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November 27, 2008

This entry is brought to you by the letter T

Today is Thursday and also Thanks Giving in America. Even though Thanks Giving isn't celebrated here in Finland, I none the less want to give thanks to all the wonderful crafters I've gotten to know over the years. Thank you for the love, encouragement, knowledge and inspiration, I am ever so grateful for it all. You guys rock! :)

Speaking of inspiration, I was inspired by Two Cheese Please to do a post on my Tools of the Trade. So, here it is:

Tools of the Trade

I decided to leave out the usual things like my sewing machine, scissors and pins and such, and instead tell about the more unusual bits and bobs.

- One of the things I couldn't do without is my lovely little tape roller that I got in Stockholm (it's made by Muji). It's the perfect size for cleaning up plushies before a photo and the glue on the tape is just the right stickyness; it gets out all the fluff and cat hair, without taking off the nap from velvet or mussing up the fluffiness of fake fur. It also has a little holder to keep it safe when it's not in use.
- The pliers are for pulling through needles when I'm hand sewing something a bit thicker and tougher, and it's hard to get a good grip of the needle or the strength of my fingers alone isn't enough to get the needle through.
- I love, love, love my Clover air erasable fabric marker! I can draw any markings I need where ever I want and not worry about the marks being visible, as they fade away with time. And if you're wanting to get rid of the marks right away, you can use the other end of the pen to erase them. Unfortunately my magical marker is running a bit dry now, and I'll have to see about finding a new one soon.
- The brown stick you see in the middle there is a perfectly ordinary chopstick, that performs extraordinary tasks; I use it for stuffing the stuffing into the Rag Pets and it's also very handy for turning long, thin pieces. The chopstick is one of my most favourite tools. :)
- The Copic airbrush & markers are what I use for giving the Rag Pets their blushy cheeks. I've had Copic markers for ages (I use them for colouring my drawings) and I got the airbrush system as a birthday present last year. Before that I'd been "drawing" the blush on by hand, which was slow and surprisingly hard to get nice. What's not pictured are the cans of air/generator that plug into the other end of the hose.

In addition to all the wonderful crafty folks out there, I'm also very thankful for my boyfriend, family, friends and of course my cat, BooBoo.
BooBoo loves to have her picture taken, and whatever it is that I'm taking a photo of, I usually get a photo of BooBoo too. Here she is helping me set up the photo of my bits and bobs. :)

Cat butt


That airbrush thing looks fantastic but more than a little intimidating. One day... one day..

Thank you for sharing your trade secrets! I always love learning about new gadgets and techniques :D

Two Cheese Please

The airbrush is actually really, really easy to use! You just pop in the marker, and attach the hose to your air supply (I use canned air, since I still need a thingy -I have no idea what said bit would be called, in any language- to connect the hose to the generator) and you're good to go, easy as pie!

...mmm, pie... :D

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