Archive for December, 2006

* mini-Blythe mini-dress

Posted on December 27th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Blythe.


I finally broke down and got a mini-Blythe from somebody on the Blythe lj community. I named her Penelope (Penny for short) and she’s a Kozy Cape. Her stock outfit included some funny earmuffs glued to her head, but luckily they came off cleanly. The minidress is from orriettacat’s collection, and I think I printed it out too small.

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Look, she matches her big sister!

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* Xmas village 2006

Posted on December 19th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Holiday, Martha, Paper Crafts.


I got the Martha Halloween Village kit a few years ago, and I’ve never had the attention span to do the whole set of houses. Usually we end up with one or 2 new houses per year (see 2004 version for the first batch). The big church was last year’s and the second one from the left is the new one, which Mark did most of. The pink and mint color scheme make me think art deco, which is apt since we’re in Miami for the holidays this year. I punched out a few trees too. The houses all have little lights in them, of course.

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* chup-ornaments

Posted on December 18th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Holiday, Paper Crafts.


Mark and I had a party on Friday and handed these out as favors. This is our 22 pound cat, Chupa, looking extra fat. All we did was print out the photo on cardstock, cut around the Chupa, and tape a loop of embroidery thread to the back. The tree looked pretty hilarious with so many Chupas looking out.

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* marimekko DIY wall hanging

Posted on December 14th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Becket has a really cool Marimekko wall hanging in her place. I don’t want to be a total copycat, plus I don’t have nice tall ceilings like her, so I settled for this DIY version made from a Marimekko dish towel and some stretcher bars. For my artichoke napkin panels I bought the stretcher bars online somewhere, but recently I noticed that they carry them at Michaels, waaaaay in the back. I found the dish towel at this cool modern home store in Ithaca (I was visiting to give a seminar). I also found a fantastic antiques store with a treasure trove of old buttons, linens, and all sorts of great stuff. I didn’t realize why all the fuss about bakelite buttons until I saw them in person, and suddenly they were worth $3.50 each.

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* calendar page

Posted on December 13th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


I finally finished my page for the calendar swap. I’ve gotten a bunch in the mail already, and people did some really nice things. For my page, I cut little 1 inch pinked squares of all my small prints. I, uh, have been on a bit of a fabric-shopping spree lately, so I had lots to choose from. Becket helped me arrange them on a piece of linen, which was a fun puzzle. Scanned it in, added the text, printed it back out. I’m pinking the edge of the paper to match the little squares, then they’re going in the mail. I really like how they turned out.

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* matchbook notepads

Posted on December 6th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.


These little guys are for yet another swap, this one run by Dub & Sam for matchbook notebooks. The swaps are keeping me pretty busy lately, but I love getting the mail, so it’s worth it. For these I just glued fabric to a piece of card stock (Yes paste is awesome). Aren’t they cute? I also made a few from old Xmas cards. I save all of my cards every year (the one I cut up was from my insurance agent, so I really mean all). I’ve got grand plans for doing something or another with them one day, who knows what.

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* Log Cabin Pillow

Posted on December 2nd, 2006 by becket. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Hi there – this is Becket again. I promised a pic of the log cabin pillow, and here it is! The mushrooms in the center of the pillow were cut out of vintage fabric that I ebayed (I was so nervous when I cut them out because it’s not a very large piece of fabric to begin with). I used the zigzag stitch to sew it on to the felt square. Maitreya and I then started to madly arrange various fabrics around the mushroom. I am so thankful that Maitreya has such an extensive fabric collection (and is so generous with it!) because we mined through her collection for orange, red and brown fabrics. Her fabrics in combination with my own made for a nice pillow. I hope you think so too! :)

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* Baby Shower Pocket Quilt

Posted on December 2nd, 2006 by becket. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


I’ve been trying to convince my friend, coworker, and fellow crafter Becket to start a blog. She has so far resisted. Then we teamed up on a project for another friend’s baby shower, which was the perfect excuse to convince her to start posting on craftlog. So, you’ll start to see the occasional post by Becket. She’s a great sewer and vintage rehabilitator and I think you’ll really like her projects. So, without further ado, here’s Becket:

Hello fellow crafters! Here’s my quilt story. Recently, I made a log cabin pillow (I’ll make sure to post a pic of this soon) with Maitreya’s design help. I was so happy with the result that I decided to make an actual quilt. A friend of ours is having a baby soon – so I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to test out my newly acquired quilting skills. The couple does not know the sex of the baby, so making it blue or pink was out of the question. But, when I really thought about it, I probably wouldn’t have made it blue or pink anyways…So, I decided to make it earthy colors of brown and green (this couple spent significant time living in Berkeley, CA so the earthy colors make sense). Turns out that I had a number of brown and green fabrics in my small (but growing!) fabric collection, with some new and some vintage materials. Searching for a quilt pattern for inspiration, I looked through Maitreya’s gorgeous Denyse Schmidt quilt book. One pattern caught my eye and immediately Maitreya and I started brainstorming about fabrics and how to change the pattern to make it a bit less complex to construct (after all it would be my first quilt!). We started by laying out all the fabrics side-by-side for the patchwork panels. Then, with the help of my trusty rotary cutter, I cut out the slices of fabric and sewed them together…so far, so good. Then I cut the patchwork panel in half (lengthwise) into two separate panels. Then, Maitreya’s husband Mark had the brillant idea to create a pocket in the quilt to hold a stuffed animal. Then Maitreya chimed in that she would make the stuffed animal based on a Wee Wonderfuls pattern (check out her adorable little bear in a previous post) to coordinate with the quilt. Excellent! So, now we were really cooking. I sewed the panels together (with a pocket lined with heavy interfacing to give it stability) and used “Dream Wool” quilt batting (from Purl Soho) for the center (which is truly a dream to work with). Then I basted the top, batting and bottom together. The last step was to put on the quilt binding. Ouch. This is harder than I thought. First, I took the easy way out and decided to just sew along the top. The binding started to twist and it looked terrible. So, I ripped it out and decided to do it the “right” way, where you unfold the binding and sew along the inner edge. This way, when you refold the binding around the edge, you do not see the machine stitches. Then, when you flip the quilt over, you still need to stitch the other side – but you have to do this by hand in order for the stitches not to show. Needless to say, this took a while. :)
But, in the end, when Maitreya and I presented the quilt and bear (in the pocket) to our friend at her shower, it was all worth it!! She appeared very touched by the gift and we were thrilled to give it to her.

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