All posts by Cheryl

Coin purse

Like a lot of sewing techniques, I can’t seem to commit blanket stitch to long term memory, and have to look it up every time I do it. Someday, it will stick.


I like to think I bought these shoes from Old School Shoes in Santa Cruz, CA, but the more likely story is I had to order them online, because it’s rare to find the shoes you want in my size (10) in a store.

Denim Patches

Denim, felt, cotton

Have been reading about sashiko embroidery and patching denim online, and this was my first attempt at either, although this isn’t technically sashiko. I didn’t use the technique, needle or thread, which I didn’t have at the time.

Note: don’t patch denim with lightweight cotton.

You’re The Puppet

iPad drawing, printed on mug. Photo credit: G. Pensiero

Of the many absurd sound bites that Trump has subjected Americans to, “you’re the puppet” remains my favorite.

A Day at Facebook

Avery labels. This was a collage I made for a zine assembled by my colleagues at Facebook, intended to showcase the side art skills of our writing team. I was attempting to capture the mildly frantic pace of life involved at working there, which involves a lot of fast walking to back to back meetings, and long freeway commutes in private shuttles.

Coffee and Pencil Flags

Felt, sticks.

It perpetually annoys me that there is an insufficient margin on the right side of the pencil flag, although I was pleased with how the lead turned out.

Fishing Lures

Colored pencil.

Not great drawings THB, but I am fascinated with this subject.

Felt Accessories

I could make felt accessories all day–it’s my favorite type of craft project. I like the idea of talismanic objects you can wear or carry in your pocket at work, as a reminder that you can always control your time or your mind to some small extent, and stay focused on things that you would choose.

Mushroom Card

Felt, random paper I bought at Seattle South Lake Union Goodwill.

I won’t ever tire of 70’s craft motifs, mushrooms in particular.

Typewriter #6345

Sharpie. I drew this freehand and always enjoy the mildly warped perspective this produces. It’s interesting to think about how a drawing like this is a visual impression communicated to your hand one line at a time. How that can result in a recognizable drawing is amazing, for someone who doesn’t take drawing ability for granted.