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I haven’t done one of these album covers for a long time so I decided to give it a shot today. Below are the instructions on how to do your own. It says to tag others so they’ll do it as well but I’m not going to do that. Feel free to go play though, I find it quite interesting the combination that popped up for me!

1 – Go to wikipedia and hit random. The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band. 2 – Go to quotationspage.com and hit random…. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album. 3 – Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days” Third picture, no matter …what it is, will be your album cover. 4 – Use photoshop or similar (picnik.com is a free online photo editor) to put it all together. 5 – Post it with this text in the “caption” and TAG the friends you want to join in….


Honestly, Big Huge Labs is too darn much fun. I started a photo project earlier this year called 365 of Me, and these are a few of the photos I’ve pulled out for the mosaic. Now I need to get back to my homework. Wish me luck.

A little popart fun from Big Huge Labs

A much better time-suck activity than Facebook.

A little popart from http://bighugelabs.com/popart.php

It’s time to get back to knitting. Granted, I am currently working on a pair of felted mittens using my own pattern and am in the middle of a pair of socks. But I have that “itch” and those who knit, know what that means. Since this will be one of my last splurges for some time I thought I may as well have fun with it, eh?

I’m going to participate in the Mystery Sock II: Girls’ Night Out KAL, hosted by The Knitters Brewing Co. I’ve ordered my kit and should get it in a couple of days, I’ve chosen Mint Julep and On The Rocks as my color combination.  I’m so psyched, I don’t recall ever doing mosaic knitting before so it will be a nice change from the norm. If you’re interested, check out the links above.

Knitters Brewing Co. also has a group on Ravelry so check that out too. There’s a link at KBC (scroll through the information about the KAL), or you can go there from here: Knitters Brewing Co. group on Ravelry. If you aren’t a member, you can sign up for free. Ravelry is an awesome place for a zillion reasons, check it out.

Must study for finals, ta ta!

I’ve been dabbling with sewing over the last few months and apparently people on flickr are enjoying my pictures. I received this email in flickr today and am simply tickled, you’ll find a link to my flickr pictures of my sewing from this site, all next week.

Once you get to my flickr site via the We All Sew site, click on the Sewing Set – much easier to go through all the pictures. I think I’ll go pat myself on the back for a little bit (wink!).

Here’s the email:

Hi there!

My name is Erika and I’m a sewin’ stay at home mom currently working on a project with www.WeAllSew.com.

We think your photostream is fabulous, and we want to share it with other sewers by featuring a link on WeAllSew.com!

We All Sew is dedicated to inspiring sewers by gathering the best stuff out there on the web all in one place. Our Sew to Serve page gives people great ideas of ways to help others by sewing. And, our Free Stuff section offers links to free projects, patterns, and dowloads. Visitors connect with fellow sewers, quilters, and crafters through our featured favorite blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter handles, Flickr photostreams and YouTube accounts.

We’ll be featuring you as a WeAllSew.com Favorite Photo Galleries all next week, and would love it if you could link back to WeAllSew.com or give us a shout out!

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you would not like to be featured through a link on WeAllSew.com.

Thanks so much,

I’m addicted. Seriously addicted. To making string pieced blocks for quilting projects. How in the world did this happen? Yowza!

I’m going to make my mom a chemo quilt to keep her warm during her treatments, I’m calling it the Happy Crazy Smile quilt. I’ll be making 24 – 12″ blocks that will be cut into various sizes. This is the first 12″ block done (click to go to flickr for larger sizes of all pictures):

For Mom's Quilt - Before Cutting

I made these blocks for the swaps I mentioned in the previous post. The first 2 sets of 6 start out as 7″x7″ but have since been cut to 6 1/2″x 6 1/2″. The pink one at the bottom is 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.

Set 2 For String Block Swap

Set 1 For String Block Swap

String Pieced Block 2

As for my other sewing: Here are a couple of the sets of coasters I tried to sell at the craft fair. Yes, there’s a safety pin in the corners, it’s just to keep the sets together in the travel bag. Each set has a different fabric on the back, that way you have two ways of displaying them.

