A girl can't wallow in puppy self- pity forever.
Our rescue dog project is still on.. but, on hold for a bit. I think it might be a bigger or younger dog we are looking for and that will take some prep time.
So.. Needing immediate relief from wallowing, I snuggled Michelle's baby, Carlo. Then I took the blog advise of Alice and replaced my sad old sewing machine with one just like hers. It is amazing the difference in the new machine. It is quieter. faster. much more fool proof... and because I am largely self-taught, I am quite the fool to test this on.
But what to sew?
I made replacement pillow cases for my bedroom. Recycled sweater and prequilted satin...
I made pink swaddling blankets for my newest niece and a butterfly garland for her sister's window.
And I got some cool books with ideas for good sewing projects..
and I pulled out an old thrifted "poodle kit". ( Burilla circa 1950-60's)
And I made some friends..
The poodle's pre-printed fabrics were basically dissolving with age, so I used them as a pattern to cut new pieces from felt and the scraps of my previous kitchen curtains. It is a very weird dog, but kind of kitschy, so I guess that makes it okay.
The demon-like fellow is based on the instructions from the stuffed animal book I got.
I recognized the name Amy Proff Lyons from her APLcreations blog and flickr. Her design is called Batty Cat Bubbles. It was a fun fast-craft project. Very satifying. Mine is named Elvis. The poodle is named David, after Audrey Hepburn's poodle in Sabrina.
I made plans to get out in the fresh air...
because it was pretty , even if it was cold.
I went with my friend Lindy, to a place in Hayward, that has amazing upholstery fabrics.
and, then we went to Berkeley.
We went to Lacis and I was astounded at all they have there. Jules Kliot even came in early and gave a us a tour of their special "white work" exhibit. It was very humbling. It made me ashamed to call myself a crafter. I would Never Ever have finshed. I am on year 5 of a needlepoint project. I declare: If it can't be finished in a couple of weeks I will Totally Give Up. Hmm.. craft wimp? Instant craft gratification junkie? Guilty, as charged.
We had a delicious lunch at an Indian buffet and then off to Juniper Tree , Kiss My Ring, and, my perennial favorite: Tail of The Yak. I wish I had endless purchases to share but inspirado is free and I only got the " Plush-o- rama" Book and some party decorations for the "Year of The Pig" party.
I guess I am getting my feet back under me. Thank you, Inspirado.
Oh.. and "6 Weird Things"? That is coming.