Archive for the ‘Crafts’ Category

Snaps: July Edition

In Crafts, Personal, Photography, Uncategorized on August 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm

To say that my “break” went longer than expected is an under statement. We had a lot going on this last month and well it was nice to focus on our various visitors and other obligations. In the mix of what was going on I was still taking pictures – well sometimes :/ . Here are some of my favorite shots:

I repainted and antiqued our nightstand – smitten.

It is so stinking hot. Miserably hot…

and everything is dying early, but sprouting in the dead flowers and leaves is a new tree 🙂 

A quick shot during a short rain.

The dog’s wet mug, after playing in the short rain.

It was very exciting… because it’s so stinking hot!!!

Here is the blackboard I painted for the kitchen.

It is an up-cycle from an old painting we weren’t going to keep.

Taken with iPhone.  I just loved processing.

Grandpa Gib – him and his lovely wife came and stayed with us 🙂

This is our dog, hoarding all the mini tennis balls.

We often use one ball to get the one she is holding from her…

she gets fed up and collects them all and then protects them.  😀

Cherry Rose Sangria – recipe coming soon!!

Randomness on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

I hope this finds everyone surviving the summer heat. We haven’t been cooking much, but I am ready to get rolling again and get reconnected! EO




Snaps: April & May Edition (LATE Ed.)

In Crafts, Personal, Photography on June 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I missed posting my Snaps in April. I fully intended to in May and then tada internet got cut off early. Boo! So now that things are in full swing again I wanted to get it posted before I missed my chance all together! So here are some shots – mostly objects and not people as I spent the majority of these two months living alone while my husband was working in “our future city.” But, I like exploring all different types of photography and having more than just pictures of food to look back on for memories. Here are a few:





Here are some beautiful hand knitted placemats and dishcloths I was given.

I love knowing crafty people – it pays off in the best ways 😀

This is my Mema (grandma) and her ex-sister-in-law who never really stopped being family.

That’s how we roll. Once you are in we don’t let you out. Kinda scary… anyways,

I love the lighting and shadows from the tree. 



Here of course is the token dog shot. She is so purdy 😀 … and I am so smitten 😀




A peak in my floss box. Floss is boss. Embroidery is freakin’ awesome!

I might need an intervention… soon. 

This is my $1 flea market find. Pearl snaps!! Strawberries!! I am so going to rock this while I do yard work. 

My husband is not impressed. At all!


My magnetic spices loaded into a moving box. 

(with a bad – bad glare from our fluorescent light.. well it’s not ours anymore!!)

… from a more groovy perspective. 

A treasure to me. One of the ceramic coffee cups my maternal grandmother cast and painted the year I was born. 

Items like these are the ones you pray to make the move safely. 

I am thrilled to report it made the journey just fine! 

This crazy cute moose was less than a dollar at Ikea. It has brought more joy to our crazy dog than some of the $10 toys she owns. 

She is glad to report it made the move safely. 

It is still bringing her joy. 


Crochet: My First Afghan

In Crafts, Crochet, Uncategorized on April 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm

It’s like crafting steps. There was my first crochet project, my first scarf, my first gift… now my first afghan. It may seem weird to some to be excited about it, but I taught myself to crochet – so I’m kinda thrilled!

As a blanket it’s not real functional. It is heavy and probably warm to a point, because it is made with a bulky weight wool yarn.  But, it has lots of holes. Lots. They add character instead of warmth. Me likey.

This is made with Lion Brand yarn: Wool Ease Thick & Quick. (Once, my husband was helping me look for it… he said what’s it called? Fast & Fat? – close enough! ;))  It is also a Lion Brand yarn pattern – I substituted out two colors.  The bright blue just wasn’t working for me and the purple was way to dark. Originally I loved it.  Then when faced with the actual purchase of the yarn, I couldn’t shake that you are making a mistake feeling.  So I picked a fig color and crimson red – I love how it turned out.  Other than a couple of color changes I followed their instructions to the letter and it was very easy and came together surprisingly quick! I would recommend this as a beginner project and as a lovely gift!

Now I need this display (Link) from Urban Outfitters so I can properly show it off in my bedroom or maybe the entry and I can use the top for hats and scarves…


Yarn Wreath

In Crafts, Uncategorized on March 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I was browsing Etsy the other night, as I often do – so fantastic, and I came across a yarn wreath.  I was immediately smitten.  It was the perfect craft too since I just inherited a giant bag of miscellaneous yarn. I googled.  Google is another love of mine 🙂 and it lead me to this tutorial …off I went.

Straw Wreath (Craft Store – $3.50)
Felt x3 sheets (less than $1)
Yarn (free… and in abundance)
Glue gun

Directions: (Follow tutorial above) or in short – Tie yarn off around wreath and begin wrapping, this takes time… elbow grease and if your yarn breaks more knots.  I used A skein of Red Heart and had no such breakage.  Upon completion of wrapping, tie another knot and snip loose ends. I covered this area of the wreath with my adornments.

To prepare felt flowers cut a small or large circle from felt and then cut the circle down into a spiral for twisting – there are pictures of this process on the tutorial link – Thanks Danielle you rock!! Twist the cut ribbons of felt into rose-like flowers and fasten the bottom with hot glue. Once you have created your desired assortment and figured out the preferred arrangement; secure flowers to wreath with hot glue as well. Ta Da – one unique piece of door art done!

This was a fun and easy craft (plus I made this for $5 – seriously!!).  There are really so many options – I went plain and simple for my first wreath and think it will be a good gift!  I have so many plans though; they involve ribbons, buttons, crochet, poms and maybe even a small cat… that is how carried away I am with these wreaths.  Plus it is going to be a great outlet for this surplus yarn! Happy crafting – Emerald

P.S. March in National Craft Month – what are you making? Right now my other pending projects include: sewing an iPad cover, making a shag rug, crocheting my first afghan and yes I confess making more yarn wreaths. 😀


Crochet: Scarf Chronicles

In Crafts, Crochet, Uncategorized on January 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm

So the past few months my crocheting addiction has been focused on scarves.  First I did some plain… then focused on different yarns…. then patterns and it has evolved to this ruffly scarf and well needless to say lots of people got homemade scarves for Christmas!

This fun wavy scarf was easy to make and when you wrap it around your neck it almost has a Victorian collar feel to it.  Gorgeous!  I used one of my favorite yarns: Lionbrand Homespun (the variegated colors are so fantastic and its forgiving – nice for a beginner!).   I love how this pattern naturally ruffles!


One skein of yarn (6 oz) – Homespun is a bulky weight yarn
Crochet Hook Size K
Blunt Needle – for fastening off


Chain 180, leaving a six-inch tail
Row 1: Double crochet in 4th chain from hook, *double crochet in next chain, 2 double crochet in next chain; repeat from * across.
Row 2: Chain 3, turn, double crochet in same space, *double crochet in next 2 double crochet, 2 double crochet in next double crochet; repeat from * across.
Row 3: Chain 3, turn, double crochet in same space, *double crochet in next 3 double crochet, 2 double crochet in next double crochet; repeat from * across.
Fasten off; weave in ends.