Sunday, December 28, 2008

MY SOCK CREATURES


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I can now reveal my super-secret craft project. I made some stupid sock creatures using this book and some socks from Savers. I sewed them by hand since I don't know how to work my sewing machine yet. It wasn't as hard as I feared, though I did mess one up when I put the tail hole on the same side as the mouth hole. Here's some more photos.

Monday, December 22, 2008

USPS IS AWESOME, UPS CAN BITE ME

I am truly loving the Post Office this year. You all may have known about Click 'N' Ship already, but I just heard about it. No more lines at the Post Office for me! I knew that postal scale and those sheets of label paper would come in handy (sometimes being a packrat is good).

I've never had something lost in the mail, but UPS has lost things. Someone sent me something with a slightly wrong address but the right zip code for my birthday, and UPS sent it back. I almost didn't get a Shogatsu present because they needed a signature and all the retired people in my building are either escaping from the building, hiding in their apartments, or watching the contractors like hawks so they don't accidentally break their Hummel figurines. Oh, will this HVAC project never end?

With USPS, if they can't deliver it, you can go to the post office. It's not my favorite thing, but at least it's on a bus line. The only problem I have with Amazon is that every now and then they send something UPS, but it isn't predictable. I might have to order everything from the Zshops, those sellers never use UPS, but then I don't get my Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping.

Friday, December 12, 2008

CONFESSIONS OF A LAZY-ASS CRAFTER

Well, it's Shogatsu time again at Casa Jfro, so I'm working on some super-secret craft projects. I can't go into detail, but it involves sewing. Homemade gifts are economical, show a personal touch, and if you are sensible about it, not really very hard at all (Shhh!) I once saw a decorated matchbox at one of those little-gifty stores for 5$. C'mon! Anyone can slap on a picture cut from an old magazine on a matchbook and glue little beads on it, it's not rocket science.

Now, I love hipster craft sites and mags like Gothic Martha Stewart, Readymade, Craft and Craftster, but there are certain key words in instructions that always give me pause:

1. Saw: My little secret--I am very bad at straight lines. My little condo does not need to be full of random wood scraps that are only good for firewood. You can have the guy at Ace cut it for you, but that kind of defeats the point of DIY.

2. Solder or weld. I actually learned how to solder in Sculpture class. It's fun--if you have a studio dedicated to that sort of thing. I would be sad if my condo were to catch on fire. A hot glue gun is just barely safe in my clumsy hands.

3. Double boiler (or any other piece of fancy-schmancy cooking equipment). These sort of things are often required for beauty products or candles. If I don't have it already for food, I'm sure as hell not going to buy it for soap.

4. Any supplies that are more expensive than actually buying something from a store. I'm afraid to take up knitting because I know I'd bankrupt myself on fancy yarns, thereby defeating the whole point of DIY. If the supplies for one item are more expensive than a new book or DVD, forget it.

Here are some previous projects I've done, feel free to rip them off. One thing about crafts, you can't do the same thing for the same person twice.

Earrings
A calendar
Magnetic bookmarks
Refrigerator magnets/memo clips
Lavender moisturizer and hair spritz
Decoupaged boxes and trays
Stickers

Then there are semi-crafty things like: a personally-designed CafePress T-shirt, Moo Cards from my photos, and the ever-popular mix CDs.

PS. If anyone knows how to use a sewing machine or knows a good place to learn, let me know. Mom taught me how to sew by hand, but my stitches aren't neat enough for some projects.



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