Monday, March 31, 2008

I really love carrots! This is my favorite recipe for real carrot cake. It is so yummy! I don't make it often though, because I do not like shredding so many carrots. This one is not so beautiful because I tried to make it too quickly, started late and wanted a piece before bed. Beauty is not important when eating this cake! Does anyone know of an "I love carrots" bumper sticker?

Crochet circles are not my friend. I always end up with a dome/cone. Until now- this is just a preview of a nearly finished project that needed an actual flat circle.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Some kids really like butterfly pancakes because they taste different than the round ones. I live with a kid like that. (The 'grid' marks are just part of our pan set.)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Preliminary ideas... I am trying to figure out a way to keep my circulars in a more stretched state. I have the cute roll up thing for them, which is neat, however, it keeps them too neat and tightly wrapped. I tried cutting this plastic canvas. Now, I need to think of some kind of holder for the 5 sheets...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Usually, incomplete items aren't posted. I've been working on this man-sized sock for several days and wanted to post progress because I had to rip it all out and turn it back into a ball of yarn. I still have a long way to go on perfecting socks.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Snowballs start rolling... With the dye out for the eggs, we had to use the leftover dye on some yarn, once we had some yarn out, we had to get out some more dye. You see where this is going. I consider this a final success to get these colors, (after 5 other skeins of trying).

We can't just throw away left over dye. So here is yarn that I call 'leftovers'.

Originally, I was going to just post the usual picture of this years colored eggs. 5 dozen. Abigail decided to pick the ones she liked best, and put them in a glass bowl with some ribbon. Her idea photographs better than mine.

Friday, March 21, 2008

I cut up this tape measure and applied a snap. Now I can measure on the go. I wear one around my wrist when crafty shopping and keep them on the handles of my totes and knitting bag. Email me if you'd like one.

This may look like an ordinary vacuum plug, but its not. Ok, maybe it is. But it was sadly severed from its cord and I went beyond my usual crafty limits and rewired, attatched, and screwed it all back together. I had to use lots of electrical tape- but none of it ended up in the finished product.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A fast knit, easy to make, scrap using, coffee cozy. Made with wool and felted. Made for Dana- she could not provide the picture with the intended cup, but we can all imagine the cup.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Pink cardigan sweater. I've never attempted a sweater before so I started with doll-sized. I am fairly pleased with how it turned out. I'm going to skip the buttons for now because it will cause more frustration for little hands than necessary. The sweater is too small for dolly Sarah, but it fits the 18" American Girl type dolls very well.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Reposting for improved picture. This is a little tiny pot I made for the dollhouse last year. It was blurry and difficult to see when I first posted it. This time I have learned a bit about photographing it. Positioned it on top of my favorite (and often-used) seam ripper for perspective on size.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Much darker colors in real life.

Rainbows! This nightgown was made from a sheet. An old, but hardly used sheet- they've always been too ugly to use. I used only the serger to make this- the first time I've done all-serging. I'm not great with it, but getting better.

Zippy bags. These are fun, useful and easy to make.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Both of these are dyed by me. Oddly, these both photographed better than they look in real life.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The little birdie seemed like a good idea, but his stuffing shows through. I've just begun a daunting project, so making another, tighter guage bird will have to wait.

Handspun wool yarn. I really like spinning with a drop spindle I made. I would love to use a spinning wheel someday. Maybe I'll figure out how to make one. It is very rewarding to spin the wool into usable yarn.

Difficult to see, these are whats left of our 'soap petals'. Single-use handwashing flower petals that are soaked in soap. We made a whole batch of red and white ones as a gift and packaged them in a pretty glass bowl.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Not actually on the baby it was intended for. This 'baby' hat also fits Abigail perfectly. (completely stretched) It looks so cute on her and it is also great for holding tangerines when you are up in the tree picking them. (or so I've seen) No worries- I have enough yarn left to make that baby a gift still.

Dolly Sarah's latest new dress. You can see the lined bodice is pieced together- this was really a mere scrap of fabric.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Ok folks, this is it! I think I have almost mastered the baby sock! After that last disasterous sock I didn't think I could do it. I may make just one more small one before attempting some my size. Or maybe 2 more just to get a little extra practice.

After my pathetic attempt at sewing Barbie's clothes, I thought I'd try knitting them. Still not that great. Although this knit up very fast, seaming took 2 weeks. (I may have procrastinated) (it may have actually been 3 weeks)

I've 'made' dozens of these hair ponys. Just loop through a shank button. I always make them in matching pairs for pigtails, but never find 2 matching to use together.

My first attempt at trainers. They turned out cute-especially with this crazy fabric. I think I will try a different pattern next.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Felting. Not too bad for a second attempt. These are some scraps I had laying around that I knit into these little pouches. The loop will fasten around a button sewn to the front- as soon as I find the right one. Hand-dyed by me.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Cutie little kitty has no eyes. I am having the hardest time getting eyes onto my creations that need them.

Needed a tooth fairy pillow in a flash. Tiny bits of flannel, lace, and bamboo velour.

Yep, you guessed it. I tried a different waistband on this one, still tweaking. Yarn was hand-dyed by me. The colors are really beautiful.