Archive for January, 2005

* T-shirt and pants for Blythe

Posted on January 30th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.


I used the patterns from Puchimadam to make this T-shirt and flare pants. I can’t decide what to put on the shirt, so it’s just plain for now.

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* Spice Rack v2.0

Posted on January 28th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Martha.


Spice rack v1.0 (aka the scintillation vial spice rack, see previous post) has been found lacking in a few ways. The biggest problem is that spoons won’t fit in the little bottles, and the labels (plain paper laminated with packing tape) are starting to fall off and smear. Here’s the new and improved. It’s only barely DIY since the rack and the tins are both from Martha’s Big Going-Out-of-Business Sale. I did at least make the labels. They’re the same scanned in letterpress labels as the other one, color-adjusted in photoshop. The font is Bookman Antiqua, and they’re printed out on the key ingredient: waterproof inkjet paper. Then, I applied sticky with my trusty little Xyron. I’m very happy with it, except that I have three more spices that I’m not sure were to put. The waterproof paper is incredible. I soaked a test label in water and there wasn’t any smearing at all.

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The planned v2.1 is going to have holes drilled through the lid and the tin, so you would turn the lid to line up the holes and then shake out the spice. What a good excuse to buy a dremel tool.

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* Marthadex

Posted on January 25th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Martha.


Because of Good Husband’s computering skills, the Marthadex lives. This all started out with an obsession and an Endnote library. I was annoyed that my Martha collection had gotten too big to easily find articles when I wanted them, so I started cataloging all the tables of contents. Well, soon enough I decided I needed all the articles and recipes. That was a couple of years ago. All my issues of Living and Everyday Food are indexed. I’ll add Kids, Weddings, and special issues as I get them done. MSO published an index for the Livings from the 1990s, but last I checked they were going for like $50 on eBay. Mine is better since you can restrict your search just to the issues you have.

To use: there’s a new search bar over on the right that lets you search the Marthadex. If you click on the word Marthadex, it’ll take you to more search options. Advanced search lets you choose which issues you’d like to search, or, say, just search for recipes.

I only indexed issues that I own. If you would like to contribute to the insanity, I need anything before October 1995.

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* plastic jewelry

Posted on January 24th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.


Cool company I found through the Sampler: 4 square. She had these awesome bracelets in the last Sampler (not that I got one, but I saw them in the sneak peeks page), and she also makes other jewelry, buttons (brilliant idea!), and magnets. Her about page kindly describes how to make them. It is perhaps the most wonderful use of shrinky dink that I’ve ever seen. Maybe one day my shrinky dinks will look as good. She also has stationary with the same graphic flair. Make sure to check out her consigning links, because I found different stuff at her website, at Copacetique (flower buttons), at Pink Thread (can’t get enough of the buttons), and at My My (neato magnets).

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Along the same lines, necklaces by Jewelry by Jessica (found rummaging around Plain Mabel).

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Edit: some neat ones at Blue Teabag too.

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* Links Page

Posted on January 22nd, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.


My list of crafty blogs and such has outgrown the sidebar space, so I made a new giant links page. My daily reads will still stay in the sidebar. I’ve got a few folders of shop bookmarks to add eventually, too, but the blogs is definitely a good start.

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* Blythe sweather and rectangle skirt “pattern”

Posted on January 20th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.


My first sweater, in any scale. It took me about 3 evenings of work, on size 2 needles with the pink cupcake yarn. I got the pattern from woolyrockers via the This is Blythe forum. I didn’t put the velcro on the back so that maybe she can wear it backwards over a shell or something. We’ll see. I’m super happy with it. And people say redheads can’t wear pink!

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The skirt is the very first craftlog original Blythe pattern. I’m calling it a rectangle skirt. I whipped it up so Mark would stop calling her Blythe-no-pants. Take a 4.25 inch x 3.25 inch rectangle of ultrasuede (felt would probably also work). Sew a snap in the top right hand corner and the mate in the top left hand corner on the opposite face of the fabric. It’s pretty versatile for being a rectangle and a snap. If you snap it right around the waist, it goes out into an A-line. If you pull it down to hug the hips, it’s more of a pencil skirt (like in the picture above). It’s a slitted skirt if you pull the open side around front. Of course, you could also cut it a bit shorter if you like, but after the last dress I made, Blythe demanded something more modest. Although when in A-line mode, I wouldn’t recommend taking pictures from behind…

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* squarish bag

Posted on January 18th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


I made this bag from the cosmetic bag tutorial I bought from Baked Ideas. It’s a little too floppy since I didn’t add interfacing as recommended. Oh well. It will fill out once I put stuff in it. The flowery fabric is a handkerchief I got at a 100 yen store last winter. The lining is The Most Useful Ikea Bedsheet Ever (which you may remember from such crafts as the DIY duvet cover and the sewing machine cosy).

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And if you haven’t been by Baked Ideas in a while, you should go look. She’s got some new stuff up now, including a really great mohair flower and some leetle pin cushions.

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* comments are back

Posted on January 18th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Random.


Good Husband upgraded Movable Type and installed MT Blacklist, so comments are back. If you’ve been dying to comment on the old posts, have at ’em. I’ll be adding some other improvements this week, too, like a new links page and maybe some other stuff.

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* Blythe!

Posted on January 16th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.


Well, I finally did it. After several months of combing eBay and the This Is Blythe forum, I finally broke down and bought myself a Blythe doll. I decided early on that I wanted a redhead without bangs. At first I was just going to get a Petite, but there aren’t nearly as many clothes patterns for the petites, and I want the eye color changing anyway. The finalists were: Birdie Blue, Powwow Poncho, French Trench, and, the one I ended up with, the new Ashton Drake Galleries reproduction of one of the original dolls. The warnings are that you can never have just one, and if I do get another it will be French Trench. The ADG hair is more appealing, though, and she’s a little bit cheaper since she doesn’t ship from Asia.

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I already made her a dress and a coat, and I’m almost done with a sweater. The dress is from the ever-so-generous Oriettacat‘s pattern library. Look for the simple dress pattern. I think I may have printed it out at the wrong scale because it was really hard to get it on, and it looks more like a minidress.

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The coat is also from Oriettacat, but in another library. Look for the duffel coat pattern. This one didn’t have directions, and it was harder to put together. I’m still not sure I did it right. It’s made of felt and fastened with an earring. I think I’m going to add some other decoration to it. We’ll see.

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I’m still working on how best to photograph her. :/

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* ultrasuede keychain

Posted on January 13th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


This little scrap of ultrasuede was calling to me, so I made it into a keychain. Super easy: fold it in half and stitch around in a rectangle. Slide onto the keyring with the rest of the crew. It’s nice to touch, and helps when I’m fishing around in my bag.

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