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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Three Recent Flickr Favs

A lorimarsha Original
A lorimarsha original. Check out this little video of her atelier.

John Galliano Spring '09, via lorimarsha.

For my Sister
My first attempt at serged ruffles — a spring skirt for my sis. It's a WIP. If you look closely you can see the pins.

Check out my other flickr favs here.

What are your inspirations?

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Oldies but Goodies: Linkage Love

While going through the "saved" posts in my Bloglines, I rediscovered these lovely things:

This capelet

These doors

This kiss

This hat

This bag

This kitchen

This tutorial

These veggies

This song

This book

These clothes

This house

This story

These flowers

P.S. Thanks for playing along with my quiz. Over 600 people have taken it! I'm already planning another.

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Dress Love

I did not make this dress—although, I wish I did—it's by Miss Selfridge.

I saw it on one of the five hundred and thirteen blogs that I read. I'm sorry, I can't remember which one. Thank you, whoever posted it. I *love* it.

I would buy the dress if they had my size, but, since they don't, I'd really like to make something similar. Now the hunt begins for a great border print: maybe a Marimekko, if I'm feeling indulgent; or, an Ikea curtain, if I'm feeling frugal; or, a hand-painted, screen-printed jobby, if I'm feeling insane.

Anyone know of a similar dress pattern? Thanks to Alison's suggestion, I found Simplicity 3535 (shown in the line drawing at left) and think it could be a good starting point. A flickr friend also suggested this Japanese book (ISBN 978-4-579-1149-7) by Yoshiko Tsukiori.

I love this feeling of being inspired.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Batik Doll Inspiration

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
These are the dolls that inspired my adventures in batik. As you can see, I borrowed heavily in the stripes and checks department. This idea was in one of the many books that I got at an estate sale awhile back. I swear, the woman had every craft book spanning the 60s, 70s, and 80s — I bought nearly all of them.

In the past few years I've been lucky enough to happen upon, or be passed down, several people's craft stashes: Peggy's mom's yarn, Bob's mom's sewing supplies, Kathy's mom's vintage fabric and patterns, to name a few. I feel very honored to be able to give these things a good crafty home. I enjoy thinking about these woman and the things they made with these same supplies. I hope that when I'm gone that my stash finds a welcoming next generation to inspire.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Back To Basics

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
Made these mocs a while back, just in time for my son to wear them to a powwow. I just happened to pick up the book and flip to this pattern. I had all the supplies, too. Of course *having* the supplies and being able to *find* the supplies are two different things. Luckily the craft gods were with me that day and I readily found all that I needed. The pattern comes from this great book that our family has had forever. There's so much info in that book: canning, dyeing, tanning, house building, adobe making, metal work, spinning, everything! My next read is going to be natural dyeing, of course.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Crochet "Crazy Quilt" Afghan

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
Wow! Have you ever seen something so crazy good? Does my mom know me, or what? She picked up this old McCall's leaflet the other day, specifically for this afghan pattern — not really a pattern, more like loose instructions. I must make one. Now, if I could just find the two unencumbered weeks...

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Quilts--Inspired by Amy Karol

Bird with Nest Quilt
Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
One of a series of small quilts I did for holiday gifts, inspired by Amy Karol at kingpod. At first I was hesitant to post these online because I felt that maybe I would be infringing on Amy's craft territory, but after reading Eireann's plagiarism post and related comments I thought it would be OK. My thinking is, that if we are inspired by other artists and crafters, it's a great compliment to be copied--as long as it is done with sensitivity and awareness. A nod to the original source is requisite, links to sites a must. Let's not let a few idea-stealers ruin the beauty of the generosity amongst this amazingly talented pool of artists, illustrators, photographers, painters, sewers, spinners, felters, crocheters, knitters, jewelers, cooks, and writers. The sharing is a large part of the beauty of this online community.

More quilt photos here and here.

See more of Amy at Whip Up where she'll be contributing to Kathreen of Red Current's new multi-author craft site. Watch for the first installment to be whipped up on Feb. 1st, tomorrow!

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