Sep 25, 2013

Cuffed Boots

Christmas crochet projects are now underway!  I have completed my first pair of Button-Cuff Boots by Darla Sims... except for the buttons. I'm on a search for something a little bit unique.

This was a fun pattern to make up - and yes, the two boots are indeed the same size and shape! The pattern is made up with two strands of yarn and used just the better part of two skeins of Mary Maxim Best Value worsted. Quick little project to whip up - now to get some puff paint on the soles to make them anti-slip.

Aug 31, 2013

Crocheted Wristers

We crafty types are great at making things but we give most of it away. This weekend I worked on a project for me. I crocheted a pair of wristers using sock-weight yarn using this Lion Brand pattern.

They are thin and comfortable and fit well. They are made with a single crochet stitch in either front or back loops, creating a nice little pattern and a decent amount of stretch.

Aug 29, 2013


Okay so you know you've ignored your blog when you take a look and see a winter background in August. My last post was in January. Sad, that. Time to get it in gear so I can start posting some of the things I've made this year. I've gone back to quilting since I made the memory quilt for my friend Kari, and I've got a couple things to show off. Stay tuned...

Jan 11, 2013

chalkboard labels

I made a couple sets of these for Christmas gifts and they were a big hit. Such a big hit that I've purchased a large roll of chalkboard vinyl and will be making up sets to sell. As you can see, they worked great on these IKEA Burken jars.

Please stay tuned, these should be available in a couple weeks. Set of 12 - 2"x3" labels - $5.00. Other sizes and shapes to follow!

Dec 30, 2012

A very special Christmas gift

A dear friend of mine lost her best friend in 2011. I wanted to do something special for her, so we saved some special items of his for a quilt. I wasn't ready to take on this project last year, but this year was the right time. I finished the lap quilt in time for her Christmas gift. As my daughter said, it's a hug from her buddy every time she uses it.

Oct 25, 2012

Halloween Wreaths

Thanks to two of my fave crafty ladies for getting together to make these cute yarn-wrapped wreaths. Simple and quick to do, I love how we each put our personal touch on them. Thanks to Eryn for wrapping my second one so I could make one for me and one for my dear darling daughter's house.

 This is what serious creativity looks like - I think it's funny just how serious we seem to be since we joked and laughed all night!
This was a simple craft to do. Get a solid wreath (foam, straw, whatever is cheap). With the help of your handy glue gun wrap the whole wreath with yarn. Add ricrac accent trim. Tie on a ribbon for hanging, and decorate as you see fit. We all did something a little different:
Eryn used grunge fabric (dollar store or Walmart) and a big plastic spider
and her little spider-ette babies.
I added grunge fabric as well, then stick-on felt spiders 
Heather T cut out this cool spider from felt.
For mine, I wanted a crow.
Several dollar stores later my brother found it!
 Happy Crafting!
- Heather

Sep 18, 2012

And so it continues...

First photos of the Creative Zone. As is always the case, things are worse before they get better. Right now it's been a bunch of shuffling to make room for rearranging. The left side makes me groan, but the right side of the room is coming along thanks to a burst of energy at midnight last night!

Don't think you need a huge craft room. This room is about 7.5'x10', and set up right it'll be just perfect.

 Ready to be sorted through, piece by piece. What will stay and what will go? And how long with the process take? Will I ever sleep again?

 The desk - well, this is embarrassing. BUT once the sorting and organizing is done I will have all frequently used goodies in the six foot bookshelves flanking it.

 I picked up that three-tier wheeled cart for my Cricut at a thrift store for $3.00. I gave it a good scrub and I'm loving its portability. The dresser contains all my punches and indoor Cricut vinyl.

Paper bins on the dresser, and a home for my printer. The bulletin board is made of a whole bunch of cork trivets from IKEA. It is a bit of a shamble right now, so I will clean it off and change it up.

Sep 17, 2012

Small Storage for the Creative Zone

Summer visiting and travelling is done. Now it's Fall and time to get productive. Time to get back to a schedule and get crafty. I've such a long to-do list and I've pinned thousands of items on Pinterest - now to actually DO some of the pins! I think I should start a weekly Pinterest Pin Conquered post. 

First up - I've started changing my creative zone. I tried something new a few months ago and it's just not working the way I hoped. I've rearranged the furniture and now I'm ready to start sorting through all my goodies and make a sell pile and organize the keep pile. I have a few shelves to put up as well. It's important to have items close at hand, and also to have inspiration hanging up. Lots to do, wheels are spinning. 

Here are a few of the ideas I love that will be my inspiration as I get it all sorted.

This is a truly beautiful thing! I love the multitude of jars in the narrow shelving unit. Ribbons, trims, buttons, brads, small stamps, chip board... the possibilities are endless. 

Punching a hole in the top of a small jar makes a great individual yarn or ribbon dispenser like this:
Click on the image for a few more jar organization ideas from Home Made Simple.

I also like this idea of repurposing an old wine rack. I've got one that has an Italian flavour and a verdigris look to it. It would be fun to pop it up a notch by painting it fuchsia or turquoise.

One more - this stunning tin can caddy. This will be fabulous on my desk for the items I use all the time. Love this - 

Hope this inspires me to get it done in a hurry. When my work space is neat and organized I'm so much more productive. 

Apr 26, 2012

bacon and eggs

Here's the bacon. And eggs. I just stinkin' adore them!!!!  I kind of winged it to make them but have written it down if you want to play too.

Egg yolk:
  1. ch 2, 6sc in 2nd ch, slst tog, ch1
  2. 2sc in each stitch, slst tog, ch1
  3. *sc, 2sc* around, slst and tie off leaving a long enough tail to sew to egg white
Egg white:
  1. ch 2, 6sc in 2nd ch, slst tog, ch 1
  2. 2sc in each stitch, slst tog, ch 1 (12)
  3. *sc in 2 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* around, slst tog, ch1 (18)
  4. *sc in 2 stitches, 2sc in next 2 stitches* around, sc in last 2 stitches, slst tog, ch1 (26)
  5. *sc in 2 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* around, sc in last 2 stitches, slst tog, weave in ends (34)
Stuff and sew the yolk to the white.

Now the bacon! I chained 20, then did three rows of 3sc+inc, 3sc+dec. Then I wove a light thread through the stitches. 
Then serve them up on a plate! Pancakes - needs pancakes...