Friday, February 15, 2013

Crochet Owls

I've been spending a lot of time playing around with crocheting little owls :)

I still don't know how to follow a pattern... but I'm OK with that, because then everything I make tends to have it's own personality!

I started out making the owls by sewing on fabric wings and eyes and beaks.

 Now I've begun just crocheting all the little bits and pieces to them :)

 I make them in all shapes and sizes :)  Since I don't follow a pattern I make up the size of the owls in relation to other random objects.

  • Extra Small = A quarter
  • Small = A cupcake
  • Medium = A large Cup-O-Joe
  • Large = A loaf of bread

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentines Day Decorating

Valentines day is rapidly approaching  so I decided it was time to put craft some loving around the house! As you can see we love movies... a little bit too much... and I've been pining over all the cute word art on Pinterest lately.  So I took two of my favorite romantic movies/books (The Princess Bride - Pride & Prejudice) and made word art out of the quotes that make my heart flutter every time Westley and Mr. Darcy utter them <3 

I downloaded some pretty fonts from, printed and framed them!  

It's super easy and super adorable :)

I've been oogling at all the cute garlands on Pinterest so when I ran across Cornflower Blue's adorable blog I made some tiny crochet hearts for my very own!  Cornflower Blue's blog shows and explains every step with a picture!  Click on the picture below to learn how to make a crochet heart for someone this Valentines day!

This furry guy has a slice of my heart :)

  but then he unraveled the crochet heart I gave him... 

As cute as they are I wouldn't suggest giving them to your pets...
Namaste and Happy Valentines day friends!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Branch Coat Hanger

Howdy folks!  It's been too long since I've last posted so here it goes!

The cold weather has brought out some of my favorite things to wear: Scarves, hats, mittens, coats, boots, and anything else that makes you warm and cozy!  However, that also means I need a place to put all of it... Which means it normally ends up strung over a chair or on the ground (becoming Gingi cat's new bed...). This brought on my desire to have a coat hanger so I rummaged through my apartment until I found some things I figured would attribute to my coat hanger needs.  

Here's what I came up with: Scissors, vice grips, coffee (always a necessity for any type of crafting experience), wire (you could also use twine or yarn if you didn't have wire on hand), wire cutters, something to bend the wire around (I chose a baby screwdriver for that), nails, hooks, and sandpaper.

I had spray painted a stick originally for another craft that I did but I got tired of it so it was now the main part for my coat hanger. :)

Here is a step-by-step of what I did:
  • I used the scissors to cut off a nice piece of sandpaper to rough up the gold spray paint on the stick. I wanted the stick to have a worn look to it.
  • I screwed the hooks into the stick and the vice grips helped me out when it became hard to twist the hooks.
  • I drank some coffee.
  • I wrapped the wire around the nails and and used the vice grips again to hold the nail in place while I wrapped very tightly (I also used pliers to wrap the wire around even more tight, but they're not in my picture... sorry!).  I left about a foot of wire hanging off of the nail so that I could wrap it around the stick later.
  • I drank some coffee and knocked over a cute seal in the process (He premieres in  another post!).
  • I tapped on the wall for about 30 minutes trying to find a stud in the wall so that the weight of the coats and scarves wouldn't pull out the nails. I made many wrong attempts and needed spackling paste to cover up the holes in the wall :-/  woops! 
  • I used the hammer to put the wire wrapped nails carefully into the wall.
  • Then I wrapped the wire around the stick very tightly and wah lah! A coat hanger!

 I probably did a lot of things incorrectly.... But it works!  Let's just not tell my landlord and fiancee about all those extra special holes in the wall :)  

 My giant, thumb-paw cat says Namaste my friends :)