O, excelsior!

I know, I know. “How can she post so frequently?” you wonder. “All that typing must result in unsightly calluses on her fingers. Eww.” Well, if you’ll just pay a little more attention, you’ll notice that I haven’t posted in over a month. Pretty sad, huh? Yeah, well get used to it. You know, the fanzine this blog replaces only came out once a year. And I had help with that! Seriously, you might wanna read real slow. There might not be another post for a while. Why? It isn’t because I’m lazy, it’s just because I’m undisciplined. And because I don’t really enjoy writing. Luckily, I do enjoy having written, so I reckon I’ll keep it up. Every now and again. (May I suggest a feed reader?)

Summer is ending here and I couldn’t be happier! Sometimes I wonder why I suffer through this brutal weather. It makes me pretty miserable. I can’t cook without heating the house up unreasonably, and I don’t like to go swimming. I do like to go sledding. I live in the wrong state.

I’ve been kinda grumpy all summer, but now that it’s cooling off (it only gets into the upper 80s or low 90s lately), my temperament has been improving. I have more energy and things are starting to sound fun again! Fall’s fun! Highlights of my fall calendar: Cat Power, my brother’s wedding, Magnetic Fields, The Humpers reunion (!), Fun Fun Fun Fest, Charlie Parr, a one-night basic digital camera class, the Flair Symposium, a possible camping &/or hiking trip, and more. Also, the debates, the election, and either unbridled joy or the deepest pit of sorrow the morning after. And the cherry on top: two whole weeks off over the winter break during which time I’ll either finally get my shit together or go totally insane. Yay!

O, excelsior!

cozy mania

second try
second try

Almost every night last week, I made a cozy. I just got an iPod touch and I wanted to make my dream cozy for it. My design slowly evolved from the first one (the abomination) to the super-cute elephant-patterned version I am carrying around.

first good version (closed)
first good version (closed)
first good version (open)
first good version (open)
elephant-print cozy (closed)
elephant-print cozy (closed)

It’s very functional! I had a really hard time finding one (years ago, first iPod) which provided accommodation for my headphones. So I put a little pocket on my version.

elephant-print cozy (open)
elephant-print cozy (open)

I also made a version which is lined with impossible-to-photograph black fleece and has a different structure. I’ll make one out of something else soon & post photos.

car-patterned cozy
car-patterned cozy

I’m also planning to tutorialize these photos into something useful for my fellow crafters. You know, one day. I’m also planning to make some more of them (outta some sweet new fabric I just got) and sell them in my Etsy shop (which will also have some stitch markers available soon).

Oh, I also made a really basic one for my new camera which is making this little show-n-tell possible… Anybody out there think I should be worrying about fleece + electronics = static = bad?

fleece camera cozy
fleece camera cozy
cozy mania