Archive for July, 2008

Don’t forget: I’ve moved

29 July, 2008

Visit my blog at its new location: http://myhalfofthebrain.com to learn where you can get in on regular free fabric giveaways just by signing up on a mailing list.

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My Half of the Brain is Moving

28 July, 2008

oops. temporarily down while i figure out how i screwed up.

I’ve got my own domain now. You can find me at http://myhalfofthebrain.com. Please pardon my dust as I learn how to get around my new blog and try out various themes. See you there! Melissa

Alison Swimsuit

20 July, 2008

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  • Post: Alison BS-002
  • Main Site: BurdaStyle
  • Artist/Author: BurdaStyle
  • Registration Required?: No
  • Free?: Yes
  • Via: Stacy Sews
  • Other:

    • Thank You, Suzical!

      19 July, 2008

      When I look at my blog stats, one referrer is almost always near or at the top of the list. Suzical maintains the amazing BIG LIST of SEWING BLOGS, and it must get tons and tons of traffic, because a small but not insignificant portion of it is coming my way. Thanks for maintaining the list, Suzi, and for having me on it.

      By the way, in addition to THE LIST, Suzi herself has a blog, and a tutorial for an iPod cozy—it’s a super easy and well photographed tutorial, that could be easily adapted to other electronics.

      Thanks again, Suzi, for all the new readers you bring my way.

      More Frances Trombly Wonderfulness

      14 July, 2008

      Frances Trombly, Craft Goddess, is my new hero! Click on a thumbnail to go to a full size image on her site.

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      Garbage Bags, 2008

      Hand-woven fabric, mixed media
      10 X 26 X 23 inches, 21 X 30 X 16 inches

       

       

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      Boxes (West Side Movers and Paper Mart), 2008

      Hand woven fabric, embroidery, packing tape
      Dimensions variable

       

       

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      Garden Hose, 2007

      Crocheted cotton and metal hook
      32 linear ft

       

       

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      Extension Cord, 2007

      Crocheted cotton
      50 linear ft

       

       

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      Jo-Ann, 2007

      Hand-embroidery on fabric
      10 x 3 inches

       

       

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      Fallen, 2006

      Hand-woven, hand-dyed silk and cotton fabric
      350 linear feet, 12 x 18 inch pennants
      Dimensions variable

       

       

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      Blue, 2006

      Crocheted cotton
      Light blue balloon, 12″ dia.
      Dark blue balloon, 15″ dia.

       

       

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      Nine Deflated Balloons, 2006

      Crocheted cotton
      Dimensions variable

       

       

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      Confetti, 2005

      Hand crocheted cotton
      Dimensions variable
      967 pieces

       

       

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      Plywood, 2004

      Cross-stitched fabric
      14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

       

       

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      Toilet Paper, 2003

      Hand-embroidery on fabric
      Dimensions variable

       

       

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      Paper Corner, 2002

      Hand-woven fabric
      Dimensions variable
      Each sheet 8 1⁄2 x 11 inches
      50 sheets

       

       

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      All Purpose Tarp, 2008

      Hand-woven polypropylene fiber, pedestals
      Tarp dimensions: 110 X 45 inches
      Dimensions variable

       

       

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      Mop, 2008

      Hand spun silver wool and cotton, wooden mop handle
      52 X 14 X 13 inches

      Embroidered Receipt

      14 July, 2008

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    • Post: Receipt
    • Main Site: Frances Trombly
    • Artist/Author: Frances Trombly
    • Registration Required?: No
    • Free?: not a tutorial, I just have it here for your embroidorial stupefication (of course I made those words up, silly)
    • Via: Craft, via Creativadoration
    • Other: are you kidding me? this is freaking amazing!!!

      • Felt Garland

        8 July, 2008

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      • Post: Felt Garland/Cozy up with a Blanket
      • Main Site: Anna Maria Horner
      • Artist/Author: Anna Maria Horner
      • Registration Required?: No
      • Free?: Yes
      • Via:
      • Other: so pretty and festive!

        • Felt Food—eggs & orange slices

          8 July, 2008

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        • Post: Felt Food—eggs & orange slices
        • Main Site: One Crafty Mumma
        • Artist/Author: Melissa Goodsell
        • Registration Required?: No
        • Free?: Yes
        • Via:
        • Other:

          • Guitar Bag

            8 July, 2008

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          • Post: My own guitar bag!
          • Main Site: bored and crafty
          • Artist/Author: Meream
          • Registration Required?: No
          • Free?: Yes
          • Via:
          • Other: some other really cool tutorials at her site:
          • how not to make a monogrammed cake stand

            7 July, 2008

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          • Post: definitely don’t do it like in this post
          • Main Site: Finny Knits is the blog written by the person who did it all wrong
          • Artist/Author: don’t screw it up like Finnyknits did
          • Registration Required?: No
          • Free?: Yes, unless you count the first ruined cake stand
          • Via:
          • Other: even her aunt knew she didn’t get it right the first time
          • The Pearl Rucksake[sic]

            2 July, 2008

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          • Post: The Pearl Rucksake[sic]
          • Main Site: Tissuepapers
          • Artist/Author: Tissuepaper
          • Registration Required?: No
          • Free?: Yes
          • Via:
          • Other:
            • in my next life, I want to be the woman in these pictures – is this YOU tissuepaper?
            • this is really a fabulous pattern and I can’t wait to make it. I have some wonderful yardage of dupioni silk in turquoise and purple. I think I’ll have to make a muslin first, and see if I can make the bag entirely reversible.  I wonder how long I need to make the handle if I want it to go over my shoulder and across my chest?