Tuesday, December 15, 2009

rechargeable mojo

This morning, I was grumpy.

I woke up (late) with what seems to be the beginnings of a cold, and was just plain zombie-like at work for most of the day (er...productively zombie-like).

These are the types of days when I will use a break in the day to check out what's new on etsy, or one of my flickr groups, or some other awesomely inspirational site full of hand-made delightfulness. I will sit there, staring at the computer screen, and re-charge my creative mojo. Yes, I just used the term creative mojo. But, really, that is what I do. I browse these sites and grow happy and inspired by the knowledge that somewhere out there, somebody is making something. And then I grow envious and realize I've got a whole freakin' collection of projects that either need to be completed or are waiting to get started.

Tonight, I am motivated.

Monday, November 2, 2009

turtle templates

turtle templates
Originally uploaded by thareesa
Template pieces for the turtles.

fabric pieces

fabric pieces
Originally uploaded by thareesa
A quick peek at the fabric for Sammy's quilt...more to come.

Friday, October 23, 2009

new resolve

Oh the shame of coming back to this 5 months after that last post with nothing to show. Not that there aren't excuses. There are. But I won't make a pointed list of those. Nope. Just going to pick it back up, that's all.

Anyway. There is a new craft room/ office thing I have all to myself to make messes in now! A new home to decorate and fill with things that will have slight imperfections that I will obsess over while no one else sees! Hooray!

The beautifully rainy Pacific Northwest fall has begun. There is a chill in the air, leaves are turning colors, and the rain has begun to fall. I LOVE this time of year. By far my favorite. Plus, the colder weather brings out my hermit-y crafting side a whole lot more than spring and summer.

So, with new resolve, I begin again. Things to make, things to do! Let's get it on!

Friday, June 12, 2009

hello blogger, my old friend

It has been too long.

Days have turned to weeks and weeks have turned to at least a month of NO real crafty-ness whatsoever. It's not due to lack of projects, either...although it never really will be ;). I just haven't been able to get to the stuff, and it frustrates me to no end. There's work, housework, yadda yadda yadda. I have tried to jump start myself a few times here and there with no result.

Well, it's time to give myself a quick kick in the butt and get something to happen! I WILL work on something this weekend! I will! I think it has finally gotten to that point where it affects my mood a little too much - no fun projects = a chaotic and cranky t.

More posts to come for sure...I hope you are prepared for the awesomeness!

end rant.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

first pea yield

first pea yield
Originally uploaded by thareesa
indoor garden, year 2. These little bad boys were delicious in a salad full of ingredients from the local farmers market.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

dont throw it out, grow it

dont throw it out, grow it
Originally uploaded by thareesa
a new book for the indoor garden project!

indoor garden take 2

indoor garden take 2
Originally uploaded by thareesa
Indoor garden year 2.

We signed up for a plot in a community garden here, but I just found out that I am on the waiting list behind twenty other people and that it will take at least a year to get off the list and into the garden! Boo! So, behold indoor garden, year 2.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

to DIY or not to DIY, that is the question

We have a few friends getting married this summer, and I am thinking about whether or not to make some DIY wedding gifts. The other day I broke out my copy of Lotta Jansdotter's book Simple Sewing, and I am thinking about rocking out on a few of the patterns. We're talking about some simple stuff here (I guess that is why she named the book simple sewing)- napkins, potholders, and aprons in some cool material that kind of matches the stuff they've got on their registries.

I think wedding number 1 and wedding number 3 are definitely people that would appreciate this kind of thing. It's wedding number 2 that I am not too sure about. It's weird to think about. I know that I would be really pumped about getting hand-made gifts on any occasion, especially my wedding. But, some people don't necessarily get in to that kind of thing. Hmmmmm.....is it selfish of me to just do it because I enjoy making the stuff?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

a wandering mind, and stitch

I don't know what came over me, exactly. It must have been my taste for danger, my quest for badass-ness, or my need for a challenge. Most likely, it is my destiny to make things as difficult as possible for myself.
What am I talking about? This darned baby quilt I have been working on. Facing and accepting the fact that I would not finish it in time for the shower, I decided to hand stitch the layers together before binding it rather than doing those little tie-thingies all over the place. Hand stitch. As in, me pushing a small needle up and down, back and forth between the layers of a crib-sized quilt. Me, a gal who has not been able to make a very straight stitch, like, ever. I think it is s.a.d.d., or stitching attention deficit disorder. I will be working it just fine, nice straight even stitches that are uniform in size and spacing and then all of a sudden my thread decides to take the scenic route for a few minutes. I catch myself, and then get back on course.
Halfway through the job, I admit that part of me wishes my craftwomanship was a bit more on the side of clean, crisp perfection. The other part, though, realizes that this is what hand-made is all about. Tiny (and some not so tiny) imperfections that tell us just a bit about the crafter. This kid, with any close-up observation of this quilt, will know that this particular quilter was a bit of a spaz. Maybe my daydreams and imagination will weave themselves in there a little bit on those wonky spots. One can only hope.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

breaking out the puffy paints

Over this weekend, a few of my friends and I gathered together to throw a rock and roll baby shower for our friends. We tried to be a bit creative with the whole baby shower thing and figured that there's not much else in life that is more punk rock than a DIY mentality...so behold some DIY onesies:

It was really fun to see what everybody made. I would definitely recommend it for baby showers in the future.

