Monday, January 30, 2012

Mondog #8 OCD

Today's Mondog is brought to you by Corgi Addict (or Obsessive Corgi Disorder)

My roommate and I have been talking about living together next year and what we want in our apartment/ what we are looking for. It is my dream to have some sort of space to making into a craft studio. And both of us (but mostly her because it will technically be her dog) want a place that is dog friendly.

We really want to get a corgi. It is largely because of this website. It has given us both Obsessive Corgi disorder. Because really how can you resit that puppy face? We have already decided that the dog's name will be Scootalo.

Sorry that I am posting this so late. But I am hoping you all enjoy the rest of your mondog and relax!

(As always if you would like your dog to be featured as a mondog and be linked back please email me at Chen (dot) AD (at) gmail (dot)com

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Stash: Gardens and Machines

On Tuesday I told you that I was trading a sewing machine for a quilt. When I offered this to Krista I knew exactly what fabric I should use. It was fabric that I had just bought and was the perfect intersection of my color pallet ant my roommates.

I wanted to show all of them, so sorry that they are little but this is the full line. (of which I have fat quarters of) I have enough to make Krista a lovely quilt and will have enough left over to make myself one as well. I will gladly give it away some pretty fabric for a pretty machine.

What attracted me to this fat quarter bundle in the first place though are these keys. I am quite taken by them.

I hope your Sunday is wonderful and lovely and filled with lots of fabric dreams.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tools Tuesday: Trade secrets

I have some excitement to share.

Take a look at this nice little piece of furniture. Some of you may recognize it. Some of you may think it is a night stand. 

Open it up. What it flips out? What does this do I wonder... hmmm looks to be something inside of there. Better check it out a little bit closer. What is this?
Add cap
That is right friends. It is a wonderful new (to me) sewing machine. Best of all? I am getting this wonderful fine piece of sewing history as a trade. It is my roommates. She doesn't use it very much at all. So it gets to come into a place  where it will be loved dearly. And my roommate is going to get a quilt that she has helped me design. Who is getting the better end of the deal? I think I am. And she thinks she is. That is how you know it is a really good trade.

As for the machine itself I don't know too much about it. It is a post world war II era Sewmor made in Japan. That means it could be as old as the late 40s and as new as the early 60s. It does operate with a knee peddle though, which I am extremely excited to learn how to use. 

Just a bit of luck and an awesome trade. We're both happy and really that is all that matters right? (and cool sewing machines)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mondog #7 '50s Housewife Edition

This Mondog is brought to you by my sister's photoblog

Some people make really good use of their selvages. Some people make beautiful quilts out of them. Nikol from my work makes really cool pincushions, mug rugs, and bags out of them.

What do I do with my selvages? What any good dog lover/ sewist does with their selvages of course! I tie them on my dog!

Doesn't she look silly? And incredibly annoyed? And like shes doing her best Betty Draper impression? Put a vacuum in one hand and a martini in the other and shes all set.

As always if you'd like your dog featured on a mondog post email me a picture and a brief description to Chen (dot) AD (at) gmail (dot) com.

Have a great Mondog everyone! and a lovely rest of the week!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Stash: Bundle me up.

Three weeks ago I posted a Sunday stash warning. That you should watch out. And then I didn't post about it for two weeks. Bad blogger.

So I am a month late. But I am going to share with you all the first out of (way to many) fat quarter bundles that I bought. Sort of justifying it by saying it was Christmas. Sort of justifying it by saying that I had been making money over break...

So here is Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien. This FQB was a bit on the pricey side for what normally buy but it is a Japanese import. And just so freakin' cute. I especially love the mushroom fabric.

I already have a plan for what I am going to do with part of this Fat quarter bundle Here is a hint. I am going to call it "woven woodland"

Sorry for no real stash photos I'm in a meeting right now technically....

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mondog #6 One Tuff Puppy

This is Tuffy. She is the dog of my ravelry friend Hilary. And sooo cute!

She was a stray that Hilary found and from what i can tell she really earned her name! In her own words,
We found Tuffy living in the backyard at the shop at my husband’s work. She was sneaking in at night and sleeping under a tarp and wouldn’t let anyone near her until I started working with her. She was certainly abandoned and maybe abused. We brought her home in April 2010 and she’s been glued to my side since then! She’s a real joy to us.

What a good story! I love it when dogs and people find happy endings. And from the sounds of it Tuffy and Hilary get on really well and what more can you ask for in a dog?

Have a happy Mondog everyone (And a happy MLK day as well)

If you have a dog you'd like to be featured as a Mondog post please email a pic of your dog and a brief description Chen(dot)AD(at)gmail(dot)com I'm always looking for more puppies! I can only feature Esme so many times!

Friday, January 13, 2012

FO: Friday It ended!

I have good news. It took a little longer than expected. But I am happy to report... It ENDED!

The final product is on display at sewtropolis. Hopefully catching the eye of potential class takers. And knitters who would like to try it.

In the end it took me 4.5 balls to knit. out of this wonderful shade of spud and chole sweater. It will take you more or less depending on hip circumference. Over all I am super happy with the result. It is cute and warm.

Also after trying to learn how to crochet four + times in my life I am really glad that something finally stuck. I was able to crochet the edging on my skirt so it won't stretch! and by the looks of it I was successful!!!
It is funny that I am more proud of my waistband than I am of the rest of the skirt (I'm pretty sure I did a single crochet instead of a slip stitch as well but it worked about the same).  Not that I don't love the rest of the skirt. I just know I am capable of the rest of the skirt.
If you're interested in learning how to make this skirt give the store a call and sign up! it starts in Feb and the second class session is actually right near the beginning of March giving you a month to knit it before I show how to finish it up!

Sorry for all the weird close photos. It is really really hard to take a picture of yourself with a touch screen phone backwards.
It has to stay at the store for now. But really I can't wait to wear it!

next up I am knitting an entrelac headband!

Linking up with Tamis amis for FO friday for more awesome FO's go to her blog!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sunday Stash

Just a heads up... the holidays always make me a little sad because I have to rely on buying my own gifts. This year I think I went a little overboard (oops) and be sure to watch out for new Sunday Stashes! I'm going to spread them out so I have something to share every Sunday!