My mom and I have both been working on a blog documenting our journey through a book we have, "A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life!". The book suggests doing a project a day using the 365 prompts (eg: Create a unique mask using any materials you like, or Create something in the steam on a bathroom mirror), but we've decided to tackle just two projects a week so that we can put some more effort into each one. Today's prompt required my to make something camoflauged, so rather than making something actually blend into the background, I decided to use camo material (we've chosen to follow the prompts rather loosely).
I used an old pair of ratty shorts to draft a pattern, and came up with these. The original shorts didn't have any pockets, but I managed to make up some hipfront pockets (also known as inset pockets.) There are some pretty easy tutorials if you just google how to make these.
I absolutely love my shorts, and can't wait to wear them tomorrow. Pretty glad to have these too--- it's 105 degrees out, and my wardrobe consists mostly of pants.
My fiance and I have been working hard this month to put together a bunch of holiday sugar scrubs and gift baskets. We've used all natural and organic ingredients, so we had to get creative with some of the smells.
We started by making just some simple scrubs in resealable glass spice jars. My favorite is the Gingerbread Spice, but there's also Sugar Cookie and Candy Cane. We used real crushed peppermints and peppermint oils, so it has this really interesting texture. Of course, the Sugar Cookie is yummy too. It's so hard not to eat the stuff, it smells so good. The jars are awesome too. I want to get a bunch more of them to store our spices in.
We also put together some bigger tins to give away to friends and family. These ones are 4 oz. tins. We've stacked them and tied them up with ribbon to make some cute stocking stuffers. We're mailing some to family up north.
I totally can't take credit for this one. This was all my fiance's idea. I was skeptical at first, but it works really well! If you just give the ornament a gentle shake, it's super easy to pour out. I'm planning on giving some of these to co-workers--- too cute!
We made tons and tons and tons of the scrubs, so we also put together some gift baskets. Whatever is left over before Christmas we're going to give to more family (you really wouldn't believe how much family we have. It's crazy. We're spending Christmas with his family in SC, New Years with mine in FL, and shipping bunches of stuff all over the country).
We got lots of goodies to put in the baskets, like fuzzy spa socks, candles, scrubbies, washcloths, loofas, and of course, candy canes. Yum!
We also made some soaps, but I don't have photos of them yet. This past week, we've made ten pounds of sugar scrubs, and 12 pounds of soaps (in some pretty yummy scents. I'll have to post some of them later).
So last Christmas (2008) I started making a sweater for myself, but with the rush of school, left it abandoned. Then, during summer 2009, I finally picked up the damn thing and finished it. Sadly, we were at the beach and it was about 90 degrees outside, so the poor thing never got worn until it was finally chillier. I used a Joann brand discontinued wool/silk blend, but ran out almost at the bottom of the sleeves. I unravelled the waist, and finished the waist and cuffs with Patons Merino wool in a somewhat contrasting color. The the thing is a little too big for me, but the fiance loves it! Totally forgot to upload pics until now.
It's just your basic top-down raglan, with either a seed stitch or moss stitch panel (I get confused... it's the one where you do p1k1 for two rowks, the k1p1. I think it's called moss stitch, unless you're from England, and then it's vice versa).
I'm so particularly proud of this hat. It's the first time I've ever knit with my own handspun (which I made on my spinning wheel that was passed down from my Grandma). It's also my first time that I've ever down any sort of color work. The gray is the handspun, and the brown is commercial Paton's merino wool left over from a worsted weight pair of socks I made ages ago. Colorwork is the perfect way to use up leftover bits of yarn that couldn't make up an entire project by themselves. I love this hat, and I've worn it non-stop for the past week or so since I finished it.
This started out as an idea for a graduation present for my (then) boyfriend of over two years. A few weeks after I purchased the fabric and had started the quilt, he dumped me out of the blue for another girl. As a purged myself of goofy little love notes, cds he had burned me, old pictures, etc, I couldn't quite bring myself to throw away all the the beautiful batik fabric I had purchased. It went into a garbage bag, under my bed in my dorm, never to see the light of day again.
A few months later, I was moving out of my dorm to come home for the summer. I stumbled across the forgotten fabric stash, and laid it out to look at. I didn't like a few of the colors my ex had picked out, and set them aside (I'm currently making a patchwork skirt from the remnants). After a few trips to Jo-Anns, I had acquired everything I needed to finally tackle this massive project. I spent a solid two days cutting strips, sewing, and ironing (and finally discovered the joy of a rotary cutter! I had never used on before, and relied on scissors for all of my previous quilting endevours. I'm entirely self-taught, and the thought of a rotary cutter had never occurred to me, until my mom informed me that nearly all quilters used them. Hmmm--- who'd have thought?)
Anyways, here's a pic of the laid out blocks:
I know it's a little dark, but it shows the colors more accurately than the pic with the flash.
And the final quilt:
Not only did I get over a tough past relationship, I now have a new blankie to snuggle under with my new boyfriend :-D
So I spent ALL day working on this (seriously, about five hours). My boyfriend and I decided to go as a goofy german couple for halloween. I haven't done his yet (teeeensy short lederhosen), but mine's done! Cost me eight dollars (the most expensive thing was the socks).
It pretty much consists of a skirt, felt clogs, socks, a shirt, and a underbust corset. Oh, and I can't forget the yarn wig!!!
I made a pair of clogs. They only cost eighty cents.
I was going to do a french-braided wig, but it was just too dang hard to figure out. I will have to settle for pigtails.
I was flipping through the Stitch N Bitch: Happy Hooker book and saw the pattern for Yeehaw Lady. I thought it would be super cute to have a cowgirl hat, but I hate using patterns (I read them just to learn how to make shapes I don't know how to already, such as the top of the hat).
So I followed the first few rounds of the pattern to get a point-fronted oval, and improvised the rest. I LOVE it. I wound up tying the sides of it up to give it better shape. I used puff stitches around the crown for a bit to give it some interest, and ran out of green yarn at the end, so finished it up with just the khaki stuff double-stranded. I LOVE IT though, seriously. I tucked some pheasant feathers in it too.