Now on Etsy: Canvas Pouches

Ahem Ahem!, Arts & Crafts

I listed a few canvas pouches at the Playfully Grownup Home Etsy shop.

Canvas Pouches Collage

They’re made from a variety of prints and solids. I used up remnant canvas pieces to make them.

The light green one has a really great, understated but elegant floral pattern outlined in white. I added a coordinating green and white polka dot accent for the drawstring channel.

Canvas Pouch Green White Floral BB001a

For the blue and turquoise floral, I found two good accent color matches but couldn’t decide which I preferred, so I made two versions. Problem solved! 🙂 One has a turquoise-on-turquoise polka dot print…

Canvas Pouch Blues Turquoise BB002c

…and the second a solid bright blue cotton. The latter makes a nice, strong contrast.

Canvas Pouch Blues BB002a

Both colorways have a round bottom made from solid-colored canvas – pale mustard for the green and navy blue for the blue and turquoise bags.

Find them in the Playfully Grownup Home > Carry Me section. And as always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

Sixth NotWork Bear Project

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

The site voting period for the Worldcon in 2017 is almost up! Only ten days until the mail-in ballot deadline closes, and three weeks till the end of in-person voting at this year’s Worldcon, Sasquan.* My last contribution to the Helsinki in 2017 bid is a batch of coasters:

Bear Project Coaster w GlassI quite like them, even if I say so myself. 🙂 They were already put to use at Readercon 26:

Twitter Arisiacrystal Readercon26 Hki Breakfast

Readercon 26 breakfast sponsored by Helsinki in 2017. Crystal Huff / Helsinki in 2017 on Twitter.

My previous projects are hanging ornaments, rosemary sachets, book bags, bookmarks and small storage bins. (Find posts with the Helsinki in 2017 tag, or peek at my Helsinki in 2017 album in Flickr.)

Again, here’s the voting How-to:

Some info on Finnish SF/F, Finnish fandom or the Helsinki bid:

And a final collection of praise for Finnish cons:

“’It’s too far away.’

“Too far away from where? WorldCon hasn’t spent much time outside of North America (I’ll come back to that), but it has been held in Australia and Japan. They weren’t ‘too far away’. Helsinki has excellent global transport links.

“And hang on. Too far away? Really? I thought we were SF & fantasy fans. The whole point of these genres is that they take you far away. Here’s a chance to visit somewhere a little different, and quite special, with no spaceship or portal required. I promise you, once you come to Finland you’ll fall in love with the place.

“’Finland is too small for a big convention.’

“This one is easy because Finland has been hosting FinnCon for nearly 30 years. If you haven’t heard of it, this is one of the biggest European SF&F conventions, and is about the same size as a WorldCon. These guys have done this before. A lot.”

“The Finnish fans are second to none, and we had plenty of Swedes on hand as well, and a strong BWB contigent who taught them all how to party. It is events like this that remind me what fandom is all about — a celebration of science fiction and fantasy, of friendship and family.”

“[…]Finland has once again proven they know how to put on an amazing show. The organizers were friendly and efficient; everything worked; the atmosphere was cozy and intimate despite the fact that the con had 800 members. Helsinki in 2017 is the only way to go.”

“And I got the strongest sensation that these people, the people at the con, they are my people. For someone who’s never been to a con, I could liken it to a book fair: there are panels and interviews, some of them about literature, others about movies or comics or other SF/fantasy-related stuff. And there are vendors, and parties, just like at a book fair. Yet it is nothing like a book fair. Because there is no prestige. Everyone is on equal footing; we’re all fans. It’s not about selling stuff, It’s about celebrating stuff. And that makes all the difference.” [original emphasis]

“[…] holding a convention in conjunction with the [annual Sodankylä, Finland] Midnight Sun Film Festival. We’d have to persuade them to have an SF theme for the event, and get the Wachowskis as Guests of Honor, but it seems a suitably mad project. Finnish fandom can do anything, it seems.”

I voted for Helsinki in 2017, because I have every confidence that the team would put together a Finntastic con (pun so intended!) and because it’s high time to put more world into Worldcon.

*) The received-by deadline is Aug 10, 2015 for mail-in ballots. If you want to vote and are not attending Sasquan, now is the time!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Fifth NotWork Bear Project

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

I prefer trying something different every time I make items to assist the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. Luckily I had just enough materials for two small storage bins:

Bear Cube Desk

My previous projects are hanging ornaments, rosemary sachets, book bags, and bookmarks. (Find posts with the Helsinki in 2017 tag, or peek at my Helsinki in 2017 album in Flickr.)

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Fourth NotWork Bear Project

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

I’m continuing to make items to assist the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid with two kinds of bookmarks. One is your basic flat, long rectangle…

Bear Bookmarks White Turq

…and the other is round with an elastic band to loop around the book:

Bear Bookmarks Round w Book

Both, naturally, come with an appliqued polar bear from the bid logo. The round one has apparently already inspired other uses as well:

Bear Bookmark Pirate Arrrchipelacon

Unknown at Archipelacon; via Helsinki in 2017 on Twitter.

