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...of my creative life...

30 June 2005

My new pins

For my old pins collection.

More serious, but still on childhood topic, exept the temple (and the strings)

Beads and pins!

Simple and quick (it actually took me longer to remember how to do them, that to "itself do"),

And I really like the idea of beads on the pin!

It’s true – when I crochet – I make toys or something very simple (and I’m good in this). But now I want to try making some clothes. It seems to be rather expensive, because good yarn isn’t cheap and, crocheting big things will take a lot of time itself. But anyway, I’ll try. I think of making a top… don’t know… for a start, some kind of a top which isn’t going to take hours and hours of my life.

But sewing is still better – it much, much quicker. By the way, I’ve made a dress out of that “Chinese motive” fabric that very day I bought it. But it’s for home wearing only (because it was the very first dress I ever made and I’m not really happy with it.) I’ll try to modify it and then it may look better.

For a secret pal

So, this is how my 1st package to a secret pal will look like. I’ll mail it tomorrow. Wonder, when she’ll receive (it takes a while to "swim" overseas) it and if she likes it. Of course she won’t understand the magazines in Russian, but it has schemes, I hope she’ll be able to use them.

29 June 2005

23456It was a good day.

So, I did go shopping for my sp presents ideas. It was great. I’ll go to buy yarns for her tomorrow. I think of making “a red house bag” for her to put little items into it. I will be nice, won’t it?
7 This is a part, containing strings and beads (I’ll add more later). I think any craft person can think of a way to use strings, and my sp even mentioned she likes to make post-cards for relatives on holidays. She can tire everything :D

I guess I’m so exited because it’s my first time in sp system.

I wonder if it’s 1st or 2nd or 3rd or so on time for the pal, that’s sending stuff to me ;) And I wish I knew her name… and if she’s on (I’m (somehow) not) sp5 participant list… (winking ;)

So, I did go shopping for my sp presents ideas. (I’ll post pictures later) It was great. I’ll go to buy yarns for her tomorrow. I think of making “a red house bag” for her to put little items into it. I will be nice, won’t it?

I guess I’m so exited because it’s my first time in sp system.

I wonder if it’s 1st or 2nd or 3rd or so on time for the pal, that’s sending stuff to me ;) And I wish I knew her name… and if she’s on (I’m (somehow) not) sp5 participant list… (winking ;)

In the vase

Today's pictures.

(The idea of a doll is stolen (I can admit it :) from pics on Flickr)

Here she's sitting alone...not sad, - thinking and being happy...

Flowers from my garden, a bear from my shelf, a doll from my wall. Beauty!

28 June 2005


A flower from my garden, a bear from my shelf - and everything on my hand!

Today's goods.

New fabric, coarse calico (as I translated in dictionary), usually is used for bed-sheets. :) It's really cheap. I'll sew a dress.

These are for bed-sheets. Presents for enemies (i meen as in bible - do good to people you "don't like"... well, here are my goods. Bought, made sheets, and gave away )

Some changes in design

I've made some changes to the design. I wonder, if they are well seen. It should be dark-green, green and light yellow on the background. (spend 2 hours yesterday to figure out how to change the html code... but next time it'll be much quicker!)
Also, added Flickr digest. And managed ring banners (this was hard). Still haven't been approved in any of them, but I'm hoping.

I finished presents for my russian blog readers, will show the picture later (it's a red house with a dragon, as on the previous post). Also I now have my secret pal to think about. But I'm almost ready to form a first package. I plan to go shoping for some yarns for her later tomorrow. But am not sure yet.

27 June 2005

New idea!

I saw such house bag on the cover for some Japanese book, and then on flickr. I decided to make one as a birthday present to a reader (well, I’ll need 2 houses like that, ‘couse I need 2 presents) of my Russian blog.
But I liked this one so much, that I decided to keep this very house for myself and make another for presents. :)

18 June 2005

Today I went shopping and brought home fabrics:
Today's fabrics like this and also some others.

Later, I set down to sew something out of them.

... These dragons (and the cat) appeared.
Dragons and a cat
(I always have problems with creating faces for my creautures)

And, after all,
Here they are, looking at the world, each other and me.
A dragon
Three on one stick
And all ready
Dragons and the cat
I can say it's been a good night. Time for sleep now.

17 June 2005


Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
I love them. They are left from my childhood. Made in ussr time. They actually have an old price of 25-40 *kopeeks* on the other side. That's so sweet to see.

А paper house in the garden

А paper house in the garder
Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
So, mother brought this paper house home and I had this idea to take a picture of it (I liked it) So, here it is - between the grass and with so many dwellers :)

A Bear or a Hare

A Bear or a Hare
Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
Nice and small.
Likes to walk :)

I've crocheted him actually having my session and exams every day. He was the way to forget that I'm tired. Good help. :)

15 June 2005

I'm in! Secret pal, I'm here.

So, I did it. I signed up to secret pal 5. I was late, but I’m in now!

