Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sew Saturday Boy's Coat hotchpotch

This has taken me ages to finally get done. Poor kid. Now that it's 60 degrees out there, it's finished. :) I love sewing wool. It stays put. The lining was fiddly. Interlined the sleeves and hood with poly fleece, but the body is a nice quilted cotton lining. Everything from my stash. I've been collecting wool for a long time. And once more, my hoarding ways are validated.

Something kind of funny. I forgot how to invisible stitch for one sleeve cuff and then I remembered for the next one and the hem. Buttons are my friend. Zippers always break in our house. The last coat I made for this guy I replaced the zipper four times. None of that with this coat.

Why must you torture me?

Is it plaid...

Or herringbone?

Nicely lined. Not itchy at all. 

Looking pensive. Also hot.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January looks like this...

Cards and puzzles

Watercolor. We're going through this watercolor book, Everyday Watercolor, and we havent' been doing it every day, but still, lots of fun. 

Annual New Year's tea party. Sweet Pea made the coffee cake all by herself. She's awesome. 

Hats and Happiness.

We went rollerskating. That was the best fun I've had for years it feels like. Totally worth not being able to walk the next day. And the next. And the next...

6 year old handling knives. Exciting stuff. :)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sew Saturday Christmas Dresses

This year's Christmas Dresses were seriously fun. The fabric, from the amazing Jackman's Fabrics was adorable and easy to sew, but that's quality cotton for you. My favorite thing is the yellow dress, because all that fabric came from my stash except for the Red Riding Hood panel. There's nothing more satisfying than sewing cuteness from stash. :) The pattern was from an old Burda magazine I have in my stash. I came up with the piping on my own, which was a seriously jiggly bit. Piping on square corners is a mess. I had to hand sew it all and fiddle a lot to get them to be moderately not weird. Oh well. They love them, and that's what really matters. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas morning. Craziness

So my Christmas started at 3 a.m. when the toddler wet his bed. So at five when the kids were loudly playing UNO in the living room, I wasn't quite excited to get up. Imagine that. Anyway, it was awesome, everyone was happy and got exactly what their heart desired. Even me because after we did presents I went back to bed. Mmmhm.
So this was the 14 year old getting into the spirit of things. He was worshipping the tree lika  pagan. Like a dancing buddhist pagan. They were supposed to be looking pensive and sweet.

One of them got the posing right. This is why she's my best model. Takes direction. Like don't worship the tree like one of those car lot dancing air men.

We are going to be doing needle felting in the very near future. :D SO exciting!

This photo is a treasure. Cheeky fellow. It's called being photobummed.

This year's Christmas season was crazy. I did Dresses, and stockings, and PJ bottoms. And painted the living room. We had a Christmas feast at 10 pm because that's how long it took the turkey to defrost and cook and also I was baking bread all day in the oven. 9 loaves. Fougasse and the ordinary kind. We were up until midnight cleaning up. I think we should make it a tradition, midnight feast! 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

More pictures later of my pretty new living room/library! Off to make fougasse!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Felt Doll

I made this doll for my mother from the book, "my felt doll" a pretty great book. I'll post more of them along with a review some time. Maybe. I'm writing the 4th book of Darkly Sweet, Rosewood Witches and Mages school of magic, or something.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I'm so sexy, it hurts!

I'm having the best time with these felt dolls. 
This is a doll I made from my own design. The eyes I got from a couple manga drawing books, I embroidered them. Sean's ice blue eyes, voila! Oh, this is Sean Fielding from my Watergirl series. I gave him ears and toes! And a nose. Super fun. I wish they had more patterns for boy dolls so I wouldn't have to finangle the jeans over and over until they fit. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Water Lost Rewrite

I'm rewriting Water Lost. I pulled the book because it's all wrong, and my stats crashed and I'm such a crazy person for doing this writing thing, blah, blah, blah. So I am NOT writing Watergirl 4. I'm rewriting Watergirl 3. Total rewrite. Maybe be able to use two scenes hacked to pieces in the rewrite. On the upside, I'm almost a third of the way through the rewrite, and I'm tentatively liking it.

There wasn't anything wrong with Water Lost except that it was the wrong book. Why did I put an issues book in my Watergirl, light and fluffy, world? No idea. Issues books belong in contemporary fiction. Not Watergirl. Although they're important and stuff, too heavy, serious, you know. that kind of thing.

Change the cover, title, the whole thing. Maybe Water Curses or Water Genicide (for Gen, you get it? No? Never mind)

I'm feeling very asdfahw@$%rcoiwh about it. Trying not to notice the rewrite until it's over, edited, perfected and republished. Right now I'm supposed to be focusing on BB2. But maybe it's all wrong too. Maybe it's actually a spy noire book or something random. AGH the AGONY of my ARTISTIC LIFE!!!!!

That is all for now.

Unicorn Girl

Man, I've been eying this for awhile, so when my 6 year old had a birthday party to go to, that was the perfect excuse to buy the pattern. I whipped this up in... ten hours? HA! Not a quick project, but super fun. Super complicated. I'm going to make a green one with some spikes down the back for a dragon for my son's birthday next week. Lots of time, right? Of course!

A few things, the right ear piece is messed up, so just copy the left one. Oh! the dress is too small. You can't really tell, but her body is squished together to get it to stay on, and I think the snaps are going to pop. Still, super cute. Oh, and the pattern doesn't have any clear photos of front and back. I provided some although I have no idea if that's how the pattern was actually supposed to go.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ruffles and Burnout

I'm a terrible blogger. I've decided to start a group on FB instead because the only thing I want to post on my blog are crafty things.

Things going on with me: Right now I'm neck deep in lace ruffles, trying to finish a Cinderella Halloween costume. I've already done Little Red Riding Hood and have Hulk still to go.

I did a quilt last week. That was a lot.

The thing I'm excited about is dolls. I just bought the book, 'my Felt Doll' and I'm going to make tons of those things.

In writing, I'm heading towards the wrap up of my rewrite of Watergirl 3. I pulled it because after a reread of the first three, when I was going to start Watergirl 4, I realized that it's the wrong book. How do these things happen? It wasn't a bad book. Not at all. Lots of people loved it, but it wasn't right. I can't keep building when one of the layers is the wrong material. Anyway, that's what I've been doing in October. I had meant to keep it free of writing because I was publishing Butcher, Baker, Werewolf Savior, but instead, I did the Watergirl 3 rewrite. Like crazy. 30-40 pages a day for a week, just too much, particularly with the quilting and costuming that this season requires. It's too much. I got sick. I'm getting mostly better now and cutting back on the writing even if I want it to be finished before I really notice it, books are too long for that kind of denial.

Whew. On Facebook my group is Juliann Whicker's Secret Society of Witches and Warlocks and Pretzels. If you want more regular updates and sample chapters of whatever I'm working on, check it out.

Back to the ruffles!

Sew Saturday Boy's Coat hotchpotch

This has taken me ages to finally get done. Poor kid. Now that it's 60 degrees out there, it's finished. :) I love sewing wool. It s...