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Dec 6, 2016

Faux Fur Tree Skirt

I bought some pink faux fur to make a tree skirt for my kitschy christmas decor. In total I had half a yard of the very wide fabric so cut it in half and stitched together to make a nearly square shape under-the-tree rug.

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One tip I read on the internetz for sewing furry fabric is to pull out some of the fur from the seam to hide it. I used a small crochet hook and the seam is nearly invisible except for the lump underneath.

Dec 1, 2016

800th Blog Post Giveaway

Today we've reached a milestone! This is my 800th blog post! To celebrate I'm having a giveaway!

Yeti Christmas Ornaments

Last week I had another crafternoon with Chelsea & Katie and I made these cute salt dough ornaments that I'm giving to one lucky reader. To make these I rolled out some salt dough, stamped it with my cute winter yeti stamps, used a cookie cutter to make the round ornament, then let them dry. I carefully painted them and added ribbon to hang from a tree. I liked how they turned out and kinda want to keep them for myself!

Yeti Christmas Ornaments
Yeti Christmas Ornaments

What you should do for a chance to win:
1. Leave a comment below by Sunday, December 11th.
2. Wait. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and will be announced Tuesday, December 13th.

Good Luck!

Nov 29, 2016

House Plants

Today I thought I'd share a little update on some of my house plants. Some are doing awesome, others are no longer with us (like my airplants), and others were doing really well, but look like they won't live much longer. My yellow rose cuttings are from the third category; one cutting still has a healthy leafy branch, but most's leafy branches have shriveled like in the photo below (they must have dried out a little bit too much). I've still got my fingers crossed they survive, but if they don't I'll just try again.

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After starting the rose cuttings, I decided to try and grow weeping cherry trees and lilac bushes from cuttings too. The cherry sticks look unchanged, but I think the lilacs are doing well, it seems like there are more buds than before.

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This next one is the most thrilling of the bunch. After I first brought this pencil cactus home, it started loosing some stocks. I thought the whole thing was going to die, but branches finally stopped falling off and it was hanging out until recently when out of nowhere it started growing! It has a big new stock from the base and a few little guys popping out of other branches!

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Similarly, my orchid was on the brink of death (more so than the pencil cactus) with no branches, the floppiest leaves, and basically a non existent root system. It now has the tiniest little leaves growing! I am so excited and hope that I can make it happy enough it grows plump out of the pot roots. #plantgoals

My norfolk pine has been with me for a year now and is doing very well! I don't think it is much taller, but after looking at the photo of it in my car, it looks more full! I gave it the christmas treatment over the weekend; no lights, but lots of tiny ornaments.

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I've tried starting at least half a dozen pineapple in my life and finally have one that is growing more leaves! It is noticeably larger than it was in August! There is no cat in this photo for reference, but check out these crazy long pineapple leaves!

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Finally, I have little lipstick flowers. This lipstick plant grew from a cutting from my nana's plant. I've had the plant for some time now earlier this year after moving it to a different window it finally started growing long vines. A few weeks ago it bloomed! These two little flowers didn't last very long, but really made me happy when I saw them and Winslow happy when they dropped and he was able to bat them around the living room.

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Nov 24, 2016

Mixed Up Scarf

The cowl is (mostly) finished and is now a scarf. This scarf was made following Xandy Peters' Mixed Up Mystery Pattern using Knit Picks Chroma Fingering Yarn in Drawing Room and Sandstone.

Mixed Up Scarf

After finishing the last stitch and doing a quick bind off I realized the oscillate section didn't end with the light blue color like the big and little chevrons. This bummed me out a bit, but I decided to stitch the ends together into a cowl anyway. While doing this I was unhappy that my chevron points were not lining up so I've decided to keep it as a scarf instead of a cowl.

Mixed Up Scarf

At some point I want to undo the bind off and use up the rest of my yarn to get the last section to end with the light blue color (or as close to the light blue color as possible). I've got some xmas knitting to start and finish so these additional rows will be put on hold for some time.

Mixed Up Scarf

Nov 22, 2016

Not Quite Me

This little thing is a work in progress portrait of me. For my Craft Book Club project for Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray I decided to paint a self portrait. I'm further along in my painting than the book. Here is what I look like so far:


Self Portrait WIP

I am using a small four inch canvas and started with too large of a brush. My background and general face shape are in place along with light place holders for my eyes, nose and mouth. I hope it starts to look like me.

Our next book club read will be announced in January. Share your book recommendations below.