Thursday, January 31, 2013

Handmade Christmas part 2

I wanted to paint something unique for my parents that represented our growing family. I fiddled around with a couple family tree ideas but nothing seemed to look right. After reading Psalm 127 one night I came up with this picture. There is an arrow for each of my siblings, our spouses and children. As soon as my parents saw it my dad joked that I will need to hang canvases underneath for all the little arrows to come...patience, Dad, patience.

For my niece and nephews I sewed a puppet theater. It hangs in the doorway from an expandable curtain rod. At first the window sagged badly, so I sewed a little pocket to hold a dowel rod. Now it sits nice and straight. The sock puppets were made following the tutorial from One of a Kind.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013 DIY Bookmark

Did you fill up your 2012 bookmark? I've slacked off a little with my reading the past couple months so didn't quite reach my goal. But I did fill up one side and reprinted another one for the back. This year I've made two sides to the bookmark for all you avid readers. You can download the 2013 reading list bookmark here. Just print, cut along the pale grey lines and glue to some pretty scrapbook paper.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Handmade Christmas

Every Christmas I tell myself I'm going to make all my gifts but never find the time. Well this year, I'm proud to say I actually did! Handmade gifts are much more personal and thoughtful, and I get a lot more enjoyment spending hours in my craftroom than spending hours at the mall.
For my in-laws I made silhouettes of their two shih-tzus. These were my favorite gifts I made. I took photos of the dogs, outlined and printed off their heads in photoshop, then traced and cut out the silhouettes from some printed scrapbook papers.

My sis-in-law loves "The Big Bang Theory". After seeing this cross stitch on pinterest I knew I had to make it for her. You can buy the pattern from the wee little stitches shop on etsy.

I have a little niece who's crazy about Disney princesses. So she got a Rapunzel braid. It took one full skein of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in pale yellow, some pink ribbon and fake flowers. I followed the tutorial found at the blog seven thirty three.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Tobinator

Another nephew had a birthday yesterday. He likes to wear a superman cape that my grandmother made for his daddy when he was little. I thought it would be fun for my nephew to have his own cape so he and daddy could play superheroes together.

I followed a tutorial from see kate sew for the cuffs

and got instructions for the cape from come on, ilene!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Viking Power

My little nephew turned one yesterday. I wanted to celebrate our Norwegian heritage by making him a viking doll. I love how it turned out - now the husband wants one :)

A few preliminary sketches and the large sketch I made the pattern from:

trying to decide on blonde or red beard

curly red beard and halfway done

And what viking doesn't have a battle axe?

Little E with his new viking! Love how it's almost as big as my nephew.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Movie Posters

A couple of posters I made of one of my favorite movies - Lost In Translation

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

convertible cowl

I've been eyeing some beautiful cowls on ravelry this year. I knit up a couple, but they just didn't look right on me. They were way too chunky, and I don't always like that much bulk under jackets. So I thought why not make a scarf with buttons that I can convert into a cowl. I used a horizontal herringbone pattern for the scarf and I love how it turned out. You can find the pattern and a video here.
I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (super bulky yarn if you want to substitute) yarn color - Thunder and US 17 (12.75mm) needles. I started out with US 13 needles like the yarn recommends but this stitch seems to knit tight so I upped my needle size. Here's some instructions for making your own:
cast on 14 sts
follow horizontal herringbone stitch until desired scarf length (mine was about 5' 9")
add two buttonholes to a right side row
work a couple more rows in pattern
bind off in wrong side row
sew buttons to other end of scarf
weave in ends
To make a buttonhole you can either yarn over where you want the hole then on the next row drop the yarn over stitch, or you can bind off a stitch where you want the buttonhole then cast it on again in the next row.