Oh Thee Mighty Cotton Ball!!!

So in my zine Spin Spin I talk about how you shouldn’t let the thought of huge costs stop you from trying out spinning (since you can easily make a drop spindle with mostly free materials etc.) Well I also talk about how you can even use “100% cotton” cotton balls to spin.
The cotton balls above were purchased for about $2.00 for a huge bag, and then dyed with RIT brand dye. Its not always easy to spin cotton (the fibers are very short) But once you get the hang of it, its fun! Plus you can always mix it with another fiber and spin it that way.

This yarn is mohair and cotton balls carded and then spun up real fluffy and lofty. The cotton balls add nice nubbiness.

this last yarn does not contain cotton balls, but its new..so I figured why not.

It has been raining all morning so the kids and I took a nice long trip to the indoor playground and then over to the used bookstore. Nothing like a few dozen new used books to keep bored kids busy on a rainy day! As for the Lost addiction, Jessee of Art School Drop Out is meeting up with me to lend me her DVDs. This means no waiting for Netflix. This could be dangerous!

Oh and while on the subject of things to watch, Tom bought me Kamikaze Girls on dvd. I like how the filming style is reminiscent of Amelie, and although it might be a little cheesy at times I actually really liked it. Kind of makes you feel like your watching a comic book. Something about it makes me think Tank Girl/Zero Girl/Shade…haha yet asian. Anyhow, its good..watch it!


Meet stumpy, a little tree stump. Sometime in March I am taking part in a group show called Flora + Fauna. I am excited to make plush trees and plants, and maybe even some weird little flowers for the show. I asked if I could make a life sized tree stump, and got the go ahead. I decided to make a few small ones first, so I could play around with differen’t fabrics for the bark. Stumpy is my first try.

He is obviously sad because he has been chopped down. What Stumpy does not realize is a tree stump is good for something—a resting spot! I think maybe its time to reread The Giving Tree to prove it to him.

In other strange news (because yes, referring to a plush tree stump as if it is real is a little strange) Tom and I have become Lost devotees! It’s funny because I always assumed the show Lost was a reality show, and would have never thought to Netflix it. Turns out not only is it not a reality show, but one of the main characters is Charlie from Party Of Five (haha) Our friend Brett (also a brainwashed devotee) convinced Tom and I to give it a try. Now it is a sick sad LOST world here at our house. Last night..and I am ashamed to admit it…butonce the kids were asleep … we watched all four episodes from season 1 disc 2! All 4!! Right in a row!! Sick and twisted I know, but we just couldn’t help ourselves!

More Photos..

Here are a few more photos of where I work.

My computer desk and cork board. The computer desk is the kind that folds up to hide the computer…Like a space saver deal, I think we have closed it up maybe three times in the couple of years we have owned it.
The computer desk is home to our many stickers we have gotten over the years, and the cork board holds all kinds of stuff..from postcards, to pins, to patches and homemade pom poms.

Above my sewing table. I keep meaning to take these down and spray paint them pink, but haven’t yet. The bottom one holds all my one inch button parts, and the top one holds all kinds of other little stuff. Of course the tops makes great shelves for toys.
I’ll try and take some more photos of the entire room later today. Sometimes its hard to get good photos because the room has four big windows and tends to make the room look dark and the windows look like big bright balls of light!