Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I LOVE this vest (the man in the vest isn't too bad to look at either ;-)

I wonder if Chris would wear it if I made it for him.....



Mom and I were sewing away today on these:

My friend, Eric (who was actually my first my first kiss in junior high. Aaaahhhhh) contacted me a while back and asked me to do the costumes for a short film that he's directing in his graduate film program at UCLA. He tells me, "I only need two costumes." I'm thinking, "cool." Then he tells me, "but since we'll be working with kids, I need two of each costume." I'm thinking, "damn." But it really isn't that bad. I just do step one on both, then step two and so on.

What was the difficult part was the fabric! Eric wanted the fabric to look worn and old. Do you know how difficult it is to make NEW fabric look OLD??? I bleached this great canary yellow fabric to DEATH and then I dyed it with tan Rit dye (I love that stuff). And I'm actually very pleased with the turn out. Now that I have the dresses made (I just need to put the zipper in and the hem) I think I'm going to dye them one more time. I want them a little darker. I wonder if I could mix yellow and tan at the same time? OH MY GOD! What if I mess them up?! Yikes! The risks we take for perfection! :-)

Now I'm off to find 2 light blue t-shirts and 2 light blue button up shirts (or white and I'll be doing some more dying!).

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Funny Little Story

So, Chris and were in Barnes and Noble the other night. It was Sunday night and every other store was closed, so we ended up in our usual spot in B&N - Chris in the magazine section reading MacWorld or some other geekery mag and me in the craft/art section making sure I'm up to date on what's going on the craft world.

I'm flipping through knitting books, sewing books, felting books (I was so excited to find some felting books!) and then..... I find this book:

and I think, "What an adorable book! I want this." And as I'm flipping through the pages I see this photo:

and I think, "How strange. I sold that EXACT vintage terry cloth to a girl months ago. Now I HAVE to have this book." So I buy the book, we go home and I crawl in bed with my wonderful new book. The strangeness of the terry cloth is still pulling at me so I flip to the back to read the author's bio and I realize it IS THE GIRL that bought our terry cloth! Then I think, I wonder if she has a resource section..... and I flip to this page:

Do you see us!?!!?! There we are!!! I squealed and ran to show Chris. And then I thought, "Oh my God! I have to get more vintage fabric in the shop! I haven't added any in MONTHS!" :--)

So, I highly recommend the book, not just because our name is it, but that is a bonus, don't 'cha think? It's written by Jenny Ryan who you can find here and here and she has some great photos on Flickr.

Also, while I was at Barnes and Noble, I ran across the book that KatieJean has some projects in, "Pillowcase Challenge"! Which I thought was strange, because she hadn't said anything about it being on the shelf yet. But then when I told her that I saw it on the shelf, she said, "You did?" I guess the book was released about a month earlier than everyone expected! So, check that one out too - it has some wonderful projects in it! Or, head over to KatieJean's Blog because she's having a book giveaway!

Book excitement! I love it!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

We woke to a Winter Wonderland

I didn't even know it was supposed to snow and I opened my curtains right when I woke up and this is the scene that I saw! (It never snows in Auburn)

This is our house. It was built in 1935. Isn't it majestic?

Happy Valentine's Day!

A Felted Messenger Bag

Renee brought this wonderful bag in the other day to share with us! She took one of Carin's wet felting classes and then went home and created this! She used Carin's hand dyed merino roving and needle felted the flowers. Thanks for sharing Reneee!