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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!


I’m not above a little kitsch

In small, measured doses, that is. 😉 Tonight is the start of a new season of Project Runway and I have really been looking forward to it!

When we returned to the States after living in France for three years, we stayed with some friends for a few weeks until Mr. Gren got a job and we had a place to live. During those weeks with not much to do, we caught up on American television and I found reruns of the first couple seasons of Project Runway. I couldn’t wait to find my sewing machine and try making some of my own clothes. Project Runway still gives me little bursts of inspiration and, if it didn’t end so late, I’d run right up to my sewing room and make something after every episode. So, in honor of tonight’s premiere, I decoupaged a pencil box with images of the always-classy Tim Gunn.

Does anyone else remember those cardboard boxes that used to be a standard on school supply lists? I haven’t seen one in years; I guess plastic has taken over. Man, I loved those things. Choosing my new pencil box each fall was one of the highlights of back-to-school shopping (of course, getting new crayons, pencils, and glue still makes me all giddy with joy). One of my favorites had flags of the world all over it. Apparently, these are relics of my childhood (which I really didn’t think was all that long ago). I was poking around in Michael’s yesterday and found plain white pencil boxes!! Forget the little brown papier mache box I had been reluctantly carrying around; this white pencil box unleashed a flood of warm, fuzzy memories. It had been way too long since I’d had a new pencil box.

Oh beautiful, little white box, what possibilities you hold.

I didn’t want another box around the house just to have a box. It needs to serve a purpose. Last night as I was falling asleep, I had my epiphany: Lately, since I have been smocking the girls’ nightgowns, I’ve had an assortment of crafting stuff roaming around the secretary that is next to our couch. Easy access for me to work on things while watching TV in the evening. Unfortunately, it’s also easy access for small hands and easily lost among the papers and books that have a way of piling up there. Losing a spool of thread: annoying. Losing a needle: dangerous. So I decided to employ this box as my mobile crafting unit.

Hot glue Gunn. ... Ok, that was lame.

My glue gun skills are not hm, shall we say, professional. (Is there a such thing as a professional hot gluer? Do they carry holsters? Is there a league? Or maybe just a union). At any rate, consider yourselves lucky that this isn’t a close-up. That poor, violated ribbon. I should have had a practice session because my gluing did improve as I went along. Up until the box flipped upside-down and, in my surprise, I shot a glob of glue all over the bottom of the box. I think I got most of it off without ripping the tissue paper that I had already glued to it. With decoupage glue, not hot glue. I’m much more adept with a little pot of glue and a paint brush.

Tim says I can put stuff IN or take stuff OUT.

Tim Thumb hides in the bottom of my box with an approving look.

Tim doesn’t mind wallowing in craft supplies.

Makes me just as happy as if it had been filled with pencils and crayons. Also, somebody tell me to stop buying embroidery floss.

And then, the very best part of all is the top of the box!

Well-done! Bravo!

What better way to start off some crafting than with applause from Tim Gunn? My living room already looks classier.