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Archive for February, 2007

I’ve got lots to show you, so I will break all this stuff up into a few posts over the next couple of days.

First, the pink

 

Viv was so generous to send me a lovely package filled with this beautiful cotton blend pink yarn and a couple patterns to go with it. There are a few people out in blogland that I feel I have developed a relationship with, even if I have yet to meet them. Whether it is through my current adoption process, my love of knitting and reading or in dealing with recent tough times, there is always an e-mail or comment of encouragement. Viv is one of those people. Thank you so much Viv. It sure means a lot to me.

As far as black and white, take a look at the fabric my mother is using to put together a “turning twenty” quilt. Isn’t it just beautiful? I hope that she will enter it in our state fair this summer (two years ago she entered two quilts and came in second place for both). I will post more pictures of the quilt as she is making it.

  

Up next, the finished baby sweater!

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One of my new favorite sites on the Internet is Apartment Therapy. Updated at what seems like a non-stop pace,  Apartment Therapy showcases all the really beautiful interior design and furniture solutions in various cities (the link brings you to Apartment Therapy in NYC – also click on Los Angeles, San Fransisco and Chicago for more cool ideas). And if you have a bit of time, check out the house tours listed on each Apartment Therapy page in the sidebar. It makes me want to sell my house in the country and move into one of those really hip apartments.

Also, check out this: 2-23-crochetTV.jpg

Could you not die for this crocheted TV (with Atari’s pitfall playing on it)? Again, I found this at Apartment Therapy. You can read more about the Artist, Christine Domanic here and can see more of her work here.  

Then I found cuteable, which is tagged as a Monday through Friday dose of cute stuff for you and your home. After seeing the post about these adorable pincushions by Betz White, I would have to agree.

SamplerOver at sublime stitching, you can find all different kinds of unusual and funky embroidery patterns. From embroidered sushi to veggies to pirates, sublime stitching has it all. If you are new to embroidery, you can also purchase starter kits.

   Embroidery Patterns - Craftopia 

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAre you as addicted to Grey’s Anatomy as I am? Next Thursday make sure you work on your knitting while watching the show, then stop by Grey’s Anatomy KAL to discuss the episode. Even their little button is cute.

Check out Crafty Gear where you can get all sorts of products for the crafty person in your life. I might actually have to get that bag for my Mom!

Shut Up & Knit Magnet Yarn Is My Therapy Throw Pillow

Fat Quarter - Not a Body Part Tote Bag

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Finally we got some snow and even though it wasn’t the 12 inches of fluffy white stuff that I was hoping for, at least it looks a lot more like winter now. I took pictures of some of the stuff we did while snowed in for the day. We had fun playing, coloring, baking, reading, knitting and even attempted a snow angel or two. All in all, not a bad day.

 

     

P.S. If you have a chance, please stop by Rice Daddies to check out a book review I wrote for them about my all time favorite children’s book, Where the Sidewalk Ends.

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Laugh with me, not at me

I am just about finished with the cute little baby sweater. On Sunday evening I sewed up the shoulder seams and the hat. I was making excellent progress last night while putting on one of the sleeves until I realized that I sewed it on backwards (one end is wider than the other)! My husband laughed so hard his asthma flared up. I would have kicked him if it wasn’t for the fact that he ripped out the seams so I could try again tonight. He wanted me to take a picture of it, but I was too embarrassed. 

Moving on, would you all please check out this Etsy shop Buggy About Beads. The jewelry, handmade by the niece of Joannah,  is really pretty. I am impressed that such a young woman has found a passion for jewelry making so early in life, and has set up an Etsy shop to boot! Good for her!

On another note, I know that I promised to post pictures of my 12 x 12 scrapbooking pages, but it seems that the scanner we recently bought is a smaller size. I am so bummed that I can’t fit my whole scrapbooking page on it. Oh well, it does come in handy for scanning old family photos!

I better get moving. Our first real snow storm is supposed to hit later on today, so I need to make a run to the grocery store. The one thing I love to do while it’s snowing outside (other than playing in it) is to bake! 

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Scratch Art

I saw this really cool kid’s craft at Kiddley recently with a link for a tutorial on how to make your own scratch art.

scratchart 

 

The tutorial, provided by Skip to My Lou, was very thorough. I did have a problem though with the paint /dishwashing detergent mixture we used to paint on top. First it went on too thinly (we were still able to see all the crayon colors through it). I then did a second coat which covered it better but ended up being a bit too hard to scratch. In the end, I would probably need to paint a test sheet, just so I wouldn’t run into the same issues.

Over all, it was fun to work on something new with my daughter (and isn’t that what crafting with your children is all about)?

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At the beach

I’ve got warm weather on the brain. How could that be, with a high of only 3 degrees outside? You heard me right, 3 degrees! It is COLD! Anyway, the warm weather I am dreaming about obviously isn’t here, but in Jamaica. That is where we will be spending our family vacation this spring. You can see a picture of the lovely resort at one of my other blogs here.

Even though it is still weeks away, I was eyeing some beach bags in Target yesterday. Then I was thinking that maybe I should try to make another little felted bag with all that purple and green wool for my trip. Viv sent me the link to this Booga Bag pattern. It looks like it would be the perfect size for a book and a pair of sunglasses, which is all I really need to sit on the beach. Still, I wonder if I was to double the pattern would it result in a much larger beach type bag, or just be kind of a strange medium awkward size. I guess since I can’t yet be on vacation, I feel like I should be making something for vacation. So, should I make this cute little bag for shopping/reading and just buy the Target beach bag, or scrap the entire idea and start on this cute little baby blanket (the one in the middle) I saw in the Lion Brand catalog? And speaking of the catalog, you can get one for free here. Oh, and I did say that I would work on knitting a dress for my daughter, right?

Ahhh, I just can’t seem to make up my mind as to which project I should work on next!

By the way, I am very close to finishing the baby sweater that I have been working on. Next Sunday night my girlfriend and I will be meeting up again so she can show me how to sew up this baby. I will post pictures when it is all finished.

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