Archive for April, 2003

* Pottery Barn Catalog

Posted on April 16th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.

I got a Pottery Barn catalog today, and, although there’s no way I would buy most of the stuff, there are a few things which might be worth imitating. For example, the Tassel Bedding (white sheets with colored tassels for $119?!?),
or the Espadrille Towels (there’s got to be some similar ribbon you could just sew on).
The wire wall decor system might be a little harder to make, but I bet I could figure it out.


* Nice cross stitch sites

Posted on April 16th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links, Cross Stitch/Embroidery.

I might actually buy something from some of these sites. They will at least be inspiration to make my own charts: Odds and Ins Online, The Prairie Schooler, Sheepish Designs, Artecy Cross Stitch, Cross Stitch Kits UK, Mystic Stitch, Homespun Sampler, Pomegranate Tree Needlework Company, Cross Stitch Collectibles


* free patterns

Posted on April 16th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

I’m generally pretty picky about patterns. Amidst the vast wasteland of Sept 11 tribute freebies, I’ve found some I might get around to doing one day. Download ones you like before they disappear! Nice free charts (cross stitch unless otherwise noted) available at:


* Poppies

Posted on April 15th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.


Poppies around a mirror. It’s mounted in a cool frame I found at Ikea. The pattern’s really for a clock and is from Spray and Stitch by Sally Harmon.


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* Doily

Posted on April 14th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Crochet.

Crocheted doily. This object has no reason for existing except that I wanted something to crochet and I was tired of granny squares. Now I’ve switched to more practical snowflakes.


* Journal

Posted on April 14th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.

Former crafting journal before I started up this thing. It was a present for Christmas some years ago, and I didn’t really like the picture in the window on the front, so I cross stitched a little picture to fit in there instead. The flowers are cross stitched and the pot is painted, out of Sally Harmon Spray and Stitch. Then I cut the fabric a little bigger than the window and slid it in under the edges. It stays in place without glue.


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* Savon de Marseille

Posted on April 14th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Martha, Projects with Instructions.

Dumbed down Savon de Marseille from Martha’s TV show. I melted a couple of bars of unscented glycerin soap in the microwave and stirred in some Burt’s Bees Green Goddess Clay Mask (which they don’t seem to carry anymore). It clumped somewhat, but a lot of stirring and pressing the bigger lumps against the side of the dish seemed to help. I molded it in a little remekin lined with saran wrap, which worked pretty well except that the bar has wrinkles all over it. If I weren’t just making it for myself, I would find a better mold (Martha recommends milk cartons.)


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* Orchid

Posted on April 14th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.


Orchid picture for my mother-in-law. I forgot to take a picture of it, so I have borrowed this image from Solaria, a highly recommended site with very nice free charts. This was stitched on a napkin and then framed.


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* Tulip Napkins

Posted on April 14th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.


Two napkins with tulips on the corners. My cross stitch medium of choice is evenweave napkins from Cost Plus World Market. They are $1.99 each and come in a bunch of different colors. I got the tulip patterns from 100 Cross Stitch Gifts from Nature by the Vanessa Ann Collection.



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* Bead Box

Posted on April 14th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Fun with Lab Supplies.

I found an old tacklebox at a yardsale that’s perfect for keeping my beading supplies. I’d been coveting one of those little tins with the little glass-topped watchtin containers, like the ones Martha sells. We have these little 2.5 cm petri dishes in lab that look just like them (although the lids don’t screw on and they’re all clear plastic, but I don’t mind). The beads I have came in nice little vials, so I use the petri dishes to pour out little piles for easy accessability when I’m making things.


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