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So, this only took me two years to complete…
Trying to complete my outstanding WIPs – happy with this one!

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Poor, poor neglected blog.

I wanted to show off some projects. I might not have been bloggin’, but I have been stitchin’ when I can.

I finished my cross stitch piece:

Yoruba Saying

Pattern can be found here. Patterns such as this are a great way to play around with floss – I chose a variegated blue.

I stitched some leaves for a shirt for the Bear’s fall party:

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It’s my own pattern, which I might share later. Interested?

And just in time for Halloween:

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And yes, I know that Day of the Dead is most definitely not Halloween. Pattern found in the Halloween/Thanksgiving issue of Just Cross Stitch.

Feather & Fan

Just finished a feather & fan dishcloth; pattern here.

Feather & Fan Dishcloth

I really like this pattern and think it would be lovely in another type of yarn as a scarf.

And I have a little peek at a x-stitch WIP:

Cross Stitch WIP

Hmmm…what could it be?

Easy Knitting

Size 50 needles are pretty awesome – you can knit things so quickly! They do take some getting used to:

Skinny "Go Vols!" Scarf

I knitted this Vol-inspired “Half-Hour Skinny Suede Scarf” (in about an hour) for my mother-in-law. I think she really liked it. I used Peaches N’ Cream cotton in orange and white instead of the suede. I’d like to try the suede at a later date, but they only had a rust color, and I wanted something Vol for my mother-in-law, who is a Vol superfan.

I also knitted this dishcloth:

Waffle Stitch Dishcloth

You can find the pattern here. It was a really easy knit, and a great way to use up my not-quite half skein of Lily Sugar N’ Cream twists. I knit only 10 pattern rows, 3 shy of the 13 that the pattern requires, but I still like my results.

Photo Recap

Yesterday, BHE and I celebrated 8 wonderful years of marriage.

Cupcakes were made in celebration, in addition to a wonderful meal of steak and roasted asparagus and red potatoes.

Anniversary Cupcakes

It’s OK to drool. I won’t tell anyone.

The vanilla cupcake is an OLD family recipe that, I’m sorry, I won’t share. The frosting is my mom’s chocolate frosting recipe.

My icing skills aren’t the best (see my buddy at Family Bites for that), but I think I do simplicity well. My tip for simple icing? Take a spoon, put a dollop in the middle of your cupcake, and carefully spread with the dull side of a butter knife. It’s not fancy, nor involved exceptional skill, but your cupcakes will look nice and neat.

In other news, my mom has a renewed vigor for sewing, and has taken up bag-making. Bow down to her sewing prowess:

The bag fits a ton – two cross stitch projects – one a decoy, the other I’m doing on the sly as a gift – and my knitting project:

WIP: My First Scarf

I got this Drop Stitch Scarf pattern off ravelry, and I’m really enjoying it.

Scrap Polyester Flower Pin

So, you’ve got Grandma’s quilt scraps, which came from one of her old polyester dresses, and you’re wondering what to do with it? Might I suggest:

Easy Flower Brooch

I didn’t come up with this – I’ve seen it at various blogs and wish I could find that first source. I just google searched and there’s a pretty nice tutorial here.

For this one, I took circles of polyester* (you want them in slightly varying sizes, if possible). I then mildly burned them over a candle (you’re not going to actually light your polyester on fire – there’s a video in the tutorial link if you want a look). This caused the edges to curl nicely. I ended up with four usable “petals” – 2 didn’t turn out as I’d like, and four was a good size. Then I just stacked them and placed the button on it for the center of the flower – and to hold them all together. Attached the pin back and it’s done! A nice little flower pin to accent your favorite shirt or dress. I’ve also seen these sewn to t-shirts as a nice embellishment. You could make a ton – it’s an easy craft.

*By my understanding, it has to be polyester or a similar synthetic fabric to get the edges to curl nicely.

Finished and Almost-Finished Projects

Finished:

My First Knitted Piece!

