Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Secret Message Holiday Card Tutorial

While looking for ways to re-use things, I came up with this fun card using paper scraps. I love a surprise, and they pull out to reveal hidden messages! The holidays always sneak up on me, and I thought this would be a nice tutorial to share for anyone else needing to make or send out last minute holiday cards this week. Enjoy!

MATERIALS
+ Pencil
+ Pen
+ Scissors
+ 1" circle punch
+ (2) 1 1/8"x 4 1/2" strips of paper
+ (1) 4"x6" card stock for backing
+ (1) 4"x6" color or decorative paper for front
+ Sewing machine 

1. Punch a hole approx. 1 1/4" from the right and left edges of the decorative paper as shown. Be sure to leave enough space for the strip to pull out and reveal a message when punching the hole.

2. Draw a line approx. 1/8" around the perimeter of the strips with a pencil as a guide for sewing the pockets. 

3. With the card stock and decorative paper sandwiched together, sew along the pencil line, making sure to leave a few inches of thread at the beginning and end of the pocket. (This part could also be done by hand sewing if you don't own a sewing machine.)

4. Knot the thread ends together with a double knot and trim excess thread. 

5. With strips inside the pockets, draw cute, winter images.

6. Wait a bit for the ink to dry, and pull strips out until you have a blank section. Write warm, happy messages and send to lucky friends!



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Second book, Color Knitting with Confidence!




I feel like I'm constantly working on "secret" projects that I can't share publicly, and I've been keeping this a secret all year! I'm happy to finally announce my second book, Color Knitting with Confidence! 30 colorwork patterns are featured, using 5 colorwork techniques - stripes, slip stitch, intarsia, stranded, and double knitting. I love color, and had so much fun coming up with the patterns and color combinations in this book. It touches little bit of every category - accessories, wearables, decor, and housewares. They make for great gift knitting, or even just quick knits for yourself!  So excited to share a few of my faves here!

Above is a slip stitch chevron rug, which can easily be customized to fit any space. Next to it on the right, is a double knit bumblebee trivet. Its colors are reversed on the opposite side, making it a sweet double sided project! Below, an intarsia knit world map makes for a unique piece for any home.  


An intarsia knit feather backpack is perfect for carrying snacks on a hike, and these chunky knit stripe and cable house socks are super cushy and comfy. Below, a stranded Fair Isle baby sweater features little fawns and even a heart at the center back. I love little details.



My book is available for order through my Etsy shop

Thursday, October 31, 2013

DIY Sharknado Costume!

My main squeeze and I, and a couple of friends went as Sharknado for a Halloween party last week and I thought I'd share a quick photo tutorial of how I made it. There's no measurements..... just made sure we could fit in it and that it was long enough in the back to go to our ankles. It's inspired by Six Six Sick's shark costume that I found while searching for shark costume ideas. Love it! I added eyelashes to mine at the end b/c it's a lady killer! Heh heh heh....


We had a great time spinning around each other and circling in shark formation :) 


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Inspiration Behind 500 Fun Little Toys

I thought it would be fun to share the inspiration behind a couple projects from my book....


I love jade plants - they're the only plant that I've been able to keep alive b/c they're so low maintenance! I have a slew of them on my windowsill, but my Knit Jade Plant project from the book was inspired by one plant in particular....the one in the yellow pot shown here! It was given to my boyfriend and I for our housewarming party a few years ago by a very sweet couple of friends, and is a clipping from their own plant. We were told that it is a lucky money plant - well luckily, it's still alive and I'm still making a living on yarn and thread! 


The Sewn Ukulele is one of my faves. I may have gone overboard on including all the details, but I couldn't help it - it's modelled after my own lil' green uke! I've been practicing for over a year now, and we had our first debut recently. We played Somewhere Over the Rainbow at talent show at a good friends' wedding (Aimee of Hook & Matter), accompanied by electric guitar, vocals, and hula dance by fellow crafter Faune Yerby



Monday, June 10, 2013

Toys!


Got a bunch of my toys back from my publisher, and they found a new home on my mantle place. This is only a fraction of what I made, if you can believe it!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Signing at Brooklyn General Store


A sweet set up thanks to Heather from Brooklyn General for my book signing! Complete with hand embroidered linen. Thanks to everyone who came out on a rainy day! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book Event at Clay Wood & Cotton



We had a great time making felt cow finger puppets from my book at Clay Wood and Cotton! Thanks Kristy and everyone who came out last month!


Ryan (of Wicked Mint) and her daughter Elliot came out to make a puppet too! 

Here's Jane playing with Spud & Chloe's three bears at the shop. It was too cute to not post!


At the end of the day, we got to see some real cows! Such fun moooooing - I mean making - puppets!





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