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Got lots! knitting, crocheting, blurbing, blogging, photography, decoupage, interiors, makeup, reading, and I add more all the time.

Handmade Christmas: Fox

foxThis year for our Christmas present exchange..Lolly got our new baby cousin for her gift!  We decided together to make him this fox. Thank you A Beautiful Mess for the tutorial, and Lolly, thank you for sewing on those eyes!


Handmade Christmas: Baby Doll

I found this tiny baby and a pattern book for it in Ogden Utah this summer on the road trip.  Then I found this little pink bed with red bedding at the local Slovak gift store in my neighborhood for $20- Together I was inspired to make a postage stamp quilt and afghan and little bloomers for the baby.

I need to make baby more than just that, but I ran out of time.  Pickle’s Handmade Christmas:




Handmade Christmas: Cowl & Hat

handmade 5I love the slip stitch cowl of many colors patterns.  It is a GREAT stash buster and makes the coolest fabric, I am always so excited to see what is coming up next.  I used this set of yarn for this cowl and also this hat.  I hope that the recipients enjoy wearing them as much as I loved making!


Upcycled Cashmere Baby Blanket

I’m an aunt again! I have a new baby nephew!  I needed to make him a gift!cashmere 2I scored some deals on a few cashmere sweaters at the thrift shop a while back and tucked them away until I had enough to make a baby quilt.  I ordered a few more cashmere up cycle pieces on etsy and then went to work constructing my blanket.

After I finished the quilt top, I headed to the fabric store looking for the perfect backing.  I think I pictured something baby blanket soft, but ended up being drawn to this sweatshirt fabric.  I think it is a cool mix with the cashmere top, sweatshirt back and cashmere yarn ties.  I hope he likes it for the 2 seconds he is small enough to.

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Handmade Christmas: Necklaces

This Christmas I have been bitten by the embroidery and cross stitch bug.  I whipped up a few items for some friends of mine.

handmade 3Roller derby!

handmade 2I’m most excited about this one.  My friend’s dog died this past year and It thought it would be nice if I paid tribute somehow.  I worked really hard on this and I think I did a great job (if I do say so myself.)  Carrie thinks so too.
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Knit: Busking for Santa Hat

I’m sure you have already seen it in action in the Busking for Santa posts, but I did want to give a little shout out to my hat.

I have been working on a crazy granny square kitschy Christmas afghan here and there and the yarn is basically white, red, green and a few specialty sparkly yarns.  I was crocheting up a square the other night and just COULDN’T wait for my afghan to be finished to enjoy these yarns, so I just put them all together and knitted up a hat.

I quite like it. I wear it everyday–busking or not.


Handmade: Christmas Skirt

skirtI bought this fabric awhileback and wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it.  Then it came to me! A skirt!  I found the perfect gold elastic for the waistband and followed this tried and true tutorial.  The styling could use some work, but that’s ok….skirt 2


knittingI opened a package I got in the mail thinking it was something I had ordered on etsy. Most etsy sellers package their items with great care, and so I Thought the wrapping was just extra fancy because of that.

As I realized these were not items I had ordered, I backtracked and saw the packages had been labeled: FROM SANTA

I was so excited to have received a knitting needle AND crochet hook holder (complete with extra needles and hooks!)  At first I Thought maybe the etsy shop owner had seen my post about ALL I WANT for CHRISTMAS and sent them, but when I contacted her she said that it was from a friend who wanted to remain anonymous!

So of course now I am dying to know who it is!

Hey you! Hey friend out there—thanks for SURPRISING ME!!! It was so awesome and these are VERY luxe—LOVE THEM!

Sew Sew Sew

Friends, I have not showered in two days, my fingers are raw and I have 13 beautiful red sashes sitting here ready to make their debut at Carnegie Hall around the waists of some little flutists.

My Lolly will be performing with Sir James Galway tomorrow night and I have been sewing in love and support for the past two days. No time for busking, barely time for eating, and I have already covered the showering situation.

Tomorrow I go to the foot doctor. I took off the dressing over a week ago, which I was not supposed to do, but I HAVE TO GET AROUND!  So….they may be upset, but I really don’t mind…I just want to get the stitches out and move on.

I don’t think I am going to be able to busk tomorrow either, so I am going to have to make up for it this weekend!

Knit: Face Towels

I made another contribution to Phoebe’s fall festival, my knitting these face towels with linen. It was my first time knitting with linen and I didn’t love it. I also found myself too tired to figure out the i-cord edging, so I just crocheted it all together.  I like how they turned out and I hope they sell on festival day!

slip stitchI used this pattern altered to make squares instead of rectangles.