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Oct 17, 2017

Crochet Project

Sunday I started a crochet project!

Crochet Pillow WIP
Crochet Pillow WIP

This roundish, maybe floral, organic shape is the start of a decorative pillow cover. We will see how it turns out. So far so good. 

Oct 12, 2017

Photos of things.

I've been traveling this week and am sharing some photos from the last month since I didn't bring any knitting along with me and I have no other projects right now.

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itty bitty pumpkin. follow the leader. shoreline. they lost.

Oct 10, 2017

Candles

Last week for our Crafternoon, Katie, Chelsea, and I made pillar candles on cement bases. It was a bit of a time consuming project so we weren't able to finish all the candles in one night, but I was able to melt more wax on another night to fill up most of the molds.

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We followed this YouTube tutorial by Home Made Modern. Basically you cut the tops off some water bottles, add some concrete, put the wicks in place, then pour in the wax! They turned out pretty good and look neat in a group!

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Oct 5, 2017

The Blue Haired Fairy

The embroidery sampler I've been working on is sort of inspired by the blue haired fairy in Pinocchio. Yeah, this is a Craft Book Club post!

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September's Craft Book Club read was Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi and not only did I read it to the end (even though I think Pinocchio was a little jerk who should have been thrown into the fireplace when he was still a horrible plank of wood and can't believe Geppetto actually finished carving him), I watched the movie last night too!

In the book, the fairy was blue haired (I'm really bummed Disney decided to make her blonde and boring) and at one point changed into a goat. I wanted to make a craft inspired by her so got out my blue roving for her hair then didn't know how to make it look like hair in my embroidery so I put a clump of it down. The wand is really the only other item on my embroidery sampler that sort of references the fairy. I tried adding an origami/geometric looking goat, but it looked bad so I added some other designs to fill in space.

A few things I might be changing are: removing the roving and the scalloped ribbon. They seem out of place to the rest of the embroidery and make that side heavy/unbalanced. I might try stitching something hair-like (maybe a goat too) in that space. (Maybe it will be a goat with a long, human-type hair.)

October's Craft Book Club read is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I've actually finished this one already and am thinking I should make something reversible. If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments!

Oct 3, 2017

So Many Pumpkins!

Over the weekend I started my garden clean up! The pumpkins are now on my front porch and look so cute (my favorites are the itty bitty one and the yellow one)! I should have counted them so you'd be impressed by all my pumpkins. What was impressive/also terrifying was the number of squash bugs living in my garden last week; there were so many the ground was moving. (I've shared a not scary photo of some below.) Next year I need to start squishing them sooner.

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The next part of the garden I'm cleaning up are the sunflowers. They have finished blooming and are drying up and petal-less, but the birds haven't done a very good job eating up the seeds so I'm leaving them up for another week or so. I'm hoping the popcorn will dry up in the next week (I doubt they will though) so I can harvest them. The temperature dropped really quickly here, it was in the 90's for so long now it's down to the 60's with rain (this isn't a complaint though I want the corn to hurry and dry up).

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pumpkins. squash bugs. sunflower seeds. popcorn kernels. corn roots.