Sunday, October 16, 2011

I'm Baaaack!!!!

New calendar

Days since I've blogged.

So I haven't blogged in a while, but that doesn't mean I haven't been crafting. I sort of lost my job pretty much around the last day I stopped blogging. It was pretty unexpected and I've been in a little bit of a funk ever since. I am still looking for something permanent but have some temporary things lined up for now. Still waiting for my dream job as head crafter somewhere... sadly I'm certain I'll have to keep waiting for that one. But enough boring personal drama let me catch you up to speed on the crafts with a looooooooong blog post...

I have a new hand embroidered dry erase calendar which can be seen above. It was super hard to photograph without picking up all sorts of glares and reflections of everything around me so I apologize for the terrible photo above.

New Picture Frames

Literally the first day of my unemployment stint I was out walking the dogs and I came across these great Ikea picture frames in an alley near my house. They'd never even been open. I immediately snatched them up and laughed to myself that I was already picking trash out of the alley.  Here is a close up detail:

New Calendar close-up

I embroidered the first letter of each weekday and the lines of the calendar and will leave the rest to the magic of dry erase. I still haven't decided what to do with the other frame. Probably a dry erase to-do list for my craft room though.

Pumpkin Guts

In case you are curious that is what the guts of 15 medium sized pumpkins looks like. The box is quite deep and probably weighed about 15 pounds. While job hunting I came across this post on Craigslist for someone who was looking for a pumpkin carver for an engagement party. I figured why not! I love carving pumpkins and the pay was pretty decent. The woman gave me a list of 10 things that were representative of the couple and asked me to incorporate them into the pumpkins and then gave me free reign of the last five. Three days, a crippled hand and a gross layer of pumpkin goo covering every surface in my kitchen later I had these:

Pumpkins Lights On

Pumpkins Lights Out

Engagement Party

Beatles Pumpkin

Badgers Pumpkin

These last few I finished the day of and sadly didn't ever get to see them lit up. They were Cinderella pumpkins and nearly impossible to carve. They were super thick which didn't allow me to carve anything too intricate. I wouldn't recommend using them as carving pumpkins.

Pumpkin 2011

Pumpin 2011

Pumpkin 2011

So that is a few of the things I have been working on. I have some other projects I will save for future posts. Hopefully I can become a more frequent blogger in the weeks to come. I will leave you with one final picture... a sneak peak of the quilt I have been working on. I am really loving it and hopefully will have it finished soon. It is going to be the first quilt I attempt to sell...

New Quilt


Kelly said...

Yay! Glad you're back! So sorry about the job--it's their loss! Your pumpkins are bad ass! Was the bride-to-be happy?

sukie said...

Sorry bout the job loss! I'd be in a funk too. Hope you find something really soon. I could send you fabric to cheer you up :) (wink-wink)

kendascrafts said...

Sorry to hear about your job, but nice to see you back! Those pumpkins look awesome! Do you use any special tools?