Monday, November 28, 2011

Being Productive is hard Sometimes

It's been a tough month and I'm not quite sure why. There's no shortage of projects it's just a general malaise, hopefully it won't last too long. In the works is an almost completed calendar, some not yet begun blanket pillows, recycled hang tags and more plushies. I have an event coming up in two weeks so that will probably force me into action....

I started writing this post on the 14th November and I kicked that malaise into touch. Sometimes all it takes is a good clean and a work surface, other times it's just that general excitement to see how your idea turns out or maybe even going surfing does the trick. Here are the results. I did complete the calendar but haven't photographed it yet. The blanket pillows are cut but look at all this other stuff.
Surf inspired Gift Tags

Then there was the packaging design.

Felted Flower Pin Brooches.

Wine Bottle Carrier

CD Wreath x 4
and last but not least hoodie bear, the newest addition to the plushie family. It wasn't easy, it took 3 samples to finally find a successful conclusion that was faithful to the drawing.
Lil hoodie bear.

My dog was kind enough to model.
That's at least a couple of blogs worth of stuff in one. Hope you like them.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Photography - Kelly Slater

I happen to live in Huntington Beach and so it simply wouldn't do to not go to the US Open of Surfing when it's in town. This year I actually have a decent camera and in only it's second outing I managed to take a whopping 600 pictures. (This was mostly due to it being on Sport mode and the fact that I was there for about three hours.) So I didn't have a huge zoom but with a decent spot on the pier it was enough to get some decent shots. I think a lot of it is predicting when the surfer is going to go for a wave and if you're really lucky they will be coming towards you. It's 50/50 as they can go either left or right. So I was supposed to post this hmmm back in September but seeing as Kelly just won his 11th World title I think I can squeeze it in now.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

New Cards & Wine Bottle Carrier

So to dispel the myth that I haven't actually been working much I present to you some recent work.

Snowboarding Penguins

Ice Skating Penguins
It has taken a while for the ball to drop so to speak. I had these leather scraps and they have been residing in a bag for at least a year or so. My husband needed to punch a hole in a belt and so I got out the punch and I realised I could cut up the scraps and make handles. I intend on making some wooly bags with my felted jumpers but these wine bottle carriers were pretty quick to put together. As Hannibal from the A team would say " I love it when a plan comes together."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thrift Store Find - Vintage Sewing Basket

I found this lovely sewing box in my local thrift store and immediately swooped it up. I don't actually own a sewing box but this one matches the clock in the craftroom so clearly meant to be and worth the three year wait. It has two stacking trays and then plenty of space for notions. The top tray actually tells you what to put in each space. I filled it up a little for the photos but it will soon be bursting with stuff.

Top Tray

Bottom tray