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DIY Crochet Leaf Banner

Another fall DIY for you guys! I seem to be on a leaf kick, but I’m OK with that! I found this website with an adorable tutorial for making little crochet maple leaves and I just envisioned them all strung up together in a banner, so I pulled out my leftover fall colored yarns and started making some leaves.

DIY Crochet Leaf Banner

I weaved in the starting end of my yarn, but the finishing end I strung out through the leaf stem and used that to tie my individual leaves together to make a string. I wanted to make a banner to hang on our front door, so I made just 5 leaves, but you can go on and keep crocheting leaves to hearts content!

DIY Crochet Leaf Banner

This is a simple easy, and quick way to not only dress up your house for fall, but also to use up some of those random scraps of yarn you might have lying around! I might try some snowflakes once the season turns and then some fun flowers in various colors for spring and fall, I’ll just have to find some good patterns!

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So much to knit, too little time to knit it

Happy Socktober everyone! Whenever I’m browsing knitting patterns I’m bound to find one for socks, and I always feel like I have to cast on right away and start knitting. Which is funny because I wouldn’t say I like feet all that much, but when I see lovely photos of people’s piggies covered in beautiful hand knit creations, I just can’t get enough. Lacey socks, cabled socks, striped socks, color block socks, whimsical socks, crazy socks, I want to make them all! I’ve got a pair on my needles right now, and on most evenings you can find me sitting on the couch next to Husband knitting away while we watch HGTV or Game of Thrones or even occasionally an Eagles game. I’d show you some photos, but it’s a secret project and I don’t want the wrong eyes catching a sneak peek! Maybe after they’re done and gifted, if I remember to snap some photos of them!

After I’m done with these there are so many other socks I want to knit! I’ve been going a little knitting crazy over on my Pinterest, posting all the things that I am so eager to knit, but never enough time to do it. The other thing I’m drooling over right now is fair isle knits, which I’ve done a little of but I still want to learn more about it. Knit up in gray and mustard and burgundy and brown, fair isle just screams fall to me.

Now that I think about it, with everything there is to knit, Husband and I will probably be watching a lot of TV/movies this cold season! And I am very OK with that.

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DIY Painted Pumpkins

I am loving the color block trend that has been going on for quite some time now. It’s so fun, simple, and clean! So this year I decided to experiment with some color blocking and a few other techniques while painting mini pumpkins to use in my fall decor.

Disclaimer: This isn’t going to be a normal DIY post, since painting pumpkins is a pretty straight forward thing. Get some paint, brush it on the pumpkins. It’s going to be more a what I learned to do and not to do kind of DIY post.

DIY Painted Pumpkins

I started out with a few different ideas for this project:

1. A color block pumpkin in one color
2. A color block pumpkin in two colors
3. A lace spray painted pumpkin
4. A completely white pumpkin with polka dots

So here are some photos of my supplies and my process. I used a dowel rod to push the tape into the little crevasses of the pumpkins to get cleaner lines (that second image), but keep reading to find out if the tape actually worked!

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I couldn’t find my bronze spray paint (sad day!) so for my lace pumpkin I thought maybe I could tape the lace onto the pumpkin and then sponge paint on top so that once it dried it would leave a pretty pattern.

I was wrong. So wrong that I ended up painting over the entire thing and the lace pumpkin became another two color pumpkin (it’s the one with white and blue straight across, if you’re curious) I’m not sure the technique would have even worked with spray paint due to the roundness of the pumpkin, but it probably would’ve looked at least a little better. If anyone wants to experiment with that (I ran out of pumpkins!!) let me know what your results are, I think it would be super fun if it worked out!

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I used my dowel rod to put the polka dots on the white pumpkin, and when I was finished I decided the single color pumpkin would actually look better with some polka dots too, just to tie it into the others more. I painted all the stems the same color to keep the group more cohesive as well.

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Another thing I realized is that, on pumpkins, using a sponge brush actually makes it easier to get a crisp straight line without using the painters tape! When I peeled the tape off it took just a little bit of the paint with it, leaving jagged edges that I had to go in and retouch. I decided to try the brown diagonal line on the one pumpkin free hand after I realized that masking over the white portion would peel the paint off when I removed the tape. And guess what. It worked wonderfully! The straight edge of the paint brush is pretty much perfect for these little guys. A larger pumpkin might be a different story though.

I’m wondering if there’s a better paint to use, I had some Martha Stewart Craft Paint and some plain acrylic, and both had the peeling problem. If you have any ideas, let me know! Also, I hope this inspires you to make some unique fall decor of your own, and if you do post some pictures and let me know!

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A New Project

I’m so sorry I missed my post last week! My schedule got all changed around at my job due to meetings I had to attend, so instead of having Tuesday off I had Friday off, and since Friday was Husband’s last day working at the old folks home, he invited me along to get ice cream with the residents in the afternoon. On top of that I decided to make him an extra special “congratulations you’re moving on to newer and better things” meal which took a good part of the day as well. All in all, it was a busy, but good week for us. Husband is now in school again  and he will be for the next 5 weeks. He is earning his CDL so he can start a new career in truck driving, so there’s a bit of transition going on around here.

I’ve also been in transition with my ideas of what I can do with my repurposed books. I love making journals, but I think there’s more I can do with these, especially the Reader’s Digest books, and I still have that big box full of books waiting to be touched that I got for free a couple months back. So anyway, I’m in the middle of an idea, and the first step is creating these cute little crochet animals. This one is going to be a fox, he just needs ears, eyes, a nose and his tail.

