Friday, March 28, 2008

The Evolution of a Sweater

I thought that it would be interesting to document the transformation of a sweater.

Here is the sweater pre felting. Note the cutting board underneath it:



This is the sweater after it had been washed in the washing machine and dried in the dryer at a very high heat!










These are the fruits of my labour! I have them both on my etsy site for sale:

http://eastcoastkitsch.etsy.com

I find it so fascinating to see what you can actually come up with if you aren't afraid to try something new!!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Inspiration: My two right shoes!


Well throughout my life I have been known to do some pretty strange things ~the kind of stories that after I tell them, they shake their head and say "only you could do that" and this one is no different.

On Monday I had some time to kill before a meeting, so I ran into the adjacent mall and decided to do some quick shopping. I found a really cute pair of shoes for 25% off and thought I just had to have them. I was rushing so I grabbed a shoe, tried it on and decided that they would do.

I got home that evening and I was packing to go on the road for work and hauled out my new purchase and thought I would take them along. Well I took them out and thought something didn't quite look right, and of course I had purchased shoes for my right feet- never checking to see if I had a left and and a right shoe in the box- leave it to me- and they were two different sizes to boot!! To make mattters worse, I purchased the shoes in a city 2.5 hours away (I had to go to a meeting out of town), so it was going to be a bit of a challenge to return them...

Well I suppose there's always a silver lining. I came up with an idea to make a shoe bag to remember this adventure:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10470229

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Paddy's Day


Well as good Irish Girl, I would like to wish everyone a Happy St. Paddy's Day! I will be heading out to celebrate this evening with other members of our local Irish Canadian Cultural Society group at a pot-luck and variety show. With my uncle as President, and my father as one of the talented acts in the variety show, I didn't have much choice.

For the pot-luck I thought I would create an Irish inspired dish- Potatoes~~

Yummy Potato Recipe

6 large potatoes peeled and cubed

cook and mash

Mix in:

1 large onion diced (finely diced)
1 package cream cheese
1 package sour cream
1 T garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and place in a baking dish

cook at 350 f for 45 minutes

garnish with chives or paprika

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Burnt Orange Bag


This is my newest creation. I randomly came up with the design and remembered that I had these GREAT wooden handles that my mother bought me at a church yard sale. I am pretty happy with the outcome. You can check it out on my Etsy site!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10291729

Thursday, March 13, 2008

My new project


Well the other day I was deconstructing a sweater that I had felted and was left with the arms. I was trying to figure out a unique way of using them (I typically make bookmarks out of them), when I came up with the idea of making an Ipod Sleeve with it. Originally I thought that I might actually be able to actually not even have to sew the sides, however when I completed through my first run, I found out that when I put my Ipod into it, it was a bit too loose, so I created a new seam along the side, and now my Ipod fits snuggly into it. I suspect that with smaller sweater I might actually be able to avoid sewing the side seams, but others I will have to. It's just another way to recycle a great sweater!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Randomness... Olives


I don't know what it is about olives, but I love 'em... I could eat them all day if if it just didn't seem kind of strange. It's one of those things that when I was young, we ate them quite often. Actually every Christmas we would get a bottle in our stocking. Now as an adult, I always have some on hand and am frequently caught sneaking into my fridge for one or two. Mr. Pussy (my cat) LOVES olive juice- it has the same reaction for him as catnip- strange eh?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Is it wrong to be obsessed by your cats?!


I love my Mr. Pussy (black) and Sam (orange)- these are our two cats or children I suppose!! We had both of them since they were kittens and it kills me when I have to leave town for work. I can understand missing them a little, but I sometimes think it is a bit much. When I am not on the road for work, I work from home, and have a nice little home office in our basement. My cats completely take over, and if I let them, they would sit across my desk (on my arms no less) and annoy me to death, yet it breaks my heart when I have to gently remove them and shut my door so I can get some work done. I feel so bad at times I want to cry...

I want to make them something crafty now and I have come up with an idea of of making little catnip mice out of felt...

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Wool Sweaters... the thrill of the chase!!


Earlier this week, I was scrounging around Value Village, and stumbled upon a ton of great wool sweaters for felting. I get so excited when I come across a find like this. I find it is hard to find wool sweaters, let alone ones in fun colours. I was elated to find stripey ones and colours that I didn't already have in my collection. I can't wait until my next trip. We don't have a great used clothing shop where I live, so I have to rely on shops in the other towns and cities that I visit while I am on the road for work. It's the thrill of the chase...

Friday, March 7, 2008

An idea...


I came up with this idea last year to create my own wall hangings because I wanted to make my house a home. I embroidered flowers and such (that were in the in floor covering) on linen and then used card stock and framed them. I thought that this might be a neat idea to sell (in a smaller format)... I am still trying to get my head around how I would ship it, but I thought it might be a neat idea.

This isn't a great photo because if the glare, but I was happy enough with the way that they turned out (the one of the leaf is not the best because it it is too small in relation to the others, but I plan on fixing it at some point).

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

My advertising idea..


Well today on the Etsy blogs there was a post on what you were going to do today to promote your shop. Well I decided that i was going to create a holder and some business cards that I could distribute throughout the provice. Because I travel throughout the province for my job, I have an opportunity to get the word out all over the place. It's amazing how many bulletin boards you see that you can post this kind of information on.

It's kind of hard to see, but I have a holder secured with ribbon (thought it might make it stand out), and then I shoved a bunch of business cards in the holder. I also included my info on the holder, incase all of the business cards are taken (x my fingers!!)

I think it is pretty important to get the word out in a variety of places including in your own backyard!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My "home away from home"


Well I travel about 25% of my time for work, so I get to stay in a lot of hotels. Tonight I was lucky enough to get a "honeymoon suite"!! Ha, ha... not really what I needed, but it's nice to relax in luxury with my "fake" fire. I have transformed my "living room" into my crafting room for the night. I always manage to bring along something to play with while I am on the road. It keeps me sane!
When I am on the road I visit all of the second hand shops to look for wool sweaters that I can felt. Tonight I had a blast! I found a ton of them. I get so excited when I find new ones. I never really realized how hard it is to find wool sweaters. I can't wait to get home and start felting them!!

My Craft Room


This is my glorious craft room! I am feeling super closed in, but this is all the space I have. I would love to take over another room in the house, but that won't be happening anytime soon!! I need some solutions for my storage issues- it drives me nuts to have everything overflowing, and my closet doors (which you don't see!!) won't close half the time. (check out my Care Bears- they were both given to me as gifts in the past couple of years- they watch over me!!)
I want to start getting things up on my wall to inspire me, but I am thinking that it might just add to the chaos.

Monday, March 3, 2008

SNOW!!!


Will it ever stop snowing? It's been a crazy insane year for snow. I really don't mind the snow all that much, but enough is enough. the worst of it, is that we still have another storm coming on Wednesday. On the brighter side- the sun is shining and it is beautiful to see the nice white snow shimmering!!

This is my backyard early this morning. Our wood pile is completely covered!!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sales on Etsy

I get so excited when i get a sale on my Etsy site. The thrill of somebody actually wanting to buy something you have made is absolutely thrilling. I just had a sale and am on top of the world. It may sounds silly, but it makes it all worthwhile. I do feel however, a bit of anxiety in parting with the stuff I make, but I know the items are going to a good home!!