Knit & Crochet Pencil Holders

Posted on May 30, 2013 and tagged DIY with comments

I know it's summer and the last thing you're thinking about making is sweater, but this project is too cute to wait til winter! Don't worry, your pencils won't mind a little extra warmth.

This craft is great because it will probably cost you $0. I rinsed out a can and a small jar and used leftover yarn I had laying around.

Both of my pencil holder cozies were made with Bernet Handicrafter Cotton. It's a light weight cotton yarn that comes in some very pretty colours. The blue one is "Mod Ombre" and the orange one is "Mango Madness". You'll also need a yarn needle for stitching the ends together.

For the knit cozy, I used a US size 7 set of knitting needles and cast on about 36 stitches. This will of course vary depending on the yarn you use and how you knit. Just knit a couple rows and measure up against the can before you get too far. To get the classic little v's just knit one row then pearl one row.

For the crocheted cozy, I used a J/10-6.00mm hook and 2 strands of the cotton yarn. I made a chain of 28 stitches and just did row after row of single crochet using 2 strands. Again, the number of stitches will vary depending of the size of the jar and type of yarn. After the pieces fully covered the height of the jars, I stopped and with right sides together, sewed the ends together to form a circle. If you're a better knitter than me, you could also just knit in the round and then wouldn't have to worry about the sewing!

Keep those pencils warm everybody!

Mini Gift Bags

Posted on May 13, 2013 and tagged DIY with comments

Today I have a quick little crafty project for you. Using a couple stampers and 3 colours of paint, you can make a million adorable printed gift bags. I used fabric paint and mini canvas tote bags for mine, but you could use regular arcylic paint and paper bags too. It would be great for treat bags for a birthday party or for tucking a little gift into.

First up, the supplies. You'll need 3 colours of paint (red, yellow and blue) some stampers and some kind of bag. If you don't want to buy stampers, you can use things you already have around the house. The cap of a glue stick, the end of a thick marker or an old kids toy can make a great stamper too. For my triangles, I used a little square of Speedball Speedy Cut sliced into little triangles.

The reason I told to get only the primary colours is because you can mix any colour you want from those and only spend money on 3 tubes of paint. The first design I tried was using a round sponge stamper and the yellow and blue paints. I start with yellow for the first row, yellow with a bit of blue for the second row, blue with a bit of yellow for the third row and pure blue for the last row. Easy!

For the triangle design I used a bunch of Speedy Cut triangles, and the red and yellow paint. I just mixed up those 2 paints in a couple ratios to get a few shades of orange, pink and yellow. No need for rulers and measuring here, just go nuts with your triangle stamps until you like what you see.

May Freebie

Posted on May 1, 2013 and tagged Freebies with comments

Hooray! I'm finally back to blogging! And what better way to celebrate than with a new freebie. For those of you who didn't know, I've spent the last 2 months doing tax returns at a local accounting firm. Well, not really doing the whole tax return, just the boring repetitive bits like entering the..... Oh sorry, did you fall asleep there for a second? I don't blame ya. :)

April showers bring May flowers, right? This is certainly one huge mystery flower. Not sure that actual flowers really look like this, but I can imagine. Let me know if you see a monster flower like this in your yard! Speaking of flowers, I'm going to be giving my front garden a bit of a facelift this weekend. I'll be sure to take some before and after pics for you to see.

There are 4 sizes to choose from depending what kind of computer/lappy you have so there should be something for everyone's situation, plus a patterned iPhone background. Just click one of the buttons below to get the full size image. Then just save it and set it as your wallpaper.

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1440 x 900 // 1366 x 768 // 1920 x 1080 // 2800 x 1880 // iPhone

BRB

Posted on March 9, 2013 and tagged Personal with comments

Hey friends! You may have noticed that I haven't been around for a while. Well, I didn't fall off the face of the earth, I've just been very busy working on other projects such as CourseCraft, painting my house, choir and my new job at an accountant's office for tax season. Even though I've been swamped, I haven't forgot about this little blog. Inspiration hasn't been coming easily to me for the past few months and I love this blog so much that I didn't want to keep posting stuff I felt blah about, so I decided this is a perfect time for a blog vacation. The blog will be back in full swing May 1st, and I think it will be better than ever. Feeling like I don't have to post something has already filled my head with so many ideas. I want to go back to the kind of posts that got me excited, ie: gluing stuff to other stuff and telling you about it! So get pumped for May 1st people!!

Here is a tiny list of just some of the blogs I love. It should keep you busy in the mean time!

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