May 27, 2010

T-shirt Remix!

Look what's happening at MAWA in June!

Free! Stitch ’n Bitch
T-shirt Remix
Saturday June 5, 2010, noon-4 pm at MAWA
Facilitator: Rebecca Hadfield

Rebecca combines found objects with decorative papers, ephemera, vintage images and text to form the basis for her collage pieces, magnets and pins, which she sells online and at local craft shows. In this workshop, she will be showing us how to restyle t-shirts into tank tops, purses, belts or bags. Perfect for summer! Please bring a pre-washed t-shirt (or two) and some sharp scissors. T-shirts without side seams work best.

I am SO excited!!

May 12, 2010

XXX stitch

Things that you wouldn't know by looking at me:
#875 - I heart cross-stitching.

Don't laugh. I really do. There's something so zen about making all those neat little stitches and filling in the background with pixelated goodness. Plus, it's a fabulous way to kill time and keep the hands out of the ol' cookie jar. Or, in my case, popcorn bowl.

As much as I enjoy it, though, I haven't done it in ages. I think a renaissance is in order! It's time to bring back the aida cloth and get hooped.

One of my fave sayings is "Ha! Stitch that on a pillow!", so it seems pretty obvious that my first project should be a little pillow for the living room. I have the perfect saying in mind, too, but I'm not sharing it 'til its done!

In the meantime, have fun playing with this Alphabet Generator.
I know I did!

Have art, need walls.

If I could have just one wish, it would be for the children of the world to come, wait. That's not my wish.

My one wish (ok, my one wish of many), would be to have more walls so that I could display more art and objets trouvés. Right now, there are no fewer than 6 framed pictures (photography, collage, watercolour, pen & ink) leaning up against a cabinet in my living room, waiting to be hung. Somewhere.

I have a big picture over the couch that I am definitely not married to, so that could go...I'm just not sure that the motley little group of treasures I have gathered is the right thing to take its place. What to do? What to do? It almost seems like it would be easier to move...

May 11, 2010

Tuesday, Bluesday

It's funny, after spending almost a decade on the wet coast, you would think that a little rain couldn't get me down. You would think. It's raining AGAIN and I can't seem to shake the Tuesday Blues.

So, in the interest of cheering myself up, I give you three things* that made me happy today:

- this Etsy shop: Vantiani So awesome.
- this song: Delphic - "Halcyon" So, so 80s.
- this blog post: Congrats, Brandy! Sew cool!

* besides the funny text-message exchange with my fella, which I am not posting here. Deal with it.

May 7, 2010

Sharing Craft

I am getting very excited about this upcoming event, which is being presented by The Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library.

The drop-in session will be a an opportunity to meet and discover the work of four local crafty jewelry makers (including myself, although I didn't notice until now that what I make is actually "jewelry") and to share the "joys and challenges of craft"...or something along those lines.

Not only am I looking forward to getting together with my friends Ruth and Melanie, I think it'll be a fun way to show off my "blingy" side. Of course, by "bling" I mean old game pieces and t-shirt scraps. To each his own, right?

Come out and see us on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the Travel Alcove at the Grant Park McNally Robinson store.