Saturday, September 21, 2013

Another tote!

My originality knows no bounds... (I think to myself with a slight hint of sarcasm).

I've quite enjoyed turning scraps and odd ends into uncommon looking totes lately. And my ideas for more have been blooming! For this one, I used an old t-shirt from my cegep days. As a Fine Arts graduating parting gift, each student was asked to draw a 2x2 square illustration that best represented them (mine is the top right corner one; a doodle I'd been obsessively drawing at that time). The drawings were then compiled and silkscreen onto a white t-shirt. We all got to silkscreen our own, and mine has been in storage ever since. I haven't had much reason to wear it..


sewing it onto this tote with added decos like frilly frills and fringe has given it a new purpose while also allowing me to reminisce about those youthful days while I go about my errands. 

And I do plan on making more! It's turning out to be a great way to express creativity and to use up the ridiculous amount of fabrics I've accumulated over the years.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Whip it good

Had some lovely company recently and good times were had while eating onigiris, drinking a bit of a sangria and laughing our chucks off at Bedazzled. So lucky to have had the pleasure of such sweet and funny people. And even luckier to have been left with a few scraps of gorgeous hand printed or screen printed fabric from Ghana or Nigeria, not too sure, but look, a tote!

(back fabric is from my own stash bought at fabricville)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Demons & Migraines

Learning life lessons too late is sort of a painful burden to bear, especially when they involve (currently) seemingly irreversible physical and mental consequences.

However I have managed to put those botherments aside for a moment long enough to work on some creating. 

This mah my new scratch book.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Another Dick Tracy thing

 Well I suppose I am on a roll. This project came about through a request by an etsy buyer who admired the skirt I previously made with the Dick Tracy fabric and suggested I make shorts out of the same fabric! Lo and behold, the shorts have indeed come to be! 

  The pattern was very simple, I followed a standard men's pyjama pants pattern and just modified the length. I am very much looking forward to recycling/upcycling more hardly used bedsheets, the graphics are so nostalgic and so bold and so lovely.

  I won't promise that this is the end of projects I make using this fabric.. there's still quite some bit of left :) I can promise though that I will give you a breather, yes.

"A superman tag!"

Saturday, April 13, 2013


  One of my favourite self-centered  things to do in life is to buy things that I don't need. Specifically, craft things. Things that will allow me to make other things. It's a vicious addiction that needs to be subdued. Although I doubt karma really has it out for me because I look for these things mostly at second hand shops. And oh the wonderful things that there are to be accumulated from such spots! 

  As I like to sew and teach it in my spare time, I'm usually looking for snazzy bed sheets with little wear and graphics that satiate my hungerr for colour and pattern. The second hand isles are rich with these and I recently came across a Dick Tracy bed sheet that screamed POP ART! at me (rude like that). I remember the film when it first came out though it didn't really have as much of an impact on me as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". For some reason my childhood memories confused the two.. 

  All detective films are alike? Nah. I was definitely drawn to the comic style however, it's like a drug.

  Regardless, I couldn't avoid the boldness of it and how great it would look as a bag, skirt, anything.. and for 3$, who am I to not indulge my consumerist itch?

  Thus the upcycled Dick Tracy skirt was born. I used the 2451 Simplicity skirt pattern that Ms Suzie so so kindly permitted me to use on this project. The design really fit the fabric and I was pleased with it from the very beginning.

  But that's not all I've been busy with! I finally used my glow in the dark cat eyes fabric to make a reversible tote bag and bought some super heroine fabric for who knows.. maybe some re-usable sanitary pads? 

  Actually, that would be amazing!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The battle to keep warm and make stuff

Noticed a nice colour pattern while working on this book cover.

Current lab where I make. A bit far away and lonely from what used to be home, but it's nice to have so much space now!

A few books I made in the last few months and one from the past. All covers are constructed from scraps of fabric and the furthest to the right includes some original doodels.


Finished set of books for a talented friend.



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