Sunday, May 22, 2011

A dispatch from the walking (crafting) wounded.

So, I suffered another of my mysterious balance failures on Saturday, though a bit more severely than usual. One minute, I'm standing at the counter sticking price tags on things, the next  I'm on the floor and have whacked my arm on the edge of the counter in an unsuccessful attempt to regain my balance.  I've ended up with one hell of a bruise along the inside of my arm on one side (I thought about including a picture, but thought better of it), the elbow is swollen, and trying to hold anything tightly in my left hand is...well, it's just not happening right now.  I'm choosing to blame the sinus issues I've been having since the art fair (being outside for several hours trying to keep paintings from blowing away in the cold wind was not kind to my sinuses).

My reaction to my arm being bruised and swollen? "Let's sew things!"

Specifically, let's sew fabric flowers for kanzashi:

I've cut several 2" squares from some red tiny-flower-print fabric from my stash, and I've got some nice hairpins with pads for gluing things onto at the ready - I'll wait to post a link to the tutorial I'm using until after I see how they turn out.

On a semi-related note, the art fair was not quite as successful as I'd hoped - plenty of people stopped to look at my work, but then apologized that it was just too cold outside to stand around and scurried off to warmer spaces.  As a result, you might want to keep an eye on my Etsy store over the next few days as I get decent pictures of my paintings and start listing a few.