Aak, I made my iPhone all messed up, so I can’t take quick-cheater photos today, which means I can’t show you my paper piecing progress as I’d planned. Ok, I guess could take ‘real’ photos, but I’m too lazy for that today. Hopefully I’ll either have my iPhone sorted out by tomorrow or I’ll be less lazy, one or the other, so I can show you then. For now, enjoy an early mid-week break:
- 5 steps to improving your piecing accuracy from Craftsy
- Hand drawn Ghetto Badger plate by jimboart on etsy. Please, Fairy Godmother, buy this for me. I don’t know why but I wants it SO MUCH.
- Nintendo Characters as Traditional Japanese Woodblock Prints by Jed Henry, from Craftzine
- Amazing Twin Peaks poster by peterstrainshop on etsy
- Beautiful antique-Singer-esque desktop wallpaper by Nick Agin at The Fox Is Black. I just saw this about 20 minutes ago and already have it on my desktop.
- Two very cool and well-illustrated maps of Panem: one by Gerri Sterne, another by aimmyarrowshigh on Livejournal. I finally finished Mockingjay last night, cried, and resisted the urge to start the series over right then.
- And OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD have you seen The Great Gatsby trailer yet?!?! I almost peed my pants a little. One of my favorite books and favorite directors, I’m not sure how it could possibly go wrong. The 20s should be this way: bright, colorful, exciting – not all washed out and faded the way the old Gatsby movie was. It’s also a dark book, not sappy, and I trust that Baz Luhrmann will capture that properly. He’s awesome, and this trailer seems to be pointing to a much more visually explosive movie than I’d even dared to hope for. I think I need to watch it again now!
1. mini pin cushions, 2. PTS 7 – Angel Pillow ‘Lyrics on Hexies’…, 3. “As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was going to happen” – Winnie the Pooh, 4. 2-920 WB g, 5. Vintage Children’s Bunny Cup 1955, 6. RENTAL GREENS 9, 7. Bullion knots, 8. a tiny garden with tiny flowers, 9. Glasbake Square Mugs, 10. Rowan fine tweed, 11. Lion., 12. DSCN0651, 13. VintageBirds1, 14. Purple nerdy teddy felt brooch, 15. Itty Bitty Qilt Block Magnets, 16. Candy Pink Mod Mosaic Block
Before I leave you with some Flickr pretties, I just want say how sad I was to hear about Adam Yauch’s death a couple of weeks ago – I can’t say why, but this touched me like no ‘celebrity’ death ever has. So many of us have a special place in our hearts for the Beastie Boys – for a band that, on the surface, seemed like a bunch of silly, overgrown children, they had an amazing ability to connect with their listeners in a way no one else has. Like regular old nice guys you might have known from high school – funny, but loyal friends. And I think that’s it really — so many of us grew up with the Beasties (I literally don’t remember a time without them) and, in a way, they grew up with us. This beautifully written tribute by Hua Hsu, published on Grantland, says exactly how I felt in a much more eloquent way than I ever could, and had me in tears by the end. Lovely.
1. Bouquet fabric – my design, 2. sleepy owl, 3. day 181 a, 4. Block 2 – ruching, 5. serial #1521 no 11b, 6. Fawn & Flower Wall Wear, 7. Crazy Dresden, 8. tangerine orange and white zig zag quilt, 9. No.4, completed
Because yesterday was my birthday, I took the day-ish off and kept well away from the internets over the weekend as well, so I don’t have much to share this week, link-wise. I do have a whole bunch of posts saved to read properly before I pass them on – so I’ll keep it to some Flickr eye candy today, and will have a bigger Mid-Week Break for you next week. Enjoy the pretty!
1. a new pattern, 2. Sunshine!, 3. Crimson, Pink, Blood Orange and Saffron – Red inspired mini quilts, 4. May Flowers – detail, 5. White Wedding complete front, 6. Baby Deer Pillow, 7. Teal & Turquoise Peony Kisslock Clutch Handbag- Silk LinedFrom MyPatternedMind, 8. “Mom” pincushion, 9. ewok, 10. The Virgin Suicides, 11. Felt Owl Iphone Cozy in Navy, Pink, & Floral , 12. Mr. pillowcase, 13. Zig Zag WIP, 14. Bubble Wrap Napkins for Amy, 15. Asian Inspired Pincushion, 16. Vintage crewel pincushions
I realized recently that the one thing I’m missing is a place to share the things I come across on my travels through the intertubes. I used to do a Flickr favorites things called Woolgathering, so I’ll incorporate that into this weekly post in a simpler fashion. I’ll call it a Mid-Week Break, because that’s exactly what it’ll be – a little break from the week to zone out and explore random interesting stuff. Usually new, sometimes not so much. It should happen in the middle-ish of the week (Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday), and it’ll just be me sharing cool crap with you. I like to share my cool crap, but there are so many amazing people doing cool crap of their own out there!
Also, a MASSIVE shout out to my lovely friend Suzy and her amazing first sewing pattern, Antoinette. It was released a few weeks ago and I really should’ve mentioned it sooner, apologies for my tardiness, but it’s not too late to go check it out. Really, it’s a jaw-droppingly beautiful design and, insanely, is a FREE download from Suzy’s blog. If you do any dressmaking-type sewing, you really should be reading Suzy’s blog, you won’t regret it.