Moccasins

Did you ever read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? Well I’ve come to the conclusion that February always feels like you’re surrounded by a bunch of dementors, the creatures that suck all the light and happiness out of you and “sort of freeze your insides”. And thank goodness it’s over. The weather is changing and the plants are starting to wake up. I see lots of mentions of maple syruping, something I would LOVE to try someday.

With the warmer weather we’ve been getting out a little more. Last week we took a walk to Goodwill, my favorite place to hunt for used books. I was so excited to find a copy of Masterpieces of American Indian Art by Gilbert T. Vincent. I have always been a huge fan of Native American handwork and culture. I even took a class on the Lakota Sioux in college which turned out to be one of the most heartbreaking classes I’ve ever taken.

Masterpieces of American Indian Art has gorgeous photos including this Navajo serape which I am pretty obsessed with:

Navajo Serape

And this beautiful beaded Kiowa cradle:

Kiowa CradleIt reminded me of the moccasin making class I took in New York a few years ago. Making shoes from scratch was really interesting, and hand sewing leather was a totally new experience. I had not taken a look at the moccasins I made in quite a while, so I pulled them out of the closet.

Handmade MoccasinsFringe! Fur! Leather! Beading! What a great class. I added the beading when I got home and had access to all my supplies.

Moccasin BeadingWhat a fun project!

Looking back at my old handwork projects always inspires me to keep working and trying new things.

 

Valentine Garland

A friend of mine once told me that whether she was with someone or not, she planned to spend every Valentine’s Day treating herself to all the things she liked best: favorite movies, favorite foods, favorite flowers. Treat. Yo. Self. I love the idea that Valentine’s Day can be about showing yourself some love.

A few years ago I decided that for Valentines Day, I wanted to make a pretty heart garland for the house. I sat in the living room surrounded by pretty red and pink craft supplies, stitching and glueing – that is my idea of heaven. It was such a fun project, I thought I’d share it here.

Valentine Garland

Supplies:

hot glue
red felt
red ribbon
red thread
beads, jewels, etc.
beading needle
sewing needle
scissors
toy filling

Valentine Garland

1. Double up your felt and cut out hearts of varying sizes.

2. Cut a long piece of red ribbon and if you’d like to have beads between your hearts, string them on.

3. Lay out the back piece of each heart as you’d like them to be on the garland. I chose to have the largest heart in the middle and the smallest ones on the ends.

4. Place these pieces so that the ribbon lies on top of them and then glue them in place with your hot glue.

5. Take the top pieces and start decorating them with your beads and jewels and ribbons. This is my favorite part, I tried to make each one different.

6. Sew your heart tops to the heart backs that are attached to the ribbon. Stuffing them with a tiny bit of filling just before closing them up.

7. Tie loops in the ends of your garland and hang it up!

Valentine GarlandWhat are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day crafts?

 

 

Stitched Greeting Cards

Ever since I turned 30, my age has been shocking me every single year. And this year more than ever I just can’t ignore it any more, the fact is I’m A GROWNUP. I should have realized it years ago when I decided that sensible shoes were “cool”, staying up past 10 is exhausting, and I liked NPR. NPR! But the upside is, being this old means I’ve known my best friends for almost 30 years. And these amazing ladies decided to get on a bus for five hours to come visit me for my birthday this weekend. They came up so that they could take me out for manicures and cocktails. I mean, do friends get better than that?

I decided I had to send thank-you cards, so yesterday I sat down with some blank cards, black pens, colored pencils, a needle and thread and got to work.

Stitched Cards

I really like the final product, although I think I will make the letters larger next time for more even stitches.

Stitched Cards

Monster Month Update

My goal for Monster Month was to make 31 little monster finger puppets, one for every day in October. Well, I got to 10 and I think it’s time to stop because there are these mittens that are just dying to be knitted and holiday gifts aplenty to work on. I think what I’ll do with these little monster friends is to mail them, one at a time, to people I know who might need them. Do you need one? Plead your case.

Sheryl likes surprises, Comfort Plus dental floss, and company softball games

Dinah is a jazz singing bubble bath aficionado

This is Blister. He can’t remember the 80’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Denise. She likes yogurt. She’s had kind of a hard life

And the rear view

This is Otis, he is in second grade. He wants to be a fire fighter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy works in HR

Andy works in IT Support Services

He’s working through some anxiety issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sutton is a burlesque dancer from Portland, OR. Also a freegan

Robert is a craft butchery enthusiast

Mr. Velasquez will give you a detention if you are late to class

Monster Month

Happy October! Last year, my husband did this fun thing with some of his friends where they drew a monster every day in October and posted them online and on Twitter with the hashtag #MonsterMonth. So this year, I thought I’d participate in the best way I know how: sew a monster a day. I’m going to attempt to sew a teeny monster finger puppet every day in October to celebrate Monster Month.

Meet Sheryl, my first tiny monster. Sheryl likes surprises, Comfort Plus dental floss, and company softball games.