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Why Spike Jonze is awesome: reason 58 July 28, 2009

I am SO excited about the Where the Wild Things Are movie!  When I first heard of the movie, I was a bit skeptical because too often book-based movies disgrace the book, even though I love Spike Jonze.  But I have come around to the idea and am very excited, and you should be too, for these reasons:

  1. Who doesn’t love Where the Wild Things Are the book, although I do realise that could also be a reason for disapproval?!
  2. The animation/graphics or whatever they are look amazing
  3. All things in life, at least my life, come back to Weezer and Joss Weadon, and I am happy to say that this one comes back to Weezer thanks to Spike Jonze.  Please see: Undone, Buddy Holly, and Island in the Sun (the one with the SUPER cute animals; no offense Marco Siega, but nothing can compete with those animals that make me squeal with delight every time) music videos.  In a nut shell, reason 3 is that Spike Jonze is awesome.
  4. Finally, I feel really comforted and excited with the adaptation after seeing this featurette where Maurice Sendak was heavily involved with the movie and praises Spike Jonze for his interpretation.

On a craft note, I’ve really been craving a project that will give me some instant gratification and will also expand my wardrobe.  Knitting takes entirely too long, so, I bought a really cheap sewing pattern the other day for a skirt because it is kind of cute, and the pattern says ‘easy’, which means an instant gratification project and I need some new clothes.

New Look 6872

I still have to buy some fabric for it, but I cut the pattern pieces out this evening and was excited to find that it only involves two pieces!  Yay for very instant gratification clothing, short from buying pre-made!

 

Learn a new craft at the Urbis July 14, 2009

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As part of their Adult Learning Programme, the Urbis in Manchester holds different introductory craft lessons every fortnight.  So, if you’ve wanted to dabble in a few different mediums, but don’t want to spend loads of time and money only to discover you don’t really like crocheting, then this is a great way to learn for £2.50.

This Sunday the Handmade Social craft is sewing and embroidery for beginners and basic knowledge sewers.  The end product of this lesson is a felt brooch.

So far, I have been to three of the sessions and learned how to crochet a granny square, learned to screen print and made a bamboo lantern.  I still have a long way to go with crocheting, but it’s good to have someone show you the basics and it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Screen Printed Mighty Boosh Face

Screen Printed Mighty Boosh Face

My attempt at crochet

My attempt at crochet

 

Home accessories and cushion pattern July 5, 2009

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I’ve recently moved and have been thinking of new accessories to make, one project I’m very excited to start is Amy Butler’s Gum Drop Cushion & Ottoman.  I got the pattern for Christmas, but didn’t have enough room for an ottoman.  Amy Butler also has some amazing free pattern.  I’ve made the kitty pillow and the business card holder for my DH and they both turned out well.

In the spirit of moving and making new accessories, here is a really simple pattern for creating an envelope pillow cushion and is also a great pattern for getting rid of bigger chunks of extra fabric.  I think it would also look really cute to add some buttons to the back where there is an overlap, or add an applique to the front (make all markings first so you know where the best place on the front).

1)  Measuring the fabric:  Take the measurements of the pillow and for the width, keep the same measurement as the pillow (there aren’t any seam allowances measured in because it helps to keep the cushions plumped up a bit more).  For the length, times the measurement by 2 and add 4.

So, if I have a 12″ x 12″ pillow:
width = 12
length = 12 x 2 + 4 = 28

Envelope Cushion Step 1

2)  Across the short ends mark 1/2″, which will be the hemmed edges.

Fold the short edges down so that they overlap each other 4.5″.  I know there must be a mathmatical equation to figure out how many inches that is for custom pillows, but I’m not that good with numbers so here are the measurements to fit standard square cushions:
12″: fold over 8″ from edge
14″: fold over 9″ from edge
16″: fold over 10″ from edge
18″: fold over 11″ from edgeEnvelope Cushion Step 2

3)  Fold over the hem 1/4″ and press down.  Fold, press and pin down another 1/4″, which will encase the raw edges and create a neat hem.  Sew hem.

4)  Right sides facing, fold over where you’ve made the marks on the long edges; there should be a 3.5″ overlap of the edges.

5)  Sew the long sides together with a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Zig-zag stitch your raw edges to prevent fraying and turn inside out!Envelope Cushion Step 5

I hope I’ve made that clear and easy enough.