Last week, the husband and I attended a Pittsburgh Pirates game. Our daughter and her friends wanted to go to the yearly anime convention, and we agreed to pseudo-chaperone – we were downtown, checked them into hotel rooms, but didn’t go to the convention itself. If they needed us, we were available, but otherwise they were on their own.
Since we moved to Pennsylvania, my spouse has wanted to walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge. The city closes it down on game days, so fans can walk to the park easier. We actually walked all over downtown, and it was glorious. While crossing the bridge I noticed all kinds of locks attached to it, so I had to check it out. I can think of no other way to describe it as Pittsburghers version of graffiti. All along the bridge locks were placed mostly with statements of love, but others that were equally beautiful. They were striking, so I snapped pictures of some of them while wondering about the lives of the people that left a lock on the bridge.
Every since I read the March issue of Crafts Beautiful magazine, I have been obsessed with a little retro bus pincushion. It’s cute and practical – in other colors and designs, of course. The artist designed it to be mainly orange, which isn’t my thing. One of the things I really loved about it was the inclusion of Frumble UK’s Typography fabric, which try as I might is just not available. I have searched for an alternative and haven’t quite decided if I like any of them enough. I might just make my own through Spoonflower or with a fabric printed sheet – might be too uggg though. In my search for fabric, I have found some excellent examples of typography fabric though:
Cuneiform in white on red by weavingmajor on Spoonflower
Impolite Conversation by scherre
Chemistry Alphabet by meliszawang on Spoonflower.
A Book Lover’s Medley by robyriker on Spoonflower
Letters from Paris from fabric.com
Sara Lawson for Art Gallery, Jungle Ave., Word on the Street – found on Fabricworm.com
Sewing Words Fabric by Kanvas Fabrics on etsy.
Superhero Action Words Adventure from fabric.com
With visiting my nieces, I didn’t make anything this last week. I started a couple of things, but nothing to show for it yet. However, both of my nieces wanted to attend the Bristol Renaissance faire and dress up! I would have never expected it from the 16-year-old. She further shocked us by asking if she could dress as a gypsy in skirt and all! This is a girl who wants to wear her Vans, blue jeans, and an appropriately modest shirt every day, all day – nothing frilly or girly ever.
I like to be able to see the Christmas cards I receive throughout the holiday season, but I’ve never really had a great place to display them. In previous years, I have taped a length of festive ribbon on the wall and taped the cards on the ribbon as I opened them. This year, though, I saw a Christmas card display, but it was rustic and country and powder slate blue (?). In my opinion: ugly.
I was just going to steal the idea carte blanche: find a wood frame I like. Print, find, or make a holiday picture. Drill some holes in the frame and tie ribbon between the holes. Put the picture in the frame and hang on the wall. But then, I remembered that I can’t be trusted with power tools, so that idea was out.
Instead, I went with quick and easy. For your very own card display you’ll need:
Foam board – cut in square dimensions of your choosing. I used 14X14. Bigger would have worked well. You could also buy Design Foam, but I find that a tad expensive.
Low-loft/craft batting – cut the same size as your foam board
I have been thinking lately of stitching a family tree cross stitch. Not sure how far back I would want mine to go, but I’ve seen many interesting examples. Of course, I am not sure about any of them and might just design one of my own.
Vintage sewing machine trade cards from the 19th century are something to enjoy. They had a practical purpose – a business card advertising a specific salesmen of a particular type of sewing machine. And they were pretty; sometimes depicting everything but what the card was meant to sell. They were traded much like we trade Magic: The Gathering cards or baseball cards. In many ways they are like the ACEOs that can be found on Etsy and other marketplaces. I rounded images of some of the ones I enjoy. If you want to learn more about them check out ISMACS International.
It’s just heavenly, right?
This one is actually for a specific type of thread, but I liked the imagery.
I just happened to really enjoy the art on this one.
I’ll let you fill in your own blanks on this one.
Lady Liberty or Tris Prior? Just kidding.
The little girls are very cute, even though I wouldn’t let a gaggle of tiny tots near my machine.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I am not sewing with anything hanging around my neck.
So simple a child could use it. Yet, she is outside away from the sewing machine.
Domestic bliss is found when married in front of sewing machine?
This one speaks to me as the artist wants us to believe this machine is being delivered to the average American family. I am not buying into that fairy tale.
Despite my somewhat catty comments on these, I actually really love American art of this period. Some of these card are good examples of that. I just often wonder at the message that the advertisement company was trying to get across with some of these images.
This has been a slow week sewing wise for me. I have a stack of projects to work on, and I didn’t start or finish a single one. Early on in the week, I felt the call of the kitchen and have spent most of my time there.
Still, I can’t help but look at the fabric waiting to be transformed and sigh. Mostly because it is sitting on the ironing board and sewing table mocking my laziness. To be honest, I am not even sure what I am going to do with half of it, but I started the week thinking I would figure it out.
Here a small collection of the projects that weren’t this week. I figure the pressure of posting this on my blog will inspire me. And if not, perhaps, I will be motivated to put this stuff away and get new stuff out.
In February I said, I wanted to make myself a cloak so I can sit on the grass at the Renn Faire. I purchased my supplies, laundered them, figured out a pattern, and got it all ready about a month ago. I still haven’t cut it out. The worst part about this is I cut out and finished a cloak for my husband made out of fabric that is much harder to work with. I think I have a fear of making clothing for myself at this point.
A collection of fabric I wanted to sew with this week and have no idea what I actually want to make with any of it. It is laundered and pressed even. And it is so awesome really: Comic book covers, Skyrim dragonborn symbols, Mass Effect symbols, purses and shoes: all among my very favorite things!
This is an experiment to create a gaming mat. The idea is to transport painted figs/minis safely in a cushioned compartment and have a place to roll dice as well.
Made from muslin, my second idea for a mini fig/dice mat. It is smaller, though it doesn’t look it. Instead of sleeves to hold the figure and no where for the dice, I added a place for a zipper pocket with two compartments. I may have made it too small for my purposes and because of this I haven’t done one up in good fabric..
I am slightly obsessed with zippers. I saw lace zippers on a Japanese handbag and fell completely in love with the zipper. When I saw these at the local fabric shop, I had to have them. I decided that this was the week I would design and make a bag for them, but I didn’t. Oh, and I also ordered 10 more from Japan about a month ago that have flower cut-outs and butterfly zipper pulls; at least they haven’t arrived yet. I really need to figure out what I am going to do with all of these.
Spider-man flannel that I bought when it was still cold to make sleepy pants for my husband. The fabric has been laundered and that is it.
I know all about me, but does anyone else have this problem?