Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Me: I'm not sick, but I've developed a strange condition.
Boss: And what is that?
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday night I treated myself to a pedicure and an issue of Somerset Studio magazine. That magazine gets my creative juices flowing. I stayed up until two in the morning working on this collage.
I finished decorating another small tote. You probably can't tell from the photo, but it's only about 4" by 5". I wanted to play around with fabric, felt, and needle felting.
Saturday I stopped in at my neighborhood Goodwill store and was amazed to see they cleaned the place up and organized everything neatly. I bought several blouses for five dollars each, and this art print on sale for 50% off. I had a bit of buyer's remorse at first because the colors don't match my apartment, but after I found a place for it on my bathroom counter I began feeling happy about having it in my home.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The booties are knit in one piece and then seamed in the front and back. The finished bootie measures approx. 3.5" from toe to heel. I designed them for newborns, but a friend told me the pair I gave her fit her three month old perfectly.
To knit the booties:
Cast on 32 stitches.
Rows 1 - 15: Work seed stitch for 15 rows.
Row 16: Bind off 6 stitches knit-wise and then knit to the end of the row. (26 stitches)
Row 17: Bind off 6 stitches purl-wise and then purl to the end of the row. (20 stitches)
Row 18 - 23: Continue working stockinette stitch for 6 rows.
Row 24: Knit two together across the row. (10 stitches)
Row 25: Purl.
Row 26: Knit two together across the row. (5 stitches)
Slip the remaining 5 stitches off the knitting needle and on to the tapestry needle.
Pull the yarn through the stitches, tightening the toe.
Sew the front and back seams using mattress stitch.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Here are a couple ATC's I sent to friends recently for our monthly swap. Our theme was "hearts."
This first one has a movable part.
The photo makes it look fancier than it actually is ... it's one piece of paper printed with the heart, newsprint, scrap of torn paper, staples, etc. on it. I simply tore it off a larger sheet of scrapbooking paper, glued a button on it and added a gem and a brad.
But here is the suprise underneath ...
I like the words that came together for this one ...
The best postcard is this one with a picture of a man fishing on the bank of a river. "You look lonesome there Bill" is scrawled underneath it.
What made you think I should be angry. I could never get sore at you. Went to a dance Friday night. There were about seventy-five couples, would have preferred you to be with me.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I made this artist trading card on Saturday.
I finally finished knitting a pair of baby booties for a Craft Hope charity project. These are knit in Kollage Corntastic yarn made of 100% corn fiber. It took a while to complete them because I wanted to design my own pattern and couldn't get the size right. I'm going to post the pattern in a couple days.
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If you'd like to see the items I sent to Katharine for the Cosy Crochet & Knit Swap, she posted pictures on her blog, Woollywotnots. Here are a couple pics from her blog that she hopefully won't mind that I stole ...
Miniature knitting bag. This was the first knitting pattern I posted on my blog.
Wash cloths and a vintage handkerchief.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Last night was the weekly Farmer's Market. Look at all the scrumptious goodies I brought home. Those are white peaches, so sweet and delicious.
Update: Here is a great recipe for cooking artichokes from The Magic Onions.
Here in Northern California we have Farmer's Markets year-round on the weekends, but the Wednesday night market held in the summer months is my favorite. There's a vendor that makes the most delicious butter chicken wrapped in naan. Yum. In the summer it's my standard Wednesday night dinner.
As some of you might know, my little sister got me hooked on Twilight a few months ago. We're both anxious to see New Moon when it comes out in November. In the meantime, she told me where to go for a vampire fix- True Blood, the HBO series. I watched the first few episodes on DVD and just started reading the books that it is based on.
If you're a Twilight fan, you might like the True Blood television series. Might. It's violent and the content is for mature audiences. Makes Twilight look like a Disney movie. I rarely watch anything violent, but after I saw the first True Blood DVD I couldn't stop thinking about the story and characters (I love movies and shows that stay with you like that) and ended up getting hooked on it. We'll see how the books compare.
My other sister, Feltypants, introduced me to Blip. It's a free website where you create your own music station. Oh, I have been listening to the BEST music at work. Here are some of my favorites from my playlist:
-In Your Eyes by Ben Harper (acoustic version of the old Peter Gabriel song)
If you decide to sign up (it's free!), you can look at or listen to my entire playlist by searching for the DJ named "goldenbird."
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
These clear plastic containers work well for odds and ends. It's nice being able to see what's inside.
And I finally hung this wooden frame with a wire grid I bought at Pier One ages ago. It's been in my closet so long I almost got rid of it. I'm so glad I didn't.
While working in my art studio the other night, cutting out words from book pages for an artist trading card, I discovered I'd accidentally created this tiny collage in the lid of a container. It reminded me that I don't always have to work on paper or canvas.
I hope you're having a good week. I've been in a great mood this week, feeling extra happy about my job and apartment and life in general. It's nice to wake up smiling :-)
Friday, July 10, 2009
This blue and white mug came from the Discovery Shop as well. I like it for ice water.
This Faberware Stoneware bowl is from the Goodwill. I think I paid a dollar for it. The pattern is called "English Garden."
This plate came from a thrift store that specializes in cottage items. The woman behind the counter said it was probably from the 1930's. She got flustered when I told her the plate has "microwave safe" on the back. I bought it anyway because I'm slowly replacing my current boring plates with cute thrift store finds.
The egg holder, vintage linens, and doilies are some of the items I purchased for the vintage swap. You can see all of the items I sent to Deb on her blog, Garage Sale Gal.
Did you notice I changed my Blogger image? The new image is from a picture my talented sister Feltypants painted of me a few years ago. Here is the whole painting. I'm on the couch knitting with my cats Charlie and Apollo close by.
Now, just picture her 70 pounds heavier and voila! That's me.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This one is going to be a mat for an end table. The yarn is called Geranium from Needful Things, and it's a combination of linen, acrylic, and viscose. I love the turquoise blue running through it.
I recently found this booklet of felted projects at a craft store. It doesn't include much in the way of detailed instructions, but the pictures are inspiring.
Speaking of Katharine, she started a very cool book club. The focus will be on craft books, and you choose from the four she selects each month and then post your thoughts on her forum on Sundays. I'm looking forward to it and hope you will join us!