The Easy Friday List, June 29

This is my weekly list (posted every Friday) of items that have made my life easier in some measurable way these last seven days. Maybe they can make your life easier too. Friday should be easy, right?

Thimbles: Thimbles. Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimbles. Use ‘em; they save fingers.

Martha Stewart: I know she was on last week’s list, but she has saved my sanity these past two weeks. Or at least, her shelves did. Here’s another look at the miracle of the studio…

The fig+fence studio.


I know today is the second day in a row that I’ve shown you this picture. I promise not to do so again for a few days. At least, I’ll definitely skip tomorrow.

Red Adult-sized Sippy Cups: (Pictured above in the gorgeous studio. Still makes me giggle.) Hydration is important. Plus, it is stupid hot here. (I thought I should mention the sippy cup because that thing gets its picture on this blog more than I do. And… hydration is important.)

Fray Check: I love Fray Check. I use it on practically every non-wearable woven fabric craft I make. I know it smells horrible at first, but after about a week, it goes away.

Spoonflower: Do you know how expensive it is to print your own fabric by traditional means? I can’t afford those kinds of upfront costs. Spoonflower lets me print on demand. Hooray!

They have weekly contests – I’ve entered one for the very first time. The theme is “stars and stripes.” My entry features a patriotic bear and buffalo. I love the way this design turned out. If you like it too, and if you’re a Spoonflower member, go vote! (On me? Please?) Here’s a peek at my entry.

All-American Bear and Buffalo fabric by fig+fence at Spoonflower.

It'll have a half-drop repeat.

At first I was only going to do this one print for the contest, but I love it so much I’m going to add two or three coordinates to make a collection. If you want to vote, head on over to Spoonflower. Beware, though – there’s 21 pages of entries! Phew!

The Studio

See how fancy I am? I don’t have a craft room; I have a studio. That just makes me giggle.

The fig+fence studio.
Stu-stu-studio!* Also, it’s important to stay hydrated in the studio, as shown by the large red adult-sized sippy cup. 

I’ve decided that the studio is going to be an ongoing project. I can’t just drop everything to get it perfect.

For one thing, it’ll never be perfect – it’s a working craft room studio. I’m going to be constantly in there making a mess. Because that’s how I create.

For another thing, I’m going to be constantly in there rearranging. Because that’s how I obsess. I know me well; all of those cubby holes are going to call loud and I’m going to want to organize. So I might as well save time now and let it be while it is and I am still reasonably sane. I’ll have fun organizing later.

Those cubbies are the Martha Stewart ones from Home Depot. It’s made up of two of the nine-hole type and four of the six-hole type.

In other news, the digit is healed! Back to beading the koi…

*Apologies to Phil Collins.

The Easy Friday List, June 15

This is my weekly list (posted every Friday) of items that have made my life easier in some measurable way these last seven days. Maybe they can make your life easier too.

Nintendo: Stress. Relief. God bless Mario Kart Wii.

Adult-Sized Sippy Cups: Hydration is important, particularly when the temperature hovers somewhere around the boiling point.

Double Fold Bias Tape: Not only does it finish projects beautifully, it also hides a million mistakes around the edges. Thank goodness I am fast and good at sewing binding.

Tea Cozy: I love tea. My biggest problem with tea is that by the time I get around to drinking a second cup, the tea in the brewer is cold. I have a Bodum Assam 17 oz. brewer; it steeps tea wonderfully but it doesn’t keep it warm after steeping. So I made a tea cozy.

The wonderful tea cozy at fig+fence.

It has cotton batting between two layers of fabric... keeps the tea nice and warm.

I’ll be posting more pictures of it soon. I’m thinking about writing a tutorial for it. Let me know it you’re interested.

Martha Stewart: Martha Stewart is the reason I haven’t been blogging much this week. (Yes, I’m blaming Martha even though I’ve blogged about as much as I usually blog.) I’ve been assembling some cubby hole shelves from Martha Stewart Living in the new craft room.

Yes, NEW CRAFT ROOM. Please excuse the shouting. I am so excited about getting my sewing machine and supplies out of the room some people like to call a dining room (still can’t figure out why). Pictures soon!