Oh, hi there. Remember when I had a blog and I wrote about stuff that I made and sometimes people even read it?
Yeah, me too.
Well, I'm back. I really did want to keep up with the blog but I was having trouble motivating myself. I even lost my crafty mojo there for a while, and projects sat half-finished and sad. I realized I needed more structure in this process, but committing to daily or even weekly posting wasn't going to cut it, especially if the only thing I had to say was "This week I cranked out 90 rows on the back of my Vine Yoke Cardigan" (which is true, btw!)
So, I bring to you - 52 Crafts in 52 Weeks!
In order to have something - anything - to blog about, I am making a craft every week of 2010. Any kind of craft, not just knitting or sewing, but it must be completed between Monday & Sunday of that week. In fact, I hope to explore some things I've never done, so hopefully by the end of the year I will have a nice variety of new skills to show off.
You will notice, of course, that we are now in the third week of 2010. However, I have not been idle and I have met my challenge so far (all two weeks of it!) So far the prevailing theme seems to be flowers. And orange. More work-in-progress photos are in my flickr set, 52 in 52.
Week One - Erin's Card
I needed a card for Erin, who was leaving my show, and that first week of January was crazy - I didn't have time to get a card, and by Saturday I hadn't found time for my craft either. I realized I had time in the morning Sunday to whip something together, and this is the result! Nothing fancy, but I think it's really cute and I was able to use supplies I had on hand. I really dig machine sewing on card stock - it's organic and cool looking, I think.
Week Two - a flower for Jack Bauer
Yeah, this project has already challenged my time-management skills. I once again made it to Sunday without a project. However, I did have one I've been wanting to do for a while, so I parked myself in front of the season premiere of 24, and made this groovy felt flower:
Last fall I took a wet felting class at The Yarn Tree in Brooklyn, and I really loved it. I love "painting" with the fiber and seeing the alchemy that a little water, soap, and pressure can create. Definitely something I will do lots more of (especially since I then went slightly insane and bought So. Much. Fiber.) I did a lot of googling for inspiration and learning and found Spiderfelt. I totally love her aesthetic and was thrilled that she offers a kit & tutorial on Etsy.
Here's a cool photo - the fiber laid out and topped with a piece of nylon curtain fabric, then spritzed with soapy solution. I got a ginormous piece of this fabric for three bucks at this funky fabric store in my neighborhood - I think I prefer it to the tulle netting we used in class.
So - it has begun! I've even started on week 3, so hopefully I won't be cramming in a project on Sunday night again. Please do check out my flickr set for more info - Typepad takes soooooo long to post photos, it would take me hours to finish a post if I tried to put all my pictures here!