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DIY – Easy Knit I-Cord Lanyard

i-cord lanyard

i-cord lanyard

Because I recently managed to lose my work badge and my favorite Central Park Zoo lanyard with it, I needed a new lanyard. Security already gave me a new badge. Thanks Security! If I don’t keep my badge on a lanyard around my neck I manage to lock myself out of our work area every time I grab a soda or go to the bathroom, so waiting until I manage to make it back to Central Park Zoo for a replacement probably wasn’t the best idea. I worked up this easy i-cord lanyard in an evening while watching tv. Read on for instructions to make your own. Continue Reading →

DIY Eyelet throw pillow

eyelet throw pillow

eyelet throw pillow

Made time to finish the throw pillow tonight. Toby tied the bow. He’s such a good helper.

DIY Eyelet Pillowcases – my first sewing project in a LONG time

DIY pillowcases

DIY pillowcases

There’s a reason I don’t sew a lot. I am not patient. I am not a “measure twice cut once” kind of girl. I’m a “try this. didn’t work? try that” kind of girl. Or a “let’s see what happens if we do THIS” kind of girl. Fortunately for me, my mom IS a “measure twice cut once” kind of girl and has taught me a few basics over the years. Some of them I still remember.

These simple pillowcases were pretty easy. After pre-washing and drying the fabric to make sure it won’t shrink later, lay it out on the floor and use a pillowcase you already have to determine where to cut. Cut the fabric a little bigger than the existing pillowcase all the way around to leave room for seam allowance.

Putting the right sides of the fabric together (pretty side on the INSIDE), sew the left side and then the right side, and then the end. “Let’s just wing it” girl learned that little trick after my first attempt when I started at one end and went around in a square and then got to the end and found my edges didn’t match up. It probably would have been ok to use that method if you pin fabric together first. If you choose a fabric with a finished edge like this eyelet fabric, you won’t need to hem the opening.

The easiest way to thread the ribbon is to attach a safety pin to one end and use that like a needle to guide it through the eyelets. I just tacked the ends in place instead of sewing them into the seams because I’d like to be able to swap out ribbon colors once in a while.

I still have enough fabric left to do at least one throw pillow, but “ok that was fun but now I’m tired” girl wants to go to bed so that will have to wait for another night.

The Nap – finished digital painting

The Nap

The Nap

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of 12 digital paintings inspired by some gorgeous origami paper. I used Painter X and mainly focused on the Artist’s Oils and Sumi-e brushes.   Tonight I finished off her feet and hands and cleaned up some edges.  I told @ToddGallina I’d have her done by the 15th, and I squeaked in just under the deadline.  I should have him make imaginary deadlines for me more often.  I worked on the Cintiq at my new desk and I think I’m going to have to rearrange things a bit, my right arm and shoulder feel really tired even though I only spent about 2 hours on it.

Peanut Butter Pickle Sandwich Bento

bento 44

bento 44

Yes, this really is a Peanut Butter Pickle Sandwich.  And yes, I really will eat it for lunch.  In fact, I just finished one.

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Peanut Butter & Strawberry Sandwich Bento

bento 43

bento 43

Peanut butter is one of the most versatile in-a-pinch lunch staples ever invented. I’ve eaten all kinds of PB sandwiches. I thought it would be fun to do PB all week but different flavors with it. For tomorrow I’ve got Peanut Butter and Strawberry.
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