Sunday, January 30, 2011

Week 4 -50 Crafts/52 Weeks

Behind this innocuous looking door in my dining room is one of my favorite things about this apartment.

Ironing Board Cover

This closet hasn't been turned into a spice cabinet, ripped out to make a strange empty hole or storage for something really, really flat...

It still has the original ironing board! The icing on the cake is that it still has the original sleeve board attached to it too. This was perfect for ironing all those mutton sleeves that were so in vogue when this apartment was built, but in my case I use it for sewing projects.

Ironing Board Cover

When I first moved in the building manager mentioned that it might be a good idea to rip it out, because, "You know, who irons any more?"

Wide eyed and almost in tears I said "I do! I do!" because if you sew, you iron. You iron a lot.

Ironing Board Cover

Project 4/50 is two ironing board covers for this formerly coverless ironing board. These were quick and took less than an hour to whip up. I'm mostly excited because I no longer have to use a towel to iron!

Ironing Board Cover

Project 5/50 is a continuation of Marie Antoinette's Underwear. I made a fine linen shift which I am not going to model until I have pocket hoops and a petticoat to go over it - it's pretty see through. I'm working on clothes for someone who is pretty upper class so it will be trimmed with lace and have some engageantes made and basted to it as well but the reproduction lace market is nonexistent for anything in my budget and I'm going to have to find a good enough match from a modern lace at some point.

18th c. Shift18th c. Shift

18th c. Shift and Stays


As always, the cooperative 50/52 team is busy crafting away and making me feel like a bit of a craft slacker!

Rachel at Go Placidly is right on track with 4/50 - she has sown some seeds for a little indoor garden!

Chez Studio Marlowe finished an amazing beret - I really envy her knitting talent, she's amazing!

Okac's first project is probably my favorite because it just makes me smile thinking about it. She made bunny wall clings - i.e. romping rabbits running on her roof (sorry...I love alliteration). Click on my link and you'll not be disappointed. She also finished some wall art and a baby book and is up to number 7!

Fifty First Crafts made some boots! She also embroidered those boots. She ambitiously is home-anodizing aluminum, which is something I didn't even know you could DIY.

Bunni Garu made some incredibly sweet pieces of jewelry. I'm especially fond of the Tortise and the Hare necklace and would love to wear that to school to show to the kids (and then ask them..."Is this a Legend, Fable, Myth, or Fairy Tale?" which is part of the unit we just did in reading). She also finished a hat for her daughter.

Morgan finished a hilarious balaclava for her husband that has mutton chops on it and redid her coffee table in chalkboard spray paint. Considering she has the best handwriting of anyone I know, I'm pretty excited to read her coffee table!

Receptionitis has, in the past four weeks, made layered jello, curtains, a charm + box, and has started some other interesting projects that include glasswork and knitting.

Our non-bloggers have been busy too, and have made everything from paper cards to ornaments!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Something Small

I apologize for no major update yesterday. I am very, very short on time right now since I spend a grand total of 12 - 13 hours a day doing school related things. That's 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM driving, grading, prepping, teaching, observing, and so on. It's not bad, and I enjoy the work, but I don't have a lot of space for much else. I'm shooting to have a craft finished for next Sunday and will try to do a round up then.

On the fun side, though, I did get this little package in the mail from Japan:




Monday, January 17, 2011

Week 2.1 - 50 Crafts/52 Weeks

Fact 1: I watched three seasons of The Tutors in a row over winter break.
Fact2: I have been listening to a lot of Air, particularly Talkie Walkie.

My friend Morgan gave me a yard of fabric from Ikea when she cleaned out her fabric stash. I put that into the mix, decided I wanted a neo-ruff on a shirt and came up with this:

Window Pane Neo-Ruff Shirt

It's a super simple tank, it took no time at all - maybe two hours from design to finish? I wasn't sure how I wanted to fit it - I'm pretty into boxy clothing right now, and wanted to keep it loose but not so loose I looked like I was wearing a tent.

Window Paned Neo-Ruffed Blouse

I decided I was just going to sew and see how to make it fit. I put four rows of gathers on the back to bring it in. Even though the gathers are the same length they pull in more and more fabric the lower they get. I really like that little detail and it really, really made the overall fit of the garment work better.

Window Pane Neo Ruff Shirt

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Week 2 - 50 Crafts/52 Weeks

Update: I actually did finish something - a simple blouse out of some stash fabric to wear to school this week. It's drying right now but I'll post it tomorrow!


Phew...this week is my second week of student teaching and I've been pretty swamped with keeping up with that. I've been knitting in my very rare windows of spare time, and I'm about a third of the way finished with the Noble Cowl that I'm working on.

Knitting the Cowl

It looks nothing like the pattern so I'm guessing I'm either not far enough in or I'm a terrible knitter. It's probably the latter, but practice makes perfect, right? This pattern is the first time I've encountered the SSK direction but thankfully handy, dandy youtube videos have helped me figure out what to do. I hope to finish it this week if I can get my hands on some spare time!

Knitting the Cowl


To make up for my shortcomings, it seems that other crafters have had their fingers busy.

