Friday, March 28, 2008

April cometh...

Well, it happened. I found a new apartment--in Manhattan, no less! And I'm moving on April 1 (no joke). All I can think about is packing, what to bring, what not to bring, more packing, who is going to buy my futon, and packing. I'm set up with a moving company, have keys to the new place and should be dropping some light stuff off this weekend before the big day.

In April, I look forward to cooking, crafting, making art, setting up my new apartment, enjoying Spring weather and happily dodging the rain on the east side of the island. And I freaking deserve it.

Anyway, I see an empty cardboard box out of the corner of my eye and I MUST GO FILL IT. Hope you all are well and creating fun stuff in my absence.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

When it rains...

...it pours with projects!

Doing the Hearts & Crafts Affair was the best (and funnest and most champagne-drenched) thing I could've done lately to get myself busy with crafting again. While I only made a few new things for the fair, those new things sold well and have jump-started me in a nicely focused direction.

Wrist cuffs did very well, as did the utility/craft belts. So well that I was left with just one cuff and an order for a duplicate cuff. I plan on making a bigger batch of both soon. That's part one of my projects list.

Part two is another swap, for which I'm stumped on what to do for the person.

Part three is participation in an art collaboration project.

Part four is a stencil project.

Part five is 2 pairs of wristwarmers for a coworker's mom.

Part six is finishing the site.

All this is happening nearly simultaneously this month. AND I go away to Portland for work next week. What timing! Oh and I heard somewhere it's holiday season. Pa rum pa pum pum.

As for personal projects, they are on hold again. Those projects being skirts and a dress or two. And I would also like to tackle an inspiration board to hang near my desk or above my table. Because I'm a dork like that. Also, having a new addition to the household in the form of Josie the Cat is an excuse to try my hand at a little plushie toy.

All this while holding a pretty consuming day job. How do you people DO it? All in all, I do realize this busyness is a blessing--the most important thing to remember.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Sanity: I hear it's nice

So guys? Building a website is kind of difficult. Especially when you're learning as-you-go. Sure, you might have working knowledge of HTML and what makes a good website, but there's a whole lot more out there. W0wzer!

In case it's not clear, the above describes what I'm up to right now. Thankfully, Mellow Being comes to my rescue often. I'm not sure anyone is reading this right now, as my feed got borked and it took forever to figure out that it was the crappy old template I reverted back to upon first publishing via FTP.
  • To do: make sure Technorati stuff is updated; add subscription buttons back to sidebar
So all my webby energy has been spent in trying to make things work and look presentable. And in getting mad when things don't work and then giving poor Blog the old silent treatment just because of its association with the main site. It's not fair, I know. I've missed you, Blog. You look good, Blog. How are things? Do you still have that CD I lent you, blog?

Oh, ahem. Anyway.

This is all in addition to some major changes and new responsibilities at work, which are certainly affecting my energy and productivity levels after 5pm. Hell, it even made me turn down a happy hour yesterday. In the end, I'm sure most changes will end up as positives, as I'm dealing with them as they come. But what I should say is, this is another contributing factor to what seems like inactivity in haasomeville.

Well, www.haasome.com is sort of "up" in construction mode. Mainly because I was tired of it not being up, and with haasome.com/blog being live, well you never know who might check out the main address.

Any similarities between this post and Julie Powell's writing is not intentional. Her style is just infectious--mostly a much cooler version of mine. Hi, Julie. I aspire to live like you. I finally read her book, and she said something (originally in her blog and quoted in the book) that really hits home. Not just for me, but for most people, I'd imagine. Anyone feeling...all down-trodden upon? (Oh, I love myself when I quote W/IFS). To paraphrase, she describes Julia Child's effect on her life like that of someone who has saved her from drowning. Not that I'm drowning, but don't we all live for those moments/people/things that make us go, "Yes, this is exactly what I should be doing with my life! I am totally here." Something about self-actualization. Or something.

Maybe I'll start with a cat and a dress pattern.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

[Temporary] New Look + Upcoming Website!

