Tuesday, October 30, 2012
This time of year, everything seems to come in a pumpkin flavor or scent. Candles, I get...coffee, not so much. Maybe it is because I am a tea girl. I figured that my hands shouldn't miss out on all the seasonal fun. This scrub is a variation of the recipe from Under the Table and Dreaming.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
I will be the first to admit that I may not be the most fashion-forward lass out there, but I try.
Luckily this year something that I love a wear all the time is a big trend. Scarves are everywhere this autumn and these infinity scarves are super simple to make.
I decided to do the prep work for two scarves at on time. For each scarf, cut a piece of fabric 18 inches wide and 60 inches long. I folded each in half along the long side with right sides together. I pinned the open side and stitched them into two long tubes.
Once they were stitched, I pulled them right side out and pinned the open edges of the tubes
together as much as possible. I stitched along the edge as far as I could with machine.
Once I had a 3 inch gap, I pulled the fabric from the bottom of the loop.
I hand stitched the opening shut with a quick whipstitch.
I ADORE these scarves and have since made several more.
They only take about 10 minutes and jazz up any outfit!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I love fall. Okay, I really love summer, but you can't beat fall for getting down to some serious crafting. I am right in the midst in play rehearsals, yet oddly, it is also when I get the most stuff made! Currently, I am working on:
- a double crochet/lemon peel scarf
- a "rick rack rib" knitted cowl
- a crocheted lace shawl
- just starting some felt brooches
- completing my octopus embroidery piece...just french knots left
- busily working on a Gandhi/floral piece (see below)
- starting another embroidery that says "whimsy matters"
We also just made homemade chili powder from chili peppers that we grew ourselves and dried. Many types of homemade hot sauces will be coming soon.
This shot is a bit blurry, but there are 11 types of stitches in the flower alone. Super excited!
Planning my next big gift project, a veggie tote from a design that I found in Doodle Stitching.
I simply adore making things! Can't wait to show you how they all turn out :)
Monday, October 22, 2012
Every crafter worth her salt has an impressive button stash. Sometimes though, a project just calls for a certain kind of button. And sometimes, only a handmade button will do.
I took two aluminum discs and ran them through the embosser using an art deco die.
Although I liked the look of the buttons fresh from the embosser,
I wanted to added another dimension.
I utilized a dark purple gilder's paste to bring out the detail.
I applied the color with my finger and let it sit for a few days.
After the color was set, I buffed them and added them to a wonder hand-crocheted cowl. It was my first ever crochet project and it is special to me. The buttons make it even more important.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
This was one of those weekend that a crafter dreams of: research, projects, new skills, progress. It was a balm for my busy week and cluttered mind.
I had an absolutely stellar trip to my local library!
I am so excited to dive into these books as I plan projects, posts and gifts :)
We also had a great stop at our local reclaimed sewing supplies store.
I was able to score this awesome horde for only $16.74!
Weekends were made for this kind of dinner with my sweetie.
Cheeses, rice crisps, apples, olives, almonds...LOVE!
Followed by pumpkin carving...so much fun!
I indulged in some awesome treats for myself. Yay for 50% off coupons and inspiration!
Spent some time redoing my double crochet/lemon peel project.
It will make a great holiday gift!
Stay tuned for some great roasted pumpkin seed recipes. As you can see, it was an absolutely wonderful weekend full of many blessing, quality crafting and bonding time, yummy dinners and much project progress. I am one lucky girl!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
In the last 45 days, I have been undergoing a major attitude adjustment and it has truly changed my life. I am not at all ashamed to say that I started an antidepressant and knew that I had to do some work to make that a major life change. I have been learning to let things go, not to take things personally and what really truly matters to me. I have little post-it notes around my desk at work on my lap top with gentle reminders to keep things in perspective. Rather than being stressful though, the effect has been lightening and has allowed me to really devote time that I used to spend worrying or catastrophizing or getting bent out of shape in creating and learning. I am so much happier.
With this life change has come a better mood, a sharper dresser and a new zeal to learn. I just completed my first ever crochet project and as you can see above, I am working on my second. I am about to start my first knitting project done from a commercial pattern. This weekend, I am going to try my hand and wool felt applique. I have cooked and prepped food for the next two weeks and have all my meals planned through early December. Blog posts are also planned that far in advance and I am happily working on projects to share.
My life has become my own and I am thankful daily.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I love to learn new things. It makes me seriously happy. I went to the craft store to get transfer paper today. Sadly, they did not have any any. Th did, however, have yarn, beautiful embroidery floss, and wool felt. It all jumped right into my basket. It wouldn't have been right not to bring them home.
