Pinterest Love

I’m still in love with Pinterest.  It’s such a great way to quickly group all the amazing things I see online everyday.  I’m trying to figure out a way to get my boards to show up on the blog without doing a screen shot … I’d like for the link owners to get credit for their awesome stuff … but so far no good.  I have, at least, figured out how to link one thing …

 

So that’s good I guess … this project was made by spray painting shoe box lids … oh to have lots of free time to be this crafty … and look at that awesome blue table!!!  SWOON!

What are you thankful for?

In keeping with my holiday theme I came across this blog post yesterday about a “Thanks Jar”.  The post mainly details how to do a glass etching … which is also very cool and something I hope to try one day … but I was really intrigued by the idea of a Thanks Jar.

Basically, everyone in your family writes down one thing every day for the month of November that they are thankful for.  Then on Thanksgiving you crack open the jar and read what everyone said.  It sound like an awesome Thanksgiving tradition!

Bits of Random

I had some thoughts today while I was at work … but it’s the weekend now and all my active thoughts have fled.  So instead I will share with you one of the coolest houses I’ve seen in a long time.  Check it out.  It’s a house built into a hill!!  A hobit house!!!  I want to live there now!!!

  

Oh and because I’m feeling extra random today … when I build and live in my own little hobit house I’m going to make this yarn pom pom garland and hang it everywhere!!

Happy Friday!

Kiss & Hug

I’ve been super busy lately … my folks have been here three times in that last few months … we bought a mattress … we bought another mattress … we had Jack’s baby blessing at church … I gave a sermon … I drove to St. Louis … we had a birthday blowout for Tom’s 40th birthday … and somewhere in there I’ve been working on a new craft project.

I’ve expressed my love for Emily Peacock in previous posts … but in case you’ve missed it I’ll gush again for little bit.  She creates amazing needlepoint kits with gorgeous designs and everything included.  I was etsy-stalking her page fairly regularly but always held back because I don’t really do needlepoint … it tends to be kind of expensive and the projects are large in size … plus I really like cross stitch.  I finally got up the nerve to email her and ask if she would just sell me the patterns so I could cross stitch them and she said not only would she do that but she would provide the floss color chart that is most like the wool she picks for the projects!!!  How awesome is that!!  I love craft people.  I’ve been working on “Hug” part of my “Hug & Kiss” pattern set for a while now and I’ve been loving every bit of it!!  Here are some pics:

This was my first time using an evenweave fabric and I am TOTALLY a convert!!!  I love evenweave!!!

Link City!

I enjoy blogs and I enjoy crafts … so it would follow suit that I would enjoy craft blogs.  One thing that I see fairly frequently on these blogs is a collection of pictures all grouped together … sometimes they follow a specific theme and sometimes they are just a collection of cool things.  I’ve been fascinated with these picture collections for a while and wondered how I could do it too … well, lo and behold, I figured it out!!  Thanks to some seriously googling and a website called Big Huge Labs I managed to make a photo collection (called a photo mosaic) of my very own.

I call this collection … Awesome Stuff I Want from Etsy!

1. iPhone 4 Vinyl Decal Skin Kit – Retro Revival  2. KISS and HUG needlepoint  3. Harry Potter Bracelet -I love you like Snape loved Lily Hand Stamped Cuff  4. Vintage Car- Paris Photograph- Rouge- Affordable Decor- Vintage Bug pomegranate crimson photograph of vintage bug in Montmartre Paris  5. Game of Thrones Khaleesi Necklace in copper and sterling silver  6. Portal 2 quote – With the Lemons  7. Star Wars print poster movie – The Empire Strikes Back – Retro Scandinavian style A3  8. Bird Nest Necklace Sterling Silver and Turquoise  9. You’re My Favorite Work of Art – 8 x 10 Typography Print  10. Game of Thrones Bracelet -Winter is Coming -Hand Stamped Cuff Bracelet  11. Neon Photography- Heart O Chicago- affordable home decor- indigo and crimson red- vintage motel sign Chicago- 8×8  12. Think Happy Thoughts needlepoint kit  13.  Curious Alphabet – M  14. Love and Food – Cathrineholm inspired A3 poster print  15. Game of Thrones Houses – Targaryen, Lannister and Stark Sigils(PDF Patterns)  16. Guitar Pick in aluminum -custom stamped

I <3 Crafting

One of the things that I put on my life plan thingy is to create things with my hands.  I have a long tradition of crafters in my family.  I remember sleeping with a quilt that someone in my family made … it had the date embroidered in one corner and as a kid that was my favorite part … that back then (I can’t remember what the date was) someone was creating this blanket that I’m using now and thought to put the date on it.  My favorite Halloween costume was a flapper costume that my grandma made out of a little black dress and whole lot fringe!  I think I wore it every Halloween until I was about to burst right out of it.  And when I went away to college my mom made me a GIANT crocheted afghan to keep me warm during the cold Iowa winter.  As I went to bed every night I remembered my mom working on it before I left and it would make me feel warm and loved.

So I come by my love of creating naturally and I knew that when I was putting together my list of things that I want to focus on and develop to become the best me I can be that crafting needed to be on there.  I get so much joy out of the act of creating … doing something with my hands that allows my brain to still and the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from watching a piece slowly come together.

But like most of the other areas of my life I suffer from Craft Idea ADD.  I have too many ideas and I want to do them all right now!!!  I have a giant list of books saved on my Amazon wish list, a hundred great cross stitch patterns saved on Etsy, and even more things I’ve found in various books and magazines.  Where do I begin and how do I keep from starting a ton of things and finishing none?!  My friend Deb has great stick-to-it-ness when it comes to craft projects and her finished pieces are beautifully done and presented.  I wish I knew her secret.

I’ve acquired some great cross stich/needlepoint patterns from Etsy recently and I’m trying to work on all of the at the same time (and failing) because they are all just so awesome.

This patterns is from Etsy seller velvetelvi.  It’s a quote from Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden books.  I love this quote and I love these books.  This definitely has a place on my wall.

These next patterns are from the amazing Emily Peacock Tapestry.  She creates the most amazing needlepoint patters.  I have not done much needlepoint myself so I emailed her and asked if I could just buy the pattern to convert to cross stitch and she was absolutely amazing to work with.  She not only sent me just the patterns she gave me a thread conversion chart as well.

 

 

 

I have so many more things that I want work on and show you too!  So much awesome stuff so little time!!!