Nov 27, 2014

Ice Candles

My Craft Book Club project for Jane Eyre is Ice Candles! I was having trouble figuring out what to make and finally decided to use the fire/ice motif present in the book and made ice candles. This also helps me mark another DIY book project off my list!

Ice Candles

In Reader Digest's Back to Basics there is a section on candle making. To make these ice candles I put wicks in my molds and added ice around it. Then poured melted wax over the ice and waited  for all the ice to melt so I could drain off the water. My ice pieces were probably a little too large for the containers, but the candles look fine.

Ice Candles

Our next book is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I'm getting into the Christmas/winter spirit!

Nov 25, 2014

Muffin Tin Advent Calendars

My friend and I made some advent calendars using muffin tins and magnets!

Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

To make these I bought some mini muffin tins and some magnet sheets. We cut the magnets to size and decorated them with paper, tape, markers, and crayons. Here are the advent calendars we made:

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I decorated both The Nightmare Before Christmas and blue themed advent calendars and my friend Katie decorated the Frozen and red & green themed advent calendars. Now I need to fill them with treats and count down the days till Christmas!

Nov 20, 2014

Reusable Felt Countdown Chain

One of my favorite Christmas time crafts is making paper chains. I decided to make a countdown chain that can be used over and over again (and for more than just Christmas).

Reusable Felt Countdown Chain

The chain was very easy to make, not as quick to make as a paper chain, but quicker to make than two or three paper chains. Here is a quick tutorial so you can make your own reusable felt chain:

Materials:
   •  Felt
   •  Thread
   •  Snaps
Equipment:
   •  Scissors
   •  Sewing Machine
   •  Snap Tool & Hammer

Instructions:
   1. Cut felt into strips (mine are approximately 1.5" x 8").
   2. Place one strip on top of another and stitch the two strips together.
   3. Using your snap tool add snaps to each end of the strips.
   4. Make your chain!

Reusable Felt Countdown Chain

If you make your own felt chain I'd love to see pictures!

Nov 18, 2014

Alice Wrist Warmers II

I finished these wrist warmers for my November Knit Along! Hurrah!

Look Knit Alice Wrist Warmers II

These were knit following My Modified Alice Wrist Warmer pattern, I used Lion Brand Country yarn in the New England Granite colorway. How are your fingerless gloves knitting up?

Nov 13, 2014

Xmas Knits Preview

I am making a few knits for Christmas gifts. Here are some progress photos that won't spoil the surprise.

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Are you making any gifts this holiday season?

Nov 11, 2014

Autumn

My craft productivity has been lower than intended the last two weekends. Instead of sharing a sewing project I haven't begun I'm sharing some autumnal photos of leaves and squash, typical fall things.

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Nov 6, 2014

Loom Knitting My Wrist Warmers

I started my wrist warmers for the knit along! I am knitting another set of Alice Wrist Warmers.

Wrist Warmer KAL

This was an early progress picture, I've actually finished one glove already; they are really quick to knit up!

Nov 4, 2014

Kiki Costume

Last week I helped my friend make accessories for her Kiki's Delivery Service Costume. First we sewed an oversize red bow for her hair and a messenger bag each from cotton fabric:

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Then the next night we made a stuffed Jiji out of felt:

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They turned out great! I dressed as Pippi Longstocking for Halloween so I wore a bunch of mismatched clothes from my closet and braided my hair with a wire headband à la this Thundercat costume post.

Oct 30, 2014

Maneki Neko

The photo challenge I have been participating in for the last few weeks was taking different pictures of the same thing/place. I found a cute Maneki Neko (good luck cat) eraser and decided to take pictures of it (Amélie style). Here are few of my favorites:

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I went a little overboard taking pictures; we were only doing five weeks, but I took more than thirty photos. You can see all of them on Flickr!!

Oct 28, 2014

Sassy Spring Skirt

I finally finished knitting this skirt so I have finished one project from each of my knitting/crochet books and have only five more projects from my DIY books to go! This skirt was made following Lena Maikon's Sassy Spring Skirt pattern from Knits Extraordinaire and made with Knit Picks Billow yarn in Willow.

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