Thursday, November 1, 2012

Knitting the cold away...

I moved to Calgary, Alberta at the beginning of September and was dreading having to face a standard "Canadian" winter again. Of course, this year it decided to start snowing in October! Even though it hasn't been as cold as I thought it would be, I still like to grumble about having to face the winter weather.

All this snow and chilly air has put me in the mood to knit with warm and cozy wool. So that's exactly what I've been doing. Cue the gorgeous #01 Lace Scarf  by Tanis Gray that appeared in the magazine Vogue Knitting 2008/09 Winter issue.

Isn't it simply beautiful?

Until next time,

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Beautiful Mirror

I can finally say.... MY MIRROR IS ALL DONE! I hung it back up on my wall and I am in love. My pictures don't do the colour justice and fail to show just how cute it looks hanging on my wall.

What do you think ?

Robin's Egg Blue

I love it!

It started off as this gold colour
Until next time,

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Knitting life lessons

Still holding up after 3 years
Originally uploaded by lizsmail_00
I have already begun to pack for our move to Calgary even though it isn't until August. As I'm hand washing all of the hand made knit wear before storing it away I stumble across this cowl. It was the very first cowl I knit. I believe it was the first time I didn't knit a hat (which by the way is still my favourite item to knit). I finished this cowl three years ago and it is still going strong. But as I take a closer look at it I notice that all my stitches are twisted. It just reminded me that although practice may not make perfect, practice does make progress. I no longer knit with twisted stitches and have since tackled bigger and more advanced projects. But it also made me think that in life we make mistakes along the way but if we persevere eventually we'll get it right. I really needed that reminder today.

Until next time,

You can find the pattern for this cowl here: Dolores Park Cowl 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Neon Yellow Manicure Fail

I'm sure you are all aware of the recent caviar manicure craze...I mean "fish egg" manicure. My deepest apologies Ciate, what was I thinking using the word "caviar". Anyway, I actually did give this manicure a try going the DIY route. Although the look is very cool and three dimensional, feeling the bumpy beads on my nails just made me want to pick them off or bite them off. Not cute. Although I know that squishing tiny beads to my nails is not for me, now I just want to start sticking everything on my nails. Well last week I was at the dollar store and stumbled upon a package of what looks like coloured sand. Of course the first thing I thought of was sticking the tiny sand on my nails.
Coloured sand to the right. Ignore all but the yellow nail polish
I picked up a package of the neon coloured sand and a pack of paint brushes because it came with one thin brush, perfect for striping. I had all these pictures in my head of how amazing it was going to turn out. I did one coat of 'Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees Suede' from OPI and then used yellow from hoof (pictured above) to draw on the designs. Before the yellow nail polish would dry I would sprinkle some of the neon yellow sand on the wet nail polish and then dust off the excess. Sadly, it took me a long time to achieve results that were mediocre at best. Take a look for yourself:

Notice how fuzzy it looks
Obviously I hadn't added enough tiny sand, so I tried again on the right hand nails...

Notice the "sandpapery" texture of my ring finger. Needless to say that this time things did not work out as planned. Is this going to stop me from doing more manicures that require embedding tiny sand on my nails, heck no! 

So not every DIY turns out, but whose looking? 

Until next time, 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Adorable Baby Set

A friend of mine is expecting a baby niece in July and she asked me to knit her up some baby gear. I found two cute pieces to knit up. I hope you like them!

Baby Booties 
Teddy Bear Hat 
And friend, you know who you are, these cuties are on their way :)

Have a great weekend!

Until next time, 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bedside table lamps **update**

I finally started the lampshade makeover portion of my bargain bedside lamps. I prepared my work space **cough** coffee table **cough**, grabbed myself a drink, glue gun, glue sticks and a movie. Having read other blogs I knew that a marathon of folding and gluing was about to ensue. Well this little lady didn't really think this through. I only bought a 100-pack of coffee filters. Needless to say I didn't get very far. I got through about 1/3 of one lampshade in about an hour. Even though I was a little disappointed that I didn't finish it up today, I know myself and I'm pretty sure that I have crafting ADD. I get bored of a project very easily. This way I was excited enough to finish up the pack in one sitting and still feel like I want to continue.

