Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

So I had word yesterday morning from Fort Myers, Florida that my crafter has received her gifts (are these gifts? I don’t know, but let’s call them gifts.) Anyhow, Jhenna (http://deeringness.blogspot.com/) and I were put in contact through Zoe (http://agiraffeinascarf.wordpress.com/). Zoe is the organizer of the exchange.

Anyhow, as you know I started late. But I was lucky; I had some really pretty scraps of fabric lying around, so I got started with that. After reading Jhenna’s blog I decided that I would make her shoe bags. Jhenna was busy organizing her shoe collection so I decided that I would make her some drawstring storage bags that she could use for safe keeping. As I said I had some scraps left over from my tablecloth, so I started with this really pretty fabric, printed in England.

It’s good that I was able to get a jump on this project because it took me another 2 weeks to get to the fabric store. Once I was there I chose one of my favourite fabrics. It’s from Provence, and it’s just so classic and cheerful. I think everyone should have something made out of this. I have napkins. I think these last two fabrics go together really nicely.

But then I wanted something else to go with these two fabulous finds so I chose this fabric with the nice little red roses. It’s so pretty, and it was so soft that my needle went through it like butter. I have no idea where it was printed; my guess is the US.

What I don’t imagine Zoe could have ever guessed is that Fort Myers is a popular winter vacation spot for many Torontonians, and I wanted to make sure that Jhenna got something truly international, so I splurged on these fabulous fabrics, and I’m really happy with the way the whole project has turned out.

I had planned to send Jhenna 10 bags. I figured the average woman stores between 8 to 10 pairs of shoes, and I got through all 10 bags before the end of August. (It’s funny how long it takes to get to the post office sometimes.) Anyhow, I don’t know if you know this, but I don ‘t have a sewing machine, I sewed it all my hand. And I have to tell you, if you don’t do needle work, and you have a lot of stress in your life, you should start doing needle work. You can really sort through a lot of negative emotions shoving a needle in and out of an innocent piece of fabric.

The good news, Jhenna love the bags, and it has inspired her to continue working on her gift for her crafter. My next project? That will be a  couple of tablecloths for Penelope and my friend Bene. But I’m thinking I should send something to Zoe too. Zoe, can you use 10 drawstring bags?

My last question is, what do you think I should do with this fabric?


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Moving On

Ready for the opening day

Image by Steve-h via Flickr

So, you may remember that I was having a tough spring. I’ve had insane allergies, migraines and tough time at work, and some serious loneliness at home. All mixed in with my stupid insecurities and regrets. On top of everything else Cadie has kept me on my toes and go, go, go since late May.

I’ve wasted the summer, sitting here, wallowing in self-pity, waiting for someone to come along and save me from my misery. Meanwhile time marches on and I have to admit that I have taken my good luck for granted, and fallen behind on more than a few of my obligations.

My passport is now expired…so I can no longer leave the country. Oh well, I have nowhere to go anyhow. I haven’t posted anything since May. Yeah, sure I blog. And I signed up for an international craft exchange back in January. Only to wake up on Friday and realize that I have a month to think of an idea, pull together my materials, pull it all together and get it down to Florida.

I’ve decided what I’m going to make, but I can’t tell you what it is–those are the rules. Now I just need some help choosing 2 or 3 good fabrics. I’m really not good at making decisions about fabrics. I like all of them, and I think they’re all pretty cool. Anyhow, I’ve narrowed it down to 10 or so that I like, but I’m not sure which of these I’m going to settle on. What do you think?

Number 1


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Number 10


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I can’t believe that it’s Friday already. There are two reason why I can’t belive it–the first is that having been sick on Tuesday it feels like the rest of the week has flown by at lightening speed. The second is that I really wish today was Saturday.

Anyhow, about a week ago I made a commitment to a fellow blogger, and I vowed that I would keep that commitment before the end of this work week. So here goes.

Last week I read this post by Zoe in Australia http://agiraffeinascarf.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/pay-it-forward-2011/ where she offered to make gifts for the first 5 people to leave comments, and as you can see I was the fifth commenter. Yeah! This means Zoe is making me a lovely cross stiched broach. Having checked out Zoe’s online store I was really excited by that thought as she is a beautiful crafter: http://www.etsy.com/shop/agiraffeinascarf.

But folks there are no free lunches in this world, and certainly no free broaches, so now it’s my turn to craft for you. I will make a nice gift for the first 5 people to leave a comment here. And I’m really putting myself out there, because I don’t usually get 5 comments on a post. The second catch is that I have to wrap up everything by the end of this year.

As I mentioned in Zoe’s post I think making something for someone else is a great way to get to know people, and the truth is that I consider us all to be friends, kind of like pen pals, and I would love to get to know you better by making something special for you. The only catch is that you, in turn, have to make something special for 5 other people.

I’m not nearly as talented as Zoe, but I do craft a little. I mostly do rug hooking, and some very simple sewing, think table clothes, pillows, napkins. I’m happy to ship internationally, but if you don’t have a blog or twitter account we may need to exchange a few emails so that I can get to know you, and make you something that you need/love.

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I don’t know what happened to me this weekend, but I came home from work on Friday night ready to create. I had no idea what I was going to create, but I knew that my hands needed to be busy doing something, so I looked around and found something to create.

I can’t tell you what I was working on; I think I need another week or so to get them ready and distributed (wink, wink). So I don’t want to spoil the surprise, instead I’m going to focus on the drive that drove me to reach for my needle and thread.

I’ve always been a bit crafty, in a good way. When I was in university I found that I needed a change. I wanted something to do with my hands to take my mind off my school work. I needed it to be easy, so that it could also be a bit of a mental break. I tried cross stitch–too complicated. It requires a lot of counting, especially in the beginning, and without someone to show me what I was doing, I quickly became discouraged.

I thought about knitting, but…knitting can be expensive, and without anyone to show me how to do it, I was worried that I wouldn’t understand the instructions, and would waste a lot of money…so I never even tried.

Then, one day, while I was trolling Lewiscraft…yes, I was probably the one frosh in the province who trolled Lewiscraft and Mary Maxim instead of the bars; the only explanation I can offer is that my super geekiness knows no bounds. As I was saying, one day I came across something that seemed to fit the bill perfectly–rug hooking, and I have been hooked ever since (I’m so funny! :D)

This last fall I made myself some napkins and a table-cloth, so, as you can see, I have a number of irons in the fire. I am currently working on a couple of stuffed animals, and some more napkins. I worked on a number of things this weekend, alternating between sewing and writing and singing…I have yet to do any cleaning.

Oh well, I like crafts. I guess in some ways I ‘m hotwired to do crafts, to keep my hands busy, and my mind from wandering. I also like that in keeping my hands busy, my legs are too busy to be walking to the kitchen all evening, and my arms and hands are working toward a goal, so they aren’t interested in anything that might be found in the kitchen. Crafting is a good way to keep me on track, especially when I can’t get to the gym, and it’s kind of fun. Though I may need to sew under my desk and while I’m sleeping if I’m going to have everything ready by the weekend.

How do you avoid temptation and stay on track?

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