Thursday, May 27, 2010
I love making these pincushions. It's so easy and I think they're adorable. I think I may have too many pincushions now though! These were funky planters I found at thrift stores with a circle of fabric stuffed and glued inside.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I made this at work the other day for the cocktail hour we had for the annual meeting. The two tall pieces are pineapples hollowed and supported by large candle holders. One is 2 1/2 pineapples and the other is 3 pineapples. It took a bit of time to make, but next time I make one I'm sure it'll go faster. Yes, there is going to be a next time. These things made such a statement and were fun to make . All the fruit is held on with toothpicks and some with skewers. I only stabbed myself a few times with said skewers and toothpicks. No pain, no gain right? I'm not sure why the picture is so small, but I don't feel like trying to figure it out right now.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
This was a father's day gift I made in college. I was cleaning (looking around for cool stuff I could take) around my parents place and found tons of slides that were my Dad's. There were from varied trips, mostly hiking and camping trips and included a lot of great scenic pictures. I had seen lamps and curtains that people had made before using these, so proceeded to create my own. I used bits of wire to link the slides together and attached them to an old lampshade base. Then I went shopping for a lamp to use as the base and put it all together. It's in my old bedroom back home now which is awesome. Now I just need more slides so I can make my own.
So last weekend I attended a my cousin's wedding in New Jersey. Of course I made the gift, because that's what I do. I had wanted to make a quilt, but changed my mind once I realized I really don't have that kind of time. I decided to make an embroidered wedding certificate similar to the one I made Nate for our 1 year anniversary. I spent a bit of time designing it and fiddling with fonts and searching the net for anyone who may have done this before (apparently no one?). Flickr has some great pictures of similar projects which did give me inspiration however. I finally came up with this: I love how this came out and already have plans for more. I forgot how fun embroidery could be, especially if you make your own design. I used a variety of stitches including the stem stitch, lazy daisy stitch, back stitch, chain stitch and I think the filler for the heart and clovers would be called couching? I think my favorite part are the clovers on the sides.