Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!  You guys gave me a great gift; I now have 100, no wait, 101 followers!  Thank you for reading and for leaving such lovely comments.  Your support means a lot to me.  I've had some ideas for the blog simmering on my mind's back burner for a little while, so hopefully I'll be able to repay you this coming year!!

Wishing you a happy holiday, and an exciting and creative new year!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Slow your roll December!!!!

Um, how is it already December 18th!?  I wanted to take a quick break from my frantic wrapping to say hello, and I hope all of your holiday preparations are going well!  I'm off to continue wrapping and yes, to frantically craft as well.....

(Inspiration for the snowflake wrapping came from How About Orange)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Craft Collab

This is a craft collaboration I did with a budding artist.  I would describe his style as minimalistic with a penchant for geometric abstraction.  Despite his four years of age, he shows much promise!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Interlocking Photo Display

Like giving photos as gifts?  Finding frames a little boring?  Scrapbooks: done it?  Try making this super fun interlocking photo display instead!!  Inspired by posts from Photojojo and Made By Joel, I made two sets to give two of my best friends (practically sisters) for their birthdays.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Simple Christmas Banner

From this phone picture, the banner doesn't look like much, but I felt the idea was worth sharing.  The four year old boy I'm babysitting is very much into Christmas decorating right now, so I thought a paper banner would be really fun.  I made a diamond template and traced it onto about 16 sheets of plain copy paper (which is what I had on hand at the time).  We colored the diamonds, I cut them out, folded them in half to make the triangles, and then we glued them around some red yarn!  Voila!  We strung them up in a large picture window, so the designs could be admired from inside and outside the house. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Alyss Heart Block

I took a tiny break from my other projects to make another block for my scrapghan.  This pattern is called "Cornered Hearts Square" by Elizabeth Ham.  If you are on Ravelry the pattern page is here, and the pattern can be found here.  The inspiration for this block with hearts came from a great little book series...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gram's 91st Birthday Present

After taking a dramamine, I finished stitching my Gram's birthday present the night before her birthday, in a car, by a pen light, that was tied to the visor... Yes, that's right.  I'll own my dorkiness.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Magazine Snowflakes

No matter how old you are, unfolding paper snowflakes is so exciting!!  The four year old I'm babysitting wanted to make snowflakes so bad, but his construction paper was just too thick to cut.  So I had a brainstorm... magazine paper!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

WIP Saturday

You are all my witnesses; I am now committed and have a week to finish it.  At first I was just going to stitch the outlines, but decided it would be much cooler to fill it in completely.  I have my sister's famous sleep-yelling quote going through my head: "You're making this more difficult than it needs to be!"  (I don't recommend waking her if she has fallen asleep in a chair before making it to a bed...)  Hopefully I can get it done in a timely fashion as I could quite possibly be the world's slowest embroiderer.  Details to follow with the finished piece... I've got to get stitchin'!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I love my crafty friends!

Guess what fun crafty thing I got to do on Sunday!  I helped my super crafty friend Nehill with his train table.  Actually, "train table" is a bit misleading when it comes to its size.  It's more of a "train corner-of-a-room."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Forget-You-Not Block

Here's an unexpectedly large square for my scrapghan!  Monday night I thought I would whip up a square to take a break from my christmas present making.  Hours later, I finished this square, "Design 988," which is practically comparable to a lap blanket.  Ok, I may be exaggerating.  Slightly.  (EDIT: YOU CAN BUY PATTERN HERE!)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Here, Fishy Fishy Fishy

Now I have fish on the brain just like the 4 year old I've been babysitting!  For this scrapghan block I made a granny square (with ch 2 corners and no chain in between the dc groups) and sewed my fish motif onto it with thread.  For the fish I used the pattern Goldfish Motif by Chinama Horiba which can be found here, and if you are on Ravelry the pattern page is here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Christmas Doodle

Yesterday I was in the mood for some embroidery.  I found a 4 in hoop, some muslin (I think), some christmasy thread, and just started to doodle!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Stairs and Stripes

This block is adapted from block 76 in Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks.  I made my own stripe pattern after working with stripes in a stairs project with my dad.  Even though I followed the pattern, the block didn't exactly end up square.  I could have added more rows to make the block square, but I decided I liked the rectangle look; it more closely resembled the stair treads that inspired it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wedding Block

Last night I sat down with my scrap yarn and came up with this square.  Nothing exciting, just a bit of a variation on the traditional granny square, but I really like the color combination.  Because of the greens and purples, when Gin saw it she said it could be the wedding block for my scrapghan.  (Green is Gin's color, and purple is Jarrod's).  Done.

