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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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Granny squares

Remember my first crochet project…the square? [Surely you do…it was like 3 weeks ago!] Well I took that whole “square” thing and ran with it.

granny squares

I am a granny square making machine. Using a bunch of my 75 cent yarn from Deseret Industries (my new favorite thrift store, sorry Value Village), I’m hoping to eventually complete an entire blanket. Its amazing how fast these little grannies whip up! I can make a few during each movie (or more likely, X-Files episode) that we watch. The colorway I’m envisioning is a mix of all different oranges with some pink/red/yellow hues thrown in for good measure. But what color should surround all the squares? I don’t want white or black, I’ve been thinking a dark smoky gray but not 100% set on that. Any suggestions?

Deseret Industries yarn

Pictured above are the yarn skeins I got for 75 cents each, they had tons more, but I felt guilty acquiring all that yarn at once [even at such a cheap price]…though now I wish I had bought them out!

xoxo, emma

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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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Craft To Do List

My current “To Do” list:

  1. Sew and stuff a stuffed log for my Halloween costume. (The Twin Peaks log lady). I don’t want to carry around a heavy real log so I got felt and fiberfill and will just make my own psychic log.log lady
  2. Applique and embroider 2 Christmas stockings.
  3. Knit fingerless gloves for the BF (his request…may require some cable knitting which worries me a bit).
  4. Finish knitting my scarf (still only about 2/3 done ugh).
  5. Embroider Christmas ornaments…about 5-10.

Luckily it is already becoming very cold so I have an excuse to just stay curled up in the house sipping Trader Joe’s apple cider curled up in an afghan and not answering my phone so I can get all of this done.

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Thrift Store Afghans

I headed out to Value Village for my first time today.  Little did I know, on Monday everything with a yellow tag is only 99 cents!  I picked up two of the most beautiful hand crocheted afghans. If anyone has tips on how to wash them I would appreciate it.  Probably will just throw them in the washer on a cold cycle since they’re made of acrylic yarn.

Rainbow afghan

It makes me a little sad knowing that someone worked so hard on these beauties and now they are selling for only 99 cents!  But I take solace in the knowledge that I will love them and get lots of use out of them… I’m one of those people that always has a blanket on my lap when I’m at home, and even at friends houses sometimes!  My friend Rosie jokes that i use her throw blankets more than she does.

Stella on purple afghan

Of course Knitty Kitty had to check it out right away to see if she approved.

Kody on purple afghan

Not so fast!  Introducing Knitty Kitty/Stella’s new younger sister, Kodiak.  We adopted her a little over a month ago, and after a couple terrible weeks of sickness she is fitting in wonderfully at our house.  She already claimed the purple blanket as her own.

afghans

I just love the iPhone Hipstamatic app!  Did you see how in the newest (August 2010) issue of Martha Stewart Living they used Hipstamatic for their article on old-fashioned bikes?  Love!

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S.C.R.A.P. Jackpot

I dropped by S.C.R.A.P. again today, and am sure glad I did! I really lucked out on getting a ton of items–I got 11 items for $5.75! (And one item was $4 itself, so 10 items for $1.75…amazing!Tiny Embroidery kits

I got 5 tiny embroidery kits for 10 cents each.  2 of them come with their own little frames, and one is another embroidery kit that comes with a tiny hanger to display it on.  I think the cow and chicken ones will belong in my planned kitchen embroidery display wall, the other ones I’m not sure what to do with yet.  But they were just so adorable, and perfect little quick projects to do while I watch a movie with the BF.

Bear ornament and sachet

I picked up a bear 3D ornament kit.  He comes with the batting to stuff him with and gets embroidered with the enclosed yarn instead of thread.  I’m accumulating quite the stash of Christmas ornament kits, which I can’t wait to decorate my house with this winter, as it will be our first Christmas together in our own home. 🙂  The kit on the right is a beaded sachet kit.  It has flowers and hummingbirds that you embroider with thread, and a blue background that you embroider with little seed beads.  It even comes with the potpourri to stuff it with.  I’m excited to complete that kit because I’ve wanted to learn more about beaded embroidery.

crewelpenguins

The next kit I got is a little 12″ by 5″ Penguin crewel embroidery kit.   I only have done crewel once (with another kit for a pincushion that I picked up at the San Francisco SCRAP) so I’m excited to try this one which looks a bit harder.  My sister has always been obsessed with penguins so if I’m happy with the outcome of this project it will probably be sent to her.

St. Nicholas

This is a huge needlepoint kit (10″ by 14″) that you embroider with tapestry yarn.  Another Christmas one!  It comes with a lot of metallic threads which I love.  I haven’t done any “needlepoint” which I think is basically embroidery with yarn instead of thread…but this one looks amazing.  And it comes with so much for only 50 cents!

Googly eyes and bird

Two small things I got are a pair of the biggest Googly eyes I’ve ever seen, and a pretty little red bird to go with my owls.  I’m not sure what people use these little creepy/cute birds for…perhaps floral arrangements?  I just think this little red cardinal is adorable.  I will either find somewhere for it to perch year-round, or maybe put it on my first Christmas tree this year.  Wow, it really MUST be Christmas in July because I sure have the holidays on my mind.

Needle Punch kit

And now for my big $4 item….a Needle Punch Starter Kit!  I didn’t really know what needle punch is, but I’ve been researching it online since I brought my kit home and I’m so excited!  The kit comes with 15 designs.  I’m stoked for a standing unicorn design and a couple of mushrooms.  The kit includes everything and smells good, exactly like a grandma’s house.  It smells like a mix of lavender/cigarettes/makeup.  I might be weird for thinking that smells good, but whatever. 😉

The kit comes with a catalog for the company’s other patterns…great ones like creepy Santas, alligators playing golf, Mason and Moose Lodge crests, and sayings like “We interrupt this marriage to bring you the football season.”  Haha!  I love it.  Yarn colorsIt even comes with 15 colors of yarn.  The photo on the cover shows you can do it on towels, so that’s what I hope to use the kit for.  Hopefully the BF doesn’t mind if I needle punch a teddy bear holding balloons on his  bath towel…;)

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3D Knitters Gift Tag

My friend Jamie taught me how to bead, and in return wanted me to teach her how to knit.  So for her birthday I gave her a set of nice knitting needles and some beautiful yarn to make into a scarf (the easiest beginners project).  Of course, the gift wouldn’t be complete without this silly little gift tag that I made using yarn, toothpicks, beads, and the cardboard from a toilet paper roll!  I love this idea for knitted gifts at the holidays, or anytime really.  Anything miniature (especially when it has to do with crafting) = ADORABLE.

Knitting Gift Tag

Get the tutorial here.

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