13.12.10

winter sewing

I didn't leave the house at all yesterday and stayed indoors where it was warm and where I could watch endless episodes of The OC while sewing & stitching. I finally got around to making a few draft snakes for our drafty apartment in various lengths and thicknesses. I used some of our misprinted tote bags since the canvas is sturdy and durable. Nothing is easier and/or faster to make; I recommend this project if you have access to a sewing machine, a few free minutes, and want to feel as though you are capable and handy (and possibly helping to prevent your cats from walking around with ice-cold little noses).


I recently lost a pair of earmuffs that I really loved. I am really not the type of person who loses things. Do Capricorns ever lose things? I think I dropped them in the first snow we had -- it was a sad time for me. After looking around for recycled fur earmuffs, I thought I'd make my own. I found a pair of earmuffs with a velvet-covered band at Silver Falls Vintage for $8, took off the leopard print faux fur (it was a bit matted with age) and sewed new muffs using a vintage fur scarf. It was the same scarf that I bought at Russet & Empire. I thought I would probably get more use out of it as earmuffs than as a scarf, but I was really nervous as I cut into it. I lined them with black velvet and gave them some cotton batting lining as well.


The muff-puffs are pretty giant. I have never really forgotten the picture of the girl skating in giant earmuffs from Sally Scott's A&W 2009-2010 collection. Maybe these are too giant, but I don't care.


I really love Tannis Hegan's recycled fur earmuffs.





REPLIES

michelle: Thanks, Michelle! So glad you tried Xoxocava and liked it. Ooh man, how I wish I had some marshmallows at this very moment.

erica-knits: Thanks for giving me such a great entry! I really appreciate the work you did, and I like how pretty your pictures made my blog look.

Ponytail Girl: Aw, I don't want you to be miserable! If it's any consolation, I can't buy all these things myself! I just like to look. It's not my intent to make people want things they don't need, but to make them think about where they get them. Don't be sad!

Anonymous: I appreciate that! I always say that those companies don't need any help from me... and if I'm going to be responsible for encouraging consumerism of any sort, it might as well be at the local business level! Sounds like you understand what I mean! Hooray for you.

shira: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed!

naomi: That's so great to hear!

Maria: There has got to be a way to wash them... I always hand wash things with dish soap when they're dry-clean only. I go to the cleaners maybe once a year.

Kennedy: Seriously!

Coriander Girl: Aw, so glad you liked it! If Erica hadn't included your shop I would have, because you make arrangements I am proud to give as gifts. Yes, go team local!

Lisa Michelle Cifuentes: I have never had underwear that fancy myself!

Jane Flanagan: I know, it was so sweet of her to go down and take those pictures for me!

28 comments:

  1. Not at all too huge! Love them. I hope we get to see them modeled. :-)

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  2. Oh The OC... lately I have been thinking about a scene from one of the Chrismakuh episodes where Marrisa and Ryan are shopping together, wonderful music is playing, she has on adorable flats, sigh... before everything fell apart... Haha! I think it is time for me to break out the dvds

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  3. that's such a good idea. i think i might make a pair if i can manage. i never wear hats because they flatten my bangs. i've never thought about earmuffs!

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  4. I love that you're watching the OC. My flatmates and I got properly addicted to it during our university finals - OC breakfasts and everything! Love the look of your earmuffs, very cosy!

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  5. I have been looking for a pair of earmuffs like these! I can't believe you just whipped up your own! The bigger the better, anabela :)

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  6. Anonymous13.12.10

    you are so resourceful and such a talented sewer!

    olivia, nyc

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  7. experiment success!! love the new earmuffs and think extra large is the only way to go...

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  8. You are so dang crafty. Last year I made a draft dodger out of old socks. Waaaaay less cute than yours. When people saw it they'd ask me, "what the fuck is that snake thing?" with a look of horror on their face.

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  9. your ear muffs make me wish it was winter in sydney right now :)
    you crafty thing you!

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  10. JosefinaLouise13.12.10

    I love them! Both projects! The earmuffs are gorgeous.

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  11. i love both of these projects, and i feel your pain. i've gone through both mine and my boyfriend's wardrobes looking for buttons to sew or seams to mend. anything to keep me feeling productive when all i want to do is snuggle up and stay warm. (it's freezing in florida right now!?)

    you should know that all your american friends had high school experiences exactly like what's depicted on the oc. :)

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  12. the OC and earmuffs? possibly my two favorite things. I can't believe you made those so quickly x.x.x Casie Jean

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  13. I want a pair of earmuffs! I love yours, they're so lovely.

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  14. those earmuffs are amazing! i am always on the lookout but never find any vintage ones. i also need to get my ass in gear and make a draft protector or 10 for this apartment. you have inspired me to get it together!

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  15. I got my tote in the mail last week. Speedy Gonzales! Thanks, I love it.
    -Sarah

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  16. oooh i have a way too big fur coat stashed in a closet that i told myself i'd crop one day...now i think it might become some sassy muffs instead. you did an amazing job!
    + OC love like so many of the other commenters ;)

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  17. earmuffs are so cute, but unfortunately we never need them in Australia :( I really wish we had snow!

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  18. To *die* for. When it comes to dead animal pelts I say the fluffier the better, but that's coming from a non-vegan who wears her grandmother's sable coat to the movies. Well done, Anabela-rella!

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  19. Wow, I adore your earmuffs! I don't think it is possible for them to be too big as long as they are not covering your face. :) Excellent job!!!

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  20. I don't think ear muffs can ever be too big! These look gorgeous. I have a rabbit hat that I would be very sad to lose. I'll have to remember to keep an eye on it this winter.

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  21. BIGGER THE BETTER!

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  22. Those leopard earmuffs were sacrificed for a good cause... nice job!

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  23. Draft snakes for everyone!! I just made one myself. I'm not one for ear muffs but yours are super cute! They look so fuzzy and warm. Hope you're having a fun Winter season so far!

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  24. love this! great projects. i am inspired!

    finally hatachi

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  25. oooh these earmuffs are the lovely. i really need to invest in some equally as furry. i DO lose things all the time though. i keep thinking i've found my other glove but it's just the same one every time. it's a horrible game.

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  26. ohmygod love the earmuffs!!!!

    check out my holiday gift guide pt. 1 and tell me what you think

    http://pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

    (to those of you who haven't visited yet, please follow my blog if you like any of my posts. thanks!)

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  27. these are amazing, almost dreamy earmuffs! and lol on your remark about whether capricorns ever lose things. i'm a cap too and i really pride myself on always keeping my things in order! :) glad you found a lovely replacement.

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  28. yes! draft snakes! i NEED to make some of these. this old house is drafty as heck!

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