Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Holiday Gift.





I'm going to log off a couple days early and enjoy the rest of the Christmas and New Years season with loved ones. The boy and I recorded this song last weekend, please download it and enjoy! Happy Holidays.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Getting Creative with your Wrapping





I love using non-traditional means to wrap a present. One of my favorite trends from recent years is to use fabric for wrapping! I have a couple gifts I wanted to make extra special and instead of using boxes and wrapping paper, I used fabric, thread and yarn.
I hope this inspires you to do some fun things with your gifts before you put them under the tree!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Last Minute Gift



I thought I'd post a cute last minute gift idea. If you're a knitter, then you can make this in the evening after work and gift it to your favorite coffee lover the next day! The color combos are endless, I made this one with a sort of folky holiday vibe in mind.

You'll need:
- Half a skein of your favorite medium weight yarn, I used brown cotton.
- 1 1/2 yards of a super textured fabric in a coordinating color, I used a red multi color heavier yarn I had lying around.
- Size 6 needles
- Yarn darning needles (I use the Colver Chibi ones)
- Scissors



Directions:
- Cast on 24 stitches of the main yarn color.
- Knit 2, Purl 2 until your piece measures 9 inches and cast off.
- To create the yarn stripes, thread your darning needle with the textured yarn and sew it length wise into the 4 middle crevices. To sew, just grab one loop in the crevice and thread the yarn through it, then grab another one 1 inch away and pull the yarn through. Continue along the length, being careful not to pull the loops out too much.
- I sewed the first 2 crevices, tied the ends together and then stitched the next 2 and tied those ends together. When you tie it off, make sure to leave a little room so the yarn will stretch with the cozy.
- You can also just sew the cozy in a favorite color and leave out the coordinating yarn stripes.
- Stitch the ends of the main yarn piece together and voila! You have a cute little cozy.




I hope you try this out if you're a knitter! This weekend the boy and I opened our Christmas gifts (since we're going to be apart for Christmas) and did some major laundry in preparation for our upcoming trips. I've never flown around Christmas, so I'm not sure what to expect! Mayhem? I'm glad to have an ipad and plenty of books and magazines to keep me occupied.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Make Your Own Fabric Covered Vase


We're having some friends over tomorrow for a small holiday gathering so I've been thinking about different displays and home decor ideas. This is a project I did this summer that turned out so cute and somehow I never shared it on the blog.
Note: These in process photos are for a different vase than the finished one shown above.
All you need is a glass vase, scissors, a glue gun, mod podge or other adhesive, a paint brush and fabric scraps.

Step one, trace the height and circumference of the vase onto the back side of the fabric. Roll the vase along while tracing to get the correct circumference and then add 1-2 inches to the length. You'll understand why in step 3.
Cut out your fabric using pinking shears so the fabric doesn't fray too much.

Step two, paint the adhesive onto the vase and lay the fabric, pattern side up, on the vase making sure to press out any bubbles or creases.

Step 3, you will now have 1-2 inches of fabric left on your length. Tuck the raw edge of this behind so don't see the fabric fray and glue that folded fabric together. Create a strip of hot glue on the other side of fabric and press down your folded fabric to create a finished edge.

I created a bow out of more fabric and hot glued that on but I think gluing ribbon to the top and bottom of the vase would look pretty too. You can personalize it anyway you want and it's a great project to use up extra fabric.
Make your vase, fill it with flowers and give it as a hostess gift this holiday season!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A State Without a Hero


Lately, there are so many things going on it's hard to keep my thoughts and feelings clear. My fingers are sore from cutting and sewing and ironing. My house is in absolute shambles. Life has thrown a bunch of curve balls at me lately and I'm trying my best to just muscle through.
One thing I can say, I'm so completely excited for my vacation at the end of this month and then all the fun things we have planned in 2011. A lot of them are Wanderlust centric and I think I'll need some balance from that too so I'm trying to find a way to do that. I have a tendency to become so obsessive about projects and learning to step away from the computer or the sewing machine or the trailer, as the case may be, will be good for me.
Anyway, I'll be at Crafty Wonderland this Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm at the Oregon Convention Center. It should be a crazy good time, lots of fun locals and out-of-towners will be there and I'm looking forward to meeting new friends and selling lots too!

Little Treats.




Here's just a sneak peek at some of the fun stuff I've been making for Crafty Wonderland. We've got a lot of larger and pricier items so I wanted to have a few 'stocking stuffer' items in the shop. Unfortunately a lot of the shops I contacted about wholesaling less expensive items had crazy high minimums, where I would have had to get like 100 of their chapsticks or whatever and it wasn't worth it. I am having fun making this stuff anyway, so it worked out for the best!
I can't wait for this weekend, Crafty Wonderland has become such a holiday tradition for us so we'll get a lot of our holiday shopping done and hopefully sell tons too!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Men's Gifts: Stocking Stuffers

This is my final Men's Gifts guide. I've had so much fun putting these together and I hope they've given you some good ideas for the guys in your life! This last one is my favorite, stockings!
The first year the boy and I were together, we made stockings together for Christmas and we still use them. I look forward to taking them out of their box every year and filling his with awesome goodies. It's always my favorite part!

I love Something's Hiding in Here and these little wishbones are just perfectly designed and it would be so fun to talk about your three wishes for the upcoming year after you're finished opening up gifts.

Isn't this the absolute best? The Small Object has been a favorite of mine for a while and everything in her shop would make a great stocking stuffer.

Leave it to Fred Flare to carrying something totally bizarre, unique and perfect all at the same time. Bacon and chocolate. Need I say more?

Libris Lunaria is a unique shop carrying prints of public domain images. The boy would love this one! Curl it up and tie a ribbon around it before sticking it at the top of the stocking!

This album has been in heavy rotation in our house lately. I love every track from beginning to end and I think it would perfectly round out a stocking. Everyone loves music!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Men's Gifts: Tshirts

You can't go wrong with an awesome t-shirt, most dudes love them. Luckily, etsy is full of great t-shirt shops, here's just three of my favorites.

The boy has several Timber t-shirts and it's probably my favorite place to get t-shirts online. They have so many great designs (and them come in lady sizes too!)

I really like Dowdy Studio! This whale one is so simple and awesome. I think most guys in their 20's or 30's would like the designs from this place, they're pretty universal but still unique.

And finally, Mixed Species. I love this shop, they're so bizarre and they were the first shop I 'favorited' on etsy so I've got to give a shout out.

Alright, I'm going to try and fit one more 'Men's Gifts' suggestion in before it's too late to order online! I don't want to make any promises though, I've got to get on with my present buying too.

Farewell Fall


Here's an outtake from a photoshoot for the shop. The boy and I always have so much fun doing these!
I've got a lot of 'making' happening today and for the rest of the week to get everything ready for Crafty Wonderland. Last weekend was so much fun but I'm really hoping for a super successful two days at Crafty. It will be a great way to end the year!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Splendorcraft!


I've been so busy preparing for this event (and Crafty Wonderland just 5 short days after!) 'Tis the season, I suppose.
The shop is looking awesome and I'm so excited about the new dresses I found on our adventures last weekend and the new handmade stuff we're carrying. I hope some of you Portland readers will come out and say 'hi'!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ashland






The boy and I had a perfectly lovely trip to Ashland. We ate delicious meals, did some shopping and stayed in the most relaxing hotel. On our way home we did some thrifting, where I found that cat on a chair in the middle of racks of clothes. It was a wonderful way to get psyched for the holidays and now we're ready for our upcoming Wanderlust events and then the big end of the year trip to Mexico. I can't believe 2010 is almost over!