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.

Knit Skirt
Knit Skirt
Knit Skirt

Oct 23, 2014

The Monster Wanted a Friend

Starting this post off by saying Victor Frankenstein is an idiot! After making a giant, scary, super-human he runs away and is surprised that the 'monster' feels rejected and kills people. I'd imagine when you are sewing the thing together with various pieces from the butcher you'd realize how not attractive it was going to be.

So, I read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and my Craft Book Club craft is a friendship bracelet! Captain Walton talks about his lack of friends in his letter to his sister and Frankenstein's 'monster' really just needed a friend so… friendship bracelet!

Friendship Bracelet

Here are some pictures of Wendy's Pygmalion craft, a violet plant stake. She used the same technique as her Herland project, the butterfly in the second picture, shaped the wire and painted it with nail polish.

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Our next book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

Oct 21, 2014

End of the Season

I picked the final pumpkins, I even had some babies growing; pulled up all the empty vines and stocks; planted my garlic; and covered everything with straw. Eventually I want to have a winter garden too, but I don't take care of my summer garden very well.

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And I saw so many ladybugs while cleaning up! One of the garden beds had ten or so ladybugs crawling around! They must have been having an end of the year party!

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Oct 16, 2014

Wrist Warmer Knit Along

I'm hosting a knit along this November. My Modified Alice Wrist Warmer pattern is my most popular and my hands are never warm enough so we will be knitting wrist warmers or wristlets!

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Starting November 1 we'll start stitching with looms or needles (knitter's choice) any wrist warmer or wristlet pattern. If you plan on loom knitting, I suggest you consider my Alice Wrist Warmers or Zoe's Elphaba Fingerless Glovettes!

Find your pattern and some yarn and join me in two weeks to knit along!

Oct 14, 2014

Himmeli Heart

The other day I decided to follow a tutorial from one of my Bloglovin' bookmarks and I made this 3D geometric heart.

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It is made with straws and wire and was really simple. You can make one too; the tutorial is at Vintage Revivals: Geometric Himmeli Heart Tutorial.

Oct 9, 2014

Easel Phone Stands

I saw this adorable idea from Michaels and had to DIY. Check out these cute phone stands:

Easel phone stand
Easel phone stands

They are just those tiny easels you can find at most craft stores that I painted, let dry, then put my phone on. CUTE! And totally easy!

Oct 7, 2014

Human Beans

More DIY book knitting. This little guy is a catnip toy I knit following the Human Beans pattern from Knitting Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec.

Human Bean Catnip Toy

I sewed a tiny pillow filled with catnip to stuff inside. Winslow likes him and so do I.

Human Bean Catnip Toy
Human Bean Catnip Toy

This was a very very quick knit. So quick I might make more!

Oct 2, 2014

Vintage Phone Painting

It's finished and hanging on my wall!!!

Vintage Phone Painting

After my last update I added highlights and shadows to give the phone more dimension then added the writing and a cord. The cord is attached through two eyelets I added to the canvas. Here are two close ups:

Vintage Phone Painting
Vintage Phone Painting

And the full telephone:

Vintage Phone Painting

I am very pleased with how it turned out and a little impressed with my painting skills. It makes me want to paint more.

Sep 30, 2014

Headband

I helped a friend make some headbands and made one myself with some leftover fabric from the utilitarian apron.

Headband

Check out my awesome blue glass head!

Sep 25, 2014

Violets

After reading Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw for Craft Book Club I considered making an extravagant hat with ostrich feathers, but I didn't have any ostrich feathers and it seemed like quite an undertaking so I painted some violets on a cork coaster instead.

Violets Cork Coaster
 
This was a quick little project. I chose to paint flowers because Eliza Doolittle was a Flower Girl, selling violets on the street. 

Our next Craft Book Club book is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I'm hoping to get into the Halloween spirit!