Archive for show and tell
I know I should save this post for after Christmas, and after the gifts have been safely distributed, but darn it, I need a little cheer right about now, after a weekend of thinking about terrible, terrible things that continue to linger in my mind. These four coordinating vests for four cousins do cheer me up [...]continue reading "Cousinly Vests"
This show-and-tell was a year in the making. I first cut into the polka dot fabric sometime after Thanksgiving last year. I was so sure that I knew what I was doing, that I didn’t even crack open the book for the directions. I just placed my pattern pieces on the fabric, cut out the [...]continue reading "Spotty"
Remember the itty bitty booties I made back in September? I’ve been staring at them for two months, hemming and hawing over whether they were too small or not. I’m not sure what my problem was, really. I mean, it’s not like they were all that hard to make. Why not just make another pair [...]continue reading "Itty bitty show-and-tell"
My mother-in-law acquires throw pillows like nobody’s business. And often, when she’s in purge mode, I am the beneficiary of the no-longer-needed ones. This week, I was given two 20-inch squishy down pillows that I thought would be nice in my van. I didn’t much care for the army green covers, but I knew just [...]continue reading "Pillows for the van"
Today is Neil’s birthday. After the summer he’s had, I wanted to do it up big for his birthday. I think I’m pretty good at providing a festive atmosphere and well-loved gifts for the boys’ birthdays, but Neil’s birthday has never really been as successful for me. Maybe it’s because we don’t usually have a [...]continue reading "And Many More: a heart-healthy birthday cake"
I took a break from the granny square sampler while I worked on my shawl, and it is so nice to be getting back to it! I really enjoy small projects more than big ones, and while technically a blanket is a big project, it hasn’t felt that way while it’s being divvied up into [...]continue reading "Dusting off the sampler"
I finished crocheting my shawl on Friday, and blocked it on Saturday. All along as I was crocheting I was a little concerned about it being too small, but I was keeping my fingers crossed that it would stretch considerably in the blocking. It did stretch, but only by about seven inches across. I was [...]continue reading "The finished shawl"
Oh, I do like this hat. I did not care much for crocheting with paper, but I think the end justifies the means. And the pattern was fairly easy, too. I could see myself making another in cotton (and probably in about half the time – cotton would be significantly easier to work with). My [...]continue reading "Me and my paper hat"
I may have enough of these shirts now. Maybe. I made three more last week: one in a cotton lawn, one in an Amy Butler voile, and one in an old bold Amy Butler print that I’ve always loved. The three I had made previously were done entirely according to the pattern (Simplicity 3835) except [...]continue reading "I may have enough now"
I’m slowly making over my kitchen. Very slowly, and kind of subtly: I’m not thinking paint or new cabinets as much as I’m thinking a change in linens. I have plans to replace the napkins, the table runner, and my apron. I’d like to recover the chair cushions and change out the window valence, too, at [...]continue reading "Start with new towels"