Posted by: Jen | March 6, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day

It’s still a few days away, but I wanted to share my March St. Patrick’s Day decorations!

I want to make a millions yarn wreaths. I love them. Here’s my green one!

It was my first attempt at the flowers made out of felt circles.

Simple, sweet and easy to make.

For the seasonal window, I found this sweet banner on Pinterest. Mine isn’t exactly the same. I didn’t use book pages (although I love the book pages) and I used a toned down green, as it fits in our house better.

I added a pennant with the Irish blessing, mostly just because I love it. Also I love how the baby monitor snuck into this picture and I didn’t notice it.

I think my favorite thing about this is that I got to use these buttons that I love. I’ve been looking for a way to use them in a way that they’re visible, so I’m glad I found one!

Happy March and St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted by: Jen | March 4, 2012

Amber’s Birthday

Thursday we celebrated Amber’s birthday. Though her birthday is still several days away, she was in town and we had a plan. Amber keeps a life list and one of the things on her list was to make a Baked Alaska with me. Neither of us are sure why it had to be Baked Alaska and neither of us had ever made it before. We also decided that it needed to be flambeed. Despite being rather petrified the house would burn down, it actually went off without a hitch and looked amazing!

It’s a gooey, cakey, melty mess when you serve it up, but it’s pretty tasty!

Next up were presents. Actually, that’s a lie. I asked Amber when she wanted her presents and she opted for the moment she walked in the door. I made her a couple of things.

First, a felt ball necklace (that can also double, we found, as a fun hair accessory).

It is not perfect, but I kind of love the way it came out. And if anyone can pull it off, Amber can.

Next, I’ve been wanting to do another embroidered something and I finally found a project I really wanted to do. This quote by Julian of Norwich has become an important one for my friend as she’s walking through a difficult time. I wanted her to have it somewhere in her house she could see it and know that things would be OK.

Happy Birthday, friend! I will always be glad you were born!

 

Posted by: Jen | February 13, 2012

Smorgasbord!

Here is a blog post about many things!

Last week was my dear friend Lisa’s birthday. If there is one thing I (or anyone who knows her) know about Lisa is that the woman LOVES Neil Diamond. Her favorite Neil Diamond song is “‘I Am,’ I Said.” I know this because I asked her. If you’ve never heard this song, here it is for your listening enjoyment.

I wanted to make Lisa a gift having to do with this song. Initially, I was going to embroider the words to part of the song and make a little wall hanging type thing, but every time I tried it just didn’t go well. I got very fixated on the “no one heard at all, not even the chair,” and this is what I cam up with in the end.

I pretty much love it. The chair legs are beads, and I knit a tiny little afghan for the back of the chair. Call it an artist’s interpretation. It cracks me up.

Another thing Lisa loves is delicious, sugary breakfast cereal. I have a similar love and when I found this recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to make them for someone. Lisa won the prize and got special birthday Cinnamon Toast Crunch cupcakes.

They were good! Not my favorite ever, but quite tasty. I think the thing I love most about this recipe is how the box cake mix was doctored up to be incredibly delicious. The cake part of the cupcake was my favorite part.

So, Lisa came on her birthday and we had cupcakes, but we also did what we typically do when we get together – make crafty wonderfulness. At the end of craft time, I was left with this!

I’ve been trying for a while to come up with a calendar system for our house and so far nothing has stuck. I’m really hoping this will – it seems simple enough to keep up with. We used the Cricut to cut out the squares out of different scrapbooking paper and mounted each square on the black backing and then put it into the frame. It’s simple but sweet.

Moving on from birthday times, this past weekend I attended a baby shower. To match the invitations and theme of the shower, I made zebra print cookies!

I won’t lie. For my first try, I’m pretty proud of myself. I love the way they came out!

And finally, a little spring came to our house the other day when Micah bought me tulips. I normally enjoy the winter, but the no snow weirdness of this winter has me pretty ready for the beautiful colors and smells of spring.

Posted by: Jen | February 5, 2012

Valentine’s

I’m normally indifferent to Valentine’s Day. I don’t rage against card companies for pretend holidays, but I also don’t typically get crazy-go-nuts about it either. This year, in an effort to do seasonal decorations/finding things that haunt my dreams until I make them on Pinterest, I made some Valentine’s Day stuff.

First, my seasonal window! My friend Lisa helped me make these letters and cute hearts with the Cricut. It’s a magical machine. I stuck them to the window with scrapbooking adhesive and that was a mistake. As you can see, they have a tough time staying up. In a week, I’ve re-glued ten or twelve of them. Next time I’ll find a better way to adhere them, but I still love the way it looks!

I had extra hearts, so I scattered them here and there about the house.

Next, I thought it was finally time to take down my Christmas wreath, even though I love it so, and technically it could pass for Valentine’s day because of the red. But, I found this amazing felt heart making technique on Pinterest and had to try it out. The little tutorial isn’t in English, but the pictures are pretty self explanatory. Since I wanted to hang it on the door, I couldn’t just do a cute strand like in the tutorial. So, I cam up with this little thing.

I pretty much love it. Here’s a little close up action.

I wanted to needle felt little white balls to give it dimension, but I just couldn’t bring myself to take that much time. So, I simply cut out some white felt circles.

Finally, because I could not get my act together enough to send out Christmas cards, once again, my friend Lisa helped me to make these Valentines!

Amazing? I think so.

Hope this Valentine’s Day is full of loooooooove!

Posted by: Jen | January 19, 2012

Monster Rattle

I don’t know why, but monsters crack me up. Levi has a monster blanket and every time I see something monster-ish I want it. A sweet friend just brought her baby boy into the world, so I seized the opportunity to make him this Monster Rattle!

Isn’t it hilarious? Here are some close-ups!

