Friday, July 11, 2014

Unfortunately, it never occurs to me to write a blog post these days.  That is, I think, "Wow, I haven't written a post in a long time," often enough but that thought is never followed with, "I think I'll write an update right now."  It's far easier to spend my time wandering around pinterest or looking at other blogs!

So, what have I been up to?

I made knitting needle cases for a swap on swap-bot.  My partner was a mortician and interested in death culture, so I found some fabric with skulls and skeletons to use.

There was Christmas, which I mentioned in my last post.

There was Easter for which I made a dress for Cate (finishing around 3AM Easter morning).

We went to Boston to see J's parents and to leave C with them while we went to...


A child-free vacation, our first since Cate was born 2.5 years ago.

Then, we went to Iowa to help my family get my grandmother's house ready to sell (Grandma moved to assisted living).

So, not a lot of time for sewing recently and I rarely feel like knitting during the summer.  

Instead of playing with yarn and cloth, I've become more interested in writing letters, mail art, and sending unusual objects in the mail.  Did you know that you can put anything that weighs 13 oz or less in the mail as is and as long as it has proper postage, the USPS will deliver it?  Recently, I sent this pineapple cup as is--straw, leaves, and all--through the mail.  Inside I put a plastic flower lei.  Both cup and lei were from the dollar store.  All arrived safe and sound at their destination.  :)  I haven't decided what my next shipping experiment will be.

So far, my attempts at mail art include making envelopes from old calendars and children's workbooks from the dollar store and decorating envelopes with washi tape, stamps, markers, stickers, and whatever other embellishments I can find.  It's been fun to play with scissors, paper, and glue again.

Finally, I made my first two Artist Trading Cards for a swap on to be mailed tomorrow.  I'm a little nervous because I do not especially consider myself an artist, per se, but I hope my partner will like my efforts.