Life Crafting Updates :)

Well, I just updated my Brownie Kitchen page, and since I have a few quiet moments to spare, I thought I’d come over here and give a quick update as well ๐Ÿ™‚

This week I worked on a project that I think turned out pretty cool—I will share it eventually ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s for the latest craft swap I’ve joined. The theme is “I Love Languages” and my partner is a student of Spanish and Russian (but a lover of just about everything else as well!) so I’m trying to incorporate those two languages into my crafting for her. I just finished the first project. Two more in the works!

I spent some time reorganizing my craft supplies. My closet was just getting out of hand. So, I basically removed all my clothes, took down my hanging bar, and added shelving instead. Here’s the fun results:

well, results so far.

I really like how it’s coming out…I’m not too happy with the closetmaid shelving I got as it does seem pretty cheap and rickety, bu it does the trick so I’m keeping it. The little cubby baskets I found at target and really love them as a convenient way to hold some loose odds and ends snugly and neatly! still a few bits to finish up and organize, but so far so good!

As a result, I’ve also joined a clean-out-your-closet type swap, where i will send some unwanted crafting supplies to someone, and hopefully get something equally cool in return! so far, it seems I’m mostly sending yarn and a few related supplies. I’m glad to be rid of them—wish I’d signed up for another partner to get rid of the rest of my yarn stash! I think I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I’m never going to be interested and devoted enough to crochet or knitting to use it myself, despite my best intentions. Hopefully whoever receives it will enjoy it more ๐Ÿ™‚

Plan for tomorrow is to do a bit of planning on the language swap projects so I can finally begin working–I’ve still got about a month of crafting time left so no real hurry, but it does need to get underway soon! I’ll keep y’all posted with progress as it comes along ๐Ÿ™‚

Also working on a new banner…maybe I’ll ever get it done. Photoshop is frustrating though, eugh! help!

anyway, off I go, thanks for reading my silly little whims and musings!


Carry-Along Sewing Pouch

I’ve actually been doing a lot of crafting this week– it was SO HOT outside, there really wasn’t much else to do but stay inside in the Air Conditioning.Didn’t even want to cook, it was so hot. Stupid North Carolina summers. They’ll kill ya if you’re not careful.

I’ve got quite a few things to share if I ever get around to it…hopefully will get this blog off to a rolling start. But for now, we’ll start with this one ๐Ÿ™‚

This little guy is a take-along sewing pouch designed by Angela over at Sake Puppets. I discovered her blog through the tutorial she wrote on Sew Mama Sew, and I’ve got to admit it’s my new favorite thing. I read it start to finish. There are very few things I love learning about more than other cultures, traditions, and ways of life… both in where they differ from my familiar, and also where they’re the same. (perhaps oddly since I’m not an expat myself, I follow a number of expat blogs for this reason). Ang and her husband both do a great job of sharing their lives in Japan in a way that has truly opened my eyes and captivated my interest.I can’t wait to see what they post about next. I hope it’s food. I never realized Japanese food could look so delicious.

ANYWAY, so I made the pouch, and I think it turned out ok.

I made a few changes; namely, I didn’t embroider cuz I wanted to use up some of my owl flannel and didn’t think it needed any more decoration,but I did topstitch around the seams instead. I also nixed the cord due to not wanting to track any down….used yarn instead. I figure if when it gets knotted up, I’ll just pick it out and slip some new yarn in. I had some issues with one of the corners due to a stupid i-swear-i-know-better mistake, but figured since it was just a quick weekend project and not meant to be a perfect masterpiece, as long as things held together and it didn’t look horrible, I couldn’t be bothered to pick it all out and resew. ah well.

Next time I’ll be better.

I also had to make a few cuts so that the pattern would be right-side up on the front and back. No one wants their owls to be upside down, amiright?!

Here’s the view from the inside.

Yeah, I had owl flannel for the lining too.

I have about ten yards of owl flannel.

It’s my collection.


the pouch looks shrimpy since I DID put my biggest scissors in it for demonstration….maybe not such a good idea. In reality, it is a perfect size. Just big enough to hold necessities and stick a few pins, and small enough to shove in my purse and take along to where ever I want to go. I often embroider at work on lunch breaks, carrying everything in a plastic grocery bag….can’t believe it’s taken until now for me to wisen up and make myself a proper pouch to hold things together.

So, That’s that.

Thanks again, Ang!

Soviet Hoop

When a fellow swapper listed the USSR/Soviet Russia among her favorite themes, The Modern-European-History-Major-With-An-Eastern-Europe-Concentration couldn’t resist taking up the project and making her a fantastic Soviet themed hoop.

Trying to glean anything I could remember from my many classes on Russian History, I finally settled on combining an architectural icon with the feel of a propaganda poster, resulting in this hoop:

White cotton color-tinted with crayon, outlined with a simple backstitch. I really love the effect of the crayon—it gives it the quality of a handdrawn picture, and gives me a way to add detail, a rough texture and shading….

combine that with a bright, bold design, I think it really does begin to take on attributes of a propaganda poster.

The inspiration behind the building/statue in teh foreground was this:

It’s the Soviet Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. an odd building to pick, but my first choice was the much more famous 1937 pavilion, but the statue on that has two figures instead of one, so I found myself stitching 1939 for the sake of simplicity.

The building is an interesting one though; it’s apparently 1/3 larger than fair rules technically allowed. But this is the USSR we’re talking about, of course they plan to be the biggest and the best. As the story goes, The USA and the USSR engaged in a building competition of sorts to see whos would be tallest (typical). The USA added something to their building that put it slightly larger, so the USSR added something to theirs. In response, USA adds a taller flagpole on top, the USSR adds a star to the hand of their giant statue. And so on, until finally the ruling committing put a halt to the building. Not sure who ultimately “won”….neither result would surprise me.

Looking back, there are a few changes I’d make to this hoop if I were to do it over, but overall I’m satisfied with the results! I hope it is well-loved by its recipient!

Owl Hoopla

Well, gotta start this blog somewhere, might as well be by sharing my latest project.

I’m especially anxious to share this one, too, as I’m very proud of it, and think it’s possibly the most adorable thing I’ve ever created.

So now, with no further ado…I introduce the Owl Hoop!

This one is named Cleo. She’s a curious and creative little girlย  owl who spends her time spying on other tree inhabitants and making up fantastic stories concerning their daily activities.

And this one is sweet Walter. He is a frequent recipient of Cleo’s silly jokes and stories, but takes it all in stride, occasionally poking back with a bit of fun, himself.

And THIS ONE is Liam Owl, so named because as I was stitching I realized that he bears a striking resemblance to my boyfriend. With his slightly cocked-to-one-side head and wide eyes, he continually looks just a little bit confused. Don’t be fooled though, he’s as intelligent as they come, although still ready to join in the playful banter at first opportunity.

And there you have it….three sweet and silly owls in a tree.

I sent them off to a fellow member as part of an embroidery swap…They were the hardest to part with of any project I’ve made…but confident they are equally well loved in their new home.