Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Being a small space dweller, I'm constantly looking for ways to store my treasures out in the open, disguised as decoration.
A collection of brightly jeweled earrings and pins can add some spring color by way of a plain old tree branch. It's free, it's green and it's pretty. You could paint the branch, but I like the contrast of bling to plain wood.
Earrings can be clipped on easily enough. I recommend adhesive putty to keep the pins stuck to the branch.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Clockwise from top: Pottery Barn Architect's Table Lamp; Target Swing-Arm Wall Lamp; JCPenney Linden Street Adjustable Bridge Wall Lamp; IKEA Barometer floor lamp; Target Electra Desk Lamp; Walmart Grandrich Clip-On Reading Lamp; Walmart Pin-Ups Spot Light; IKEA Forsa work lamp; J. Lo Hooked on You.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This is without a doubt a project you will find no where else on the interwebs - how to make a monster doll with removeable tonsils.
The project came about because this little guy, my great-nephew, was having his tonsils out. He also wanted a monster doll. The store-bought variety cost $20 to $40. And none featured removeable body parts.
I sewed two fleece "tonsils" (we had to consult Google images to even know what a tonsil looks like, and I do think these are a pretty good likeness) and attached them with velcro.
To make the doll, I followed the basic steps outlined here. This doll is made from a piece of yellow fleece from another project. The mouth and tonsils are also fleece, and the teeth were made from scrap pieces of felt. I favor buttons for eyes since they offer the beady blank look I'm going for.
One improvement from my last go at monster making is to sew a straight seam (by hand or with a sewing machine) and turn the monster inside out. Sewing the seam from the outside ended up not looking so good with fleece.
Here is the doll waiting to be mailed somewhere warmer than Brooklyn, New York.
After he arrived, I received the following text message from my niece:
"he loves his monster doll. he named him snatters. *don't ask me* we r on a neverending hunt for at least one of the tonsils. =) "
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Zack Motl tore all the mirrored tile out of this bathroom in one night.
Have you ever impulsively gone off on something you hated?
Mr. Bromeliad and I tore off the pink floral wallpaper border in our apartment living room one Saturday afternoon without asking first.
See Zack's tiny place in The New York Times.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
If you don't have enough real snowflakes right now, try this paper snowflake project from Cut Out + Keep. Materials are six pieces of plain old office paper, a glue stick, scissors and paperclips. Check it out here.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I usually use Blogger's Dashboard because it opens directly to the blog post and it's easier to leave comments. But it's teeny weeny.
I'm trying to use Google Reader since it's got a much larger window and I can read an entire post in the reader. But, when it comes time to post a comment, I have to scroll up to the top of the post, click the link, open the post on the actual blog, scroll down, fill out my name, E-mail, and URL, write my comment, click submit, fill out some spam filter and then click submit again.
My compromise is to read smaller blogs in the Blogger Dashboard so I can somewhat more easily leave comments and bigger blogs in Google Reader since they can live without a 35th comment about how I'm swooning over their drapes.
There's a better way, right? Or are the Google People failing us here?
Images: William Burroughs by Herb Ritts via Silver Lining Opticians
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
You will need:
- a second-hand skirt, the larger the better. A full skirt will work best.
- a second-hand pillow.
- a sewing machine. (It is possible to hand sew this project, but it would be an ordeal.)
That's it for the cutting. Now on to the sewing. Take the front piece of your pillow cover and find its center point. (I do this by folding in in half and in half again and marking the corner with a pin.)
Unfold it and start pinning the ruffle to the fabric. For this particular pillow, I pinned with the wrong side of the ruffle up. This gives the "petals" a curved look. (But it doesn't look exactly like the ruffles on my inspiration pillow. I'll show you an alternative ruffle in an upcoming post.)
Contine pinning the ruffle in a tight spiral outward. Allow about a half an inch between each row.
It's going to start looking like this.
Fold your rose in toward the middle. Pin the back cover over the front cover with the wrong sides of the fabric facing out. Sew along all four sides.
Unzip the zipper and turn the pillow right side out through the zipper hole. Squish the pillow inside through the zipper hole and zip it shut.