• Personal

    Talkin’ ‘Bout My Resolution

    I’ve always been a bit spotty about making and keeping resolutions. There are the ubiquitous ones like losing weight and saving money. There are the abstract ones like being a better person or laughing more. Generally, I like to fall somewhere in between, and I find making plans rather than just goals a lot more helpful. So here goes… 1. Make crafting a priorityMy job is far from fulfilling as a creative outlet, but often I let myself get lazy when I get home. While I have to remember that I need time to rest, crafting is also very cathartic and therapeutic for me. It’s also important to make it…

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    December Baubled Bangled Christmas Tree

    In December I FINALLY got some new glasses (for the first time in about 5 years). There are very nerdy. I wore them with the remainder of my 30 for 30 outfits. I really enjoyed doing this and it encouraged me to try some looks and mix some patterns I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. It is really hard to get dressed afterwards though, so many clothes to choose from! Bats is very big on Toys for Tots, being a huge action figure nerd. He had the idea for this Cobra Commander, which we put on Ebay for charity. He ended up going for $75. Yay! I also participated in All Arts Market…which I just…

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    November’s Gusty Gale

    In November, I participated in my first 30 For 30. I had a lot of fun with it and it’s definitely something I plan to do again.   I made this awesome scarf too. As well as several more and some little quilts in preperation for the All Arts Market in December. And of course I wore the peacock dress. I also made this little commissioned dolly.

  • Custom Plush

    Creeper!

    No,  not this kind… …or this kind… …THIS KIND! Don’t mind the crazy face, give him a cuddle! Creeper was part of a large set of custom dolls. I also made… Ambush Bug with a snazzy outfit and Cheeks the Toy Wonder. Ragman Wrestler Colt Cabana Wild Dog And the main man, Lobo. This set was insane fun to make, all the characters are interesting and almost every one offerered a new challenge or technique, like the patchwork on Ragman and the hockey mask on Wild Dog.

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    October With Witches, Goblins, and a Ghost

    In October I enjoyed the spoils of the many thrift stores my mom and I went to during my visit. I love the print on this little skirt! Bats tells me I have too many Halloween shirts, but I take the entire month of October to wear them. Also most other months. Halloween is my favorite! I started the work on my memorail tattoo for my dad. This was my first ever tattoo and it’s kind of huge and in a somewhat tender area. I seriously love it and I can’t wait for it to be colored! The temperatures began to get a little more tolerable and the fall colors…

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    September I Will Ride a Crocodile

    More nerdy plush were made in September. What were you expecting? Beach Head found a loving home. I will miss his teeny gun and grenades. Who knew weapons could be so cute! There were more skirts to be made in September as well. Toward the end of September, it was back to California for another visit with my mom. We hung around in Petaluma again and had a blast. We went to the California Academy of Sciences in San Fransisco. Yes, I voluntarily and gleefully will go to museums on my vacation. This was much to Bat’s chagrin when we went to New York and I spent several hours scampering…

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    August It Will Be So Hot

    The nerdy doll fun continued in August! Since I made Blue Beetle in the previous month, of course Booster Gold wasn’t far behind. I also made a cuddly little Deathstroke. I took a comic plush break to make some cuddly little bats, which are one of my favorite animals. (I am dating Batman after all.) My sewing wasn’t limited to plush. I made several flowy summer skirts from thrifted curtains and sheets. Fabric wasn’t the only thing I found at the thrift store. I also got these adorable little cups. And all this accomplished despite our harrowing caterpillar invasion and subsequent rescue mission. And, obviously, more peacock dress.

  • Projects

    Poke Things with Needles!

    All this planning for the Crown Town Handmade Make Out at the end of the month has me reminiscing about previous embroidery projects. Let’s take a look, shall we? My little buddy Skeletor here is my most recent project. I have several sets of cloth napkins on clearance, I think at least one set is getting He-Manned. Little embroidered squirrely pins always brighten my day. Mitch O’Connell tattoo flash turned embroidery. Then there’s my eternal favorite, the Meme Quilt, internet memes meet embroidery. I could say something deep about the juxtaposition of technology and traditional hand crafts, but who am I kidding? I just wanted to make an adorable embroidered TubGirl.…

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    July In The Cool and Fishy Deep

    After Heroes Con I’m usually busy, busy, busy with awesomely nerdy doll commissions. This year was no exception. I made a little Red Skull. I also made Death of Sandman fame. I had entirely too much fun making her hair. I also made and sent the second set of dolls, including  Blue Beetle and Squirrel Girl, for Southern Fried Comics in preperation for their grand opening.   I even found a little time to make some dolls just for the hell of it, including some cuddly little Ganeshes. In between bouts of doll making, I found time to dress in my favorited thrifted finds and handmade acessories.

  • Personal,  Projects

    Crown Town Handmade January Make Out

    I mentioned starting to attend the Crown Town Handmade Make Out Sessions in the June recap post, and I’ve been going almost every month since then. We’ve made coasters, notebooks, mobiles, and done a zombie walk just to name a few. If you’re in the Charlotte area I would really recommend attending. Even if you don’t feel you have a ton of craft talent, the crafts are fairly simple and  it’s a great group. So obviously I’m incredibly excited to be hosting my very first Crown Town Make Out! I’ll be teaching basic embroidery skills and stitches and we’ll be making embroidered Valentines. I wanted to make the patterns available…