Monday, September 27, 2010

snack pockets

I know I've been slacking on the posts this month, but I have been keeping busy sewing and crafting away. 
These little reusable snack pockets have been on my list-to-do for a while and I decided to whip them up late one night.  They seriously took no time at all.  For me, deciding on the fabric took longer.  

Here is a great pattern from a grey affair, that is easy to follow.  I modified the size of my pockets slightly and made two at 5.5 x 6.5 and one larger at 6.5 x 8.

I don't know the names or manufacturer of the fabrics I used.  They're just plain cotton quilting/calico's, that end up in most fabric stores States side.  I bought them at the fabric market in Korea (wholesale), since they make the fabric close to here.  Next time I go to the fabric market, I'll take a picture of the market since it's pretty dizzying. :)  I do enjoy the fabric market here and will miss it when we leave.

sketching warm-up... 'discombobulated, rupture & taut'

I've been slacking with posting these sketches.  I finished the last two immediately, but have been stuck on discombobulated, which was the first sketch I started and the most challenging.

So I'm finally posting all three at once. 

Just a recap: Three weeks ago, I selected 'discombobulated', Traci selected 'rupture' after that and I selected 'taut' last week.  I'm finally all caught up. 

Okay Traci, what's next?



Don't forget to check out Traci's sketches at Simple Huis.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sharky tea infuser

This ingenious and whimsical little guy was designed by Pablo Matteoda from Argentina.

I was looking for a tea infuser a while back and found Sharky, which is still a concept and not for sell just yet.  I came across this again today, so I thought I'd share this with you all.

Sharky came in third place, of the "Beyond Silver" competition at Design Boom.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Such a bitter sweet morning

That's right.  I'm talking about The Hunger Games series.  So far the best series of books I've read all year.

I lounged all morning in bed to finish the last hundred pages of the "Mockingjay".  
Now I'm mopey and feeling sad, because the story was so wonderful, exciting and entertaining that I just didn't want it to end.  I'm going through a withdraw phase now. 

Although the the sweet part is, my husband made me breakfast this morning.  Taro pancakes, eggs, bacon and coffee.  (He makes the best pancakes.  Better than my mom. :)  The taro was an experiment, which was surprisingly delicious.)  While he was cooking I was trying to slow down my reading pace so that I could savor every detail of the final book.

(Sorry no pic's of breakfast) :o

I do have another book lined up to start, but let's be real.  Even without my current pessimistic attitude the next couple of books will be a disappointment, since I will still be thinking about "The Hunger Games".
Is anyone reading something amazing that might distract me from thinking about the best books ever?!?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Riff with Bruce & Rex

"Bruce, Rex, get into the pool!"

This is an embroidery of my dear friend Riff and his ex-pets (oranda goldfish).  Bruce is a black oranda at the top right / Rex is a red oranda towards the bottom / Riff is the one in flippers and goggles.

This embroidery image turned out a little different from the last one I did of my husband and Steve.  I've been having a difficult time lately, because everything I draw comes out realistic, which is not the look I'm going for.  I'm going to give Riff another try in the future, when I can loosen up my sketches. 

Riffy - Sorry you look lumpy.  It's not you, but a different stuffing I had at home. :)  I'm going to re-stuff it. 

My husband was lying on you last night... thought you would like that. hee hee :)

*Fabric is a natural linen with navy thread

Monday, September 6, 2010

sketching warm-up... 'merriment'


I am really enjoying these black ink drawings/doodles.  I keep saying I'm going to use color for the next sketch, but at the end really like the simple feel of the black and white.

There's just to many color options sometimes, which makes it hard to pick just one.

Detail of "merriment"

Next sketch: discombobulated

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