Wednesday, January 27, 2010

dog treats

before Olive even stepped into our life i had several dog treat recipes saved on all recipes. i found a tiny dog bone cookie cutter at hobby lobby so i decided to try it out with one of the recipes a few weeks ago. the recipe i tried was really simple and was mostly made from whole wheat flour, peanut butter, and pumpkin - i tried them and they tasted really bland, but Olive loved them!

i ended up throwing most of them away, because after a long car ride - poor little puppy puked a ton of these up. i think they might just be too heavy for her sensitive little GI tract! i will let you know if there is a round two of homemade doggie treats...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

patchwork napkins

i had been wanting to make something with my scraps for a while so when a friend came to visit - we went to work making these patchwork napkins. i had several flour sack dish towels laying around so we used those for the base.

we tried not to be matchy when we chose the fabrics for each strip and weren't picky about everything being straight or the same width.

we were able to use up almost all of my scraps and came out with two sets of four napkins.

they were pretty quick and simple to put together and we didn't spend a dime!

i am IN LOVE with them!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Craft Hope for Haiti

Craft Hope
is truly awesome. I, like most everyone, am horrified by the disaster in Haiti and feel paralyzed by an inability to do anything to help. If I could I would adopt a baby - so so many orphans!

Luckily, Craft Hope is providing a way for crafters to help! Crafters donate items to be sold in the Craft Hope for Haiti etsy shop and all proceeds to go to Doctors without Borders!!

I donated my original buttercup bag - Rae allows donations of bags made from her patterns! I was so happy to be able to do something and with school starting tomorrow I couldn't make anything new. Worked out perfectly!!

If you too want to donate see details here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

turn a square II

This is my second time using this pattern and I really like it - it knits up quick and easy.

i am not overly impressed with my color combo, but i am still learning how to combine colors. it is especially difficult with the self striping yarn because you can never be sure exactly what colors you are going to end up with in your project.
i didn't get a good picture of it, but my jogless stripes turned out much better this time around! and i also solved my knitting tension issue (lets just leave that at: i am an idiot!).

grant is a man who loves a good beanie, so my hope is to make him a new hat every year like soulemama does for her man.

pattern - turn a square free on ravelry!
yarn - a cheap grey acrylic bought a long time ago and noro yuzen in colorway 1
...also detailed on my ravelry page

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


hi there! this Christmas we decided to forgo exchanging gifts with our families and with friends we did ornament exchanges. it was so refreshing to have that burden lifted. this is the first of two ornaments i made.

i made these little mittens for some of my classmates and also sent them to some friends. i am really happy with how they turned out and especially like that all of the materials came from my stash!

fun, cute, simple...just the way i like my crafts!