Thursday, November 22, 2012

Shave & A Haircut

Ok, so I finally got the guts to see how my Turkey work turned out once I actually did as I was supposed to and cut the hoops.

He was pretty cute when I just cut the hoops.
And at this point I had a minor panic attack that I'd ruined all my work.
But by this point I was pretty ok with how he turned out.
I think the hoops were still more in line with the original Ginnsfortwoozlefim style, but maybe I should have cut a few for the Fu'sake character (more tangle-y). Still happy with it though.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Jean Skirt Conversion

So, I've been on a bit of a weight loss kick, which fortunately, went pretty well for a while there and now I'm left with a bunch of clothes that don't fit me, and no money to buy a whole new wardrobe. First world problems, I know.

Anyway, I had some fairly ratty jeans that me and my kachunga thighs had worn holes in- at the bottoms and that place where your thighs rub together. I hate wasting anything, and this particular pair of jeans had already been partially cannibalized in order to make my bag of the summer a year ago.

I love pencil skirts. I'm all over the fifties, Mad Men inspired pencil skirts. However, if you like jeans and would like a jeans pencil skirt, you cannot find one in the stores that isn't too short for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, I have a mini skirt in jeans, but that's not want I wanted. I wanted a pencil skirt that hit below my knees and looked awesome.

Lo and behold, the conversion.

(Yes, I know there's threads that need cutting. Gimme a break, I was coming down with the plague...)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Knitting and Stitching Show 2012

Successful time for me once again! Successful in that I kept within budget and only walked away with one new project- all the rest are tools and books and one piece for an on-the-really-really-long-finger project.

The books I bought I'm delighted with. Classics, all three. The Royal School of Needlework Essential Guides to Crewel and Silk Shading books are ones I've intended to buy for months now and the Japanese Embroidery book was too good to pass up. I've seen it reviewed a couple of times and lusted after it, but never been willing to pay the price/shipping.

Coleshill came through for me once again. Thread Heaven, project clips and (possibly my favorite buy of the day) a steel laying tool that is weighted just so. I can't wait to use it. Now I feel I can actually tackle this gorgeous silk kit I bought when the folks from the Country Bumpkin came.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Goodies Haul

Vacations for me almost always include trips to craft stores- especially when I head back to the States. For all of you not living outside the US, you'd be shocked at the price of crafting supplies over here. I certainly am.

This time round was no exception, and I was delighted to find that my uncle's house was 15 minutes walk away from a Jo-Ann's. Needless to say, several stops were made and probably too much spent.
Ok, I may have gone a bit zip happy.

4 Zips- 2 for replacing existing zips, 1 for a potential handbag project, and 1 for something I certainly had a plan for at the time but that I've forgotten since.

2 D-Rings, again for the handbag project

Machine Quilting Thread- clear. One of the reasons I haven't finished my Trip around the World quilt is because I've been stumped as to how to quilt it with all its many colours. This, I think, shall do nicely.

And to go with that, I've finally acquired a bias-tape maker.

Then we have the Ink Jet Printable Paper as my mother now has me curious as to paper piecing.

And then some Sulky tear-away stabilizer for embroidering with.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween 2012

This year they decided to have a Bram Stoker Festival here in Dublin to celebrate the fact the guy came from here (who knew?). Of course, this reminded me that I have a gorgeous Victorian costume hidden in the closet and what better reason to pull it out?

In the end, this was us-
I'm quite pleased to say that we were probably better dressed than some of the performers during the street theatre event at Dublin Castle. Even got some of the other visitors checking us out.

But of course, the dress wouldn't be what it was without a saga and a bit of panic.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sprite Stitch September Challenge Entry: Crafting Deities

As you all know, I'm a big fan of Sprite Stitch and all they do. Well, I've finally found the time to participate in their monthly challenges. 

For September the challenge was to create a crafting deity- and for some reason, all I could think of was the Ginnsfortwoozlefims from when I was younger. Yes, its a mouthful. No, I won't tell you where it came from. But anyone who saw my folders for school would undoubtedly recognise the little guys- I drew them everywhere!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Holidays are Awesome

There was beaches...
 And lighthouses...
 And tress...
 And fog...
Will have to go back again. But perhaps I should craft some first...

Thursday, July 26, 2012


My computers HDD died last night. In top of that I have actual holidays coming up in a week or so, so I'm mentally going on them now. I will return to this space in a few weeks.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Let me first state- I'm no angel in this department at the best of times. I have motivation issues just getting up every morning, much less getting everything else done. However, I thought I'd talk to you about a different kind of motivational issue that I've been experiencing the past year or so.

Last summer, today, we had the Las Conchas fire in New Mexico kick off. At its height, it sat about a quarter of a mile from my house for about 2 weeks and I was a gibbering wreck that could barely function.

The first two days of the fire when people were being evacuated and all that jazz, I was starting my wool blanket that I've been working on for the past year at a workshop held by the lovely Country Bumpkin folks (who, bless them, were ever so nice and supportive and let me cry in a corner).

I worked on the blanket for those days solidly, and then couldn't deal with it at home after that. Everytime I looked at it, much less thought about working on it, I could feel the fire angst and pain creeping back in. There was a good few months where I couldn't even look at it. So work was very sporadic on it. A good weekend here, an evening there.

