Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Oh, You Noticed

The dude and I recently saw Hello, My Name is Doris. In the movie, Sally Field's Doris is swanning for a much younger man and, in hanging around with him, her "vintage" becomes hip. In the hands of a lesser actress, Doris could have been completely ridiculous. But Field makes Doris charming and compelling.

I've been meaning to respond to Sanya Burgess's Sunday (London) Times article "I'll be Darned - Sewing's Trendy." Which demonstrates how the old lady craft, taken up by the hipsters brings cross-stitch from the ridiculous ("grannies and kittens and puppies!") to the hip (twenty year olds cross-stitch in bars!). 

I just wish these journalists had the sympathy of a Sally Field so they could elevate their articles. Instead of relying on the old granny foil, how about really understanding what you're talking about? If you're looking for patterns beyond the puppies and kittens, how about going to a dedicated cross-stitch store rather than a big box craft store? And I'm not talking about Sew and So. I just went there because they are specifically mentioned in the article since 300,000 of their visitors (they don't tell you how many total visits) are between 18-34. Big.Box.Craft.Store. (Which have their place! But don't tell me you don't like their stock therefore cross-stitch is for old ladies.)

The other evidence they give for young people getting into "needlecraft" is that they are "beating their grandmothers to the best sewing machines and cross-stitch sets." The sewing machines are in bright colors, which apparently attract young people. (Ooh, shiny.)

Let's invent a cross-stitch where there's space for everyone.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Getting Back in the Groove

 I always find it so difficult to get back into the swing of things after craft month. I think I've crafted myself out.

Of course, this is compounded by the uptick at work. We have an event where donors meet their scholars in mid April, and we've been expanding it to make the trip back to campus more attractive. So, instead of spending three or four hours at work on a Saturday for a luncheon, this weekend I worked from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday after working late on Friday. Standing on my feet all day. I literally crawled onto the couch and under the fluffy blanket on Friday night. (I had to skip stamping I was so tired!)

I did not get into the garden as planned at all this weekend.

I have stitched a bit, while watching Poirot. (Somehow we missed all the later ones (series 10+), the darker (and better) episodes.)

I have been working on my small mostly, and ignoring my rotation. It's a big small packed with stitches. In the past two weeks, I have taken a few stitches on Waldorff (previously) and Our Souls (previously) as well. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? At some point, I'll be back in the groove, and I will stitch on Cinnamon Stars--that was your pick to be added to the rotation.

Also, my rooster has arrived in Alaska. Or the rooster formerly known as mine...

Monday, April 04, 2016

Craft Month Review

I'm always a little at loose ends come early April. I just don't know what to do with myself after all those late night crafts!

The Wreath from Day 16
I think it was about the fourth day of Craft Month when the dude asked if he was going to lose me to the blog.
"It's only a month."
"No, there's the other month of blogging."
"Oh, November..."
"Yeah, I lose you to the blog for 1/6th of my life!"
We've made it through another Craft Month, marriage intact. Good news! The bad news is that I've already started thinking about what I might do in 2017. If you'd like to have a say, you can take the poll in the sidebar!




So let's review:
Page Views: 8,972
Most popular post: It's still Irish Potatoes.
Most popular from this year: My mason jar lid finishing

Most Comments: Winter Felt Flower Wreath
My Favorite: It's gotta be the beaded edge finish.
Dude's Favorite: "Either the needlebook or the turtle."

Facebook favorite: Watermelon album (but I think people may have been "liking" that I had complete all 31). 
Instagram likes: (I only posted about half to Instagram) Scissor fob
Number of Pinterest Fails: Just one, the retractable tape measure cover. Are we counting bad starts? Because then you have to add in the triangle fold card and the paper star.

This is my 2500th post on this blog o' mine. And I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Smalls Stitchalong, and Craft Month Finis.

Last year during my attempt to do 31 cross stitch finishes, I decided it would be a good idea to start a small right in the middle of the month. Sure, it's from Two-Hour Country Cross-Stitch but I didn't have a moment to spare. I have no idea what I thought I was doing then. But now, much more than two hours later, I used it to decorate the cover of a photo album. The album I purchased had a 3x3 opening on the front so you could stick in a photo. I had to be sure to make a flat ornament that would cover that opening with enough clearance to glue it on. That's why there is much more white space than normal. (This is almost an inch all around. I'm much more of a half inch kind of girl.)

I did finish the stitching this month for Heather's Smalls Stitchalong. Go check out what others have done.

And so concludes another Craft Month. I'm going to go over there and collapse in a heap! Thanks for all your lovely comments and encouragement. I appreciated it all so much!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Finally a Spring Wreath

Thanks all for the permission to love myself for using an adorable kit this month! You've all been so kind to me.

Today's wreath is finally the spring wreath I needed! I had bought these felts last year (the year before?) so I'm glad to have put them to use. My sister has made one of these yarn-wrapped wreaths, and she told me that it took forever to wrap, but I managed to get through it while watching Hot Fuzz. I only used one type of flower, the spiral--from four inch and three inch circles. Two of them I wrapped two colors together (the top dual pinks and the hot pink and orange). I also wrapped two colors together sequentially, yellow and orange.

I'm very pleased with how it came out!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tool: Pincushion

I have renewed energy tonight! I can't believe I am finished and blogging before bedtime. This week's tool is a pincushion. It wasn't always going to be this pincushion...but I was having such anxiety about completing my other project, I decided to give myself a break and use the Lazy Turtle Pincushion kit from Just Another Button Company. When I decided this as I lay awake in the middle of the night, I fell right to sleep. Good decision. Still, I always feel like it's cheating a little to use a kit.

Nevertheless, I did the work. The JABC felt kits are a lot of fun, even if they are sometimes tiny and make me feel like I've grown extra thumbs. They're so damn cute! What else can I say?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mancraft Monday: Decorative Pillows?

If there's one thing the dude hates, it's decorative pillows. When we visit my parents, we always have to take six or so pillows off the bed, just to get to the sleeping surface. It drives him nuts. So if your dude is like my dude, this is not going to be a craft for your man. But if your man can accept the decorative pillow, might I suggest a way to make them masculine might be to focus on geography. Men love that shit.{You know I'm joking.} I chose the latitude and longitude of Wells, Maine, which is where my family vacations. Unfortunately, I basically took a picture of the transfer. (Sorry)

I used Avery fabric transfer paper and ran it through my computer. (Did you know that if you wanted to make a mirror image of your text, you do that in the printer, not the computer?) {In some programs, I'm sure, ymmv.} Then I took about nine million times longer to press it than they said was required even though I was pressing with my considerable weight on a stone countertop. Then it's just my normal pillow routine, which I have discussed here.

I chose linen fabric for its beachiness. Without further ado.

Yeah, does not photograph well. I'll try again...