Monday, October 17, 2011

When Your Lemonade Sucks...

Recognize my next scrapghan square?  After everything I attempted today failed, I had to make at least one thing that didn't end with an expletive.  When all else fails, go back to what works!  So Squaring the Big Circle it is!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Doctor Is In

Today's scrapghan block is "Granny's Favorite" from Today's Woman Granny Squares Number 2, in the colors of the Dr. Who doll I finally finished!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Happy Accident

Another block for the scrapghan!  I made it from the pattern Triple Delight by Judy Lewis, found in Women's Day Prizewinning Granny Squares... a book I didn't mean to get!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Giving "Scraps" a New Meaning

Inspired by two little vintage mugs I bought on Etsy, I made this square using Block 76, from Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks.  I followed the pattern except on rounds 2, 3, and 4 I changed colors half way through the round to mimic the design on my mugs.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Costume Making

Know what this is a costume of?  Until my sister and I started working on this halloween costume for a special 11 year old, we had no idea that this costume is based on historical fact.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Book Inspired Crafts

I love books.  I love crafts.  What's even better?  Book crafts!!  I was going through some of my photos from a couple of years ago and came across a few book inspired crafts.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I made this in March for a friend but am posting it now in celebration of The Big Bang Theory season premiere tonight!!  Any fellow fans out there?!

I hand wrote out the letters with pencil and used the split stitch to embroider.  In hindsight I wish I hadn't framed it as the stitches got a bit squished.  This reminds me that I have another embroidery for my mom that she wants framed... maybe there are frames out there that are specifically made for projects like this so that the glass isn't directly touching the art?  Any recommendations and tips would be welcome!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Let's Make Snail Mail!

There's something special about writing and receiving mail in today's email-filled world, and something even more special about making the stationary yourself.  Do you want to make someone's day with a one-of-a-kind piece of hand written deliciousness?  I'll show you how I made these cards and envelopes, and maybe it will help you make your own!

Monday, September 19, 2011

My Fall Therapy Scarf

The end of summer always makes me a sad panda.  So I thought that if I made something exciting to wear for fall, I might be a little less sad that summer is gone...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The C-Word

Recently I have been getting a lot of negative reactions when I say the C-word, so I'm going to avoid saying it so as not to get the stink eye from anyone.  Oh, it's not THAT C-word.... No, no, no, I'll give you a hint:

(And another hint: it's not "cat.")

Monday, September 12, 2011

Vintage Finds

Alright, I know I wanted to keep this blog to "crafty" things, but in my defense one of my vintagey finds was a sweet little doily...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pincushion and Needle Book

When my sister and I coordinate on a craft project (usually a gift for a friend, like this one) I like to say in my best, dramatic super hero voice, "with our powers combined...!"  

Monday, September 5, 2011

Versatile Blogger Awards

I got an award!  How exciting is that!?  I was so flattered to receive the Versatile Blogger Blogger Award from the very talented winkieflash from a creative being.  Thank you so much!  If you haven't checked out her blog, you should!!

Here’s how the award works: After accepting the Versatile Blogger Award, the blogger must:
  1. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Little Circle Square Tutorial

Today felt like a tutorial day!  Here is a little tutorial for a little square of mine.  I know, my pattern name skills need some work....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

During Irene

What's one to do when the power is out for 28 hours?  Some crocheting of course!  I pulled out some left over crochet thread from the wedding projects, and this old crochet magazine I picked up at the library sale.  I almost traveled back in time as I crocheted by oil lamp...

