Ack. Priorities.

The list of creative projects I want to do, that are either in progress or not yet started:

  • Rose garden duvet cover (finish)
  • Experimenting with watercolor
  • More doodling with colored pencils and pens
  • RBG cross stitch (finish)
  • Shades of blue and white braided rug (finish)
  • Braided-braided flannel möbius scarf (experiment)
  • Duvet covers for other 3 seasons (summer, fall, winter)
  • Baby quilt gift (way overdue to finish)
  • Decoupage/collage-based images of flowers or other scenes (experiment)
  • Paper or fabric flowers to hang on mobiles (experiment)

Yes, these could take quite some time… especially considering I can’t decide where to start.

Anyway, take this as a list of things you may see popping up here and there as I get going…

Defying basic economic principles?

I received new fabric ordered online today!  Isn’t it pretty?

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I’ve no plans for it yet, but saw it and couldn’t resist adding it to my stash. I’m sure it will be useful for something.  Someday.  Did I mention I really need more storage space?

I’m also fairly sure that’s not the most economically sound way to operate a business.  On the other hand, this is really more of a hobby as long as I want it to be, so I can do what I want, right?

I suppose the least I can do is startup some kind of accounting system to keep track of COGS (oooh, I DID learn something in business school!) and all that.  How else will I know if I ever turn a profit or (blech) pay taxes?

Project Frankenstein, Part 1

(I know, I know, Frankenstein wasn’t the monster.)

I decided to make a semi-random/irregular patchwork throw pillow cover out of the scraps from my roses and green quilt (still in pieces and progress).

Just for fun, my rule is that I can only use the true “scraps”: the odds and ends left from cutting the squares and rectangles from the original yardage. I have a fair amount of some fabrics left, enough for a “real” project, so those are off limits. I don’t have any zippers, so I’ll be figuring out how to close the cover with buttons, without making it lumpy and uncomfortable, and without making buttonholes. (I just don’t like making those.)

With those ground rules, here’s most of what I have to work with (minus the striped fabric), some of which has been ironed already:

These ironed out pieces that I’ve started pinning will be one side. I’ll make a piece of fabric big enough to cut what I want out of it–probably on the diagonal, just to be interesting. The green “limes” fabric wasn’t quite wide enough, so I inserted a bit of what I’m calling the green and white “feathers” pattern.

In case you’re interested, the pattern of the pink fabric is called “quatrefoil,” I’m guessing due to the bastardization of the French spelling for “four leaves” (quatre feuille) but I could be wrong.

I’ll repeat the process for side two, but try to include more pink for contrast. I think that side will also have a flap or something that tucks over the pillow opening and fastens inside the cover. I guess that means buttons either on the flap or on the inside of side one. Hmmm.

To be continued…

When you don’t know what to do

My hands itch. I want to make something. But not something I’ve already started. Something NEW. Maybe not even something I’ve made before. It’s driving me bananas, because I don’t know what IT is.

It’s times like these that I want a craft laboratory. Someplace stocked with odds and ends that might be useful someday, a day like today that’s made for experimenting.

Or at least has a really big table so I can see all my projects in their entirety at the same time. Which really would be ginormous, considering one is a king-sized quilt. But as long as I’m wishing, the tabletop would also be treated so I could iron on it and use a rotary cutter without damaging it.

But I digress.

What I will not be making today: I had this idea of making gravity blankets for Etsy, but as it turns out they fail the Venn diagram test.

Apparently a gazillion people already recognized an arbitrage opportunity when the original company stupidly priced its (ugly) product at hundreds of dollars.

Hmmm. Maybe something with all the scraps from other projects… we’ll call this Project Frankenstein for now.

The Beatles said it best

I saw this painted on a closed shop in Spain at least ten years ago, and I’m so glad I took a picture.  Sadly, this was early in the digital era and it isn’t terribly high resolution, so once I got done cropping the ugly bits around it, well…

Anyway. Knitting has been an obsession of mine for years.  My mom taught me when I was little, and I picked it up again more seriously in college.  I had the delight my senior year of living with several knit-happy roommates. Our spring break trip was to Prince Edward Island (we’re also in love with Anne) and while there we visited a woolen mill and came home with bales of yarn. I still have some.

One of my favorite projects was the Lady Eleanor stole with some fabulous yarn from Taos,  New Mexico.

ladyeleanorstole3The entrelac pattern was intimidating initially, but once you get the hang of it, really quite easy.  Knotting the fringe, however, nearly did me in.  If you have any form of OCD or perfectionist leanings, beware.

I ended up keeping this project, but most of the time they’re gifts.  I like to think about how much (I hope) someone will enjoy something I’ve made for them (or his/her kid), something that might become a hand-me-down or heirloom someday.  Because all you knit is love.