Saturday, November 24, 2007

GoGo Art Bag

GoGo Art Bag, originally uploaded by emilyplays.

I finally busted out this groovy Hello Kitty fabric that had been in my stash for years. This is my umpteenth bag. They all have been improvisational. I'm attempting to get it edited into a tutorial. I may try to sell some of these on etsy soon. I think they would be great for spring and summer traveling. Pricing is still a mystery to me though!

Monday, November 19, 2007

The march of the holidays

The march has begun. It varies in pace from a sprint to a waltz. I'm still trying to figure out the magic of making time come to a crawl. The season kicked off with a fabulous Halloween. The tooth fairy costume was done up in the finest tradition of made-from-stuff-around-the-house! Having a roll of gold lame laying about does add a certain polish to costumes. Not only that, but it was given to me! Thanks Cat!

We moved right on to the Tooth Fairy Birthday. The bonus of having a birthday so close to Halloween is the theme is set by the costume chosen!

Turns out I can transform a house with white paper. Think the paper snowflake scene in Elf only with teeth!

The irony of marshmallow teeth is not lost on me. But it was so easy!

Now we head towards Thanksgiving. I am hosting the family dinner for the first time this year. I am feeling surprisingly serene about a sit down dinner for 18. My wee crafter has gone into serious production of handprint turkeys and we still have some of the smaller garden pumpkins for decorations.

I have been sewing and crocheting. But somehow I never seem to get photos. there was another art bag made. There is another birthday coming up. I am going to make notes and take pictures while I make this one. I'd like to try my hand at a tutorial. The bags have been so well received by the recipients and their parents. I'd like to share as I have been so grateful for all the wonderful tutorials I have found online! Perhaps during the brief lull at the beginning of December!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

1st day of Kindergarten & 1st bento

Can it really be happening?! All day Kindergarten?! It is true and I miss my girl each day. She is thrilled, but does ask for a daily report on precisely how much she has been missed.
I packed her a bento of goodies for her very first school lunch. The box is so perfectly her size.

At the end of the day, I picked her up from school and we celebrated the first day of school with a build-your-own ice cream sundae. At the risk of sounding unbelievably sappy, it is all almost more than my heart can bear! The launch into her own personal daily life. I hope she finds her own path, true and sure. I'll be her listening post and guide where I can.

1st day of school sundae

Of course, my consolation is that I will have more space for my own creativity!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Go Go Art Bag

crayon go go art bag, originally uploaded by emilyplays.

My daughter has hit the birthday party age. She has a full schedule! I've made another art bag birthday gift. These are such fun to make and seem to be well received. This one is a bit smaller and is also reversible. We filled it with crayons (natch!), notepads, stickers and pens. Plenty of goodies to inspire.

I think my favorite bit is the buttons that I dug out of my button box. Well really, my button boxeS! It is very satisfying to a crafty soul to be pawing through a well stocked button collection!

Speaking of buttons, I recently discovered two dear friends didn't own button boxes! I couldn't believe it - where do they put their buttons?! They both answered "What buttons?"
Of course, when I brought mine out for a felt purse project, each of them (independent of each other) spent
hours digging and sorting. One has since remedied her button-box-less state, but the other is slated for a gift of pre-stocked box of goodness!

Here is the inside/outside of the bag>reverse side of art bag

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Inaugural Post - or What Am I Doing Here?!

A brief introduction....
I'm a woman with a love for modern craftiness. In my pre-mama days, I quilted. As my time and space have shrunk, I now crochet and sew clothes and smaller items. If I examine my inner-crafter, I see clearly that the sewing is just an excuse to satiate my fabric lust. I'm okay with that!