Friday, November 30, 2007

Boys scarfs

I finished both the boys scarfs right before Thanksgiving. I mean literally. I was sewing Madd's together as I was packing. *laughs*

So heres a pic of the scarfs.

I took old baby clothes and cut them up. Things I didn't want to get rid of because of sentimental value, but didn't see the reason to store. I mean I have a few of their most adorable outfits stored, but I keep finding things I don't want to pass along!

This fabric is one of the outfits I just adored. It was comfy, cool enough to wear outdoors in the spring (our springs are short, so its really a summer) and cute enough to wear where ever! Then it got paint on it at one of my art shows. Kai was trying to help me paint. That didn't work out as well as he'd hoped. Oh well.

They love them which is great, means I'm not fighting two kiddos who don't want to wear scarfs. ^-^

My newest companion

I have been playing with needle felting for a bit now and just finished my second project. She lead me to her.

Started out making a pincushion for my needles and was drawn to another color to add over top. The more I needled the more it became a cute little cube. When finished I said...hmm. Lets make another and make a cute little bear or something. So I made another.

Then I began to make the body. As I worked I noticed more and more I liked the shape of the body. Then I went to add the second color for the main fur color. I started by making a little v of roving near the top of the now egg shaped body. As I wrapped the sides I noticed I liked the look of a full belly but still wanted a heart in the first color. So I went to shape the bottom of the heart. Thats when she struck me. This was no bears body. This was a cute little alien gal.

So I covered the back of her in the outer fur color and left only the two stripes across her front in an x. Then I took a bit of black roving and made her some eyes. Beady little eyes, but with fuzzy eyelashes. Girls gotta be able to wink ya know!^-~

Then I took what was going to be her legs, and made them ears/hair/buns? Something on top. added a little heart earring in black roving and she was finished.

Now I can't leave her alone. Mimi (Thats what she said her name was) is a trouble maker! Rolling around on the table bumping into other supplies. Messing up my ribbon stash and trying her hardest to get off the table and into more trouble. ^-^

I think I need to make her a man or a friend to keep her busy.

I am still working on getting my pictures uploaded from her photoshoot, but for now here's a rough drawing of her.

Sorry for the small pic. the only one I could upload was a photo from my phone. And its tiny. So I traced it in photoshop. Still tiny, but if I blow it up, she's all fuzzy.

OH! and I made a new piece of jewelry, painted a new art piece and wet felted a soap! I'm crafting like crazy over here ^-^.

Well I managed to get Mimi out of the house for a photoshoot. All was going well until she spotted Mr. Pumpkin....

I think she loves him. Hopefully she won't beg to see him all the time. He might leave sooner than she wants.

Finally I got her out to the rock wall to get a good shot, she insisted on laying down. *Sigh* Models. ^-~

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Got a Treasury!

Named it Let it Snow. I had left a window open to the treasury but had forgotten when to check. Then on my way back through my tabs I noticed the box. So I typed as fast as I could ^-^ Didn't have a hard time finding beautiful items related to snow. Snowflakes have always amazed me. Each one is different and the thought that every one I've touched had a separate life from its brethren makes me smile.

Hope you enjoy my treasury. Heres to crossing fingers it makes the front page!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Our holiday trip

We spent the Thanksgiving holiday at Hubb's parents house. They live way out in the country so the trip is always a pretty one.

There are three trees clumped together that I love to pass under. They make me smile and I call them the sisters. I can just picture them gossiping as they are along one of the main roads. I'm sure they've seen it all.

I've always wanted to photograph them, but we usually have two sleepy boys in the back seat. This time I got lucky as they were in a good mood.

I shot them in both color and sepia. I love the sepia treatment on them, Hubb loves the color. Either way they turned out fun.

Heres the shot I listed as a print. I haven't decided the number of prints I'll make but it will be a limited edition.

*Copyright 2007 Brandy R.*

I wanted the shot to look like an old photo. Something found in a barn where it was stored for years. Perhaps it was in a fire. Who knows, all anyone really knows is that it tells a story. I love story shots. ^-~

Listing like crazy

Just wish I was still creating like crazy! Or at least for you guys. I've been making Christmas gifts for the past few days.

Heres a couple of the things I listed in the past couple of days.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Spiraling...into Christmas

Over the holiday I got the chance to craft a little. Spending time in an area with little to no internet is conducive to crafting. ^-~ I made a group of rings, as well as two new necklaces. I also got a little felting time in, though I won't be selling the first piece and the second is still in production. *Crossing my fingers it turns out like I want it too*

Heres the first necklace I listed.

I'll be listing the rings and the other necklace throughout the weekend. Trying to stretch some things out over time, so I can hopefully get some exposure. ^-^

Oh and heres the first felted piece.

Its the size of an Artist Trading Card, but I don't know that I'll ever really trade it.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Updated my banner!

Finally got around to doing something other than tossing a bunch of funky brushes on top of a blue background and made myself a new banner.

It helped starting out with the right size, lol. I did my first one by making my design and then sizing it....not so great. It worked, but wasn't exactly easy. ^-^

So heres the old......

And heres the new! I wanted a splash of color that didn't compete with my jewelry backgrounds.