My first knitted piece! You can find the pattern for this simple washcloth here.

And almost-finished:

Hand Embroidered Snake

The Monkey loves snakes, so this will be turned into a pillow…however, first I have to stitch up a dolphin for the Bear, so they each have a pillow, even stevens.

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I really like how he turned out. The pattern came from this coloring book.

Bit by the Knitting Bug

For Mother’s Day, I gave my mom (and me) a knitting class. We learned to knit and purl, cast on, bind off, and all that good stuff. And now we’re hooked.

Above is my first project. It’s a really simple washcloth, and you can find the pattern here. I had some leftover yarn (100% cotton Peaches & Creme, from…eek….Walmart) from when I TRIED to teach myself to crochet and just used that. I really like working with the cotton.

As a newbie knitter, I’ve been scouring the internet looking for some great resources.

Knitting @ About.com – Loads of free patterns, and a section for beginners.

Knitting @ Craftgossip – I heart Craftgossip. Just a great site to go to that always has links to wonderful blogs and ideas.

The Daily Knitter – Loads of free knitting patterns, though I wish it would mention the skill level needed before clicking the link.

Cyberseams’ Youtube Channel and website is a wonderful resource. I was messing up with my cast on the other day, and her video set me right back on track. I’m probably going to work on this scarf after I finish my washcloth.

Knitting Tips By Judy’s Youtube Channel is also a good one. I discovered how to add color with one of her videos. It’s really easy!

Of course, the yarn companies have free patterns too. Though I have yet to use their yarn, I like that Lion Brand clearly indicates the skill level in their listing, and has loads of cute patterns. And the major hobby stores have free patterns – Joann’s database of patterns is very easy to navigate.

Are you a knitter? Do you have any preferred resources – web or print? Let me know! I’m a newbie knitter that needs all the help she can get!

Recently Sewn

The other day BHE asked when I last used my sewing machine. And the guilt, oh the guilt! I had such lofty goals – no Project Runway, mind you, but I had serious plans to become a sewing machine goddess.

But I busted it out yesterday and completed some projects. Witness:

I sewed burp clothes!

The intended recipient – newborn member of our extended family – will actually get the burpclothes before they’re too old to use them. Score one for me! This project was not without its errors, but I’m happy with the results.

And for me, a sweet little pillow:

Folk Art Flower Pillow

You might remember that folk art flower from a previous post on using waste canvas. I recently got new bedding for our bedroom, and that flower just fit perfectly. Please note that the blanket stitch around is handsewn, but this was largely decorative and was machine-sewn to ensure it was good and stitched-up.

I’m pretty happy with my amateur sewing endeavors.

DIY Recipe Book

I promised a crafty tutorial and I’m delivering today. I wanted to make my brother a recipe book for his birthday, filled with old family recipes (thanks, Mom!) and some new ones (many of which you’ve seen on this blog. All recipes that have been taste-tested for yummyness.

I scoured the internets for a way to do this recipe book, and there wasn’t much. I found Tastebook, and while those look really good, they are pricey and I wanted more of a DIY approach. I didn’t want a recipe box – I don’t like them as they get messy real quick. I thought about hitting Staples for a binder but hit Hobby Lobby’s scrapbooking section first. So glad I did. I’m not a scrapbooker but was able to adapt those supplies to come up with this recipe book. And here’s how.

First things first, I decided how big my pages would be (based on the cover I bought). I did the typing. formatting, and photo insertion in PowerPoint. You could probably do this in Word too. In PowerPoint, a finished page looked like this:

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I then carefully cut out the pages, and was careful about where to hole-punch. Precision is key.

I also made some header pages. Scrapbook stickers add a lot of fun, though there’s a treasure trove of clipart images available too.

The cover was purchased from Hobby Lobby too. It was too thick for the hole-puncher, so BHE drilled and sanded where I marked. I then used binder rings to bind it all together.

DIY Recipe Book

I really like the look. It was a lot of work, but made for a nice, personal, DIY gift.