Tuesday, July 29
General Jinjur immediately mounted the stump of a tree and addressed her army.
"Friends, fellow-citizens, and girls!" she said; "we are about to begin our great Revolt against the men of Oz! We march to conquer the Emerald City—to dethrone the Scarecrow King—to acquire thousands of gorgeous gems—to rifle the royal treasury—and to obtain power over our former oppressors!"
Frank L. Baum - The Wonderful land of Oz
My favorite video of the week!
The purses-give-away little contest is now over..
Thank you all for the sweet comments, that really made my week. I had to make two extra purses because I couldn't choose between people. I normally don't like contests, so one for all and all for one! That's my new motto. :)
And the winners are:
1. Sally Mc Entire from Polliwog's Cakewalk
2. Christy Soberanis from Sew Much Fabric, Sew Little Time
3. Cami from Art Like Bread
4. Eva Sollberger from The Deadbeat Club and Stuck in Vermont
5. Chris from PrismTrail!
The purses will be send next Thursday, 31st of July..
I've had so much fun doing this give-away that it's very possible that I'll do another give-away next month..
Big kiss to you all, have to get back to my craft studio to finish the last two purses..
and remember: You have to give in order to receive.
Friday, July 25
When I was reading Diane's latest post at Craftypod I read the following interesting news:
Well, he made this joke in a recent interview about Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, his latest project. Responding to a question about internet buzz for the show, he said:
“Fact is, there’s been some buzz, but it hasn’t reached the places it would normally. Where’s our write-up in Crocheting Monthly? (I did a very sexy shoot for that one.)”
We need to work together to get Joss Whedon’s attention, and tell him how much our community would love a chat with him.
So this is a shout out to all crafters and artists to help Kim to get this sooo important interview, which will make our community stronger and that's what counts!
I've made two new purses yesterday, didn't have time to post it then, so here they are today:
Cami from ArtLikeBread loved the Robot purse so much so I'm sending it to her as a gift. That made me think. As it is so fulfilling to give away things you've made, to others who make things - they are the ones that can appreciate a handmade gift the most - I'm giving these three new purses away!
I'm gonna make lots more that I can sell, but the next three purses you'll see here listed will be given away to the three quickest commenters on my blog! To show my appreciation towards the crafty bloggers out there..
You can still choose from these:
So if you would love to own a Digibudi's Sewcute! Purse, be sure to leave a comment as quick as possible..
Bye now, and remember: It all starts with a needle and a thread. (and sometimes, uh.. a little glue)
Monday, July 21
Had a great day at work. Made a new cross-stitch patch as part of a new doll. The summer cherries are almost there! Can't wait to taste them. I love the dark red cherries, the black cherries.. yumyum..
I want some sweet buttons to sew on the doll's body part, but I can't choose.. They all look so tasty.
And here are my two new purses, I just can't get enough of them. I have to make one after the other.
Yes Sister Diane, my ironing board has indeed a picture of a zipper on it! (It's so great you've noticed such a detail, I would too!)
I couldn't resist it when I saw it in the shop. I did need a new one, and when I noticed this beauty I simply fell in love. It makes me very happy looking at it.
And I've got a laundry basket with eyes too:
As I'm showing my most intimate possessions I could as well show you some parts of my craft studio too:
On another note:
I got the most mega courgette today from a friends garden, It's almost too scary to eat! I'll make a big pot of soup with it. I'll call it Digibudi's Mega Courgette Soup (with cream).
Bye now, my lovely courgettes.
And remember: Don't let the showers of tomorrow ruin the sunshine of today.
Sunday, July 20
I'm quite excited about this. I've been making for the first time ever in my life a purse with a Burda pattern (Burda Young/fashion pattern #8235)
I've been listening to Librivox audio books today and I adore the ones from Frank L. Baum's masterpiece The Land of Oz so much. Due to the wonderful voice of Paul Harvey. He even does the different voices of the characters. It's so funny. I can't get enough! Here's a link to Librivox's The Wonderful Land of Oz.
Here are the finished results so far - I'm planning to make lots of them. I've used the wonderful vintage repro fabrics I ordered some time ago at www.reprodepot.com.
And a little detail:
Here's a little tutorial on how to do it. It's quite easy to do.
Now is a good time to have a nice glass of red wine.
Et voila! Le Purse est finis..
I've got these great ribbons from my mother when she visited me this afternoon. She bought them at a flee market today and I'm very happy with her choice. Great ribbons!
Bye now, and back to my studio working at some more purses. And within a few days the new dolls will arrive at the Digital Garden, stay tuned for those goodies!
And remember: The smaller the purse, the bigger the cash!
