Book Page Wreath

Hi Friends! I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately. Real life has been cramping my cyber life lately. I'll be back soon to share more projects here and more importantly, visit all of you to see what you've been up to!

In the meantime, I did manage to get a contributing post out the door for The Lovely Cupboard this month. You can check out the paper wreath I made, here!

Beet Badge and a Veggie Confession

I made this felt badge for a recent Craftster swap I organized. My partner likes Dwight Schrute, from the Office, who happens to have a beet farm so I thought this was an appropriate design for her.

I used the standard wool blend felt and embroidery floss for this. To add a bit of pizazz, I went around the entire border with a teeny tiny white back stitch. I think it makes the beet pop!

And since we're on the topic of veggies, I think it's time for me to come clean about a recent lifestyle choice I've made.

I haven't eaten meat for 6 months but I kept thinking that I'd wake up one morning and crave a hamburger so I was afraid to label myself as a vegetarian. When I would order tofu and get the inevitable question from friends, I'd just answer by saying, "No, I'm not a vegetarian. I just don't eat meat."

Well, I've been happily meat free for half a year so it's time to officially confess...I am, among many other things, a vegetarian.

My reasons for not eating meat are personal and would probably sound silly to most :). I'm happy to share and discuss if anyone is interested but I won't bore the rest of you with it. I will, however, answer a few of the frequently asked questions I usually get from friends and family.

How do you feel? 
I feel great!! I have just as much, if not more, energy than I did before giving up meat. I feel healthier inside and out.

How do you get protein?
I'm not a vegan so I still eat protein rich eggs and cheese. I also get protein from tofu, tempeh, beans, meat substitutes, quinoa and other whole grains. Oh and peanut butter!! I love peanut butter.

Does your husband still eat meat? 
He does and we do keep meat in the house for him but he's been very supportive of my choices. He's been open to trying some adventurous new veggie recipes and even takes me out to vegetarian restaurants.

Do you care if other people eat meat around you?
Not at all. As mentioned above, my choice is all about me :). What others decide to eat or not eat isn't any of my business.

Do you miss bacon? 
It might be hard to believe this but I don't miss bacon. I was always really picky about bacon, probably partially because I raised a baby piglet named Elizabeth when I was a kid. I guess I sort of have a Charlotte's Web thing going on.

Will you ever eat meat again? 
I'm not sure about this one. If I ever really want to eat a big steak again, I will. For now, I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything or depriving myself in any way.

So there it is, my beet and my veggie confessional! Thanks for listening.

Summer Knitting Giveaway WINNER!!

We have a winner!!! Congratulations to commenter number 76, Kim Reid!

Kim, I'll be sending you two skeins of Jo Sharp Soho Summer cotton yarn and a brand new copy of Knitting in the Sun.

Thank you all for playing!! I hope you're enjoying your weekend. I've had a crazy work week that's been limiting my crafty time. I'm anxious to get some new projects done and to find time to come around and visit all of my bloggy friends :).

Summer Knitting - Breaking All the Rules

As I mentioned in my Summer Knitting Giveaway, I really want to keep stitching through the warm months this year rather than abandoning all WIPs until the winter returns.

I set up some guidelines that I thought would help maintain my interest; select patterns for items that can be used or worn in warmer weather and pick cool fibers that don't make your hands sweat!

I broke both of those rules with this shawlette. It's a heavy piece knit with Malabrigo wool yarn that is totally inappropriate for warm weather! The pattern is called Debaser and it can be found on Ravelry.

I did enjoy knitting this but I think I'll try to stick with my summer rules for my next project. Playing with wool yarn in 80 degree temps in a house without AC is not entirely pleasant :).

Don't forget, it's not too late to enter my Summer Knitting Giveaway! I'll be picking a winner next weekend.

Yellow Submarine Felt Badge

"We all live in a yellow submarine... a yellow submarine... a yellow submarine..."

That song was lodged squarely in my brain the entire time I was stitching up this Beatles inspired badge for my partner in the Felt Badge swap over on Craftster! And now that I typed out the lyrics, the brain worm is back! I hope I didn't get it stuck in your head too.

This badge was made using wool blend felt, embroidery floss and a bit of fabric glue stick. The sub measures ~3" across. There were a lot of teeny pieces and tiny stitches required to put this together. My hands are still a bit cramped from the process but I'm happy with how it came out and I think my partner likes it.

I received two adorable badges from my partner today. I just love these little things! I still don't know what I'll be doing with my growing collection but that's not stopping me from hoarding them :).

Thanks for dropping by! Have a great week and don't forget to enter my summer knitting giveaway!

Summer Knitting Giveaway

My knitting mojo generally goes into hibernation during the summer months. It's too warm to wear most knitted creations and handling fibers like wool just sounds sweaty and unpleasant.

Maybe it's the recent rain and cold weather we've been having in Seattle but I'm feeling inspired to keep the needles out of storage and create some summer knits this year.

There are plenty of projects that are appropriate for warm weather such as; light shawls, sweater tanks, hats or home accessories. Pair these with breathable yarns made of cotton, linen or bamboo and you're ready for some summer knitting.

To help other knitters that may be hitting a summer slump, I'm giving away the book Knitting in the Sun, 32 Projects for Warm Weather and 2 skeins of Soho Summer cotton yarn by Jo Sharp in a really lovely and versatile grey color called, Crete.

To enter, just leave a comment about how you plan to incorporate knitting or crafting into your summer  schedule. If you are a follower, leave two comments and double your chances to win! Please remember to leave a way for me to reach you.

This giveaway is open to readers across the world. I will pick a winner on Saturday, July 21.

Good luck!

If you don't win, you can still download a free pattern for the Windansea Sun Hat featured in the book, here.

Felt Giveaway Winner!!

Drumroll please. The winner of the felt giveaway is...

Jen from The Crafting Fiend!!

Congratulations, Jen. I'll be in touch soon.

Don't feel sad if you didn't win this giveaway. I'm about to post another one so you still have a chance to win a special summer treat!

Happy 4th of Julyuary!

Tomorrow will be the first official holiday we've spent in the new house. We're still a bit too busy and frazzled to really decorate but I wanted to create something for the front exterior to show some 4th of July spirit.

I created these simple paper garlands to celebrate the holiday. I used some of my punches to stamp out a whole load of paper circles. I put a piece of bakers twine between two shapes and then glued the sandwich together. I repeated this process along the twine until I reached the length I wanted.

I thought it would look really cute and simple to string the garlands across our exterior entryway. It was the perfect spot.

Unfortunately, this is what's happening in that perfect exterior spot right now. Rain! Pouring rain! And wind!! What the heck, summer?? Where are you? This is January weather.

I made some adjustments to the length so it would fit across the top of the door instead. It's not exactly what I was going for but it will do!

Happy 4th of July to all of my stateside friends and anyone celebrating abroad! Have a safe and happy holiday.