Saturday, May 28, 2011

Spring and Bling headbands

In the midst of making headbands like a maniac, I was asked to make sure there were some with plenty of bling. I adore this lady all the more for telling me she wanted more bling.

This isn't quite as much as I was going for, but here's my first attempt at adding some jewel stuff.

The red is a "standard" style I've been making. The two black ones are plain. The 4 flowers are attached to clip/pin combos for changing out as wanted. The pink one and the black one have a sparkly (though hard to see) jewel in the middle.

These are 2 spring-y ones on the left. Let's face it, spring in Wisconsin can be pretty chilly at times, so I thought I'd give it a try. I don't know if they will actually sell. The silver one has a really nice sparkle to the yarn and a jewel in the middle.
It's been a slow week for projects, but I have several waiting that I keep getting delayed from posting. Maybe next week will be back to normal...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Quick Little Doily

On Saturday evening, the doily bug bit me again.

This was a fun and simple pattern, so it was complete by Sunday afternoon.

Hopefully more projects to show this week...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Iris Folding - Teapot Card

Apparently scanning it in is the way to go...

Now you can see the texture a little better! (Click it to get an even better view.)

This is Mother's Day card #2, the one for my mom.

These can be used for framed art, scrapbook pages, or cards. Give it a try!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Iris Folding - Square

Once you get out all your paper, scissors, X-acto knife, and everything, you want to make more than one project. So while I made Mother's Day cards (second picture coming...), I made some samples for a friend.

Here's the square.
I really liked how the bright colors turned out for this with the silver-Sharpied border.

It would make so much more sense if you could feel the texture of these and see the 3-D look of it. If you want to give it a try, check out my tutorial.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Iris Folding - Mother's Day card

One of my catch-up projects is a card I made for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day.

This is a pretty simple Iris Folding pattern, so it was a fun and quick project to finish up one evening of a very busy week.

If you're looking for how to make something like this (they look much more intricate in don't do them any justice), I have a tutorial here. I'll be sharing a few more later this week.

(Yes, I know that's not what tulip leaves look like...oh well!) =)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A to Z follow-up

It's already almost halfway through May, so it's time to post what I earned in April! (Life get's busy; what can I say?)

I made it through! It was such a blast to be encouraged to think bigger about projects and define them according to the alphabet. Who would have thought that "O" would give me the greatest creativity block? =) least until inspiration hit...quite literally. I was even amazed that every post somehow connected with my crocheting.

Now it's time to catch up with May projects!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bridal Shower Gift

It has been a pretty busy week and weekend for us. We're starting to get caught up on sleep again, I've finally caught up on (hopefully) all your posts, and there's an end in sight to catching up with all the laundry folding that I missed. Phew!

Now it's time to catch up with my projects that need to be posted.

The first one is a collection of kitchen items for a bridal shower. Please don't tell anyone this, but I scrambled like a crazy woman to get these done. We had some ideas of what we wanted to do for this shower gift, but we changed our minds once we saw the kitchen colors she had picked. I had all the yarn on hand, and I was excited about putting something together.

Sure wish we'd decided that before Thursday... ;-)

No worries, they work up very quickly, and I had the 3 potholders done by Friday afternoon. Friday evening, I made all the washcloths. All set for the Saturday morning shower!

 (This made the yellow washcloth look skewed, but I promise, it is a rectangle!)

It seems that everyone out there knows how to make these potholders (though in the interest of full disclosure, I just learned the actual pattern last summer...) and the washcloths were super fast.

Washcloth pattern
Ch 31.
Row 1: (Dc, ch 1, dc - V-stitch made) in 5th ch from hook, sk 2 ch, V-st in next ch across to last 2 ch; dc in first ch.
Row 2: Ch 3, V-st in ch-1-sp and in each across; dc in last dc.
Repeat until desired size; sc border in complementing color.

These were fun. I hope they like using them!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A must-share conversation

Here is a conversation I had just a few moments ago that I just HAD to share.

"Don't crocodiles turn into dinosaurs?"

"No, crocodiles don't turn into dinosaurs."

"Then do dinosaurs turn into crocodiles?"

"Nope, dinosaurs aren't around anymore."

"When were they around?"

"A long, long time ago."

"Like when there were Indians and buffalo around?" (He and his grandpa have been on a Lewis and Clark kick lately.)

"Nope, even longer ago than that."

"Like in the 90s?!?"
There you have it. It was SO long ago.

Did I ever think I'd post a picture of a show I never watched? Nope. Looking at this one, I think I'm glad I never did. Though I did see an episode of Overhaulin' with Ian Ziering...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Secret projects...for now

After all the crazy April posting, I've had a wonderful time catching up on other projects!

I have several items to show you and some that need to stay hidden for a bit longer. Mixed in will be some crochet, some paper crafts, some bead jewelry, and maybe a few more if I'm feeling brave.

It's a crazy week ahead for us! Today begins a flurry of activities that will die down sometime on Sunday afternoon.