Monday, July 23, 2012

Repurposed Scccowl

I was going through my winter storage bin and came across an old scarf that had fallen out of my favor. It was still in great shape, but not really my style or colors. It was also about 3.5 inches wide by 8 feet long!

While I am embracing a more minimal lifestyle, I also try not to waste and there was life left in this scarf so it thought it might get worn more as a cowl. I couldn't agree more.

Perhaps you have an old scarf too?

Lay your scarf out flat and make sure there are no twists, unless you want them. I used some scrap yarn to weave the ends together and fastened off, but you could just as easily use a sewing machine or enjoy a little hand stitching. Since mine was so long, I can twist it four times or double it twice. Much more manageable methinks!

And here is a pic of my new camera. Do you love it? I really do. ~ OP

Monday, July 9, 2012

Pillow Progress

This is joy and delight measured by 3 inch yarn squares. So satisfying. So bright. Being bound as I type. Well, not literally. ~ OP

Friday, July 6, 2012

Notes From the Week - July 6, 2012

It's a weak week for leenk links.

-We saw our first red tomatoes this week. Yippee!!
-The hose is having trouble keeping up with the drought. Trying not to lose any trees this summer.
-Bud initialed the sofa after it got into it with the baking soda (see pic).
-Lots of art and board games and pictures taking up our days.
-Excited for the Higgs Boson.
-Hinterhof - a poem.
-Temporary whiteboard drawings - Sehr gut.

Did you have a good week? I stayed pretty Zen. It was nice. ~OP

Monday, July 2, 2012

Plant Markers

I linked to these a few weeks back and rushed out to make them for my hosta garden. Last year I boasted at least 11 varieties, but this year I have something like 20 hostas and I LOVE them. I felt it was time to label or name them to help keep up with what I own and these clay markers were the right amount of whimsy and simplicity for my garden friends.

Cute yield: High, especially with awesome cookie cutters
Effort: Not worth it. As cute as these are, I won't be making more. They took to long and made my hands hurt, which is not what I want in this type of craft. Update: I also would not use hot glue if you intend to use them outside because the clay pops right off the sticks. Time for some E600.
Price: Again too much for what you get. Sculpey is expensive and the thick popsicle sticks were high also. Add to that a clay stamping set that is not easy to use and for $20+ I made 10 markers.

This project is not hard, but my expectations were different. It did however, inspire me to name all of my plain, green hostas after the Fellowship of the Ring, although future markers will probably be made from thrifted spoons. ~OP