Happy Birthday, Ugly Bird!

January 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

ugly birdthe second ugly bird painting (july 2007)the third ugly bird painting

This blog is one year old! Thank you so much for stopping by, reading, looking, & writing me back!

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Most importantly, don’t forget to tell me which of the crocheted collars you want!

Winner will be chosen via random number generator on February 28th!

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Much Better

January 27, 2011 § 3 Comments

Alright then, a few simple alterations to that dress & it is now possibly one of my favorites! As planned, I took in the sides, the sleeves, & took up the hem. It needed less fuss than I initially thought it would so this was actually a really quick fix! Also, I don’t really like skinny fabric belt things so I swapped that out for a belt I bought at the same store (good finds that day) which is much thicker, more contrasting, more my taste.

I did want to leave it relatively loose & long because I felt those were things that made the dress what it was. At any rate, I’m quite pleased with this little alteration.

Hello Seahorse!

January 24, 2011 § 7 Comments

If anyone is my “friend” on last.fm, you will know this was coming. I cannot cannot absolutely will never stop to their album, “Bestia”. I saw them not too long ago at El Rey (Pilar Diaz opened, she is way cute!) & was hooked! I danced my little heart out that night & the creativity & love was so contagious, that I couldn’t wait to get home & do something, anything! Of course I wanted to sleep first. But anyway, I just got so much energy from being there & it was great, & I really think you should give them a listen!

we can make it work.

January 21, 2011 § 4 Comments


Haven’t done one of these in ages! But I had a bit of time on a Friday afternoon & wanted to make a mix for a friend.

Click here to listen

This Can be Rebuilt

January 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

While back home I did some shopping with my friends and we ended up going to one of my very favorite thrift stores. One dress caught my eye, but it looked like it needed work so I kind of passed it by a few times. Eventually I grabbed it, it has some great details like


cute fabric, and really adorable details on the sleeves and neck.

The major problem is the shape is kind of unappealing, or maybe nonexistent

However, it did come with a little belt thing which made me realize that all I really need to do is take up the hem & taper in the sleeves a bit. It shall be rebuilt! I just need to go buy some cream thread!

Based on a True Story

January 15, 2011 § 2 Comments

All done! I intended to put this in a frame when it was complete, but the frame I had broke so now I’ve got to find another one. Luckily most thrift stores have decent frames around for cheap! Anyway, I’m quite pleased with how this came out, especially since it proved to be a really tedious little project!

I think next time I would really love to mix embroidered areas with ones that are just done in ink. Maybe a larger piece?

Nearly Done

January 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Just a few more things to do! I actually really like how the pen on the fabric looks next to embroidered areas. Might be something to consider for a future project!

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