Chic Scrubs, Folkware, new space/machine… :”)

So.. here’s a spattering of the pantseses I’ve been making…

CLICK HERE TO SEE ME SHIFT :”)

and check out these tunicy beasts!and what was supposed to be a halloween costume, though now my indoor receiving attire :”) i will be doing more with prarie points!

my new workspace… danny and i switched out due to the lighting and boomboommusic girl downstairs :”) now i can spread out and not be in the waythats me on my new JUKI! shes soooo strong :”)

and here’s a hint at what i’m wearing tonight… to BAM Ignite. Supposedly the Bellevue Art Museum (yes, Bellevue; where the zombie apocalypse is most assuredly gonna happen, if not start) is hosting a dance party in honor of the High Fiber Diet show currently up. I’ve been told that it will be “a fun night and a huge gathering of all the fiber-wearable art-fabric junkie folks in the northwest. Our tribe will be in full force that night.”full pic to come…tmrw, so check back!

Building Blocks of Consruction, the install begins

I have started an installation at work, concept being that of Garment Construction. We have loads of new fabrics [including Italian cottons, Wools, Cotton Couture] and I have been feeling very inspired to create something in honor of those of us who make our own clothes. It has been a treat everyday getting ready that I actually look forward to putting an outfit together – from “funky” to “male Nurse chic” :”) I am having fun… and more is sure to come. First shot is a before…

Check out the back wall just above the shelves of fabrics…

I’m using a collection of old patterns that I knew one day I would use :”)… check it out. There will be some clothing up as well and hopefully my bosses will like it so much they will invite me to do some display work at the other locations :”)

just the beginning!

detail… you like?

I have always wanted a jumpsuit… redmoon theater in chicago actually turned me on to them :”) heres a schnazzier version though! i patchworked the yoke [originally a pillowcase that didnt sell] one lady descirbed it as “funky” – i’ll take it!

weve got some awesome florals, as mentioned before and super kona cottons at pacific fabrics y’all! and dont let the piles and piles on the remnants tables disuae you – there are gorgeous prints in there!! next stop… that wool table!

Before and After

Danny and I found and reupholstered a semi cool couch [whose arms go up and down like a beach chair] at the Goodwill on Dearborn, here in Seattle: which is easily one of the best and most organized thrifts I have ever been to! And  their Blue Tag Mondays! Everything with a blue tag, regardless of it’s sticker price, is ONE DOLLAR!

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Maybe we should wrap the legs a’la you know who…

“Where Creative Dreams Come True”

If you haven’t heard already… I finally landed a job here in Seattle :”) It took all the patience I could muster to get through the 2 months of searching/ rejections. Pratt Fine Art Center said no, Madison Market teased me then said no, countless teaching, reception, server and even translator positions turned me down…

I almost changed my name to something a bit easier to “digest”… like Smith or John Doe.

But I digress… this is a hint at what I am doing for a J . O. B. now.

And though it is not (yet) in the classroom proper it is Where Creative Dreams Come True”. Pacific Fabrics and Crafts. This is on my route there, towards the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains! Into the industrial district within SODO (south of downtown).   When the sun is out this is even more AMAZING!!

Yup! The very place I found my upholstery fabrics for that chair that I promise to get to. Apparently it started out as Pacific Iron and Metal Company way back in 1917, primarily as a recycling center and eventually incorporated the rags and ends from the local mills.

The Iron and Metal Company is still going strong as I hear them clanging about down there. Big props to Jules Glant!

Here’s the front half of the store… 

it’s impressive and large with the original wood floor (which is why I shall soon be getting some fancy-shmancy orthopedics). That color scaled wall is but a bit of the insane amount of quilter’s cotton we have. Anything from marshmallows to paisley to peacocks!

Here’s a new blue rounder that some genius put together.. kind of a mini collection. I touch it daily! Our florals as well, are UNBEATABLE!

Every few months the staff does a project to feature a new something something. This month it is a new book called “Modern Blocks” and we are each making 1-3 blocks… come check it out. Here’s the first installment. Can you guess which are mine?

I personally hit the Wool and Linen Remnant Tables regularly and would advise you all to not overlook the rolls of Fashion and Apparel at $9.99 a yard!I believe Janice (our fearless leader) was right about it feeling like a kid in candy store :”) Look at these DUPIONI’s!

Here’s my first purchase :”)Silks, Rayons, Wools, Cottons! And now to make some clothes… everyday someone asks me if I sew and so… Sew I shall!I make my own patterns… which I will wear, even, cause it fits so well :”)

Before I forget… here’s my favorite sign :”)*includes some home dec, craft, patterns and tools! And here’s my favorite “fat quarter”!

…some of these fabrics make me hungry! 

As you can probably tell… I like my new job! The ladies are cool, sweet and know what they are talking about! More to come on that ;”)

Upholstery Project: Demi Chair

I will attempt to document this process… especially for the lovely Stephanie. Enjoy!Dusty!I am going to attempt to use the old batting… it’s Boar Hair and Jute.The tools… thus far:These little friggin’ railroad spikes are super sharp!!Hmmm……. Which fabric do I use?

Lots of what’s up lately :”)

It is so good for me here!

First of all… these prawns are mmmmmm! But cleaning them took me back to my Freedom days. Remember that Omar?!Gotta love a colorful setting :”) Today I found some plastic wares from Japan that make your rice into cute shapes :”) And that Fish is FRESH HALIBUT with a soy flour crust I made myself! Stephanie and Cathi? I made my baby a desk so he can do his internet thing… :”)…and a work table for his art making self!also one for me, covered in canvas for when i get dirty :”) i look forward to getting back in touch with the clay! all three of the tables were made with found pallets and alley wood!

Some plants and stands to brighten and enliven. w/ Tassles from 2121 ChristopherHey Laura… see your lil guy :”)

Something to fill the time in between projects… desperately overworked stands for my Sake Sets. Made from the ends of found pallets… I made the table too long and so cut an end off, and voila! :”) Some upholstery tucks and string work. I think I’m gonna do them again and make a lamp out of it…. stay tuned.

Local meat from the PCC. I used the pulp from after juicing carrots to “beef” up the meat… it is such a great idea!!! I strongly suggest everyone out there to do it!!! So juicy!!!

It really can take a while to get anywhere with views like these… this is but a 10 minute walk from our place… that’s looking out West toward the OLYMPICS and the Puget Sound.
The bluest Fairy lives down on 23rd!Those two bridges will take you to and bring you from Chicago :”) I-90 E and W.Pottery is sold here! I was texting with a fellow potter (ahem!) when I stumbled upon it. Will definitely be going back there when it’s open…

About 4 blocks West of us lies our Local Library. The Douglas Truth Public Library.
I didn’t need the rest till I saw this spot. The Tree loves attention :”)

This chair, as lovely as it is… needs some help! This is the next project for sure!!! And I just heard of a place down the street from Pacific Feather Co. behind Pacific Iron and Metals… It’s called Pacific Fabrics :”) BIG LINEN REMNANT TABLE!!!

Pillow cases for the family :”)and now a quilt for my newest niece Alana… who just turned 4 months :”) I miss her so much! and i can see why people get crazy with the patchwork.. it gets addicting!
the slugs will distract me though…