Tuesday, July 15
Monday, July 14
from: The Cement Garden
I've met a wonderful guy yesterday when I went out for a dance and a drink with Martine, Maxine, Gaetan and Jeffrey.
After I entered my favorite bar here in Ostend and was shaking and breaking the baseline dancing to the latest Madonna on the dancefloor, I noticed a very cute guy smiling at me. At first I didn't react, there are a lot of cute guys you know.. So, what's new about that?
But after a while I got quite interested, and we talked, we laughed, we danced together.. and yes.. we've kissed! His name is Jeroen, is about the age as me, a bit taller than me and has the most wonderful twinkle in his eyes. And a smile to die for!
I'm seeing him again soon.. So quite happy about that.
The instant I saw him I felt really calm, like I've known him for a while. No stress, no shyness or any other lack of confidence when you normally meet a person you really like. None of that, but a very warm and trusty feeling inside.
Ok, enough about this, I'm starting to feel a bit corny.. :)
Did so much for the shop today, reorganized the products, restyled my part of the shop with practical and easy to find visual merchandise know-how, yes sir!
I didn't make anything creatively, but what a treat it is to reorganize and restyle things. It all looks so practical and neat. I love neat.
Met wonderful people who were extremely kind. To add it all up; a wonderful day.
On another note:
Here are some of the most marvelous recordings of my favorite author of all time Anaïs Nin herself speaking about and reading from her diaries. I treasure these recordings so much because after I've read all her work, I wondered ( really wondered and dreamed and daydreamed about this) how her voice would sound like.
And you know what? It's exactly the way I've imagined it. She's the greatest..
Audio File Anaïs 1 -BookBeat 1972
Audio File Anaïs 2
The Creative Woman in America Today
Women and Writing
Isn't that amazing? I always feel goosebumps when I listen to those recordings. It's like my own sister is talking to me, a sister I've never met in real life. But none the less is a part of my DNA. Pure wisdom, hard and yet gentle as a diamant in the rough, uncut and uncensored.
I wanted to put some beautiful photographs of the great Paul Swiridoff of which I've got a book from my father in this post, but I just found out that my scanner is broken. It makes this really strange noise and it doesn't scan anymore.. Oh well, time to get me a new one. I don't mind broken things, the less I've got, the more I do.
Nothing is taboo on the edge of science:
And remember: SMILE
Saturday, July 12
It's been a while since I've been posting, due to the busy work at the shop and due to the wonderful weather..
And also, I've been quite ill for a while. Had to take that awful anti-biotic. But I feel very good and energized now!
But here I am with some new stuff..
First of all here are two new necklaces I've made:
Two necklaces that can be worn together, or separately if one desires..
Pink Pearls Gallore
I've used chip-pearls with shell nacre, glass beads and really cool toothy pink pearls in shell.
The second one is made for Martin's sister:
The pearls are made of vintage cartoons (a kind of papier maché technique) and Swarovski crystals with tiger eye pearls.
I've also used some ceramic bright colored pearls in different sizes..
Now unto the new dolls that are almost finished, just need to embroider the face unto the head part of the dolls.
It's all still work in progress, because it takes much time, especially with my new technique which is adding hand stitch cross stitch patches to the body of the dolls.
This one is gonna be a present for a good friend of mine.. (she will be very happy)
I so love the fabric I've used for the legs.. it's very thick corduroy with a satin shine..
The fabric of the body part of the doll is woven Italian vintage fabric. (I just got one piece of this amazingly beautiful fabric with golden threads for the flower parts)
I'm not showing everything here, because it's not finished yet!
The second doll is a Tea Doll
I adore the fabric with the embroidered flowers on it..
And I've used little Tea Pot buttons.. yes sir!
This is a close up for the third doll, which is for the Autumn collection I'm working on.
I'm using my new found technique which is adding a patch of hand stitched cross-stitch. Which takes quite a lot of work. The cross-stitch patch takes almost 4 hours to finish.
I handstitched the cross stitch patch on Aïda 14 count..
As this is my 101th post I'm feeling like showing you some things inside my studio..
My little wall of yet-to-be-used-in-projects cross-stitch miniatures.
Hamburger in cross-stitch miniature
I think I'm making a bookmark of this little side-project.
I love salads.. And I love the empty plastic bowls I use for stacking my creative goodies.
My favorite salad of all time, the Pom-Pom Salad! Deliciously creative! And it makes me smile when I look at it.
My box of threads. I know it's supposed to be for buttons, but I've allready got my button box.. So.. (I think it's very suitable for any kind of creative goodies..)
Bye now! I'm gonna relax with a good movie tonight.. Just me and a glass of wine to compliment the Mousaka I'm having for dinner..
Remember ; A pom-pom a day, keeps the doctor away!