Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Another good mail day!

I got some more yummy goodies in the mail from other swaps. Sadly I seem to have put my camera somewhere weird, so I can't add pictures. : ( Very sad. I'll hunt for it. Needless to say, I got about a yard of fabulous Moomintroll fabric from Finland, and a great Moomin mousepad.

I also got a great new book called Organic Body Care Recipes by Storey Publishing. I can not wait to go through it and try out the recipes. I love using essential oils and aromatherapy in natural body care products, so I know this will get heavy rotation.

Matt loved, loved, loved his donut. Now I have to make another big one for my friend Dave's puppy. Donut puppy toy!

Also, I just found that Burda has free patterns online to download. The link is here. I'm going to make the cell phone bag first.

OK. I have to go finish getting some swap packages together. I love swaps.

Monday, July 30, 2007


Yay... a donut. I just made it for my friend Matt..... here it is....

Before Pics of my Horrible crafty space

These are the picture of my crafting area BEFORE. My big goal is too get this area organized and usable. I am aware that there is a VCR on my craft table. That is because Tim has been telling me for four weeks that he will get it hooked up. He has one more week and then I am going to start nagging.

I will post some other picture of the other problem areas. I live in a 4 room apartment, so this space is one third of my living room. Any suggestions? Actually looking at these... now I want to cry.

Yay! Mail!

I got 2 swaps while I was gone of fun goodies from Finland. I do a lot of swaps through postcrossing. I love Moomintroll books... my grandmother is Swedish and they were my favorite books growing up as a child. So I love to swap with people in Finland for Moomintroll goodies. Here are some pictures.

The first picture is some fun goodies from Tiina... bandaids, lollis, a cell phone charm, lip gloss and sweets. Yummy!

This is a great envy of goodies from Jussi. A magnet, a moomin something, really yummy licorice candy and the best of all... a Little My tea towel. I am going to turn th
at into a purse! I'll post the completed picture when I am done. Little My is my favorite character. My next tattoo will be an image of her. She's sort of my power symbol... feisty, strong willed and eccentric. Those licorice candies are insanely yummy.

Here's the tea towel laid out....

I am so happy. I have one Moomin purse half done, made from a pillowcase from a prior swap. I am looking forward to making this one though.

I love doing swaps. I do them through postcrossing and gimme your stuff. I have a bunch in the works right now.

Yes. I am obsessed with Moomins. I made a moomin cell phone cozy recently. It was my first attempt, and I have to redo it, but here's a pic. It's Snuffkin. It is a prototype.... needs to be redone. It's scraps from the pillowcase bag.

And finally.... I made a bird for my friend Tree on Friday. One of my felty things. I will post the patten soon. It was quick and easy and fun.

In case you can't tell, I have re-confiscated my camera from Misha. : ) Coming soon... before pics of my grizzly craft area.... sigh.... so much tidying, so little time. And some long awaited photos of my donut goodness.

I have the day off today, because I worked all weekend. So I am just hanging around watching Styleicious and other craft shows and getting swaps together for people.


Friday, July 27, 2007

Happy Friday!

Well... for most people there is a nice weekend ahead. I have to go to Maine for work though. Not a lot of free time and fun. But I get to raid my mom's craft room and fabric stash when I stay at her house! So, there is something to look forward to.

I made a craft donut last night for my friend Sarah, I forgot to take a picture of it before I sent it down to the bazaar for her. Maybe I can get her to take a picture so I can post it. She asked for orange icing and she got it! I can't wait to find out how she likes it. I want to get a bunch of them made, but I keep giving them away as soon as I make them.

Well... I won't post anything this weekend, because I'll be working hard promoting Cultural Survival's Bazaar in Portland, ME next weekend.

I want to put more pictures up, but Misha has taken my digital camera to Maine. When I get it back I will take pictures of a bunch of things. The memory card is probably full of pictures of her... she is at the height of pre-teen narcissism.

Have a good weekend.......

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hooray. YesAsia coupon code...

I have to credit a comment by Hannah on the Wee Wonderfuls blog for this... it works and is great. If you type US in the coupon code box at YesAsia, during check out, you will get $5 off your order! It's only valid until July 31, 2007, but with the free shipping it is a help! Hannah, I don't know you, but I thank you!!!!

I ordered three books. One of them is this one:

It is ISBN 4834724522 . The title is (roughly translated): 235 Small Specials Mode From Recycled Fabrics.

I also ordered 2 other books, which I will post when they come.

My bank called me as soon as I'd placed the order, because they thought someone had stolen my bank card. Heh heh. Nope. It's legit. Nice to know they pay attention though. They called literally 30 seconds after the order went through.

I just found out that my sister's school is doing a craft fair as a fundraiser in October, so I think I might get a table. Better get busy making stuff. As soon as I reclaim my living room (which is where the couchsurfers sleep). The living room in our apartment doubles as my crafty area. My craft table is a mess right now though. I'll have to do before/after pics, because that is my #1 goal when the couchsurfers head off.... get that table clean.

I also want to spif up this blog, but that will come in time. No one reads it yet anyway. : )

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

First post. Yippee.

Well.... after becoming enamored with about a half a million other blogs, crafty and noncrafty, I have decided to start my own. Just for the fun of it. I am calling it Fits and Starts because that is what crafting is like in my life.... I do it in fits and starts.

Lately I am obsessed with making felt donuts, acquiring more Japanese craft books, and making clothes for Blythe dolls. And lots of other things. Though often in the summer I spend more time obsessing over crafting than actually doing it. I get a lot of gardening done, and I work a LOT during the summer. Fall and winter are my nice quiet down times. Summer is just chaos.

I work for an indigenous rights organization and we put on a traveling festival of indigenous arts, handicrafts, music, food, etc. all summer long. I travel from town to town, only 5 this summer, and work them. It is fun, kind of like being in a circus. But exhausting. We have three more to go, over the next 3 weekends, and I think I might collapse as soon as the last one is done.

Anyway. That's a little bit about me. I'll start adding links and stuff soon. I have to clean now because we have couchsurfers coming tonight from Germany.