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Baby Clamshell

25 Aug

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Another great pattern on Ravelry caught my eye, this being the Clamshell pattern by Cherry Heart. I really liked the simplicity and versatility of the design, and did a few practice runs to try it out. Once I got the two alternating “stripes” down, it was a snap, a lot like the Ripple Pattern by Lucy in the Attic that I also love. I’ve made at least 4 or 5 blankets with that pattern alone! As for the Clamshell, I was pondering using up some of my yarn stash which has gotten a little out of control. That made obvious by a joke from my boyfriend. Whoops, I guess I do have a lot of yarn! As I started that project, we got news that a couple in the family welcomed a new baby into their lives and hey, perfect reason to buy some more yarn to match the colors on their announcement card and put that Clamshell pattern to work.

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I putted away on this for about a month and came out with a good size blanket that should be large enough to be useable for the next few years.

African Flower Blanket

22 Jul
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Ellie modeling the blanket, looking very contemplative.

Last month I finished this blanket for two of my newlywed friends who moved away to start their new lives on a farm in Oregon. My friend Emily is a lover of all things vintage, especially 1960s/70s era. I found this pattern for a modified African Flower afghan block featuring 8 pedals instead of the standard 6, creating a square instead of hexagon block. It has a nice vintage-feel and I like the colors – cool blues and purples – and I think the yellow centers really make the flowers pop. It was a great pattern to work with. The blanket took 3 months to finish and I’m incredibly happy with it! While sewing the squares together, I escaped the heat and watched tons of Star Trek: The Original Series. Engage!

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Painting to Escape the Heat

2 Jul

I love to paint, but over the past few years I have had very little time to do it. Right now we are in the middle of a massive heat wave and are trapped inside. It’s too hot to do anything. Anytime you step outside it’s empty with just the sound of buzzing air conditioners and vibrating wires overhead. It’s eerie. It’s our version of a snow storm, except it looks beautiful outside, but as soon as you step out, you are enveloped in heat and can only rush backwards back into the house.

I found myself painting for several hours over the weekend. It’s a great way to ignore the heat with the aid of some music or Podcasts, I lose all sense of what’s around me and forget the 105+ degree heat and anything rattling around in my head is silenced. I revisited some old sketches I did several months ago and also practiced drawing and painting some new things including geometrically based succulents. Of course, the succulents! They aren’t far from my brain… I won’t show the full paintings yet, but here’s a couple of glimpses. I’m really happy with the studies and I hope to show the finished pieces soon.

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Worst Blogger!

26 Mar

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That’s me – worst blogger!! What a terrible blogger I am. Oh well. All this is really just a hobby right now. When things really get rolling maybe I’ll have more to post about?

Let’s move onto better things. I have a new plant discovery! Air plants! (Seems logical, right? Succulents to air plants?) I’ve seen the name around, but never did the research until recently. It happened right before a trip to one of the local plant nurseries and they had a whole basket of them. I plucked out three and they are now displayed around the house, high up, out of reach of the pesky, troublesome, awesome kitties.¬† The largest one you can see is now displayed in this awesome Counselor Troi mug, a fantastic holiday gift from one of my fellow Next Gen nerds in my office/studio/yarn/craft emporium. I’m also trying my hand at a terrarium for another one. It’s in progress, so I’ll share that later.

While on a short break, I’ve been working on a fun new crochet project. I always like to have an in-progress project, and there are usually multiples, which is the case now. I learned a new pattern, a fun version of the popular African Flowers design. I’m making a super special, super secret thing for a friend. I’ll share a sneak of the flowers. I’m working factory-style, so this is just a portion of the afghan block. It’s an 8-pedaled version which gives the block a square outline instead of a hexagon. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good hexagon, but they give you trouble when it comes to the edging.

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Thanks for reading. It’s kind of nice to have a place for some brain smatterings and crafty sharing. Onwards!

Pie Note Cards

1 Aug

Few things are as delicious as pie. I’m happy to share this new creation which is dedicated to this delectable pastry. I spent the afternoon drooling over these fun pie illustrations. A set of ten pie note cards are now available in my Etsy Shop in several variations. The cards are blank, lending themselves well for a variety of purposes including thank yous, greetings, birthdays and plenty of other occasions. I hope you enjoy them as much I did making them!

June 2012 Fabrics

22 Jun

I have a new batch of fabric now available on Spoonflower.com! Designing fabric has been one of my favorite projects lately.

Completed Garden Projects

19 May

I caught up on some podcasts and spent part of the afternoon working on the garden projects I linked to on the previous post. I made three small planters and several plant markers. I didn’t have any clay tools, specifically a smoothing tool to make the joints and connecting pieces look clean and professional. Since these are the first ones, I’m giving myself some slack. They aren’t perfect, but I like them anyways.

The plant markers were much easier and looked a lot better because they required less tools. I had a set of alphabet stamps which made the markers especially simple. I made markers for some of the succulents and herbs. I’m already making a list for more to make later. I think they look pretty good! FYI, the Mint marker is really white. The light gave it an orange tint.


Thanks to Say Yes to Hoboken for the planter instructions, and Wit & Whistle for the marker guide!

Turntable Ornaments are back!

14 Nov

It’s the middle of November and Thanksgiving is so close that I’m perpetually drooling until the 24th arrives (and better yet, Veggie Thanksgiving that following Saturday!) Since Christmas is just a hop away, my felt turntable ornaments are back in the Etsy Shop. They are handmade and are great for you or that vinyl nerd you know. I’ve dropped the price to $5/piece until Dec 1st (the value pack is still the best deal! so grab them now! More will be available soon and you’re always welcome to request custom colors.

I’ve got to get back to looking for pie recipes on the ‘net to prep for the holiday festivities. I hope to get a few more posts out before the end of the year. Happy Holiday prepping!

Finding Time to Craft

9 Oct


I love so many creative endeavors. I’ve always been someone who loves to draw, write, paint, cook and most recently crochet. Several women in my family have been crocheters, but after a few failed attempts as a kid, I learned to crochet a few years ago and it’s become one of my favorite weekend and fall hobbies. I’ve made several blankets over the last two years, pouring hours and hours and many yarn-buying trips into their creation while watching countless movies and TV Shows or listening to Podcasts or music.

I printed a handful of free patterns off Ravelry a few weekends ago and after a little trouble, figured out this fun pattern called “Something Pretty” for these pretty 3D flowers. I’m not very girly, but I like how these look more modern than granny-ish. (No offense to Grannies. You are loved.) Learning the popcorn stitch was the toughest for me, but once I watched a video and practiced, I got it down. My last couple weekends during breaks from homework, I’ve been making these squares and watching Star Trek Next Generation episodes (yup, big nerd). Thank you Netflix instant stream.

The arrival of Fall is much appreciated. I hope you’ve got a pile of projects too! Happy crafting.

Autumn Craftyness

23 Sep

My favorite season is almost here!! Autumn is the best. I’m ready for summer to be gone. Yes, you heard me! Lots of cute autumn crafts are popping up, and my cardigans are calling me from the closet. Here are some cute crafts to get you ready for pumpkins, soup, leaves and the hearty deliciousness of fall and winter.


Paper Pumpkins


Bigger Crocheted Pumpkin & Crocheted Pincushion Pumpkins


Onion Dome decorations/ornaments