Saturday, January 31, 2009

Messing around with Photoshop

Just having a bit of fun with patterns... also wanted to show off my favorite shoes: little red cuties! - S

Saturday, January 24, 2009

That is Sooo Cute!

During Tom & Leiza's surprise visit to Austin, we had to visit the best antique store in town: Uncommon Objects. Here are some of the cutest treasures ever seen... oh, how I wanted to bring home the sad-faced kitty salt & pepper shakers... cute! - S

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New Obsession

If you haven't already heard, one of the best television programs out right now is a little show called Mad Men. I promise you, it is some good entertainment. Plus, being set in the early 1960's, there is some amazing fashion going on! It's truly inspired me and it's got me scouring vintage stores for similar styles (full skirts, tweed suits, etc.) They've even made men's fashions cool...suits complete with skinny ties. I just love it. -S

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Finally Finished Buttercup Beret

Here is my version of the Buttercup Beret, a pattern found online designed by Sweet Sassafras. This top photo was taken before I blocked it. It looked nice, but the shape wasn't quite right...

So I blocked it (soaked it in water and then re-shaped it). The second photo is the hat drying on a dinner plate...

And finally, I'm wearing the end result. Now it looks more like a beret and less like a pointy elf-hat. Not that I have a problem with elf hats, mind you! 

I'm liking hats right now. I think I'll be knitting up a few more before winter's over. --L

Monday, January 5, 2009

This Years Christmas Cards

... were only mostly homemade. I bought cards with a simple design on them (blank inside) and embellished with sequins, ric-rac, felt, ink stamps, and paper. And I still didn't get them all done! --L

Aunt Chris' Christmas Cowl

My Aunt Chris wanted a pink and purple scarf to match her hat, so I ended up making one from a cute pattern I found on called, "Mustard Scarf" by Jane Richmond. I added a wooden button after I took the pics. I love how versatile it is. Here are a few possibilities demonstrated by Jane (sorry she's so small!). --L

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Knitting in bed

It's a beautiful day here in Austin -sunny and warm- but I've been feeling rather out of sorts. I've spent the better part of the day under my covers watching British Mysteries and knitting my new scarf. You might recognize the pattern, it's the same that Leiza's making in sparkly blue yarn. Hopefully I'll get the energy soon so I can go out and enjoy the day, but in the meantime, I'm happy to make some progress on mr. scarfy. -S

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Resins, lights, and elves.. oh my!

I recently returned from another delightful Christmas with my family in Michigan (land of Homes). For some reason I took very few pictures, and even fewer turned out nice. Oh how I wish I could get a fancy new camera!!! Anyways, here are a few of the highlights of the visit.

Overexposed Christmas lights... these pictures really make me want a new camera!

Trying to stay warm while showing off some of Leiza's super sparkly rings. Hope everyone has a magical New Year!!! My New Year's resolution is to be even more crafty and to post more often on this blog. Cheers! - S