Gogol Bordello

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Little pink riding hood.

So I feeling kinda bummed because I didn't have a medium weight wintery coat. I looked at the thrift shops I could afford but couldn't find anything I liked. I even perused higher end stores looking for the perfect coat.

Needless to say I didn't find it so I had to make it.

I took a vintage wool suit jacket from my closet and my favorite wool striped sweater, which until recently did fit but due to the inevitable weight gain this year it had become a tad too snug, and melded them together.

I used the sweater to extend the sleeves, as a hood liner and for applique.

Using a hoodie as a template for my hood (and remembering a cool video from Threadbanger on hoodie making) I made the hood and liner. My hood was extra large so I could fold over the edge to create a pocket for a drawstring, or in my case a thin black 80's tie.

I then seperated the liner from the body where the hood was to be, machine sewed the hood to the jacket body and hand whip stitched the liner to the hood. I added a heart made from the sweater logo and stabilizer and hand stitched that onto the breast pocket.

Since making it I have worn it everyday and have gotten a few compliments on it. By no means does it look professional but its warm and snuggly as hell, fits me well and is exactly what I was looking for. And for those who know me, pink is a tad of a shock but I liked how it went with the lime green stripe on the sleeve and it reminds me of a strawberry. Washington Winters are dull, hazy and grey so this coat helps add a bit of color and still allows me to blend in with the grey rain clouds.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

MMMM, pear cider.


Dylan and I worked together and juiced a few BOXES of yummy Asian Pears that were given to me from a co-worker. After we had our fill of regular cider, I took the rest and have started turning it into hard cider. Without having a proper airlock, I am concerned that it will turn to vinegar but I think sealing off the air exchange with plastic wrap (just enough to let the gas out and no new air in...) that it wont turn as quickly into sour vinegar but we shall see.

Jewelry hanger.

I picked this frame up at our last family vacation....the shop was one I could spend all day in but cant for the life of me remeber the name. It was located in Grants Pass Oregon.
I just stapled metal mesh to the back and was done.


Halloween crafting begins.


The kids and I started our crafting blitzkreig early for Halloween this year and started making our party favor treat bags with craft paper, cardstock and yarn. I found an easy tutorial here then modified it a bit. I hated the large inner flaps so I cut them out. I also added fake paper blood splatters on the outside.

Crochet, felted zombie cat cave.


So I suck as per usual and haven't taken the time to update this in a LOOOOOOOONG time. Unfortunately I haven't had a ton of time to even craft much. Our time is eaten away by work and typically our days end with just enough time to make dinner (as much from scratch as we can), eat and chill together just before bed time.

Now that I have taken up a new albeit small/tiny motorcycle, even more of my time is taken up with practice. Believe me I need it.

Here is a project that took me a week and then a few more to deliver it to its intended. Its a green crochet and felted cat cave.

I had a few skeins of vintage green wool hanging around and even used my beloved pure wool that I had obtained on our last vacation.... even these four skeins were not enough and I found myself purchasing at least another three at the only place I can locate all the colors of the rainbow....that would be Canvas Works in downtown Olympia.

I crocheted a flat circle then made my way up leaving a giant opening at the front. Taking it up till the sides were long enough (too heavy to support itself, that is why I felted it) I decreased to make another flat circle on top. Since this is supposed to be a zombie I cut out a hole on the top to use red wool instead.

After felting it I added felt teeth and eyes etc. In the end the brain ended up looking like an organ of a different region but hey,I get points for trying right?