Feb 26, 2011

52 weeks, 52 projects: finished object #8 and #9

i'm back on track this week, sharing a couple somewhat atypical finished "objects." last weekend, i redid my bathroom around some deep red towels chosen to match my unnatural hair color. i kept getting red dye on my old white towels, and i wasn't that in love with my bathroom decor in the first place, so i decided it was time for a change. i bought the shower curtain, hooks, and towels at walmart, and i made the bath mat myself. i'm probably going to end up making another bathmat. this one was started well over a year ago, and i needed to finish it mostly to get it out of my stash. i'm pretty happy with the finished product. the new design ties in a lot better with the rest of my apartment, so i think it's a step up.

the stats:
  • materials: shower curtain, shower curtain liner, shower curtain hooks, towels, cotton yarn, size 11 crochet hook
  • cost: about $44 for the bathroom stuff, yarn and crochet hook free from stash

my other finished object is probably pushing the meaning of the phrase "finished object" a little too much, but i feel like it took long enough to do that it should count. i went through all of my books, purged some that i will either never read or never read again, and then organized them by category. all of my knitting books are in one place, all of my graphic novels are nearby one another, and all my science and teaching books are hanging out together. it's a much better system than what i had before which was the "stick it wherever fits and/or add it to a pile somewhere" system. expect some more spring cleaning kind of projects, but also look forward to some more traditional finished objects of the knitted, crocheted, and beaded varieties.

the stats:
  • materials: too many books, too little shelf space
  • cost: $0, itchy eyes and runny nose from the dust

Feb 20, 2011

to be continued...

bad news: i spent my saturday helping out with an UIL academics competition, so i'm a bit behind on the crafting front. i was hoping to get it together during the week to post the next finished object for you, but it's looking like i'll just need to do 2 this weekend.

good news: i have plenty in the works, and several projects nearly completed! check back this weekend for more 52 weeks, 52 projects.

Feb 13, 2011

52 weeks, 52 projects: finished object #7

valentine's day came a bit early in the form some lovely flowers from the boy, so i'm going to try to distract you from my total cop-out project for this week. i was actually thinking about just throwing in the towel and posting some work-in-progress pictures, but then i remembered the several pairs of pants that have waiting to be hemmed for months. so there you have it! hemmed pants!

the stats:
  • materials: pants, thread, sewing machine
  • cost: $0

Feb 6, 2011

52 weeks, 52 projects: finished object #6

it seems i'm moving past the "thinking about new things for the etsy shop" phase into the "actually making things for the etsy shop" phase. i had the idea for necklaces with beads strung in the order of the fibonacci sequence ages ago, and i've finally gotten around to making some. i like the asymmetry of the beads and the secret nerdiness of the design. they aren't in the shop yet, but they'll be there over the next few days.

i did a little research on the fibonacci sequence, and it turns out that it doesn't just show up all over the place in nature, it also shows up lots in pop culture. there's a black star song that features the sequence, as does a tool song. interestingly, while the nautilus shell is probably everyone's go-to example of the sequence in nature, the shell's measurements fall just a bit short. oops.

the stats:
  • materials: beading thread, larger beads, seed beads, gold findings
  • cost: $0 -- all materials were already in my sizeable beading stash