Rachel at Go Placidly made soap! It's a project I've always wanted to try so I'm a wee bit jealous of her craftiness and I've added it to my running list of crafts to work on. She also finished the baby jacket!

Studio Marlowe started an absolutely elegant pair of gloves and finished the second sweater sleeve!

Maggie at Squishy Things has been busy - she's conquered projects three, four, five, six, and seven. Three and four are cereal bowls. Projects five, six, and seven are more of her neat lace. My favorite is project six - a dissolving lace dog. I'm terrible at explaining so you'll just have to check out the link!

Okac finished her last window scarf and made some fingerless gloves out of old socks - this post has a lovely tutorial attached to it so if you've ever wondered how to do that take a peek!

Fifty First Crafts has joined in with her very detailed and informative blog posts! She's finished felted pillows and a baby sling. Click on the post of the baby sling for pictures of what is quite possibly the most adorable baby ever!

As always, if I've missed anyone, please let me know and I'll add you!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Here comes the argument...

I've been on a bit of a spending spree lately - I decided that I couldn't wear dresses all the time to school so I bought two pairs of trousers to fill the trouser void in my life.

I bought these super soft cropped pants at anthro on super sale so I don't feel too guilty.

Cropped PantsCropped Pants

Also, my husband forced me after the millionth call of me panicking, lost and late and needing directions to get a smarter phone than my six year old razor. I think having a phone with a directions system on it will be a good thing!

I've just wasted the last few hours of my life trying to figure out how to put Fugazi's The Argument as my ringtone and have utterly failed. Additionally, these Iphone things don't have a cell phone charm holder so I'm trolling the internet for a case that does. If you come across one, please let me know where I can get it!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Magic Dining Room

One day I left the house to go to school.

When I came home my dining room looked like this:



My husband is an amazing painter - everything got taken down, the room got painted, and he had it all set up again before I came home! Incredible!

It's still a little too blue, but my friend says that I can get a wash and paint over it and tone down the color a bit.

And before I forget - we've had so much snow lately. Peek out my window at the snowy trees and magical, quiet city streets.


I couldn't be more thrilled at the weather. I don't even care about the extra time it takes to drive to school in the morning.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Week 1 - 50 Crafts/52 Weeks

This is the official first week of 50/52 and I'm pretty excited about all the amazing things that everyone who is crafting along with me has done, as well as the two things that I've finished this week as well!

I got crafts 1 and 2 done this week. I finished a quick bag that was a test for a pattern card that a store nearby asked me to do. It took about twenty minutes and was done using stash fabrics entirely!

Pattern Test

The second craft that I finished this week was the sweater that I started November 11th. This was my first knitting project of this scale and by the end I was definitely ready to be finished with it. I'm not super happy with the way it turned out - there are a lot of beginner's mistakes in it and the belt loops have huge gaps in between them, but overall it'll do. I fit into it, and I can wear it to school.


I'm going to do some smaller knitting projects in the upcoming weeks, and of course I'll continue to work on my 18th c. skivvies, too.


Everyone else has been working on amazing things, too!

Bunni Garu is also knitting a project - she's working on what her daughter Daphne calls a "cat hat."
Rachel at Go Placidly is almost done with her baby jacket as of her last update.
The blogger at Present Moment Miracles made a vision doll that I'm having trouble linking to, but trust me, it's amazing!
Studio Marlowe finished part of a sweater - I can't wait to see how the rest looks.
Maggie finished two beautiful projects: Red Lace and Grey Lace.
520 Miles redid a closet door and turned it into a mirror!
Okac has done two sets of window scarves. I think they are knitted, but they look cool and are a neat, cozy idea!
Kelly has been busy and has knocked out three crafts already - Two clutches and a quilted wristlet.
Finally, but not least, Morgan worked on a portion of a sweater and made homemade laundry soap.

I think I've gotten all the bloggers - if I'm missing you, please leave me a comment and I'll put you up! Well done, folks!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

This is the sum of my life...

Dad and I dueting...

Believe it or not, the internet holds all sorts of forgotten treasures. I found this picture of my dad and I rocking out on the accordion buried in my facebook photos.

When we duet it drives my whole family crazy so they always kick us out onto the back patio. In the summer we take sheer delight in oom-pa-pa-ing loud enough to honor our great legions of polish accordion playing ancestors.

Much to the chagrine of my husband, and delight of my mom, my dad sent his mandolin home with me so I've been working on that recently, too. Believe me, I'm pretty terrible but I'm taking lessons starting next week so hopefully I'll get better.

Monday, January 03, 2011

A bit of the house...

Crafting Space

Denver Apartment

I got my very own crafting space set up!

Denver Apartment

Desk - After

We repainted the black end table and the desk white.

Denver Apartment

Got a new, adequately sized dining room table...

Denver Apartment

...and decided to keep that ridiculous orange chair because, well, it's so darn comfortable.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

So let the new year begin!

JR and I went out last night for New Year's Eve. Instead of going downtown and having to fight the bitter cold and crowds, we walked to the wine bar a few blocks south of our apartment.


We got a bottle of Champagne and talked about the year behind us and the one in front of us.


I couldn't have asked for a more perfect start to this brand new year.