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09 December 2009

Sergei's needle felted friend gets hip.

Been working a bit more on Serge's holiday gift, took some pics along the way and thought i'd share.
 Friend is gender neutral for now...figured serge will tell us if it's a boy or a girl.

Fancy new head of hair made from pretty goldish wool, shaped and needled into place.
Has white patch to match Sergee's own, and...
A RAT TAIL! mmm hmmm, you saw it right. Is that the baddest, or what?

Gonna have a hood with teddy ears....

Pants in progress... (sleeves of jacket, just put one inside the other and sewed up crotch...super quick and easy..hemmed top and put a drawstring through..ta da)

New wardrobe additions include: white tank top, striped cap, super cape anchor necklace and tiger print wrist cuff... I made Sergei a hat and cuff to match as well, and if you know serge, you know  that he already has a collection of capes to match. Pretty sure thats gonna be his fave part of the mini wardrobe.

Then i decided to turn this awkwardly fitting thermal of mine into matching shirts for Serge and friend.
So i used the trusty technique of creating a pattern by tracing a well fitting shirt (adding seam allowance of course..)

There  we go...

06 December 2009

our nest: #1

i love seeing what other peoples houses look like on the inside, so i thought i'd share some pics of the lovely little love nest where we spend most of our time...
needless to say, it is not always so clutter free.
i like to keep it simple, and at least 95% of what i own is from craigslist and thrift stores...
if you look real close, you can see 2 sweet angels nestled in the blankie..and how convenient that my craft corner is not in eyes view... mountainss and mountains of yarn, ribbon, elastic and fabric, thats what you are not seeing... soon though, soon, as my craft area is undergoing a drastic makeover...

ok, i just found this terrible pic of my sewing area from a strange angle...
i dont know...

22 November 2009

Got some yummy new colors of dyed wool roving, and thrifted a few sweaters (felted in washer) to try my hand at some hats, mittens, slippers... really needing to get making on xmas presents here... Inspired by this book:
I cant really post much about gifts i am making, but i can post a few pics of things i've started for etsy... haha, hopefully i dont end up slacking and needing to give these, and the suprise is ruined..oh well, ill risk it..

This was actually my more stylish adaptation of a classic favorite, the  fanny pack.
I was putting it together for myself, so i could keep track of my new phone which i got 2 weeks ago. Well, guess what, not yet finshed with my snazzy hip purse, and i have already lost my phone.

Life is funny sometimes...not haha funny, i mean painfully WTF, are you serious?! funny .
Oh well, i acually do laugh about these things, because, i never cease to amaze myself... and, if i do not laugh, i will cry, hysterically.
ok, where was i? oh, so, this pouch is the perfect size to fit a blackberry( boo hoo hoo) and a wallet, and i think i will be adding a fabric pocket for a pen or change or something... It is made of 2 wool crocheted swatches, from just practicing, and i needle felted a flower on with some roving and yarn.

Felted sweater, needle felted roving and yarn...

I am going to be adding a bit more folksy  style needle felting to these...
i think they are major cute!

i added some details to my pretty little mama here, added a scarf to keep her head on:)

working on getting this lil fellas face right...

21 November 2009

Isn't she beautiful? I named her Grace. 
A spontaneous gift from my brother visiting from Kansas, who brought it on the plane with him for his weekend birthday visit.  My sister was in town here visiting from VT at the same time, and we have always enjoyed singing together.  

(photos courtesy of ketura rich)

Our family was kind of like a poorer, slightly more dysfunctional, less famous (we actually werent famous at all) version of the  Partridge family, but with more kids, if you can picture that...hmm.Ok actually bad comparison. Von Trapps? Jacksons? Anyways... 
  My mother is a very talented musician, and instilled a great love of music in all 8 of us. She also managed to foster some pretty decent singing voices and the even the ability to harmonize in those of us who care to try. 

Anyway, to finish my guitar story...i was asking my brother some questions about what i should look for in a cheap acoustic, as i've been wanting to learn to play for the kids for a while now, and just didnt have the confidence to know what to look for, and.... he offered i just keep this one...sweetest thing ever right?  I sure love my lil bro. And the rest of this crazy bunch for that matter.

18 November 2009

needlefelt doll, in the works...

Started sergee's holiday baby...shhh...dont tell.

We are very grateful and excited to be going to Vermont this holiday season as we always do, to spend time with our families whom we miss so much throughout the year. And, as always, suitcases will be tight, and expensive, so I want to give Sergei a very special present of course, but it must be small and light enough to carry there and back...(along with the boy, the carseat, stroller, diaper bag, 2 weeks of luggage and presents...) 

Anywho, i ordered this book,

Sweet Needle Felts:25 Projects to Wear Give and Hug By:Jenn Docherty, from the library. 

 I opened it up, and among all of the absolutely adorable creations, several of which made their way straight to my mental to-craft-for-christmas-gift list...there was a doll, "Miss Penelope Poppet" to be exact, she is larger than i usually see the wool roving needled dolls,and oh so darling! Upon seeing her, i knew what sergeis special christmas present would be. Of course far from following her directions, as i just dont ever seem to do so even near exactly, with any project (possibly why everything i make turns out a bit crooked, and a little strange) but hey, gotta put my twist on it. So, i have big plans for this doll and i hope he turns out how i picture he may, cuz in my mind, he's pretty darn sweet. PS..can you tell which parts have been my favorite to sculpt? hee hee.. (he has a fully formed bootie under those undies  you know:)

             (My Inspiration:"miss penelope poppet")

17 November 2009

frosty the snowman...tra lal la la la la la... *trails off humming....*

Ah yes.
 it was a day for mittens, a day for stew, a perfect day for a snowman , or two... i swear i did not mean to rhyme, i am just that cheesy clever...that i actually think in rhyme sometimes. i know. im trying to stop...
so,  we started with our favorite snowman books...

and then we were off to build backyard snow friends of our own...
Pops helped the big one started.

1 raisin for "snowbaby"'s face...a raisin for milo's face:)

baby's mouth is made of goji berries, and it's little nose? straight outta the garden... can you believe we just dug these up 2 days ago! (when it was 75 and sunny..)  sweet rainbow of carrots.