I like it, tell me what you think? My new avatar is just the swirly/ekio art text on the end. Simple and easy to read. Though since it isn't a sample of my work I don't know that it will draw people in. I guess we will just have to see. ^-^

Now to spiff up this page................^-~

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Sheena (My mother) is engaged!

She called me just a few min ago to pop the news. Shes giddy and its so cute. ^-^ She's been married twice before, but neither worked out. She and my Dad were too young and didn't really know what they wanted. My step-dad was......well I don't really know....0-o,I'm just glad ....Just....glad.

She recently met a guy who she probably wouldn't have thrown a second glance to if he hadn't been a friend of a friend. Not that he isn't a good looking guy, he's just a red head and Sheena's never really looked at many red heads. Ya know, you just get those things in your head sometimes.

They got introduced and hit it off from the start. They've been hard to separate since. Well apparently Friday night he gave her a ring. He said, "It's not 'the' ring because that ones still being made, but I wanted you to have a ring." She said its very nice and if its not as pretty as the one thats being made, then that one must be gorgeous!

My sis and Hubb are the two not quite as thrilled about it right now. Princess (sis) was dating a guy who's my age (she's 18) and Sheena told her to stop dating him. Now Princess is angry at Sheena because NewMan is younger than Sheena. Not a ton younger, but enough that it makes Princess mad. Pfft! Get over it girly! Two adults with a small age difference is a good bit different than a teen and a twenty-something hooking up. Blah.

Hubb's thing is that he things they are rushing into things. At which time I tug his ear and remind him of how long it took before we decided we were meant to be. *chuckles* Same exact time period.

Had a good laugh about that one too. While talking to her she mentioned that they had decided on a date that they thought was good. Yeah...One day before Hubb and I's anniversary. She said, Oh no! I didn't remember. I said Chill lady! I'ts all good. Go with it! ^-~

Eeee! I can't wait to help plan. I just hope she isn't rushing into things. I know Hubb and I didn't really rush...but sometimes we feel like we did. (Not that we'd do it different, just that we wish we could have taken longer to plan and work things the way we wanted)

Anywho, just thought I'd share. Fixed my sewing machine and have back up needles as well as oil for the machine. Made one of those cute harimaku...harjamakjuju.....muffin top covers....draft stoppers...thingymabobbers. ^-^ Now I want to make a bunch! So cute.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

I think I have a sixth sense for the treasury.

I logged on this morning and saw that the treasury was only min away from 222. So I snagged another one ^-^

Lucky for me, my last one expired an hour before the ability to make a new one popped up.

This time my theme was Rust and Teal. A color combo I wear often as its soothing to me.

Hope you enjoy it too!

Spent last night frustrated.

I wanted to work on some of my sewing projects while I had the free time. Last night was going to be a sewing madhouse. Unfortunately my poor sewing machine said no.....So I didn't get a thing done.

I think it just needs a good oiling but I didn't have any on hand last night, so I plan on grabbing some today. I need that silly machine to work! I've got plans. ^-^

I'm sure it hears that and starts more blue jean material please lady! He he.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Logged on at just the right time tonight to snag a treasury. So I went with a color theme. I love to wear tones of brown in fall and so I went in search of yummy looking browns and creams.

I called it Cream and Coffee...I think.....its something like that. ^-^
Above is the screen shot of it. I love these tones together.

Anywho, off to bed, the rest of the week is work and craft work! Christmas craft mostly, but I've also got to crank out a piece for a local art auction or my Mother will kill me, *laughs* Not to mention the guy who's a friend who's running it.

Princess of Procrastination.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

My sewing machine's getting a work out!

I've been filled to the brim with ideas from the November craft along from the blog SewMommaSew. So many fun items that will fit most of the gifts I've been pondering. Which is great!

I've been working on scarfs the past two days, and let me tell you, its fun^-^. I spent yesterday afternoon ripping seams out of some of the baby clothes the boys have grown out of that I just hadn't been able to make myself get rid of. Now they are going to be fabric panels in scarfs. He He. And whats better, the grandparents get to see that we didn't just toss those outfits that they purchased with love.

It's also helping me clean out my fabric drawers. Which means soon I'll get to buy some more! *Hubbs not going to like that, lol. but If I'm using it, he'll get over it*

So don't be surprised if I start listing scarfs. I'm having a hard time only making a couple!

Monday, November 5, 2007


As I've explored the wide world of crafts on Etsy I've found I have a fondness for felt. I've been reading blogs and checking out crafts with this medium and decided recently I wanted to try it out.

Off on the hunt I went. I found that HL had what I needed to get started so I picked up supplies last week. On Fri night I sat down and started a project. So far its been really fun. I made a flat piece so it's just going to hang out around here for a while, but hopefully soon I'll feel confident enough to share some of my creations. Of course that will mean more supplies.....and more time.

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed right now overall. My youngest got a toy stuck in my unruly hair Sat night and I had to cut it out. Plus I have to get something done for an art auction I said I'd donate to, and I've got an urge to sew. Which only happens at night and during naps as my youngest (Kai) is afraid of the sewing machine. *Sigh*

I suppose I'd better go get to work if I wan't to get anything done! He He.