More String

Filled the orders from the Girl Next Door show this past week. I think they turned out pretty well. I really like the green. The pic doesn't justify the size. Each panel is 2' x 2' wide!


Etsy Time

Just opened an Etsy shop if you're interested in some necklaces.
I haven't really planned on opening one but figured... why not?
Now I'm motivated to share more stuff. Stay tuned.



Found this 101 on how to make your own honeycomb spheres which I know is crazy when they are practically free already, but I have still been curious to try it.
Now it is saved here so I will!


Things You'll Need:

  • 8½-by-11-inch card stock
  • 9 sheets of colored tissue paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  1. 1

    Fold the card stock in half horizontally so that its dimensions when folded beome 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches. Reopen it. Lay it flat on your work surface.

  2. 2

    Draw a simple shape on one sheet of tissue paper that would fit within the dimensions of the full sheet of card stock. For example, draw a circle that is 8 inches in diameter.

  3. 3

    Stack all the layers of tissue paper together and cut out the circle so that you have nine circles of the same size. You can cut the card stock in the same size circle as well, or you can leave it in a rectangle.

  4. 4

    Glue one circle to the middle of the card stock. Make sure the center fold of the card stock bisects the tissue paper circle exactly. You want the card stock's crease to run through the middle of the circle.

  5. 5

    Place four dots of glue on top of the tissue circle that is glued to the card stock. Place the dots around the edge at four spots that are equal distances from each other. For example, if the circle was a clock face, place glue at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00.

  6. 6

    Position a second circle over the first and press down on the glue spots so that it is glued to the first one at those spots. Place glue on the second circle at spots exactly between the glue spots on the first circle. Using our clock face example, you would place glue at 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 10:30.

  7. 7

    Place the third circle over the second and press down on the glue spots. Place glue spots on this circle in the same places you glued the first circle, that is, at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00.

  8. 8

    Place the fourth circle on top and press down. Continue this procedure, alternating glue spots on each circle until you have glued eight layers on the stack. Put your four glue spots on the eighth circle.

  9. 9

    Cut the ninth circle in half. Place a half-circle on the right side of the tissue stack. The straight edge should line up with the crease in the card stock.

  10. 10

    Fold the card stock and all the layers along the crease and press down. When you open the card you will have a honeycomb ball.


Well, Hello there!
Do you recall my earlier post about attempting one of these?
I never did find some cool knit fabric (anyone know of a good online resource?) so I used one of Scott's old cast off shirts to give this a go.
I also stated in said earlier post that some 'ghetto sewing' was in my future. It's all I do. I am a master at ghetto. So pick up your scissors and let's begin.
You can do this with a regular T. The shirt I used here was a polo style.
I used a rotary cutter, ruler and mat. This saves loads of tedious cutting time and keeps your fabric nice and straight but you can do it with regular fabric scissors.
Start by removing the side seams, sleeves and neck trim. Trim close yielding you the biggest piece of fabric you can.

Place those pieces of fabric right sides together and sew the bottom flat edge. Don't have a serger? Neither do I! Find a simple overlocking stitch for knits on your machine. Most have them (T's don't shred much anyway so you could even use a simple knit stitch for stretchy fabric).

Oops- I forgot to even up the shoulders and make them straight (See? Even in ghetto sewing I am a good and wise teacher and include my lame mistakes).

Ruler across the top and swipe! Off with the shoulders and made a straight edge. I didn't go all the way down to the placket. Keep reading to see why.

NOW I have a flat edge on the other end and can sew that together. If you were to lift this up, it should be a 'tube' of continuous fabric with the right sides facing in. Check.
*TIP* I could have cut to the bottom of the placket but I wanted as much length as possible and since we are cutting this into strips anyway, I could get away with this small section of missing fabric. You will see what I mean in a minute....

Now, make sure your 'tube' is completely flat, no folds or wrinkles. One of the seams will remain in tact, the other we will cut through. Lay the seam you are NOT cutting through at the top and begin to cut, one inch apart, from the bottom edge to the top, stopping two inches from the end.

Only that remaining seam will be the spine holding all your strips together.
Now you need to stretch out each loop to encourage the fabric to curl inward. You can do this on the table top but it gets a little tangled after a while so I slid it on my arm, seam on top, and pulled each one down this way.

The strips didn't curl as well where the other seam is. Hence the benefit of using a yard of fabric over a T. But it still works quite well, I say. Maybe after a washing it will help.
Now lay the seam flat and roll it up like a sleeping bag.

Then use a patch from one of your discarded sleeves and sew it around your seam with a quick whip stitch.

Tada! You have enough to double this up around your neck if you want.
I am excited to try some others now. Think of how cool this could look with old concert or vintage t's and even different colored scraps around the spine roll at the end. Are you inspired?! Good. Mission accomplished. Enjoy!



Speaking of using some of that swell Japanese masking tape...
I finally whipped up some labels for my peach jam and thought this would be a cool way to update the old school ribbon.
Just lay a nice piece along the lid band and it's all spiffy.



How wickedly smart is this idea to use cute japanese masking tape to make custom twisty ties!? Ingenious!
She does one at a time in this demo but I think you could do some long rows of it and cut a bunch at once, expediting the effort.
Ooh I'm gonna try this fer sher.

via How About Orange


Candy Sticks

Yes! I am still alive! The summer is nearly over which means I can breathe life back into my blogs. So here is a little start.
I made some vintage looking candy sticks for easy Halloween decor if you like that sort of thing. Toss them in a black goblet or apothecary jar. Top them with puppet heads (or shrunken human heads). Here's how to make your own:

I used 6 long dowels from the craft store that were just under 1/2" thick and cut them in half, making them about 12" long and sanded the ends a little (Thanks, Dad). Then painted them with craft acrylic paint.
TIP: It's easier to paint dark colors on light vs. the other way around. So I painted all the sticks orange and white.

