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It’s not that I’ve been unproductive this past week. On the contrary, I’ve gotten a lot done! But it’s all on the same mystery project that I showed you awhile back. And y’know, I’d just rather not show it again until it’s finished! Well, mostly done, anyways. My self-imposed goal was the 4th of July. That would imply some sort of patriotic theme. I’ll let you be the judge of that once I reveal it. Anyways, I didn’t want to leave you high and dry, so I dug through my photo archives to find a couple of crafts I did way back when.

Probably my favorite TV show is Psych. Love it. There are some episodes I can watch over and over again and laugh myself silly every time. I used to be fairly active on craftster.org (my name is grenouille78 if you want to check out my old stuff) and I loved participating in the craft swaps. Unemployment and general lack of funds have taken their toll on that pastime, unfortunately, although I hope someday to be able to join in again. One of the swaps I participated in was themed all around the show Psych. There weren’t many of us in that particular swap, but we had fun.

If you aren’t familiar with the show, the two main characters are Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill). In the first several seasons, Shawn was always coming up with goofy aliases for Gus. So the first item I made was based on that concept. I bought a pair of black Guess jeans at the thrift store, cut them off at the crotch and made a purse out of them. I lined it with red fabric and top-stitched it in red (my swap partner’s favorite color was red, otherwise I probably would have done it all in green in keeping with the theme of the show). Then, I adorned the bag with several of Gus’ nicknames. My original plan was much cooler. I had bought an acrylic stamp that looks like one of those “Hello, my name is…” badges. I was going to stamp it all over the purse and then paint the names in. But the weave in the denim prevented the paint on the stamp to come out clearly. Too bad. It would have been funny. I did have a moment of genius when I realized that I could paint over the E and last S on Guess and turn the purse into a “Gu s” purse. That’s what I’m talking about.

Pick a name, any name

The back with handy built-in cell phone and chapstick pockets.

Gus who?

The second Psych-themed craft I have is not one I made for the swap, but inspired by what I received from my swap partner. I have another friend who loves Psych, so I made her a set of Shawn and Gus salt & pepper shakers. Just a little easy printing and decoupaging. But it’s fun! The only tricky part is spreading the glue smoothly enough that the brush strokes don’t show up all over their faces.

Black & Tan, meet Salt & Peppah

So there you have it. A little Psych-inspired fun. I follow Dule Hill and Tim Omundson on Twitter and it sounds like next season is going to be great judging by the little snippets and teases they leave us. They’re filming in Vancouver right now (oh yeah, Happy Canada Day, eh. Hug a maple for me), enjoying this same cool and damp summer that we are here. That’s right, we’ve got a high of 64 today, although that may be a bit optimistic. Hey, anywhere else in the country, send us your extra 20 degrees and we’ll all be happy!

Now back to crocheting until my hands break off at the wrist!


Look! I make grown-up clothes, too!

There is a gross imbalance between kiddie confections and grown-up creations on my blog. It’s not too surprising — after all, they do outnumber me. And they always seem to need something. “Please, please, please! Gimme gimme gimme! I need, I need, I need, I need!” (Name that movie quote and get a hundred points to redeem for, um… how about a pretty little snowflake ornament for your tree? Leave me a comment.) But, once upon a time, I was able to squeak out a skirt of my own. Several years ago, I saw this beautiful skirt on craftster. It’s gorgeous; you really should check out the link. {sigh} I still love her skirt. That turquoise wool is to die for!

I had a vintage skirt pattern that I thought I could adapt enough to incorporate those pleats in the back. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of the pattern and I sold it on ebay a few months ago because, truth be told, I never really liked that pattern that much anyways. It served its purpose, so no regrets. I didn’t have turquoise wool, but I did have some really nice black wool that I had bought just because I loved it and had no particular project in mind. Most of my fabric purchases are emotional rather than logical, tempered only by my bank account.

First, I constructed the skirt normally, and then I cut out the square in the back and inserted the pleated fabric. That sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Trying to get even pleats was a real hassle, though. If I were doing it now, I am fairly certain that I could do it better. Live and learn, right? After going to church, crawling in and out of the car and grocery shopping, it could stand to have a date with the iron, but you get the idea.

I had these really pretty buttons that were originally intended for another project. I can’t even remember what that was anymore. I thought the pale aqua would be a nice homage to the other girl’s skirt.

This was also my first time to line a skirt. Again, another learning experience, but I think it turned out pretty well. And it feels really nice! The reason I’m featuring this skirt now after making it three years ago, is that I’ve finally been able to wear it! When I made it, it was shortly before I became pregnant with Konik. How’s that for timing? So that was an automatic 9 months that I couldn’t wear it. Then, miraculously, after he was born, my weight fell off to the extent that the skirt also fell off of me. I threw it in the repair basket (aka Sewing Purgatory) thinking I would have to remove the waistband and deepen the darts. Of course, that never happened because I hate deconstructing things I’ve made. As I was packing up my sewing room to move to the cabin, I came across the skirt and decided to try it on, just for the heck of it, and discovered that it fits again. So, um, yay?