Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My ceramic bowls

Here are a few of my best bowls from the semester so far:
The picture of the single bowl is my pit-fire piece. I think it turned out awesome! I love the imprint from the copper wire that was wrapped around it. Tonight after work I'm going into class to prep a bowl for a Raku firing. I'm really exciting to try all these other methods of glazing a pot! 

Last night while watching Medium I started crocheting a pink bunny blanket (instead of doing homework or housework of course!). Pretty cute so far, I'll probably finish it tonight. The baby dress is currently on hiatus, I've been unmotivated to work on it. I'm debating whether or not I should give it away like I had originally thought. I might just stash it away for a few years until I (Lord willing) have a baby girl! 

TTFN ta ta for now!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Foam Heads & Pit Fires

So last friday I did some browsing and decided I wanted to buy a manequin head. I figured my hat pictures would look better if I didn't have to model them ;-) I am very excited to get it in the mail any day now!

I had a request from a friend at church to make her fiance a green beanie. *snap* it's complete! I love making hats the most because I feel like I can complete them in no time at all! I definitely enjoy small projects more than larger ones like sweaters and blankets. I get impatient and love seeing the end results! I also made a flower pin to add to the side of my mom's hat. I got the idea to make the flower a removable pin from Kreativedesigner on Ravelry. I don't think I'll ever stitch one on a hat again, having the option to remove it makes the hat a lot more versitile. Why did I not think of that before?
The pit fire on Saturday was so cool! It was a beautifully clear day at the beach, but pretty darn cold with the wind! Everybody's pot survived and they all looked amazing! Each was so unique and pretty. We had to create our own "environment" for our pot out of a metal can, or a chicken-wire cage. We then surrounded them with all organic material such as banana peels, rose petals, pistachio shells, sawdust, seawead, copper wire, drift wood, vitamins, minerals etc. Each thing would imprint a different color on the pots as they burned. I had done mine in a paint can and poked holes in the sides. I didn't get deep reds like others got due to the lack of oxygen that could enter in the tin can (as opposed to a chicken wired cage). My pot looks almost metalic in spots. Its mainly black and white with a hue of rusty orange. I had wrapped a copper wire in a pattern around it which turned out pretty neat! I love it! Tonight in class we will be waxing them, i'll post a picture of it soon!


Thursday, April 23, 2009

My first blog!

Hi! I haven't had a blot since livejournal was popular in high school. This was before Myspace and Facebook sucked up my online time =-) I decided to start this blog mainly for my crochet and other crafty projects. I love how others on Ravelry discuss the projects they're working on, post pictures, discuss their progress, etc. I'm not sure if I'll have a lot of time to keep this updated (with school, work, and actual crochet time) but I'll certainly try!

Right now I'm currently working on making a baby dress (blossoming beauty sundress by LisaNaskrent) for Linda. She will be having a baby girl, Olivia, any day now! Her due date is in a week. I've already given her a shower present (white dress, purple booties, and hat as shown on my ravelry account) but this pattern was way too cute to pass by! This is my first time working with crochet thread as opposed to yarn. It's definitely more tedious. I feel like I need to focus more on what I'm doing and can't whip out the stitches as fast. But I'm sure that will come with time... I love how it's looking so far, too cute!!
I've also had some friends asking for some of my hats. I will probably start on those this week.

Saturday is the pit-fire at the beach with my ceramics class! I'm really looking forward to it. I haven't decided what food to bring for the pot-luck yet. I am a little bit disappointed that I only had one piece (and its only a tiny bowl) done in time. I made this really neat looking genie bottle that I wanted to use at the pit fire, but it wasn't dry in time for the kiln firing. =-( I'll just save it until next semester's pit firing I guess. I'm glad I signed up for another semester, I've really enjoyed it so far! Maybe I'll post some pictures of my pieces on here when I get ahold of a better camera (using my iphone just doesn't cut it!).

Bye for now!