Archive for the ‘Craft Room’ Category

* sewing duck

Posted on September 7th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Craft Room, Wants.

Look at this awesome thing my sister got me.  Isn’t he funny?  He’s the sewing duck.



* random owl post

Posted on May 13th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Craft Room, Inspiration.

Vintage Japanese owl switchplate my sister got me for Christmas.  The yellow rings around the eyes glow in the dark!


And here’s a big carved owl sculpture in some random house’s front yard.



* covered cork board

Posted on January 26th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Craft Room, Projects with Instructions, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Becket has been posting about her wonderful fabric-covered cork boards this week.  Seeing how great it was looking in her in-progress post really got me motivated to finally revamp my craft room cork board.  I got this great vintage honeycomb patterned linen from Make Me when they were having a sale a while back.  I’d set it aside for eventual cork board use, but it seemed like using it for the whole thing would be too much.  Then yesterday I found the perfect coordinating orange fabric at the thrift store.  I originally thought it was linen too, but upon washing and closer inspection, it’s something else.  Still fine though.

My cork board was lodged in a groove of the frame pieces, held together by brads at the corners.  It’s kinda cheap, so it wasn’t too hard to pull apart at one joint.  I stole the aspect ratio and the idea to adhere it with spray glue from Becket.  Glued down the orange layer first, then layered the linen over it, with the lapped edge folded over to make a clean seam.  Another unexpected advantage of the cheap fabrication: it was made of the thinnest possible cork veneer over some sort of particle board, so I could just staple the excess fabric around the back.  Wedging it back into the frame grooves wasn’t too hard, but it did cause a little bit of fabric bubbling near the edges.  Not too bad, though.  After wedging it all back together, I stapled the frame back together.  I really like how it turned out.


* 2009 calendars

Posted on January 14th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Craft Room, Paper Crafts, Wants.

I love calendars.  Becket sent me an awesome Gocco one from modern printed matter that I have up in my office.  I love the layered colors and natural silhouettes.  Instead of the CD case stand, they’re hung by binder clips on my bulletin board.  It’s the first year in a while that I haven’t put up a Nikki McClure one, but change is good.

In my kitchen, I printed out this calendar from LollyChops.  Originally I was going to make the alternate version using vellum overlays, but I don’t have any vellum handy and tracing paper ended up being too flimsy.  The narrow size is a perfect fit in my kitchen where I put my A Little Hut calendar last year (you can get 2009 ones in her Etsy shop).  In fact, I even used the same wire hanger I used on the old calendar.

For my craft room, I printed out this ridiculously cute town calendar from Canon.  It replaces the tiny showcase letterpress lunar calendar I had last year (which also came in a 2009 version).  Actually, replace is the wrong word since I left the 2008 calendar up too because it’s so pretty. :P

And last, in the bedroom, there’s the bubblewrap calendar.  It’s not exactly the prettiest thing in the world, but I like the vertical-months design, and it’s like a year round advent calendar, so how could I not get it?  The bubbles are really satisfying to pop, so loud that Mark sometimes calls “what was that?” from another room.


* peg board spool rack

Posted on June 14th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Craft Room.

Found this scrap of pegboard while we were unpacking, and decided it would make an easy spool rack.



* fabric bin

Posted on September 22nd, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Craft Room, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

I got these fabric bins at Target in the 99 cent section. The original fabric was this awful nylon-y stuff with giant sports appliques. I disassembled one to reverse engineer the (rather ingenious) pattern and recovered it with this much cooler fabric. My craft room has been going in a tomato red + turquoise color scheme, so it even matches. The hardest part of the whole thing was sewing it onto the wooden frame, which required disassembling most of the foot area of my sewing machine to make a big enough space to slide the frame through, then reassembling it all and sewing around the wooden bits. Anyway, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. The other two should go much faster.



* pompins and eyetacks

Posted on September 3rd, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Craft Room.

I covered the craft room tack board with fabric the other day, and now it wants new pins too. The idea of gluing pompoms to plain old pins was stolen from a similar thing I saw in a shop somewhere (those ones had giant pompoms). The teeny ones are little dressmakers pins.


The googly-eyes tacks just occurred to me as a funny idea when I happened to see them near the pompoms at the craft store. I think I might glue some to magnets too and put them all over the fridge. They’re waaaaatching youuuuu.


Both use this nifty metal glue I found in the scrapbooking section of the craft store. In the past when I’ve glued stuff to tacks, it hasn’t stuck very well. So far the eyes seem really secure, though the pompoms pull off without too much effort.


* pegboard

Posted on September 11th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Craft Room.

I keep finding stuff in my craftroom that I forgot I had, so more organization is clearly necessary. I got the pegboard, a mounting kit, and a box of pegboard accessories at home depot and mounted it on my craft cabinet. The black lines at the bottom are elastic, an idea I got from Martha (May 2004).



* Margie’s stained glass

Posted on August 27th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Craft Room.

All the people using their children’s artwork for crafts lately reminded me that I hadn’t posted this yet. It’s a stained glass my mother made for me of a drawing I made when I was little. Even though her window is broken, Poor Polly is happy because tomorrow will be better. Or something like that. I love it. It sits in the window of my craft room, right above my desk.


Here’s another one she made for Mark. It has shells soldered into it. (Sorry for the lousy background in both of these.)



* tea set

Posted on April 17th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Craft Room.

Another good idea from Thimble: wire plate hangers. I’ve seen Martha do this, too, but it always seemed stuffy, unlike the sweet little plates Thimble has. Working on the rule of thumb that making something smaller makes it cuter, I wired up these Holly Hobbie tea set plates. My sister gave them to me, a whole set of 4 cups, 4 saucers, 4 plates, and a teapot. I found them last weekend stuffed in a box, all wrapped up so I wouldn’t break them in our last move. I’m going to hang them on the wall in my craft room. I just used some beading wire since they’re so teeny. The little one is about an inch and a half in diameter.


The teapot is missing it’s top, but it’ll still look cute on the shelf beside the wall with the plates. For the cups, I think I’m going to put little cup hooks along the shelf and hang them.




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