Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Skirt and Dish Towels

New patchwork dish towels for the kitchen!

Robin- This skirt is officially yours considering I can't fit my butt into it because I screwed up the measurements. Congrats on my misfortune! I'm not going to call you and tell you about your new skirt because I want to see if you actually read my blog.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Day of the Dead

I just bought this "Sublime Stitching" pattern at Stonemountain Daughter Fabric Store. I'm thinking about stitching the pattern on black fabric and then sewing it as a patch on my mandolin case:

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Two new skirt ideas

The wrap around and the elastic waistband seem fairly hard to screw up.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bianca is a big, big girl!

Lars: You don't care.

Karin: We don't care? We do care!

Lars: No you don't.

Karin: That is just not true! God! Every person in this town bends over backward to make Bianca feel at home. Why do you think she has so many places to go and so much to do? Huh? Huh? Because of you! Because - all these people - love you! We push her wheelchair. We drive her to work. We drive her home. We wash her. We dress her. We get her up, and put her to bed. We carry her. And she is not petite, Lars. Bianca is a big, big girl!

I just watched "Lars and the Real Girl" and I loved it. The movie follows a 27 year old man named Lars, who orders a life-sized doll named Bianca in the mail and convinces himself that she's alive. To be exact, she is his half Danish, half Brazilian girlfriend. I read a New York Times review stating that the movie came off as calculated. Their writer also argues that the storyline takes mental illness lightly. I work with kids who will most likely grow into adults like Lars, and not only do I think this movie is realistic (although I might argue that the ending is a little too clean and simple), I can only hope my kids use a doll at some point to get past childhood trauma rather than killing someone and spending their lives in prison. Bianca turns out to be a positive force in Lars' life rather than something that ultimately pushes him into insanity (this is the outcome anticipated by his family). Bianca provides Lars someone (a vessel if you will) to place his trust in and a starting place to begin his journey in finding his way back to the human race. Although Lars' psycho-emotional issues are packaged fairly neatly in this story, I don't feel this movie takes any of his own struggles with mental illness lightly.

I work with a child who vacillates between believing that he is Anakin Skywalker and that he lives and works on a spaceship. I also work with a kid who is 12 and violated his probation today by running around the surrounding wilderness of our school, throwing glass bottles full of pee at us while screaming racially charged profanity at our neighbors. The sheriff came and arrested him. I'd rather he have a light saber or a doll named Bianca. Anakin and Lars are going to be okay. I think this thought is what really made me cry during this movie. Although, Lars dancing with eyes squeezed shut and fists clenched tight while swaying side to side (to the Talking Heads) was enough by itself to do me in.

Thursday, January 15, 2009



I think I'd like to go back home
And take it easy
There's a woman that I'd like to get to know
Living there

Everybody seems to wonder
What it's like down here
I gotta get away from this day-to-day running around,
Everybody knows this is nowhere.

Everybody, everybody knows
Everybody knows.

Every time I think about back home
It's cool and breezy
I wish that I could be there right now
Just passing time.

Everybody seems to wonder
What it's like down here
I gotta get away from this day-to-day running around,
Everybody knows this is nowhere.

Everybody, everybody knows
Everybody knows.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Billy might be sitting next to you

So I just finished Slaughterhouse Five and it got me thinking. I read the last page on Bart and started to think about how Vonnegut has so accurately described the mystery of seemingly mysterious people one encounters in public. We don't know the person sitting next to us on the 7:47 am Westbound train... they're certainly not only what we've labeled them in our heads: "guy wearing khakis who stares at people a little too long." They're something else entirely and we have no idea what that really is. He might really be "guy who loves bathroom humor and weirds out his housemates, because hey- each time he takes out the trash there's like eight empty bags of cheez-its in the dumpster. He never uses the kitchen, does he only live on cheez-its?"
Maybe this guy has a shoe fetish. Maybe he helps old ladies cross the street. Maybe he kicks small animals when no one's looking and validates it to himself because he's unhappy with his job (or he ran out of cheez-its). The point is, Billy Pilgrim might be sitting right next to you and you'd better be ready for a strange answer when you ask him for directions. He may have just returned from planet Tralfamadore and he gets a tad disoriented after time-traveling...

"I look at you sometimes," said Valencia, "and I get a funny feeling that you're just full of secrets."
"I'm not," said Billy. This was a lie, of course. He hadn't told anybody about all the time-traveling he'd done, about Tralfamadore and so on.
"You must have secrets about the war. Or, not secrets, I guess, but things you don't want to talk about."
"I'm proud you were a soldier. Do you know that?"
"Was it awful?"
"Sometimes." A crazy thought now occurred to Billy. The truth of it startled him. It would make a good epitaph for Billy Pilgrim- and for me too.

-Slaughterhouse Five
Pg. 121

Monday, January 12, 2009

Thursday, January 08, 2009

2nd day stuck at home with cold

This is what I made:

First attempt 
(yes that's right the zipper has been sewn in between both pieces of
fabric and can't be seen nor accessed... neat!)

Second attempt
(zipper is sloppily sewn in and the inside is well... best kept inside)

Third attempt
(screw the zipper idea!)
Anyone want this little green pouch? You could fit chapstick, pills, jewelry, etc. Unfortunately it's about 2 cm. too small for business cards. The seams on the back of it are a little crooked. How do people sell these on etsy for $7.00? This took me about half of my day! This pouch is worth $150.00 and I'm giving it away so someone call dibs.

Beautiful work from Jim and Gina

I've got to take up pottery again. Perhaps I'll try to use Barbara's space when the weather turns. I miss the wheel! 



Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Oh Katrina


                             Nasturtiums and a catnip carrot

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Soon to be 58 coin purses

New fabrics from Stonemountain's Daughter 

Rabbits and Matryoshka Dolls

Paint by Numbers!

Jenny Hart inspired vintage hankie

I made this and learned cross stitch. split stitch. back stitch.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Pincushion Pattern

Does anyone know how to make these?

If you do, please share.

Going broke on felted rodents

Uh Oh. Someone stage an intervention!
I'm tempted to spend my savings on the following 
felted creatures and their friends listed on this website: 
Luke Skywalker Mouse
Frida Kahlo Mouse
Vincent Van Gogh Mouse

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Homemade shoes anyone?

Berkeley Rose Garden

Angel Face Roses and old friends

Hummingbird and rare human species

A cello player gave us a show

Friday, January 02, 2009

gnome series inspired by yellow gnome curtains

Will soon post picture of the hand sewn gnome curtains that started it all. I like to point out the fact that they were hand sewn, mainly because they are uneven and a bit sloppy. If I had Hello Kitty around, they'd be lookin' fine.