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Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Lord Hates a Quitter

I bought this chair from the thrift store almost two years ago, always with the intention of reupholstering it. I took it apart and painted it with a cream-colored enamel, but didn't really like it. I repainted it turquoise blue, rebuilt some of the frame, and retied the springs. I then upholstered it in a red cotton. I'm happy with it now.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


This is the first in Randi's new "Purses of Pain and Misery Series". It's pink and red vinyl. Randi has a whole bunch like this planned.

Monday, August 13, 2007

It's Like Christmas!

We received a fabulous package today from a Mr. Paddy Hartley, and we couldn't be more thrilled. Paddy makes wallets, and he sells them on Etsy. I have to say, that I am really astounded by how perfect they are. They're smooth, and the craftsmanship is tight and perfect. Paddy does a stellar job, and y'all should check his shop out.

He'll also be in New York soon, speaking about Project Facade . Paddy's like totally famous, and you should check him out while you still can.

Hits and Misses

These bags represent what we've done since yesterday. I also had some really thick leather, and I made two wallets from it. I like them well enough, but the leather was so thick, it caused the machine to skip stitches on the corners, so I won't be listing them anywhere. I've decided that I won't sew that leather anymore on the machine. It seduces me every time I go to buy purse hardware, and I must remember what an asshole it is.

I'm starting some Halloween planning. I love Halloween.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Nothing Is Lost

My grandfather made this teddy bear in the upholstery shop around 1977. He made a lot of them, and he gave one to almost everyone in the family. We all still have them, thirty years later. They are like religious icons to us. He died in 1979, and so everyone born after that year never got a bear. I wanted our kids to have one, so I planned on taking a pattern off my bear and reproducing it, but then I thought I'd check ebay first. I looked up every variation of "vintage bear", "vintage stuffed toy" patterns, and finally found the one he used. It's a Simplicity pattern from 1973. I made four bears out of cotton velvet. I gave two to my kids, one to my niece, and one to my cousin. His bears look much nicer, but these will do I suppose.


We went to the Ohio State Fair yesterday. It was really hot, about 94 degrees, I think. We saw these fabulous Elvis impersonators, baby pigs and ate a bunch of crap. The hand-made exhibits are my favorite part of the fair, but it seems they make it smaller every year in favor of the buildings that house real-life spammers. I had a good time anyway.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

True Until Death

Randi's kid and one of my kids entered the Nicktoons Show Off Your Show contest in June. They both made it to the top 50 ideas picked in their age group. We're very proud of them. We had a party. They requested giant cookies (like the size of cakes), so I made giant cookies.