Monthly Archives: July 2007

Lettuce eat greens!

the garden

I was supposed to load this photo several weeks ago; you can tell that my summer priorities do not include the computer 🙂 I can’t believe how fast those plants grow!

the office

I worked at home one day, and this was my office. Wish I could do this every day! Giz loved it; I even wore him out, a very difficult thing to do.

I will post some project photos in a couple more days; I’m getting things ready for the fair and don’t want to put anything online ’til after the judging on Sunday.


Let there be peas!

Pea pod Beans Pea flower! they’re here… The garden

Peas, peas, peas! They started blooming a few days ago, and now the pods are erupting! Mmmm…. fresh peas! The string beans are blooming, but no beans yet. The boxes are wonderful; I wish I could have gotten them set up sooner. The height makes them easy to weed, and easy to harvest too. I weed and/or harvest in the mornings, while throwing Gizmo’s tennis ball. He is obsessed, as you can see below, with t-balls, as well as frisbees and sticks.

Gizmo is focused!

Gizmo’s focused on his tennis ball and the Chuckit, an essential part of any Labrador Retriever owner’s bin of dog toys. The vegetation in the yard was wet with dew and last night’s rain, so he’s soaking wet.

Loose Ends

Garden tools

Loose Ends LLC is a… well, it is a store! That sells a little of this and a little of that, for home decorating, arts ‘n crafts, wrapping gifts, and, and… well, take a look and you tell me what it sells! “Items for creative living” is as good a description as I can think of!

sea shells

There are seashells of all kinds, boxes and bags and ribbons, papier mache boxes and containers. They have shopping bags with moose on them! Which I might have to break down and buy, and would then have a lifetime supply of gift bags.

Vintage Visions

The Vintage Visions Collection is a huge assortment of images from the past; illustrations and photographs. They’re on paper, but I don’t know why you couldn’t scan the image and print it onto fabric, then embellish it.

ribbons and wrappings and ties galore!

And I am just swooning over the variety of ribbons and wrappings – handmade Abaca ribbon (“Abaca fibre, from the banana tree family is a light, airy, open weave textile” It looks awesome fun to play with!) and wrapping, rainbow organza ribbon, silk crepe ribbon, blah, blah, blah… I can see scrunching the ribbons up and embellishing them with stitches, buttons and beads, and attaching them to a crazy quilt.

Anyway, I couldn’t keep this to myself… Loose Ends LLC is downsizing, so lots of stuff is on sale. I’ve been to the bricks ‘n mortar store in Oregon, several years ago, and was overwhelmed with all the neato keeno stuff. It was so fun to wander around and think about what I would do with this or that, and of course I came home with a bagful of stuff to play with.

Updatin’ the links

Well, I finally added a bunch of new links, too many to link them all in a post, so I’ll just give a quick overview. For most TAST enthusiasts, they’ll pretty much be old hat anyway.

  • I added a new category, Listen, that lists the podcasts I listen to. Craft Sanity, CraftyPod, and Limenviolet are old favorites; Jennifer (Craft Sanity) is back to posting about once a week, after her six-or-so month sojourn of getting into the fitness routine. I started listening to MaterialMama a few weeks ago, and really enjoy her relaxed, fun show, with the occasional child care/discipline break. Crafting Voices is all about the American craft scene. To find more podcasts go to Podcast Alley, and of course I had to list my hometown PBS station, KUAC.
  • Two more new categories:
    • Embroidery – I moved some old links into there and added some new ones
    • Flat Angels – includes the inspiration for mine and Angel Thread’s angel
  • I’ve become intrigued by several TASTers, so added them to my TAST list.
  • In Check these out (my general category) I added
    • CFQG member Terra Shideler
    • Flobberdewotsky has some FUN clothing and great ideas, but you could go the easy route and just buy from them
    • Practically Creative has some handy “creative push” articles
    • Ten Zen Seconds and The Forgiveness Project are two “think about this” websites
    • if you have a dog, add him/her to the Stitchers with Dogs Flickr group
    • The Switchboards is all about crafty businessing
    • Trade-A-Craft is all about trading yours for mine for hers
    • Material Girls is an awesome fabric store right here in Fairbanks (a little bragging-I do their website)
    • Onion is a Danish website that sells sewing patterns, trims, embellishments, and accessories
    • And lastly, Pierre the Yarn Snob knits and fends off depression with Fight the Black Dog Fridays
  • New tutorials include button flowers, a dragonfly, keeping a visual journal, machine crazy quilting, padfolio, sock monkeys, and the three prong buttonhole stitch.
  • I found, the Home Sewing Association, via Sharon Boggan’s Denim Blues post on what to do with all those blue jeans you’re collecting (and you Are going to make something with them, someday! Right?). Be sure to check out the Birthday Stocking – what a fun idea! The website is divided into three sections, Sewing Enthusiast, Industry, and Sewing Educator; I’ve only scouted through the Enthusiast section, but what a plethora of ideas!
  • Oh! Oh! you’ve gotta check out Modern Craft! (under Books). Japanese craft books! And I have been told that they will be offering Cotton Time (a Japanese craft/sewing magazine-I love the 2 issues that I have!) in the near future!

And yes, I have been sewing! Just not posting much. I was up at the Toolik Research Station two weeks ago, and I’ve been barbecuing over the backyard campfire, hiking with Gizmo, and rearranging the cabin. I’m almost done with a chatelaine, a new hat, and I’ve been working like mad on flower postcards for the Georgeson Botanical Garden show and craft market. Yikes! LONG post! enough already!

Flickr comments

wow, I didn’t realize people had been peeking at my Flickr photos – thank you for all the comments!

And Floredepano added me as a contact… I didn’t know you could do that! Go see some of her fun projects – I really like the way she used rickrack and buttons on a chicken picture; there’s also some fun felt projects, a few tutorials for embroidery and quick felt projects, gift wrapping…

Too good to pass up…

Interweave Press is having a “Hurt Book” Sale! go now! Books with some damage are on sale for bargain bin prices…

Texere Variety Bag Challenge

needlewoven hat needlewoven hat needlewoven hat

I finally got the current issue of Stitch Magazine and found out that I wasn’t a winner in the Challenge. Boo hoo! But I am much more distressed by the fact that I haven’t gotten my hat back, nor has Stitch Magazine contacted me about the hat. It was an awesome learning experience, and I’d really like the hat back so I can make the next one.

Update: I received word yesterday (7/7/07) that my hat will be on it’s way to Alaska next week!

It was definitely an experiment. I haven’t done any needleweaving since the early ’80’s, and I’ve never used anything other than embroidery thread for needleweaving. Some of the yarn was horrible to work with! After five sections I finally gave in and couched the last pieces of yarn onto fabric for one section and the brim.

Overall, I’m happy with the hat, even though technically I could have done a much better job. Next time I’d like to incorporate more of the needlewoven bars, and make more of a pattern with them. And I’ve got to figure out how to make a needlewoven brim! I know I could needleweave over a stiff form… a clear plastic one would work… but I’m not sure I like that idea. And I didn’t think to account for the seam allowance on the pattern, and the hat is a little large for my taste, so next time I’ll make it smaller. Using one thread, or no more than two or three threads, will make a much more cohesive hat, rather than the hodgepod this one is.

I am just so disappointed that I didn’t get the hat back in time to enter it in the local fair. I just assumed that “no news is good news”, and I wanted to be surprised by seeing my hat in the magazine. Naive, I know that now! I should have emailed the editor as soon as I read that the winners had been chosen. Then I’d have this hat, and could have started the next hat, and entered this one in the fair. Oh well! Live and learn! Life is just one big classroom for me!