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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Trimming Grandpa Jimmy

This is one of the silliest things we've done in a long time.I had to share.

Love this guy heaps! He's the only one who gets my jokes every time.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Keeping Cozy

We Canadians are really good at cuddling in for the winter. That's exactly what we've been doing around our end of the woods.

Mom's been keeping us in flowers to keep us all cheerful.

I've been learning new knitting skills.

Potato mash, cod and cheddar spread is being had.

Even more socks are being knit.These are for our Mercy.

I've been making scratch Bennie for lunch.

It's been a great winter!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Squirrel Progress

There is progress, but it's very slow. I tested up the squirrel grid for my fair aisle vest in some worsted weight acrylic so see how it looks in the real world. I think it'll do just fine. I've sent away for the colour wool for the actual vest and am waiting patiently for it's arrival. I'm working the vest in fingering weight yarn and it's taking FOREVER!!!! Most of the materials I work in are fast finish deals, but this teensy yarn width takes an excruciatingly long time to work up anything bigger than a sock.

So I'll try to stay patient until I can finish it up and wear it.
I must admit I really am enjoying the idea of creating my own unique kitschy vintage vests. Who knows what's next....... maybe dragons?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Fair Aisle Squirrel Grid

We had a seriously terrific 2014. Mercedes moved back to our home province after two excruciating (for us, not her) years across the country. We had the best vacation EVER to a castle in France. Maggie and Austin gave us our grand baby Lily. (Still can't believe she's here!) and I have a very successful operation that ended ten years of pain. Here's hoping your slipping into 2015 with as much happiness and comfort as we are experiencing. I really don't know how the new year will ever hold up to the last.

Here's a bit of what we've been up to.

Loads of cuddle time and knitting. I'm working up some squirrel and acorn fair aisle vest grids. I'm using my STAEDTLER ergo soft pencil crayons to get some colour ideas. More on that later.

Lily is growing like a bad weed. It's all I can to to keep her in slippers!

The latest Lily foot coverings are plain old granny slippers with pomp poms.

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Warm Glowing Snow Couple

Here's our version of snow people ornaments. We added a dollar store round glass votive holder as a base and we had glowing figures that stand on a shelf. They're a quick last minute project that's made from readily available supplies. Great present for Grandma or Auntie who has everything.

Make a ball of white STAEDTLER Fimo soft that will fit on top of a clear glass ornament.My snowman heads are about 1.5 inches. Push the ball onto the top of the glass ornament gently to create a guide. Use this guide to core out extra clay so the head will fit onto the ball.

Use black and tangerine Fimo to create faves and a carrot nose to decorate the heads.

Use some brown Fimo to make twig like arms for your snow people.

Place the arms onto the balls for baking. I use a tuna tin filled with rice to hold the balls while I work on them and for baking.

I added some Fimo hats, scarves and accessories to my figures and baked them in a preheated 260 degree oven for twenty minutes. I turned off the oven and opened the door and let the pieces cool right there in the oven.
I added some glitter with white glue to some of the baked accessories.

They're pretty cute as is but I thought we could do better.

I mixed equal parts white glue and water together then coated the inside of the glass balls and round votive holders with the water glue mixture. Then I sprinkled some snowy glitter into the balls and votive holders. I rolled them around until everything was coated in a glittery layer of snow.

They looked like this when they were still wet but dried to a clear glassy glitter. Then I used the white glue to glue the heads on and secure any of the accessories that had popped off after baking. Set the pieces aside to dry. After they have all dried you can place a battery operated votive into the votive holder and put the decorated ball onto it. The whole figure will glow! Way better than just a plain tree ornament!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Tags 2015

We're pretty pleased with our Christmas tags this year.

Say Hello to the merriest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse!
We adjusted a bunch of head shots with Picmonkey and cut them out. All parcels are wrapped exactly the same with candy cane paper and green snowflake ribbon. There are no from tags, only these bobble head tags to show who the gifts are intended for. I have to admit, it's a wee bit unsettling sitting beside the tree with all these little faces grinning at me.

Hope your Holidays are just as fantastically full as ours.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sand Dollar Ornaments with STAEDTLER Fimo Air Light

We made some pretty beachy sand dollar ornaments with STAEDTLER's Fimo Air Light.
They were so fast and fun to make that we wanted to share them with you for Christmas!

They're spectacular on our turquoise tree.

I made 2.5 inch discs of Fimo Air Light and thinned out the edges. Using the tip of an old pen I made five irregularly spaced holes around the edge of each disc.

I used the tip of the old pen again to etch a flower shape shallowly into the center of each disc.

I let the sand dollars dry for a day on some wax paper,turning them once while they dried so the backs would get some air too.

I painted to edges with white glue and added sparkles.

Some very thin metallic floss tied through one of the holes makes a very pretty hanger for these delicate looking sand dollars.

More to come before Christmas!!!
Hope you're all having a cozy season.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Working On Christmas

Busy as a bee. We're working away on all kinds of Christmas presents around here. 

More project tutorials are on the way. Just have to clear some time on the gift making schedule to get them photographed for you.

Hope your gift making is going well.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

More Lily Booties

Lily sure won't run out of knee high booties any time soon. This vintage pattern is so fast and easy to workup, I can have a pair done in a day or two. I think our favorite pair so far are the baby Jane shoe pair. She'll be able to wear those with everything!

Here's the pattern for anyone who needs to have these little bits of comfy goodness made up for Christmas.
Happy knitting!