Saturday, March 31, 2012

Franken Cat Pig

Hmmm..... I really enjoy making sock and glove animals, but they don't turn out exactly right. This guy is supposed to be a cat. He looks a bit like a pig, though. Well, I'm sure he'll get along with the Franken Dog Bear I made previously. :-)

Franken Cat Pig was made from a pair of socks. The pattern is from Miyako Kanamori's book, Sock and Glove

Friday, March 30, 2012

Fun Fur Purse

This was supposed to be a beginner loom project -- and it was, until the very end. The pattern called for a flat closed method. I read the instructions, but don't think I did it correctly. I had one failed attempt that resulted in my having to unravel part of the purse. The second attempt was messy, but the purse is closed up at the bottom. Luckily, the fun fur camouflages (that word doesn't look right) many of my mistakes. I think it's going to need a liner if I'm really going to use it. I'll attempt that later...

Pattern from Learn to Knit on Circle Looms by Denise Layman

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Baby Booties

So these probably (definitely) aren't my best effort, but here are the baby booties I made last night on the Knifty Knitter Flower Loom.  Inspiration for these came from this blog. I'm really enjoying loom knitting and hope to have more things made soon!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cross Stitching

So I love to cross stitch. It's really unfortunate that I'm the slowest cross stitcher in the world. I have countless patterns all waiting to be stitched, but I can never seem to get to them because I'm sooooo slow. 

Here's a cross stitch I finally finished several weeks ago. The framing job isn't perfect, but the cross stitch makes me smile. I got the pattern from Pixystitches . You should really go over and check out her patterns. They're made of awesomeness. She also has an Etsy shop if you're more of an Etsy person.

Easter / Spring Wreath

The St. Patrick's Day wreaths were so fun and easy I decided to make another one for Spring / Easter. This one was made with some very vintage fabric I bought at a yard sale (well, no more vintage than I am ... 1970s). The colors of the older fabric aren't as vibrant as I'd like, but I still think it turned out well. 

Credit for the inspiration goes to  Little Birdie Secrets

Sunday, March 18, 2012

We Have A Garden!

We have a garden! I'm very excited about growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers of various sorts, cilantro, Greek oregano, lavender, rosemary, onions and carrots. Hopefully, this square foot gardening thing will work out and we'll have a fair number of vegetables. We also have blueberry bushes and blackberry bushes, but they're not part of the square foot gardening thing. 

The empty spots are where we planted seeds (carrots and green onions).

In other yard-related news, BOTH of our bluebird boxes have nests! This is good news considering we had no tenants last year. My fingers are crossed that we'll have babies later in the Spring.

You can see a little nesting material sticking out of the box above.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Franken Bear Dog

So this was SUPPOSED to be a bear, but I think it looks more like a dog ... either way, it turned out pretty good considering I had NO idea what I was doing. Thanks to Miyako Kanamori's book, Sock and Glove, for the instructions.

Monday, March 5, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Wreaths

I made two St. Patrick's Day wreaths. I think they turned out well. My inspiration and basic instructions came from this great site ... Little Birdie Secrets

Money Flowers

This was a birthday present for a family member who is difficult to buy for. It seemed more personal than just giving her a envelope with money or a gift card. Instructions were found at Homemade Gifts Made Easy .