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{No-Sew} DIY Baby Knee Pads.

My boy is crawling.  I can't even believe it.  

The temp is up over 50 FINALLY in beautiful Chicagoland.

So he really doesn't need pants in the house.  51 degrees feels like 72.

I came up with these helpful little guys.  He doesn't mind them at all and they do the job  :)  

Note*  He is 6 months old and on the 25 percentile arc for weight, so this size of fabric maybe be to small for your little one, or too big. 

Let me know how they work out for you!  


Last week on Instagram {3.28-4.4}

I've decided to this little weekly instagram post to Wednesdays.  So don't go looking for it on Fridays anymore, k?

1.  A pixel family for a friend that recently moved very far away.  I hope that she gets it soon.

2. A vintage wheelchair.  My uncle is in the hospital.  Yes, it's serious.  No, I don't really want to talk about it.

3.  The chicken in the hospital room playing on my mom's ipad.  I don't have one so when she gets it it keeps her busy for a bit.  They ponytail is new and it makes me really happy to fix her hair for her. I've never really been doting on children, but this is something I always wanted to do with my daughter.  There is something special about it.

4.  How to blog post about stitching on paper and boxes and whatever else that you can think of that isn't fabric.  

5.  My mom's medicine.  Easter is coming.

6 & 7. Hoop-La!  I finally got one.  It's great.   

8.  Randolph Street Fair.  This is what I picked up.  Read about it in this post.  The place is outstanding, suffice to say.

9. Something I was working on.  Stitched on paper.

10.  Baby foods!  It's that time again.

11. It's a grim cat.

12. My to-do list.  The most important thing is the last thing.  Buy beer.

13. I made Violet this blanket when my orginal one failed.  Well it didn't fail.  I just didn't like it and i didn't want to do it anymore.  BUT she still needed a blanket.  She's starting to use it more now.  I love these colors, some is made from vintage yarn.

14. #stitchaday #astitchaday  March.

15, 16 & 20.  A little owl my mom requested.  She's teeny.  3.5 by 3.5.

17. She got some cowboy boots. OMGCUTE

18. #TBT  My second afghan.  And the beginning of my chevron problem. February 2013.

19.  I screwed up the paper project from #9.  How NOT to stitch on paper, here

Happy Wed-nes-day!


{Outing} Randolph Street Market

I got tickets on Living Social and paid $4 each.  SO WORTH IT.  Even just to walk around and know that some of these things exist makes me happier.  Flea markets, artisian fairs, thrift stores, they all open something in my brain that just makes me happy.

They happen monthly.  In May - September they are in a three level Union hall AND a huge parking lot. They boast 250 vendors.



If you are in or near Chicago, I highly recommend checking it out.

Here is what I bought.

I really love interesting jewelry.  Especially anything having to do with fiber art.

I didn't "buy" this but it's great.  As a camera nerd, I love this set up.  You just smile, hit the button, and this super nice guy hands you your ticket to claim your prize; your photo.  So clean and clever.  They have a single fashion style soft flash that creates the most beautifully textured photos.

My mom and I both feel super dorky trying to act all dorky.  So it's just a simple smile from us.  :)

Some of what I saw.

Finally, He's my boy and Aunt Gail.  My kids are going to be like 15 and ask how Gail is related to us. She totally isn't.  It will blow their minds.


{tip} Anatomy of a Failed Artwork

One thing that I sometimes do is, I get too excited.  I get too eager and I don't plan ahead.  This is mostly fine.  I improvise as I go, but sometimes it just doesn't work out at all.

It is wise to know what you are good at, and not be modest about it.  It is equally as wise to know your shortcomings, and not beat yourself up about them.  I have a ton of respect for someone that tried something, over someone that decided they couldn't do it.  I'm good at spacial intelligence and organizing information.  I am not good at thinking abstractly about math concepts.  Bleh.

Failure is the condiment that gives success it's flavor - Truman Capote

All that said.

I wasted about 8 hours on this.  I didn't have a good feeling about it from the start, but I knew if I could pull it off it would look very cool.

This month's ArtBar theme is posters.  So I decided to get a poster for the poster show and stitch over it.

Here is the poster.

That takes me to -

Problem Number 1.
The poster is paper.  I need to have a sheet of paper over the poster because the pattern is so intricate. I've done this easily for larger scale works on cardboard, but not paper then paper then thread.

I stitched up about 75 % of it when I decided it was time to pull some paper to see what would happen.


Problem Number 2.
I used double sided tape to hold down the paper with the pattern on it.  I used double sided because the poster is glossy and there shouldn't have been a problem.  However, I was holding the work in that exact spot and the heat from my thumb melted the sticky so when I pulled up the pattern it peeled off a bit of the poster. (Here is where I decided that I could crop the poster and it would be just fine.)

Problem Number 3.
I used only one strand of DMC floss.  I was thinking I can just pull up on the paper and the floss would rip the paper.  Apparently, one strand isn't strong enough to rip the paper.

Problem Number 4.
The motif is so small that I can't get my scissors or tweezers under most of the threads and ...

Problem Number 5.
My scissors scraped the poster. ( Here is where I decided I wasn't going to try to charge for it, and probably give it away.)

Problem Number 6.
As a last ditch effort I sponged some water lightly on the paper hoping that it would give under the thread.  I scratched off more poster with my fingernail.  (Here is where I decided all was lost and I wasn't even going to waste more time on it.)

So. This it.  Woulda been interesting, right?

Here's the damage.

What did I learn?  Don't stitch an insanely complicated pattern over the only canvas that you have.

Have you ever made anything that you learned more from doing it wrong than if you had done it correctly?


{photography} Mood Series

This series I've always called "Mood".  They were all taken on my D60.

Beatles Cover band at Balleydoyles in Aurora in 2008

My brother in Laws 30th birthday.  Oct 09

Wizard World Chicago

Snack Manor.  Chicago 2008

Christmas 2008

This is one of my most favorite shots I've ever taken.  Driving into Chicago 2009


Under the L.  Chicago 2009

My concerned pup.

At a house party.  Summer 2008.

This series I've always called "Mood".