April 1, 2012
Happy April Fools Day!
It doesn't take much to get a little giggle out of me whenever I see something quirky and endearing. I'm hoping to get the same response out of you when I show you the most brilliant crochet-related print I have ever seen.
Are you ready for this?
This brilliance comes to you from the most amazing shop, I live on a farm. If you want a quirky way to spice up your home, your studio space, or in my world, my classroom, I think this print is a must-have. Not only is it an inside joke for fellow hookers, but it's also a unconventional conversation piece! Of course, the owner has knitting related posters as well ;).
I tell you what, if the Easter bunny brought me one of these posters, I would forgo the chocolate and spend all my time staring at this pretty thing!
What do you think?
December 12, 2011
I woke up last Sunday and decided that I didn't like the way I had previously decorated for Christmas one bit. The good news is that it was early enough (around 7 a.m.) that I could take down everything in our teeny tiny home and start from scratch. The bad news is that I actually did it. Ha! I'm glad I decided to start over because I was seriously unhappy with the way our house looked. Gotta have a pretty house, right?
Here's a little look into our home this holiday season! As soon as I finish up a few nooks, I'll be sure to post them as well :)
Have you posted a little look into your home this holiday season? If so, leave me a link in the comments! I would love to see!
I hope you had a great Monday! I'm pretty beat. I worked my butt off all day at work and did a massive Christmas shopping spree for a few hours between work and crocheting.
Don't forget--Donna's is closing up for 2011 on Wednesday! Order those early-January gifts now while you can!
What does your week look like? I'm mostly identifying with the line "...and settled in for a long winter's nap" from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas! ;)
From year to year my taste and style changes, so I always find myself making a few last minute crafts to freshen my holiday look. I've always been fairly traditional when it comes to decorating for Christmas--red, gold, silver. I love how warm it feels. I also love the ease of taking down all the red and keeping the gold & silver adorning our home to bring in the new year!
As I was organizing my studio space after we moved in June, I found a few cardboard cones that I had bought this time last year. Keeping them in mind for trees of some sort, I finally came up with what I wanted to do!
- pom poms in 3 various shapes (small, medium, large) and colors. I found mine at Michael's.
- I chose red and white for this DIY but also bought blue, purple, and an assortment of bright colors. I'm using the other colors to make trees as gifts for my little nieces of nephews!
- hot glue gun
- cardboard cone (mine was 4 x 10)
- Not shown: plastic trash bag to cover my surface and protect it from hot glue drippings.
Step 1: Dump out your pom poms so you can organize them by size and color. It was easier for me to have them spread out on a plastic trash bag than if they were still in the bag.
Step 2: Begin gluing the larger pom poms around your cone in no particular order (unless you want to have it striped or diagonal).
Step 3: Begin filling in space with the other sized pom poms, in no particular order, to cover the entire cone.
Step 4: Let dry for a few minutes after you cover the entire cone. You can add in more pom poms to create a more textured feel and also this is a good time to fill in missed space!
Step 5: Stage accordingly! I used my pom pom tree to add a little color to a pie table we have behind our sofa. I wanted that table to be full of whimsy and color since it's where our stockings hang. (In case you're wondering, It's a Wonderful Life is playing in the background ;).
What DIY projects have you completed this season to freshen your holiday collection?
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December 11, 2011
Hi everyone! Life has been catching up to me big time. Over the last week I had A LOT of papers to grade, lessons to plan, gifts to buy, and recipes to bake. Are you starting to feel the holiday crunch? I sure am. Every day I'm making a more and more specific To Do List. I think I even have a To Do List for my To Do List. And unfortunately, I'm not joking.
The good news is that this weekend Cory and I had zero plans, so after being out of town last weekend, I wanted to make sure I could bring a few new cute DIYs that might make your holiday more festive and your gift giving much easier!
This time of year I have an embarrassing stash of yarn.... and by embarrassing, I mean huge. I can't bare to throw away large hunks of left-over yarn because "I can definitely use it for something!" Do you say that to yourself, too? Well, the good news is that I am finally using it for something Hooray!
Today's DIY is a simple project that you and a group of loved ones, friends, or children could work on. Everything you need you probably have around your house, especially if you knit or crochet! Ladies and gents, I introduce to you:
yarn stash (I also added a little lace, trim, and ribbon, too!)
(I picked a color family that I thought I would wear all year round. I like a lot of color, so this assortment of colors definitely works for me. You could match like-colors with different textured yarns and get a pretty cool effect!)
