Sunday, May 8, 2011

CBLDF is live

I'm just thrilled that this has happened! The link for the auction is

I have to admit that I'm fighting a slight bit of panic. What if no one bids? I'm sure it won't be the case, he's just to cute to just sit there. Of course it means that I'll be checking the eBay page just often enough to drive myself crazy.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Weasel news

Today's news isn't groundbreaking or sensational, however, the above picture, well it's just to damn cute not to post .
The news part is that hopefully sometime Monday the CBLDF will have it up for auction on eBay. Pass it along to everyone you know and raise some money for a great cause.
How can you resist this face

In case you don't know about the CBLDF, it's a fantastic organization, well here straight from the site.
"Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals."

it's an arty shot but hey we all need to be creative
 I've liked the idea of the CBLDF since I became involved in comics way back when I was 16. They support people who are told that their art isn't art, they are anti-censorship and fight the good fight.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A weasel & author walk into a bar

Well no, not really but this needed a title. Some of you may know that I am an avid Neil Gaiman fan. Yesterday, Matt Dean, the Republican leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives lowered himself to schoolyard name calling trying to make a point.
Mr. Dean actually said "pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota." as seen in the link here and for the rest of the story check here and here and my personal favorite here.

So reading all this nonsense and checking out twitter I see a friend of mine put out a call for "Artists (game or otherwise) in need of some silly portfolio exercise, create a .  Also, I'd love to see 'em!" The second that I read it I saw my latest creation completed and started stitching. So I give you the 100% upcycled Neil "pencil necked weasel" Gaiman.

He's got about 6 hours of work and I actually used the 2 pictures at the top of this post for reference. He's made from 100% t-shirts. The brown is scraps from a Batman shirts I altered, the black is from my Thingie shirt and the white is,....the white is,.....a t-shirt scrap of unknown origin. The button eyes are a slight Coraline reference. He's a mix of being hand sewn and machine, stands 9 inches tall and has an 8 inch tail.

Since it's basically a Neil weasel, I sent an email and asked him what we should do with it. With his input/blessing it will be up for auction on eBay to benefit the CBLDF. 
Stay tuned for updates! 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Since today is my lucky day,....

Then I might as well resume my blog.

I know I have been away for quite some time, for some seriously personal reasons. Things have calmed down and I'm not only back but I'm eager to start sharing some of the projects that I've been doing in my long absence from blogging.

My luck seems to be going in the right direction as yesterday I found out that I got the Singer Sew Very Easy House Party

 Today I found out that I won a t-shirt and a started pack of Mod Podge from

In the last few months I've redone my craft area and did a long overdue massive clean up in my garage. It's fantastic, I can actually do some woodworking again. I have new pillows for the living room and very best of all I got a Silhouette for my birthday.

Before I go into a ton of new things I figured that I'd at least share my spray painted shoes that I'd teased people about before I dissapeared.

At one point in time I owned about 7 or 9 pairs of mary jane's. I love them, they're cute, comfortable and were perfect for the job I had at the time.

Sadly, for the last few years they have just sat in my closet looking forlorn. Since I couldn't have that and I'd heard tell of being able to spray paint shoes to match an outfit I figured it was just something I had to try.

I started by stuffing the shoes with newspaper, with a layer of paper towels on top. I taped off the buttons so that they would stay black, intending to paint them later. (This wouldn't end up happening just because halfway through I had a flash of inspiration.) I very slowly gave each shoe several light coats of red until everything was covered to my satisfaction. As I was bringing them inside, I saw my cherry blossom stencil and knew that was exactly what the shoes needed. Due to the shape of the shoes I actually had to hold the stencil on and trace it with a pencil, section by section. Black fabric pain was used to fill in the sections and I used my trusty E6000 to glue on the red swarovski crystals.

I wore these through out the colder weather we had this year in "sunny" Atlanta and they held up great! No cracks, no missing crystals and since they were well broken in prior to their remake fit like a dream!