Evidence of progress

What's that? Progress? A project nearly completed? That's right! I present to you exhibits A and B- proof that the punk rock baby quilt (aka: Jakub's Quilt)has been pieced together, is in what is known as the layering stage, and will be sewn together this week. I am soooo close! I need to finish before Anna gives birth! Sadly, I was not able to finish it before the shower we threw for her. But I don't mind, as long as it gets finished!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

vegan sushi up close and personal

Look what we made last night! NOM!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

baby steps

Get it? I titled this entry baby steps and it is about a baby quilt....ahahahhaha. I am so funny! sigh...anyhoo. The fabric is all cut into strips that will be sewn together and then cut into the blocks that make up the pattern.

Tomorrow evening, I will start tackling the sewing. Oh what a wild Friday night I have planned for myself, making a quilt and watching Battlestar Galactica. Is it more sad that those are my plans, or that I am really really really looking forward to it?

a gift

My special valentine gave me this:

He got it at this cool place in Seattle called Fancy.

It is a cool hand made wrist band that makes me look super cool.

The end.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

vegan chocolate chip waffles

the art of waffle-making is truly a piece of craftswomanship.

non-uniform vegan truffles

non-uniform vegan truffles
Originally uploaded by thareesa
Sweets for my valentine.

Monday, February 2, 2009

the makings of a punk rock baby quilt, with a side of an attempt at organization

It's been a long, long day. What's better to do after one of those than post a little bit of progress from my adventures in craftland? I honestly couldn't tell you.

I present to you the visual brilliance that make up the swatches for a punk rock baby blanket I am trying to finish before FEB 22 (eeep!), as well at a glimpse at my attempt to organize a bit. View at your leisure and pleasure!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

OMG I wanna make this

This is "Surface" from Knitty.com's Winter 2008 issue. Too bad I think it would make my brain explode due to my lack of skillz. That's right, I spelled it with a z.

Check it out for yourself: www.knitty.com

Sunday, January 25, 2009

craft amnesia

Whilst preparing for a visit back to the Midwest for the holidays, I realized that it would be a perfect time for me to get myself back into the awesomeness that is knitting. I knew I had a good amount of materials stashed away, but I had forgotten just how many projects I had started with gigantor-sized ambitions, only to be put on hold after a few days (ahem, much like this blog).

I call this phenomenon craft amnesia. It's almost fun, really. Pulling out the storage bins and popping off the tops bring memories of both good projects and bad; the "what was I even trying to accomplish here" attempts and the "maybe I will just stick to scarves for a bit longer" failures at grandeur. Don't get me wrong, there are an awful lot of "Dude I rock, this project is awesome, but I need to take a break for a day or so" pieces of fiber art found along the way as well.

I find this to be a common occurrence in my life. I find things I like or want to pick up as a hobby, and then get distracted somewhere along the way. I was having a conversation over a delicious beverage called a sage greyhound the other day with my husband and a friend where we were discussing the topic of hobbies in general. I find it amazing to learn what other people collect or choose to devote their free time to. My husband's boss, for example collects model trains - but no train tracks for them to go on. This blows my mind. I try not to interpret these hobbies into reflections of personalities, but sometimes you just can't help it. I came to the conclusion that I collect thoughts and intentions about collections and hobbies. Lame, I know. However, I am the type of person to get to the point of research, learning a bit first, before getting distracted by other things. This has helped a great deal in awkward social situations, where I might need to drop a knowledge bomb about one topic or another...say model trains sans their tracks.

I am really not going anywhere with this. Just bringing it up, happy to finally be making a post to one of my many hobbies that I tend to treat in an inattentive manner: the hobby that is blogging.

I have no intentions of ever giving up these lovely projects that keep my mind and hands busy, knitting and sewing and writing are all things that have surpassed that dreaded " interest, research, death" stage of my hobby selection process. But occasionally, they will get shoved into a plastic storage bin.

By the way, I ended up going for the green bamboo fiber scarf that has yet to be finished for my holiday travels. It was an excellent choice.