fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying,
Old English flEogan to fly -- more at FLY
intransitive verb, of a young bird : to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hip Hopper DIY Backpack

Bunny by SouthMp3.Net on Grooveshark

(Search for songs with "bunny" in the title and this is about my favorite so far!)

So: Spring is springing! The wildflowers are just wild. Birds are tweeting (without hashtags). And the world feels alive! The season's big holidays are also upon us. Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover or are just a grateful witness to spring, this DIY backpack pattern is my gift to you. This basic backpack features rabbit ear shoulder straps and a funny fluffy bunny tail.

Follow this LINK to find instructions and pattern pieces.

Hopper has only a few pattern pieces, so this is pretty quick to sew.

And...if you like those bunny ear clips, that tutorial can be found HERE.

I am asking for a small donation for the download. $3.00. Most of which goes to PayPal and Swipe anyway, but all remaining proceeds from the sale of this pattern from studiotantrum.com will benefit Ocean Defenders Alliance. Ocean Defenders is an indefatigable band of volunteers, who clean the coastline of dangerous debris. I'd like to give you this pattern and I'd like you to pay a tiny bit forward. Okay-doke?

Please send me a link of your finished project, if you'd like to share!

Osterkörbchen? Körbchen? Du lieber Hase: Welches Jahrhundert haben wir inszwischen? Es ist wohl zwo-tausend-vierzehn, meine Damen, und vielleicht ist dies wohl das Jahr dem Osterkorb selber einen Korb zu geben. Ein flauschiger Rabbit-Rucksack sammelt genauso die Schokoeier ist aber dafür viel witziger!

Hopper ist ein Rucksack, den frau für das Kind, als Geschenk oder gar für sich selbst nähen kann. Der Rucksack besteht aus wenigen Teilen und ist somit schnell genäht.

Hier der LINK zur Photoanleitung und zum Schnittmuster von Hopper. Hopper wird auch demnächst bei farbenmix.de erhältlich. Alle Erlöse gehen zur günsten von Nahow.de

Sollten die Hasenöhrchenhaarspangen von Interesse sei, hier findet Ihr die Anleitung.

Ich wünsche Euch viel Freude beim nähen. Schick’ mir bitte einen Link, wenn Du Dein Hopper mit uns teilen möchtest!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sometimes the book is better than the movie

Sometimes I just want to sew. The El Porto "journey-is-the-destination" bag is a great project to just get your sew on. It takes two, maybe three good sessions to get the thing all done. But sewing El Porto is not about the amount of work, necessarily. To me, sewing is kind of like reading a book: Sure, you can watch the movie and you've got the plot, the characters, the costumes, the set design, the whole shebang all done for you in an hour and 42 minutes. Awesome.

But sometimes, just sometimes, the book is better. I mean, the act of actually reading the book. Stealing away a few minutes to read here and there and, in-between stolen reading moments, the thinking and wondering want might come next. That's what sewing is like for me. Will it turn out how I imagine? Will this look good? What if I do this instead? Piece by piece a project like El Porto comes together with creative plot twists and turns of your choosing as you make it.

Summer is around the corner. This bag holds just about everything you'll need for a day at the beach or sightseeing in Rome.

This is a fun project to mix and match and use up scraps. I have a tiny bit of this crazy fabric salvaged from some old swim trunks.

If you've made an El Porto, I'd love to see it!

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Is e do mhac do mhac inniu, ach is i d'inion d'inion go deo."

"Your son is your son today, but your daughter is your daughter forever." 

-Traditional Irish saying

As such, for your daughter (or wee granddaughter...) there is still time to make a bonny Saint Patrick's day shamrock, now there!

First off, trace and cut four circles of woven fabric (quilting cotton) approximately 3" (8 cm) in diameter. I traced the inside of a standard roll of packing tape. That's about the right size.

Als erstes vier Kreise von einem Durchmesser von ca. 8 cm ausmalen und ausschneiden. Hier habe ich das innere von einer Packbandrolle als Schablone genommen. Das hat frau doch herumliegen, nicht?

Fold the circles in half. Stitch a running stitch along the curved edge of your first circle. Gather that running stitch, so that the half circle forms a leaf. Keep that first leaf on the thread and add the next half circle to the thread.

Die Kreise in Hälften falten. Die Halbkreise mit Laufstich steppen. Die Halbkreise nach einander am selben Garn steppen und einkräuseln.

Gather each folded circle on the thread. Tie the ends of the thread together.

Die Garnenden zusammenschnurren um einen Glücksklee zu formen.

There you have the basic shape of your shamrock (if you want to make clovers, well, you can stop here!).
With the needle and thread still attached, pierce up through the leaves and back down the middle. Pull the thread taunt to make the "dents" in the shamrock leaves.

Um den irischen Glücksklee zu formen, den Nadel mitten durch das Kleeblatt stechen, umdrehen und zurückstechen. Den Garn stram ziehen, so daß das die kleine Delle im Blatt formt.

