Setting: The last year or two. Seriously.
Characters: Myself… and probably numerous TV episodes.
Plot: Essentially I just upcycled old t-shirts by cutting them into 3 inch strips and tying them to a rug base. I’m sure there is an easier way of doing it, but my method of choice was to individually tie each piece. There are hundreds of them! I think I’m going to think up a couple easier/faster ways of getting it done. Despite how long it took, I really like it. I’m going to experiment with neutral colors next.
Setting: nothing exciting enough to mention.
Characters: Bethany – a dear woman in my life, and my trusty 7 year old Mac that may be missing a battery and be slower than molasses, but still runs Photoshop and Illustrator just fine so I refuse to give it up.
Plot: I dabble with Adobe’s design suite, and my friends know I enjoy it, and therefore commission me to design their wedding invitations, prints, etc. I do really enjoy it and I’m happy when my dear friends appreciate the end product. Anyways, posted below is a print of one of Bethany’s favorite bible verses.
Setting: Beautiful September in the mountains
Characters: My best friend and kindred spirit, Anna, now married to a great guy named Erik
Plot: My best friend was planning herself a wedding. Small problem: It’s hard to find ways to help with wedding errands when you live 1500 miles away. I wanted to help however I could, however, so making the programs seemed like a logical thing to do. I used Adobe Illustrator, along with some free resources like dafont.com, to put together the design. Anna and I picked out some coordinating card stock, fabric, and thread. Then I sewed the whole thing together using a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine. Sewing paper is a lot of fun, and you don’t have to worry about it bunching the way that fabric does. Super easy.
I like this project because its a good mix of my love for graphic design and love for crafting things together.
Setting: The Berger’s Shop
Characters: Chris, my other talented roommate
Plot: Remember? Just moved, no furniture? No dining room table, either. I had been pinteresting and blog hunting (always dangerous) and it seemed to me that it would be easy enough to just build one. Problem. I have pretty limited wood working skills. SO I enlisted Chris’s help. We decided on using a plan from Ana White’s blog. (She’s a stay at home mom that builds furniture in Alaska. Role model.) Then we spent like 45 minutes in the lumber aisle of Home Depot picking out wood with the coolest grain.
We brought our supplies back to the shop, got to work, and had a table in an hour and a half. The most time consuming part came later: painting, staining, and polyurethane. I thought white for the apron would be pretty “farmhouse”, and we stained the top to match our awesome wood ceilings. I love it. The whole thing probably cost $80 or less – paint and all. Can’t really beat that for a beautiful farmhouse table. One step closer to my hippie farm commune dreams.