Felt Keeley progress

She is coming along quite fantastically! I tried my hand at a few different methods to “ink” her outline. I settled on couching black yarn with black thread. Originally, the yarn I bought was way too thick so I had to trade that in for something thinner. I wish now that I went with more of a rope than yarn because of the fuzzies up close, but from far away (as she will be hanging on a wall) she definitely kicks butt like the superhero she is.

Felt Keeley Comic practice

Good news, Keith will be in town in August so I have a solid deadline to get her finished. Sometimes I need that, you know? And thanks to my “step-grandmother-in-law” Ruth for the giant embroidery hoop!

Felt Keeley Comic practice

Felt Keeley Comic

Felt Keeley Comic practice

This type of embroidery is new to me. Usually, my left hand is under the fabric and I can feel when my thread gets caught. Couching the yarn, however, means my left hand stays on top to guide the yarn as my right hand works the thread around it. As such, the back of this piece is horribly embarrassing – but to allay any doubt in your mind that I am making the awesomeness that this is and not faking it somehow through photoshop, I thought I’d share:

Felt Keeley Comic practice

Fabric book cover

My friend Angela gifted me a lot of unique fabric swatches that are just the right size for fabric book covers. I chose a faux alligator leather because I wanted it to be not feminine, which is kind of hard to do in the world of crafting, you know? The fabric was polypropylene, which melts at high temperatures (so I could not iron it), and using water did not help either (or a blow dryer), so making this one was a little trickier than usual. I opted to press it under a load of books until I gave it to my dad. Also, dare I mention that somehow I sewed the bookmark on the front cover instead of the back? After cursing at myself (one-of-a-kind fabric, you see) I decided that maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing since he is left-handed. Tofer, another lefty, said it would work. Phew.
Faux alligator leather book cover
Faux alligator leather book cover

House stuff

Our old front door had a huge gap all the way around it. I mean seriously, that’s where most of the bugs and critters were probably coming from (not to mention where all the heat and air were going to). We found a perfect front door, but since our circumstances have changed (I will explain that in a later post:) we went for a cheapy one and had it installed the other day. The plans for building a small deck are also on hold, but imagine one from the door and under the bay window so my patio furniture has a home. The plans for painting or siding the house are also on hold. Imagine it cute, and happy colors, not prison grey! New light fixture, maybe even shutters or flower boxes. Who knows, but I’m thinking cottage-y. I hope to start cleaning up the yard when it gets cooler (what is up with this massive heat wave of 110+ degrees all the time???) but under that little bushy thing on the left is a mint plant and hiding around the corner is a raspberry bush!
new front door
We’ve also had quite a number of nasty storms blow through with tornadic winds. So far, aside from sore muscles after uncountable days of picking up sticks, this has been the only real casualty since that half-a-tree we cleaned up before. And although it hit the roof, gutter, window, and air conditioning unit when it fell (and woke me up), nothing was harmed!
tree limb on house And here are two options I brought home from the store for tile. Although I really liked the one on the left (especially after turning it so the little diamonds were squares instead), I felt like it may date the kitchen. The one on the left matches the colors more anyway, and the dilemma of the wall with the doorway is easier solved with the rectangle pattern. If the store had enough of them last week, it would have been installed by now, but alas, we could only buy half of what we need. :/
kitchen backsplash options