Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

ohhhhhhhhhhhh look at these cool

crocheted peter pan slippers

winter is fast approaching (it's been wicked COLD here in the mornings in connecticut. warms up nicely during the day though)

pic from the posting linked above at josefina y el amanecer

found via craftzine

Sunday, September 27, 2009


how to make a lace knitting chart using excel. it would work for cables too. no doubt about it

pic from the tutoral at chez plum

found via craftzine

by the way, i actually do the OPPOSITE. i am making THIS HAT for a friend for christmas (it's PERFECT because he actually has trilobite tattoos). i'm not a big fan of charts. i tend to knit in places other than sitting on my couch (which means i'm out and about somewhere). so i transfer the chart to knitting stitches in excel. you could just use word, or write it on a piece of paper, BUT the grids in excel make it easier to follow for me. instead of a symbol for let's say c2b, i'll actually TYPE OUT c2b in the excel grid box. like i said, it works for ME.

Friday, September 25, 2009

holy schmagoly LOOK at this!

But It'll Scare All My Garden Gnomes Away!: Super Mario Piranha Plant Lawn Ornament

DeviantARTist Kalupsa went and made an incredibly detailed (and frightening) Super Mario Piranha Plant lawn ornament out of modeling clay. And I think we can all agree, it's scary as shit. I sure as hell wouldn't water it, if you know what I mean. I'm talking about try to piss on it. NOT a good idea.....

(couple more EVEN MORE frightening pics at the link above)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

oh wicked cool

working cello made out of legos

slip slip knit

posted the most wonderful blue rabbit knitted hat pattern

well i didn't have the yarns she used, so i used what i had. here's my version

(i do like hers better, but mine is OK too!)

it's a quick knit and those bunnies are adorable

and i know just which child will be wearing it too

Saturday, September 19, 2009

cathie filian

of how to be domestic
(don't know if steve was involved in this or not)

shows us how to craft with for at wine. here's one of the examples

a wine cork wreath

i LOVE this. i think i'll make one

pic from cathie's posting linked above

ok, this may not seem like much to you

but to me, it's wonderful! i am ALWAYS and i mean ALWAYS in search of a ruler. i did get an iphone app with a ruler
forget me knit by nathan davis (which i LOVE by the way)

art bead scene

links us to a GREAT tool!!!

pic from the posting above by Jennifer Heynen

car i saw yesterday

in the whole foods parking lot

Thursday, September 17, 2009

so cool

3D tetris head design

go to the link above for MORE pics. they're great

(pic from the link above)

i can't think of anything MORE useful

for kids to bring to school or camp or play dates. for adults to bring to work or on a car trip. i LOVE these and man, they too would make WONDERFUL GIFTS

from reprodepot

reusable snack sacks (say that 3 times fast)

and you can get your fabric at the reprodepot store too!!!

pic from the tutorial at reprodepot blog


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

don't these look warm and comfy and inviting?

perfect holiday gift as well. from reading the pattern, it sure SOUNDS easy to make (the folding is the complicated part). there IS a video at the craftzine blog link below though

easy norwegian felted house slippers

By Liecel Tverli Scully

pic from the craftzine link above

the new knitty is up!

fall 09

and there are some LOVELY items (as always)

here's but one

by mandy moore
photos: Travis Smith (from knitty)

Monday, September 14, 2009

hoot hoot


shows us how to make

at this wicked cool owl bag

well she gives us an IDEA how to make it AND of course the owl chart. that's the coolest part anyway.

pic from
teriyakimoto at the craftster link

Sunday, September 13, 2009

this plus three others

four giant hand sculptures

the drowned

Image Credit: patricia soransso

Designed by Mario Irarrázabal in 1982, Then Drowned was initially built as a warning to sunbathers about the dangers of drowning in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and I can imagine the sculpture definitely keeping people away from the water. The piece of art was so well received by the public that Irarrázabal went on to make hand sculptures in Chile, Venice and Spain.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

see that wonderful rosette pillow on the cover of felt furnishings?

well if you go on over to etsy storque you'll find the tutorial

on how to make it

picture from the link above - it's the book cover

want a copy of felt furnishings? (i know i do), well here's a link to order

yes, finally, it's the knitting and crocheting edition of

yoga for crafters

Written by Becky Striepe

Craft show season is getting close, and that means all of you green crafty biz owners are probably working overtime to get merch ready for the upcoming fall shows! Any sort of repetitive action is tough on your body, and crafting is no different. Rather than pop an over the counter pain medication, why not take some time to relax and stretch the soreness away with some yoga poses targeted at the places that take the most abuse?

