At my request, Todd is surprising me by stitching some argyle on a cute, black button-down shirt. I actually have two of these shirts that I’ve been meaning to embellish for a while, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. (It’s the same style shirt I stitched the librarian on – but on a white shirt.)
Todd’s even created a newer, smaller argyle pattern that I will post tomorrow with pictures of the finished product.
It’s 11:30 pm here. I’m getting ready to hit the hay, while Todd, who has bartender hours, is in the middle of his day. This will give him something to do, and I’ll get to wake up to a neat gift.
It’s not related, but here’s a super sweet picture of Zuzu from yesterday morning right after we both woke up.
Or, as we like to call it, “HQ.”
We have a second bedroom that was going to be my “office.” It never quite happened, instead this second bedroom became a dumping ground for things we didn’t know with what to do. It was also our older dog Mina’s bedroom where we’d lock her in at night. As you can see from the picture, there wasn’t much rhyme or reason to anything going on in this room.
All of our crafting had been done in the dining room and living room. Plus, all of our supplies were scattered on the table, shelves in the dining room, and on the coffee tables. Whenever people come over, it’s a little embarrassing for all of this mess to be around. A trip to Sam’s Club for a bin and shelving unit and IKEA for shelves, a table, and chair later, and we have a usable space that we think looks pretty sweet.
Mina’s not too happy that we’re not letting her sleep on the futon in her bedroom anymore. She has a perfectly nice dog bed in the living room, although the past couple of mornings we’ve come out and found her happily snoozing on the couch, which is a big no-no. Our cat, Karma, isn’t too happy, either. She’s used to sitting in the windows. But, as I just told her, there are plenty of other windows in this joint where she can watch people, cars, and animals while basking in the sun. The only animal who doesn’t care about this change is Zuzu. She was too little to be able to get up onto the futon or look out the window.
Let’s see how long Todd and I can keep the Craft Assassins’ World Headquarters looking as nice as it does today
Here’s another bag I stitched up for myself using the True Love pattern in Jenny Hart’s book Embroidered Effects using a stitchable tote I bought online at her store Sublime Stitching. Like the bag I blogged about yesterday, I think I’m going to keep this one for myself, too!
This bag was a bit of a debacle for me. I initially stitched the pattern on a piece of cotton weave fabric. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with it, though. Then I got my sewing machine working, so I thought I’d stitch it onto a tote. It still didn’t look right, and I felt like it needed something to frame it. A trip to Hobby Lobby later, and I had the sequin border.
I glued a piece of fabric to the inside to hide my stitches and keep them from pulling out. Then I thought I’d get brilliant and iron that fabric on…you know, just to make it sure it REALLY stuck. Silly me. I melted the sequins that were on the other side. It was a sad, sad day for me, and I really ought to have known better (I worked at a dry cleaner’s for 4 years in my early 20s). So I quick took the fabric off so it didn’t dry, then ripped the sequins off. I finally finished it last night, and here’s the finished piece:
Here’s the bag I stitched up for myself using the Born to Stitch pattern in Jenny Hart’s book Embroidered Effects using a stitchable tote I bought online at her store Sublime Stitching. I’m going to use it as a reusable shopping bag. It’s a lot prettier and sturdier than some of the reusable bags you get at stores.
If I do say so myself, I did a freaking AMAZING job! I love the colors I picked, and I think I did a really good job with my stitches (especially the satin stitching on the letters). A list of the floss colors I used is at the bottom. Feel free to comment on how awesome this is…you know..so I don’t just think it’s me who likes it
- Starburst at the top and bottom = DMC 3845
- Squiggly lines under the starburst on the top and bottom = DMC 3837
- Born to Stitch light color = DMC 3766
- Born to Stitch darker color = 3810
- Twinkle stitches = DMC 1010
- Hilt of the dagger = DMC 729
- Rubies in the dagger = DMC 815
- Blade of the dagger = DMC 414
- Swirly things to the left and right of the lettering = Anchor 254
- French knots near the above swirly things = DMC 734
- Cross stitches = DMC 961
- Needles = DMC 415
- Fabric around the needles = DMC 3866
I know I promised via Facebook and Twitter that today I would post pictures of the two awesome bags I finished yesterday, but I’ve had some glitches. First, last night I decided to get fancy and apply fabric to the insides of the bags to hide the stitches. I also thought that it would make sure that none of the stitches got pulled out or ruined. I cut the fabric and applied fusible interfacing. For some reason, I thought that I could iron the interfacing onto the fabric, then iron it onto the bag to stick. That wasn’t the case…it’s only sticky on one side. So I pulled out some fabric glue, coated it on evenly, then, for good measure, ironed the fabric on. Unfortunately, the other side had this gorgeous sequined trim that I hand sewed on. Guess what? Sequins melt when you apply heat to them! I luckily have enough sequin trim to re-trim my work, but I just didn’t feel like doing it AGAIN last night.
I still haven’t sewn it on, but I thought that I’d at least get some photos of the other bag I created and get those posted. I love taking pictures in natural light, and I’ve had a lot of good luck with the light on our balcony. Well, I waited too long. The 5:00 pm sunlight was not in the right place in the sky, and I kept on getting a bunch of shadows. I’ll have to wait until tomorrow afternoon when the sun is high again to get the perfect shots.
On a really neat note, I have two things to leave you with: First, I’m starting the process of setting up an Etsy shop for us! I’m working on building an inventory (Right now I’m working on the Urban Hair Clips/Pins/Corsages in different colors – they’re going to be SO COOL! I’m also going to send in my licensing agreement to Sublime Stitching…if I can find where I put it in all the mess…). Our store is here (please bookmark it and chek back. I’ll update the blog when I get things listed): Craft Assassins’ Etsy Store.
Second, I couldn’t leave you without a picture, so here are some cute ones of Zuzu and I.
Any child of the 1970s, like I am, knows exactly what this is. Your mom more than likely had one on her windowsill at some point in time, or you did it as a science experiment. It’s an avocado seed suspended by three tooth picks so that it’s just touching the water. The plan is that it will develop a root system, and then I’ll be able to plant it, thereby providing me with an avocado tree!
I’m an optimist at heart, and I have great hopes and dreams. This little one in this recycled Smucker’s Seedless Red Raspberry jam jar is hope that I can grow an avocado tree. I’ll keep you updated as progress is made.
I think that Todd thought I was a little weird in doing this, but one of my mottoes is: “You never know until you try.”