Wednesday, December 26, 2007
My search brought me to this beauty over at Lullabies and Lace. The instructions were great, I had no trouble getting through the pattern.
The cozy is completely awesome.
I cannot neglect to mention the help that was extended by the "boy in the house" over there. With a simple email, the dimensions of the teapot needing a cozy were relayed along with a nice description. This was a world of help since I have no teapot and am not familiar with the sizes and whatnot. I mean, I just started drinking tea like 2-3 weeks ago!! Geez!
Since I have no teapot to model the cozy, I'll leave it to Ms. Floatytoes to edit this post and add a photo as soon as humanly possible. I forgot to photograph it while I was there, staring at it. I am so proud and elated that my good friends actually like it! =]
Saturday, December 22, 2007
My dream induced gnome quilt was not approved, having a boy in the house. I understand. I do. But I must quilt. I am still going to plan this quilt so that I can work on it all year. I have decided after much deliberation that the best quilt for my skill level AND for the amount of fabric patterns I want to use, Denyse Schmidt's Flock of Triangles quilt is PERFECT. I found this site here, where it shows a picture. Of course, the instructions are for a crib sized quilt, and I am going to make a king sized quilt. My love of oranges and yellows and warm patterns are probably overwhelming sometimes, so I am going to try really hard not to make it orange. Even though I really want to. But perhaps I could compromise with greens, say from Joel Dewberry's Aviary collection?
I decided to be ambitious last night. I opened my 5-pack of bamboo double pointed knitting needles. I am attempting to start and finish a Christmas gift by Sunday! Yikes! Anyway, using the double points to knit in the round is easier than I had expected because you only work 2 of the needles at a time, the other three just hang out until you get to them. I used this helpful article on Knitty.com to learn the proper technique. The picture is of what I have made so far. It's going to take some diligent work today and tonight to get this baby done!! The finished product will come in another post. =]
Eight years ago, when I first started working for Starbucks, I found I could take coffee gift packs as my free pound for the week. So, I took the little 2.5 oz Christmas Blend bags (I could take 6, even though that was one ounce short of a pound) and stock piled them in my moms kitchen cabinet for a month or however long they were available for. I didn't really know what to do with them but then decided to bake chocolate chip cookies to go with the coffee. I packed up the goods in little plastic tin-like containers and my mom shipped them off to whoever they were going to, I think mostly my dad's family. I got a report back from my mom that my grandma opened her package and immediately brewed a pot of the coffee and then sat there and ate all of the cookies and drank the whole pot of coffee in one sitting (they are BIG coffee drinkers). I thought that was so awesome. My mostly homemade gift was a success! So this year I decided to do the same thing but on a smaller scale, just for the men in my immediate family because I had no idea what else to make for them. And minus the Starbucks (it gets expensive when you don't work there! geez). So, the pictures are of my cookie dough and the finished cookies. Yum!! I'll edit to add the coffees and tins later.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
I made this little owl yesterday for my nephew's Christmas present. The pattern is from Crochet Today Magazine, Sept/Oct 07 issue. It is the "cutest little owl" pattern on page 75. It came together in about 3 hours with little fuss. I used some rice in a tied baggie to weigh down the bottom. I don't know if that was a good idea or not, but I didn't really have anything else to put in there! I think he came out a little larger than the pattern intended, but he looks fine and the stuffing isn't coming through the stitches or anything, so I'm happy with it. Next time, I'll just use a smaller hook!!
Last night, he sat up and watched "The In-Laws" with me. He's a pretty chill dude... I think I might make one of my own to keep me company when the boys are asleep.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I used cream and black felt, cream and black embroidery thread, a small piece of fabric for the lining, and one small snap. That's it! I did a blanket stitch around the arms and legs and ears (they are all two layers of felt). I sewed the three sides together inside out on the sewing machine (make sure your arms and legs and ears facing inside when you do this!). Then I turned it right side out, and manually blanket stitched the felt to the lining on the open side, getting the arm in there. Then I added a tiny snap and I was done! I love love love this project. Thank you Molly Chicken!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
And here is a new fabric silhouette painting series that I am really in love with. This idea comes from Anna Maria (see my previous post about these paintings). I had a lot of fun with these! I knew the paint would bleed a little around the tape, which gave me the imperfect circle shape I was looking for. Before and after pictures:
Home made Christmas pillows in snuggly flannel.
Stockings hung on the mantle.
And tree! See my new pickle ornament? Got that in Leavenworth.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The early bird gets the worm, if the early bird is me and the worm is finished topstitching! This morning I ran my contrasting top stitch round my ironed quilt. I have to say, against all odds, this one came out better than the last one. It is far from perfect, but some of the valleys in the scallops came out darn right nice! Perhaps the third time will be the charm. Tonight I am going to do the quilting part, in the form of large circles of varying size in a lavender thread color.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
These sweet dishtowels are knitted with Lily Sugar'n Cream 100% cotton yarn. I used the Dishcloth pattern from the Knit Knack Kit by Kris Percival. These will go with the Market Totes to my familial gals. They come together pretty quickly and are a pretty and functional handmade gift!!
I went to a craft night tonight with a bunch of folks from our old neighborhood. The function was hosted by the good people at the Happen N Place on SE Gladstone and 42nd here in Portland, OR. I had a great time and everyone in attendance was super happy to be there. I encourage everyone reading this to start up or participate in a fun craft night with the people you enjoy surrounding yourself with.
Happy December!! It's cold!
Friday, December 7, 2007
This year I finally decided to make the Christmas cards that I have been wanting to make for so long, design inspired by Martha Stewart. I like mine better, actually :)
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
This is one of the funnest projects ever, although it took a lot of sitting and thinking about what would be cool in silhouette form and not cheesy (like old timey face silhouettes) and not trendy (like something you might see at Urban Outfitters). I finally settled on three different ducks. I guess it's a little cheesy, but I love how they came out.
She uses canvas that is stretched over wood, and her tutorial requires a staple gun. I went an easier route. I got a three pack of flat canvas boards from Aaron Bros (so cheap!!!!), and I Mod Podged the entire front (like Anna Maria), AND used the same Mod Podge to glue the fabric around to the back of the canvas board. No staple gun necessary! Mod Podge is awesome and great for so many things. I used a glossy finish, but you could just as easily use a matte finish, which I would also like to try. I let that dry on the back for about a half hour and the front for another half hour. This project requires almost no patience :)
Then I printed out the silhouettes I found, cut them out, laid them on the fabric coated canvases, and drew around them with a pencil. Then I either painted in the lines, or on the outside of the lines. Voila! Done!
A few hours later I went back and did a second coat of paint, but the first coat looked pretty good by itself. I would also suggest going back and sealing the whole thing. Mod Podge is perfect for that too!
This is a great way to use a piece of fabric that is too small for any other project. I am excited to try several more themed sets of these!