Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Now Playing

Left on my own, I would not venture out to Williamsburg in Brooklyn on a Monday night. But for a chance to hear Time In Transit play, I'm there. More gig dates are up on Glenn's website.

Monday, August 30, 2010

How Galling

No, it's not a painful knit. It's the scarf I started as my post-gall bladder surgery project. I put it aside to knit birthday sweaters, but have been working on it here and there. It's finally finished. The pattern, Seagrass published by the Twist Collective, is really lovely
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Home Sweet Home

On October 15, we will be moving into our new home. I am very exicted about having found a beautiful two-bedroom apartment in my neighborhood so far in advance and without using a broker. Hopefully now I can relax and enjoy the end of summer and the first days of fall.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Crate Sketch Challenge

I found another sketch challenge, this one from Crate, a wonderful paper manufacturer. Here's my layout and the sketch it's based on.


All papers are Crate - Prudence and Mia lines; AC Thickers; October Afternoon alpha stickers; Stamping Up and McGill punches; Ltd. Ed. stamp; Ancient Page and Colorbox ink; Folkart acrylic paint

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Um, Maybe A Bit Too Big

Well, it's finished. Only one slight problem, it's about three inches too long! Oops. I am not such a dedicated knitter that I'm going to rip it out and knit it back up again. Somone can just cuff the sleeves. A true test of the boyfriend curse.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Page Maps Dusty Attic Chipboard Contest

I always love Page Maps sketches, and the challenges really push me to come up with a quality layout. This is their latest challenge:



And this is my take:

Supplies: Dream Street Papers, Prima, Bo Bunny, October Afternoon, and Cosmo Cricut paper; Adorn It and October Afternoon alpha stickers; Mrs. Grossman's Ribbon; Colorbox ink; embroidery floss

Friday, August 20, 2010

Waiting

Very impatiently.

I'm in a whirl, yet doing nothing, waiting for the end of September when I can begin looking for a new apartment. Time to take long walks through the City with my camera in hand to see what quiet moments I can capture and ponder.


Monday, August 16, 2010

My Mind's Eye Blog Challenge No. 14

I loved this sketch posted on My Mind's Eye blog.

Part of the challenge is that the layout must contain at least 80% MME products. For this layout, I used the Oh La La and So Sophie lines.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Page Maps Scrap Attack Sketch Contest

Bringing back to the top.

When I saw Page Maps' latest challenge, I immediately thought of the series of pictures my sister took of me during the pie eating contest and had to give it a try.

The Challenge:



My Take:


Supplies: Bo Bunny Back to Basics, My Mind's Eye So Sophie, and Cosmo Cricket Mischievous Max papers; Hiedi Swapp Ghost Alphas inked with alcohol inks; Chatterbox and American Crafts brads; Fiskars border punch; Paper Trey Ink ticket stamp set; assorted ribbons.

Friday, August 13, 2010

So, What's Next?


Well, it's starting to look like a sweater. After numerous rows of stockingette in the round, it's time to find the instructions and see what the next step is. (Um, short rows?? I guest that means hopping over to Knittinghelp.com to do a bit of research.)


In other news, today I am mailing a letter advising my landlord that I will not be renewing my lease. After eight years in the same apartment, this is a momentous event for me. Where am I going? I have absolutely no clue. I am in holding mode until my current lease ends. October will be a frantic month, while I scramble to find a new place, pack and move. For an obsessive planner unable to plan, the next two months are going to be very stressful. The positive - on November 1st I will have started a new epoch in my life, this one shared with Glenn.






Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Two New Layouts

After a day well spent hiking up Mount Taurus, I settled in for the remainder of the weekend and did some crafting. I was able to do several layouts.

I've been on a roll lately with alcohol inks. I purchased them years ago and they've just sat in a drawer until this summer. I stamped grapes on a transparency in Stazon ink, colored the image with eggplant and celery alcohol ink, trimmed it and used it as an embellishment on this first layout. I also played with my new Perfect Pearls, misting the layout to give it a bit of a sheen.







On the second layout, I used celery alcohol ink to color clear buttons (another "must have" that's been sitting unused in my stash). I also broke out my mesh and used it as a mask as I inked up the background.







Sunday, August 8, 2010

Wanna Hike?

I get antsy if I have to spend a whole weekend indoors. The best solution - go hiking. Last weekend, we took a train north along the Hudson to Cold Spring, where we tackled Mount Taurus (Bull Hill). We did a 4.8 mile loop up to the peak and back down along a carriage road through an old estate, now in ruins. I think we get to add an extra mile walking to and from the trail head from the train station.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

DPNs

Did I say this pattern was tedious?



That is definitely not the word I would use to describe casting on the cuff on double pointed needles (DPNs). Anxiety is a good word, since I'm always worried about dropped stitches. Frustration was appropriate when I had to rip out my first attempt. Forty rows in, I'm considering ripping out my second attempt because I'm still disappointed with how uneven the stitches are. I've got a way to go before I've made enough increases to switch to nice, dull circulars. And just think, I get to do this all again on the other sleeve.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

I'm in Stitches

Anyone who has seen a few of my layouts knows I'm keen on stitching. I love the texture it adds to a page.




Often I get asked how it's done, so I've put together a tutorial.

Usually I layout the key elements of a page and then think about embellishments.


Here, I wanted to use embellishments to add energy and help the layout flow from left to right. To do this, I first sketched out some flourishes. Normally I would sketch in pencil, pierce the holes, then erase the pencil lines.


While I did these flourishes freehand, I will often use stencils or trace chipboard. Another idea is to print your image, position it on the page, pierce your holes, then remove the printout.

Once I have pierced the holes, I thread a needle with a large eye with embroidery floss, tape the end to the back of the layout, and begin stitching.

Click here for a video tutorial.

Scavange

During July I participated in a scavanger hunt. We were given a list of 250 items and had to take a picture of as many as possible. It's a lot harder than it sounds. I never did find a sumo wrestler or get a chance to head out to a drive-in movie theater. All of the items on the list were oriented toward fun summer activities (BBQs, camping, kayaking), so searching them out was no hardship. And it was made all the better by the enthusiasm of my friends and family in helping me. I would never have gotten the covered bridge if Kristie hadn't taken me on a tour of Eastern Pennsylvania, and I loved spending a day at the fair with my family, and a day at the museum with Glenn. Perhaps I shouldn't have eaten the banana split or triple scoop ice cream cone, but it was all for a chance at victory!