Archive for May, 2009

* ironing board cubby spice rack

Posted on May 14th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden.

While packing up all the spices, I realized I never posted the spice rack I made.  Apparently this is where the ironing board used to live.  What to do with such a weird narrow cabinet?  Spice rack!  While wandering around Home Depot, we found tiles that were exactly the right dimension to fit as shelves and the idea was hatched.


I knew I wouldn’t be able to put perfectly even supports in the little closet, and wobbly shelves would’ve driven me crazy, so I used screw eyes.  You twist them each independently to make everything level.  It worked like a charm!



* 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.



* lace graffiti

Posted on May 12th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration, Wants.

Took these photos last week on my last walk to work from my old house.  It’s on the 20th Ave bridge across Ravenna Park, if any locals are interested.  It’s like a giant doily!  I like how you can see the green registration marks, a little clue as to how they must’ve created it.



I also saw some knitted graffiti on a bench in the U District the other day, but it was disappointingly poorly executed, so I didn’t take a picture.  Still cool though.


* shoulder bag

Posted on May 11th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Got in some sewing last week before I had to pack up the craft room.  Goodbye craft room, I’ll miss you  ;_;

For some reason, I hate every bag I have right now.  Something is Not Quite Right about the strap on the sling bag I made a while back, so I stopped using it.  I’ve been carting around a promotional backpack from a pipette supplier from lab, which is just ridiculous.  I tried sewing a bag a month or so ago, and it was such a giant disaster I threw the whole mess away and didn’t even post it to craftlog.  After that, I thought I’d just buy one, but I couldn’t find anything that was ~perfect~ on Etsy.  Plus, there’s so much dreck there to wade through in the bags category that even if such a bag existed, I might not be able to find it.

Specs were: long diagonal-over-the-shoulder strap, pockets for my bus pass and phone, and not too big.  The second attempt at sewing it fared somewhat better, though it’s still too homemade looking for my tastes.  It’s a made-up pattern.


The denim (which is a much darker blue in person) I found at a thrift store, the buckle is vintage (from Make Me, looks like they have the same style in green right now).  It’s lined–including inside the pockets–with vintage fabric my sister found for me.  (Previously seen in the charming handbag, which I gave to my mother.)


You can see some of the pockets here.  Besides the flap zip, here’s another giant patch pocket that covers the entire back.  They are good for giving it some of the boxy structure I was going for.  I probably should’ve used some interfacing to make it a little less floppy, but it’s passable.  Now I’m on the lookout for cool pins or patches or something to liven up the flap.


* bleh blik

Posted on May 5th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden.

Remember the blik sticker headboard I posted a while back?  Yeah, I won’t be doing that again.  We’re moving yet again, so it’s got to go.  Besides being annoying to put up, turns out they’re annoying to take down too:  1.  it’s taking frakking forever because the design is made up of hundreds of little stickers and 2. it took some paint with it in a few places.  Not good!  The whole point of using it was because it was supposed to be renter friendly.


* Deparment of Eagles/Dzama music video

Posted on May 3rd, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.

Loving the aesthetic of this crazy music video from Department of Eagles and Marcel Dzama.



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