Let's crafty!

Let's crafty!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Getting started & Top 10 "want to make"

This morning I had a random burst of motivation--I've learned I should take advantage of those immediately when they happen! I was also inspired by the Skull-A-Day blog and will embarking on my own craft-a-day adventure :) Right now this shouldn't be hard, as I'm unemployed and my days are pretty free.

The past few weeks, I've been working on a bunch of felt craft projects, mostly flower needlebooks. Currently, I'm in the midst of finishing an orange felt purse with flowers (seen in the picture above with just the flower embroidery done).

I'm also brainstorming a bunch of new projects, based upon other things I've seen or wanted to make for a while. Here are the top 10 "want to make" for the week:

1) Felt Flowers Garland--first saw this in a tiny and marvelous crafts shop in Pecs, Hungary and instantly thought, "Why haven't I made these yet?"

2) More fruit pins--recently was commissioned to make a pineapple pin for a friend as a gift and it turned out pretty cute. Strawberries, fruit slices, pineapples, and pears have always been favorites of mine to doodle.

3) Leaf coasters in red/orange/yellow--these felt coasters of mine have sold well in the art store, so I want to branch out and try some new color combos. Plus, they're quick and easy to make so that's always satisfying!

4) Sets of felt tags--for some reason, these always seem cuter as a group.

5) Something related to a bird coming out of an egg. My cockatiel Tiny is currently sitting on 3 eggs (should be 2 or 3 more coming). While they won't hatch, there is
something magical about the whole process.

6) Bib necklace--I acquired a ridiculous number of beads and gems in the hopes of making one of these trendy items this summer...but haven't yet gotten around to it.

7) Flower barrettes--have had several requests at craft fairs from moms who wanted my pins in a barrette form their little girls could wear.

8) Ornate felt/fabric illustration--The Fabrics of Fairytale (by Tanya Robyn Barr, illustrated by Rachel Griffin) is a beautiful book full of awesome fabric illustrations to stories from around the world. Every time I look at it I feel both inspired, and lazy! Would like to finally get off my butt and finish the illustration I started after buying the book like 3 years ago.

9) Sage green/tan chenille scarf--I put the warp on the loom last week but haven't yet begun the actual weaving, despite having all of my yarns picked out. Probably will do in one or two sittings.

10) Next two woven scarves--would like to at least plan my colors and wind the warp for these. Likely that I would do a second sage green/tan scarf, more focused on the tan this time...once I get into the yarns I usually like to try another variation on the same theme.

Wow, if I finish even 50% of those projects these week, I deserve a prize--and NOT jellybeans (I have eaten two bags of them this week, including some that tasted like nail polish).


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