Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Soft Hearts

Once again, these are for a group project in my drawing class, and they will be part of a large mixed media collage, but I just finished these and couldn't wait to post them.

I'm so in love with these. That red corduroy just makes me soooo happy. I have a little of the fabric left over, so I might just make one for myself to keep. I'd love to have one of these just hangin' out on the couch.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Pink Plush Heart

Okay... it has recently come to my attention that I am a little obsessed with anatomical hearts. (Remember this?) Well, here we go again.
This is for a group project in my drawing class. I know, I know... there really isn't much drawing in this particular project. It will be a nice, big, texture-filled mixed-media collage. There will be two plush hearts, much like the one pictured above, except they will NOT be in vintage pink fabric with flowers. They'll be in a nice, blood-red corduroy. Very tactile. This is a prototype... just to make sure the pattern works. And it does... mostly. The right side seems to have flattened out a bit, but other than that... it looks quite good. The finished product will have veins and such done with copper wire. I'll be sure to post pictures when it's all complete.

Anyway, this is what I'm working on tonight.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lisa Hannigan

Check out these AMAZING videos by Lisa Hannigan.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

For Earth Day

In a Funk

Here's a really terrible cell phone picture of my last drawing project.

The assignment was to create a "post-modern work dealing with a social issue." Mine is about depression and how there are people who don't think it's a real thing. It's a brain embroidered on cotton twill, displayed in a 12x22" wooden quilting hoop. The text reads "She's in a funk." It's supposed to be ironic, in case you couldn't tell.

I promise I'll post some better pictures soon. My professor has it displayed out in the hall of the art building right now, so the best I could do was this crappy cell phone picture. The colors are quite a bit brighter than they look here, but messing with it in Photoshop just made it worse.

PS... Discovered Ron Sexsmith and his beautiful music today. Give it a listen.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mission to Marzipan

Okay, so last night at about 11:45 I realized that I was completely out of toilet paper. So, I headed out to Walgreens to get some before I really needed it. Now, the only good thing about having to go out to buy TP that late is that you can treat yourself to some Ben & Jerry's for your trouble.

And now I have a new favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry's. (Title was previously held by Imagine Whirled Peace)

I present to you: Mission to Marzipan

Do yourself a favor and pick some up. Yummmmmmm.

In other news, I bought a wedding dress. Heheee!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Few Frogs

As I sit here, flipping through the pages of this month's Martha Stewart Weddings, zooming past all the (many) pages of dresses, I am so thankful that I don't have to worry about it anymore.

I am going to Athens to order my wedding dress tomorrow.

I have also realized that the saying about kissing "a few frogs..." doesn't just apply to the guy, but the whole wedding. And if you really think about it, it really applies to everything in life.

As far as wedding dresses go, I have kissed all the metaphorical frogs I'm going to kiss, and I could not be happier about it. (Also, I'm glad they weren't real frogs. 'Cause, you know.... they're evil and all....)

In Millen

Last week, Chris and I went out to Millen to the house of one of the ladies he works with. She has alot of land and we wandered around a bit just as the sun was setting. I took these. Nothing special, just a few shots I thought weren't horrible.

And a few more, Poladroided.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter, Twitter v. Blog, Craft-tastic!

First of all, let me wish everybody a Happy Easter!
The above is a little something I stitched from yet another Elsie pattern. It was meant to be a brooch for Lydia, but I just never got around to putting the pin back on it and giving it to her. Oh well, maybe she won't mind a bunny pin even though it's not Easter anymore. Bunnies are cute year-round!

Now, I need to address an issue that has become more and more troublesome over the last few weeks. Twitter v. Blog.

I love my blog. I really, really do. I can post pretty pictures, and get things off my chest that the 140 character limit of Twitter doesn't allow me to do. But, Twitter is just so eeeeeeasy. I can even do it from my phone. And, when I update Twitter, my Facebook status is automatically updated. What more could a geeky girl ask for? So you see, I am in a dilemma. Twitter = rock; blog = hard place.

