Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Let's bring this back and get straight to the point

Dear Kelly,

There's a pun in that title...

We are bad bloggers. Bad, bad bloggers. But I as I was browsing through our posts yesterday (2012 was the last one - yikes!), I was much worse than you. You were a damn good blogger and I, well, I sucked.

So here I am to revive our little blog with a necklace I made this past weekend for the oldest daughter of one of my bestest friends, Chrissi. She and I have been friends for ten years now, when #2 and I moved into the same neighborhood she lived in with her ex and aforementioned oldest daughter, Leah. Sam was five and Leah was three. Chrissi's son Ethan was actually in her belly the first day we met and born the next day! Now she also has another daugther, Rei, who is the cutest, cuddly thing and just walks up to you and puts her arms up for a hug and she's so little that you can't help but pick her up in the middle of that hug. 

But I digress. Leah turned 13 last September and I wanted to give her something special and of course life got in the way (see: last blog post in 2012!), so I just got around to making this necklace for her, which she should get in the mail to open this weekend. It will be an approximate "Happy 13 1/2th Birthday" present. Who doesn't want one of those?

Leah loves shades of aqua and turquoise, she's taken archery classes, and arrows are totes cool these days. The arrow charms came in a pack with all three colors, so I decided to use them all. I made the little dangles and bead connectors, and used jump rings to make the chain. Actually, I didn't have any 4mm silver jump rings and ended up taking apart a pair of dangly earrings to get those. (I've since stocked up on jump rings.)

Chrissi tells me that the birthday girl will love this and I'm pretty confident myself. Hopefully, I'll get a good picture of her modeling her present.

Now I'm off to make something for you :)


Monday, May 28, 2012

Postcardy Fun

Dear Shayne,

I actually made these post cards several months ago but then... I just couldn't bring myself to mail them then because I loved them so much!

I've now admired them for awhile now, so I think it's time to set them free. Right?

Ok! Who wants a postcard? If there's anyone reading this, leave a comment with some way to get in touch with you -- email, blog, etc. Heck, if you don't mind your address out in public, go ahead and put that in the comments if you want! You can also email me your info: onetomatotwo [at] gmail [dot] com. And I'll send you a postcard!

It was super fun to make all of the butterflies:

Postcard, anyone?  (I think that darker pink one has your name on it, Shayne.)


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Squirrelly Embroidery Cuteness

Dear Shayne,

This Instagram photo does not do this embroidery justice. And this embroidery doesn't do the original drawing justice! But it's still pretty darned cute:

A friend of mine illustrates the most adorable creatures you have ever seen. Seriously. (I also stitched a penguin -- need to grab a photo of that.) When I first saw her illustrations, I said, "Must. Embroider!" Finally got around to it this month.

She needs to find a better stitcher than me to make her some samples and sell these designs. Pronto. Cause they are super CUTE!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cross-stitch: Finally Framed

Dear Shayne,

As I was packing up the house, I came across two cross-stitched pieces that I had yet to frame (this skull and this letter B). Since I was already so busy I could not see straight, I decided to add to my over-full list and frame them! (Of course.)

Added to this little blackwork piece (miraculously already framed!) and here they all are:

We had an art show at work and I entered these pieces -- deadlines are a good motivator for finishing projects, right?

Meanwhile, another artist in the show fell hard for the skull, so I will probably be making another one. I think the trick to finishing it will be buying another one of those round frames right now!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I am knitting! (And posting about it!)

Dear Shayne,

As you know, I have just moved across the country (we're going to have to address this blog name at some point, but let's dwell on that later). I don't know why I didn't see it coming, but this activity took waaaay more out of me than I thought it would.

Of course, the first thing to go was blogging. And the second? Crafting. But this week... I knitted!

I'm working on a wool blanket and it's hot in Michigan, but what the heck. I'm knitting! And... I'll be ready for winter!!


PS - I hate the new Blogger interface with a white-hot burning rage. Were we talking at some point about moving this thing to WordPress? I think the time has come.