Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

Petey

"I have lived with several zen masters -- all of them cats." 
-Eckhart Tolle

Happy Tuesday my friends!  After the somewhat picture heavy Easter post yesterday, I felt the need to keep it simple today and just share a Petey portrait.  In fact I think I still need to catch my breath from Easter and recenter myself!  Perhaps we can all benefit from acting a bit cat-like today!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Table

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I wanted to avoid a last minute thrown together table for Easter, so I started planning a couple of weeks ahead of time.  At a loss for what to do, I thought I could pick a couple of recent trends and go from there.  I chose Copper, Radiant Orchid (Pantone's color of the year) and Himmeli (a traditional Finnish Christmas decoration)... and I think it all worked pretty well together!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Happy Sunday and happy Easter!  I'm still smiling from our family Easter dinner we had yesterday!  I of course love any excuse to make a pretty table, but getting to see family definitely takes the cake.  Other smile worthy things: chatting crafts, playing board games, Easter candy, seeing the cake I baked to be edible (I tend to have the worst luck in the kitchen [and I couldn't taste test as I can't eat gluten]), getting a cute owl plush from my Gram, noticing multiple happy conversations happening at once, and laughing so hard I was crying.

I wish you all a very happy day, and I'll see you soon with some more craft specific posts from our dinner!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday my friends!  Today's Photo-Tuesday is a little picture heavy as I had a fantastic weekend in NYC...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Are you smiling today?  I sure am, because I FINALLY tried a little Irish crochet lace!  I picked up that new book I bought awhile ago, and started right on page 1.  I've made just these couple of "wheels", but it's a start!  And I can't wait to keep going with the next ones in the book, and work may way up to the "flowerets," "leaves," "sprays," "calyxes" and then the "groundings."

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I've made a few mistakes so far, but I'm learning!  I'm crocheting with a size 13 steel hook (which I think is a .75mm), using size 30 thread for the motifs, and size 3 thread as the padding cord. (Crocheting over padding cord gives the piece some extra dimension in places.)  The size 3 thread might be a bit too big, but I didn't have the suggested No. 5 pearl cotton, and I was too anxious to start!  I just ordered some size 70 crochet thread for when I reach a point to experiment with crocheting them all together with mesh (or grounding).

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What's really neat to me about Irish crochet lace, is that once you get the basics down, what you can create is really up to you!  Having no clear pattern in putting all the motifs together is a bit out of my comfort zone, but having limitless possibilities in design is pretty exciting. And this book does have some loose patterns which I think is great for the beginner like me!

Do any of you have any Irish crochet lace tips for me?!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sneak Peek Saturday

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Just popping in quick to give a little sneak peek of some of the things I've been working on...

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What are you guys working on?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cloud Rug

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Looking for a quick DIY project?  I made this simple cloud rug after seeing THIS post on the My Scandinavian Home blog.  (The link to the original tutorial is here).  I bought the doormat at Walmart for $4, drew a cloud design on it with chalk, and cut it out with some heavier duty kitchen scissors.  Super easy.  Super quick.  And I think super cute!