Do it with a smile, folks! Here is my accomplice, Jess, in crafting cahoots with me.

Next take a long strip of masking tape (I used 1" width) and lay it on a cutting mat. With a ruler and an Xacto, cut the tape in half length wise. Remove one half of the cut tape and wrap it around your stick. This will mask the current color and create a stripe when you paint the second color. In this example, my second color was black.

Once dry, remove the tape to reveal your stripe. Fabulous!
TIP: Experiment with different tape widths. I would cut my length into 3/4" or 1/4" widths to create some of the variety you see here.
ANOTHER TIP: Wrap your tape in alternating directions so you don't end up with all your stripes going one way.

FUN TIP: Note the far right stick with three colors. I did this one last and wish I had done more like it. It was a white stick with two strips of tape close together that I painted orange (like the stick next to it). Then I painted that thin area between the tape with black.
They could have been finished here but they were a little to bright for me so I watered down some brown paint and put a dirty wash on them. Naughty little sticks....now they are perfect. If you click the bottom picture here you can get a closer look.

My Mom had some mica flakes that I tried out on some. Could work with glitter as well. Many options. Do experiment. It was fun!


Neck Lines

Weeks ago I saw this Armani ad and tore it out because I was interested in this scarf she was wearing. Ever since then I've been looking for a cool knit fabric to try this with.
Then recently I found this website, SAAKO that also makes/sells them. I don't know... I just think they are cool.
Have you seen any others for sale anywhere? I have a feeling we'll see more of these in the coming months.
They don't look too difficult to try.
I see some ghetto sewing in my near future!

White Out

I absolutely love these images from Shannon May (via Design Sponge). They inspire me to pull out my watercolors again.
I love the faded washes and especially the masked areas of white. This one with the airplane is my favorite. The crisp buildings resting way at the bottom is fab. Look at how the sky darkens.
Oh. If time grew on a tree.....


Erin Berrett

My friend Laura just posted a painting by artist Erin W. Berrett on her blog and I love it. I already have a soft spot for the graphic awesomeness of peppermint candies so this painting of them really caught my attention.
I went to Erin's site and looked at the rest of her work. I love how it's almost a paint-by-number look. Shapes make the image but nothing is blended, it's all clean strokes. Look at the shadows in this one with the ornaments. So modern. And her use of color value is impeccable!



I love Caribou's Album art.
Here are a few to check out.
I think the one with all the glass is a particular fave.

(New album in April- Nice!)




Look at this idea on how to create beautiful round perforations in your paper artwork. Oh yes. I am this crazy and will try it.


Here are some more amazing paper sculptures.
This artist is Daniel Sean Murphy. The watch in the ad below is entirely composed of paper. See the close up. Crazy!
You can see more detail pics on his blog.

via Twig & Thistle


Heart Me

Just in time for zee holeeday of luuuv...
I saw these at a little shop while visiting SF last year and thought the idea was cute. As you can see by the price tag, it's a pretty investment to possess a cluster. So I swiped a pic with my phone and decided to try and make my own. Sometime.
Well, that 'sometime' arrived. It's called February. And I decided to just go do it.

I bought half of a yard of good linen and went to work. I liked the look of embroidery, but if you don't have a way to do that, I think a stencil or stamping would look cool also, just like classic Necco candy hearts (even white lettering on pastel linens would be charming!). I went along with traditional phrases and then realized some more satire would have been fun. Um, next year.
It's pretty obvious how the rest of the procedure goes... but in case you try it out, some deets regarding the process:
Cut out a paper heart template for tracing, roughly the size of the desired finished product (factor in a small seam allowance)*. I then cut out the middle of this template so I could see through it to center the placement of the words as I traced each heart.
Once traced, cut them out. I kept the plain fabric for the back layered behind the top and cut each heart out together- it saves you time and effort. Doublemint fun!
Start sewing near the bottom point, go all around, and stop along that same side leaving an opening for the batting. Snip the curves, turn inside out, fill and sew closed. I used my machine for this part because I am lazy. Oh, you didn't know that? Well, I so am. I suppose you could hand sew them closed... but who has enough love for that?
Then... voila! Ahhh... L'Amoré.
And if you're not that fond of Valentines Day, put something mean on there, fill them with rocks, and throw them at people**.
*I know. No accuracy here. Do not forget where you are. I told you I'm a ghetto seamstress.
**Not really. If you feel that way then someone needs a hug.


Typography Banners

I can't remember how I found this blog but I loved her post about this Christmas decoration her husband did.
He cut out all these reverent Christmas phrases and terms and made long garlands to hang for their holiday decorations this year. As you can see, they aren't perfect letters or uniform in size. I like that about it.

So, using this idea, I created something similar for a baby shower. I bought some pink/white and blue/white striped cotton yarn (looks just like the decorative twine but much cheaper) and taped the letters on using scotch tape. I didn't have a lot of time so could only do a couple of phrases. For the boy (on the blue string) it read 'Little Boy Blue' and 'Snips & Snails'. On the girl: 'Little Miss Muffet' and 'Sugar & Spice'. I made a third strand with twin onesies, shoes and socks.
I really didn't know if it was going to work but I was relieved to find it had the effect I wanted. Next time I do a shower I will add a few more to the stash and soon be able to look like that holiday photo.
Wouldn't these be fun to have on hand for Birthdays and other events?