Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I usually don't participate much in Halloween events. I carve a standard jack-o-lantern or two, roast some pumpkin seeds, and hand out candy to the few trick-or-treaters we get at the house. This year I decided to try something slightly different. I've been seeing drilled pumpkins all over the internet these past few weeks and I absolutely loved the idea, so I stole it for myself. On the larger pumpkin I picked a few random sized drill bits and went to town. It reminds me of a piece of swiss cheese! On the smaller pumpkin I tried a kitty face, which I think turned out pretty well even though it's much too cutesy for Halloween. Even Martha jumped on this bandwagon with her Celestial Pumpkins.

I am horrible. I dressed up my a hot dog. She hates me, but is she not adorable in this costume? So funny!

I hope you all have a great night, whether you're dressing up for a party, going trick-or-treating with the family, handing out candy, or turning off the porch light and curling up with a good book!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Bag for the Shop.

Can you tell I love this fabric? This time, a bag for the shop! A grey and white pinstripe tote bag with a vintage doily appliqued on the front. So sweet.

This doily was found in the piles and piles of linens passed down from mother, and grandmothers, and great grandmothers. It was the perfect size and shape for a tote bag. The tiny flower in the center is my favourite part.

This one is lined with a garden scene.

Available in my shop.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Pillow.

I love this yarn. It's very girly, the pinks, greens, brown and cream all together. It would be the perfect yarn for a baby sweater if only it weren't so thick.

This was my first crochet project. I used my own pattern, although it was more like I kept going until I thought it was big enough. I was off by a bit, as you can see by the bunched up flap, but that's just fine, it still does the job it was intended to. Perhaps a slightly smaller pillow would work even better.

I have to say, I am in love with crochet. Knitting projects I tend to pick up and put down over several weeks, or even months. I am such a slow knitter. This was finished in two days. Of course there is a place for both, and many many projects of each that I want to pick up next.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I love the combination of a clean lined, masculine fabric paired with feminine elements. There's just something about this juxtaposition that really appeals to me. This is what I had in mind when making this little tote.

A dark grey and white pinstripe suit fabric tote, adorned with a free-handed flower pin done in another suit fabric and a blue lacy fabric, and finished with a gold vintage button. The flower is removable and I can see it fitting quite nicely on the lapel of a woolen winter coat.

A pink and white polka-dot fabric hides inside to finish it off. Love it. I think I'm keeping this one for myself!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Stitched Ornaments.

I am inspired by the season. The many shades of brown and orange, the crunchy leaves under my feet, the squirrels scurrying about preparing for the winter, and the acorns strewn about the ground. This is my very favourite time of year. These ornaments make me think of fall.

Stitched with care and fixed inside a walnut shell.

Hung from a branch, placed on a seasonal table, or saved for a Christmas tree.

Stitched with snowflakes in anticipation of winter.

A perfect little token for friends and family.

In With the Old.

I've grown tired of replacing Ikea dressers every couple of years because they just do not hold up well. Maybe I'm a little rough on my dressers. From the state of my bottom drawer, one might think I were hiding rocks in the toes of my socks! In any case, it was just not practical. After copious amounts of crazy glue and duct tape to fix the collapsed drawers on my most recent dresser, the MALM, I decided a change was in order.

A hidden gem (my father's childhood dresser) was pulled out of the basement junk closet, and was transformed with a few coats of paint and some new hardware. It is almost unrecognizable. The best part - it's solid as a rock. I don't forsee any duct taped drawers in the near future, and that is just fine with me.


I've started this blog so I can share my crafting endeavours, and bits of my daily life, with you. Enjoy!