Friday, July 30, 2010


From that book I just bought - Skunk, squirrel and giraffe.

again, I've made minor adjustments from the book. I don't particulary want to use yarn for hair but felt works wonders for plushies.

The giraffe is adorable but quite a bit of work; sewing machine, hand stitched and plenty of little bitty pieces to be put together. I wonder if anyone would be interested in buying one? No one seems to know I exist on Etsy.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lucky Find

Further proof that second-hand stores ROCK! I found this at the Salvation Army for a few dollars and it is possibly the best softie book I have ever read. Even though published 35 years ago every design in here is still attractive and usable today. (I mean, seriously, have you ever seen craft books from the 70's? Not always attractive) So I decided to try my hand at one.

Ms. Skunk is a medium sized plushie done entirely in felt (felt is AWESOME for making plushies). I changed the look just slightly from the book (you can see their version on the cover)

Partially hand-stitched and partially machine sewn it actually didn't take too long to make (only because my machine was behaving). I really wanted to make it look like a Dream Pet because those are my favorite.

I have to say that about every single project in this book is fantastic. There is an Alice in Wonderland project that I am aching to get started along with making the rest of the woodland creatures (and the super cute doggy's and doll's ect. ect.) I think I've got enough plush projects to last me the rest of the year.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pop Up Preview

Ah ha! I am getting closer to completion! This is my trial run of how one of the pop-up's is going to look. It really is a fete of engineering to make a pop-up book, which is why I'm not going to get too complicated. This is basically the easiest way considering I'll be doing it all by hand and in duplicate.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Vintage Beach

Having computer ills so I figure I better update while its behaving. I LOVE vintage beach photos, especially those cute guys in those one piece swim suits

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sewing Kokeshi

Still not entirely happy with the design so I'm planning to make a few more and tweak with the shape a little. (except now I've got a bunch of extra Kokeshi I don't know what to do with) They are actually surprisingly easy and fast to make. The only time consuming part is stitching the face (and messing around with the sewing machine when it decides it was to eat my thread)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Little update

still working hard at making a pop-up book. Here is one of the illustrations - pen and watercolor. I have about four drawn up and completed, will need another four before I'm ready to start printing.

Monday, July 19, 2010


I found this book at the library over the weekend

How I went so many years without really knowing Steampunk is a sad loss but I plan on making up for it. Already I have my Victorian day frock (all that I need now is money to buy the pattern for the Victorian day frock) my vintage goggles (from Ebay) and now some starter jewelry!
I really do horde tons of crap but as you can see it comes in use sooner or later; all these pieces here have been sitting in a box for years (and were put together using wire and hot glue) but NOW they will become part of my Steampunk obsession!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Vintage Monsters

if I had a backyard pond I would totally have something like this in there.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Paper Folds

Practice with paper folds and pop-ups. For my upcoming project will be... a pop-up book! Doing some major drawing/watercoloring. Will update as it progresses.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In my crazed imagination I believe Heaven is something like this; infinite possibilities, discoveries, exploration, beauty and a big ol' house full of people you love.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pure Hidden

I do love computer games and this is one I picked up at Wal-mart not to long ago.

BUY IT. No really. BUY IT.

I don't know where to begin; I played this straight through because I couldn't stop. It was like crack but with pictures and puzzles and other things. I'll just say it again.

Buy it!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

A friend of mine has her birthday in July so I thought I would try my hand at a simple pop-up card. Made from my ever increasing collection of stamps.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Book Arts Post

Over the long period of time I've had this blog I'm certain I posted snippets of Book Arts things before but it occured to me that Book Arts, still being a new and relatively unknown field, is something most people don't know about. Allow me enlighten you!

Typically book arts is the use of paper in an artistic form that uses the print-press in it somewhere, somehow. The use of text, along with wood block carving or a linoleum block (or many other things) is often used in book arts. This is one project I did in my last year of college; the little book of sushi.

I can say from experience putting together a relatively simple project like this was very, very time consuming so don't get into book arts unless you have a lot of time! Book arts requires time and minute precision; often if your measurements are off by just a little your whole project is thrown off and ruined.

Book arts incorporates many, many, MANY aspects of book binding, stamps, art, folding, cutting ect. ect. ect. This is a practice piece for the coptic stitch that is like a scrap book of random items I had in my scrap drawer.

Yet another aspect of book arts includes using the printing press to make a broadside; what you see below that looks like a poster of sorts. You'll have to excuse the simplicity of my design; this was the first I've ever made so there are mistakes.

So there you have a tiny, tiny introduction to world of books arts! A never-ending fascinating and wonderful art.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Book Arts

So as an early birthday present I recieved something wonderful; a three in one carving kit. I really needed this - I kept having to borrow one from the Press. In celebration of my very own carving kit I went to work on a linoleum block I've had for some months (but didn't carve because I didn't have a carving kit)and made myself a dog stamp.

I actually have a big project in mind concerning book arts that I will share as I get it together. I also have to get permission from the Black Rock Press to use their printing press (printing is seriously an all-day affair). I'm super excited about this!

Thursday, July 01, 2010


Ever since I was a youngin' I've had a list of things I wanted to own. Up on the top spot (next to a M4 Sherman Tank covered in rhinestones and Matthew Bellamy living in my basement) was a vintage Pachinko machine. Long were the years I saw them in antique shops and even thrift stores but always out of my price range. Until YESTERDAY!

From the information I've found about Pachinko I believe mine is dated from the late 1960's to the early 1970's. Nishijin is one of the major and oldest makers of Pachinko machines.

Granted, there are condition issues with mine - the front tray is partially broken, the little silver balls are gone ect. ect. but that accounts for the super cheap price I got it for and seriously WHO CARES!! I own a Pachinko machine!

Still haven't decided where in the house it will be displayed (and its in desperate need of cleaning, anyway).