As with any new exercise, please be cautious and consult your doctor before trying anything too terribly strenuous.

This week we’re taking a look at the aches and pains that come with hours of knitting or crochet. From what you guys had to say on Twitter, it sounds like all that yarn work hits ravelers hardest in the wrists, fingers, neck and chest. Never fear! Here are some poses to help you recoop a little bit..........

pic from the link above at crafting in a green world

say what you will and think what you will about martha

she sure does make a damn fine halloween issue magazine

martha stewart living

and while you're at it.....

check out gothic martha stewart


ok, who is going to make me this?

'cause i WANT it and i MUST HAVE IT

from jessyratfink at instructables a

sew a where the wild things are hat (oh my!!!)

pic from the instructable

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

look look look at what they might be giants

just put out! how cool does it sound? (in case you don't know the answer to that, let me help you, WICKED COOL)

cory from boing boing turns us on to....

They Might Be Giants' awesome new kids' CD: HERE COMES SCIENCE!

I am thoroughly smitten with the new They Might Be Giants kids' album, Here Comes Science, which ships with a charming DVD of videos and supplementary material. In the best traditions of awesome educational kids music -- Schoolhouse Rock, the Animaniacs, Electric Company -- Here Comes Science combines top-notch pop music with humor that's aimed at both kids and adults (I once heard the creators of Sesame Street discuss how the inclusion of humor targeted at adults meant that grownups were more likely to watch with the kids, and thus be on hand to answer questions and discuss the material; this should be gospel for everyone who makes media for kids). And, of course, the material is great. Better than great. Perfect. This is the album They Might Be Giants was put on Earth to record: they are genuine science nerds, and it shows...............

a whole set of

WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT!!! here's just one

from bits & pieces

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


for men, women and teenagers. i'd keep one at home and one at my desk at work. you could buy a ton of this stuff (tape measures and thread and needles) at the dollar store. dang, you could CRANK THESE OUT. really, this is one swell idea

from creative ramblings (where the picture is from as well

comes a tutorial for a kick-arse

sewing kit

via whip up

Saturday, September 5, 2009

a sweet sweet sweet lunchbag tutorial

kate's notebook lunchbag at design sponge pic from kate's tutorial on design sponge (sweet and i'm not kidding)

found via craftzine

molly and amy just happened to have two more invites on 'em

eddie's and erin's

my friends molly and amy are having a party

everyone got a different invitation. this one is mine. they glued fabric to paper (or paper to fabric) with mod podge then glued down some really nice lacy paper, then glued the invitation (with had a picture of amy on it taken by molly's cousin. it was from wolf island in canada).

it was all wrapped up in a purple (my favorite color) bow. i wanted to share it with you since it was so clever

(i love them both!!! if i come i have to wear ninja gear by the way. they specifically requested it)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

oh yeah, this is what i'm talkin' 'bout


oh my my my. so very wicked wonderful

a pincushion (but i'd use it as a decoration of some sort). this is so cool. a pattern and tutorial for

toadstool cottage and mushroom house. picture from calypso at the little house by the sea. the posting is a year old but i just came across a link in craftzine

i do so want these. really

(check out calypso's blog period. loads o' great stuff)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

i absolutely adore these origami roses

from bloomize. there are tutorials for three different varieties. my favorite being the kawasaki rose (pictured). speaking of pictures, the pic is from the tutorial at the above site

crafty blog of the week

why it's meet me at mikes of course!!!

just ONE example of what you can find there is this posting:
links to 25 super cute totes to make

pic from the above link at meet me at mikes