Author Archives: gizmalley

Sweaters galore!

After I had finished my purple sweater (and already started the blue one) the girls were both screaming for one, too. So here’s the whole collection. The patterns are Lady Hood Rockers and Autumn Rockers for the kids. Both patterns are completely free and I looooove them! (Careful: the pattern sizes are quite small. I…

Finally sewing again!

After a long break from any creative activities whatsoever I’m finally getting around to sewing again! Here are my latest projects: The girls have each started playing the recorder, so I’ve made them a bit nicer pouches than the plastic ones they came with. Btw, those colorful instruments are by Yamaha, extremely cheap and actually…

Practice, practice, practice

I recently watched the portrait workshop with Pastel Artist Alain Picard on Artistsnetwork and was really inspired by his technique. Instead of first drawing the features, he begins by filling the entire space with paint. He paints an oval for the face, does the background and the hair – and then starts modeling the face. The features are added…

“Life-Long-Budo” Sweater

I’ve just been to Japan where I attended a week-long Karate training course. As always, there was a t-shirt and I usually looove these shirts. But this time it was made of some sort of synthetic material that was just a complete “no way” to me. So what to do? Throw it away? Give it away?…

Awesome Bandana Tutorial

Sooooooo… I’ve been wanting to make one of these for ages. My very favorite one has a lot of holes in it, so I took it apart and figured the whole thing out – and it’s really quite easy. So here’s my tutorial for an awesome no-tie bandana… for bad hair days! 😉    …

A Trip to the Congo

I’m still in love with drawing – even without Zentangle. 😉 This time, I’ve adapted two pictures from an old book about the Congo.   I took a few pix of the drummers “along the way”…

Purple Dream

So, I finally got around to sewing something for myself again. I’ve had this pattern for quite some time – since the day when I went crazy and ordered about 8 patterns from farbenmix.de. This one is called Florina. The cutting and sewing was amazingly fast, but the neck took hours on end – as…

Ramadan Kids

This is my second try with colored pencil. I’m not a hundred percent happy with how it turned out, though I’m absolutely thrilled with some of the details: They boy’s collar, for example. Or the girl’s necklace. Unfortunately, the colors didn’t turn out quite right in this scan. The girl’s dress is really light blue…

Now that winter is over…

… how about some nice wrist warmers? Unfortunately (for me – good for her!), I gave them to a friend, so I need to make another pair now. The pattern came from Ravelry. Boy, I love Ravelry!…