while tyler has been going from penn state to alabama this weekend, I've been trying to keep busy. I made a little tester of a lamb stuffed animal, to test out how it works. I did it the size of the template without enlarging it, so I got a little mini lamb in the process. It is incredibly hard to turn right side out those little legs. I messed up on the ears, so it looks more like a llama. And look at those gams! So it is a little wonky, but that's what happens when you work 200% smaller than you should. I'll probably make it two more times (at real size) before I am expected to teach others how to do it. it seems fitting that I made it with some fabric that I got from the Martha Stewart craft cast-off-bin this summer.
So lamb 2.0 was enlarged to close to the final size ( i thought). He still turned out a little tiny, but better. I used some fun heavier weight fabric that I got at an estate sale. The instructions are unclear on sewing the head part, and this time I sewed the headpiece to far forward... so the lil guy doesn't really have a face. But that's why I was planning on doing it at least 2 times.
I finally got the last lamb done yesterday. Instead of using a heavier weight fabric like I did for the last two, I used a vintage cotton, maybe it was even at one time a sheet, I'm not sure. But I love the fabric and this one turned out good, no major mistakes. I might be sending her off to a new home...so I probably ruined the surprise, but oh well.
At last week's estate sale, I saw these ledgers in the basement on a shelf of old tools. The man of the house was a salesman for coca cola at some point, and I am in love with anything graph paper. The different soda was coca-cola, dr. pepper, sprite, tab, orange, grape, and root beer. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this, but I had to have it. It reminded me of my college freshman days when we would get tab and go to a cabin in sundance. We thought we were being sooo crazy. Like Tab was dr. pepper's evil and slightly more caffinated cousin.
I got some fabric this weekend. I love the illustrations with flourishes (from the 50s or 60s?) and the way it is screenprinted. The one fabric is more of a true gray than the picture shows, but both of the reds match perfectly, and I think that this would make a great quilt, just using these two fabrics.
Check out a new blog by the Craft department at Martha Stewart. I was so privileged to work with all these amazing artists, and seeing this blog is bittersweet, it makes me really miss the days when my job everyday was to work with them. They were so inspiring, and it helped me to make the leap to try and be an artist of my own.
I picked up this old bowling bag, in a basement and kinda in rough shape, really dirty. It had a patina of dirt all over. It's zipper is broken, but I loved the shape of it, perfect carry-all size. After a good horse hair brush and some saddle soap, it cleaned up really nice. I'm throwing away the shoes though.
Doesn't it seem like everyone has a grandma who was a bowler? I know I did.
I love old typewriters. This one was hiding in a closet, and I just had to have it. The color is dreamy, and it has my favorite part about old typewriters, a really large period key. It's tiny, and it works great. It just need a new ribbon. Which I don't really know if I can get, but if not, then it will be a great shelf companion to our Christmas present baby blue typewriter from my brother. I've just been typing on it, and kinda driving tyler crazy when he's trying to watch tv. After producing a paragraph of faint text, I was hooked! I love typing on old typewriters and hearing the ding at the end of the line.
I don't know what year it's from, but most of the stuff in this house was from the 60's or so, I think it must be around that time maybe.
When at estate sales, I usually just glance at the usual pile of Christmas ornaments, just see if there is anything interesting. I look for cool homemade ornaments like the ones I have been inspired by: Styrofoam balls stuck with pins and beads and hundreds of sequins. This one is similar to it, using velvet ribbon, other trims and pearl pins. I have made some of my own, one time taking the entire BYU vs Utah football game to make one with hundreds of pins and sequins because it took my mind off being nervous.
this one is my favorite! Tyler got the guy to give it to us for cheap!