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New digital painting in progress – Horseplay



Today we went to the aquarium with my niece and her two kids. I was inspired by a bunch of seahorses with their tails all curled around the coral. I thought my little Japanese girl would have fun playing with the seahorses in her dreams while she’s taking her nap. D argued that it’s dumb because the horse couldn’t even fit the apple in its mouth. I rolled my eyes at him. :P

I’m using the sumi-e and artist’s oils brushes in Painter X and scanned origami paper as the background. I’ve still got some work to do, on the tail and the girl’s hair and the line work and just general here and there stuff, but I think I made pretty good progress tonight.

DIY – Sock Hack – Fingerless Gloves

I am addicted to socks. There, I’ve said it. There are certain stores I cannot go into without hitting the sock aisle. A new pair of socks is soft snuggly sunshine happiness. Especially fun socks. Striped socks, argyle socks, funky socks, bright socks, crazy socks. I love them all.

Target has had some awesome socks the last couple years. Last week I totally fell in love with this pair that had a double seam and bow but I don’t have anything that I could wear them with that would truly show them off and so I hacked them into fingerless gloves. I was thinking this week that it’s getting cold in the office again and that I needed some new fingerless mitts and this was the perfect excuse to buy those socks.

It was a super simple mod, one I’ll be doing again. And again. And again. New socks for my hands. Cuter and far cheaper than store-bought mitts and less than an hour to make. I am doing the happy dance.

I wrote up a quick tutorial. If you’d like to make them too, download the PDF Instructions for Sock Hack Fingerless Mitts.

DIY Project – Floor Pillows

floor pillows for gamers

floor pillows for gamers

We’ve been sorely in need of some floor pillows for a while now, and we finally got around to getting some made this weekend.  Gaming wasn’t so bad when we were always sitting on the sofa, but we picked up a PS3 this weekend and charging the controllers means sitting closer to the tv.

We did an IKEA run to pick up two 20″ and two 26″ pillows.  Then we made easy to remove covers out of fleece – gamers spill sometimes and we thought we might just need to wash ‘em.  We picked bright colors to match the area rug and the fun accessories we’ve got in the bookcase.  Sackboy approves.

This method is super easy and requires only straight seams, no hand sewing, and no zippers or buttons or velcro.  Hopefully later I’ll have time to throw up a tutorial.