Friday, October 29, 2010

Costumed

This is the first time I have dressed up for Halloween in, lets see....I honestly can't remember, I'm gonna go with 8 years.  So, it's been a long time.  I had to stay within my comfort zone, play it a little safe, work with what I've got.  A Fairy it was:


I love how it all came together. But, I have to say, it did just that, came together, and at the last minute I might add.  This ensemble was a collection of items I own, but almost never get to venture from the confines of my closet.
I've had the wings for years.  they were actually the first pair of fairy wings I ever made!
I'm wearing two long skirts and a decorative apron over them.
The shirt was carefully cut and tied a crafty friend.
And, I had a blast cakin' on the sparkly eyeshadow and blush!
This costume choice was kind of a no-brainer for me since I have fairy wings on hand!
The excursion from my 'normal' attire has definitely inspired me to let some of these items into my daily wear more often. I'm not planning to be adorning the wings on my trips to the grocery store, but I'm definitely going to get more use out of those skirts, and sometimes my day just calls for sparkling eyelids!
By the way, my best friend decided to dress up as an avatar (at the last minute, I might add!).  I had so much fun doing her face paint!  Notice the iridescent freckles just like they have in the movie :-)


I think I may find more reasons to dress up in the near future....plan a masquerade ball perhaps, or a theme party...  It's pretty fun to be a little more than your everyday self once in a while.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Renegade Craft Fair



My best friend and I took a trip to the Renegade Craft Fair last Saturday.
I don't often venture to the city, just not too big on overly crowded areas and challenging driving situations.

It was really fun to see all of the creative craftspeople, most of them being local.  I picked up many-a-business card, and snapped a few pictures when I had the chance.



Napkins from Appetite


gorgeous fabric flowers

amazing coat by juleselin

a shot of the showroom

And, here's my favorite photo of all!  Me and Lles adorned in silly accessories for our magbooth photos.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Give-Away (closed)

I've partnered with Domestica to do a give-away of $20 credit in my stamp shop.
Visit Domestica's blog to learn more and enter to win!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Spontaneous Crafting


Sometimes I just have to embark on random spontaneous crafts!  
I can't help myself!


This Shirt started out as this shirt
I began altering this top by cutting off the sleeves, neck and bottom hem, then just kept going.  
I cut a deep V into the front of the shirt and cut the armholes a bit longer.  then I got the idea to cut off the side seems and lace up each side.  this was the most challenging part, since I had to do some measuring to make sure the holes were evenly spaced and matched the other side. 
Once all of the cutting and lacing was finished I decided it needed something.  So I block printed a few bees onto the top at random places (there are 2 on the front and one on the back)


All in all, it was a pretty easy project.  It took me about an hour from start to finish (not including the photo-shoot)
And, I love how it turned out!
by the way, I'm wearing a bikini top underneath.  And, the skirt is from The Gap, and used to be white.  I dyed it brown.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sunny Summer Style

Maybe it's the sunny Summer days that we are being graced with this season that has lead me to be so drawn to golden shades of yellow.  It has recently become one of my current favorite colors.
I actually don't own anything in this color.  But, I plan to change that very soon!

Here are a few Sunny Yellow items that are perfect for the bright warm days ahead:


I adore this top!  It's the perfect shade of yellow, it's got ruffles, and a squirrel and acorns!  Perfection!


 
                                Flower Hair Clip from Mandizzle                                          
 Honestly, I'm not certain that I could ever pull off the look of this gorgeous flower hair clip, but it's truly amazing, like a little bit of sunshine atop her head!


These ballet flats have been on my list of Someday Footwear for so long,(yes I have that list). I love everything about them, especially the color.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Stamped Magnets Tutorial



Here's a super fun, super easy project to do with your rubber stamps and few supplies that are easy to get (you may even have them laying around the house right now)


Here's what you'll need:
  • Rubber Stamp/s
  • Desired Ink Color/s
  • White or Cream colored Cardstock
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Hot Glue Gun (and a few hot glue sticks)
  • Magnets


Tip: It's a good idea to choose stamps that are relatively the same size as your magnets.  This will ensure that your finished magnets wont be too flimsy and unstable.

 Step 1:
Stamp images onto cardstock.
Wait a couple of minutes for ink to dry, so that your images are not smudged as you move onto the next steps. 




Step 2:
Cut out each image carefully.


Step 3:
Paint Clear Nail Polish over the stamped images.  Be sure to work in quick, even motions, not going over the same area twice.  This may cause the ink to run.
Wait for Polish to dry completely.



