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  1. 3 points
    I wish when I was young I had carried a sketchbook. I have always loved to draw. Now I keep a tiny one in my purse all the time. I keep a 5x8 nearby too and use it the most. I have filled two books so far and almost done with a third. I love to use watercolors and markers but dabble with acrylic and pencils as well. I am not much into collage so my pages are flat until I participate in an online challenge that includes collage. Want to share some of your pages? Here is some of mine. you can see more on instagram: asketchylady
  2. 3 points
    I started getting a bunch of peg stamps (they're addictive!) and needed a good place to put them. I re-purposed an old spice rack, and added a matboard backing held on with wire and washi tape. I like how functional it is. Does anyone else have a storage solution they'd like to share?
  3. 3 points
    Here are some little bits of origami that I've done. I always worry that my folds are not straight enough, but it usually looks ok in the end. I just thought that this area needed some Love.
  4. 3 points
    I don’t know exactly which edges and what they look like, but if it is possible, you might want to consider working a blanket-stitch over the damaged areas, using heavy waxed cotton thread or something like that fake sinew stuff. You would have to poke holes with an awl or similar tool, but that part goes fast if you have a sharp awl. Not an expert on sewing with leather, but have done it a few times. Repaired boots/shoes and bags, that sort of thing.
  5. 2 points
    How about wine racks as pen holders
  6. 2 points
    I've been doing it since (I think) late 2014. At that point, I hadn't been able to draw much at all for over a year, after a scaphoid fracture and 6 weeks in a cast that resulted in some muscle loss. I found a copy of Creating Art at the Speed of Life and decided I should try this. I found the idea of mixed media art really intriguing but didn't actually try it until I started reading that book. I tend to start with gel prints -- I make a ton of them every so often, which gives me a starting place so I don't (as often) freeze up and not know where to start. If I have a totally blank page it's hard, but once I've started out by gluing something to the page or by slopping a bunch of paint on as a background it's easier for me to keep going. Here are a few photos of stuff in my journals. These are all pages I liked -- I don't have as many photos of the stuff I hated 😄 I want to do a finished piece along the lines of those birds - it's been a couple years since I did that and I still love the idea of it.
  7. 2 points
    Ooh! I'll have to take a pic of my years-old yarn storage made from baby formula containers!
  8. 2 points
    Okay, everybody. You're my accountabilibuddies. I want to get into mermaiding. I have a monofin and I'm going to just practice swimming with it for a while, but the whole point is to get to the place where I can have a mermaid tail and swim in it. This is going to involve sewing. I've got a great machine and a ton of resources at my disposal; the only missing pieces are space, time, and supplies. Current plan is to rearrange our house a bit this summer and turn what's currently our playroom into a family office/studio, I think, so that's step 1 to create the space. Anyway, I'm announcing it here so I'll have a place where people can check in and be like "Hey how's that mermaid thing going?" There's also MerNetwork but I don't think I want to announce anything over there until I've actually got supplies.
  9. 2 points
    My wife practices with a monofin to help develop her ankle/calf strength (competitive swimmer at the provincial level). As a matter of fact, the fin she uses is the one on your monofin info page, bottom right; the bright yellow one. I did a bit of poking, and found that mermaiding and women’s competitive swimming are intertwined—both of the first women to call themselves professional mermaids came from a competition background. (Got this from the link to info on mermaiding above; fascinating!) My fave bit of info is that Daryl Hannah, who of course played a great Hollywood mermaid, had been practicing to “swim like a mermaid”—ankles fastened together so both feet act as a single driving force—since she was an elementary school kid. On the movie set, she could swim so fast with the mermaid monofin tail that her security divers and camerafolks could not keep up with her. Apparently, once you get good with monofins, you can swim pretty darn fast with them! ❤️❤️
  10. 2 points
    So pretty! I always want to do origami but then the paper I buy gets stolen by my kids. 😉 Yours are so pretty!
  11. 2 points
    I just bought a few patterns from Sew Liberated. One of them was this very simple, very versatile tee-shirt sort of top. (I got a 20% discount as I signed up for their newsletter last month.) The other two patterns which I bought were: https://sewliberated.com/products/reversible-metamorphic-dress-pdf-sewing-pattern and https://sewliberated.com/products/clara-dress-sewing-pattern. I also considered this top, which can be done in a very super simple way or with a few pleats just for fun: https://sewliberated.com/products/aida. I have not personally made things from Sew Liberated’s patterns before, but have heard good things. And they have a 25% discount through midnight on May 31 if you use the code MEMADEMAY. The other pattern line I have heard some of my sewist friends up here swear by is Cashmerette, a line that says it specializes in clothing for women with curves. https://www.cashmerette.com/products/appleton-dress-pdf-pattern is a dress that a friend of mine loves so much that she has several of them in different fabrics/trims. That said: Favourite leggings pattern? I was just going to go the “trace a pair I love” route but I wouldn’t mind knowing if there was a better way to do this. I bought some fabric on sale today! White with black owl faces, adorned with a wee bit of sparkle. It’s very light, so I am thinking of making either the Clara dress or the Metamorphic, each of which would require lining the fabric in some way (I’m thinking plain white cotton, or maybe white cotton with a subtle tone-on-tone for the underlayer. I am also thinking of adding sleeves to the Metamorphic pattern. Sewing! So addictive. I spent two days re-sizing a super cute sheath dress of mine that no longer fits me so that it fit Ms. Melody. I put in two more front vertical darts and small one in back, and it fits her perfectly. Triumph!!
