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Aug 22, 2017

Craft Book Club is BACK!

Woah! Craft Book Club has been on a major hiatus! I was supposed to read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde last November, but could not get into it and have since given up on it entirely. I made it much further along in painting my self portrait, but it doesn't look like me and I haven't been happy with any of my paintings lately so I'm giving up on that project. Besides, I keep changing my hairstyle or color and have a hard enough time making my bitmoji's hair look right.

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This month Craft Book Club is finally moving on to some other stories. Let's hope I can finish them!

Here is the reading list to finish out the year:
September - Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
October - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
November - Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
December - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I'll be sharing my Pinocchio craft next month, it probably will not be a marionette.




Aug 17, 2017

Tie Dye Fail

After dying a scarf shibori style, I decided to dye some cloth napkins too! Everything was looking great, I experimented with some clothes pins and jumbo popsicle sticks for the dye resist.

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Then, after rinsing out the dye, instead of letting the napkins dry, I decided to wash them immediately and they turned into blue mess. I have since bleached the napkins and they have some faded blue marks where the dye was the darkest, I'm not sure I can get them completely white again so I may dye them a solid color or they just might be rags. This project is definitely on my list again and next time I will be more patient and let the napkins dry before washing.


Aug 15, 2017

Tiny Lamp Shade WIP

I'm working on a another lampshade for one of my plant lights. This is my progress so far, I've only knit a few rows.

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Aug 10, 2017

Bench Makeover

A few years ago I was in a second hand shop and spotted a burgundy colored bench with a fun shape across the room. When I got up a bit closer it was obvious the bench had seen better days (tattered upholstery and some water damage), but it was only $5 and  I couldn't pass. I wanted to recover the bench so it would be a nicer place to sit and put my shoes on compared to the step in my "mud room". The bench was from Ikea (Pastill from 1999) and shortly after purchasing it I found some fantastic fabric at Ikea (PS 2014 collection) that would be perfect for the cover. Fast forward to Tuesday where we had a Crafternoon get together and were working on some simple sewing projects. I decided it was finally time to give this bench a makeover and it turned out great!

Ikea Bench Makeover

I didn't think ahead to get a "before" photo, but trust, it definitely needed a makeover. This project has been on my to-do list for, it turns out, 3 years and I am so pleased with how it has finally turned out. I started by spray painting the legs white, then spent a few hours Tuesday afternoon fitting a snug cover for it. It was a really easy project and shouldn't have taken me so long to start.

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Now I need to tidy up my "mud room" so my cute new bench doesn't look out of place.

Aug 8, 2017

Unsuccessful Photo Walk

On Saturday I decided I would take a little photo walk before heading to the farmer's market to get some chile relleno tamales. I wasn't very inspired and didn't take many photos, another photo walk is definitely in order. Anyway, here are some photos I took on Saturday and on other days:

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train depot. union pacific. silly selfie. cactus. so fun and so cute.