December 29, 2006
December 21, 2006
I also started sewing for the swap last night (finally.) Can't talk about it yet since I have no idea who from craftster might possibly be reading this thing, but it's turning out well so far, I think.
I was excited to learn that Wardrobe Refashion is going to have a new pledge period starting in about a month. I've been wanting to do it since I stumbled across this blog. And I think it'll be good for me--between the stack of things I have to reconstruct and my growing conviction that I seriously need to use up some of my stash/finish the projects I've already bought things for before I buy any more fabric, this might be just the kick in the butt I need to accomplish some of these things.
December 17, 2006
They're polymer clay. The designs came from a book of Celtic cross designs that one of my friends gave me awhile back, either for a birthday or Christmas (I can't remember.) I am giving a few of them away to friends as small gifts(mostly the duplicate color ones, though I'm giving the red one away too), but I'm going to keep three of them, I think.
Also, to give credit where it's due, the technique I used came from here. Though since I was working on a surface covered with wax paper, I found that carefully lifting and peeling worked to get the clay up very nicely without having to contaminate a spatula.
This is my other recent project, which is for the aforementioned friend (she doesn't have a link to this blog yet, so I feel pretty safe in posting it.) She's obsessed with swing dancing, and this fabric has reminded me of her for several months now. It's just a basic tote bag, lined with the same fabric as is on the base and with a magnetic clasp. I'm hoping she likes it.
I finally am getting started on my photography swap stuff. Went to Joanns' today to get the last of the supplies, including new supplies for one project because the original plan isn't going to work.
December 10, 2006
When I was young, Mom started the tradition of making ornaments each year, and setting one of the resulting ornaments aside for me and one for my brother, so that someday when we both move out we'll have some ornaments to get started with for our own trees. These were some of the results:
(I think you can tell I'm a child of the 80s based on materials alone, but they're cute.)
And, of course, as I got older, I began to help her with the ornaments, the earliest ones being these painted ceramic ones.
Of course I jumped all over the Tweety one, because hey, music.
And I also helped with these seashell ones and the elf.
But she still made these ones for us. (I need to fix that bottom one...)
I'm at the point now where I can start making some of my own. Both of these were from a couple years ago-- the beaded snowflakes were from a kit (clear on cream background, brilliant of me), and the cat is made from polymer clay, much of which was painted, and a firm belief that Christmas ornaments feature too many trumpets and not enough flutes.
I'm glad for this tradition now-- when I eventually have my own tree, I think it'll be a lot more meaningful to have ornaments with some actual meaning and memory behind them rather than the cookie-cutter storebought ones. And if I ever have kids of my own someday, I hope it's one I can carry on with them.
On a less nostalgic note, having come to the conclusion that I need my own Christmas tradition anyway, I'm seriously considering making some ornaments for myself as well this year. I hope it's not too ambitious on my part, as I have Nicole's present to work on, as well as a need to get started on my swap stuff. I did get some supplies for the main project yesterday. At this point, I'm thinking perhaps I should concentrate on that more after Christmas is done though.
On a non-related note, if anyone who's familiar with how Blogger works is reading this, can you please explain to me how to avoid getting these stupid huge gaps between things in multiple-picture posts? I've been trying with the formatting since I started this blog, and I just can't seem to get it!