I have decided recently that I wanted to learn to crochet. Luckily, my dear friend Paula is a wonderful teacher. This is my first ever piece. I am making a cowl (yes, another one) out of just single crochet. Tonight, she also taught me double crochet and shell stitch. Yay for new skills!
I also bough several pieces of wool felt (and ordered some other colors) to start some brooches. I have not done applique before, but I did some research and our local library has several books available. I am super excited to try it out!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
You know how they say, "Cold hand, warm heart"? Well, my heart must be nearly boiling because my hands are almost always like little blocks of ice. These lil sweeties will help warm me up!
I took a cozy piece of microfleece and cut out four circles. I decided to make small warmers since my hands are tiny and because I thought it might be nice to slip them into my gloves some super cold days.
I sewed around the edge of two of the circles, leaving a small gap for filling. I loaded each one with rice and sewed them shut.
I decided that they needed a little something extra so I did a blanket stitch with some sunny floss.
30 seconds in the microwave and I will be good to go!
Monday, October 15, 2012
A new season brings new trends and new styles. Recently, one of my co-workers came in sporting a fabulous necklace with two types of chain and some metal discs. After staring at here several times through the day, I asked if I could design a piece based on it. She said that I could as long as I named it for her-hence the "Zarra"!
I started with two small copper discs, a larger disc, a copper washer of the same diameter and two different types of chain.
I ran all the pieces through the rolling mill and gave them a dunk in liver of sulfur. I domed the washer to make a locket style pendant. I punched teo holes in each of the smaller discs so I could add chain on both sides.
I added the smaller chain on the same side as the smaller discs and assembled the pendant at the bottom. The texture of the backing piece shows through the washer. The texture is different on each piece and I love how it all came together. I am ready to rock all my fall fashions.
Friday, October 12, 2012
This time of the year in the Northeast means falling leaves, crisp air, and visits to the apple orchard. Apple butter is on of the best treats of the fall season, yet I never thought about making it at home. That is until Pinterest and my seeming obsession with recipes. Win!
Peel, Core, and Chop a dozen apples.
Toss the apples in the sugar and spices.
Put everything in the Crock Pot.
Set on low and get on with your day.
To thicken, turn the heat up to high and prop the lid open for a bit.
To smooth, put the apple mixture into the blender and pulse til smooth.
I love it on biscuits, scones, and mixed into my morning oatmeal with some walnuts. YUM!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Everyone who knows me and/or reads this blog regularly knows my fondness for mason jars. I don't go out of my way to find wacky uses for them, but I do use them in the kitchen (naturally), the bathroom, the sewing room, and the studio. My favorite way to use them though is their most traditional: storing food. I can in them, of course, but I also freeze in them, store soups, and pack lunch. I remove the lid/ring and heat up my lunch right in the jar in the microwave at work. Biggest downfall? One hot jar! I decided to take combine two recent projects, my seat belt cover and mug cozy, to create one stylish mason jar cozy!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It has been a difficult week. I have been sick. Very sick, like lie in bed and barely move your head off the pillow sick. I have missed 4 days of work and have cancelled a week's worth of rehearsals. It has not been pleasant. My more sweetie has had to listen to me moan and groan ad nausem...poor guy. But I did do LOTS of planning. I have posts planned through mid-November and my menu until the first week done...all three meals/day. I was able to do a teeny bit of work--some roasting, some hand sewing, some knitting.
You will see the fruits of labors soon, once the hard work of getting well is done.
Monday, October 8, 2012
So, I may not be the trendiest gal on the block, but I do make an effort. This fall's trends include large statement jewelry but I am a tad petite for a big necklace. An interesting bracelet can dress up any kind of outfit and it is less intrusive than someone trying to read your chest.
I started with a leather band with snaps already in place and a copper ID bracelet plaque.
After stamping the phrase (I'll admit that the "e" is a little close to the edge, I added a few embellishments. I decided that it needed a little something more.
I added a layer of forest green alcohol ink. I am really happy with how it brought out the lettering.
To finish the piece off, I attached the plaque to the leather with brass eyelets and little copper accent stars. I am overall very pleased with the effect and I am excited to rock this trend throughout the fall and winter!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Sometimes, I just want to make something cute. You might be thinking that thermal travel mug might not need a mug cozy. If you have ever made a cup of tea in one and scalded your hands as I result, I think you would agree that it is necessary cuteness.
I used a great tutorial by Polka Dot Cottage. I really encourage you to head over there and buy the PDF. It is only 99 cents and worth every penny! Lisa put a ton of time into the tutorial and explains it beautifully.
I decided, in true Weas fashion, that it needed a little more "something" so I added some rick rack (you know how I adore rick rack). I also decided it needed some tea specific adornment.
I sketched a little tea tag to stitch up and applique on.
I love it! Super cute, super functional, and VERY Weas!