Sunday, December 12, 2010

Squares 22 and 23

Square 22 was inspired by the men of The Push Pens from San Antonio. They rap, sing, and knit. They are also new friends who made me giggle until my abs hurt.

Square 23

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Squares 15 through 20

Clearly, I procrastinate... BIG time. In May, I started this project and was aiming to stitch 39 squares, although now I am realizing that I set myself up to make 42 squares. At any rate, I was supposed to stitch a square a day... which means I should have finished at the end of June, but since I am putting things off, I am barely at Square 20 today! I resolve to finish before the year is over...

I put a little stone on this shoe, but it's clear so it's a little difficult to see.

My gnome looks like an elf, and I am alright with that...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Preparing for the Holidays

I enjoy the holidays because of glitter and twinkling lights. Although, I use strings of lights all the time, this time of year, it's an excuse to use them everywhere and anywhere possible. I was looking for some embroidery floss and found a set of pink lights in the craft box, and decided to decorate my cruiser. I am not going to be able to get a tree this year, but that's alright... the bike will take it's place.

While I was searching for the embroidery floss, I found this small package of embroidery ribbon. It was one of those crafty things I bought forever ago and hadn't used. Since I decided everyone was receiving handmade gifts this year, I used the kit to embroider a handkerchief.

Now to decide on who will receive this hanky!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Look into her crystal ball...

My sister, the Fanciful Twist herself, has this uncanny ability to predict the future... of fashion. In the early 90's, her shoulder length earrings were ahead of their time. She predicted there would be a boom in the interest in Southwest style and that same year Kate Spade had an Arizona-themed advertising campaign. Before skulls hit the scene, she had already been wearing them for six months. When I decided to move to Albuquerque from Tucson, she said, "watch, everyone is going to start wearing those Santa Fe looking jackets".... sure as the sun comes up every morning, she was right. There are countless other occasions where she handed me an item of clothing or accessory and would say, this is going to be the latest craze... I would laugh and call her crazy, only to have Vogue or Marie Claire proving me wrong with trend alerts and style spreads.

This instance was no different. It was June of this year and I returned to Arizona. I took off through the hills and desert wilderness to get to my sister's house. When I arrived she began sharing her adventures and treasures with me. Then, she let out a shriek and said that I wouldn't believe what she had found... she ran off and returned with a genie-fortune-teller type turban on her head.... she thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread! Her opinion was that if we added jewels and feathers it would be "FABULOUS!" I was not so convinced. I laughed hysterically and thought, she had really lost her marbles.

First, I caught a glimpse of Rachel Zoe on her show in a turban. Second, I received the December issue of Marie Claire in the mail on Friday and finally had a chance to look through it Sunday night.... what did I find?? The jeweled and feathered turban that my sister had thought would be "FABULOUS!" Apparently, they were all over Jean Paul Gaultier's show and they are the latest way to look Burlesque...

Needless to say, my sister can predict the future... and now she can look fabulous in a matching fortune-teller style headdress.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Squares 11, 12, 13

I have a deformed acorn, a bouquet of flowers, and a blue bird that looks more like a duck... I need to practice my stitching a little bit more. There is something to be said for expecting one thing and the outcome being totally different...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Square Seven and Eight-ish

I know I have dropped the ball on my stitching. Mostly because I wanted a vacation, but I also had to help someone very close to my heart make a big move in his life.

My brother just graduated from college and moved to Los Angeles. I know he isn't far away, but he still isn't as close as he used to be. This is a new course in the path he is creating for himself and just as the landscape on the road from Tucson to LA is varied, so will be the challenges and celebrations he will encounter.

I am happy and excited for this new chapter in his life, but I miss him. My brother is 7 years younger than me, and for the greater part of my life, he has been my closest friend. He has the ability to know exactly what I am thinking just by looking at me. We can sit in a room in silence and be perfectly content. It's bittersweet to watch him move, but wonderful to see him reach for his happiness.

As we drove through Coachella Valley, I watched the windmills; some were spinning, some were swaying, and some were completely immobile. Just like moments in life, when we know how to move, we move slow, or don't move at all, the wind will guide us to the place we should be.

On that note, I haven't really moved at all with my squares...

I am an aries, so I am going to blame inability to finish things right away on that. I know I need to get on it and finish.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Break from Stitching

I took a break from stitching.... well, not really a break, I stitched more squares and forgot to take pictures because I was so excited to be doing something creative and non-academic. I will have to post those photos later. I did want to share something magical, though.

I decided to visit my sister, while in Arizona. I realized that when you stop by the home of A Fanciful Twist, the visit won't be your regular coffee and biscuits.... there will be creating and fun.