My progress after an hour...

The lampshade lit up at night
Close up of the ruffles
Excuse my messy bedside table
So far I am in love! I think it goes perfectly with my Audrey Hepburn canvas print. I can't wait to see what it will look like lampshade finished and base spray painted silver.

That's all for now, 

Until next time, 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bedside table lamps

I stumbled upon two bedside lamps a few weeks ago at a local thrift store.When I laid my eyes on them all I could see was how much potential they had and for only $11 for both I knew I couldn't pass this up. The body is a beautiful ceramic in teal, but the lamp shades have seen better days. The bottom hardware is an unfortunate gold colour. My plan is to paint the gold parts silver and to finish both lamp shades with coffee filter florets like the inspiration picture I have added. I can't wait to get both lamps done!

Thrift store find
My inspiration

Another piece of good news is that I finally found the spray paint colour I have been looking for to paint the mirror frame. I had a 50% off one regular item coupon for Michaels so I made my way over there today. I found the perfect shade of robin's egg blue for only $5.50.  More to come later!

Until next time,

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ikat Nail Manicure

During another one of my internet crawls I stumbled upon Chelsea's nail tutorials on her Youtube channel Getnailedd. I especially loved her Ikat pattern nail manicure. Of course I had to give this manicure a try. I did the best I could as I don't have the striping nail polish brush so I used regular nail polish brush.

a look at my attempt: 

Manicure 2


I hope you like it! If you want more inspiration be sure to follow Chelsea's blog.  

Until next time!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ojo de Dios

Last week I was surfing the net and stumbled upon Jay Mohler's amazing Ojo de Dios art. I couldn't stop looking at it and kept going through the pictures in his Etsy shop. Then I found this gem, a general instruction guide to how Mohler makes his stunning pieces. Of course after having discovered these instructions I had no choice but to give it a try. I bought two dowels and cut them in half so that I had eight rods in total. Then I went through the stash of acrylic yarn I already had in my possession. The rest, as they say, is history. I love the way it turned out.

Ojo de Dios

Ojo de Dios

The whole piece took me about three days to complete and a lot of yarn. I had to unwind a few times because I was unhappy with the way it was looking but in the end it was worth the extra work. Maybe later on I will add the embroidering that Mohler adds to his pieces but for now I will call mine done.

I encourage you all to give it a try!

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mirror update

So it turns out that the colours that I am looking for to paint the gold frame around the mirror are impossible to find! I went to my local home hardware store and there I was told that spray painting was my best bet since there are so many grooves in the frame. I have looked high and low and I can't find the right shades of either yellow or blue. I have hung the mirror up in the hallway and it looks good but I am not enjoying the gold frame. I guess I'll just keep looking and hopefully I will stumble upon my colour in the most unexpected place.

On a different note, I was commissioned to make a wallet with and arm band. I have been trying to design a pattern today. I have already chosen the fabric and notions to give it the "hippie" look that was requested. Wish me luck!

Until next time!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hibernation Over

I'm back from my blogging hibernation! 

I feel terrible for completely abandoning my blog. But I haven't been feeling very creative in the past few months and I can really feel how that has affected me. I realized that I channel my inner emotions through my creative process even more than I thought. So I have decided to take up crafting again even if only in small doses. Currently, the financial situation is very tight so I am going to try to stick with small projects. 

DIY in progress
Today my obsession is a mirror I purchased for $10 from a local thrift store that I plan to paint a vibrant colour. It is similar to the one I have linked. As gold is not a colour I am remotely interested in incorporating into my home decor, I am currently undecided as to what colour I want to go with. Colours I am playing around with are robin egg blue, or mustard yellow. 
Robin Egg Blue
Mustard Yellow
I'm going to have to make my decision in the next hour because I have set a goal to have my beautiful mirror hanging on my wall by the end of tomorrow. 

I can't wait to show you the finished product!