

I will post some pictures of what I sent Kayla soon. I want it to be a surprise, so I will have to wait until she gets them in the mail. I plan to ship the off today, Kayla. No, really... Really...

Check out the booty below:
Bucky B. Katt

Mike Wazowski

Hello Kitty