Step 1: Group all your yarn together and tie a knot with about 3 inches at the end for a tassel.
Step 2: Unroll all your yarn and measure nearly 2 yards. Cut your yarn. Don't be afraid if your floor looks something like this:
Step 3: Section off your yarn into 3 sections so you can braid. I tried to group different colors and textures together for a eclectic feel. Try your best to keep the strands apart as you braid so you don't have a gigantic knot. I had my husband hold the tassel and I walked the strands through the braid (a little ridiculous looking if we had recorded it).
Alternative: If you're not into braiding, you can knot every 6 inches or so throughout the scarf and still get a pretty cool look. I actually decided to do both on mine! I just wanted it to look really funky and original ;).
Style, wear, and enjoy!
I will be making these as quick gifts for some of my Anthro-lovin' girlfriends ;)
November 9, 2011
I can definitely get down with Christmas cheer this time of year--but only in my mind. I love the daydreams, the imaginary scent of cookies, the warm tidings and joy. Sure. I'm there; I'll play ball. Unfortunately, it does unsettle me a little when stores and brands go off the wall with decorating oh-so-it's-not-even-Thanksgiving-yet-early. I can support right before Thanksgiving to get ready for Black Friday... or whatever. But right after Halloween is too much for me.
When I saw this photo a friend shared on Facebook, I was so truly happy that Nordstrom decided to take a stand in the right, holiday-friendly direction!
What do you think? Are you a "I don't care what day or month it is, I'm down for Christmas" or "Hold it until December 1" person? I'm curious to see!
Alright... I'm off to teach the minds of the next generation!
p.s. did you enter the giveaway yet? don't miss it!
September 14, 2011
I've been looking for bits and pieces of inspiration around the web in hopes of finally bringing the decorating process of our home to an end. We have gigantic walls. Seriously. 15 feet high in some areas. As a result, I'm taking my good, sweet time deciding what will be there to stay. These are my favorite pieces of inspiration and most of them are DIY projects that seam easy peasy! Hooray!
If you know of a DIY or photo that you think would fit right in with these, please leave a link in the comments! I'm really trying to make a few final decisions this weekend! :)
July 5, 2011
On August 3, I am teaching a yarn wreath class at The Muse in downtown Frederick. This will be my second class at The Muse and I'm really looking forward to it!
Yarn wreaths essentially start with a simple base that enables your creativity and imagination to run wild. I love making a new wreath for each season. Sometimes I decorate my wreaths with silk flowers, sometimes with yarn flowers, and sometimes just with simple, yet glamorous vintage buttons.
Before I started working on my sample wreaths this morning, I decided to peruse the web for some inspiration. Check out these beauties!
Aaaaaand based upon my favorites, you can see that I already have autumn on the brain. It's true. Last night I sat on my couch and dreamed of all kinds of autumn merchandise and fun stuff. You know, like cozy fingerless gloves and warm pumpkin spice lattes.
Okay, that's it. I'm going crazy. We just slipped away from 4th of July and look at me! yikes..
Back to the wreath making. I'll be sure to show you my final products when finished!
May 28, 2011
Greetings! I hope you're enjoying this Memorial Day weekend if you're in the states; if you aren't in the states, I still hope you're enjoying the weekend!
This morning I had a pretty solid to-do-list infront of me comprised of typical Saturday errands (bank, post office, grocery store, etc.). I promised myself a little yardsale shopping or thrifting once the errands were finished up. After all, it's Memorial Day, and I thought the yardsales would be in excess.
Once I finished my errands, I was feeling a little sheepish about stopping at random yardsales and sifting through stuff infront of the owners, so I decided to head to the thrift shop closest to my house.
I am so glad I did! The thrift shop was selling this mid-century modern credenza for a grand total of.... $40! I couldn't believe it. Just the other day I mentioned that I noticed a crendza at the Vintage store in town, but it was a bit out of my price range. Looks like it is no longer an issue! I was only able to snap a quick photo on my cell phone before we had to leave, but here's a little peak!
oh. em. gee.
I can't believe it's coming home to me tomorrow!
So, in order to have it in top shape before we move into the condo, we're going to have Cory's uncle (who builds furniture) look at it. I'm pretty sure the top is going to need to be sanded and refnished, but it will be SO perfect once it reaches our front door!
I did a little research online and here is a very fair comparison to what it looks like in top shape, post-cleaning, non-flourecent lighting.
And hey... it was only $40!