LOL! 😀

My previous projects are hanging ornaments, rosemary sachets and small book bags. (Find posts with the Helsinki in 2017 tag, or peek at my Helsinki in 2017 album in Flickr.)

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Third NotWork Bear Project

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

I’m continuing to make items to assist the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. Small felt book bags have joined ornaments and rosemary sachets:

Bear Project Bags WhiteBear Project Bag Turq Bk

The bags were really fun to make! More info on the event itself on bid website, and on the voting process on Crystal Huff’s blog.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Second NotWork Bear Project

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

You may remember that I made small felt bear ornaments for the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. For my second gift item project, I made sachets with the bear logo.

Bear Project Sachets3

The sachets are filled with organic dried rosemary from Egypt and rice from the USA. They are great for sock drawers, off-season clothing storage or glove compartment. Also, as rice is a natural desiccant, slipping a sachet into your shoes helps keep them fresher longer.

I’m also tickled by a shout-out in File 770. Mike Glyer reported on the craftiness of the Helsinki in 2017 bid, with photos of the cool items that bid supporters have made. I had heard of some of them, but there were several surprises, too. (Helsinki 2017 bear bubble wands, anyone?) The variety is quite impressive; love it! Thanks, Mike! And thank you for the link to my Helsinki in 2017 Flickr album – appreciate your spreading the word.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

NotWork Bear Project for Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon Bid

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

I’ve been working on an exciting NotWork project! The Finnish SF/F fandom has mounted a bid to host the World Science Fiction Convention (or Worldcon) in Helsinki in 2017.

Helsinki in 2017 Logo

Helsinki in 2017.

To help the bid, I’ve been adapting the logo – a running, anthropomorphic bear – into small gift items. The first is a felt ornament.

Bear Project 2nd Attempt

After a few attempts, I got the materials and technique down to make a first batch of bears.

Bear Project 2nd Attempt Finished

Now I just need teal felt to match the official bid colors. And look – they were already featured on the Helsinki in 2017 Twitter feed:

Yay! If you’re at a convention and see a Helsinki in 2017 info table or party, I encourage you to stop by. Besides info on the bid, there’s Finnish candy (which is gooood!), fun people, photo op possibilities with Moomin trolls and sometimes even a bear by yours truly. And in 2015, when the time comes, vote for Finland! 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Geeky Color Combos: Channeling Thunder Bluff

Colors, Games, Geek out!, Inspiration

Welcome to the first Geeky Color Combos post! Yes, it’s yet another regular feature filling up the blogosphere. I hope you will like it nevertheless. 🙂

You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.

For the inaugural image I chose a screenshot from a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game I play. Thunder Bluff is a city in World of Warcraft (WoW), a MMORPG (role-playing game) by Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

Thunder Bluff

Screencap from Thunder Bluff in World of Warcraft.

The culture of Thunder Bluff is loosely modeled on Native Americans. The city sits atop a high, three-tier mesa – how about those views! Red, aqua and white appear everywhere on building exteriors, tent-like roofs and other outdoor elements like totem poles.

Red, aqua and white is a versatile and eye-catching combination. If aqua isn’t a favorite – as it isn’t for me – tweak it towards teal blue or turquoise or even light blue. You can also adjust the shade of red to your liking from cranberry to soft coral red, or drop small amounts of another color into the mix. The combo also works in different situations. For example, when picking wall paint colors:

Mint-colored Kitchen

From the home of Alison and Jeff Allen.

…when considering the overall colors for your space:

Icelandic Cottage

From the cottage of Halla Bára Gestsdóttir and Gunnar Sverrisson.

…when picking furniture and/or accents:

Red Aqua White Decor Collage

Top row: Felt flower wreath by oKIDDo on Etsy. Bottom row: Hammary kilim rug bench and Ikat decorative boxes from Lamps Plus.

…when decorating for an event or holiday:

Owens Inspired Events New Years

Melanie Owens, Inspired Events.

Melanie Owens, Inspired Events.

…when branding your business:

Container Vessel

The Maersk Group.

The Maersk Group. What an incredible presence these ginormous ships have when painted in bright colors!

…and when picking outfits:

Red Aqua White Wearables Collage

Clockwise from top right: My Little Monster hoodie by dkoss2 on Etsy; men’s check shirt with aqua overcheck from Racing Green; colorblock romper dress from Love to be Chic; candied bright nails by Smashley Sparkles; shoes unknown, found via Be a Fun Mum; girl’s outfit by Bella Bliss.

…apparently even by yours truly:

Selfie on Stairs

Totally channeling Thunder Bluff without even realizing it! (Trying to take a self-portrait is really hard for me. This is an attempt on the stairs that got “artistically” blurred. Director’s intent all the way, heh.)

Any additional great uses of red, aqua and white? Do share!