|I've been spending a lot of time at the Craft Center...and not sewing!|
Before I was a sewer, I was and still am a crafter. I've dabbled in ceramics, silk-screen printing, glass fusing, stained glass, wire jewelry, sandblasting, lampworking, computer graphics (aka photoshop fun), weaving, knitting, crocheting, fabric dying, bookbinding, and the list goes on.
Currently, I have a lot of sewing projects going on at once and nothing is finished. I'm going to attribute this to the fact that I hate my sewing space. I have poor lighting, very little storage space, and only a small space to actually work. When I move back home, I'm going to have a nice dedicated space to sew, but it will most likely still be a mess. Another reason I'm so far behind on my projects is all the crafts I've been working on.
First, my Dad asked for a b-day present of a sandblasted beer mug he will use to drink tea. I designed what was to be put on the mug, and adhered the decal. Two nights ago I watched some old Gilmore Girls and carved out the design by hand. Today I blasted it! Here's the finished product (just don't show my Dad :-P) The angle the picture was taken makes the lettering look crooked, but it is not.
|It says "Carpe Intestinum" (Seize the Intestine)...apparently General Surgeon humor...|
He also asked for a set of fused glass dessert plates. Both my mother and I have no idea why he wants them, but I guess I have to make them. I spent half my day last Saturday getting them ready to be fused. I hate glass fusing and these plates made me really cranky. I forgot how much I hate cutting and grinding glass. I had shards in my hair, they whacked me in the face (I was wearing goggles!), and I even found a couple of small chips down my bra later. Ugg. To make things worse, I forgot how difficult it is to cut irridized glass. Only two pieces cut correctly and the rest I had to use to make frit (frit is tiny chunks of glass). So I have a set of 6 hopefully. Today I re-ground all six pieces and prepared them for slumping. I will post final pictures.
Lastly, I decided to take a Beginning Precious Metalsmithing class! I'm having a great time so far. I decided to make a ring similar to this one:
|By Lake on Etsy.|
|I have ugly veiny hands!|
On the sewing front, I'm at a stand still with the black and white batik silk blouse. I instead cut out a pair of shorts from Simplicity 3849, View E.
And a silly pair of PJs (my only TNT pattern, haha!) from some cotton baby Mickey Mouse and Friends fabric from 1984! My friend was giving it away and I snatched it up because it was from the year I was born. And I already cut into it! Go me!