Archive for December, 2008

Christmas Package Placemat

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Now that my Christmas Crackpot projects are (nearly!) complete, I can start working on making some Christmas decorations for our house. I’d like to make a Christmas table runner and some Christmas placemats. I saw the pattern for this quilt in the November/December ’08 Quiltmaker and thought I might be able to modify it slightly to make it a rectangular placemat. Here’s the first attempt – I think it turned out great!

P.S. To Cathy – This is my first time putting a link in my post – pretty advanced, don’t you think? 🙂

Going Over to the Dark Side

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

It wasn’t my idea in the first place.
It wasn’t even my idea in the second place.

But we’re going over to The Dark Side.

What would lead us to this point? Greed? Social pressure? Or just the state of the world today. Something else? To think about this any more will just lead to despair. So we don’t think about it.

They say it’s a slippery slope. And we slid down. First, the CD player bought second-hand from a college student. Then a touch tone phone with an answering machine. Next, a cell phone–never mind that it was a refurbished model with a pre-paid plan. Finally, the updated phone service with the free month of cable TV. Ach, yes, it’s a slippery slope.

We’re going over to The Dark Side.

We’re keeping the cable TV.

December BJP

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Here is the current progress on my December BJP.

The idea I’ve been thinking about is the longest night of the year. Well, that’s a little misleading. What I’ve really been thinking about is that there are still sparkles on the longest night of the year.

So I decided to use dark beads that sparkle. I’m almost (but not quite) embarrassed by the number of different kinds of dark sparkly beads that I have. And I can’t believe how much time I spent sorting through them to choose the ones to use! There is a reason for the title of this blog. The entire situation is a little crackpotty!

If you look closely, you’ll see a diagonal line leading to the upper right corner. Maybe I’ll use it and maybe I won’t. There is also a spiral sketched in the lower right corner. I’m not sure if I’m going to put a spiral there either.

If you look even more closely, you can see a small blurry spot on the diagonal beaded lines. That’s a snowflake in the air between the camera and the page. My method for getting a good picture is to put the item on the floor just inside the patio door. Then I open the door and the screen for the best light and take the photo with the camera set on macro with no flash. Snow can be a hazard at this time of year. But I am dedicated to my art (such as it is)!

I believe I’ve mentioned before that cleaning up my stuff leads to no good end. A case in point is the pin I worked on in mid September. I cleaned up the pin so I could work temporarily on another project. The pin was apparently insulted so it went missing. It was in none of the logical places. Or quite a few illogical ones. I even wondered if I had brought it to a workshop to show and then left it behind. That was part of the inspiration to work with the dark sparkly beads again for the December BJP.

Well, wouldn’t you know? The pin showed up. It was in the bag with all the dark sparkly beads. Naughty pin!

Gift Bags Galore!

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Here is my current 2008 Christmas Gift Bag Collection, all ready to be sent off to Hungary – as soon as I finish the label for Kristof’s quilt.

Oh, what have I done?

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Okay, so this is probably the last thing you ever would have thought to see me post to this blog:

Because what I really need right now is another hobby, right?

I don’t know what happened: I went to Michael’s to get gift bags and photo frames, and somehow I walked out with yarn. And knitting needles. After completely getting rid of all my yarn and needles a couple of years ago (hi Rebecca!) because I only have time for one craft obsession at a time, and that was before I had a baby.

What was I thinking??!?

Well, as much as I try to follow Nancy’s advice to keep my sewing station set up so that all I have to do is sit down and sew when I get a few free minutes, it just wasn’t happening. Something about having a toddler who likes to play in my study and pull things off of tables that we think he can’t reach…fun things like pins and scissors. Knitting is much easier to keep out of a toddler’s reach, and much easier to pick up, knit a row, and then put it down to go extricate said toddler from whatever he’s gotten into this time.

So, what you see above is the test swatch for a project that I’m Not At Liberty To Discuss. I’ve learned, however, that knitting is even more like riding a bike than riding a bike is. I probably haven’t used knitting needles in a decade or more, but I picked them up, cast on some stitches, and away I went with hardly a stumble. I might only know how to knit and purl, but I really do know those!

Birthday Quilt!

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

The Birthday Boy with his quilt, only a few months late:

It still doesn’t have a label on it, but I decided that if I was going to wait for the label before I hung it on the wall, he might be in elementary school before I got it hung. At the very least, he would have decided he wanted to re-decorate his room in construction vehicles or some such.

Closeup of the quilt, although you’ve all seen it in person at this point:

Check out the Flickr page for photos of us in the snow….

Christmas Ornaments

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

I made Christmas tree ornaments for two swaps. This is one of them. The other was also white but with a different beading pattern. For some reason (duh!), I neglected to take a picture of that one. I hope the recipient of this one doesn’t read my blogs since it won’t be swapped until next Monday.

The one not pictured went to a member of our fiber arts guild. Tomorrow I’ll post a photo of the one I received. One of the most interesting ornaments was knitted lace over a glass ball. Someone (you know who you are) should figure out how to do that. I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture, especially since I had my camera in my tote bag. (re-duh!)

You should not take the above information to mean that I am not dedicated in my photography. I have figured out that the second best way to get a good photo (the first way is outside in shade) is to open the patio door and the screen and put the object just inside the door. I turn off the flash and set the camera on macro. Then I hold it as still as I can about 8 inches from the lovely object. I did that this afternoon, and I did not let the fact that snow was blowing in through the open door bother me. Much…