Monday, February 7, 2011

Superbowl stitchery

You know something? I kind of know nothing about football. I'm usually a very attentive person, fascinated with how things work, detailed rules and rituals, etc, but somehow football throws all of that out the window. Every time I watch it, I imagine I'm watching a very clumsy and extremely confusing ballet. With big dudes. Who look really mean. Punctuated by fascinating, but equally confusing whoops and screams from everyone around me, who magically know the proper moment at which to whoop and scream... And so needless to say, every time I watch football, I occupy myself entirely with something else. :)

Case in point - the pillowcase I stitched almost in entirety in the 4-5 hours I was supposedly watching the Superbowl. :) Again using the free patterns from last month's Doodle stitchalong, it's another pillowcase with a goofy phrase, this time "home sweet home" rather than "gnome sweet gnome."

I love the cute little kid patterns, and so did all the curious people looking over my shoulder while I stitched them... :)

It's really fun to stitch around people who don't craft - I always expect people to poke fun at me, but usually everyone is fascinated by the idea that anybody makes anything anymore. I love the different names people give to whatever I'm making - it's a rare bird that actually knows I am embroidering - usually they calling it sewing or crochet or knitting. :)

Here's the little toadstool house in progress:

Almost done - just futzing with the "home sweet home" which came out a bit more crooked than I planned. And aside from that, just working hard on the Feeling Stitchy February stitchalong, and minding a lot of other little pots on the fire... :)

How about you? Did you watch the Superbowl or just craft through it? :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Gnome sweet gnome


Yup, there it is, I actually finished it - a pillowcase based on two of the cute free designs from the Lark Doodle Stitchalong. Yes, I know it is way cheesy, the phrase "gnome sweet gnome" but I couldn't help myself. :)

Here's a closeup of the tree stump-house. This was pretty much my first time experimenting with fill-stitches, and I like it - it adds a little bit of texture, so that the whole design is not just flat colored outlines.

My only regret is that one of the hoops I used was dirty on the inside, so there's a tiny faint ring of dirt around my gnome. :( Oh well, maybe with enough washes it'll come out.

Now, I'll be getting ready for the first stitchalong I'll be doing on Feeling Stitchy this month.... Meet me there later if you're interested! :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Inspiration: Fake Polaroids

Whenever I feel a little uninspired with my photographs, I take a big stack of them and feed them through my fake Polaroid-maker, or Poladroid.

The results are always dreamy and strange and never fail to inspire me...

It's 33 degrees here! But I'm cozy and warm, drinking Mexican hot chocolate, snuggled under a blanket, emailing. Hope you're cozy wherever you are, too!