18 June 2011

One room complete

We finished putting the final decorating touches on the main bathroom today which means...drumroll please!...We finally have one room entirely painted, unpacked, decorated and functional! Well, actually, there is still no hot water in the shower, but we are working on that (and we have another shower, so it doesn't seem terribly pressing.)

Here is what the bathroom looked like before. It was very dull and unhappy.

Here's the bathroom after we finished!

Voila! Isn't that just so much better!

We bought this awesome painting above at an auction held at our church to fund missions programs. It was made by our multi-talented 10 year-old friend Caroline. Speaking of Caroline, her dad compiled an amazing book for her. It's a compilation of letters written by women of all generations about what life was like when they were 10 years old. If you're interested in reading it, you can buy it here. I HIGHLY recommend it for yourself or any 10 year-old girl in your life. As a bonus, $2 from every sale will go the Circle of Care ministry for women and children through the United Methodist Church of Oklahoma.

And now, back to the bathroom!

I found these awesome little buckets in the Target One-Spot for $1 each! The shelf was stolen from my mom's house and the picture has been in my possession for years, and never made it to a wall before. I think that the cacti colors really tie-in with the room well. I love the one with the red ball!

I bought this lovely flowers for 25 cents each at the farmers market this morning! I LOVE the farmers market. I also came home with a breakfast burrito and rosemary and basil plants.

The curtain and rug are also from Target.

I'm very happy with how the bathroom turned out! I feel very accomplished now that we have one room ENTIRELY FINISHED!!!! Here's a little sneak peek of a post in my queue right now. I will be telling you how I made ALL of these containers from items in our recycling bin. Stay tuned!

16 June 2011

Itty Bitty Hat

I know I promised a post on the Craft it Forward projects that I have received, but I need to re-take some pictures for that post. Meanwhile, I wanted to give you these quick little pictures.

A couple I know is expecting a little boy any day now, so I made this hat and booties set. This is the second time I have made this hat, but the booties were a new one for me. They were cute, easy, and seamless!

Oh, the best part about this little boy is that his middle name is actually going to be Danger. Isn't that awesome! I'm soooo jealous of him. His life is going to be amazing!

13 June 2011

Craft It Forward 2011: Round 2

Some time ago, I wrote about my Craft it Forward mission that came from a Facebook status which stated:

"Craft it forward 2011. I promise to send something handmade to the FIRST 5 people who leave a comment here. However, to be eligible, you must repost this status, offering the same thing to 5 other people. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011. Here we go!"

I have finished my projects and they have all been sent to their new homes (except one rogue pair of slippers.) I have also received a couple of gifts in return! (That will be the subject of my next post.) The projects below were made mostly out of materials that I already had.

My first endeavor was for my friend Elizabeth after she was discussing her annoyance with her neighbor's yard light, which shined directly into her window at night. She said she slept with a bandanna over her eyes, and I decided she needed something a bit fancier. I free-handed a stencil for this sleeping mask and layered quilt batting between the fun green fabric and some soft satin for the side that lays against the face. I bound it with some bias tape and added an elastic band in a fabric sleeve. It was super-quick!

Next I made two mug cozies for the ladies who work in the church office where I worked during college. I have made this pattern once before. I think it looks really nice, and is easy to memorize. I could probably whip one of these out in about the duration of a movie. (Note: I don't have a link for this pattern, but there is a free download at Ravelry.com. It is listed under "The Mug Snug" by Erica Jackofsky.)

This last project was made for my friend Jenny. A couple of years ago, I knit Jenny some mittens and I still had some of the yarn left over, so I made her a matching hat. I knit the hat exactly as the pattern was stated and the sizing was PERFECT! This is a pattern that I will probably keep in my tool-box for future use when I need a easy hat pronto. The button on here was a spare that came with a sweater of mine.

I am currently putting the finishing touches on another pair of bunny slippers, but I can't tell you who they're for, or it will ruin the surprise if that person reads this!

