Sunday, June 17, 2007

Raggedity Purse

This is what happens when someone give you about 5 yards of fabric you really don't know what to do with. Ok, it was ugly fabric! So in a fit of inspiration, I tore it into 1/2 inch strips and rolled it all into a big as Trumpet Princess' head. She wandered through while I was reading blogs and ripping and rolling and giggled and left.

So after I got it all torn up and rolled into a ball (see it in relation to the arm chair) I took size 13 circular needles and started knitting.

I made the bottom of the purse about a 3"x 14" rectangle and then picked up stitches and started knitting around. Since the gold fabric looked so
boring by itself, I pulled out about a yard of red Christmas print fabric I had left over from some project or another and ripped it up. No picture of that ball, it was much less impressive.

So now I have some strong contrast. I decided I liked the ends where I tied the strips together hanging out and just knitted until I got tired of it. You could only see a little of the big ball decreased, so if I had used it all it would have been a body-sized bag I am afraid.

I was going to make I-cord straps for the bag until I got home and walked by the big box of vintage purse handles (yes, they are from the 60's and 70's...a yard sale find) and there was this perfect set of rattan handles. Just the right size and coloring. So using the red strips, I tied the purse to the handles. Now I just have to line the purse. I think I am going to just use plain muslin (which I have on hand) and I think I want to add one of those large magnetic snaps to the inside to help hold it closed.

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And I now have a "commission" to make one for someone else, but she doesn't want the strings on the outside. Her's will be with the same gold fabric and using a soft green for the contrast. I have a set of round wooden handles I am going to paint green and knit the top of the purse a little different in order to go onto the handles.
So I guess since I have had a few "commissions" on various things I have made, I really am an ARTIST! Since they have been knitting mainly, I get to call myself a "fiber artist". For some reason artist sounds much more important that crafter. Call me a snob!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Hot Sunday

It's hot and humid....not my kind of weather at all, so I am staying indoors and cranking the ceiling fans up.

Little Bear has started an Alphabet Along for the summer. Each week do something that has to do with those letters of the alphabet. So I am playing along, and starting early, it actually starts tomorrow.

So for "A" - Artist Trading Cards. I am getting more and more into them and love them. This is one I just did for the "Summer" theme for a swap at Artists' Oasis.
And "B" - Nana's BBQ in the crockpot. This is my grandmother's way of fixing pork BBQ in the crockpot. I can fix it and not heat up the kitchen. Very simple. Put a pork butt in the crockpot. Rub down with pepper, hickory salt and a few dashes of liquid smoke. Let cook all day. Remove from the pot and pull all the meat apart. Serve on buns with cole slaw and her BBQ sauce. Fantastic. And the good thing is, I can fix it and eat on it all week.

You will probably be seeing a lot of Ren Faire stuff online this year. I have accepted a larger volunteer position and am looking forward to finally putting names to faces, etc. with the group. I am so terrible with names it hurts.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Experimenting and playing……

Isn’t that what art is all about? So I am trying to type my blog in Word and then transfer into blogger. We will see if it is a successful experiment or not.

My day off and I have already done a lot. I scanned the cards from last night’s swap at the ATC club meeting and entered them into an album. I have invited members from the club to join the group. Gotten marching band registration into the envelope and on it’s way to school with eldest daughter for the youngest daughter. I have the ATC ready for my first swap with the atcards group.

This is the card I made for our “summer” themed card for May. It has a sun that you can rotate up. The lemonade and strawberry margarita are made out of shrink plastic I colored with sharpies and colored pencils and shrunk.

Better get to doing all the other stuff I need to do.