Monday, October 15, 2007

I changed my mind....

I really liked the colors I chose for the stocking before. I thought they were rich and warm and felt aelrly Christmas-y, and I really liked how much the white cat popped off of that dark background.

But I don't know. It just didn't seem like something for a little girl. So I revised it and this is what I'm sticking with!!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Friday Night Crafts....

So, I went to a crazy crafting party at Sister Nancy's Friday night. Eeeeek. We made scary (not spooky--SCARY) ornaments.

Sister Nancy, Kym, Me. Getting crafty--woo!

I also got to talk to a bonafide quilter yesterday! She gave me some advice...


I'm dreaming of a WOO Christmas...!

Progress continues on the stocking. I was going to go to the fabric store to pick my fabrics for the stocking yesterday, but I became really unsure of myself and my ability to pick colors without seeing them put together in their final fashion. So I instead spent the afternoon on the computer, in Photoshop, putting to gether a color comp. I will now (or soon) go to the store and have this to refer to while I'm picking fabrics.

Forgive the messiness. I was only thinking of colors, not neatness.

I was constantly torn between needing to have a Christmas color scheme--- you know, red, white and green and very deep, rich colors--- and the knowledge that this is going to a little girl and wanting it to be bright and playful. The Christmas scheme won, but the little white kitty POPS so much, I think the cuteness is still strong enough for a little girl.

--oh, and that won't be the final font for the name.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Yep, I am Wooing it up in Mobile!

Thought you'd seen the last of me, eh? No such luck.

Have I been crafty? Yup, but in my own small ways.

Over the past month I have crafted up several cover letters and resumes, a few angry letters to insurance companies, a few catch up emails, a new blog (scraptiwoo), a couple of decent dinners, and I spent a whole day on my ultra-cheesy and frighteningly inclusive scrapbooks (No, they are not all fancy with ribbons, stickers, bows, and pretty stationary--they are just chronological logs of all the CRAP I have saved over the years). Scary stuff from 3rd grade on.

I don't really understand my mom's sewing machine--it lacks the mad sewing skills of Lauren's, for sure--so I haven't really engaged in much craftiness, but I did find the nerve to make yet ANOTHER cheesy pillow:

This one, with all the Happy Homemakers on it, was for Boy Wonder. He has some crazy notion that I like to cook, clean, and sew, so I thought I'd make sure he always had some cute domesticated lady to snuggle up to when he wakes up from THAT dream.

I plan to make some pillowcases with all that awesome fabric this weekend, and eventually get back to that quilt!

I miss woo!


Monday, September 17, 2007

Woot am I getting myself into??

I feel so alone!!! Scraps has moved away, and Square Deal is out of comission for the next few weekends! But I shall have to try to Woo on my own, since Christmas is coming up and this is going to be a VERY. BIG. JOB. See below...

This is the sketch for the stocking I'm going to do for my niece. She's only 2 and 1/2, but she has had a life long obsession with kitties. In fact, she knew my cat's name months before she knew mine. I plan to go completely overboard and do this all with a combo of applique and embroidery. Plus, it's like, over 22 inches long-- that's a lot of embroidery mileage. It's going to be a ton of work, but I figure it better be impressive if she's going to have it for the rest of her life.

Stay tuned for more!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Woo have we been??

This weekend witnessed the resurrection of Craftiwoo, though we had suffered a great casualty. Alas, Scraps has left us. She has moved her Woo-ness to Mobile, Alabama to be with her nieces and neph-woos (see previous post.) We expect to see her posts in the future when she's finally settled in and gets back to being crafty.

However, Square Deal and I have decided to attempt to Woo on!!! On Sunday we regrouped and planned for the future, and we did so by visiting a fantastic local shop that features entirely hand-made art, jewelry, clothing and home accessories. Check out Handmade Galleries here at their web site, or go for a visit at their lovely, and surprisingly large shop in Sherman Oaks. It's pretty inspiring.

In other news, crafting goes on. I'm working on a rag doll I was comissioned for. Check it out on my other blog, here. And I'm starting a Christmas stocking for my two-and-a-half year old niece. Observe...

The pattern...

...the dummy, made with extra fabric that is not so X-massy...

... and the fabric I picked to eventually become the lining.

NEXT WEEK: Fabric shopping!! Square Deal is making a new purse!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Nieces and NephWOOS

Since I have been in Alabama visiting the nieces and nephews for the past few weeks there have been no formal Craftiwoo sessions. However, the Davis family got down and crafty anyway:

Above: My precious nieces Amy and Natalie have begun making quilts of their own!

Above: My dad tore out a kitchen wall and made an awe-inspiring pantry for my mom.

Above: Here is the inside of her new pantry. It is bigger than my kitchen. I am so jealous.

Above: My dad had to teach me how to use my mom's sewing machine. Here he is helping to sew the final stitches on the first pillow.

Above: Here I am after finishing all the pillows. We celebrated with fondue!

Above: Here is my mom showing her approval for one side of the pillows.

Above: Here is my mom showing the other side of the pillows. Not sure if she likes this side as much.

Above: Amy, Matt, and Natalie with their pillows.

Above: Allison, Emily, and Brian with their pillows.

Above: Allison and Emma hamming it up with their pillows.

Above: My brother-in-law, Sparky, stole Matt's pillow. I think he is mad that he did not get one.

Above: Amy is a little possessive/possessed.

Sew, as you can see, I had a fun Alabama vacation with my li'l preciouses. They even gave me some of their old shirts for the quilt (which I need to get back to work on now that I am home).