Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Midnight journal

I managed to make this book in December after all. It took a lot longer than normal because I was so distracted by all the goodies in the house (I can't stop eating!). I used seven signatures of heavy paper and linen waxed thread. Black end pages make it seem more masculine. A gift for a male perhaps...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Time out for Mom

Some of you know that I went to Ireland and Scotland for a week this month. Thus, no new crafting. I feel like such a slacker...but I did get Christmas pulled together, so, I haven't been all that lazy. Here's a picture of me with the Malahide Castle, in Ireland, behind me. Merry Christmas everybody!! :)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Green turtle sketch book

So, it's finals week. Over the weekend, instead of studying, I learned how to do long stitch binding! (I'm such a slacker :P) Since it was a trial run, I just used stiffened felt for the cover. Most people use leather for this kind of binding, but being vegetarian, it seems wrong. I really liked this method for binding and want to do more of it, but I'll have to find a better solution than felt. I think canvas would work with some sort of backing. Anyway, I love how aesthetically pleasing the binding looks on the outside. Anyway, like I said, this was my first it actually looks a lot cooler than this when professionals do it. :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wonky ornaments part II

We are adding to last years wonky ornament collection. Made of felt, both sides are the same. I made the first two blue ones and Josie made the red one. She did it all herself and did an amazing job. You're so awesome Josie!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Embroidery flowers

A mini notebook. Paper size is 3x5 cards cut in half, so it's refillable. I really love embroidery. It's so fun with felt. Click the picture to see details.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Geo shapes drawing book

I thought this fabric was pretty cool, it reminds me of turtles. I sewed in six signatures of heavy drawing paper. I was somewhat distracted as I was sewing this, so there are a few mistakes...after almost a year of learning the Coptic stitch I still feel like an amateur. The learning curve is so steep it seems. Anyway, maybe ten years from now, I'll feel like I know what I'm doing. :)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Journal w/Scandinavia photos

I finally got this journal sewed together. I used some cool flowery Amy Butler fabric (Love her) for the cover. I upcycled an old school water damaged encyclopedia about Scandinavia by recovering the cover and using a lot of the pages for this book. I also added three signatures of blank heavy drawing paper for writing. I used black linen waxed thread to sew it. A groovy polka dot print was added as end pages.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bunny love

Amy Butler fabric stretched onto canvas then painted with a bunny silhouette. It's a bit camouflaged unfortunately.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Howard the monster

Pretty spooky!! Hand made of fleece, also felt ears and wings. About 10 inches tall. Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Autumn journal - duplicate

I made another one. Sewed together with linen waxed thread while listening to Conference. Six signatures of heavy drawing paper. I love this Anna Maria Horner fabric.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cilantro notebook

A mini notebook with a hand sewn patch attached. Cilantro again, the character from my story. She lives on a tortilla chip shaped island. Her parents are salsa enthusiast's and named her after their favorite ingredient. :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Mini notebook -flowers

Hand made of felt and embroidery. Paper is refillable, 3x5 cards cut in half. So fun to make!

Friday, September 11, 2009


Handmade by me and to be sold this weekend (Sunday) at the Built to Spill "There's Nothing Wrong With Love" Tribute Show. It's also a benefit show, for my husband's family members who are still recovering from an auto accident, and all proceeds go towards this. Come support this worthy cause, if you can!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Cilantro 3-D

I made a little Cilantro mascot. She is hand stitched and has an embroidered face. She is made of green fluffy fleece and felt for the face and arms and legs. This was my third try. Mia just reminded me that she needs a cape. I will add that soon. :)

Victorian blue journal

I upcycled a used book by recovering it in this pretty flower print fabric. Eight signatures of blue drawing paper have been hand sewn inside. A dark blue fabric covers the end pages. Very old school and delicate looking. Schoolmarms would love it!

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Stranger - a notebook

Another crafting adventure. I made a little embossed notebook. Front cover has a man with a cowboy hat, back cover has an owl on a branch. I don't know if you can tell from these shots, but it's really pretty cool. I added 3x5 cards. Pressed into the cover with metal "stamps."

Saturday, August 8, 2009


An embroidered version of the animal I am writing a children's book about. My plan is to hand stitch the book with the Coptic binding method and have my own fabric design for the cover. A little stuffed softie will go with it. This didn't turn out like I thought it would though. The drawing I made of it was way cuter...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Autumn journal

My camera isn't working that well. I love the colors of this one, reminds me of Autumn. Which is just around the corner, unbelievably. Mia turned five this week. Plus, we've had lots of fun with friends and cousins, so not a productive month for me. I hope after the reunion, I'll be able to get back into the swing of things...but then I start school too, so, we'll see.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Girls in costume

Hand stitched with love. Made of felt, cotton fabric dresses, and button eyes. One for each of my crazy/cool daughters. Made without a pattern. I think they are pretty cute. :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Andromeda journal

Another sort of underwater looking journal. I really like the flowery fabric I used on the cover, reminds me of butterflies. The inside is of another cool fabric that reminds me of seaweed. Six signatures of heavy drawing paper are carefully hand sewn inside. :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

All of the above

My needle felted bowl, and the sprite I made last year inside. :)

The first edible plant I've ever grown, tomache. YAY!

A sort of underwater looking journal. Hand sewn with six signatures of blank drawing paper inside. I'm slacking on the journals these days...lots of ideas, not a lot to show for them...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cashmere Puppy Softie

I upcycled an old cashmere sweater that the moths had gotten to. So incredibly snuggly! Really fun to touch and lots of fun to make. I used felt for the eye patches and the bottom. A vintage blue button I put on the collar. What a sweetie!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cathedral Notepad

I couldn't bring myself to recover this old book cover, so I cut around the water damage and saved the rest for re-use. The size turned out to be 3X5 amazingly, so I added some pre-cut cards and viola! A unique notepad was born.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Green is great!

My favorite color. I think I will add a Monogram to the front of this for my G-ma's birthday present. Up-cycled book cover recovered in cotton-poly fabric. End pages have a purple flowery design. 120 pages in six signatures carefully hand stitched inside.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Looks like popcorn

I love this pattern! It's so crazy/cool! I think I will add a vintage movie projector patch...although I'm not sure if it would just confuse everybody. :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kitty softie

Hand sewn without a pattern (my design)...thus the wonkiness. Made of this crazy, thick, felted wool, then gray felt for the bottom/eyes. A wise looking kitty wearing a scarf! :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Apple pie journal

Coptic stitched in six signatures. Apple cotton fabric covers a upcycled hard cover. End pages are a cool flowery pattern. A felt patch with a steaming hot apple pie is attached to the front. Would make a cool recipe book. :)