So I've been ramping up for my new upcoming website--hence the lack of posting and new, VERY PINK look. Also, you may have noticed that you've been redirected to www.haasome.com/blog. Yay! My very own domain.

I've been forced to use a less-than-desired "classic template" by Blogger until I finish my own CSS. I'm a bit of a CSS newb (I know, I know...), so it's taking me a bit longer than average to get it all straightened out. Once the site IS up, you'll be sure to hear about it. And I'll of course welcome comments on look and usability. The homepage will be my shop, with links to this blog and other hopefully useful pages.

I have what looks to be a busy autumn so far! You know I love lists--hold onto your hats:
  • This week: super secret awesome surprise for the lovely Judi.
  • Finish website, and apply for Handmade Arcade by Sept. 1.
  • Sept. 1 and/or 2: Mellow Being and I hope to be vendors at Artists & Fleas.
  • Make a few new, extra nice things and apply for consignment at Cut + Paste before the craziness of the second half of September.
  • Sept. 16-19: [Work] Conference in New Orleans.
  • End of Sept/Beginning of Oct: PARIS.
  • Nov. 11-12: How awesome would it be to participate in Handmade Arcade??
  • Nov. 17: Turn 25. Woo!
Feels good to be present again. I have a few new posts up my sleeves in the midst of this CSSful month. Stay tuned...

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Upswing?

Apparently, I've gotten worse at updating this. The time between posts seems to have flown by! Jeez, what happened?

What have I been doing with my [crafty] life? Well I'll begin to tell you, starting with the most recent past.

This weekend I was a recluse--a happy one. I felt good on Sunday night as I went to bed, reflecting on the things I had accomplished or furthered along. Just me and my own company, some random TV, music and some text messages received throughout, reminding me of the outside world. This made me smile as I thought, "hoh hoh people, if you only knew what I was workin on!"

Since we all frigging love lists of accomplishments (and inevitable haasome-fashion mini pitfalls in parentheses), this weekend I:

- 85% completed a purse, only because I had to wait for fabric glue to dry. (Of course the glue sort of...made the spot on the felt where the glue was applied somewhat see-through. Maybe I'll glue more felt on top.)

- Cut out fabric for a new apron using with cute vintagey fabric scored from the Repro Depot booth at Renegade.

(Would've sewn more but I need more colors of thread. D'oh.)

- Turned my new Against Me! shirt into a girly fit tee, just taking in the sides a bit.

- Finally fixed a thrift store shirt to fit me, and already wore it today.

- Finished something for a swap. Probably shouldn't mention it here yet...

- Hung a print by The Black Apple, purchased at Renegade.

- Got some house stuff done. Installed new wall-mounted pot rack with some elbow grease and a regular screwdriver. Cleaned the dirtiest half of my bedroom floor and top of bookcases, made dusty by a superintendent mishap and never really thoroughly cleaned until now. Cleaned bathroom. I still have more to do but spurts are good.

Somewhere in there I jogged for a good while. Something tells me that starting to exercise again is helping. Now I have another busy couple of weeks coming up. I hope to accomplish some more stuff somehow, including cleaning the other half of my room & closet, buying more thread and finishing bags and aprons.

Up next (once I recharge my camera batteries), a post about the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair and the goodies I bought. Tally-ho.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

A Saturday adventure with Haasome & Mellow Being

What do Haasome and Mellow Being do when they hang out? Usually something craft-related, of course. Bear with me as I catch up with myself here.

Last Saturday the 26th, we were on a mission. Yarn! High-end crafts shopping! As much time outdoors as possible! And dinner. That ever-elusive dinner plan.

Every year, Smiley's Yarns of Queens has a couple big sales (Yarn Riots). Not only that, but spend $25 and get some hilariously outdated pattern books. Smiley's is no-frills, tote-your-items-in-a-laundry-basket, bargain shopping. My only qualm is that they have a limited cotton selection and a little too much Red Heart and Lion Brand. But hey, their M.O. is cheap and simple. And it's not like Mellow and I left with nothing:

Mellow Being's colorful cotton stash


My yarn; all for a cute nightie that I want to start now in order to have ready for the cooler months.

