Wednesday, April 27, 2011

No really, I HAVE been doing stuff . . .

First off, thank you all for the well wishes on 5 years of blogging. I could go on and on about all the lovely people I've meet through good old Thrifty Goodness. :)

So, what have I been doing? Working mostly. And being lazy. You have to work at being lazy, too, sometimes. I have made a few things:

That's another modified ring toy on the left there. They are fun to make and are a good stash buster. My stash of the defunct Yarn Gang yarn is slowly running out. I may have to start hunting it down on eBay soon. On the right? That's going to be a bunny. He's my own design and I'm happy with him so far. He's for a friend's new nephew and will have long arms to wrap around a crocheted blanket when he's done.

So there you have it. I've been doings stuff. Just the most minimal amount possible.


Friday, April 22, 2011

How did I miss it?

This little blog was 5 years old last Sunday. How did I miss it? I even left myself a NOTE and forgot to post on the actual day. I can't believe it's been that long. I also can't believe I've lived in New York for 9 years or have been married for 4. Time flies.

That was me about 5 years ago. I still have that scarf. :)

And this was earlier this year. Not very different it seems but so much has happened and I really use a lot more concealer now.

Click here to read the first Thriifty Goodness post. Okay well it's really the second, the first one was like "Mazel Tov! It's a blog."

Happy a wonderful Easter weekend. I'll be back with a give away next week in honor of the big 5.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Again this year I joined Shara's Eggcellent swap. You make a dozen eggs, send them to Shara and she sends you a dozen back. I love the challenge of coming up with something I can make in bulk that goes with the theme and doesn't make me want to poke my eyes out after the third one.

Last year I made these. Cute and sort of egg shaped. Again this year I decided to think outside the egg carton and come up with a project that didn't include a plastic egg.

Voila! Egg shaped needle books. (Why yes, they are cute, thank you.)

I used supplies I had on hand which was nice though it didn't make much of a dent in the apocalypse sized fabric stash I own.

I'm happy with how they came out and am now sad I didn't make one for myself.

I packaged them up in little lolly pop bags (thrifted, score!) and stapled a little vellum to the top.

You should see the eggs I received! Head here to see each egg and the creator. I was going to take photos but Shara's are better. Plus I already have dispersed the eggs among the craft room and my desk at work. Egg-cellent.

Friday, April 08, 2011

New Baby = New Toys

My nephew is set to make his entrance next month so of course I've been working hard on making him some stuffy companions.

I think that giraffe is my favorite toy I've ever made. He really just came out super cute!

I always have a hard time with faces (you should see the pile of misfits in the craft room with no eyes) but his came out perfect. I love his sleepy look!

The elephant is from a pamplet I've used before (check out the first one I made here) but this time I doubled the yarn so he'd be bigger and a better sized companion for the giraffe.

The stacking toy is based on this pattern but I wanted it to fit the jungle theme so I changed it a bit. It really came out cute! These are also fun to make I think.

I'm sure there will be more toys and many hats in his future from Auntie B. ;)

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Whoo . . .

I've been busy. Mostly with lame things like cleaning and work. But also with fun and creative things like this little guy:

Made for my friend's son, the pattern is from an old issue of Knit Simple. It's a Susan B. Anderson pattern though  changed it a bit. (do I say that a lot?) Her owl had knit eyes and a beak and I used wool felt and really like the result! He's a great stash buster project and there will certainly be more to come.

I've also made some progress on the sampler:

It's coming along and I'm enjoying finding elements to add. Stop by the Examiner for an article on making adorable egg cups from a paper egg carton. Check it out here.



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