* chicken scratch monogram

Posted on December 16th, 2016 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.


Embroidered a tea towel for the coffee cart at lab.  I’d forgotten how meditative cross stitch is.

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* cute tunic dress

Posted on December 13th, 2016 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review.


I’m living temporarily in Austin, and one of the nice things about being in a new city is having access to a whole new library system.  I have checked out a bunch of craft books that Seattle doesn’t have, including almost all the Meet Me at Mike’s books.  They are very pretty.  I particularly liked the Too Cute Tunic Dress from Sew La Tea Do:

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Still haven’t managed to make any new projects.  I have a couple ideas in the works, though.

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* pot holder

Posted on November 2nd, 2016 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Wow, am I out of practice.  I bookmarked this *3 years* ago: LBG Studio potholder in a neo-retro kitchen-ware pattern from Melody Miller.  I tracked the fabric down on Etsy somewhere, also a long time ago, and even cut everything to size, where it then sat by the sewing machine until tonight.  I have never been very good at quilting and binding, and boy does it show that it’s been a while since I sewed anything:

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I obviously should have used this tutorial for binding from Smashed Peas and Carrots.  Oh well, at least I’m back on the horse.  Maybe it’ll look better after a run through the wash?

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* Do more of what makes you happy

Posted on January 30th, 2016 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.


I’ve had this as my phone lock screen lately and I’m trying to take it to heart.  Working on things I like and find important makes me happy.  Gardening makes me happy.  Cooking and exercising and not feeling like a slug make me happier than the alternative, even if they take a little activation energy.  Crafting used to make me happy too, but I stopped doing it for some reason.

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image by Christopher Delorenzo

By the way, Craftlog has moved to a new setup with upgraded WordPress and such.  In the process Crafting Japanese and Marthadex both died, but their times have passed anyway.  Apparently I’m not the only purveyor of dead links: most of the links in my sidebar and my artists and shops page were dead.

New header font is Sketch Match.

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* Gocco bow cards

Posted on December 15th, 2014 by maitreya. Filed under Gocco/L Letterpress, Holiday.


I manage to make my holiday cards about every other year or so.  This year, I used the Gocco to print shiny gold bows.  The bow drawing is by Krusty.  I love how they turned out!

 

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* Wee Wonderfuls bunny

Posted on November 30th, 2014 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts, Toys (cat and kid).


We’re home for Thanksgiving weekend, so it seemed like an ideal time to get some crafting in.  This is a present for my friend’s new daughter.  It came together pretty quickly (well, after I spent 3 hours cleaning my craft room to uncover a surface to work on!)

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I’ve now made each of the animals in the Wee Wonderfuls booklet (see previous bear and kitty), yay!  It’s been a while, so it’s a little painfully handmade looking, but that’s the charm, right?

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* machine-quilted felt coasters

Posted on October 28th, 2013 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Mark said the other day that we need more coasters.  What a good crafting activity to get back into the swing of things.

I used my favorite vintage linen paired with my favorite Japanese thick felt.

I sewed the layers together just with a straight stitch, following the pattern on the fabric.

Which makes them reversible.

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* pleasing crochet tricks

Posted on October 20th, 2013 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links, Crochet.


Oh hi.  I’m going to start craftlogging again.  Started to miss the place.

I’m working on a crochet project, and came across these two very pleasing crochet tricks to eliminate the ugly joins in crochet motifs.

1.  Get rid of the chains that make the first double crochet of a round!

2. Join the rounds perfectly instead of with a slip stitch!  (I use a crochet hook to pull through the relevant loops instead of bothering with a tapestry needle.)



* Food in Jars at the Book Larder

Posted on June 10th, 2012 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.


Fun event of the morning: at a canning demo by the Food in Jars author. The Book Larder is a really cute little shop.

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* fall/winter garden planning

Posted on June 4th, 2012 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden.


I think I have everything planted now for my summer garden, though I’ll probably do a little reseeding here and there depending on how well things germinate and how successfully I can fend off the slugs from the seedlings.

Now to start planning for the fall and winter! If you are also planning your winter garden and would like to swap seeds, hit me up :)

I was happy to see that Binda Colebrook’s Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest is in a new printing. I’ve gotten this out of the library repeatedly, so it’s nice to fanally have my own copy. She used to garden literally across the street from my house. Can’t get more local advice than that!

My main problem is thinking about which crops will be done when, and what needs to go in next. It’s a big puzzle.

In place already: the kale, brussels sprouts, and chard are already coming up (in fact, the kale is getting ready for a first light harvest), and should all make it through the winter if last year is any indication.

Next up: I’m planning to try to keep the broccoli and cauliflower starts going in pots until the garlic bed clears out. The other early finishers are my fennel and radishes, which I will probably replant with root crops. The onions are getting eaten up pretty quick too, but I’m leaving that space for the strawberries to run. My spring peas are just now producing, so when they’re done I can plant a second planting in the same bed. By August, some of my salad beds will probably be done, making way for onions and scallions. Garlic is no problem since all the tomatoes and squash will be ready to go by October. Salad greens I can probably just intersperse around and about.

What else: somewhere in there, though, I want to fit more root crops, greens, and probably more onions. This is the first year I’ve grown them, and they’re really nice. I might just wait and get starts later on, though, instead of going from seed. Last year, I didn’t get great germination of the seed anyway.

Anybody have any other good planning tips?



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