Step 4:
Hot glue magnets onto the back of each cutout image.  Use hot glue sparingly so that it does not run over the sides.
Spread a thin layer of hot glue over the entire back of  image, being careful as you go.  This will help make your finished magnets be rigid, and more durable.



 Ta-Da!  Fun magnets that you've made yourself.
These make great party favors, or gifts.  They can be personalized completely since you choose the stamps you'll be using.


I used my Wrapped Candy stamp for this project. 
I plan to make more of these decorative magnets soon using other stamps I've got, and will add pictures here when I do to show more examples.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mmmm...S'mores

For me, it's just not Summer time without spending some time sitting around the campfire enjoying S'mores, surrounded by the people you love.  
I've been thinking, this year, why not take S'mores to the next level:  Gourmet chocolate bars, hand crafted marshmallows, all natural graham crackers.
These aren't the S'mores we grew up with!  No way...

Here's my newest treasury, dedicated to the amazing S'more


By the way, I've got lots of new projects in the works and will be sharing them here soon!  
Stay tuned....

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Walk In The Woods


I made this awesome (if I do say so myself!) new Treasury just this morning.  If you'd like to check out any of the items featured in it just click on the image and you'll be directed to the actual treasury.


I adore all of these items, and hope you will too :-)

6-27-10 Update: Yay, this treasury made it on the front page of Etsy!!  I'm super excited that this lovely compilation of items was featured.  
It definitely gives me some encouragement to create new treasuries!  I've got a couple themes in mind, and plan to make a new one next week.  I'll post a picture of it here.

Beautified Blog

I just wanted to write a quick note to mention the new look of my blog!
The Amazing Header was created by a fellow Etsy seller PaperMaven 
I Love how it turned out!


Hope everyone likes the new look :-)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cozy Summer Hats


So maybe it sounds a little crazy to make wool hats in the Summer.
Well, it makes perfect sense to me!
You'll be grateful to have a super cozy hat for nights on the beach or evenings huddled around a campfire. When a nighttime chill sets in you'll be glad you've got your super cute, and super cozy hat!


When my good friend, Erika of Oishii Handmade, graciously gifted me with some gorgeous yarn I almost immediately knew what it would become. Summer hats for me and my boys!
I quickly made it into balls and got to work.


I've included instructions for each hat. There are three different sizes, one for me, one for my 2 year old, and one for my 5 year old. I used a basic pattern and modified it to work for all three of us.

Supplies Needed:

  • Worsted Weight Wool Yarn (the amount needed really depends on how many hats you're going to make. I used 1 1/2 skeins for all three hats)
  • Size 9 Circular Knitting Needles (16")
  • Size 9 Double Pointed Needles
  • Stitch Marker
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Heat Bond
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Appliques (anything fun you'd like to add to your hat. Use printed fabric and cut out a great image or two.)
Gauge: 4.5 stitches = 1"



Adult Hat
(This hat is a little extra long)

Cast on 84 sts. Join to first stitch, being careful not to twist your work
Knit 4, Purl 4 around, being sure to keep your Knits above the Knits and Purls above the Purls. This is making a wide rib. Continue the rib stitching until the piece measures 1"
Switch to Knit stitch, continue around until the piece measures 7"
Place a Stitch Marker on the knitting needle
Begin Decrease:
Knit 10, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 9, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 8, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 7, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 6, Knit 2 together 7 times
(Switch to Double Pointed Needles when necessary)
Knit 5, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 4, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 3, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 2, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 1, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 2 together 7 times

Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches using a crochet hook or tapestry needle

Follow the directions supplied with your Heat Bond and iron it to the back of your chosen Appliques.
Once your Appliques are ready to be put onto your hat, experiment with positioning before adhering them to your hat.
Be sure to stretch the hat a bit before you add the applique since the hat will stretch when you wear it and the portion where the applique is adhered to wont. You can use a cut out piece of cardboard placed inside of the hat to hold it stretched out a bit while you iron on the appliques, or you can place the hat around the tapered side of your ironing board (this is the method I used)
Once your appliques are adhered and cooled use a simple stitch around each one. This give it a more finished look, gives you more room to add color and creativity and without the stitching the appliques may start to peal up after a while.

Make sure everything is tied off, secured and woven in, and you're done!

Onto the Kids hats!



5 Year Old's Hat
(this is really a general size. It's basically the same as mine just a bit shorter)

Cast on 84 sts. Join to first stitch, being careful not to twist your work
Knit around continuously until the piece measures 5.5"
Place a Stitch Marker on the knitting needle
Begin Decrease:
Knit 10, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit one round without decreasing
Knit 9, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit one round without decreasing
Knit 8, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit one round without decreasing
Knit 7, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit one round without decreasing
Knit 6, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit one round without decreasing
(Switch to Double Pointed Needles when necessary)
Knit 5, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit one round without decreasing
Knit 4, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 3, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 2, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 1, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 2 together 7 times

Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches using a crochet hook or tapestry needle

This creates a simple roll brim hat.

