Dapper Doggies Giveaway Winners!!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Opie is very happy to announce the two winners of the doggie bow tie giveaway!


Congratulations to Shannon and Lisa T!! Can you contact me at limeriot@gmail.com so we can chat about your pets measurements and favorite colors?




Dapper Doggie Bow Tie + Giveaway

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

What is cuter than a sweet doxie boy? A sweet doxie boy in a bow tie, obviously!! 

I made a whole collection of these for our doggie family this weekend. With all of the requests I've received from friends and neighbors for their own puppy bow ties, I don't think production will slow down on these collars for a while! 

Fortunately, they are really fun to make! So fun, in fact, that I'm giving a couple away to my readers! Entry details are at the bottom of this post. 




I used this tutorial from Dream Catcher Baby as the inspiration for my puppy bow ties but I made a couple of minor adjustments:
  • I ran out of fusible fleece so I used cotton batting for a couple of the ties and it worked just as well.
  • Instead of interface for the band, I used cotton webbing. It made the band a little sturdier and better for dog use.
  • I changed the measurements for the neck band so they fit our dogs. I measured their neck and added 3" to that length. I kept the width of the band and all other measurements the same as the tutorial advises.


A few of these were dropped off at the local humane society. Won't a pup look even more adoptable with a cute little tie on?? I hope so!


I would like to thank my (somewhat) cooperative model, Opie, who worked tirelessly (for about 74 seconds) on the set of this photo shoot in exchange for a hefty salary (a few turkey treats). 




Since I'm having so much fun with these bow tie collars, I am giving away 2 custom ties to my reader's furry friends!! You pick the color and measurements just right for your pet and I'll make them their very own formal attire ;). Don't have your own pet? You could still win for a friend or donate your tie to a local animal shelter! 

To enter, just leave a comment below about your fur baby! If you follow me, leave 2 comments and double your chances! 

I will randomly pick 2 winners next Sunday, February 15th. [THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]

This giveaway is open to anyone! If you are a no-reply blogger, please be sure to leave a way for me to reach you in your comment. 

Good luck!! 

Practicing Hand Lettering - Universe Themed ATCs

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Three weeks into the new year and so far I've stayed committed to my goal of learning hand lettering skills! I'm practicing almost every day in my sketchbook and have completed a few projects. I have a long way to go but I'm seeing little improvements.

These are some ATCs I worked on this past weekend, inspired by how magical the universe is.




I made these on cold pressed watercolor paper but I realize now that hot press is much better for hand lettering since it has less texture. I picked some up and am hoping to make some more lettered ATC this weekend!

I also made this ATC as a reminder to keep trying, even when I feel like I suck :).


As much fun as I'm having working on lettering, I need to dedicate some time to working on my other crafty goal of learning to sew clothing soon! I have a couple of classes queued up on Creative Bug to help get me started.

Go Sit on a Cactus

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy New Year, now go sit on a cactus!! Just kidding, I'm not feeling that snarky about 2015 but I will be prepared should anyone need a harmless poke in the hiney this year thanks to my 'GO sit on a cactus' kit.



This is a matchbox covered in craft paper and decorated with text and wee bits of craft paint. The drawer is covered in origami paper that reminded me a bit of succulents.



Inside the kit is a whole assortment of cacti! All of which are suitable for leaving on the chair of your enemy...or just someone you want to prank for fun :).


I drew these with a 01 Micron pen and then painted them in with watercolors.


Here's a shot of a cacti trap in action!!


 
This is a silly project but I have a real goal for myself this year to improve my line drawing and my hand lettering so this was a fun place to start!


2014 was a great year in many ways but it wasn't a prolific year for me creatively. My mojo waned, I racked up more WIPs than completed projects and I lost some artistic confidence. I'm determined to turn that around this year by taking more classes, getting back into the swapping game and dedicating time (without apology!!) to stretching creatively.

I hope the year ahead is filled with beautiful things and very few cactus pricks to your hiney!! xoxo

 

Birds on a Wire

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

I made these goofy little bird clips for a recent swap and kind of fell in love with their frayed imperfections. They have personality!


Once I started putting them together, I had a hard time stopping. They were fun and quick so I could have easily ended up with a whole flock of these in my craft room.


Each bird has a small clothespin glued to the back so they can serve a purpose in addition to looking cute. I sent them all attached to a piece of twine thinking it could be hung and used for displaying notes or children's art or perhaps Christmas cards this time of year!


I didn't take in-progress pictures as I was making these little guys but I've written out materials and instructions below in case anyone is in need of some feathered friends.

Materials

- Small fabric scraps
- Small scraps of batting
- Craft felt
- Craft wire
- Embroidery floss + needle
- Clothespin
- Glue
- Sewing machine + thread

Directions
  1. Draw a simple birdie shaped pattern onto a piece of paper and use it to cut your fabric scraps and batting. Reverse the pattern and use it to cut the fabric for the back sides of the birds. 
  2. Layer your cut fabric so it's back side + batting + front side. 
  3. If making a profile of a bird, cut your felt into a small triangle and place it in between your layers. 
  4. Use your sewing machine to sew around the outside of your bird a couple of times. You can tell from mine that perfection is not important at this step. 
  5. Cut out a wing or two and sew them to the bird. If you're making a front-facing bird, cut and sew your felt beak on now too. 
  6. Use your embroidery floss to make french knot eyes for your bird. You could also use seed beads! 
  7. Shape your craft wire into bird legs. I gave my birds 3 little toes but I can't comment on whether or not that is anatomically correct :). 
  8. Glue your wire legs on the back side of your bird and place a small piece of matching fabric over the top. 
  9. Glue your clothespin to the back and enjoy your new friend (or flock of friends)!



