Friday, April 16, 2010

freezer paper + cricut = LOVE

i've been wanting to try freezer paper stenciling for a long time, but never got motivated. THEN my friend, lindsey, and i were discussing how she could embellish some hoodies for a bridal party - i told her to try freezer paper stencils, but she had a good point... so hard to cut out letters to make 6 hoodies. THEN it hit me... she could use her cricut to cut the freezer paper...GENIUS!

we weren't positive it would work, but it worked beautifully! do ya'll know what a cricut is?? they are amazing and i want one...they cut stuff - letters in tons of fonts, any shape/thing imaginable.

anyway...when we were in Oregon a few weeks ago i wanted to give it a try and decided that the Schwake kids needed some t's to celebrate siblinghood.

sorry these pics suck... the light was horrible and i was too lazy to do anything about it, but you get the idea right?? don't you feel like you need a cricut so you can embellish everything imaginable??

this is the whole ensemble that i sent Alisha... i love handmade stuff!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

eyelet cardi

remember this little teaser?? well here is the finished product! i have a friend that makes really cute babies. she is about to have #2, so i thought her daughter might like a little something to commemorate becoming a big sister! this is the biggest thing i've ever knit and i am pretty happy with how it turned out.

i definitely still have a long way to go on knitting with a consistent tension, but i am definitely getting better!

this is the first garment i've made that required extensive seaming... OMG that takes forever! i didn't mind it too much, except for the armpits - those are tricky! the first one i did (on the left in the above picture) didn't turn out too good, but i think i figured out the right technique on the other side.

i love the eyelet yoke and seed stitch border... i just wish my eyelets were a little more consistent...

i heart this button... it is a vintage one i picked up a long time ago and i think it worked perfectly on this little sweater

come back tomorrow and i'll share what i sent along with the cardi...

pattern - eyelet yoke cardi free on ravelry!
yarn - lion brand cotton-ease (my favorite!) in seaspray
size - 3 year
...also detailed on my ravelry page

Sunday, April 4, 2010

shadow box

my mom gave me this empty shadow box over a year ago and i've been wanting to put our wedding stuff in it ever since. i FINALLY got to do that this weekend and i am so pleased with the result!

its really cool because it opens like a book so you can always get to everything really easily if you ever need to retrieve it.

i was able to include a few cupcake toppers, our escort card/favor, flowers from my bouquet, one bridesmaid bouquet, and grant's boutonniere, a piece of lace from my dress, our vows,

my garter, a copy of the program, ribbon from my bouquet,

and i secured everything into place with pins from the bouquets and boutonnieres.