I decided to bring my sidekick and partner in crime, Douglas, the Min Pin wonder dog, with me. Now, let me preface the rest of this story by saying that my dog is not the kind to wear clothes.... I have one winter jacket for him to survive the snowy winters in Albuquerque. He doesn't wear Halloween costumes, clothing, boots.... and most of the time, I feel sorry for some of the dogs who are forced to wear some of the things their humans put on them, but I couldn't resist turning some of the fabric and ribbon my sister had into a fun something for Douglas.

The initial intention was a ring leader costume, as my sister had miniature top hats that I just had to have. So, I made Doug a cape.

Doug seemed pretty excited and willing to go along with the whole thing. Once I put the cape on him, he would pose for the camera. I had never seen him like this before, so he got extra treats and kisses for playing along.

The top hat wasn't ready in time, but there was some felt available for use that became Douglas' wizard hat...

I was excited for the final project, and Douglas' good behavior. Now to get back to stitching....

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Square Six

Free-handing a bicycle didn't come out quite as I had planned, but you get the idea....

Friday, May 21, 2010

Square Cinco

Seems my sister is providing a lot of inspiration for me lately. Her Mister Lovee came across a large colony of bees. I had to stitch one in honor of the combs they brought home.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Square Cuatro

A long time ago I heard my sister say "Hedgehog Love!", and for whatever reason, that stuck to me. I have always considered real love to be what hedgehog love stands for.

My little hedgy kinda looks like a porcupine, but I still think he is cute.

As I was stitching, my Douglas got real comfy sitting by me.

Now that, is hedgehog love.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Square Tres

I knew I wanted to make a cupcake, but this one looks more like a muffin.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Square Two

My sister sent me some photos of ladybugs in her yard, and I wanted to stitch one. My french knots need a little work, but I think I got the hang of it.

Ladybugs are supposed to be super lucky, right? Let's hope this one brings us all some luck.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Square One

I have begun my stitching project. Inspired by Amy Powers. I have to say, thinking of things to stitch got overwhelming as I began to think of everything I love and would want to feature in a little square.

I started out with this little homage to the wish. Lately I have been wishing for things, but I know they aren't going to just fall into my lap. I have to work in order to obtain those things or places I wish for. As I saw the first stars appear after sun down yesterday and wished on the first star I laid my eyes on, I knew this was appropriate for the first square.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

In Stitches

I can't believe over a month has passed since my last blog post. In an effort to blog more, I have a little project in the works. I am thrilled to have a little time off for this project, as summer vacation came sooner than I realized. I had no idea what to do with myself after the semester ended. Sometimes I forget what it is like to have time off. I was checking out a few blogs and came across Amy Powers' "39 Stitches," and fell in absolute love with her stitching. I feel that Amy's blog has inspired me to try to stitch 39 squares for myself. I am not going to copy her squares, just the idea, because I know my squares couldn't be as cute as hers. I know that some of you might think it is horrible to copy someone else's idea, but in this case, I honestly mean for imitation as the sincerest form of flattery.

I have my main supplies, now I just need to scour the house for buttons, beads, and cute additions. I will share the squares as I go.

Until then - xo, K

Saturday, January 16, 2010

It's not about Halloween

It has been brought to my attention numerous times, that the skull ring I wear on a daily basis makes people uncomfortable. I receive some compliments, but for the most part, people look at me as though I am peculiar.

I was unpacking some Christmas gifts and trying to find the appropriate place for them, when I realized that I have skulls and skeletons just about everywhere in my house.

At first glance, you may not even notice them, but when you look closely, there are skeletons and skulls everywhere.

I have skeletons everywhere. More places than I could even remember in order to take photos and share with you: scarves, shirts, brooches, throw pillows, tote bags, they are everywhere.

The Picasso painting I picked up during his exhibit at the National Gallery in London last summer is one of my most favorite pieces in the house.

I received a painting of La Santa Muerte from David Tineo. For those of you who know about the Chicana/o Movement in Tucson, he was at the forefront of the mural work going up at that time. His work is still present throughout the city. He is still painting even though he is battling macular degeneration.

On Christmas morning I woke to this wonderful creation. My sister, A Fanciful Twist, made me the necklace to go with my ring. The skull is about the size of the palm of my hand. It is very beautiful. I do receive many compliments when I wear this necklace.

Even my water bottle has skulls on it. (I am not sure why the picture came out so dark.)

Someone once asked me why I enjoyed skulls so much. I couldn't really formulate an answer right away, but I kept thinking about it. I hate to make anyone somber, but our mortality is inevitable. The main reason I believe I surround myself with skulls is my own way to laugh at death. Many cultures see death as a bad thing, and in some cases, when lives end too soon, yes, it is a tragic event. However, when we have lived our lives and have a lifetime of memories to replay through our heads, the moment we take our last and final sleep, we can either be happy or be sad. I personally choose to be happy. I have come to learn many ways in which death is celebrated in my own Mexican culture, and I quite enjoy it. The skulls and skeletons have nothing to do with Halloween.

Until next time.