24 May 2011

A HUGE Project in Motion

I apologize for being so absent from my blog as of late. In my defense, there is one HUGE project in motion right now that has been occupying nearly all of my time.

Ta da! We bought our first house! It's a bit of a fixer-upper, but we are enjoying the challenge. We bought the house at the end of April, and as of this past weekend we are living there *almost* full-time. It still feels a bit like camping, but each day we get a little more settled in. Stay tuned, because as soon as I have a bit of down time and an internet connection at the new place I will have posts about my gardening, painting, carpet-removing, and other new-homeowner adventures.

While you wait, I'll leave you with this.

Oliver's new wheels:

Love this little dog. He is just so much fun.

28 April 2011

A Thank You Gift

A few weeks ago we acquired a hand-me-down grill from the guy I share a cubicle with at work. It's very nice and quite large and only needed a little bit of cleaning up. It was very generous of him to give it to us, but honestly, I've been feeling a little guilty that he wouldn't let us give him any money for it. So, in order to assuage my guilt and also for an excuse to knit for a little girl, I decided to make something for his 8 month old daughter.

I've had my eye on this pattern on knitty.com for quite some time now. My old roommate made it once, and I think the baby in the picture is just adorable. Also, I happened to have most of the yarn in my stash already.

I used a variation of the pattern that I found on Ravelry. It was worked in the round to make a dress instead of a pinafore. I still kept the adorable pockets though!

I thought the bodice was looking a little bare, so I made this rose to go along with it. I barely had enough purple. I even had to leave out a few rows.

This button was the first one I saw when I got to the button section of the craft store and the colors were PERFECT!

The dress keeps rolling up at the bottom. I tried steam blocking it after I read a couple of blog posts that said acrylic yarn actually CAN be steam blocked. It helped a little, and it smoothed out the dress nicely, but it still keeps rolling at the bottom. I guess I just need to grow up and start using big girl yarn (i.e. NOT acrylic).

I'm still undecided about these pants. I like them on their own, but I don't love the brown with the dress. I think the brown and orange together look too much like a Girl Scout uniform. I went to four different stores trying to find the right shirt and leggings, and this is the closest I could come. I found the perfect purple leggings at Old Navy, but the only size they had was 3T and I don't feel like ordering them online and waiting for them to come. Also, as a side rant, what's with all the baby clothes having things printed on them? It was SO HARD to find solid colors with no ironic screen printed images or sayings about how much the baby loves < insert family member here >. Seriously, is a plain white onesie with a nice collar so much to ask for?

26 April 2011

The Rainbow Connection

A couple of weekends ago we hosted a grill-out at our house. One of my friends has Celiac disease, so I was trying to think of a fun gluten-free dessert. I decided to make a rainbow jello. I don't have a jello mold, so I just made it in a glass cake pan. The recipe is super easy, but kind of time consuming. The jello needs to be checked on every 15 minutes or so as you are making the layers. It was well worth it though!

So pretty!

Side note: In making this, I learned that my fridge is not level. I also learned that I need a better camera.

11 April 2011

Itty Bitty Shoes

My brother-in-law asked me if I would make a baby gift for him to give a friend who just had a little girl. I, of course, very enthusiastically said yes. I really enjoy making projects for babies. They are usually quick and you get the instant gratification of overwhelming cuteness. It's a win-win situation! The problem is, there are not nearly enough babies in my life. So, I jump at any chance to make something when the opportunity arises.

I knit a hat (pattern:Hospital Hat by Annika Barranti on Ravelry.com) for the baby girl, and at first I was going to knit some booties to match, but then I remembered a free pattern for cloth babies shoes that I had come across one day. It was easy to follow and I DEFINITELY will be making more in the future. In fact there is an Old Ladies' Club meeting scheduled for this week. We will be making vodka infusions and sewing baby shoes. (I feel like there may be something slightly irresponsible about that combination.)

PS- Did you recognize the shoe fabric?