Archive for the ‘arts&crafts’ Category

The Felt Lebowski

Since the advent of social media (read: facebook) in my life over the last half-dozen years, I find I cannot (or, rather, will not) with consistent regularity post on my trusty wordpress weblog. I may or may not have a resolution to try and change that in 2014.

Here is a snapshot of my first piece of the new year.

The Felt Lebowski

Felt Duderino, "if you're not into the whole brevity thing."

Felt Duderino, “if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”


He’s an improvised needle-felt endeavor, and he’s still a bit of a work in progress. But I finally got hands, feet, and clothes on him. So he’s in decent enough shape for me to take a pic, feel accomplished, and gently place him on the backburner for now.

Family and friends find him creepy. Rightly so. He’s a tiny human figure made out of wool. He might look cooler with some sun glasses. I’ll keep an eye out for a pair.

Happy New Year! Let’s make more art.



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Greetings, internets! 

Here is a photo of two friends hanging out in my art studio. Miss Cloud and Tiny Robot #1. (polyfill, paper, sculpey, wire, love)

Insert technology joke about "the cloud" here, maybe.

Insert technology joke about “the cloud” here, maybe.

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Continuing the theme of checking things off my to-do list (the arts and crafts section), here is a snapshot of my latest creation. [an extended explanation of what this owl is all about can be found by clicking here at a link to a blog I’ve started but don’t feel like promoting].

It’s an improvised stitch job comprised of old clothes and fabric I’ve been saving for years.

Behold! The Night Owl.


My motto for April: keep on keepin’ on making things.

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I’m just checking something off my to-do list that has been neglected for the last 2 months: paint the last two frogs and finish the set. 

And so here they are. My frogs. I made them with sculpey and acrylic paint. I hope you find them ribbiting. 

Frog 3 Frog 2Frog 1



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Ladies and Gentlemen,

Some of the fruits of my letterpress labor have hit the virtual racks of my Etsy store.

Click this link and check it out: http://www.etsy.com/shop/melindafarrar

More designs are coming soon, but at least the Christmas cards are there.

Also, thanks to all the DreamWorkers who stopped by my booth at the Holiday Bazaar yesterday. It was the first year I had a professional-looking display rack (pictured below). I had a blast!

Card booth

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Gearing up

Today, I printed until the sun went down. I’m waiting on a few more plates to arrive, and then KABLAMMO! I’ll have a pile of new cards available just in time for the holidays.

I’m also letterpressing gift tags.

Stay tuned!


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For about 10 consecutive years, I dressed as some version of “Autumn” for Halloween. Part of the reason was that I loved an excuse to cover myself with fake fall foliage. But another reason was that I felt like I’d found something that worked, so why not stick with it? Well, a few years back, I made a commitment to get out of my comfort zone– costumewise– and try new stuff. This year was no exception. In fact, this year, I think I trumped my Princess Leia Gaga getup from 2010. Indeed, this was a costume I’d had in mind since I found these ridiculous red boxer-style shoes on sale for 8 dollars back in 2007.

It finally all came together.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: The Boxing Nun (based on the classic novelty toy, and in the spirit of my T-shirt design from last year). Below are a few snapshots of the design process and final product. Peace be with you.




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Tonight, we put the finishing touches on the very limited edition printing of CD’s and CD jackets for our 2009 Holiday Single (mentioned in the previous post).  The jackets came out great– after a series of relatively small but significantly disheartening failures.

This was my first time using a Yudu screenprinting system.  It reminds me a bit of an easy bake oven.  It seems simple enough– but the results are a bit unfortunate compared to what one had initially hoped.  I’m chalking it up as experience in trial & error and a lesson in evolving with a situation as corners are turned, walls are hit, hours are lost, and expectations shift.

Ultimately, the project was completed using a cornucopia of processes and improvisation.  Crafted with total love.

The CD contains our single “Hanging Lights” and a B-side “New Year’s Eve”. The CD jacket is made of recycled material, screenprinted lettering and stamped with a hand-carved rubber block.   It contains an insert with some photos and liner notes.  Only 50 were made, and each edition is numbered to indicate that fact.

This posting marks the end of a pretty wild year for me (as well as for my tremendously talented partner in crime).  And the fact that we managed to complete this final project makes me feel confidently optimistic for 2010.   I have a lot of things that I want to do and make.  And I hope to share them with all who are interested.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

I’ll be back in the new year with new posts, new ideas, and new art.

Warmest winter wishes to you all!

~  Melinda

ps.  I could not have made it through this year without the following souls:  GARY, Dad, Wes, Carrie, Susan, Kate, Emily, Emily, Maurissa, Z, Funkmeister, Joan, Bradley, KP, Jesse, The D’Amours, Elease, Lisa, Jon&John, Annie, Amie, UCB theater, Janet, Nicole,  DWSKG, Liz, Bee, Dr Mike, the Heiman women, and so many others.  So many others.

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And so here they are.  I’m very pleased, and I hope others will also be pleased.

These cards are quite possibly the perfect things with which to send Christmas greetings to your friends and family who observe and celebrate winter holidays of this nature.

In the spirit of the season, I am offering free shipping on these cards (to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada).

Permit me to encourage you to buy as many cards as you desire.  Do not worry if you click on the ETSY link and see only one or two packs left and you feel bad about snatching up the last cards*.   I assure you the inventory will be restocked when it starts to run low.

Now, have at them! [click here]

And have a truly wonderful and blessing-filled December of 2009!


( *“I didn’t want to buy your last pack of cards” is an actual sentiment that multiple folks have expressed to me in the past.  So either it’s a legitimate concern or they’re trying to find a polite way to explain why they didn’t want to buy any cards.  In the spirit of “ignorance is bliss”, I’ve decided to pretend that it’s a legitimate concern and address it as such.  That is to say, please buy my last pack of cards. [smile face emoticon here])

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only don't know

This is a poor-quality iphone photograph of a finished project 4 years in the making.  (any of you who actually know me will not be at all surprised by this)

It is no secret that my dearly departed mother functioned as my own personal Zen master for the first 27 years of my life.  She had this Tshirt she liked.  It said “Only Don’t Know”.  As I grew up, I grew to understand it.  –and embrace it.

It was a somewhat oversized white Tshirt (as was the style at the time).  After my mom died, I sifted through her clothes cherrypicking the items I wanted to claim for my own.  I knew I loved the shirt, but I knew I’d never wear it.  I mostly just wanted the part with the saying on it.  So I cut it out.  My plan was to sew it onto a blank, more fitted, tshirt I owned.  The shirt, the cut-out, the thread, etc all sat in a bag and followed me around LA for years as I moved from sublet, to apartment, to house, to apartment, to house, to apartment.

Tonight, my sheer boredom turned to determination.

I watched “Zach Galifianakis Live At The Purple Onion” on netflix and I stitched.  And stitched and stitched.

My sewing skills are poor and I have a feeling it won’t survive past a few washes, but that’s not the point.  The point is I now have an awesome shirt that nobody else on this planet has and it reminds me of my mom and it has given me a ridiculous and embarrassingly fulfilling sense of accomplishment.

Take that, arts and crafts!

[Everything I know about sewing is based on blind assumption, vague memory of things my mom tried to show me, and trial & error.  I tend to only impress myself with these limited accomplishments.]

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