  12. 2 points
    Both of those tops are adorable. I consider myself I beginner sewist, but I think even I could handle the Ruby top! I've always wanted to sew my own A-line skirts...I know it would be pretty simple to do, I just need to block out some time to try it.
  13. 1 point
    Do any of you do any kind of art journaling? What do you use it for? Do you write in yours? I have a thing that I tend to call an art journal for lack of a better word. I rarely write in mine, but I don't really have a better way to describe it. When I do write in it, I tend to bury the writing under layers of other stuff. I primarily use mine to play around in, to think things over on paper, and to try things out that feel awkward about. I usually start with a background of either a solid color of paint or a gel print and then kind of mess around with bits of mark-making and color, sometimes stencils/stamps. Sometimes I draw in it, but it's usually not the focus of the thing. When I first started doing this, I was interested in the idea of mixed-media art but felt absurd about trying it. Working in book form felt way less intimidating. And as an ongoing thing, it's much easier to squeeze in a little time here and there in this format than with an Actual Project. I sometimes feel like I default to working in the journal a little too much, though, inasmuch as I hardly ever get any actual finished pieces done 😄 and I could use to break out of my comfort zone so often. But it's nice to have that comfort zone, too. I recently kind of didn't do much of anything creative for the better part of a month, and I was able to crack the journal open and start messing around in it without dithering hugely over what I wanted to do, which is a nice feeling.
  14. 1 point
    I carry a notebook that I very occasionally draw in (mostly sketching out diagrams of what I'm going to make), but you're making me want to get a smaller pallet and carry my watercolors around with me!
  15. 1 point
    I love your work! This is something I'd love to get into the habit of, and I have a couple of little ones that would be easy to carry. I never seem to manage to remember, though! I've been planning to stash some supplies in my camera bag, since I recently got a new bag that has extra room. And if I stash everything in a ziploc bag, it won't be harmed by sharing a compartment with the dog's portable water bowl 😃
  16. 1 point
    I am going to try the fusible tape first because my "stitching" is limited to sewing myself to my machine. However, if it doesn't work, I'll try @Kim Werker and @KirstenG.'s suggestions! My only concern is I am *NOT* a sewer - I can't even begin to show how terrible I am at it (I think that's a reason I'm giving up weaving, because I'm tired of table runners/scarves) and I've tried for years (we're talking since I was 8). (Truth: my first thought was "Maybe I'll just cut off the extra fabric?")
  17. 1 point
    I would probably try matching thread and hemstitches to hold that down. If the thread matches the color, and you just take small stitches that don't really go through the fabric, it shouldn't show on the front.
  18. 1 point
    Thank you. I go camping and hiking and out and about a lot. Being a photographer gives me lots of freedom in scheduling
  19. 1 point
    What if you topstitched across the whole bib?
  20. 1 point
    It hasn't much yet. This week has been consumed with prep for a road trip to Atlanta.
  21. 1 point
    This made little cartoon hearts pop up over my head 😍
  22. 1 point
    Those flowers! 😍
  23. 1 point
    I am HERE for this! I can't wait to see what you do! I know a few aerialists who do mermaid themed stuff - including a set of ladies who perform with full tails on lyras (the hoops in the air). It's pretty cool!
  24. 1 point
    Tempting! I MAY have just bought the pattern just to take a look at what's involved. 🙂
  25. 1 point
    Not that I really feel like recommending a Bluprint class right now, but Meg McElwee's Sewing With Knits class - https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=253536&u=1699437&m=29190&urllink=www.craftsy.com%2Fsewing%2Fclasses%2Fsewing-with-knits-5-wardrobe-essentials%2F35535&afftrack= - was a godsend for me. You don't need a serger, just a sewing machine that has a couple of fairly standard stitches (lightning bolt and 3 step zig zag). All the knit fabric stuff I've sewn (including an obscene amount of custom leggings) has all been on my standard machine. Also, if you are hoping to do this on the cheap, I would highly recommend getting on Girl Charlee's mailing list - https://www.girlcharlee.com/. They have the best prices on knit fabrics I've found including right now the 99 cent half yard sale. They sell half yard cuts, which are great if you're making underpants or small baby things. And from time to time they have super great sales on other stuff. For instance, I got a package this week that had some other cotton spandex jersey in it to make dresses, but 3 yards of a tencel spandex print fabric that cost me $1.70 a yard. Going to use that one for the muslin. Also, the patterns that come with the Meg McElwee class are great.
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