Inspiration, Monday's Pretty Things

Monday’s Pretty Things :: The Bright & Cheery Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve popped into say hello. It’s been cah-razy around here! On Thursday, Josiah came home from work all feverish and sick. He’s been home ever since. Meanwhile, Aveline decided it was time for a second tooth.

I am plumb.tuckered.out.

Iparralde - the French Basque Countryside - Cannelle et Vanille
Iparralde – the French Basque Countryside via Cannelle et Vanille

Isn’t this so gorgeous? Cannelle et Vanille is one of the most beautiful blogs you’ll ever read.

Japanese Inspired Canarian tote - Crochet masa bag - how to

Japanese-inspired Canarian Tote via Artemis Adornments (Crochet how-to here)

I think I’m going to make these. Apparently, it’s just a crocheted rectangle that’s then folded and stitched into place!

Wooden Rainbow Stacking Bowls - ApplenAmos on Etsy
Wooden Rainbow Stacking Bowls via Apple N Amos on Etsy

Such fun wooden toys in this shop! The less plastic around the house, the better, says I.

Giclee Giraffes via The Paper Nut on Etsy
Giraffe Print via The Paper Nut on Etsy

This cheery print makes me want to go to the zoo.

Or maybe I belong in the zoo. You don’t want to know it took me nearly two hours to compile this post. I checked on my sick husband. Changed Aveline. Fed her. Opened the windows for some fresh air and a cross-draft. Set her down near me in a comfy little nest of blankets and toys. Started uploading photos. Started writing. Then Aveline made a mess. Required a bath. Necessitated a load of laundry. Demanded food. Gave herself an oatmeal facial. Nearly required another bath. Fell asleep face down on my lap.

Will you believe me if I tell you I looked like this girl the entire time? ;-)

 Shoshanna Gruss photographed by Rachel McGinn for Matchbook Mag Issue 5

Shoshanna Gruss photographed by Rachel McGinn for Matchbook Mag Issue 5

You might also like to read Monday’s Pretty Things from previous weeks.


My Creative Goals for the Remainder of 2011


I thought I’d share a few creative goals with you. This is what I hope to accomplish over the next four months. I’ll keep you updated on my progress as I work through the list!

  • Reach 15 hat/headband sales on Etsy by the end of the year (5 down, 10 more to go!)
  • Finish making the curtains for our master bedroom (2 down, 1 more to go!)
  • Sew high chair cushion (I already have the fabric! It’s a great black and white print which will coordinate beautifully with the black IKEA Blåmes highchair).
  • Sew a dress and bonnet/sunhat for Aveline (My mom gave me the patterns, fabric, thread, trim…seriously, I have no excuse)
  • Begin selling natural-fiber baby hats on GreenByUSA (I’ve already started creating these)

Alright, September, I’m ready for you!

Conversations with Designers

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT :: Guest Blog: Recycled Silk Ribbon from Nicole of ‘Darn Good Yarn’

(Remember a few months back when I talked briefly about a yarn company which produces yarn made from unusual fibers like recycled saris, bananas, and nettles? Well, today  Nicole, the director of Darn Good Yarn, is with us to tell us more!)
Guest blog - Nicole of Darn Good Yarn - Recycled Sari Ribbon

My mom thinks it’s cool that I have my internet friends because I never leave my office long enough to make the real-in-the-flesh kind. It’s not that I’m anti-social, I just own my own business, Darn Good Yarn. And like a child it consumes me day and night. So, when Gina “@”‘d me on Twitter to guest blog about my child…errr business I was all about it!

At the start of 2008, I wanted to make a difference and I needed to be stimulated creatively since I didn’t have that in my “past life” (I was active duty Air Force). So, I merged these ideals and Darn Good Yarn was born.

Darn Good Yarn - recycled silk yarn, recycled silk ribbon, exotic craft supplies, recycled sari

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a solution for all those leftover skeins of yarn: the granny stripe blanket

you know those odd lengths of yarn that are left over after you finish a knit or crochet project? the 1/8ths of a skein which aren’t quite big enough to make anything out of? i’ve got a whole basket of those.

so, i’ve started a crochet project that will probably take the rest of my life to finish. i blame ali from snipsnaphappy and michelle from scissor quirk for this new obsession: creating a giant (and i do mean giant) blanket from all those yarn remnants. this blanket is over 60 inches wide, and when complete, will cover an entire full-size mattress.

Crochet Granny Stripe Blanket/Afghan - made from various leftover yarn remnants and scraps - acrylic, wool, cotton

there’s just one problem. it’s way too addicting! i couldn’t put it down yesterday.

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tiny sewing projects, and baby adventures

it’s only wednesday, but so far it’s been a lovely and busy week-between-christmas-and-the-new-year!

now that all the christmas crocheting is done (hats for everyone!), i was able to finally finish this sweater for sweet little baby. i think i might like it even more than the first tiny sweater i made.
handmade crochet simple baby sweater - variegated green with brown buttons

this week, i’m about to make the leap into sewing…with an actual sewing machine. (thank you, grandma, for such an awesome christmas gift!) i’ve got the most darling fabric all washed and ready to go. tiny little baby dress, i think you’ll be my first project. you know, after i’ve learned to properly thread the machine. perhaps it would be a good thing to read the instruction manual, as my twitter friend lottie pointed out. ;-) in any case, i’m really looking forward to this new sewing adventure.

not that we’re short on adventures around here. i mean, we’re about to add another real live person to our family. eeee! i had my 38 week checkup a few days ago, and looks like baby is still very much content to stay where she is. (it doesn’t feel like she’s very content where she is, though! pressing up against my tailbone isn’t really the most comfortable of places. =P) my doctor doesn’t think baby will make an appearance any time before next year.  my due date is still 12 days away. but who’s counting? who’s paying attention to all this heartburn and nerve pain and random contractions?

it’s all becoming so.very.real.

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products i love: yarn made from unusual fibers like recycled saris, bananas, and nettles

isn’t this gorgeous? it’s made from the remnants of silk saris left over during the manufacturing process. you can purchase it over at Darn Good Yarn. they also sell recycled sari ribbon and yarn made from banana fibers,  as well as hemp and nettle yarn. who would have thought?
Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Yarn Art Knitting Crochet available for sale via Darn Good Yarn

image via Darn Good Yarn

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