Thursday, December 31, 2009

1st try Chain Scarf- Failed...

I've loved this idea that I found on of a chain link scarf, but I'm not good enough yet to knit it, so I made i-cords on my Knifty Knitter and tied them together, then felted it all in the washing machine... Wow! It really felts down, now it's way to short to really use as a scarf... That was all I had of that yarn, so guess now I know what to do next time with a whole lot more yarn and links!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Mismatched ugly chairs and table to kid's crafty area

I turned these 2 ugly plastic chairs and a mismatched table into a cute set with a simple paint job, After all, my budding artists need somewhere to work too!

Trio of Hokie Hats

Just finished up the last of my hokie hats, we'll do Xmas with my family on Wednesday, Whew!!!

Finally done with Xmas presents, now back to my own projects!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

More Christmas Presents- Shhhhhh!

I'm making lots of loom knitted hats for xmas presents, here's 4 - 3 more to go... I've been VERY productive since we're snowed in!! It's also cool to just go "shopping" in my own yarn stash for present ideas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Beer Can Flowers

I've been a busy little bee with lots of christmas present custom orders from my friends, here's a batch of Pabst Blue Ribbon flowers ... So fun!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Typewriter Keys Jewelry

I fell in love with a typewriter key bracelet that I got at a craftshow, so here's my versions of that cool bracelet style!

Hokie Hat from Handspun Yarn

I've really been amazed at how easy it is to spin my own yarn!! Mine is nowhere near professional or even very strong (probably), but this was a fun project! This will be for my mom for christmas (shhhhhh!)... Go Hokies!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hokie Handspun Yarn

Since my brother went to Virginia Tech, my family are of course true "hokies", so I'm spinning up some yarn from hokie colored roving to make some hats... Wish I knew how much yarn a hat would need, since I'm not measuring my yardage as I go....

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Green Lap Blanket- In Progress

Since my show the other week, I've been trying my hardest not to just keep making more "stuff", and promising myself to just create for ME for a while... So, here's a lap blanket that I'm working on, had to start over 5 times! Started out trying to do Tunisian Crochet, but the stitch was too tight and I wanted this yarn to go farther than that because I only have 8 balls at the moment. So, we are back to my old stand-by, the garter stitch, with this awesome yarn from Gedifra called "super-gigante" in a gorgeous green!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Holiday Bazaar

On Saturday I participated in a local Holiday Bazaar with my friend Gloria (seen here), and I was just AMAZED at the amount of stuff I've made recently, been a little toooooo prolific! I did well at this show, now on to trying to unload the rest of it, check me out at my Etsy store : Maybe now I'll focus on more projects for the family instead!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Zipper Necklace

I was shopping last weekend and found a cool zipper bib necklace, and thought, I can make that! So I did!! Here's my cool version, and I love it!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

YAY It's DONE!!! Mama's got a brand new bag!!!!

After over 6 months of work, thousands of soda pop tabs, miles of leather cord and fishing wire, sore fingers, and lots of cussin', I'm finally done with my purse!!!!! Here's my inspiration : If I'd known how to crochet it all together, it probably woulda been much easier!! Now I have the only one like this out there, because I will NEVER make one like this again!!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Knitted Wire Bracelets

These have been my latest victory, using both my knitting "skills" and my love of jewelry to marry the two together! While the wire is a bit hard on the hands, this is so simple I can't believe I never figured it out before... Here's 2 outta 6 bracelets using pearls and other funky beads....

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Striped Boots!!

OK, so now you KNOW I'm crazy!!! Striped boots!!!! I just can't stop!

Happy Crafty Halloween!!

This year I made parts of everyone's costumes, we have the Skeleton Ballerina, the Beer Fairy, and the Octopus... The octopus was from this year's Halloween issue of Family Fun, and the tutus were my first ones!

Monday, October 26, 2009

More Sweater Boots...

Can you tell when I get obsessed with something?? Now I made some navy blue boots, and these fit entirely different, the sweater material is looser.... It's amazing how different a project can come out. I need brown next!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sweater Boots

I love this project!!! Just go to the thrift store (or grab an old pair of pumps), and a sweater with long decorative arms, and glue together with E6000 glue, and voila!!!!
Here's the tutorial that I followed -
Now on to making more in other colors!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

My 1st Spun Yarn!!

On Saturday I went to the local Spinning Guild Meeting determined to figure out how to spin on my drop spindle, and I think I've got it!!!! Using scraps of wool roving I spun my own yarn, then came home and knitted a potholder with it!!! Good thing I love thick-thin yarn, because that seems to be my specialty!! Can't wait to actually make some yarn for a purpose....

Creepy Halloween

I helped a friend with some Halloween ideas for his front porch. We came up with the idea of the cocooned babydoll in the spiderweb, (which is even funnier because he lives across from an elementary school!), and he's also going to add blinking "eyes" in the bushes... I love Halloween!! Now on to decorating my own porch!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


OK, so I'm officially addicted!!! Now I'm playing with the stitches, stripes, and textures....

Friday, October 9, 2009

And Another One...

Another hat for my daughter, these are addictive!! This time I used 2 strands, a soft yarn and a furry one, fun! Now on to adult hats!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

2nd Hat!

I'm on a roll now! These great hats only take an hour to make, and they are sooooo easy, that this year, everyone on my Xmas list will probably get one!!!!

This one is for my son, played with brim size and knitting pattern a bit more...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

My first hat!!!

Since coming back from my crafty weekend, my head has been bursting with ideas! I got out my drop spindle again to try hand spinning, and that was another disaster, so I went back to loom knitting which is something I CAN do, and here's my very first hat!!! I love how the loom knitting looks like knitting without the necessary knowledge of knitting, (which mine is still at the beginner's stage)... Guess I need to not so far ahead of myself!!

First one is for my daughter, the next is for my son!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Crafty Weekend

I got a little burned out crafty-wise, so I'm excited that I get the chance to hit not one, but two crafty venues this weekend! I'm going to the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair in DC on Saturday, then going to the Fall Fiber Festival near Charlottesville, VA on Sunday. Next week, I should be rarin' to go with lotsa new ideas and supplies!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Stuffed Animal Zoo

This is another great idea from Family Fun Magazine, and it's another easy one! Just drill screws into elastic strips on your bookcase to turn it into a stuffed animal zoo/jail! My kids LOVE this, and love cleaning up now!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

So Simple Pussy Willow Tutorial

I found this idea in a magazine a few years back, and it killed two birds with one stone- it made me clean the yard, and it gave me a fun recycling project for my fall flower display!!

1. Cut the tips diagonally off of a bunch of Q-tips.

2. Using a brown marker, color the stem brown.

3. Use tacky glue to attach to your sticks
4. Enjoy!!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

More Soda Can Frames

Now that I've started playing with ALL the cans I've collected, I can't stop!!! Here's 2 frames that I just finished, and more are to come! This is such an easy and cool project...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Soda Can Mirrors-Finally finished 2!!!!

I'm so happy with how these turned out!! As you may recall, I've been working on these for MONTHS!!! Mine turned out a bit different than my inspiration's :(, but still looks great! Now I'm off to try frames next!