Its been interesting because this has been a type of motivation issue that I haven't quite experienced before. But in talking with it with others, I've found similar stories. Losses that interrupt a craft and make finishing it difficult, sometimes impossible.

For me, my memories have been distilled in this blanket. I can't shake them loose, no matter how I try. And while last summer I was convinced that if I ever finished it I would have to give it away, far away to someone I never visit, now I'm almost certain that I won't be able to do that. I'll have to keep it to keep those memories safe. Somehow, things have gotten confused. 
But, miraculously, I've also managed to get this damn thing done. Pushed through the blockage and, in fits and bursts, gotten it all done.

That's probably more of an accomplishment than even finishing.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Millennium Frame

I've wanted one of these for ages. Fortunately, the stitching gods (aka my mother) figured it out and got it for my birthday.

I'll be honest, it's everything I thought the Millennium Frame would be and more. The wood is the smoothest I've ever held in a frame, it is easier to put it together than any other frame, and it holds the fabric beautifully taut.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Sunshine

Its a rarity over here! So last week while I was off and it was beautiful I took to the park.
It was a lovely afternoon. And it was fantastic to be out in the park with the grass and the tulips.
Pity about the sunburn. =(
The sunshine stayed for the rest of the week too! AMAZING!! This IS Dublin we're talking about, so naturally I and every other paleskin stormed outside to take advantage of it, meaning very little crafting got done this week.

But that's ok. I had beaches and sunshine.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Litte Bit of Everything

This week has been full of bits, little bits. I've worked on probably too many things so nothing has actually been finished.

I took my HST's and got them pressed and pretty.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Secret of Mana

A year ago I was talking about wanting to do cross stitch projects, including the lovely title screen of the Secret of Mana which I adored playing and spent countless hours with my brother fighting over.

Well, I'm finally doing something with it. Not the whole thing mind, but a portion.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Liberty Shoes

So, many moons ago I saw shoes in Clarks that just made me squee. They were covered in Liberty Fabrics which I thought was brilliant, but the designs were, well, less than inspiring at the time.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Doing a bit of site maintenance in the hopes that it will be better now that I'm off from college and posting again. If something disappears that you liked, let me know.

In other news- I'm also updating the Stitches to Masterpiece section with more pics of various stages which may help folks in the future hopefully.

Incidentally, how cozy do my feet look under my blanket!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Sew Irish Gathering 2.0

The sewistas of sew_irish once again gathered a few Friday's ago, and while they all made project bags, I made some nice, serious progress on the wool embroidery blanket. Down to the last spray, it took a while but it went from almost there-

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Beyond Bouillons

One of the big stopping points on this blanket has been the damn bouillons. But I'm done! So real home stretch now.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Branching Out


So I've been touting this blog (or at least telling people of its existence) lately, so I probably should get back to writing. Fortunately, I have something to write about!

So last night I left my little hermitage to go all of less than 5 minutes away to the Constant Knitter. Knitting? You? You say?  Well, no.

You see, there's a group called @sew_irish who originated on Ravelry. They were just setting up a sewing circle and a friend of mine very kindly passed the information on to me.

I know, I know. With the experience of the quilt guild meetup, why would I attempt to subject myself to interacting with stuffy old humans again? Well, I don't know. But they were LITERALLY around the corner. At the very least, the hassle of finding the place would be gone and if I didnt like it, going home would be a piece of cake. So I went.

And it was lovely! Most people were close enough to my age to make me feel like I belonged, and they were all very welcoming and happy to talk to me. Instead of standing around in a corner looking lost, I got given tea, and chips, and even talked to! It seems the knitting/sewing world is not all full of grandmothers who only want to vicariously live through the younger generations. Who knew?

We didn't do a whole lot of actual sewing, but a lot of people hadn't brought anything to work on. I took the wool embroidery blanket as a defense mechanism (which worked great) and made some small progress on the final spray. Next time, its close enough and might be near enough to when another workmate is heading off for maternity leave that I might just take my sewing machine down with me and see about working on/finishing a baby blanket.

Anyway, I'll be going again if they hold it. And if any of them happen to be reading this, thank you for being lovely.

And no, the flowers have nothing to do with the post, but they're pretty. So there.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The dreaded HST

I'd always heard about half square triangles and I've read of plenty of moans about them.

But they're so darn pretty! I love the pinwheel designs you can do with them and when I was looking at new baby quilt patterns, I just felt like I should try them.

So this is the current state- a huge pile waiting for the magic to happen! Tune in later for how things come together.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Not so Crafty...

So, I haven't been doing a whole ton of crafts lately. However, I have been cooking quite a bit.
This has been the main culprit. Based on The Pioneer Woman's recipe for Chicken and Dumplings, I've been making this soup about once a week in various forms. We ran out of cornmeal for a while there so noodles and potatoes and other varieties abounded, but all were delicious.

I love making soup when its cold and wintry outside, and it definitely has been cold and rotten here lately.

As for crafting, the wool blanket is ticking along. Almost down to the last big spray, which means the end is nigh.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Straight Lines and Bouillions

This year's Christmas break saw us head down to the quiet countryside. Which is always a great time to get some work done. Apologies for the terrible photo, it was just not happening for me!
It being cold, working on a warm wool blanket was ideal. So I took it down and got a nice chunk of stitching done- mainly all the stem stitch lines. Actually starting to look like the end is in sight!