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Kitchen wall update

Just a couple updates to my kitchen wall: a lovely apple pie chalkware piece and a 70s looking needlepoint I finished weeks ago. [Which so doesn’t fit in with my kitchen theme but I have no where else to put it. Looks more like it belongs in a man cave.]

kitchen wall update

Oh yeah, when I found that chalkware piece, I also found two of the cute little roosters [like the ones I found on Etsy earlier] on the same day, but they were like $7 each. What a ripoff!

xoxo, emma

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Crochet chair covers

I told you I was a granny square making machine, but I knew I needed to complete a shorter project in between the pieces of my large blanket WIP so I didn’t get bored. [Sometimes, too much time spent on a craft+nothing to show for it= losing interest]. So I decided to make some big granny squares as chair covers for our plain old boring IKEA kitchen chairs.

granny square chair cover

Simple enough! I have yet to weave in all the ends, and create little ties to actually attach the covers onto the chairs, but you can see what I’m getting at! And surprisingly, for just being one little layer of acrylic yarn, these actually do make the chairs much more comfy!

xoxo, emma

Oh yeah, I chose the colors to match my new little Goodwill table cloth, which I got simply because I loved the fabric, thinking I’d sew it into something else. When I realized it was the exact right size for our table, well… ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thankful

Today I am thankful for many things.

  • Waiting less than 10 minutes for the bus in the morning, and actually getting a seat.
  • Free office coffee [it’s actually quite good!]
  • Billions of Christmas treats at work…including something called Snowman Poop (though my waistline is most likely not thankful)
  • Coming home to 2 kittens awaiting me in the window and a house that smells wonderfully of Christmas tree, citrus and cookies
  • Realizing that if a hobby (crafting) is stressing you out, that it’s ok to step back a bit…hobbies are supposed to be fun

That last point is why the stocking on the left is the one I made for Morgan, while the one on the right is a $2 one for me from Target…the idea of sequining and handsewing and stuffing all those little felt pieces on my own stocking was stressing me out. Finally I realized there is always next year, and was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Christmas stockings

[Plus I think it is quite funny how both Santas are so happy their eyes are closed]
xoxo, emma

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Etsy finds: Chalkware

Oddly enough, I don’t really like typical girly clothing shopping. However I DO love looking at things on Etsy for a bazillion hours on end. Weird, I know. Anyway, one of my favorite things to look at is chalkware. Chalkware used to be used for all kinds of things, often little figurines that were given out as carnival prizes. There are all sorts, ranging from little flute-playing boys to very racist depictions of kids eating watermelon. ย I prefer the kitschy 3D wall hanging types. The kitchen-centric ones seem to be mainly fruit and mushrooms with some chickens thrown in. They were apparently real popular to hang in your kitchen in the ’50s. I wouldn’t know. I wasn’t there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I want to collect them for my kitchen wall:

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(from here) There are a TON of these fruit ones online, so why can I never find any at the Bins?? Also, what kind of tree grows bananas AND a peach apple peachapple?

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But the BEST ones have hooks on the bottom for your potholders:

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This one is my absolute favorite, but it is sold! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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But I know there are more out there for my anthropomorphic-lovin heart:

(from here)

Note to self: the cutest ones all seem to be made by “Miller Studio.”

Note to everyone else: some are WAY too creepy, even for me:

(from here)

xoxo, emma

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Pomanders

Want a simple Christmas craft to make your home smell delicious using just two ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen? Pomanders!

pomander

Just stick some cloves into an orange or other citrus fruit. I used a push pin first to make it easier to stick the cloves in. Fill the entire orange or create a pattern, it’s up to you. You can tie a ribbon around the fruit first to hang it on your tree, or make a few pomanders [displayed in a bowl with pine cones perhaps?]

Here’s a cute use of pomanders:

give thanks pomander

xoxo, emma

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Vintage Santa ornament kit

The first thing I ever bought at S.C.R.A.P. was actually at the one in San Francisco a little over a year ago, right before I moved to Portland. It was this craft kit from the 70’s to make 2 little bedazzled Santa ornaments. I finally got around to making them and couldn’t be happier with their kitsch factor. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I did get a callous on my finger from pushing in a bazillion tiny pins for all the sequins. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ And one more emoticon for good measure [and for Britni]: *<[]:0{|> ย Santa!

Santa ornament

And another creepy Santa (my favorite!) decking the Halls’ halls: my lights.

Don’t they look sunburnt? I love ’em.

xoxo, emma

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Christmas cross stitch


Besides some amazing pink and yellow [yes yellow, not gold!] balls [globes? orbs?], I needed some more ornaments for our tree.

Oh yes, and I know I said I wasn’t interested in those plain ball ornaments, but I found these amazing vintage sets at the bins @ 12 for 99 cents…and the colors are so great-even if it’s hard to tell in the above iPhone picture. My mom suggested I keep an eye out for more of them to make a wreath, especially looking for ones with slightly different shapes. The lady’s full of good ideas.

So here are some of the cross stitch ornaments I’ve made:

Noel Cross stitch

Santa cross stitch

Seasons Greetings cross stitch

xoxo, emma

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