Welcome to the world, little man! I hope this rattle delights and does not horrify you for many play-times to come!

Posted by: Jen | January 7, 2012

Winter Decorations

So, that really awesome barn window that had our Christmas stockings on it – I decided it should be home to seasonal decorations. My friend Lisa helped me come up with a really awesome one for Valentine’s Day, but I was struggling with something for January. I wanted something with a wintery feel but not Christmas. That pretty much leaves me with…snow. Snowflakes, snowmen, etc. I didn’t really find any of these particularly appealing. So, I went to JoAnn’s with my friend Lorna and wandered around hoping for inspiration. I found it in the aisle of felt. I wish I had my camera with me – the blues, people, were amazing. I’m a sucker for blue anyway, but there were so many! I grabbed a bunch and piled them into the already too full cart.

I wasn’t sure exactly what to do with it, but I knew an idea would come. By the time I got home, I had it figured out and got to work. It’s nothing fancy, but I like it!

I cut out three different size circles in all the different colors.

Then I made little stacks of three, combining the different colors and sizes.

I didn’t take pictures of it, but I took the circles to the sewing machine and sewed a straight line through each to tack them together. Then, so they would be all strung together, once one circle went through the machine, I shoved the next one and they were attached! I made three strands.

When I hung them, it all still felt a little bare. I’ve seen in a couple different places on Pinterest to decorate mason jars with lace or various fabric and make them little candle holders. I had some spare lace, as well as some burlap from our Christmas tree skirt. I wrapped it around different size mason jars, added some blue yarn for color and arranged them on the cabinet top along with some glass insulators (also found in the barn).

Here’s the final product!

Again, not really fancy and definitely not complicated, but I love the way it came out! The candles look so pretty too, especially the lace!

Posted by: Jen | January 2, 2012

Christmas Gifts 2011

Yeah, so the next time I’m all, “Hey! Here’s a great idea! I’m going to make all of my Christmas presents this year,” I’m going to need a kind friend to smack me. I am EXHAUSTED and I didn’t even get all of my gifts completed this year! I did want to share a few things I did complete, though.

First is the gift I made my mom. I found this awesome wreath on Pinterest. I read the tutorial and the woman said it took her around thirteen hours to do. I thought she must have been working slow because how hard can it be to cut circles out of felt, fold them and pin them? It took FOREVER. But I love the way it came out and I’m so glad I did it in red!

For my little niece Emma, I made this little thing. She’s one, and will be learning colors and number at some point in the not too distant future.

The balls are needle felted and the little pod is knit. I basically knit one long strip, folded it and stitched it together in six places to form the pockets. I wanted her to  be able to take them out and put them in. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.

I also made several scarves. I knit two infinity scarves and one cowl neck scarf. I only got  pictures of the two infinity scarves.

This is my sister Allison and her awesome sister-in-law Ruthie (who also made gifts and gave us all some incredible home-made lotion which I have been enjoying very greatly). We were tromping through the Maine woods and they stopped for a photo-op. Alli’s scarf was made from gray wool yarn. I accidentally made it a bit too long, but it just means extra layers of warm.

Then this is my friend Carissa holding the cutest baby in the world. Her scarf I made out of two different brown, wool yarns so there would be a little more contrast when she looped it all around.

I was very pleased with the scarves. Actually, I liked them so much I got pretty jealous of them and am currently making one for myself!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s! Hopefully this year will be full of lots of fun crafty things and I’m sure I’ll have another post up here once I finish the rest of my Christmas gifts.

Posted by: Jen | December 2, 2011

Christmas Decorations

We Christmased our house on Monday and I wanted to share a few of my favorite Christmas decorations for the year so far!

First, a wreath!

If you all do Pinterest, you’ll know these yarn wreaths are so so popular this year! I love this one I made. The white is homespun yarn that I made myself. I think the texture is magnificent. I also really like it because the red makes it look like Santa’s hat.

I can’t remember how many count-down to Christmas chains I made growing up. My friend Carissa and I made these chains out of felt and buttons!

I recently inherited a whole mess of buttons, so it was fun getting to use some of them for this project!

These last photos don’t have anything I made, but I love the way this little part of the house turned out this year. Perhaps it is blasphemous to put stockings next to the Nativity, but we have limited stocking hanging places and we have two sets of stockings! I do love the window, too. We got a bunch of them out of the barn in Maine, and they’re great decorations!

Hope you’re all having fun decorating your homes for Christmas!

Posted by: Jen | November 5, 2011

Baby Leg-warmers!

Found this easy and awesome tutorial on Pinterest to make these little baby leg-warmers! Found some socks at Target for $2.50 and they took me probably ten minutes to make. It would have been less if I was better at using my sewing machine…

Pretty adorable, right? And they make diaper changing so so so easy. Plus, they show off the splendor of the chubby baby legs.

Do you have a baby and a sewing machine and access to cheap knee socks? Go make some!

Posted by: Jen | November 2, 2011

Harry Potter!

So, I have awesome friends. My friend Megan knew that I wanted to dress Levi as Harry Potter for Halloween, so when she and her sister and mom were together, they whipped up a wonderful little costume for him!

The robe is a hoodie that’s several sizes too big, but the effect was perfect! Hedwig (the owl) is needle felted and the onesie has a Gryffindor colored tie painted on it. There’s also a matching scarf! AND a wand…which I mostly just propped up next to him so as to avoid sporadic baby movements that would make him poke himself in the eye.

I debated on how to make glasses. I started with pipe cleaners but I didn’t like them. Then I tried felt. In the end, I cut them out of paper and painted them black. They’re too big, but I think they’re adorable! They were a little tough to keep on…

but with some help from Micah, we worked it out 🙂

 This child is a good egg.

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