And now I must retreat back to my craft room/holiday workshop!! Just a few weeks until Christmas and SO much left to do!! Hope everyone is enjoying the season and wrapping up your holiday WIPs!

Floppy Sloppy Grocery Bag Journal

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I've always been interested in trying book binding and I finally took the leap with this project! It turned out floppy and sloppy but I kind of love that about it.

I used a great tutorial for putting this together that can be found on Judy Wise's blog, here. I also watched about 1,800 coptic stitch videos on YouTube.


This required a whole stack of grocery bags which I've been hoarding under the kitchen sink for months. To get the folds out of the paper and to achieve the messy crinkled look, I soaked the bags in water, squeezed them into balls then flattened and hung them to dry outside. Once dry, I ironed them flat before folding them into signatures.

There are a lot of plain pages that can be used for art journaling but I'm partial to the pages that have little tattoos of where they originated from.


Coptic stitch was new to me. My execution was a bit (a lot) messy but it ended up fitting with the sloppy look so let's just say that I meant it to be that way, shall we?


I embellished the cover with stitching, buttons and a piece of linen that I stamped with my simple house stamps.


I want to make 100 more of these! Unfortunately, I'll need to wait until I can replenish my grocery bag hoard. Seattle charges $0.05 per bag so they are a hot commodity around these parts!

Kiss. Love. Laugh. Craft.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

It was a crazy summer. Some good crazy, some bad crazy but either way, I am welcoming the dark rainy days of autumn in Seattle with open arms. Hello fireplace, sweat pants, hot toddies and guilt-free afternoons hiding in my craft room. Oh how I missed you.

I thought this adorable cross-stitch pattern by SatsumaStreet was the perfect way to kick-off a season full of crafting... and hopefully plenty of kissing, loving and laughing too!


When I've been in a crafty slump, I find that projects with somewhat prescriptive patterns can help break my creative block. That was the case with this design - it was just what I needed to get my mojo back.


I turned the completed piece into a project tote bag. Ordinarily I'd pair a bright design like this with a simple linen fabric but I I decided to turn up the volume and go with something bold instead! It will be a great splash of color on dreary winter days.

I sent this to a friend but if I had more patience for cross-stitch, I'd love to make one for myself too. As it was, I only had the crafty fortitude to finish these 4 words!


I'm raising my glass (of hot toddy) to toast to a season full of creative inspiration and productive hands! Cheers and happy crafting!!

Like A Hole In My Head

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I've always admired mosaic and glass work but felt like it was a craft that was out of reach because of all the fancy supplies and skills it required. Fortunately, I found a great place in our neighborhood, Seattle Mosaic Arts, that offers classes for newbies like me!

I need another hobby like I need a hole in my head but I can't help but be hooked on this craft!


I made a trivet but the studio also offers garden stones and wall hangings. There were endless jars of glass in every color you can imagine and we didn't have to do any of the messy work! We created the design on contact paper and the studio did the cement and grout work (in the color of our choice). Putting all of the pieces together felt like doing a real-life Tetris puzzle!


It's, by no means, perfect but I had such a great time making it. I'm excited to go back to apply what I learned to another project! I may even try the messy stuff next time!



Anyone else recently discovered a new craft obsession??

Good Grief - It's Peanuts Peanuts

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Between starting a new job, finishing construction on our home addition and a fun (but busy) social calendar, I haven't had much time for crafting lately.  I did manage to carve out a few hours to participate in the annual Craftster April Fool's Day prank though! Every year, on April 1st, Craftster is transformed into a new site to prank members. Catster, failed project features and craft compound plans have all taken over the home page in past years.

This year, Craftster went NUTS, highlighting nut and squirrel themed projects, changing moderator names and giving every member a new legume-themed avatar. This silly project was my contribution to the fun. 

These are peanuts painted in the likeness of Charles Shulz Peanuts cartoons!

I painted them with skin tones and the colors of their usual outfits. Once that had dried, I used a micron pen to add the details. 

I hot glued them to buttons so that they could stand up on their own. 

To help make the characters feel at home, I painted a background scene on watercolor paper - complete with Snoopy's dog house!



I'm glad I was able to join in the Fool's day fun this year. Who knows, maybe I'll continue adding to my Peanuts Peanuts... great pumpkins, sad Christmas trees or even a psychiatric booth for Lucy! 

Spring Shawl and Sunny Socks

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

My knitting mojo kicked in late this year. Usually I'm busy with projects in the winter months but get tired of stitching once Spring rolls around.

This year, I didn't do much knitting until March. When I did pull out the yarn and needles, I was inspired by the changing seasons and was drawn to bright yarns and a leafy pattern. This shawl and pair of socks are the result!


I used Malabrigo worsted weight yarn in the lettuce colorway. I adore the subtle color variation of Malabrigo yarns and it doesn't hurt that it's soft and squishy and wonderful to work with.

The pattern is called Saroyan and it's available for free on Ravelry.



I organized a Box of Sunshine swap on Craftster recently. I made these sunny inspired mismatched stripey socks for my partner. The yarn is Cascade 220 and the pattern is just a simple worsted weight bootie.




I'm not ready to put the needles away yet so I'm on the hunt for some good spring and summer knit patterns now! Know of any good ones? 

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