Saturday, December 27, 2014

scenes from the holiday...

new 'do!
abstract gingerbread people
a tree of sorts
handmade trimmings
handmade tree
cookies round 2
a leetle bit of crafting

cookies round 3
festive bed
closet purge
traditional xmas cheese platter
cookies round 4
exquisite corpse time
the finished corpses
xmas stockings
sinter claus vistied
bert and ernie 2014 (made by me)
krampus came as well
holiday thrift score
the new sock monkey: walking monkey

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

the december bed

The last bed of 2014, can you believe it? I thought I would make a garland with the wood snowflakes but only picked up one pack and have stolen away more than a few for a preschool project so instead htye are taped up to the wall with washi which may or may not take. Sometimes things stick for the entire month while other times things fall on our heads in the night.  That's why the bulk of the taped stuff goes over my head as I won't even notice in my sleep.  The top pillowcase was made by me, the two peachy/pinky cases came from Target and the printed white cases are thrifted vintage. The quilt was a gift from Ms. Za, the yellow Vera throw at the foot is the flipside to one of my wonky patchwork pieces and the lap afghan was an estate sale find in Oklahoma purchased from the dear sweet gal who made it back in the 60s. The tiny bell garland was made by me as was the retro tissue tree. The tinsel? The tinsel is retro in color and purchased from either Target or Anthropologie years ago at an after Christmas sale. Phew! Merry Christmas Eve and a Happy 2015!

Monday, December 22, 2014

diy upcycled holiday garland

I have been meaning to make this garland for more than five years! I'm not sure why I never got around to it as it is silly easy to do and super sweet to look at. It's a happy little bit of a memory boost as well since I made it from the holiday cards friends and family sent last year. Every year happy holiday cards arrive in the mail and once the holiday is over I fret over what to do with them. My cloudy middle-aged memory brings up a wee me creating a placemat with my dear Aunt Kathy using mod podge and happy hippy cards from the 70s and well who needs more place mats? One day as I was taking the cards down from the door of the tiny casa I thought, I should turn these into a happy garland to use to decorate next year! So I saved said cards only to not be able to find them the following year and then that year I saved those cards only to misplace them as well, and so on and so on. Of course, now that I had saved last year's cards in a place where I could find them (with the decorations, of course) I seem to have fallen of a great number of holiday mailing lists. But still, in a burst of creative energy, ridiculously stoked to find the sewing machine not only plugged in but also all threaded up with room on the craft table I got to it!
Here's what ya do...gather up your holiday cards and separate the fronts from the backs. Most cards do not print on the back so all you need is the happy printed front. Use an assortment of paper punches or one circle punch to punch out happy bits of color. If you have a stockpile of photo cards, punch out those smiling faces, if you have cards with embellishments on them, remove the embellishment in lieu of a circle (see the owl?). Gather up your punched pieces into a bowl, basket, or tray and bring 'em to your sewing machine. Set your stitch length to the longest there is and keep it on a straight stitch. Place your first shape under the foot of your machine and stitch a little forward and back to lock it in. Continue stitching at a slow enough pace to feed your other shapes under the foot with a little space between them. Don't let too much space happen unless you are all scientific-like and know how/why to adjust your tension (I am not and do not) or else your thread might jump and get all tangled causing you to abandon your project in search of a cup of hot tea or a pinterest perusal before you realize the light is fading and you should finish your project now before you abandon it for another year. Ahem. Stitch out a back and forth on your last circle and liberate from your machine!
Hang in a happy place perhaps over (or under) the mantel or on your tree. Another nifty idea would be to use one card per garland and use that garland to wrap up a gift for the person who sent you the card in the first place. This would be especially fun for those photo cards! Drats! Now I wish I did that! Sigh. There's always next year!

**the painted and stitched newspaper garland is also easy to make. I wrote up a diy for you back in 2010 and we still bring it out each Holiday season! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

the {tunic} dream!

It's been a year of waiting but my most excellent gift of the perfect tunic has finally arrived and I couldn't be happier. My favorite caffeine fiend ordered up one for herself and one for me for Christmas last year but the shop got a little confused and sent up a size medium instead of a custom order. Due to my location being hours away and my refusal to settle for another spiffy spring collection dress I decided to wait until Fall. It arrived just yesterday morning and I put it on immediately (good thing I plan on layering it up). I may need to call up the shop and see if they can make me one in another color as well now that they have my measurements! If yer in L.A. check out Matrushka in Silverlake. There is oodles to look at and try on and if they have the fabric in the shop...custom made! Thank you bestest lady in the world! Top is from Kohl's (M) believe it or not, leggings are from Target (XL), and the boots are my newest Alegria obsession.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

a little bit of holiday cheer


Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of my Mother's death. The day itself was not a hard day as I miss my mom pretty much all the time. But it did explain the meltdowns over microscopic things I have been having. Meltdowns, no matter how microscopic always make me feel small and petty. Embarrassing, really. My mother loved Christmas. The colors and sparkle of it all so instead of wallowing in sadness, the mama a-go-go and I put on some holiday tunes and set about decorating the homestead. It's not much but it's cheery.

Monday, December 08, 2014

the november bed {finally!}

Breaking it down because oh golly I love this one! Amazing garland made by the ever-so-lovely Meghan aka blufairy19 of coloriffic lore. Little yellow doll from France that I picked up at the now defunt Uncle Jer's in Silverlake. Headboard made by my brother. Top pillowcase made by me from some of my most favorite fabric ever...I cannot recall who made it but it's fairly recent (2011?). The yellow pillowcase is a recent Target find (I wish I bought an orange set as well) and the orange polka dot is a one time purchase from Delia's because orange and polka dots! The red and pink pillowcase  (and the awesome orange quilt) from my favorite partner in coffee and the green was a thrift score. The fun pink and orange patchwork dealio was made by me sometime in 2008 or 2009 with some new, vintage, and repurposed fabrics in what we like to call jek colors. This whole get-up is chockfull of jek colors and makes me stupid happy. And if yer peeking at other parts of the (so very tiny) bedroom the domo was a Target valentine special, the paper flowers were a gift from Susan of West Coast Crafty. The salmon pink shelf was a thrift find that I asked the mister to paint for me. The inside of the shelf has been papered with green scrapbook and origami paper by me. The W was a gift from a student and the blue buddha was a thrift score at fifty-cents. The mister made the bedside house shaped shelves and yes, there are three books on my currently reading spot. They are this, this, and this. I am also reading this but it is in my purse.