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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dirty Laundry - A Make Over

Do you remember a few posts back I mentioned a BIG project that I was working on? Well, I'm halfway finished! I am dying to show you guys pix but have to wait until the project has been delivered to the recipients.... Lordy I'm not a patient woman.  

In the meantime, I am redoing my laundry closet.  That's right it's not even a  room... but I thought that since the space is so small it would give me the opportunity to try something fun.  It's a good thing it is a small closet because I've painted it twice, already.  The first color was hideously garish. 

I'm getting ahead of myself, let me give you a little background.  My dryer is driving me bonkers... it squeaks so loud you can hear it across two time zones.  I figured what a great time to get a set of those fancy front loading machines.  Insert weekend of shopping and purchase of a beautiful set of RED front loading machines!  They were back ordered, so I thought what a perfect opportunity to take out that ugly wire shelf and repaint. 

My original thought was to paint the walls black with large white polka dots - red washer and dryer.... can you picture it?  Then I realized we would have to take the bi-fold doors down and wouldn't be able to be close off the menagerie...  not to mention, the concept was giving me early 90's flashbacks.  

Since the doors have to come off, I needed the colors to coordinate to the rooms the closet is kinda open to. I usually try to stay pretty neutral with my decor's background (espresso and creamy white) and then add easily-changed pops of color like pillows or drapes. Right now I'm in a blue and persimmon-y red phase. 



So I thought well since I'm already committed to the red washer and dryer, why not paint a shade of blue and add some sort of white polka dot? (yes I love my circles) Which led me to the idea of maybe vinyl wall decals to avoid having to hand paint the spots (been there done that.) Once I started looking at my spotted options I began to lean more towards an Ikea-ish look.  The polka dot idea got tossed as it started to seem a little too juvenile for this application. 

Here is the progress I've made so far while I'm literally watching paint dry....



I forgot to take a before pic but this is EXACTLY what my closet looked like



Began by removing ugly wire shelf, patching holes, taping off edges, and removing bi-fold doors

Hopefully you will not have to paint your laundry closet more than once
 



When the paint dries... I will add these lovely BLOOM decals from Byrdie Graphics in white


Stay tuned for pix of the walls "in bloom."
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Designer Labels - YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME

Sometime last year I purchased some spiffy labels that I designed for all of my hand knit pieces. Problem is, large companies require minimum orders and initial set up fees.  The company I purchased from had a low minimum but I still have about 300+ labels lying around.... That's a lot of crochet and knitting projects.




Since then, I have kind of switched gears and started quilting.  I love being able to personalize my pieces and for a split second I thought about ordering some labels for my quilts UNTIL..... I came across this amazing product at my local Jo-Ann Fabrics called PhotoFabric.  This stuff is genius! It comes in several fabric choices such as poplin, canvas, silk and more.  It is so simple just PRINT, PEEL, & SEW using your home inkjet printer.


PRINT AND LET DRY



PEEL


RINSE DO NOT WRING 


LAY FLAT TO DRY


CUT INTO DESIRED SIZES FRAY CHECK THE EDGES


TADA

It's a good thing I didn't order a bazillion of these as I've already needed labels for another project that was not a quilt :-/

GO OUT AND MAKE YOUR OWN DESIGNER LABELS TODAY!
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Seeing Spots and Ravelry Love

Recently, I've been working on completing my profile on Ravelry. Uploading all of my crochet pix, pattern sources as well as hook size, and yarn used, is quite a daunting task. I love being able to see all of my projects side-by-side. You can even add works-in-progress WIP which gives me the little push I need to complete it ( I just can't stand having an unfinished project cluttering up my page.)  I have being using Ravelry for the longest time to search for patterns and gain inspiration, but until now I wasn't using the site to it's full potential. 

When each member uploads the patterns they have tried with pictures of the finished project the database grows.  You can find a pattern for virtually anything you have ever wanted to knit or crochet.  Let's just say you find a pattern for a hat, you can view this project completed by several different people. Maybe they made it with a different yarn in varying color-ways.  Maybe the pattern looked hideous on the original website and you would have never have tried it. 

Here is an original pattern of a baby sweater I came across... 


Not so attractive, eh? Now check out the pattern done in a different yarn and color-way.


Wow what a difference!  Would you have even attempted that pattern if all you had to go by was the picture of the first sweater? Not me.... I love Ravelry. Go make yourself an account today.
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After working on an intense pattern the Temair Throw, I decided to make a quick and easy project. I am revising an afghan pattern I found on Lion Brand Yarns and making it into a rug for my kitchen out of cotton yarn. Here is a picture of the afghan. I am only making the larger circles for my rug.


And here are the beginnings of my interpretation of the above pattern.






It's a WIP but I love the graphic nature of the large circles in the contrasting colors of espresso and white. Keep yarnin'

Monday, October 11, 2010

For Mother.... In-Law

Just finished the Temair Throw by Lion Brand for my Mother-in-law's anniversary gift. It's a pattern designed by the lovely Nicky Epstein. I love the textural quality of this throw. It is very unusual in it's design which is a series of circles that are then stitched together.  I found that the pattern wasn't as complicated as it appears and works up fairly quickly.  Happy Crocheting - Keep Yarnin'

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

NO PEEKING KELLY ALBIN!!!

This is my Circle Journal entry in Kelly's journal.  I just couldn't keep it to myself for an entire year :-)

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Froggy for baby

My sister-in-law loves frogs.... so when I saw this pattern for a knitted pacifier clip, I got out my needles.  The pattern can be found in "Itty Bitty Nursery" by knitting extraordinaire Susan B. Anderson. I made a few revisions to the pattern to make it more girlie.


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