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Friday, April 24, 2009
So, I've been having what I would describe as Painter's Block. So, I decided to finish up some sewing projects. First thing on the list was this lined satchel/grocery type bag. I made it out of a linen type fabric. It's really soft and I love it. I printed my own little design on it using my Gocco printer (yes, finally!). It was a good first attempt, but I think I will make one more just to iron out the kinks.
Monday, April 20, 2009
In honor of our great visit to Megan's New Hope abode in honor of her birthday... Megan was up early creating more mini cupcake delights. Since this time I was able to eat them first hand, I can honestly say they were scrumptious little chocolate and cake concoctions, and they were adorable too!
(visit Bakerella for full instructions)
Each cupcake ball was placed in a mold filled with chocolate... that's right I'm talking chocolate AND cupcakes!
Then a little dippage in some yummy & pretty blue icing...
Topped with sprinkles and a candy heart...
And there you have the cutest little cupcakes for a fabulous bitesize yummy treat!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
After discovering this great blog: http://bakerell
The results are beyond precious!
Although I heard that even the hubby had to get in on the action!
These adventures are all about trial and error. The end results here were delicious (similar to a dunkin' munchkin') but Megan tells me she has a lot of new ideas to make the process a bit easier. I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Leave it to Megan to step up the cuteness quotient for Easter!
These egg lanterns she found for a steal. $.99 for the small ones and $1.99 for the large lantern. Just goes to show you that you don't have to do much to kick it up a notch!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
In honor of the green holiday Megan enjoyed some Irish treats this weekend. She picked up some green bagels from her local bagel shop, and in true Irish fashion baked her own Irish Soda Bread!! Reportedly, it's great with a lot of butter (isn't everything?)!!!
Monday, March 16, 2009
I had a lot of fun crafting for Owen's 1st Birthday! I even got the husband in on the job by helping me with streamers! I decided to make party hats, streamers, and a cake.
I crafted the party hats out of cardstock.
Basically, I rolled a piece into a cone shape, cut around the bottom of the hat and used whatever shape was left I used as a template to make all the rest of the cut outs.
I then wrote on each one with glue and sprinkled on glitter. Waited for the writing to dry (if I didn't wait it would have dripped down the hat) and made each one into a hat shape and stapled.
I punched holes in each side and strung ribbon through each hole and knotted.
I also attached a few curled ribbon strands to the top of each hat with tape for a tassel.
With the leftover scraps of cardstock I made the streamers (mobiles). I cut out circles and in each end I punced holes. I attached the circles together with some craft/jewelry memory wire I had lying around. I taped each one to a string and strung!
I also baked a cake... which didn't go that well. The icing turned out deliciously with chocolate goodness... but the actual cake did not bode as well. I followed the directions precisely so either Betty Crocker is a loser... or I need a new oven!
The guests sure did look cute!!
Friday, March 13, 2009
It also may be a spring/summer/possibly year round if I forget to take it down wreath!
This was really easy to make... I bought the grapevine wreath for 3.99, the baby's breath, the paper flowers, and ribbon all at the craft store... A little hot glue gun action, and I also coated the paper flowers with a layer of modge podge glossy glue to seal them somewhat from the elements. Very festive for one of our favorite occasions!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Things are getting crazy in my indoor plant zone! I decided I wanted an indoor herb garden to partner with the outside veggies I'm going to plant this year. I attacked target for bowls, yes, I'm telling you this is the thing to do (each one was $1.99 and the matching dish was $.99)! I priced little planters, and none were modern enough or the perfect size for the small amount of room and herbs I really needed. So, I found these bowls that came with their own little dishes to sit in... drilled a hole in the bottom... perfecto!
I also made signs for each herb because if you are anything like me, I can't tell the difference between these suckers! I drew little pictures of each herb and cut out the paper. I was going to attach them to toothpicks, but we didn't have any so I just used chop sticks! I think the chop sticks actually work a lot better! I just taped the stick to the back of the paper and voila!
Now all they have to do is grow! I'll keep you posted... two weeks we should see some action!
Friday, February 20, 2009
I love anything having to do with ties... men wearing them, belts, bags... anything. So, as you can imagine I was thrilled to see this chair on Apartment Therapy. The chair is by Peter Raphael Russo and what makes it even better is that he transforms things he finds for free via Craigslist! Awesome.