I’m really excited about this project guys, but I don’t want to say all the details quite yet. I’m hoping I can get the prototype finished here pretty soon though, so keep checking back!

Some other things I am excited about: We got this little yellow rosebush from Husband’s aunt on Sunday, here’s to hoping we can keep it alive inside this winter! For now it’s giving us these sunny happy flowers!

yellow-rose

The other things is LOOK AT OUR JADE PLANT IT FINALLY HAS NEW GROWTH!

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Yeah, that tiny nodule on top is going to be a new leaf. Hopefully. This little guy hasn’t changed at all since we got him way back in April or May, and I’ve been a little nervous that one day we were just going to wake up and it would be dead. But now that I see new growth, I think I feel a little bit better about it’s ability to survive. As a bonus, the pot it’s in is the flower pot Husband painted when I made my yarn bowl. I told you it would pop up eventually! 🙂

 

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Knitting to Stories

I’m getting so close to finishing the cardigan I’ve been working on for about a month and a half now, so today has pretty much been dedicated to sitting in our comfy armchair, my project progressing stitch by stitch and inch by inch. I’m working on the last major piece, which is the front left side, and then it just needs to be blocked, sewn together, and some finishing touches added on. Eep, I’m so ready to wear this thing!!

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You can see my handy yarn bowl from this post being used in the first photo. It is seriously so handy, no more balls of yarn rolling all over the place! I’ve also been listening to “A Storm of Swords”, book three in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, (more commonly known as Game of Thrones). We had a free trial for HBO a couple months back and we decided to watch the TV series, and I enjoyed them a lot, except for the few times I had to cover my eyes and hide behind Husband because I just did not want to see some of the super super gory scenes. But then, we finished the most recent season and I was left wanting to know how the series ends! So I went back to the beginning and got the Game of Thrones audiobook out from the library and started listening. I’m not quite sure how I am going to cope once I finish the most recent book, I just want to know what happens. I guess it will be just like when I waited for the next Harry Potter book to come out all over again!

Anyway, all that to say, I love that I can listen to books (or watch movies) while crafting, and when I look back at a finished project I can always associate whatever I might have been seeing or hearing at the time with the piece. I still associate the Lord of the Rings with a CD I had when I was younger because I listened to the CD every night while I read those books. What kinds of things do you listen to or do while you practice whatever hobby you might have? And also, I’ll need some book suggestions once I get through the rest of this series, anyone have any ideas?

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A date night creation

Mmm, summer is such a lovely season, especially here in the city! I am currently typing this at a cute little cafe downtown, after having just enjoyed a delicious iced latte. On my way here (walking of course) I just couldn’t help thinking how lucky I am to call this little city home. It’s so nice to be able to walk anywhere and everywhere here. Even though we live on the western edge of town it’s only a 15 minute walk to get downtown. My husband and I take advantage of that fact a lot, we often find ourselves walking the streets to various activities and restaurants. The weekend before this past weekend we decided to take advantage of the “date night special” at the Pottery Works where we got half off our studio fees for painting some pottery. I love getting to be creative, my husband liked the idea of getting another flower pot, and we both loved saving some cash, so it was pretty perfect.

I probably should have taken some photos of Husband’s flower pot but I kind of forgot. Oops. But it’s now the new home for our little jade plant so maybe it’ll show up in a future post! I made this fun little yarn bowl though!

Yarn bowlThis isn’t something that I really needed but I thought it might come in handy. I’m a huge fan of all of the designs made by Rifle Paper Co., ever since someone gave us a set of coasters by them for our wedding. I mean, just go and look at everything, it’s so gorgeous and will probably make you want to put wallpaper all over your entire house. Anyway, because of this I decided to do my own little floral design. What do you think? I wish I’d chosen a blue a few shades lighter than the one I went with, but I’m still really happy with the finished product!

3 viewsI know it works well because I’ve been using it as I work on this cardigan (which I think I mentioned in a previous post!). I’m so excited to get this finished! Here’s a peak at my progress.

Cardigan back

Thanks for reading, I’m going to finish up for today and go enjoy some more of that lovely summer sunshine, I hope you get a chance to do that too!

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How to upcycle a bed sheet

The other weekend we took a day trip to the beach, but the day before we left I realized we didn’t have any blankets that I wanted to take with me to lay out on the sand. I wanted something light-weight with a fun pattern, but most of all, cheap. So where else would I go to find such a thing but Salvation Army! As I looked through the rack of bedsheets I found quite a few that I liked just for the print on the fabric and started to get very inspired. Once I had an armload (of which only one was destined to head down to Deleware with us) I took them up to the register and paid for them. A happy coincidence was that they were all half price, so I scored all of my sheets for around $5 total! A combination of saving money and recycling always makes me a happy person!

The one sheet I bought just screamed over-the-shoulder tote to me, so I found a nice tutorial here and I just love how it turned out!

1This tutorial includes a printable pattern and easy, clear instructions. Even someone with only the most basic knowledge of sewing could make this bag!

2Technically, this bag is also reversible, but I used plain white cotton on the inside so I don’t think I’ll be doing that. But there are so many possibilities with this pattern, I’m already thinking of adding some pockets and other custom touches to make this easy, effortless, boho bag even more functional.

3 Thanks to my husband for helping me snap some shots of the bag in use! He’s just the greatest. 🙂

Let me know what you think of this upcycled bed sheet project. I’ve also got plenty left of this fabric, I wonder what else I could make it into? I’ve also got ideas for future projects in the works, so stay tuned for big things to come!