Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." -Lao Tzu

I hope you all have a fantastic day my friends!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Happy Sunday my dear friends!  You know what's making me smile? Some improv crochet!  I've made a couple of my own designs in worsted weight yarn, why not see what I can do with thread?  I think I have a finished "pattern" (on the right) which is made of larger motifs joined at the picots, and a little motif joined in the space between four of the larger motifs.  I'm thinking it could make a nice runner or little doily with some more motifs joined on... What do you think?  Do you like the two colors? As for what's on the hook now, I'm not sure what it's going to be!  I'm just having fun experimenting and trusting my hands!

What's been making you smile?

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Crafting Yourself: Pretending

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Happy Saturday!  I thought today would be a good day for another "Crafting Yourself" post, (the posts that attempt to go a little deeper than the physical making of things, to how the making of things can in fact make you!)  Is there something that you've been wanting to make or try but haven't because something is stopping you?  Maybe you think you aren't skilled enough or maybe you're afraid to mess up?  Well, this is what I'd like to talk about today and I want to show you how you can tackle whatever that project is.  I'll also be sharing how, with my Easter preparations, I conquered two fears (baking and sewing with a sewing machine), and tried something new.  Sound good?  Well, grab a cup of tea, or your beverage of choice, and let's dive in!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Square Doily

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It's about time for some crochet right?  I've been testing out different patterns and motifs because I'm going to make a size specific runner for a friend.  I haven't found the right size (or perfect design) yet, but I did end up with this pretty doily in the experimenting process!

The finished doily is about 12 inches, I used size 10 thread, a 1.65 mm hook, and you can find the charted pattern here.  I love working from a chart.  I find it much easier to visually see the repeating patterns, rather than to read the written directions.

What are you guys working on?

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!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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"When you are up against a wall, put down roots like a tree, until clarity comes from deeper sources to see over that wall and grow." 
- Carl Jung

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Happy Tuesday my dear friends!  Wishing you clarity and growth!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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(Day 13 of #100happydays)

Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone's weekend is going well!  For today's Sunday Smiles I want to talk about making and sending mail.  It's been on my mind, as I made a card yesterday, and the other night I watched a movie (on Amazon) that I can't get out of my head...

Have you seen the stop motion animation movie Mary and Max?  (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette are the voices.)  I wouldn't recommend it for children, but it's funny, cute, serious, sometimes a little dark, but very touching.  I really liked it.  Anyways, a big part of the movie is Mary and Max sending letters back and forth.  It reminded me of a couple of years ago when I lived in California and was sending and receiving a lot of mail.  I would anxiously await the next card or letter to arrive, and it would make my day when it did!  Those cards and letters were so important to me.  In fact, I still have them all!

I love emails too, but they lack a certain personal touch.  Sure, by reading an email you can "see" the sender in the way that they write and express themselves with words, but you can't see what paper they picked out to write on or what color pen they picked to write with, and most importantly, you don't get to see their handwriting.  I love that handwriting is such an extension of a person's personality.  It becomes so recognizable.  When you are missing someone, seeing their handwriting is such a joy.

There's also a certain amount of freedom in letter writing that I think allows one to be a little more honest.  At least I find this so, and I find it easier to say things in general.  I take comfort in the written word.  I feel like I can really say what I mean when I write.  Have you heard the expression "diarrhea of the mouth" when referring to someone who's talking a lot?  Well, I have the opposite problem, "constipation of the mouth" if you will...  When talking to someone, I often can't get out what I want to say, but sit me down with pen and paper and I'll write a ten page paper on what I meant to say!  Speaking of which, I better start to wrap things up here before I get carried away!

So, apparently it's National Card and Letter Writing Month, which means we should all get writing!  What a great way to put a smile on someone else's face!  Actually, there could also be merit in writing letters to someone without the intention of sending them.  They could be written to someone who you can't send letters to, don't want to send letters to, would like to send letters to, or they could be to your (past, present or future) self.  I think it could be a great journaling project with some therapeutic value.  Depending on how fancy you want to get, it could be a great art project too!

Does sending or receiving cards and letters make you smile too?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Air Plant Holders

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Photo credit: Ginny Britt

I gave you a little peek at one of the air plant holders I made my sister for her birthday here, and now I'm sharing the full post with you today. I ordered and sent her a little assortment of air plants from the Etsy shop CTS Airplants.  Having done that, I was a little nervous about making holders when I only had a general idea of their size...  I'm glad it worked out, and I hear she's bought more to fill out the frame a little more!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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I'm sorry to say that this will be the last Photo-Tuesday...  No, just kidding, April fools!  I was going to drag it out, and not say anything until after the last picture, but I'm such a terrible liar!  I couldn't do it! Anyways, here are some pictures from a photo walk I took yesterday before sundown...