folk art chicken

April 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Posted in gifts, other people's awesome crafts | Leave a comment
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This is what I made my daddy for his birthday!  I mailed it off today, but I took a picture before I taped the box up, because I think he turned out rather cute.

The chicken is made from a wool thrift store sweater that was already sort of felted, and which I felted more in the laundry.  And the nest is made out of those “jersey loops” thingies that we used to make pot-holders out of as kids, and long chains of finger weaving.  My mom used to make us more of them from old tights.  I found a package of them at recycle north a while back, and now I finally found a fabulous use for them!  And I put chickpeas in the bottom of the chicken to add a little weight and to help him sit nicely, and it really amuses me that they are CHICKpeas.  So I had to share that with you.  Heehee.

Finally, the cute card with the chocolate chips came from etsy photographer Heather King.  I traded for it.  And it’s lovely, so you should check out her shop.




dog bed

March 15, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Posted in projects | Leave a comment
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We are adopting a new dog!  We went to the humane society on Saturday and came home with this lovely fellow.  Isn’t he handsome?  We’ve decided to call him Thomas Tallis, because he has a very musical bark.   He is staying with us for a week to see how well he fits in with the other animals, and then we’ll go back to finalize the adpotion if everything works out.  It’s going really well so far.  He’s a super sweet dog, even though he does have a bad habit of putting his front feet up on the table.

Anyway, we decided to make him a dog bed out of an old comforter.  We bought some packages of shredded foam at the fabric store, and I folded the comforter up and sewed it together into a big pocket, and then we stuffed it with foam and sewed it shut, and it turned out great!  All the critters like it.  It’s funny to see Cheddar, the tuxedo cat, sleeping right in the middle.  The cushion is so much bigger than he is!  I love that we used old materials to make something new, too.  S and I had already sewn a fun cover out of fabric scraps for this comforter several years ago, and inside that is the pastel-striped monstrosity that she had in high school (in my opinion it was Rather Ugly, although S might disagree with me).  Now it’s a pet bed.  It’s been through a lot of lives!

Here are some cute doggy pictures:

“Is this for me?”

“Ok.  I’ll try it out!”


another mitten!

December 16, 2008 at 11:08 pm | Posted in projects | Leave a comment
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In my last post I talked about a lonely mitten from the lost and found at work.  Now it seems that one lost mitten attracts more lost mittens.  Because we came home from the laundromat on Sunday with another.  And an extra sock that we’d never seen before.  So now I have: one gray mitten, one green and white mitten, and one black sock with pictures of coffee cups on it.  The challenge is to create something that incorporates all three of these items!

don’t let go of the beloved

November 3, 2008 at 10:51 pm | Posted in projects | Leave a comment
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S and I have this lovely, comfy cotton skirt with giraffes all over it that we’ve had for, literally, years.  It is soft, and it is happy to wear because it’s covered with giraffes, and it feels good swirling around your legs.  But, alas, like all beloved clothing, it is beginning to wear out.  There are little tears and fraying bits, and the other day at work I had to cut a chunk off the bottom of the skirt where it had ripped because it was hanging down and tripping me.

So I am going to cut the skirt into strips and knit it into a scarf.  And it will be soft and happy.  And it will be a keepsake.  The giraffes will be nothing more than white flecks on the black background, but their spirits will still be present.


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