Monday, June 29, 2009

Line Splicing pt. 2




So If you read my before post about line splicing you can see my work midway though. This weekend I finished what I was making. It is the pennant for our mooring. The mooring pennant I made was 30 feet long and goes from the anchor's chain to our mooring buoy. When we sail up to the mooring, we will grab the buoy and take up the floating pennant and attach it to the cleat on the bow of our boat.

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Boredom on the Train Leads to Cute Tank Top


Using what I had in my embroidery kit, I sewed on some little buttons and embroidered a button on to an extra wife beater I had in my bag. I think I will be doing this to a lot of my tank tops during travel weekends. It ads a little flare that is not over the top cheesy.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Nautical Chart Table BEFORE and AFTER




If you are like me you LOVE LOVE before and afters. This table we scored where most of us New Yorkers get our furniture... on the curb. There is way too much wood in my house of all unmatching colors, so recently I decided to redo the living room and start with this table. I painted the top and then cut up this old nautical chat we found on our boat that belonged to the previous owner and used modge podge to affix it to the top. Its cool because our boat's mooring and area we will be sailing the most is on the map.

The next thing I did was to buy a new rug. Its black and white. Im hopeing to brighten up the room and I am also going to sew some new pillow duvet covers for the couch. Pictures to come!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

CUTE! Another Happy Customer!


Babies Babies Babies! This little baby is wearing something bought from me at the fair but the artwork is all Lesley Wiener! The baby is Cloe's niece Anska Solrun Wolfraven Hilash.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Line Splicing


I guess in every sailors life one has to learn the art of line splicing. This is taking one long piece of line and looping at around a thimble to make an eye in the line like this picture of our 30ft rope for our mooring.

Or here is the wiki definition: "Rope splicing in ropework is the forming of a semi-permanent join between two ropes or two parts of the same rope by partly untwisting and then interweaving their strands. Splices can be used to form a stopper at the end of a line, to form a loop or an eye in a rope, or for joining two ropes together. Splices are preferred to knotted rope, since while a knot reduces the strength by as much as 40% or more, some splices can retain up to 95% of the strength of the line. However, splicing usually results in a thickening of the line and if subsequently removed a distortion of the rope. Most types of splices are used on 3 strand rope, but some can be done on 12 or greater strand braided rope."

It is super super satisfying. I think I am good at it because of my extensive background in braiding hair. hehe. Anyways this is a picture of my first attempt at line splicing. Dan's dad said "That's really good for a beginner, wait that's just really GOOD!", which made me very proud of my work. Thanks Clyde for teaching me how to do this. He told me people pay for line to be spiliced. I say "bring it". Thats just another way for me to make money.

The things I am best at on the boat are the tedious things. I think i will stitck to the painting, sanding, sail covers, flags and line. Which are the craftiest things. And leave the angle grinding and fiberglassing to the guys.

Friday, June 19, 2009

A blog for you to look at!


http://pattybowman.blogspot.com/

This is my friend Patty Bowman's blog. She is an amazing illustrator. Please check out her stuff. I'm sure she'd love some feedback!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

YAY Thanks sublime Stitching!


I am on the Sublime Stitching customer gallery again! They posted my block island embroidered towel that I made from one of my nautical charts!!

http://sublimestitching.com/node/2703

have a look see!!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Another happy customer.


This monkeys name is now Moco Jumbi. Amaya apparently doesnt play with any other toys except this monkey. I love pictures people send me of my happy customers.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Newest etsy sale

Darning!



So the other day I came across this article (http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/03/darn_it.html) on craft magazines blog about darning. I had never done it before and always wanted to know how. So I read though the how to and then coincidentally the next day a co-worked asked if I knew how to darn! Her sweater had a big hole in the elbow. I said "Of course I do!" but of course i had only read how to do it. So I gave it a shot and she bought some brown yarn and I got to work. It was so fun and easy! And it turned out Perfect! From afar you cant even tell there was ever a hole. I cant wait to do it again!

Above is the finished hole (top) and the midway though the huge hole (bottom)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Etsy shop packed with goodies!


I just loaded a ton of things to my Etsy shop. It was looking pretty sparse there for a while but now that the fair is over I have more to sell. Check it out. There are perfect gifts for baby showers and other fun stuff.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pictures of my booth at Renegade Craft Fair!


Renegade was a total success this past weekend. Thanks to all my friends who came out and hung out with me all day. And double thanks to all the people who bought things from my shop!

Here are the pictures not all of them though because my interwebs would only upload half of them. http://picasaweb.google.com/tamara.stoddard/NewAlbum68091237PM#

I sold nearly 3/4 of all my inventory over two days at the fair. Saturday was crazy busy and went by way too fast. It was a blur of customers and running around and selling tons of stuff. It was nice and warm and sunny = perfect craft fair weather. Our booth was right between the food stands and the bathrooms SCORE! we couldn't have asked for a more perfect spot. Our friends came and hung out behind the booth and brought me to go cocktails. I went home Saturday night totally horribly sunburned and exhausted only to make a couple more things to sell at my booth.

Sunday was a lot slower than Saturday and I only made about half as much as I made the day before. But it was a more slower paced day and I was able to shop and really enjoy myself.
All in all it was a fantastic experience and all the effort I put in over the last 2 months getting prepared was TOTALLY worth it! I can't wait to do another one!

A little customer and her monkeys.

Friday, June 5, 2009

OMFG Halter onesies PHOTOS!



HOW CUTE! Here is one of my halter onesies on a real baby! The cutest little cabbage patch looking baby! This is Colby, Dan's niece modeling my little creation. There will be two available for purchase at the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend. They Have ties on the back for looking cute and fitting properly.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Renegade Craft Fair THIS WEEKEND



Hello friends...... I will be at the Renegade Craft fair this weekend!!! You better come and see me!!!! Ill have an extra chair there for visitors! I will be selling onesies, bibs, cross stitches and sock monkeys. Here is a taste of how pretty it will be....

Monday, June 1, 2009

Purple monkey


Lesley made this fashionable little red dress for my purple monkey that was somewhat smaller than the other other guys and didnt know what to be. Thanks Les!

Lesley made this!


My helper these past bunch of days i have been freaking out and churning out as much stuff as I can for the Renegade fair made this ADORABLE sling shot onesie. how freaking cute right!

Pirate Monkey


With removable peg leg and eye patch with heart under it. He also has a square knot bracelet.

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