Monday, April 30, 2012

Craft Space

I am constantly rearranging and reorganizing my house.  It seems like there will never come a time when I will be completely satisfied with where things are.  The craft room is one of the main rooms that I can't seem to "get right".  Maybe it is because new tools and supplies are going into that room all the time.  Who knows? 

Almost a year ago I acquired this dresser, deco podged it and moved it into the room for yarn storage.  At the time, I was in no mood to rearrange the entire room, so I found the emptiest spot and there it has sat ever since.  This dresser has become my work space, and up until this weekend I have been sitting at it and facing a wall.  Who can be creative sitting facing a wall? Not me.  So I moved it.  It is not a great view looking out the window of the craft room, but it is better than starring at a wall. 

Moving the dresser to this spot also opened up the sides for more organization.  Simple yet effective, I attached some hooks to a scrap piece of wood, and screwed it to the side for tool storage.  On the other side of the dresser, I mounted a power strip. 

What am I working on???  I have been experimenting with crayola Air Dry clay.  Not sure if I really like the clay or not...In progress, beach glass tea light holders, pebble bowl, jewelry containers, and mushroom recipe holder.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Finding My Inner Fisherman

My husband tells me all the time, "you should of been a fisherman!"  He is usually referring to the knots and nets that I make using crochet.  Maybe though, that is why I am drawn to my little fishing town....deep down I am a fisher-woman at heart. 

Being drawn to knot type crafts, friendship bracelets, crochet, macrame....somehow I have never picked up a knot book.  After the tax deadline, my boss usually gives all of us a small bonus.  I almost always have to use it responsibly and this year was no different, but I did decide to buy myself something.  A little treat for my hard work.

I decided on buying the book "Decorative Fusion Knots"(I have not been paid to talk about this book)

This book was well worth the money I spent on it.  It arrived in the mail yesterday and I spent all night tying knots.  Even if I never pick up this book again, it has already served its purpose.

I only kept a few of them tied and after a while wished I had a different color to experiment with.  A trip to the hardware store for some rope is definitely in my future.

Some things to make with knots....
  • Earrings
  • Necklace
  • Key chain
  • Barrett
  • Rug

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

'Cause I am the taxman

Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I'll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.

Don't ask me what I want it for
If you don't want to pay some more
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
And you're working for no one but me.

-Taxman, The Beatles

It is the same each year....April....taxes....ugh!  Why oh why do I work for tax accountants?  Most of my creativity goes straight out the door this time of year, not for lack of wanting to be creative, just the pure exhaustion sucks it right out of me.

For my Birthday this year, in late March, my wonderful husband bought me a Honda Ruckus!  It is the most bad a$$ 49cc motor scooter.

Before Modifications

This Scooter gets 100 miles to the gallon, and has an under the seat storage space.  It will only get up to 40 mph but the speed limit around town it only 30 to 35mph.

The first thing I did when I brought it home was find some cord/rope to make a net around the under the seat storage area.  With some paracord and crochet hook in hand, I started at one end and worked around....

I started by wrapping the paracord around the frame.

Left side done, then I mirrored what I did on the right side, then the front.

My punk rock ride!  Notice the flame mirrors, skull "bad to the bone" helmet, and skull decal on the gear box.  Next up a basket for the front.