Monthly Archives: February 2011

Origami Bow

Origami bow

I saw this super cute kawaii origami bow on a blog called Zakka Life and decided to make it. The pattern is from Tweety Atelier and written in Korean. Luckily origami diagrams are only slightly harder to understand than Ikea instructions, so it was doable.

origami bow instructions 1

Number 4 was the hardest step for me.

origami bow instructions 2

Steps 7-8 are sort of misleading from the pictures. 7 is instructing you to open up the paper, so the image in 8 is 4 times larger than the image in 7.

origami bow instructions 3

Step 9 is instructing you to cut along the 4 lines. I still always feel like cutting origami seems a little blasphemous for some reason! (Perhaps it is just because I’m such a beginner at origami, and when you cut it you can’t open it back up and start over when you mess up!)

origami bow instructions 4

Steps 13 and 15 involve cutting again.

That’s it! Mine sort of looks like a clown’s tie because of the paper I used. I just want to put these cute bows on everything! I used this first one to girlify the fiance’s computer. 🙂

origami bow on computer

I love the way Tweety Atelier made a garland out of the bows. And that red gingham paper?? I have origami paper envy now!

origami bow garland

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Crocheted Dishcloth

Friday I finished crocheting an entire skein of yellow yarn into granny squares, and made even more on Saturday. So I knew I wanted to crochet something that whipped up quick for the gratifying feeling of actually finishing something-the feeling that won’t come for many months with this afghan project. [There isn’t anything gratifying about having piles of granny squares taking up space in my living room, even if the colors ARE pretty…]

crochet dishcloth

So I made a dishcloth! I used Lily Sugar’n Cream Twists in Barnboard. Surprisingly it was the first 100% cotton yarn I think I’ve ever used. [Ok, sidenote: I should totally order yarn online, there are sooo many more colors available on yarn companies’ websites than in stores. I may have just set myself on a dangerous path of contributing to my yarn addiction though…] [Ok, side-sidenote: That Lily Sugar’n Cream company has scented yarns! Whhaaaa??]

Anyway, back to dishcloths. I don’t know how practical they are for us to use since we don’t own a washer/dryer and therefore only do laundry about once a month [sorry if that’s gross/TMI. The key is to just own a lot of underwear. 😉 ] This is just a super simple square square-ish shape worked in double crochet. It only took about 20 minutes or less, and was very gratifying. So I’m not sure I really care how practical it is. 🙂

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Granny Square Progress

I’ve been plugging away at my granny squares for a planned afghan(s?). Currently working on Red Heart Super Saver “Gold.” One thing I love about crocheting granny squares is that it uses cheap acrylic yarn. Yarn for knitting garments has gotten so expensive!

red heart super saver gold yarn

Yesterday I made one on the bus on the way to work, and one on the way home. Bundled up in a handknit scarf, handcrocheted (by Britni) mittens, and with a big ball of yarn on my lap, I felt like an abominable yarn lady, similar to the pigeon lady in Home Alone 2. <Sigh>

If you can believe it, that picture above shows 90 granny squares! I’m going for about 200-250 though, and I’m starting to doubt my original colorway. I envisioned it much more orange-y, but its easier to find varying shades of yellow than orange. I currently also have a very light yellow, an orange that is very bright (but looks too similar to the most “orange” one pictured above I think) and red yarn to use. Should I still add in pinks? I can’t exactly double up on the colors because some of them are vintage one-offs. Gah. I tend to overthink these things.

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Grape Crocheted Bottlecap Trivet

At an antique store in Texas I saw a cool antique trivet that looked like a bunch of grapes. It was crocheted onto metal bottlecaps, and looked like this one on Etsy:

Crochet bottlecap trivet grapesIt looks pretty easy, and a perfect beginner project for crocheting with thread instead of yarn, one of my craft goals that I want to achieve this year. And I will have no problem collecting bottlecaps seeing as how the fiance loves to homebrew.

Here are some instructions from a 1955 magazine. This is definitely going into the craft to-do queue. Wish me luck!

1955 grape crochet bottlecap trivet instructions

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Cross stitch kitchen items

There are quite a few cross stitches around my grandparents’ house, made by my Aunt Ann. My favorites are these ones: an oven mitt and potholder.

crosstitch oven mitt

I actually just picked up a blank potholder for crosstitching just like this last week at S.C.R.A.P. and can’t wait to make it and put it to use.

crosstitch kitchen potholder

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Yarn “Fit”

I interrupt your regularly scheduled craft inspiration programming to present you with this silly little yarn thing, called a “Fit”:

yarn fit

The attached tag [cut out with pinking shears, natch] reads as follows:

I am a Fit

I am here to help you through all of your

temper tantrums and moments of anger.

When you feel your blood pressure rising

and your temper at a breaking point, don’t

throw something that might break. Just

Pick me up and “THROW A FIT”

So….yeah….expect one of these for your Christmas present next year, everyone. 😉

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Japanese Cigarette Box Origami

Another craft that is at my grandparent’s house are these little pieces made by my Mom’s Mom (who passed away before I was born). I don’t know exactly what to call them, and a quick google search didn’t give me anymore information about them. Basically, they are intricate little umbrellas made out of (Origami’d out of??) cigarette boxes.

Cigarette box umbrella origami

Apparently you save up your cigarette packs, and then make these with a kit that includes the toothpick-like sticks and stickers for the top and bottom.

cigarette box umbrella underside

It is amazing the number of designs you can make from the same cigarette boxes.  My mom thinks these green ones are all made from Salems.

cigarette box umbrella origami salem

Look this one is even a butterfly! So cool. Now I just need to find an older Japanese woman to teach me how to do this…

cigarette box umbrella origami butterfly

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