Tuesday, September 12, 2006

KIDS - Do Not Try this at Home

Holy sharpened pencils, Batman! This sculpture is about the craziest art I have seen in a while. I love the uniformity of the tiny sharpened pencils, as well as the reflection of sea creatures in wood & eraser. Don't miss the nails. Bravo, Jennifer!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Iron Works Graphics

Made from Scratch ...

These fantastic cards are not only letterpressed, but also designed, drawn and carved by Scott Baldwin. His Greetings and Postcards are great but I really fell for the booklets. Beautiful!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Here's what new in the swapping world of Asma.

Here is the tons of ribbon I received from Dana and Kathy H. Thank you!

Here is a scene in a matchbox that I sent out. It's a little library if you can't tell. It's about 2 1/4" by 1 1/8 inches. I used paper and clay and shrinky dinks and colored wooden match sticks to create the scene.

Handmade items sent to me by Dawn in the UK. A beautiful roomy polka-tote and a wash cloth that seems to have the most intricate 'brick' stitch.

Handmade items I sent across the seas to Australia. Some soap and letterpressed notecards and polymer items.

Felted Tote - start to finish

Here is a felted tote that I just finished. My first felting and knitting on cable needles - in the round (untwisted after 3 tries)! Good job, me. I love the yarn, I used a combination Lumpy Bumpy by Farmhouse Yarns and a double strand of Cascade 220 Wool, because my yarn shop does not carry the Berroco.

Before I felted:

After I felted - it shrunk from 16" x 24" to about 14" square. I wasn't sure whether to have the knit side out or the purl side out, but for now i have the knit side.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Cheap Thrills

Really cheap. Remember those machines that smoosh (technical term) your penny and print an image on it. Well, someone has gone and listed all the machines and posted pictures of almost all the penny images that you can make. It's fun to look thru the images to see all the places you have been and NOT collected pennies from.

Friday, August 25, 2006


Aye Caramba! Between these two sites, you can have your hands full creating masterpices with your mouse.

Kaleidscope Drawtoy

Jackson Pollack
Click to change colors.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

First Knit and more...

Here is my first knitting - a fuzzy hat and scarf combo made from Paton's Divine yarn in yummy Orangina. The pattern was from the Michael's web site, and turned out to be pretty easy. I'm knitting a second set for a birthday present for a friend.

Here are bookmarks I received in a swap, they're so pretty (and professsional)! Thank you, Kat.

Here are a couple things I have sent out this week for a handmade journal swap and a ribbon swap. The ribbons & fibers were from my stash, but the books were newly made. I recently took a book binding class at the Creative Arts Workshop and hope to take another one in the fall. The book covers are made with a paper from EK Success that is called LetterPress, but is really just debossed. It has a nice texture even though it isn't real letterpress. In official bookbinding speak, the journals are single-signature hard cover pamphlets.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Namesake

Oh, oh, oh - I'm so excited about The Namesake release, Sept 20. I loved the book (it was my life) but i'm even more excited that Kal Penn is starring! I found his blog and he's still really cute :)

Monday, August 21, 2006

'bout me

Things you may not have known about me.....

A) Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. counted pills at Warminster Pharmacy
2. called people to answer surveys (telemarketing)
3. ran errands for graduate architecture department at CMU
4. Database performance tuning for IBM

B) Four movies you would watch over and over:
1. Red
2. Bridget Jones' Diary
3. Gone with the Wind
4. Four Weddings and Funeral

C) Four places you have lived:
1. Warminster, Pennsylvania (mom & dad)
2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (various dorms and apartments)
3. New York City (5th floor walk-up)
4. Yonkers, NY (on the Hudson River)

D) Four TV shows/channels you love to watch:
2. scrubs
3. The Kumars at No 42
4. sex & the city

E) Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Paris (twice)
2. Florence (with laura)
3. Bombay/Poona (visit family)
4. San Francisco, CA (part of honeymoon)

F) Websites you visit daily: (or semi-weekly)
1. yahoo
2. swap-bot
3. google
4. new york times

G) Four of my favorite foods:
1. chocolate
2. mocha
3. grilled cheese with tomatoes
4. french toast

H) Four places I would rather be right now:
1. home (not at work)
2 Savannah, Georgia
3. St. Petersburg
4. Art store

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Soapy Swap

Hi. I've been doing this swapping for a month or so. You sign up for a swap, make a little package for your swap partner(s) and send it to them, and you receive something from someone else. Sometimes it's handmade stuff, sometimes store bought. So, I have started a swap of my own, for handmade soap. All you soap makers out there, sign up: Soap Swap

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I'm published (sort of)

For my wedding in April, I designed a 'save the date' card, that was letterpressed. I was thrilled when the printer posted it on their web site as an example!

Save The Date

First blog entry EVER!

Hi. I've been a blog voyeur (blogyeur?) for some time now, and thought i would try my hand at all the fun. I will be posting a variety of crafts that i make or life updates or fun stuff from the web. Let's see how it goes.....