Archive for ‘Crafty’

October 25, 2010

210, Home (sort of)

It’s so weird to contemplate what home means to me.  I do live at 210, but I live at my parents house too (and I lived there for eighteen years).  I call a hotel room home when on vacation because that’s where I sleep at night.  Where is home for me?  As a college student, I am in the throes of changes that sweep me to this thing called adulthood.  I am, for the first time, truly deciding where I live and how I do it.

I live with people I have chosen (I made some pretty great choices I must say). I live in a community of people who are in the same phase of life, and we’re all trying to figure it out.  We eat, sleep, laugh, cry, scream, sing, and dance together.  Not only my apartment, but others in my neighborhood. I have formed a community of people who really care about my struggles and my triumphs.

So what’s next? I won’t always live here. In fact in January I’ll be living in Spain.  So do does my dorm in Valencia become my home?  When I graduate and move (hopefully!) to New York City (more like Queens, Brooklyn, or Jersey. But a girl can dream of an apartment in Manhattan) that will be home, for good, God willing.  So basically what I’m saying is I get to construct a home where ever I happen to be living.  I can surround myself with a community and a family, and I can do that because my true family and my one real home gave me such a great example. Yes the world is lonely and scary, and at this point in my life I am passing through some of the most profound changes. But, I have a family and a home where ever I go.  I can choose to connect with people and open myself up to life and plant roots, however temporary.  Because really, that’s where the best part of life resides.  Those moments don’t happen when I’m by myself.  They definitely don’t happen when I close myself off. The best parts of life occurs when I’m with people in my (real or constructed) home with my (real or chosen) family.

Now away from the philosophical stuff. I know you want to see pictures of my super cute room!

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August 5, 2010

Heart Aprons – Project HG continues

I sincerely apologize for my extended absence.  Getting ready to move into a new apartment at school has consumed much of my time.  No crafting or cooking, ergo no posting.  But be prepared for some amazing posts coming soon. I am making myself a tier (well sort of) birthday cake, and will take oodles of pictures. The most exciting part is that for my birthday this Saturday, I will going to the 675 mile yard sale. Not the whole thing mind you, but a full days worth. I am so beyond excited!  Anyway, on to today…

In my original plan for making this insane number of aprons, I designed eight different aprons with inspiration from different blogs, pictures or vintage aprons, and I relied heavily on the apron collection at Anthropologie. Everything that company makes is gorgeous! How could I not use it for inspiration (By the way, their new fall catalogue came to me yesterday and there are some incredible coats in there!) Any my second design I cam across this blog that had the cutest heart-shaped aprons.  The tutorial is great. I don’t think I followed it to a T, but I loved the way mine turned out.

10 down, 20 to go!  I think my short-term goal (deadline: August 10) is to finish 15, and then I can finish the other 15 when I get set up in the new apartment or when I get an invitation to the imaginary housewarming parties.

July 22, 2010


As promised here is the tutorial on the lattice bodice aprons (A little late I know…).

Steps 1: Cut out 28 1 in. by 14 in strips

Step 2: Arrange them vertically and horizontally as you see fit, and then weave them and pin the ends

Step 3: Cut a 30 degree angle on the top corners so the apron lies flat

Step 4: Sew up all of the sides and cut a lining to fit

Step 5: Sew the lining to the bodice leaving a half inch at the top

Step 6: Turn inside out, fold over the raw edge at the top, and press

Step 7: Cut four strips that are 2 1/2 inches wide by whatever length you need to tie around your neck and waist.  I normally cut shorter strips for the neck than the waist.  Fold them in half WS together, but a 45 degree on one end, and sew them together. Turn them inside out and press.

Step 8: Slip the shorter band for the neck ties into the top of the bodice and top stitch along the open egde to secure them. Your bodice is now finished!

On to the skirt…

Step 9: Cut a band for the waist band that is 4 inches wide by whatever length you need to fit a couple of inches less than halfway around your waist.  I normally cut it about 14 inches.  Fold it in half and fold over any raw edges and press.

Step 10: Cut a skirt.  I normally cut a rectangle that is 18 inches by 30 inches.  I either gather or pleat the skirt (depending on my mood) to fit the waistband.  Slip the skirt in the waistband along with the straps to tie around the waist, and topstich to secure them.

I forgot to take pictures of me making the skirt, so this will have to suffice for how I put the skirt together.

Step 11:  Center the bodice on the skirt’s waistband and topstitch along the top of the waistband. Now go cook something!

If you do decide to make it, I would love to see pictures of your creations! If  you have any questions, comment or email me!

July 20, 2010

Lattice Bodice Aprons

I finally finished the lattice aprons! (That’s what I’m calling them anyway :)).  Some have pleated bottoms, some have gathered bottoms, and one has a ruffle at the end because I got a little bored. I now have seven of my 30 aprons finished.  Yahoo! I look forward to trying another pattern tomorrow.  There is no rest for those who have committed themselves to making lots of aprons.

As promised I will post a tutorial, but that will happen tomorrow because I’m feeling a bit of tired of looking at and producing the same apron pattern day after day.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.  I finally finished when good light was still shining, so you get the view from my balcony.

Wow, I didn’t realize how much yellow I used in the aprons until just now. It’s a happy color though!

July 16, 2010

Instant Gratification

After spending all day Wednesday at my sewing machine, I needed a bit of a break. Luckily the free on demand movies have exponentially improved in quality and the first season of Dark Blue was available.  So of course I did not move from the couch all day yesterday.  I can’t just sit and watch tv.  It must be my need to constantly multitask.  So for this reason, whenever I watch tv, I also knit.  It makes me feel loads better about spending an entire day watching a season of a tv show if I have really cute booties to show for it!

