One of my current commissions is creating two knitted dioramas for my BIL's band Busekrus' fourth album, Boom Box Starship. And I'm having fun with it! As a designer, my all-time favorite words are, "We trust you." You don't hear them often, but, after designing the last three albums for the band, that's exactly what they told me. Woooo-Hoo! Many sketches and pattern writing sessions later.... BOOM!
Boom Box Starship, that is!
I've been working on the dioramas and their inhabitants since June, and I'm just about ready to hang the album cover's elements.... You can't have a space scene without a wee martian!
And you also have to have some space pods... Did I mention how fun this project has been?!
I'm still working on the inside "bridge" scene. So more to come soon! I can't wait to share everything when it's all put together!
Today is a good day! Pre-sale Limited Edition Pow! Wow! Hawaii + Hanasaurusrex 8" Spray Paint Pals in the fab neon green reppin' 2014 are now available in the Pow! Wow! online shop!
... And shake 'em, shake 'em, shake 'em, they really sound like spray paint cans!
You can also grab an 8" Hanasaurusrex Snow Capped Shave Ice. Yum!
Rainbow striped with the yummiest island flavors: guava, li hing mui, mango, pineapple, kiwi, coconut, and sweet poi, add a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk—aka: the snow cap—and you've got one seriously sweet treat!
And as if it couldn't get even better... 4" Hanasaurusrex Snow Capped Shave Ice keychains are available too. They're deliciously cute and ready to travel!
I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the downtown San Mateo Meter Garden project last week. Meet Mr. Giant Squid; the latest Hanasaurusrex meter monster!
Downtown San Mateo Association Artist in Residence, fellow yarnbomber (KnitsforLife) and friend, Lorna Watt, organized the event by gathering local artists to paint, adorn and in my case yarnbomb the decommissioned meters.
The meters were then "planted" in the meter garden and open to the public to donate monies by feeding the meters. The coins will be collected and used to fund more downtown local art installations!
And how cool is it that San Mateo's, Mayor David Lim, donated $400 dollars from his own pocket, $100 in quarters for people to feed the meters during the event!
The kids really, really loved Mr. Squid! He received so many squeezes, tugs and hugs; we were pleasantly surprised how he just kept asking for more. It was a stroke of brilliance on Lorna's part to apply some hot glue to his head during the installation! It worked like a charm. Big thank you, Lorna, for the installation and making the pole sock to sew him to too.
All the meters were fab! From left to right: Anatomy of a parking meter skeleton—Julia Stack; Funky face—Sinem Banna; Frida—Ginger Slonaker; Balloon—Thomas-Joseph Carrieri; San Mateo landscape—Katelyn L. Miller; PAL—Kids from the San Mateo Police Activities League; and Fabric meter—D. Cinchon
I can't wait to collaborate with Lorna again! Keep a look out for more west coast yarnbombs from KnitsforLife and Hanasaurusrex!
I took this pic with Instagram a while back, but I thought I would share it here as well. These are the tatting crochet hooks I use to make my micro crochet patterns... with a sewing needle for scale. They belonged to my great grandmother and in turn grandmother and now me. :D
yummy combo stitch marker charms // cheeseburger + fries & hot dog + ketchup
Micro crochet cheeseburger is teeny tiny, under and inch!
Mmmm... the all American ball park treat, hello summer time!
crispy, golden fries, ready for snackin'
Last week I launched my big spring update and, in case you haven't been by, there are a bunch of new tiny treats in the Hanasaurusrex Etsy shop! Today, I'm highlighting my amigurumi diner meal.
At least once a week, I get a hankering—yes, hankering—for a cheeseburger. However you want to build it, it may just be one of the world's most perfect foods. And fries... well, fries are cheeseburger's yummy sidekick. Why, I have been known, from time to time, to slip some fries under my burger's bun—hello salty potato layer!
Hot dogs and summertime go together like cheeseburgers and fries, but I couldn't crochet summertime. So, what else is a hot dog essential? Ketchup! Personally, I put mustard only on mine. Hey, that would make a fun poll. How do you love your hot dog dressed, mustard, ketchup or both?! My tiny hot dog charm has both 'cause I didn't want to leave anyone out!
And speaking of love, a lot of love goes into making these little babies! It takes over an hour using a tatting needle and cotton thread to make each one of these micro crocheted snacks, and when finished they are all under 3/4" tall.
They make delicious knitting or crochet stitch markers or charms for your zippers or keychains, and you can choose whether you want them to come with loops or lobster clasps, depending on what you want to use them for.
Collect them one at a time or buy the meal for a 25% discount!
I celebrated my 39th birthday this past Saturday in one of my favorite places, the forest. I remember when I was a kid, playing with my cousins in the woods across the street from my Grandmother's house in Texas, the crackle of fallen branches under my feel, the smell of the pine. Those were good times...
But those were woods. This was a forest, a vast, deep, beautiful, perfumed forest. Just two and a half hours from where I live now, Calaveras Big Tree State Park has some of the oldest and most awe inspiring Sequoias alive today. Some are thought to be as old as 2,000 years!
Talk about making a girl feel young on her birthday! Mission accomplished.
What's a party without a party hat?! And while we're on the subject, what's a party hat without an oversized pom pom?!! I mean, sure you can have a party without hats, and you can even have party hats without pom poms, but really?
I think it's safe to say, in the event the party goes bust, having a party hat with an oversized pom pom stashed somewhere could potentially save the day! Especially if it's being worn by a ridiculously cute puppy. Miss RuBee agrees, indubitably!
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