To make white shamrock blossoms, cut five squares from white quilting cotton approximately the size of a postage stamp (1" or 2.5 cm). Fold the squares in half to form little right triangles. Gather these triangles on a single thread as above and tie to form a tiny flower.

Um die irische Glückskleeblume zu formen, bitte fünf kleine Rechteckchen weissen Stoff ca. 2,5x2,5 cm zuschneiden.
Diese Rechteckchen falten, um kleine Dreiecke zu formen. Diese Dreiecke wie oben beschrieben zu einer Blume formen.

Glue or stitch your shamrocks and blossoms to anything you like! Here, I've made a quick headband.

Deine Glückskleee (Ha! Deutsch ist lüstig: Ein Wort mit drei "e"...okay, zurück zum Unterricht...) wie bzw. wo erwünscht ansteppen bzw. ankleben.

That's it!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Das war's! Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Love Love (and GIVEAWAY!)

Happy Valentine's Day!

I didn't get my tutorial for Valentine's Day done, so I opted for a superquick GIVEAWAY over HERE. Thank you, dear Jen, for getting that up and running so quickly. (Jen can do anything. She can even raise a son who gets a perfect 800 in math on the SAT and a 97% on the English part. Good on ya, young Camden! I, on the other hand, am also raising a son, and let alone produce stellar test results, I have yet to have the young man use a fork on a consistent basis).

So get on getting over there so I can get on giving away.



I (may or may not) know someone, who may or may not have initiated a little bit of random happiness, which she may or may not have entitled "Funism". It has a pretty good Instagram following. Funism may or may not include taking a bit of harmless chalk and writing a bit of love. It may (or may not) be taking a tiny mermaid and photographing her adventures in the world. Funism may (or may not) be wearing wax lips (life hack: Nothing fights polar vortex induced chapped lips better than wax lips). What Funism is supposed to be is fun. Love and fun, really. And so, a fan of Funism may or may not have encouraged a bit of Valentine love on the Hermosa Beach strand today and may or may not have invited anyone to a bit of chalk.

Chalk messages such as these also have detractors. Angry, angry detractors. I mean it. There is strong opinion among some that there is a municipal cost arising from happy chalk messages on the strand. Perhaps there are costs to clean the chalk, money that could go to other things in the town. And thus chalk should be banned from possession in the town, chalkers fined and so on. The chalk actually fades away on its own in about 72 hours and is completely gone in less than a week. That fact notwithstanding, I have been trying to understand this point of view, really understand, because this bit of Fun has caused division and disgruntlement. Making anybody upset is quite the opposite of the mission of Funism. The polar opposite. The polar vortex opposite. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished.


So much for a possible cost side. There is a possible benefit side, too, however. Specifically, there was a fail woman in a wheelchair, who made her way down to the Funism-In. Her speech was slow and quiet, her movements shaky, but deliberate. She made her way to the Hermosa strand to perhaps speak to the person, who always wrote the happy messages. She really looked forward to finding them, as they made her happy. Then, there was gal going through the physical agony of fibero-something-or-other, as well as the emotional pain of divorce. She made her way to the Funism-In, because the messages snapped things back into perspective: because life is good. The ups and the downs--that's all part of it. There was also a celebrity appearance: Horse N Horse. Horse N Horse travel the world and posts selfies of their horseselves. One Horse is, in fact, a professional model, and I would like to posit, that perhaps beauty and life are temporal, so the moment is what is important, living in the here and now, and that is why Horse N Horse were in the naaaay-borhood (catch that? "Naaaay-borhood"?). Those things, I would further posit, all fall on the benefit side of Funism. What do our municipalities spend to promote happiness? Just plain happiness? No matter your age, race, gender, physical ability, or income? Our municipality is going to construct a boat launch. I don't have a boat. So, how many people of all ages, any race, gender, physical ability, and income benefit from the costs of the boat launch?

Who doesn't need to be reminded every once in a while, that there is love, there is goodness, and that it doesn't have to be all that complicated.

Fortunately, the Funism-In-istas may or may not have received many, many, many more positive comments than negative ones. If you wish to participate, you may. Coming disguised for your protection is up to you.






Happy Valentine's Day! And I mean it!

Friday, January 24, 2014

So Loco SoBa Love






Que hermosa, Hermosa Beach.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Unconditional love will have the final word

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."

- Dr. Martin Luther King



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pinterested (?) (!)

Hey y'all!

Hope your New Year is going well. I will catch up on my a few thoughts in my head another day. Today, just some basic crafting I did as Christmas gifts: Felt pincusions!

This is all hand embroidery on felt and attached to wood bracelets, to wear as wrist pincushions.

No real plan or pattern...just stitched my merry way along!

The mushroom polymer pin toppers were made by Etsy seller Nadelwerk. They add just the right touch, no?

Bunny hides in a hollow tree trunk to avoid getting stuck!

Hedgie curiously peeks to see what you are making!


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