Cake Topper, Boutonnieres, Bouquet, and Head Piece

The cake topper!  I painted plain wooden peg dolls to match as close as I could to Gin and Jarrod.  I added some netting and beads to Gin for the necklace and head piece, and made a mini felt boutonniere for Jarrod.  Just recently the piece of cedar they are glued onto split... I'm assuming it happened as the wood dried out more.  I'm figuring I can take them off and glue them to something else.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ginny and Jarrod's Story in Stop Motion

Here's the video that I made with Jarrod's brother Trevor (with a little help from one of his other brothers, Devon, and my always-helping friend Nehill), to show at the wedding.

More Wedding Details

Here's the board of escort cards.  This is my only picture of the board with all the buttons still on it.  Now, I absolutely love my Zumi camera, but it's better for more fun/artsy photos, (and for just throwing in your pocket), so I'm afraid it's not really showing how beautifully bright and colorful all the clothespins and buttons were....  But thanks to my cousin Robin, I have a few more picture to share!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Photo Booth!

I'm so happy with how the photo booth turned out and it seemed like everyone had a lot of fun with it!!  I think the pictures will make a great guest book!  We had people write a message on a slip of paper so that they could be placed with the strips of photos in the guest book.  Since we didn't have a printer set up during the reception, guests will receive their pictures in their thank you card!

Monday, August 22, 2011

What Do I Do Now?

With the wedding over now, what am I going to do with myself!?  My poor little blog got a little neglected the closer it got to the wedding, but I will certainly make it up!  Once I scrounge some pictures (because I didn't have a chance to take any good ones once everything was set up), I'll be able to post more about all of the handmade goodness that was in the wedding!  I think it turned out beautifully, and I believe everyone had a great time!  Soon I should be able to show you how the tables were set up, how our photo booth turned out, the cake plates and toppers, fabric buntings, the steamer trunk gift table....

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


As if you haven't seen enough rocks.... But, 135 rocks done!!!  The guest list is at 134, so there is an extra for good luck.  (Who are we kidding, it's for any potential change!)  So here are a few of the last rocks, and of course they were made from the rocks that kept getting picked over because of their strange and more difficult shapes...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

More Rocks...

I don't want to become redundant showing all the rocks and jars.... but, I'm getting so close to finishing the rocks, that posting a few pictures makes me feel like I've really made some progress!  If I've counted correctly I have 115 done, and 15 more to go!  Woot woot!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Game Face

With the craft fair over, it's back to wedding crafts!  I finished another jar this afternoon, bringing the count up to nine jars.

Monday, July 18, 2011

My Craft Fair Experience

I did it, and to me that's the most important thing!  It couldn't have been a more beautiful day, and you can see from this photo (that I took later in the afternoon, so excuse the dishevelment) that my spot had a gorgeous view of the lake.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sign Made!

I just finished this sign to hang on my canopy for my first ever craft fair!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Color Inspiration

My great grandmother and grandmother made this quilt, and I just love the stripes of colors on the backing fabric.  I think the colors are so unexpected, but they go together so well!  So I decided to make a block set using those colors as inspiration.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Photo Booth Props!

This afternoon Gin and I finished the photo booth props for the wedding and took a few pictures before "it's too hot out here for this!"

Thursday, June 30, 2011

More blocks!

This set is all about the circles, and the colors too of course!  It was too much fun playing around with them, so here are several pictures...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Black and White Blocks

Here's one finished set of blocks, well, minus the tray they will sit in and the drawstring bag the whole shabang will go in.  I'm really happy with how well the new block designs work together.  I've been having too much fun playing with them!  Another more colorful set is almost done!

Progress, Thanks, and Questions

Progress-  30 out of 36 complete!  These are a few of my favorite blocks at the moment.  (I just noticed they are all ones with red in them... For some reason I'm so drawn to red right now!)  I now have to add a single crochet border in white, block the squares, and then sew them together.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's Block Time!

Just look at all that potential!!  Time to sand and paint my reclaimed oak blocks!  (All that's missing here is a picture of me at the table saw with my so-ridiculous-they're-awesome blinged out safety goggles my sister made me!)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Squaring the Big Circle Tutorial

This is going to be my first attempt at writing up one of my own designs.  Because there has been a little more interest in the first blanket I made from this pattern, (and the fact that I was so happy with how it turned out), I thought it would be a great excuse to attempt a written pattern/tutorial to share!