Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy birthday...

So my birthday was just this week! Thanks to my wonderful boyfriend...

Yo-yo madness!

...for getting me this deeelicious fudge brownie cheesecake!

Thank you also to my great friends who made the day so fun and special!

But now it's time to move on. My little brother's birthday is coming up soon, and although I already promised to buy him a watch (because he's obsessed with knowing what time it is when we drag him out shopping), I wanted to get him a little something else.

He's been needing a new backpack to keep his stuff in for Chinese school and AWANA.  I had a bit of extra time this week between studying for tests, so I whipped something up really quickly. And I mean quickly! This backpack took only two hours, and I don't know about you, but I am a sloooow worker. Here we go!


Now if you're interested, I have a tutorial here, and I went a bit picture happy. Click on "Read more" to see it!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My first tee recon!

Hi again! So I'm here with a quick, simple, no-sew recon. I think I first saw this in the book Generation T, but don't quote me on that.

Note to self: take better pictures...

I started with a $3 Walmart shirt that didn't look very flattering for some reason, and turned it into something I like! Here's a tute for those who are interested!


Welcome, all, to the home of the Stingy Stitcher! My name is Annie, known as chineseathena on Craftster, and I decided to start this blog to chronicle the hobbies that have recently caught my interest. I love crocheting, I'm trying to start sewing, and I (would) like to dabble a little in things like fashion and jewelry making. I am in my last year of college and am currently applying to medical schools. I love biology and math (though I haven't taken math for three years now) and reading youth fantasy books and manga. ;) Another part of my purpose of making this blog was to challenge myself not to retreat into my usual hole under a rock. Blogging is a form of socialization right? Right???

Me! (from over a year ago, cuz I have no photos of myself!)
On The Stingy Stitcher, you can expect to see posts about my own projects, and also links to some of the things that inspire me and various tutorials I have found (y'all have no idea exactly how many bookmarks I have for "how-tos" and's quite sick, actually). I really wanted to become a part of the crafting community, so here goes!

I'd like to start out my blog with a little project I am particularly proud of. One of my best friends, KD, has a thing for Japan. She has absolutely no Asian blood, but she has been formally studying Japanese for the past three years. So for her birthday, I decided to give her something very Japanese.

My inspiration began with this, a lovely sakura (translation: cherry blossom) drawstring pouch by papilionette. I also ended up using the pattern she gave for the flowers. However, I wanted to make an actual purse. After perusing my aforementioned stockpile of patterns and tutorials, I found this gem at Bend Beanies. It's so cute!

Let's begin!