Posts Tagged ‘crafting’

We are getting ready to go on a family vacation to the Smoky Mountains! My dad, step-mom-to-be (she’s been a step-mom-to-be for over 10 years now– time to get married Jenn!), little brother & sister and nephew will be joining us at the cabin. I am very much so looking forward to it! Our cabin has the best view. Photos do it absolutely no justice. The kids are excited as well and are eager to get going. This will be our third time staying there. It’s become sort of like a home away from home.

Knit Spring Shirt

I was hoping to have finished a Spring Shirt for each of the girls to wear while we were there, but that didn’t happen. I finished one of them and I’m not too crazy about how it turned out. Looks like I’m going to frog it, again. Yes, again!! It will be the second time. It’s just not fitting Emma right. Arg.

crochet hooded capelet

I was also hoping to have finished two hooded capelets, but again, only finished one. The pattern calls for self striping sock yarn and I got a great deal on sock yarn at Joann’s. The yarn is originally $6 a skein and I got it for $2.50! I’m really happy with how it turned out and will definitely be posting some action shots soon.

I’m going to make this post short and sweet. I really need to get back to packing!

Mountains– here we come!


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Again, here is another project that I have been working on for months now. Well I shouldn’t say ‘working on for months’, because technically, that’s not the truth. The truth is, I started working on it months ago, was really into in months ago, worked on it for a couple of days months ago, then put it down months ago and haven’t picked it up since. I have a big problem with starting a project and not finishing it, if you haven’t noticed.

I need to complete three more squares to finish the front and figure out something to do with the back. I have idea, I just need to figure it out. This too will find its new home in the girls’ room. The plan is to get them matching twin size beds and skip the whole toddler bed thing. Which would mean that if all goes well with this one, and I ever complete it, a new one will be in the works too!

I originally found the pattern while browsing through ravelry. It’s by Beata Basik  and available on her ravelry page  or through her blog, rose hip.

 Although I have another granny blanket in the process, (again, one I haven’t picked up in months) this is my first time actually joining granny squares. I think I did an OK job… definitely could use some work though.

In other news, I did add a significant amount to my chevron stripes blanket. I would have added more, but upon finishing my last row I noticed I made an error somewhere in the row before. So I tucked it away for the day and hopefully tonight I will find some quiet time to try to figure out where I went wrong. That’s always fun… 🙂

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I set a goal for myself this year to make one handmade Christmas ornament a month. Leaving me with 12 new handmade ornaments for our Christmas tree this year. I chose to do it this way because by the time Christmas comes around I find myself overwhelmed with everything. Every year I say I will begin making Christmas gifts in July. And every year I’m busy working away last-minute trying to get things done. And half of it remains incomplete or not even started. So instead, I am starting early. WAY early.

I was inspired by the book Falalala Felt to make this little blue bird. It’s based on the ‘little birds garland’. My printer is out of  ink so I couldn’t scan and enlarge the template in the back of the book. So instead I just winged it.

Please excuse the sloppy blanket stitch. It’s my first time using that stitch so it’s looking a little rough! Besides the sloppy stitching, I think it came out pretty cute! One ornament down,  eleven to go.

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I’ve really been enjoying the art of hand embroidery. To date I’ve only completed three projects: the first being the mushroom fabric that I embroidered with Emma’s name, the second a Christmas gift for a special someone, and the third a fun gnome and mushroom pattern!

This latest project was so much fun! I tinted the illustration with crayons using this tutorial from Aimee Ray of little dear tracks. The pattern was 100% free and can be found on her flickr page here.

I just love the way it turned out! And I enjoyed every bit of making it. I have a few more patterns, some purchased, some not, that I cannot wait to stitch up! I just need to figure out what to do with all of these pieces. Might I see some quilting in my future? If only I wasn’t so intimidated by it!

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I’ve been dying to make some Fall wreaths and decorations. We’re on a pretty strict budget right now (for reasons I will tell you about later) so I pretty much had to use what I had around the house.

Luckily, I had two wooden wreaths that I purchased a couple years ago at the dollar store. I also used some scrap yarn, ribbon, acorns that we collected from outside, and two of the cutest scarecrow bendy dolls that I purchased a while back from Princess Nimble Thimble.

Very simple. Very easy. Very cute! After completing it and showing the finished product to Jacob he said, “Mommy, did you make that for me?!” So I think it’s final home will be on Jacob’s bedroom door.

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