Posts Tagged ‘crafting’

Me-Made May 2016

May 31, 2016

I finished Me Made May 2016–a month of wearing garments made by myself, either sewn, crocheted, or refashioned somehow. It was fun, and not a particular stretch to wear 30 different handmade garments. I might could have gone another week, though it would have involved wearing some fancy dresses and older things.
Click here for a closer look: MeMadeMay2016

Three-way Shawl

December 20, 2015

I found a big hank of hand-dyed navy-blue wool-silk fibre from Little Wool Co. of New Zealand, in a bag of yarns at a thriftshop. Of course I grabbed it. I knew it could make something quite large, so I started making a big rectangle, not completely sure what it would be….and this is what it became.


The gold edge detail is mohair from another thriftshop goody bag–it’s a little heavier weight yarn, but it helps with holding the shape. The buttons belonged to my great-aunt. And it turns out it can be worn three ways–I like the shoulder-button way best, because it means I can carry a shoulder bag without it getting bunchy.

Halloween 2015: Crafty round-up

November 10, 2015

It was another fun season of crafting for Halloween this year.   For daughter, another Pokemon hat (Espeon, this time):

Crocheted Espeon Hat

Crocheted Espeon Hat on daughter

Also crocheted some Sylveon ears for her friend to add to a headband:

Crocheted Pokemon hats

Crocheted Pokemon headwear

For a friend’s preschooler sons, I crocheted Darth Vader and Batman hats/masks:
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For myself? A giant crocheted bird costume.
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For son, I built another cardboard/duct tape/spray paint wheelchair costume, this time “Rocketship to Jupiter”:

We photographed it at Trash for Teaching, because we got some of the materials for making it there. He won best costume at his teen dance, and we also won $100 in Crafted Cash at Crafted in San Pedro, so it was a popular costume.
For the yard: my Little Free Library got a monster costume:

Recent projects, May

May 16, 2009

Recent projects, May, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

Projects since mid-April–seven purses, an upsized Indian tunic (thanks H!), and a couple t-shirts made into a big scarf. The purses are selling pretty well, too!

Go Vote for My Purse!

May 12, 2009

Or whichever other project in Lisa’s Big Button Challenge you might fancy.  Voting closes next week, so head over right now.  Mine is #1, “Penny’s Bag.”

My Etsy shop is now open

April 16, 2009

The purses I’ve been making?  Now you can buy them.  I’ll probably add other non-purse items to the store as my whims dictate.

Don’t tempt me

April 6, 2009

No really…. even if you send me something as small as a button–if it’s a cool Polka Dot Creations button–I’m going to have to make a purse based on it.  The brown purse is from a thriftshop, great leather, clean inside (except there was a sample vial of perfume in one of the pockets). Before:

Brown purse, BEFORE

Brown purse, BEFORE



The button is attached with thread, after I got Peter to drill holes in the leather.  There’s a lot of gesso, acrylic paints, sharpies, modpodge, krylon.  (See my altered purse tutorial here.) And that button.



Making, wrapping, shipping (pt. 2)

December 16, 2008

In 2007, I used a template I found in a thriftshop to make a bunch of individualized small boxy bags, exactly the size for giftcards.  The papers here are very random, some stamped, some punched, some scraps from other projects.

Gift Bags

Gift Bags

More Gift Bags

More Gift Bags

Cute, and fun to make, but not particularly efficient for mailing purposes–best to stick to flat containers for the faraway giftees, I realized too late.

Making, wrapping, shipping (pt. 1)

December 6, 2008

I don’t make my own holiday cards.  I did, for years, when I was in grad school–usually with copier images and cut paper.  Now I order them from a graphic designer friend–they’re lovely, and it’s a whole lot faster.  That leaves me time to make other things for the holidays–so I’ve been crocheting hats for kids, and scarves for snow-dwellers, and ordering photo calendars, and every year I make gift-card holders for the in-law nieces and nephews (all teens and twenty-somethings, this year).  The 2006 card holders were cardstock envelopes, heavily collaged, with each kid’s initial incorporated somehow.  Here they are, front and back:



An Obama pin I made is posted on Daily Kos

October 4, 2008

I don’t know the diarist (tarheelian51), but he heard about the pin from Kevin, who I don’t know either; but Kevin and I have a mutual friend Christa.  Got that?   The story probably makes more sense at Daily Kos, except they have me living in Portland (where Christa lives).  Not that I’d mind living in Portland, of course…  All this came together through the Obama Craft Project, anyway.