2 Sets of 4 Coasters

2 Sets of 4 Coasters

I went to a couple of craft/art fairs in the last month or so and picked up a few things:

A set of 4 placemats, about 16 x 16, blue/white gingham on back. They’re very similar in look to the old fashioned oil cloth fabric.

Oilcloth placemat - spill on it, wipe it right off

A serving bowl and chip/dip bowl by Adama Sow, perfect for a party. Didn’t notice until I got home, they coordinate with the place mats!


Chip Dip

An acorn pin for a certain someone, made from clay. Very cool. Clay Acorn Pin

Another gift for someone, it’s made from fused glass.

Fused Glass Ornament

A hanging for our south window in the living room, also fused glass. About 13″x 13″. Sorry for the towel but we haven’t hung it up yet.

Fused Glass Hanging

I also purchased a pretty sun catcher and a tote bag. The tote bag is made from the same ‘fabric’ as the place mats but not in a fruit pattern. The bag is reversible, silver/gray inside, gray floral print on black on the outside. I’ll get those pictures here this week. I forgot to take pictures because I already hung up the sun catcher and have been using the bag for school.

Okay, I’m hungry and need to do homework. I’ll be putting an update about my mom at the cancer blog tonight or tomorrow. She’s doing well. I’m not surprised. That’s my mom. 🙂

I heart fall. I do, I do, I do. The wind, the cloudy skies (and often bright and sunny ones), the smell of wet leaves. I know I’m probably odd that way but it works for me – so there. Unfortunately, the hubster prefers summer or at least more sunshine than I do. Can’t win them all from Mother Nature!

I had no idea it had been so long since my last post. What has been going on, you ask?

  • I finished knitting the lace scarf with the yarn I received from Gimmesanity and will be blocking it this week. It’s so pretty!
  • I started a pair of socks this weekend with the yarn I received from Yarny Old Kim.
  • I made 156 cloth coasters for an arts and crafts fair and sold….drum roll please…ZERO! However, I gave two sets to a friend of my hubster’s, one for him and one for his parents. His mother loved them and said “It was the wrong crowd to sell them to because these are priced just right and they’re really cute.” That made me feel better because she’s been to and sold items at a ton of places. Another friend said perhaps beer cozies would have been better for them to which I added, why not sell cut off tshirts to let that old muffin top hang out along with the beer cozies? Haa! If nothing else, people will be getting coasters as stocking stuffers for a few years to come. I may also try to sell them at a consignment shop or at my etsy store. No big deal. 🙂
  • I’ve really been getting into sewing. Don’t tell my knitting needles but it’s really been fun and I think I’m addicted to a new technique! I’m in a swap on swap-bot.com to exchange string pieced quilt blocks using shades of pink (October is breast cancer awareness month which is when this one will be swapped, hence the color choice of pink). The finished size is 12.5 x 12.5 which when you create your quilt or whatever you’ll make with it, it will be 12 x 12, and you have to make two of them as you have two partners. I made three. I loved the fabrics I picked so much I wanted one of them! Those will get mailed out next week.
  • I’m also in another swap on swap-bot.com to make more string pieced quilt blocks but in a much smaller size (finished mailing size 6.5 x 6.5 to be used as a final size of 6 x 6). The beauty of this swap is that there isn’t a specific color theme so you can go crazy with your fabric scraps and not have to buy any fabric at all. For the bigger one I did in pink I did have to buy fabric. But I bought fat quarters, five of them, spent $10 and got three blocks out of all that fabric. In fact I know I could get one more in that size out of it so really – $2.50 per quilt block in that big of a size? Deal of the century!
  • Fall semester started Aug 26th so I’ve been in school four days a week. Afternoons, really, except for Tuesday’s when it’s pretty much all day. I am still enjoying it though am also still annoyed at the young ones who play on facebook or IM their friends when the instructor is lecturing. I’m just so big on respect and this is just plain rude. But one of my very good friends is a middle school teacher pointed out that this is a whole different culture today then we were in school. Simply no comparison between having a blackberry or cell phone versus paper and pencil and a push button land line. 🙂
  • I’m behind on photos of things so my next post will be just that, photos.

Later, ya’ll.

Down, Stella!


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