Posted by Design...Stat at 9:22 PM
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Glorious vintage finds come to us today via adventurevintage a great little etsy shop that has some fun housewares as well as these great refurbished chairs. We also can't help but love these terrific clip-on earrings!
Over the weekend I made these fun (slightly useless) fingerless gloves! They are pretty tough (in a beat you up kind of way) ... and they were really easy to make.
If you really want some instant gratification then I would go for these.
The pattern was basic and simple and you can follow this video on howcast.com
Again you can see this all on the video above but just for a quick reference:
for each glove:
leaving 8 inches of yarn(for stitching later) cast on 24
knit 15 rows in a basic rib stitch(knit 2, purl 2, repeat till end)
knit 12 rows in stockinette stitch (knit one row purl one row, repeat)
knit 4 rows in rib stitch (knit 2, purl 2, repeat till end)
cast off following the rib pattern leave 8 inches of string for sewing
fold the glove in half and sew down 2 inches finish and knot
from the bottom sew up leaving a whole for your thumb finish and knot.
Megan first crafted one of these fantastic wreaths at Christmastime and she has reprised her role as the Great Wreath Crafter with this great pastel yarny wreath perfect for Spring or Easter.
All you need is a wire wreath frame (available at any craftstore), yarn, any variety of your favorite festive egg, and a hot glue gun.
Wrap your yarn balls and get gluing!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
After reading a great post about different beret/hats on the craftzine.com blog that you could knit or crochet via Threadbanger, I settled on this easy pattern from Crafty Pants. It took a little refresher course in crocheting because I had forgotten some things, but it came back to me quickly.
I had never crocheted a hat before so I had to watch a video explaining how to crochet a circle. It was a little different then the pattern but helped me grasp the path I needed to take. Also helpful was the video posted by Crafty Pants on how to crochet the puff stitch.
I have to say that I've worn this all weekend and am loving it. Of course it is a little different than the one shown on the Crafty Pants blog, but I think that is because of the yarn I choose (and my skill level). Mine is a bit more bulky. Overall though I'm happy with the outcome and it is the first time I have actually worn something that I've crocheted!
Friday, February 13, 2009
These cupcakes are probably just the cutest things I've seen in awhile (besides Meg's cupcake cones:)... Can you believe someone actually can make that little knitted scarf and those cute yarn balls? I'm dying here of cute overload.
Visit teenytinyturkey on flickr for more amazing photos and her website: http://www.veganyumyum.com for more vegan food. Just cheers to this creativeness!
People have a lot of spare time, but man do I love post-its so I don't know about you, but this makes sense to me! Click here for more unbelievable post-it craziness!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
They are so cute!
You can see them in person:
DWR Champagne Chair tour: The following Studios are having Champagne Chair tour events to celebrate the winning chairs:
|Location||Event Date||Event Time|
|Berkeley||Thursday, Feb. 12||6:30–8:30pm|
|San Jose||Friday, Feb. 13||6–8pm|
|Beverly Hills||Wednesday, Feb.18||6–8pm|
|Manhattan Beach||Thursday, Feb. 19||6:30–8:30pm|
|Las Vegas||Wednesday, Feb. 25||6–8pm|
|Tigard||Tuesday, March 3||4–7pm|
|Kirkland||Friday, March 6||TBD|
|Cambridge||Thursday, March 12||7–9pm|
|DWR: Tools for Living, SoHo||Wednesday, March 18||7–9pm|
|Philadelphia||Tuesday, March 24||6:30–9pm|
|Adams Morgan||Friday, March 27||6–9pm|
|Columbus||Thursday, April 2||5–8pm|
|Birmingham||Tuesday, April 7||10am–6pm|
|Chicago Tree Studios||Friday, April 10||6–8:30pm|
|Milwaukee||Wednesday, April 15||10am–7pm|
|Minneapolis||Tuesday, April 21||TBD|
|St. Louis||Friday, April 24||6–8pm|
|Dallas||Wednesday, April 29||6–9pm|
|West Palm Beach||Monday, May 4||5–8pm|
|New Orleans||Thursday, May 7||6–8pm|
|Honolulu||Friday, May 15||6–8pm|
Posted by Design...Stat at 9:56 AM