I must say that it didn’t take me all day to finish them.  I knitted both of them and then had to frog it all because they looked like they could fit a five-year old not a three-month old baby.  Also, trying to embroider the bunny face at 2 AM caused the task to become much more difficult and take far more time than necessary.

Although, when I make baby booties, all of that doesn’t really matter.  Generally, they knit up SUPER fast, and they are destined to clothe little bitty feet with the softest skin and tiniest toe nails.  Basically it’s all around cuteness, and that’s why I love them! I hope all of the new baby girls that are popping up everywhere will enjoy them (or at least their mothers will ooh and ahh over them)

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July 14, 2010

Project Housewarming Gifts

In May when I thought I would finish my quilt before June started, I decided I would make aprons as housewarming gifts for the people I know who are moving off campus.  Well I have more friends than I thought I did.  After I finally made the list (at the beginning of July), I had 30 aprons to make. 30! What was I thinking?  Well, I’ll tell you.  I was thinking, “Isn’t it a shame that people don’t really bring hostess gifts anymore or have housewarming parties?”  I then decided that I will bring back all of those lovely traditions that make my life feel a little more Martha Stewarty.  Gracious living as my aunt calls it.  So why not make 30 aprons? I can make one a day and finish in time, right? Wrong. I sure hope these imaginary housewarming parties that my friends should throw will not be happening the first two weeks I get back.  It is now July 14, and I have only made three aprons.  I might be burning the midnight oil a bit in the coming weeks!

I will keep everyone updated on the progress made on this crazy project, and I’ll post tutorials or links to ones that I used if you too decide to make a myriad of aprons!  To begin this journey, I started making lattice aprons from strips of fabric I found in the bottom of my scrap pile.  (Every time I think I shrink it, more keeps popping up. Can fabric reproduce?)  Francesca models the aprons beautifully don’t you think? Tutorial coming soon!

July 13, 2010

Knitting+Yoga=A Birthday Present

I picked up my first set of needles the summer before I started the eighth grade.  I sat, incredibly bored, in front of the computer, and through some links landed on Seventeen Magazine’s DIY page.  From there, I clicked to the Yarn Council of America’s Learn to Knit page.  I then asked my grandmother to take me to Wal-Mart for cheap acrylic blue yarn and a pair of shiny, blue, aluminum N0. 8 knitting needles.  That day started a love affair that progressed to Christmas presents of scarves, hats, mittens, and one pair of socks.  It also produced five sweaters for Guideposts Knit for Kids (which I highly recommend you look into!) and a knitting club at my high school.

Throughout this time, I also bought a collection of Vogue Knitting and Knit.1 magazines.  I post-it noted (can I use that as a verb?) practically every pattern in the hopes that I would have an entire wardrobe of knits and numerous pieces for my friends and family. Then I looked at the yarn I had in my possession.  It was mostly baby colored acrylics with some fun fur mixed in there for good measure I bought at a yard sale and a few random skeins I picked up from sale aisles.  I thought, I  must use this before I can begin a true project from the hallowed pages of Vogue.  Well six years later I still have not managed to reduce my stash, but I decided I will finally use a pattern from Knit.1*.

I originally thought I would knit this yoga mat bag for myself.  Which would be a first because only once have I completed an object for myself.  Then one of my best friends, mentioned here, told me how much she likes yoga and wants to take classes once we go back to school in the fall. So obviously she needs a sweet yoga mat bag and mat.  In coordinating colors of course!  Thus, this project became hers. I enjoyed knitting the piece which means I will most likely duplicate it in colors that match my mat! So I hope she enjoys her birthday present that will arrive almost a month late.  It’s the thought that counts right?

* The pattern is #24 Yoga Bag from the Spring 2007 issue of Knit.1 Magazine

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July 5, 2010

First and Last

I thought last Christmas break I would make a quilt.  I love them especially when they’re handmade.  They remind me of grandparents and sleepovers.  When I wrap up in a quilt I feel not only warm, but I get a fuzzy full of memories kind of feeling.  I also have a dresser overflowing with fabric and mostly scraps at that.  Put the two together and the idea of a scrap quilt comes to life.  In my naive mind I thought I could whip it together before Christmas break wrapped up.  Au contraire mon ami!  So I lovingly wrapped up my scraps in the quilt I used as a template.

Then I went back to school, and the potential quilt sat in a chair unharmed. Or so I thought.  My sister’s friend accidentally flung all of the scraps on the floor when she wanted to sit in the chair.  I learned this when I came back for summer break and saw the scraps stacked on top of the smushed up quilt.  So I had to reposition based on the photos I took.  Well,  it didn’t quite end up like that, but it morphed into a better pattern (if you could call what I did a pattern).  I have been using  this wonderful tutorial on Flickr for binding my quilt with mitered corners.

Throughout the project my relationship with the quilt has transformed from and excited new friendship, to a hatred of its unwieldiness while it scoots across my sewing machine.  Ever having to bind something this big again could quite possibly result in my loss of sanity.  The bugger likes to run away from my 1/4 inch seam fairly regularly!

And tada! My finished quilt.

Oh and there is a pocket (one of three) in the perfect position to hold a remote, cell phone, granola bar, ect.

While I believe that our relationship progressed back to friendship and could eventually grow to love (it all hinges on how well it will withstand the wash and dry cycle), I don’t think I’ll be quilting anytime soon.  Then again my sister asked for one for Christmas in a black and white pattern, so … I could be wrong.  It is pretty cute if I do say so myself

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