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In the queue

Right now I am working on/want to start these things:

  • Need to FINALLY [it’s over a year a nine month old project] finish knitting my striped scarf/cowl… [there was a brief moment this weekend when I thought I had forgotten how to knit and replaced that area of my brain with crocheting…luckily I was able to knit yesterday…phew!] This is top of the list right now because it is so cold and our heater is broken! Last night I had to sleep with my head under the covers just to keep warm enough.
  • Picked up a latch hook…have a couple of latch hook rug kits sitting on a shelf in my craft room, yet they didn’t come with the tool needed. Can’t wait to try another new kind of craft! Not sure if the finished rugs will become wall hangings [too tacky even for me], seat covers [already have those…] or what… but it doesn’t really matter–wherever I put them, they will just become cat beds I’m sure!
  • Ongoing granny square afghan project…can’t tell you how many people come over and ask “what are those orange things for?” or “are you selling coasters now?” Haha.
  • Still need one more crocheted seat cover for the kitchen. [You know, that end-of-the-project-hump].
  • Would like to cross stitch a silly little butterfly piece I have [with required friendship quote of course] to send off to a friend [who I miss very much] in the mail.

And I’m sure there are more. Now you see why I want to sit on my couch all day? There’s much work to be done there!

granny square kitten

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Paper Bunting

I wanted to make some bunting to replace the Tibetan prayer flags that flanked our living room window. I loved how colorful the flags were, but frankly I felt they belonged more in the house of a 19 year old stoner boy. So I made bunting out of 6 various scrapbook papers. I just drew a template (basically a triangle with a tab at the top to be folded over) and traced it onto the paper and cut them out, then taped them onto some white yarn left over from my Valentines Day yarn wreath.

paper bunting

It was impossible to get a good photo since it is so dreary outside in Portland recently, and also my living room doesn’t have much in the way of lights to begin with. That aside, I love the way they turned out and want to make paper bunting for everywhere in my house now!

xoxo, emma

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Valentines Day Wreath

I wanted to spruce up our house a little for Valentine’s Day, so I decided to make a yarn wreath with felt flowers.  I wish I could hang it on the outside of our front door but doubt yarn could survive the elements, so I put it on the inside of the door instead.

valentines day yarn wreath
I just wrapped a straw wreath with white yarn. Make sure to leave the plastic covering on the straw wreath so the yarn goes on more smoothly. And be prepared…it takes a LONG time to wrap the yarn over and over. I spread it out over a couple days.  Then I used 3 colors of felt (pink, magenta and red) to make the flowers–I cut wavy spirals then curled them up and hot glued them shut. I was going to hot glue them onto the wreath, but decided to just stick them in with sewing pins in case I want to change out the decorations for another holiday–because I do NOT see myself wrapping yarn around another wreath frame anytime soon! Then I just hung the wreath on some cute ribbon. Total cost was under $3 since I already had the white yarn.

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… 😀

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Crochet

I made my first crochet project. Guess what it is?

Morgan: “What are you making?”

Me: “Um, a square?”

crochet potholderSo…it’s a…potholder! Or dishrag? Or trivet? Whatever, I’m just super proud of myself for crocheting for the first time.

[Shoutout to Britni for patiently teaching me, as well as to a book from my mom literally called “I Taught Myself Crochet” haha]

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Perfect night

I seriously must be an old woman in a 23 year olds body. I’m happy right now simply because I have 1. A blanket on my lap 2. A cat on my lap 3. Some stitching going on.

It’s also nice to start on something NOT Christmas related. [side note- I thought needlepoint was basically cross stitch with yarn, but there’s a bigger difference than I thought…so that will be fun to work on something new as well.]

Aaaand it just got doubly-awesome with the addition of cat #2 and a glass of wine from Morgan. 🙂 (“I can’t get up, theres a cat on my lap!” really works well in our house.)

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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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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. 🙂 Although I did get a callous on my finger from pushing in a bazillion tiny pins for all the sequins. 😦 And one more emoticon for good measure [and for Britni]: *<[]:0{|>  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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How to sew a stuffed log

This year I decided I wanted to be the Log Lady from Twin Peaks for Halloween. The first order of business was sewing a log so I didn’t have to carry around a real log!

Stuffed log

Supplies

log supplies

  • 3 sheets brown felt
  • 2 sheets tan felt
  • Brown embroidery thread
  • Needle (obviously)
  • Scissors
  • Compass
  • Fabric marker
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Optional: Cat

Directions

I just used the precut sheets of felt that you can get at any craft store. First, using the embroidery thread, simply sew together two of the brown sheets so that you have a rectangle about 12 by 18 inches. I used a blanket stitch for this, but do whatever stitch you are most comfortable with. Cut the other brown felt into a piece 10.25 by 4 inches (this will be for the little stump).  Fold that little rectangle in half and cut from about 2.5 inches in to the edge of the fold, formin a sort of bridge shape.

Make 3 circles from the tan felt. You can use a compass, I used my handy-dandy Martha Stewart Circle Cutter which makes cutting perfect circles so easy. Make 2 larger circles with a diameter of 5.5 inches, and one smaller with a diameter of 3.25 inches for the stump.

cut felt log pieces

Next just draw on your felt with a fabric marker (I used black, you could probably just use a Sharpie) to make it appear like wood…get a nice faux bois look going. Remember that it doesn’t have to look perfect at all, just sketch it on. Don’t forget to add little circles or a spiral on the tan pieces.

faux bois decoration

Sew together one of the large tan circles and your large brown felt rectangle with a blanket stitch, turning as you go. Next, sew up the rectangle to form a tube.

Stuff with your fiberfill (I really packed it in to make it usable as a firm pillow for under the neck) and sew on the other end of your log with a blanket stitch again. Ta-da! You could leave it like this if you wanted a simple log, but I like the added little stump for some whimsy.

Follow the same steps to sew up the little stump, stuff it with more fiberfill and then just whipstitch it onto your log wherever you see fit.

That’s it! You could make your log out of other colors, embroider the faux bois lines on if you’re really brave, or add a few leaves or mushrooms onto your log.

p.s. I swear one day I’ll actually take real photos for blog posts, not just iPhone photos, heehee….one day.

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