Dec 18, 2014

Owl Latch Hook

I finally finished my owl latch hook from the beginning of the year!

Owl Latch Hook

It's getting down to the wire for finishing projects from my DIY books! In 101 Things to Do in Wartime 1940 by Lillie B. and Arthur C. Horth there is a chapter on latch hook. Since I already had this latch hook project in progress I decided to finish it up before the end of the year so it would count towards my DIY book projects. This may be cheating a little bit, but it's my resolution and I'm counting it.

Two more projects from my DIY books and three more posts till the end of the year!


Dec 16, 2014

December Photos

I was thinking about doing a "December Daily" scrapbook, but I am not consistently taking pictures so I am giving up on scrapbooking for now and am posting some of the pictures I have taken.

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cinnamon toast crunch ice cream cake. snowing. latch hooking. a worm. oranges.

Dec 11, 2014

Paperwhite Bulbs

For holiday presents for my friends and coworkers I started some paperwhite bulbs! In Reader Digest's How to do Just About Anything, one of my DIY books, there is a section on forcing bulbs so I decided to give it a try and it was super easy!

Paperwhites

To make these festive containers, I started with jelly jars, cut balloons and put them over the bottom of the jar to give them a paint dipped look, filled the jars with aquarium gravel mixed with sparkly fake snow, and added a paperwhite bulb on top! The bulbs just needed some water and sprouted roots almost immediately. They have been growing for a few weeks and are getting pretty tall!

Paperwhites

I've handed most them out and they should start blooming soon!

Dec 9, 2014

Another Möbius

This is another möbius hat since I accidentally put my first one in the wash and shrunk it!

Möbius Hat II
Möbius Hat II

I made this one with machine washable yarn so I don't ruin it too! I've got a matching scarf in the works and will share it once I am done.

Dec 4, 2014

Hat & Scarf Progress

Over the holiday I picked up a new knitting project since I couldn't knit a present for someone while they were around. I'm knitting a hat and scarf set for myself. Here is my progress:

Hat & Scarf Set WIP

Dec 2, 2014

Christmas Lights

I spent Thanksgiving weekend in Portland. Here are some pictures I took while I was away:

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I'm thinking about giving scrapbooking another try by making a December Daily type album this month. Wish me luck!

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?