Here is a questionnaire.
1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I’m not a snob, I use everything, but of course I prefer natural materials.
2. Do you spin? Crochet?
Unfortinatally I can’t spin, but I love crocheting (and sewing also) I’m 19 now, and had my first crochet teacher when I was 13. Then, being 14 I stoped “all my crafts” and only in 18 started again. Now crafting is my passion.
3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
No, no problems with that.
4. How long have you been knitting?
If in total, about 3 years. But I don’t knit clothes, - just toys, sometimes vases… Well, last year I made a hat and now I’m persuading myself to crochet a scarf.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Well, I’m in Russia and it’s a problem for me to have a credit card (all that bank staff), so if I visit amazon, I stare at craftrelated items and become sad. So, I told myself not to visit. (although I looked for some Japanese craft books, just to catch ideas from covers.)
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Hhmm… I like fresh scents. Mint, tea-tree. Well, citrus is good too.
7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
No, I think I don’t. But I love chocolate.
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I do love sewing, gardening, and I also like making plasticine pictures… or felt ones.
… and, is playing the piano a “do-it-yourself” thing? Well, I finished music school, so I do.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I have a lot (a LOT) of mp3’s in my computer. I don’t like pop music. Classics, new age or electronic is better. I also do listen to folk (for exampe, Irish, celtic) music and to so-called neo-folk.
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
I like black, yeallow, green. I don’t like blue. Dark is ok, but not light blue. I can’t say if I like exacly bright of pastel shades, each day is different.
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live with my mother, sometimes, I go to see my father J. I have a dog (you can see her with Cheburashka on the pic below), I also have a cat. I had fish, but now I don’t :)
12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
I am a teacher in our (with my mother) home school. Our school is names “Dream”. So, I must know a lot about them, don’t I? J So, I’d like to find a husband (oh, my!), to raise a child. And more importunately, I want to grow, - not to regress, I mean, but to develop myself and to just “progress”. I want to learn new things, in a whole.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I don’t have any.
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Hmm, can’t think of anything but syntactics.
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
To knit something difficult
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Easy ones :)
17. What are you knitting right now?
A vase-pot.
18. What do you think about ponchos?
Like them but not on myself
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Oh, I can’t manage needles, just crochet… But I have many-many needles left from my grand mother. Use them as a pointer on lessons sometimes .
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Ah! Love aluminum… and bamboo.
21. Are you a sock knitter?
Only for dolls. But my mother often tells me to make slippers… they are like short socks :)
22. How did you learn to knit?
As I said, I had a teacher. But that was long ago and after a break I had to teach myself. Used i-net tutorials.
23. How old is your oldest UFO?
What a pity, I don’t know what UFO is.
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Animated character is Cheburashka and some other russian heros. And I like birds on a whole.
25. What is your favorite holiday?
New Year and Teacher’s day.
26. Is there anything that you collect?
I collect fabrics, yarns, but they seem to dissapear pretty fast. :)
I also collect notes for piano. Books and rare movies (I have a shelf with dvd’s). I also collect buttons and pins.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Don’t have any.
28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
I love books. Craft ones… and just literature. I prefer serious books. J And I also read fairy-tales.
So, I'm waiting for my secret pal !!!

Cheburashka and my dog

Cheburashka and my dog
Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
Hurray! I have it! Cheburashka… Just like in the cartoon. Very old, very nice.

I’m actually angry with Japanese people, ‘cause they act like that’s their toy, but it’s not. Everybody must know Cheburashka is an old Russian book and cartoon film character.

With my dog Marisabel :)

14 June 2005

Tiny bears

Tiny bears
Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
I've started making them so long ago, and I still refresh my memory with them, waching tv and crocketing.

So, I had about 20 bears like that. (and I still continue crocketing them, as I said) 'cause it's rather fast, easy, fun, and nice looking in the end.

Some of them were used as a New Year's gifts for readers of my russian blog.

My Matreshkas

My Matreshkas
Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
The set is about 40 years old. I'm happy to have them, from my grandmother, who is now dead.

2 little ones in the foreground are "modern".

My cat Murzik and my sewn cats.

My cat Murzik and my sewn cats.
Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
Love them.
To tell the thuth I stole the idea of them in the net, but they are so great I couldn't help making them.
The "alive" cat is currently living with my grandfather in the countryside.

On the shelf

On the shelf
Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
My toys, placed themselves in front of Dostoevsky books.
(They liked the smell, I guess :)

The ducks are sitting on the round box, that I have from my grandmothers time.

The one behind the Horse is new.

A Mouse

A Mouse
Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
A little mouse. Likes the fresh air :)

The old soviet toys

The old soviet toys
Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
These are the toys, one old woman gave me as a present... They are made in USSR times. The Bear is about 50-60 years old (if you "knock" at him, you'll understand is't made of wood and is empty inside), the Donkey is about 30 and the Rabbit and the Dog are little bit younger.
What can I say?! - I love them!

A vase

A vase
Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
Really simple, chip, nice and fun.

The daffodils are the first ones from the garden.

All of them

All of them
Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
I was so inspired of My Paper Clay works that made these creatures. Four of them. I have only 5 colours of felt (and it looks old and fluffy), so I made four. The red one will be born soon, I hope.

A weird cat

A weird cat
Originally uploaded by Wild Wind.
He was made at 4 o'clock after midnight 2 days ago... so, he's crasy :)

New blog, new start

So, here I am. Actually, I have a blog on lj... and one in russian on journals.ru
This one is for pictures of my crafts. Let's start.