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Mar 29, 2012

Milly and Tilly Third Blogiversary

I can't believe it has been three years since I started this blog! To thank all my readers I am having a giveaway; you can win this leather mini wallet:

I am continuing with the traditional anniversary gifts and the third anniversary is leather. This is my first project made with leather and I was a bit scared to work with it, but I think this little wallet turned out alright.

This mini wallet is envelope shaped and just large enough to hold a few cards and a bit of cash. The attached leather strap wraps around the wallet to close and ties it shut in a sweet little bow. The leather is this lovely pearlized purple color that I absolutely LOVE.

To win this leather mini wallet* all you have to do is:
1. Leave a comment below with your name by Sunday, April 8th.
2. Wait. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and will be announced on Tuesday, April 10th.

*Sorry, my library card and the three dollars will not be included.

Mar 27, 2012

Floral Antlers

I finished the antlers!

I covered the clay "skull" with some batting and pretty floral fabric that was leftover from this doorstop I made. Now I just need to hang it; I think it will look great at the end of my hallway.

Mar 22, 2012


Here is another embroidery; this one is for the door of my craft room.

This embroidery hoop was also a recent purchase, but I didn't buy anymore embroidery thread! I nearly ran out of black and used up all of my scraps trying to finish!

Mar 20, 2012

I spent most of last week in Sun Valley. Here are some snowy pictures I took on my trip.

Mar 15, 2012

Water Closet

I made a cute embroidery for my bathroom door:

I did purchase the embroidery hoop so I could display it (another resolution fail). The cute font is I am online with u by Pisto Casero; I love it!

Mar 13, 2012


Here is a work in progress:

I painted antlers and am mounting them on a plaque; I will be covering the "skull" with some fabric. The wooden plaque was a recent purchase, breaking my "don't buy any craft things resolution".

Mar 8, 2012

2012 Garden Plan

Over the weekend I put together my vegetable garden plan for this year! 2012 is the year of the flowers!
2012 garden plan
Here is a list of the fruits & vegetables that I am planning on planting:
Spaghetti Squash
Lettuce & Spinach
Carrots & Radishes (maybe some beets too)
Tomatoes (Belize Pink Heart)
Bell Peppers

I will be planting lots of flowers to help keep pests away and make my garden look pretty. Sunflowers for the cucumbers (I read that they are sweeter when planted with sunflowers, but don't know how true this is), Nasturtium to keep the squash bugs away, and marigolds for the tomato plant and general bug repelling. There will also be more flowers in my front yard, not sure what they will be yet though.


Here is my seedling progress. The bell peppers (the three littler ones on the left) have finally sprouted! My tomatoes are doing well; I used seeds I saved from last year and was afraid they wouldn't grow, but they are doing great!

belize pink heart tomato seedlings

bell pepper seedlings

So far I have only started the bell peppers and tomatoes. I need to figure out when I want to start everything else, but there is still a bit of time; May 10th is the last frost here.

Mar 6, 2012

Bread Bag

This project has been on my list for quite some time now; I was wanting to make a bag to store my homemade bread that would help postpone its staling.

It has been a while since I have made a loaf of bread and toast sounded yummy so I made some bread and sewed this bag to store it in.

I was planning on making a drawstring bag out of muslin to go inside, but for now I am just wrapping the bread in a tea towel (my previous bread storage method) to limit the crumbs.

The bag is made from oilcloth with a cute retro cherry motif and is sewed like a lunch bag with a square bottom. White ribbon is used to tie the bag shut and give it some frill. I am not sure how well this is going to work at keeping my bread from getting hard, but it looks pretty and I do like bread pudding!

This project used all previously purchased materials; my resolution to buy new craft things has been broken though. You will see in a few upcoming posts that I bought notions or other things to finish up some projects. I haven't bought any fabric though!

Mar 1, 2012

Amy March Slippers

While browsing Ravelry I came across this Little Women inspired knitting pattern for Amy March's Slippers by Tiny Owl Knits.

I knit these while listening to Little Women on CD and probably could have knit five pairs before the book was finished; I didn't remember how long the book was!

These were a quick knitting project and they are doing a wonderful job of keeping my toes warm. This is the first pair of socks I have knit and was quite surprised how easy turning the heel was and how amazing the figure 8 cast on is!

The yarn I used for these slippers is Lion Brand Homespun yarn in Tudor colorway; various ribbons and fabric scraps were used to decorate them. Here is an obligatory shoegazing photo: