Monday, 17 December 2012

Indigo House Socks

I saw a pair of diamond cabled house socks in a flyer before Christmas and sort of coveted them, so I’ve developed a pattern to replicate them.  I have knit them in Bernat Satin worsted weight acrylic yarn (don’t judge, ye snobs of yarnage!) because it’s crazy soft and that’s the way I wanted to go, plus wool has been making me itchy this winter. 

I'm sharing the pattern after the cut.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Christmas Gingerbread Men Decorations

I made some gingerbread men out of salt dough and have used them in a few different ways.

I used all dollar store items to wrap and decorate the gifts. I used Kraft paper to wrap, and cut the burlap into thin stips and tied jute twine over it. The greenery was from a small wreath that I disassembled, and I glued berries, pine cones, and small bells to add some colour.

 I ended up with leftover pieces of burlap that were too small to use for wrapping, and I used them to make bows so that nothing much was wasted.

This is the wreath that was left over after I had cut off the branches to decorate the gifts. I waste nothing!

I make these twig signs for each season, so here is winter (obviously!).

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Hugs & Kisses Fingerless Mittens

The girly pink colour of this leftover yarn led me to knit gushy lovey dovey cables.  I've listed these for sale in my Etsy store too.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Sweet Hearts Fingerless Gloves

I finished knitting these yesterday with yarn I had left over from a sweater.  The pink was pretty much dictating something with hearts, so that's what ended up happening.  I luff them.

They're up on my Etsy store because I've run out of people to give them to.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Children's Fingerless Gloves

After knitting Erica's fingerless gloves, I still had yarn left over so I decided to knit a matching pair for her little cousin.

This yarn seems to be like the loaves and fishes story in the bible because I had enough to knit a third pair that will fit a toddler.  I thought that would be the end of it but no, I have enough yarn to knit a fourth toddler pair.

I don't know any toddlers so I'll put them up on my Etsy account.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Knit Trivets

 I knit these simple flower shaped trivets.
Details and free pattern are on my Ravelry Page.

Lacy Knit Bar Soap Holders

I like the idea of showering with a never ending supply of bubbles at the ready on a face cloth, so I decided to make these soap holders because I like knitting and I like lacy things.

Taupe Floral Pillow

I sewed this pillow when I switched to fall colours in my living room.  The tutorial to make it, is here.

Hanging Stars

I made this strand of hanging stars for Christmas to the delight and gratitude of my cats who will no doubt shred them the second I turn my back, even though I made them their very own catnip filled stars which they promptly ignored.

This is a very quick and very easy project, and I'm placing a tutorial under the cut.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Mismatched Mishmash Fingerless Gloves

I knit these as a little extra Christmas gift for Erica, who likes oddball weirdness. This girl will lose one or both within 92 hours of receiving them but they were a great way to use up the tiny bits of leftover yarn I am never able to bring myself to throw away.

Darning in the massive amount of ends from all the colour changing took almost as long as knitting these things, but I’ve never knit stripes before and I have been wanting to.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Lace Market Bag

I knit this market bag to give as a gift and I like it a lot so I'm going to knit another for myself.

I'm thinking of dying it or staining it with tea since white isn't practical for foodstuffs.

Pattern information is here: Ravelry page link.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Christmas Gift Knitting

Cooler weather has prompted me to get ahead of myself on Christmas knitting. I made this set for my young niece:

 I just love this hat to death!

Details and free pattern information can be found on my Ravelry Page.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Knit Mouse In The Hood

I knit this little guy this week and when I showed a friend she remarked that he reminds her of one of those kids who's trying hard to look like a badass from the hood and failing because he's a fresh faced baby. 

Details about the patterns and yarns can be found on my Ravelry page.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Vivian Cosmetic Bag

I sewed this little purse sized cosmetic bag today to give as a little gift for my son's good friend Vivian, who's been helping him tremendously to settle in Taipei, where he's living for a year.

I had iron-on labels printed cheaply, here's a tip: They were advertised as the kind of labels you have your kid's name printed on for summer camp clothing. I had them printed with a variation of the name of my blog instead. Every other kind of custom labels I looked at were crazy expensive.  

I added 'Chaos' instead of 'Dreams' to my labels because my house looks like chaos when I'm doing any sort of crafting, and I guess my method of crafting is pretty chaotic too.

I found the fabrics at Walmart, pre-cut into 21 X 42 inch squares for $2.47 each.