I thought long and hard about this problem and have come up with a compromise of sorts:

I promise you, dear blog, that I will not let Twitter ruin our relationship. I will blog, and not just Twitter. I will post those pictures, and I will write about my day (given something interesting happens). And I will love you blog, above all other social networking web tools (yes, even more than Facebook, MySpace and Flickr.) I will write a new post at least once every week. I will not abandon you.

And to you, my new friend Twitter, I will use you whenever I need to say something and have no other device handy but my phone. You are wonderful, but you will not be a substitute for real blogging. I will use you, but just know that you can never take the place of blogging.

And now, the most disturbingly awesome video currently on YouTube. Watch it all the way to the end. You won't be sorry.... well, you might be a little sorry.

Monday, April 6, 2009

My Heart on the Feeling Stitchy Blog!

If you didn't hear via Twitter, Facebook, or me texting you like it was the biggest deal in the world, my heart was posted to the Feeling Stitchy blog last week!

The funny part is how I found out. I'm a huge fan of the blog. It's in my list of blogs in Google Reader and I noticed there was a new post. I clicked, and my heart was just there on the screen. At first, I thought "Hey! That looks just like my heart! Cool!" Then I thought "Hey! That looks just like my heart. Somebody stole it! Not cool!" Then I figured it out. I posted it to the Feeling Stitchy Flickr pool, and a few days later.... there it was!

So now you know. I'm internet-craft-blog-famous. Jealous?

And now my head can deflate back down to normal size. Thanks for humoring me.

Music and Dresses in Athens

Okay, so I'm back from Athens. It was a wooonderful weekend full of good company, good music, good food and beautiful dresses!

Chris and I drove to Athens on Friday afternoon and met up with Emily (my almost-sister) and her roommates and friends to see Hillary Lindsey at the Melting Point. If you don't know who Hillary Lindsey is, she has written some pretty amazing country songs. She also happens to be from my hometown. Aaaand, I'm friends with her sister Taylor. So, we made a night of it. Chris with 7 girls was a pretty fun sight. The concert was awesome, but loooong. We were there until 1AM. I was so tired by the end of the night that I thought I was going to pass out. Having to see about a million people from Washington didn't help either. But still... good music and good fun were had.

Saturday, Emily and I got up and made homemade cinnamon rolls for all the girls. Chris left early to go visit his parents and left me behind with the girls. After breakfast (lunch) we headed over to this little bridal shop called I Do I Do, which was exactly the type of shop we've been looking for. I tried on several dresses, not really expecting to fall in love. But I did. I fell hard. Emily, who has been with me for all of the dress shopping and has seen me try on all the dresses, has figured out what my reaction to a dress means. She also usually knows exactly what I like and what's going to look good on me. Well, she said that when I put this certain dress on, I giggled. I'm pretty sure we both knew then that it was "the one." I won't tell you how we kept trying more dresses even though we'd already found it, the story sounds better if we just stopped looking. We went back Sunday afternoon and tried on one more time. Still it. And, to top it all off, I'm 95% on a bridesmaid dress! It looks so good with my dress, and it's suuuuper wear-it-again friendly. Very exciting. I'm kinda jealous of it. I want one too.

So I had a really good time in Athens. I heard some good music, hung out with some cool people, ate alot of food, and found my wedding dress. (You should see the look on my face when I think about that last part.)

Goodnight everybody.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Stitch Spectacular

I just found this blog called Stitch Spectacular. When they say "Spectacular," what they really mean is "the coolest and most amazing stitching you've ever seen in your life."

Do yourself a favor and check it out. Like now.

Knitted Plastic Tubing

The coolest use of plastic tubing I've ever seen.

Found this via the CRAFT Magazine Blog.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

This Morning

This morning, there were no cats, and no baby rhinos.

It must be April 2.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April First

This morning, I ate four cats and gave birth to a baby rhino.

April Fools!

There now. I've gotten that out of the way.

Also, Happy Birthday to my Dad! No, really. Today really is his birthday.....