It's definitely worth the trek on the J/Z; more so if you like wool and/or go during the sale. After a lunch break for me, we headed back in Mellow's car to her house for a frozen watermelon pit stop.

Then we were off to afore-mentioned American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center. Seems we missed the alpaca(s), but we got to see a whole lotta high-end products from real masters. Set beautifully to mostly live classical music, we saw tons of beautiful jewelry, furniture, sculpture, bags and clothing. We didn't even want to guess how much it cost to have a spot at this juried event. We couldn't resist picking up an item each:

Mellow Being's polymer clay earring. I neglected to get the designer's card--perhaps Jen can comment with the info?

And I bought a Tesage Tote designed by Yukiko Sato:
The best part: a purse organizer. A drawstring bag for all your stuff, which makes it easy to switch from bag to bag. The purse is so comfortable to wear!

After mulling around the area and Columbus Circle, we finally landed at an adequate Mexican restaurant on 49th-ish for dinner. All in all, a lot of walking and an inspiring day. Naturally, I rested all day Sunday, but was back to work on Monday.

Details about Monday and Jen's completed bag coming soon, as well as an Etsy update this afternoon.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Reprezenting in New Orleans

I mainly want to talk about being in New Orleans and how I'm loving it thus far, but a quick crafty update first.

I'm really excited about the aprons I've made. They're flipping adorable and I can't wait to make more. Especially some that are more crafty-tool belt-type. With some block prints on them and/or embroidery. Although I bitched about making bias tape, I have to admit that the final product is just so much cooler than it would have been using boring, monochromatic store-bought tape.

I am a bit annoyed with myself because I didn't get any prints made. I've bought some of the necessary tools at least and have sketches done. I probably would've gotten some done if I had a printer and Photoshop at home.

Apparently I've been commissioned to make t-shirts for my coworkers for a conference (again in New Orleans) in September. That should be fun.

Okay so New Orleans is great. I've finally had raw oysters, gumbo and a po' boy. Saw lots of strip clubs and sex shops on Bourbon Street. Some guy sang into a bucket for a coworker. We've eaten at Cafe du Monde already. Amazing coffee (while I loved the beignets, too, but they were nothing new to me. Same exact thing as zeppoles and funnel cake).

Still on the agenda: an Imax movie about the formation of New Orleans by a hurricane in prehistoric times. Oh boy oh boy. The geek in me is too excited. Also, a steamboat ride. Eating at Nola. And more exploring in general.

Not to brag, but it's going to be about 80 degrees this week. Time to get to bed. I have an early an busy day tomorrow!

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Production mode

So what else is there to talk about besides the SNOW in New York today? Big chunks, too. I just...sigh. Where's spring?

Let's talk about making things instead. As the title of this post says, I am in production mode. This means traipsing fabric scraps across the apartment, my fabric storage bins down from the cabinets above my closet, and the tabletop ironing board taking over the bar-height portion of my kitchen counter. How come? I'm trying to get some more stuff done before the Big Art Show.

Update on the list I made in the previous post: printmaking is to be done this weekend rather than during the week and instead of making more bags, I'm working on aprons. I really would like to make a tote bag or two but I've still got three to sell. But hey, I'm getting closer to crossing stuff off the list!

The fabrics have all been cut for the aprons:

Here's a close-up of my favorite. It's so kitschy-kitchen:

It reminds me of my Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, and the trips to the Kutztown Pennsylvania German Festival my mom would drag us on. Represent! Something about the colors and the tulips in the fabric reminds me of hex signs.

And let me just say that making bias tape is not my favorite activity. If I ever become craftily rich and famous, I would consider paying someone to cut and press fabric for me.

Craft/art-making days left before day of show, including tonight: 5. Why? I'll be in New Orleans from 4/10 to 4/13. Eek!

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