Monday, 30 April 2012

My Treasury Monday #1

Last month I spent a good chunk of time (between diapers, and during naps) trying to re-establish my shop on Etsy for my photography. During that time I also learned how to create treasuries and quickly found making them quite addicting.

So, I thought I'd try to start sharing them. Monday seems as good a day as any, giving the week a bit if an eye candy kick-off. It may not be every Monday, but I will keep to posting them on Mondays.

So to start, here is what was my first treasury. All about my favorite colour!

'Passionate Purples' by LifeinaLens

I love purple. I wear it, I painted my art room with it, I have it in my hair. So I figured it only fitting my first Treasury be a collection of beautiful purple handmades and art.

painting, enchanted for...

Throw Quilt in Purple B...

Tree of Life - OOAK Wir...

ORIGINAL Contemporary P...

Small linen messenger b...

Original art, purple bu...

Size small black and pu...

The Secret Garden Book ...

She Flirted With Lavend...

Color - purple linen lo...

Inch Squared Artwork - ...

My Lovely Crochet Shoul...

Brunette Girl Reading w...

Purple Pink and Copper ...

Purple and Gold Embroid...

Nursery Art, Mother and...

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Lovely, Lovely Glass

I'm a sucker for glass bottles and jars. I find them very pretty and I guess it one of the things I actually have a collection of.

I'm particularly fond of those old style latching lid glass jars. Ermetico jars I believe they are called. They just have this vintage/old country kitchen feel to them that I love. I use them all over my kitchen from spices to baking ingredients and teas.


 So imaging my excitement to come across these little lovelies....

In fact . . .

it was a full bag of them!

These 11 beautiful mini versions of the lovely latch jar cost me a whole $4.99 at Value Village ! Score !

Now I just need to decide what to do with them . . .

Linked up over at:

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Remember those music balls? *Now with new and improved pictures!*

 REALLY gotta pick a different name for those....

Anyhoo, remember them?  Well a few weeks ago I got inspired. In an effort to make the bathroom in the basement (where my art room and now a large playroom for my baby boy are located)  a little less creepy to me, I decided to take redirect an old project.

And old mirror,

bought at Value Villiage, that was originally going to be repainted and turned into a jewelery holder, instead got mod podged with old torn up hymns in the same style as the ornaments.

Here is the finished product...


I also saved all the titles as I was doing my tearing and added some inspiring words for a special touch....

Now to do something about the terrible vinyl flooring backsplash below it. (The previous owners had an... interesting... shall we say, taste in DYI. )

Linked up!


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Getting spiffeir...

Cause I made a banner!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Furniture Hunting

A lonely wooden chair with some lovely carved detail in the back and a "painted one to many times" white shelf on feet.  The shelf looks like it was red before it was painted white and who knows what before that.  But I love all the different shapes of shelves!

They may not look like much now (though the shelf is turning out to be very handy at the moment in my art room)  but just wait until I'm done with them!  (Okay, don't get too excited, this will be my first furniture makeover but I've got high hopes for the ideas I have!)  Stay tune and hopefully in a couple weeks I'll have an update on at least one of them for you.

And another first for me, I'ma gonna go link up over here...

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A few other random crafties...

Just a last round up of other past things I've made..

This one, since it's prolly hard to tell, is a bug box for raising caterpillars!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Did I mention I crochet?

Yup, that too. Taught myself a couple summers ago and really went nuts that first year. Here are a "few" things in that department...

A little baby cardi made in cotton.

Cheveron baby blanket.

Coralish Beanie

Duel Project. My husband (yes I said husband) crocheted
the centre and I did the white edging.
This was made for our baby boy just before he was born.

Got a pile of already made squares in a pile of free yarn.
I did all the green joining and fringe work.

This one was a biggie. The lined owl bag. Pattern was gotten from a Crochet Today magazine. Made as a Christmas gift for a friend, the striping provided lots of tails to sew in. And the tight single crochet made the project take a lot longer than I thought it would. But it was well worth it in the end.

Hat and scarf for my step dad.

A hat and scarf for a brother who at the time loved Monster energy drink (hence the colours).

This shawl, made for my mom a couple Christmas' ago, turned out super squish and soft. I sent it to her and called it a hug. Since being her only child and having moved away on her (left her in Wisconsin to move in with a crazy Canadian in Toronto back in 2006) I told her any time she missed me she could wrap herself in this and pretend I was giving her a big hug. She loved it. Though she could just be saying that... she IS my mom after all. :P

This was actually my first real project (after a few hours of practicing the basic stitches on a 1 ft by 1 ft square and a few rounds. Once I felt I had a good enough grasp of the single and double crochets I found a little pattern for a goodie bag and super sized it to backpack size.

And a couple little things. An apple cozy, and a long stitch flower. Just for fun.

And most recently, a pair of baby blankets made for a friend who had just had twins. One boy, one girl. Got the idea for the pattern using the crossing action done when starting a cable in crochet and wondered what it would look like as a continuous stitch. At first I was just going to make a scarf with the pink yarn and as I worked on it I thought, how pretty would it be to sew strips of this together! And so the blanket idea came to be. It was about the same time I heard about the twins and I thought, Hey! Why not! I'm so happy with how they turned out. And they were well accepted which makes me very happy.

If you want to see more info on these projects and others that I've started but haven't finished feel free to look me up on Ravelry!