NatalieDee comic that Marty had made for me for our celebration of 5 years together??? Soo good - right down to my hair, and wearing my favorite color! I actually had on a dress in that color today when Marty gave me this! And the drawing of Mister is SPOT ON! Check it - too perfect:
Visit her site, and get your own custom Natalie Dee comic!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Crafts! Ok... this is kind of a lame craft like the stamps I put up earlier, but I like to upkeep the blog. To celebrate 5 years of Kmart, I made Marty a little surprise party out of balloon animals!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I ordered some awesome nautical rubber stamps for use somehow in my wedding decor. The stamp designs are AWESOME, but they were sent as just a flat rubber pad. You have to cut them out of the pad and mount them to something to stamp them. Saturday, Marty and I tested them out. We picked a stamp that was small and that we didn't love (in Marty's case, didn't know what the image even was) as a test. I cut it out (per the instructions) and hot glued it to a water bottle cap (not per the instructions). Marty wrote "Test 1" on a notecard, which was totally cute. Here is Test 1 in blue ink:
Finally, I will leave you with the image that I was left with as I headed out for brunch Sunday morning:
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Arghhh I spent so HOURS trying to follow this one part of the crochet swimsuit pattern that said, "inc. at ends 1 st. every 2 rows 21 times." How to interpret?? Literally (1 stitch), that turns the work into a triangle instead of a trapezoid. So after many an hour, I have finally decided to increase 1 stitch every two rows on BOTH outside ends (which would, in fact, make a trapezoid).
Monday, September 19, 2011
I am trying to be very focused this year. I only want to tackle one project at a time, patiently & thoughtfully, without becoming overwhelmed by all the hundreds of things I want to make. That way hopefully I can enjoy crochet, and also make some quality projects. So here is a sneak peak of the bathing suit I am "patiently & thoughtfully" working on. Right now I only have a couple of cups, but I have a bunch of good patterns to cobble together, and some awesome inspiration. Pattern & pics to come...
Side note, I am reading Marty's book The Answer is Never, which so far feels like a history textbook on skateboarding. I guess there is a surfboarding movie called The Endless Summer, which the author references. Also he references 70s chicks in crochet bikinis. Also, some of those pics I snagged are from Free People's site in a section called "Endless Summer." So, full circle.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I mentioned in my last post that I was working on two super secret projects, and here is one of them! Two of my most favorite people are having a little bebe boy. Some of us lady friends of Christine combined our crafting powers to make a congrats baby blanket. Brooke, Kristin, and Kate knitted strips of brown & blue, and I crocheted a cream-colored border, using this border pattern. Here is a close up:
Before the crochet edge, the knitting piece was 151 stitches x 240. I did a rough measure, and if I recall correctly, the full blanket is about 5 ft by 3.5 ft. Big for a baby, but perfect for a winter snugging up with your newborn!
Here is a pic of the lovely future baby-mama opening the blanket at her shower! The yarn was Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton. The knitters used size 9 needles, recommended by the yarn. I tried using a J/10, which was recommended, but it made too big of stitches so I switched to I/9.
And here is a pic of Brooke, Christine, and me! We all unintentionally dressed to match the blanket.
I had fun at the shower and was also grateful I didn't have to suffer through the Steeler game. I hope everyone had a good Sunday, and maybe took a minute to remember those who died ten years ago today, especially the heros of flight 93.