Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Sneak Peek...

Okay. I was so. So so SO excited about how this turned out, I had to share it. I think it's unlikely that the recipient will stumble upon this posting... and I swear that every day it gets harder and harder to give away. I'd better wrap it fast before I decided it's the best gift ever -- for ME! Anyway, I picked up this variegated yarn on a whim (I don't usually buy the "expensive" stuff. As an afghan-maker, Red Heart is perfectly adequate for me!) and I was *so* surprised with the results! Adding buttons was my mom's suggestion to give the ends some "weight" -- and picking them out was fun, too! I love it.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Just You Wait, 'Enry 'Iggins... Just You Wait!

I just want you all to know that I have SO MUCH CRAFT GOODNESS to show you! For reals! However, due to the fact that they are ALL Christmas Gifts, you can't see them until their recipients do. I mean, I haven't heard any horror stories about gift-giving being ruined by errant blog reading, but I am not about to take any chances.

And that's what I have to say about that. Stay tuned in the new year, when I will once again pretend to turn over a new crafting leaf and really do it this time!

We shall see. Hope everyone is having a faboo holiday season.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

oops, i did it again...

...I have this pile of posts, sitting here, waiting ever so patiently. Yet, have I posted my last two Mondays? Nope. Between the running, and the work stress, and the holiday stress, and the trying to maintain my sanity, my blogs have given way. I am very sad about that, and have plans to rectify that in the new year. By plans, I don't mean that I want to, and thus, I shall. I mean that I have a plan for making it happen all devised. So, there's my pinky swear promise to those faithful souls who may be reading this.

In the meantime, I leave this ever-so-lovely link, found on that brought some sunshine to my day.

Happy holidays one and all...see you in the new year, with lots of love and excitement in my heart!

Monday, December 1, 2008

before and after

Not so long ago (or so it seems), we made the jump from a futon to a grown up sofa (sofabed, that is). Somewhat unfortunately, the sofa we loved did not come in our first color choice (basic-yet-versatile black). After much pondering, we decided to go with the plum, and figured we could get a black cover when it became available, as we knew they were releasing a new black cover in a few months. Anyhow, said plum sofa, while lovely, did not really go with the color scheme we had been cooking up thus far. I had no intention of painting over the carefully chosen wall color, so we were a bit limited.

Fortunately, inspiration struck. I realised I had fabric on a bolt in my stash that would tie the wall color to the sofa color! I really loved the fabric, and had bought what was left in hopes of many projects that would use it, but wanted to wait for the right moment to use it. The moment had come. I started by covering a wooden frame in the fabric, a lovely pattern of hindu gods and godesses in shades of plum, gold, and rust, to adorn a wall. I realised the fabric would make some great throw pillows, as well, but wanted something to add dimension. So, after an afternoon at JoAnn fabric (I had a coupon!) for trims, and an evening at Crafty Planet (who had a birthday sale) for contrasting fabric, and one more afternoon cozied up to my sewing machine...I had four brand new, distinct throw pillows. Two are up above, next to what they are covering up. I have one more stray pillow, but want to think of something a little funkier for it.

The pillows were deceptively simple...all straight seams and hems. Two are completely sewn shut, but a seam ripper along a small portion of one side would release the inner pillow, and the cover would still be reusable. The other two are envelope style, allowing for even quicker change.

So, if you have some cool fabric and an afternoon, a living room makeover is within reach.