The tutorial for this bag can be found here.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Vintage Flour Sack

I'm a little obsessed with how my pantry looks (it's a sickness), so for some time, I have been wanting to do something about how flour, sugar, and rice is stored.  I decided to use old fashioned cotton sacks, so I made this one today.

I will be making a tutorial for this very easy beginners project when I make the other sacks.  For those who don't need a tutorial, basically, I measured the sack, cut out front and back, sewed it up and formed boxed corners on the bottom edge.  I hemmed the top edge and then sewed in a strip of velcro. To keep the sack from sagging as the flour is used up, you can stuff it with grocery store bags if you are as fussy as I am.

The image is transferred after construction so that it can be properly centered.

I found the image in a google photo search, cleaned it up in Photoshop and used the transfer technique that is explained here.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Bottled Photo

I have been wanting to display this photograph of my parents on their wedding day, so I decided to stuff them over rocks in a bottle with a cork stopper.  I started thinking about how old this jar is, but if I told you how long I've had the set, I would be giving away how very, very old I am.

I gathered up some very old silver which is tarnished beyond belief, and which I love that way.  My mother left the tray here and it's been sitting forgotten under my kitchen sink, and to think how close I came to throwing it away!  

I think the heart shaped trinket box is just so perfect with a photo of the day you promised to love and cherish your sweetheart forever!  The box is another item I almost got rid of too, so it really does pay to be a hoarder, no matter what anyone tells you to the contrary.  It's as though something was telling me to save all of these things, that they were meant to be grouped together someday.

My parents are going to love what I've done with their photo!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Felt Needle Holder Books

I saw these on Pinterest and decided to make one for myself and one for my mother.  They were made with scraps of felt I had in my stash. 

I would have liked to have had a better choice of colours, but the dang fabric store near me closed, and now it's a huge deal to get to one.  Also, when I decide to do something, I need to do it *now*, and that means using what's around the house.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Refinished Chair With Seat Cushion Tutorial

I finally refinished the last of this set of four chairs and thought I'd make a tutorial on how to make custom seat cushions. Photos and instructions are after the break.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Sheet Music Vase

I had seen an arrangement like this on a DIY blog and have wanted to make one for a while.

I stained some cardstock with tea, found a musical score I liked the look of, and printed it in landscape orientation.  I wrapped it around a tall glass jar (you can use a tin can), and glued it down.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Wreath Topiary

I put this together yesterday using a coat hanger for the base of the wreath, a glue gun, and a mixed bag of greenery from my favourite place - the dollar store. I used a clay pot I had on hand, and cut a foam oasis to fit inside, which anchors the coat hanger. A ribbon scavenged from a pair of cargo pants was wrapped and tied around the pot to finish it off.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Rust Equals Love

When Robert asked me what I'd like for my birthday, I said, 'things that are rusty'.  I found these two treasures on Etsy, sold by two different vendors.

I can't tell you how much rusty, chipped things make me happy, as well as the weeds running rampant in my garden which produce delicate white teeny flowers..

Friday, 18 May 2012

Ruffled Tote Tutorial

I sewed this tote today and have placed a tutorial under the cut.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Old Cologne Ad Transfer Onto Wood Door

 I had a really old cabinet that I turned into a display shelf and I kept the door thinking I would find a use for it later. I transferred this image of an old cologne ad found at The Graphics Fairy onto it and as you can see, it really blurred. I put it aside, thinking I would sand it off and start over but I didn't want to lose the patina. After looking at it awhile, I decided that I like the smudgy rough old look of it and I'm leaving it alone. Perfection is over-rated.

Monday, 14 May 2012

How to make your own (cheap) fabric mats for picture framing.

I framed this print today.  I found this image I loved and printed it onto thin cotton fabric using my ink jet printer, and made a mat using fabric and ribbon.  My father custom made the frame for me years ago and when I tired of the needle work that was in it, I decided to make up my own mat because they're expensive to have cut to size at the framing shop where I live.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Quick & Easy Mother's Day Gift

I sewed some sachets filled with French lavender and tucked them into a matching gift bag this morning.

I transferred some images onto pure cotton fabric using the CitraSolv method explained here.

I found and downloaded a pretty free font, printed a tag on cardstock, and trimmed it with scissors that cut with a fancy edge.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Strawberry Quick Cardigan

I finished knitting a pure wool sweater right in time for the heat of summer!

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Soft Spun, Colour 2838
Needle: 5mm
Pattern: Free from DROPS found here.

More details can be found on my Ravelry page here.