Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spring Cleaning || Blog Updates

After a day of snow, I had a chance to spruce up the blog a bit. Just in time for spring, whenever that may be!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Unexpected Occurences

After feeling mighty good about not catching the flu during that last bout that hit Michigan, I finally caught my fair share of something starting around Tuesday.  This week has been my least crafty week to date, but I did manage to start the process of a blog facelift between naps, nose blowing, and tea drinking.  I will return next week pics of my gloves & fingers crossed a blog update!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Just finished up a lovely long President's day weekend, oh, and my second glove!  I will post pictures of the finished product soon.  In the meantime, I had to share a picture--the result of my favorite cookie recipe ever...

I've now made it three times.  The hardest part is waiting for the dough to sit in the fridge--for 36 hours.  After that part, it is a cinch.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Frills and Thrills

Happy craft filled V-day!  I couldn't help trying my hand at easy buttons again for an easy gift.

Rules of Interpretation

As I continue to think about my weekly theme of "classic" and my monthly theme of "heart on my sleeve," I find myself thinking about the minimum.  Pared down patterns, for both sewing and knitting, that involve basic shapes, forms, and silhouettes that can then be modified for different occasions.  In a way, it reminds me of the impetus to create a custom sock.

One glove down--just a quick add on of a thumb--and I will soon have a customized pattern based off of the one I found in Robin Melanson's book, Knitting New Mittens and Gloves, and techniques found off of the Internet.  Gotta love when books and the web work together in harmony.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Rapunzel At Work >> Classic Challenges

The classic theme has been keeping me quite busy and entertained. I have found myself sewing and knitting, ripping out threads and frogging stitches, all in an attempt to create using interesting techniques and details.

I must say that the challenge has made me remember why I love classic styles so much, along with the the techniques that produce form fitting garments and custom fitting knits.

I have also seen just how much I still have to learn about drafting patterns, working with thrift store garments, and making knitting designs.

So, I've decided to stick with my "classic" weekly theme until I feel satisfied with the work that I produce from it. I want to make projects where each week takes me on a sewing and knitting adventure, even if it means that the speed at which I produce finished products decreases a bit.

This is what comes from organizing ones craft things--tempting projects that push the comfort zone/skill level boundary, but now uncluttered and clearly within my line of sight!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Smooches and Such >> Shrinky Dinks Buttons

I have a small obsession with buttons.  I rummage through thrift stores looking for unique buttons and I am rarely disappointed by what I find.  I also tend to love tiny details that can help make an outfit stand out, which I feel like compliments my classic aesthetic goals for the week.  So, what could be better than creating your own wearable "Shrinky Dinks" buttons?

(1)  Decorate the "rough" side of your Shrinky Dinks plastic using heat safe drawing materials--I used sharpie markers and colored pencils; (2) Decide the best placements of your buttons; (3) Cut out the buttons using scissors or a circle punch; (4) Use a regular hole punch to cut out two small holes in the middle of your button

(5) Follow the directions on your Shrinky Dinks package-- I placed buttons (drawn side up) on a paper bag and then put the paper bag on a cookie sheet; (6) Heat up your oven and place the cookie sheet in the oven; (7) Monitor the magic of Shrinky Dinks; (8) Allow buttons to cool before use, they should be flat and thick (and then place 'em where you love them).

Shrinky Dinks Plastic Sheets*
Markers + Colored Pencils
Scissors or Circle Punch (2")
Regular Hole Punch
Cookie Sheet + Brown Paper Bag

*You can find Shrinky Dinks plastic at almost any big box craft store as well--I just thought a visual might be helpful for the uninitiated!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Classic >> Revisited

Instead of repeating the entire inspiration post from last week that will be my inspiration for this week, I thought I would pick a few definitions that describe what I am I will be trying to do...

classic |ˈklasik|
 simple elegant style not greatly subject to changes in fashion 

silhouette |ˌsiloōˈet|
 shape and outline of someone or something 

As my overall style is more a mix of kitschy thrift store finds, I am excited to see if I can discover some basic pieces that can mixed up with what I already have.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Weekend Snippets >> Knitting Peg Boards

As I mentioned in my last post about peg boards, one of my goals is to focus on using what I have. As I am occasionally cluttertastic I decided it might be easier to do more craft stuff if I could find things. So I began the long, and mentally draining, task of going through piles of craft doodads and thingamajigs, trying desperately to sort out the useful from the useless.

Not surprisingly, I found duplicates of items, long lost items, an embarrassing number of unopened patterns, an embarrassing number of opened but never used patterns, thin fabric coils from bits and pieces of successful and non-successful projects, and enough tangled yarn to get me to heaven's gate and back.

In a spotlight of redemption, I am happy to report that one bottle of almost florescent pink paint and another bottle of ghost busters goop colored paint are now gone.  Used in attempts to craft up my brown pegboards.  All-in-all I must say that I am happy with the project.  I just hope that I can remember to put things back where they go.  Because in the end, I guess that kinda makes or break the whole organizing thing.

Friday, February 1, 2013

February 2013

In a continuation of last month, this month's theme has less to do with Valentine's Day and more to do with taking chances. For me, this includes pushing myself to continue my thrifty quest to use materials in my stash, scavenged for free, or found for pennies on the dollar at the thrift store.

I have been doing a decent job, but now it is time to ramp it up a notch.  Especially since my workspace, as of this writing, is organized and ready to go.  I expect some missteps along way, but when you wear your heart on your sleeve, I guess you have to take that chance!