Friday, March 23, 2018

Sushi and Geishas

I saw Instagram posts of cards made using these sets and I think I'll be spending quite a bit of time recreating my favorites, stay tuned!!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Little Bunny

A friend of mine is expecting a little boy soon and loves this little set I put together should bring a smile to her face! I made the diaper cover from a one piece pattern I found on Ravelry and then used my pompom maker for the first time to make the super sweet tail. The hat is a pattern by Susan B Anderson, and while I think it may be too big...I'm hoping it will still make for super cute photos for the new mom!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Kitty Kat Hat

I can't bear to call this hat by its pattern name...let's just say it's another name for kitty. ANYHOO...the little knitting group of attorneys that meets at my house are all going to whip one of these hats up. They were interested in the pattern so I gifted each of them the yarn and needles for Christmas. It's a  fast knit(not in the round)and I was quick to finish it...even though it took me weeks to take the time to seam it up. Now it's done and will hopefully motivate the other ladies to finish theirs!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Twas The Night Before Christmas Socks

My Christmas Eve cast-on socks are finished! My Mom had the great idea to highlight the tree design by adding little star buttons (that we found in Jo-Ann Fabrics)...and I think it really makes the trees pop! I'll have to take a photo when I'm wearing them, but for now...look at the little trees!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Shaving Cream Marbling

 I saw the coolest video on Instagram where a woman used shaving cream to marble paper. I must admit a weakness for the look of marbled paper so I was super intrigued. I looked into the technique on Youtube figuring you couldn't fake great results there, and after it seemed to check out I headed to the Dollar Tree for supplies. I picked up a can of shaving cream and a squeegee...that's it! I already had some acrylic paint. I came home and filled the bottom of a plastic container with a layer of shaving cream.Then I dropped paint into the cream and swirled designs with a toothpick. After that I cut cardstock to fit flat in the container and laid the cardstock onto the cream. Then I just squeegeed it off and let the paper dry!

Look at the great designs the marbling technique made! Once I had made a few I learned a bit better how to manipulate the paint to get the patterns I liked best.

I'm excited to use the paper in projects!

Monday, January 15, 2018

First 2018 Crafting

Work started off pretty intense right away on January 2nd so the crafting hasn't been happening too much. I'm still knitting away on my Christmas socks and I have some other projects I'll want to be starting soon, but I haven't gotten the chance to finish a lot. I was able to make these Italian-themed thank-you cards for my Mom and nephew. I'm so glad I had a great reason to use this fun stamp set from Newton's Nook. I look forward to making more! Using the dies to cut them out is SO much easier than using an Exacto knife....I can't believe it took me so long to jump on the die-cutting bandwagon!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Chair Project

We're up with my Mom between Christmas and the New Year and I was looking at her office chair when I realized we had updated her living room but the office chair hadn't been fixed up. I wasn't completely positive if we could fix it up,but decided to give it a try.

We headed to Jo-Ann Fabrics where we found the perfect shade of blue in an upholstery fabric. We headed back to the house where Hubby helped take the chair apart so we could recover the seat and redo the backing. He and I pulled tight and reassembled the chair and were pretty happy with the results! 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Cast-On 2017

I've really grown to love casting-on socks for the Little Bobbins Christmas Eve cast-on.  I think this cast-on is the third year I've done it, and I love coming up with a pattern and yarn and looking at all the projects being knit around the world. This year Little Bobbins kept it easy...she designed the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' socks that have trees knit into the fabric. I stopped by a local yarn store and picked up some yarn that will hopefully do the pattern justice and now I'm all ready with a fun holiday movie, my Christmas bag, DPN holder, stitchmarker, AND When Figs Fly port from a local winery. What a festive way to spend Christmas Eve...and that doesn't even include my birthday cake! Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas with the Knit Nuts 2017

At one of our recent knitting afternoons a member of the Knit Nuts mentioned that she had never seen the movie 'It's A Wonderful Life'. As a HUGE fan of the movie I decided to see if the ladies would like to come over and have a Christmas get-together at my house and watch the movie.

The ladies were excited and carpooled to my home, and I had pasta bake, salad, a grape and cheese tray and a festive nonalcoholic drink ready to enjoy.

The drink had cranberry seeds, pomegranate seeds, halved green grapes and diced green apples and then sparkling grape juice poured over the fruit. It was so pretty and festive!

We ate and chatted and exchanged our treats...

And then it was off to the movie room to watch the movie and knit.

And at the end, surrounded by friends, when Clarence leaves the message that no man is a failure who has friends....I felt so moved and grateful!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Curtain-Making Time!

I haven't just been cleaning out my craft room! I went through our spare bedroom with a vengeance! And it was there, in a forgotten under the bed storage container, that I came across three packs of curtains that I had bought for our front room and dining room. They had been bought at the same time as we purchased our great room curtains so they would all coordinate, but the curtains needed to be hemmed significantly in order to be used in the other two rooms, and for one window they needed to also be halved so that they wouldn't be too wide for a smaller side window. Also, we didn't have curtain rods for any of those windows! So, I had a decision to make. Either buy rods and get the curtains fixed up to hang, or get rid of them. They had been sitting in the container for 5 years! 5 YEARS! Shameful! Once put into that container I had COMPLETELY forgotten about them! But not anymore! I spent a lot of time over the weekend measuring, pinning and ironing and this week during the evenings I will be sewing and trying to finally get these up!