Follow the directions for the Adult Hat to complete this hat.



2 Year Old's Hat
(This hat is made a bit smaller than the others all the way around)

Cast on 70 sts. Join to first stitch, being careful not to twist your work
Do 4 rows alternating between one row of Knit the next Purl (the create a garter stitch around the brim of the hat) This is totally optional, this hat could be made in a roll brim style, just add a couple extra rows to account for the roll.
Knit around continuously until the piece measures 5"
Place a Stitch Marker on the knitting needle
Begin Decrease:
Knit 8, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit one round without decreasing
Knit 7, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit one round without decreasing
Knit 6, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit one round without decreasing
(Switch to Double Pointed Needles when necessary)
Knit 5, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit one round without decreasing
Knit 4, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 3, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 2, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 1, Knit 2 together 7 times
Knit 2 together 7 times

Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches using a crochet hook or tapestry needle

This creates a simple roll brim hat.

Follow the directions for the Adult Hat to complete this hat




I really love how these turned out (and my boys seem to like 'em too)!
They'll definitely be accompanying us on any summer trips, and are sure to get lots of use!

Monday, June 7, 2010

One of Those Days

Once in a while life throws you for a loop,
Gets so amazing it's a bit overwhelming.

I'm having one of those days, I'm happy to say.

Maybe there's something in the air, 'cause it seems like those around me are having amazing days too...

Maybe it's me...

Maybe it doesn't matter and I'm just astoundingly grateful for wishes coming true, prayers being answered, and things falling into place.

Hope you're all having an overwhelmingly amazing day too :-)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Make Your Own Path



I saw Alice in Wonderland for the first time today. I know I'm a bit late, but with two little ones I don't get to the theatre too often! Some how I knew I would love this movie, so when I saw it for sale yesterday in a store I snatched it up without question.


Though, I have to say, I had no idea how truly inspiring I'd find this movie!

And, I'm not just speaking of amazing scenery of Wonderland, or Alice's numerous costume changes and gorgeous dresses.
I mean the story. The story of a girl becoming a Champion and her unexpected road to greatness.
I was completely moved by a scene where she is told not to diverge from the predestined path, to which she replies, fiercely "I make my own path".
That one line spoke straight to my soul: Make my own path! Greatness comes when we make our own path.
Each of us will face our own Frabjous Day and rise above the limitations we've placed on ourselves, to find that we are truly Champions

So, go ahead, lets risk being amazing!
This is all just a dream anyway, right....

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Camping Stamping


I've created yet another stamp series! This one is all about camping. I spent a lot of Summers camping when I was younger. There's just something about the fresh mountain air, the nights by the campfire, the days in the hot sun, accompanied by family and friends. There is oh so much I love about camping! That's why it was an obvious choice for a Summer time stamp series. I've got ideas for more to add to the series. And, please comment with ideas of your own :-)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Under the Sea Stamp Series



It has been a seriously LONG time since I have introduced new stamps into my little Etsy shop! But, wait no more!

I've been really inspired to create Stamp Series instead of individual stamps. For me this means creating sets and themes to the stamps. I may sell them only as sets or individually, or both. I think I'll decide as I go, that seems to work for me ;-)


So, here is the first of my Stamp Series:
Under the Sea
I really love how this set turned out if I do say so myself. I may introduce additionally stamps that compliment this initial set if the inspiration strikes me.
And, I've got lots more in the works, so look out, it's about to get super creative in here!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Blogging!

So, I've had good intentions of using this little blog for some time now and for one reason or another not gotten around to it. Well, it's time :-)
I am super excited at all the things I plan to add. I've got lots of ideas in the works!

Be sure to check back soon!

Simple Cucumber Treat

This easy recipe was originally posted on my previous blog
With Summer around the corner I thought it would be a good idea to add it here where more folks will have a chance to try this refreshing snack!




I thought I'd take a moment to share my favorite Summer time snack.
I assemble this simple recipe almost everyday during warm weather. It's easy, yummy and refreshing during hot Summer days.

You'll need:
1 cucumber
1/2 a lemon
2 tbs olive oil
garlic salt to taste (you can also use sea salt with fresh minced garlic)

Slice cucumber and place into bowl.
squeeze lemon juice onto cucumber slices.
add olive oil
add garlic salt
stir
enjoy