Driftwood Advent Calendar

I'm participating in an advent calendar swap over on Craftster. After meeting my partner, I decided I wanted to make a driftwood village for her calendar.

I painted nearly 30 pieces of driftwood to look like little houses and trees. I glued clothespins to the back of each one.

Under all of those houses is a wooden thread spool rack that I painted. Mr. Lime helped me to saw the legs shorter and saw off the top row.

Then I punched out 3/4 inch circles and stamped them with the numbers 1 through 25.

I wrapped up each driftwood house and numbered the packages so that my partner can open a new one each day and slowly build her village through the month of December!

I had so much fun making this. I really hope my partner likes it!! 

Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K

I've had a weird Bill and Ted brainworm recently and couldn't get this idea out of my head! Finally I just gave in and made it.

It's felt stitched to linen fabric and stamped with my trusty alpha letters! It turned out more "bogus" than "excellent" but at least I've rid myself of the brainworm.

In case you have no idea what I'm talking about...


Thanks for looking, dudes.

San Dimas High Football RULES!!

Christmas Kisses

I'm skipping over Halloween crafting this year and going straight to Christmas!

I recently saw an image of felt mistletoe on Pinterest and it inspired me to make this embroidered hoop. It's 4" and could be used as an ornament for the tree or could be hung in a doorway for sneaking Christmas kisses!

I also found yet another use for washi tape! I covered the outside of the hoop with a washi tape that is printed with old writing. I think it adds a nice detail to the otherwise simple hoop.

Ephemera Bookmarks

When I saw this post on Craftster, I knew I wanted to make my own ephemera bookmarks!

I cut some felt then dug into my giant tub of ephemera and pulled out some bits, bobs and buttons and started sewing and gluing. After an hour or so, this is what I had come up with!

Here are some close-ups.

These were both fun and fast! I'll probably make some more for little gifts. These will be sent off with an upcoming swap package.

Boy oh Boy Shower Invites

My friend Kelda is having her first baby, a boy!

Bridgett and I are throwing a little shower for her next month. We wanted to have a bright and fun theme, despite the fact that the weather here in Seattle is anything but. These are the simple invites I came up with to try to fit that theme.

I printed the white bits on my home printer and glued them to pre-cut turquoise cards. The pennants are made from origami papers and I stitched them on using my sewing machine. Lastly, I had to add a button because buttons make everything cuter!

I don't like plastering registry information on invitations. Instead, I made tiny little cards and slipped them into vellum envelopes that will get sent along with the invites.

I'll share some pics of the actual shower once it has come and gone.

I'm Dreaming of a Driftwood Xmas

This project has to remain a bit of a mystery because it's for a swap and I don't want to spoil any surprises. I won't tell you what it's going to become, I'll just share a preliminary photo and you can speculate for the next month while I finish it up!

These are made from driftwood pieces collected from my parent's beach on Vashon Island. The wood gets a nice long bleach bath followed by a few days of drying under the heater vents before it's ready to be painted with acrylic paints.

I have a whole batch drying under the vents as I type! I'm really hoping this project turns out the way I'm envisioning it. I'll keep you all posted!!

Dye Lot Disaster

I fell in love with this ruffled scarf the moment I saw it. I immediately added it to my knitting queue and hit the yarn shop to find the perfect fiber. I picked up some beautiful yarn called Organik and set to work on the pattern.

After a few hours of knitting, I reached the end of my first skein and added a second. After a few more hours of knitting, I stepped back to admire my progress and, to my horror, discovered this dye lot disaster!!!

That stripe you see is unintentional and caused by a simple mistake that I could have easily avoided. In my haste to get this yarn in my shopping bag and home to my knitting needles, I failed to check the dye lots on each skein. I ended up purchasing 2 skeins from the same colorway, but with different dye lots.

You can see from the above that variations between lots can be quite significant and can really screw up a project!

When purchasing yarn, be sure to take 30 seconds to match-up the dye lot numbers for all of the skeins you're buying. See that #073 below? That's the number you're looking for.

This is particularly important when purchasing kettle dyed yarn but even mass-produced yarns like Lion Brand can have variations. So don't be a dummy like me, check those numbers!

I'm not sure what will become of this project. I'm guessing it will stay in my WIP basket for the next 5 or 6 years.

Slurpees vs Wedding Cake

We recently received copies of or our official wedding photos! We are really happy with them and wanted to share!

We were married on July 11th (7-11) and 7-11 just happend to be giving out free slurpees. Given that we were in 105 degree Vegas heat, we couldnt resist.

We also made a trip to the Bellagio during our Vegas photoshoot adventure.

Our favorite stop was the Neon Boneyard where we spent over an hour snapping shots amongst the retired neon lights of Vegas.

We had so much fun with our photographer, Brian Saccules. Seeing these photos brought back wonderful memories of all of the love and laughs we shared on our special day. We will cherish these shots for years to come.