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Featured in an Etsy Treasury

One of my Etsy items is being featured in a treasury! It’s a treasury for new Etsy sellers, and there’s some pretty cool items in there. I suggest you check out what Etsy’s new shops have to offer.

Some of my new discoveries through the treasury include Lavender Patch, who has some lovely handmade patchwork items, including a beautiful quilt, and Pamela Michelle, a graphic designer who has some very cool prints and pendants.

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Slip Stitch

I don’t particularly enjoy hand sewing– I want results fast! — by today’s project called for hand sewing a lining to a zipper using a slip stitch. Not the fastest method, but it actually didn’t take as long as I anticipated. If you need to brush up on your slip stitching, Bob Vila surprisingly has a helpful tutorial. Not much text, but great images that (at least for me) clearly indicate what needs to be done.

Updated 2/14/13: Apparently Bob Vila is no longer interested in teaching us how to sew. No worries… Michelle Patterns has an excellent tutorial for how to slip stitch a seam closed.

Today’s project that necessitated the slip stitching is a gorgeous wristlet made out of the same olive green brocade that I used in the geisha bag for my friend. It closes with a zipper (which I think you need in a wristlet–otherwise it’s too easy for things to fall out) and is lined (thank you, slip stitch) in black. I really love how this little wristlet came out, especially since my main objective was simply to put the scraps from the other project to use, instead of waste. How do you put your scraps to good use?

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Self-Awareness Through Sewing

Bag

I just finished this tote bag I’ve been working on for a couple days, and the process, I’ve learned something about myself. I get all excited about whatever I’m making, and by the time I’m finished, I want to keep it. This becomes a problem, because I really don’t need that many bags. So with a twinge of sadness, I’ve released it into the wild.

Make that two things I’ve learned. I also learned that I really enjoy adding pockets and snaps and flaps and all sorts of fanciness.

Suck It Up, Cupcake
And finally, after I posted the bag, I noticed someone else had recently posted a new item, and it was hilarious. Four note cards, lovingly imprinted with the message, “suck it up cupcake.” I feel like I need these.

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Geisha Bag

Geisha Bag

I’ve been so busy creating that I forgot to blog! Last night I finished up a handbag I made specially for a friend, and it turned out lovely. It’s made of a satin Asian-style brocade in olive green. The brocade is covered with pink and gold flowers and bamboo. The handles are chopsticks that I sewed on by hand. To give them some added strength, I used a strong nylon upholstery thread. The whole thing closes up with a magnetic snap, which I sewed right onto the outer fabric, to keep it from pulling at the lining. Those magnets are strong! I hope she likes it. If you want to see more like it, or other bags I’ve made, check out my shop.

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Edge of Summer

Edge of Summer

This is a picture of my first Etsy purchase. It shipped on Monday, and I’m pretty excited about it arriving. I purchased it from Anti Genre, who has quite a few lovely things in her shop, several of which I’d like to purchase in the near future. This particular piece is called Edge of Summer Pendant (Vineland II), which I think is a perfectly fitting name. The pendant reminds me of being outside in the garden, and of watermelon. Mmm… nice things to be remembering!

Addendum 7/11/07: The pendant arrived at my mom’s house today. She was surprised, because she thought I was shopping for me. And I would happily own this pendant myself, but I’m more happy that it’s hers. I think she likes it. Who doesn’t like a surprise present in the mail?

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Why ‘Anodyne’ Design?

Anodyne isn’t a word you just hear on the street most days. At least, I haven’t heard it on any streets lately. So why am I calling this blog (and my Etsy shop) Anodyne Design? For one, it rhymes nicely, although I could have come up with plenty of other rhyming names if that was my goal.

Mostly, I was looking for a name that captured in itself the type of feeling I wanted my shop to convey. Anodyne Design rolls off the tongue, and at least for me, it’s a very soothing and beautiful word. I have a friend who says it’s her favorite word, and I can see why. Perhaps as a bonus, anodyne actually means “soothing.” It also means to relieve pain and to comfort. All things most people would like to have. Although I’m sure the things I create can’t possibly compete with Ibuprofen in the pain-relief department, I do hope that they provide the same sense of comfort and peace to their owners that I have when I’m making them.

I guess it’s sort of like onomatopoeia (another lovely word), in that the sound of the word gives the sense of its meaning.

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My Brand Spanking New Blog: An Introduction

Welcome to my blog! I’ve been exploring my creative side a lot lately, and I thought it would be good to have a blog to document my projects. I don’t want to simply limit myself to the things I make, though, so I plan to be writing about food, books, and whatever else I feel like, too. In addition, I’ll probably be writing about creative things I see others doing, online and out in the world. I’m glad you stopped by to join me.

A few things about me:

  • I am sure I inherited my artistic sense and love of creating from my mom.
  • I have two cats, a tank full of fish, and if it weren’t for my husband, I’d probably be well on my way to having a whole zoo.
  • I am a graduate student who’s been in school long enough that I’m finally looking forward to the end. (So is my husband.)
  • One of my favorite books is The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard. You should check it out. Of course, I’m pretty excited about the new Harry Potter coming out, too.