Saturday, July 31, 2010

these are wicked adorable

and you can make 'em too! i'll bet you have everything you need right at home. annekata shows you how to make these kicky summer sandals

pics from annekata's tutorial linked above


since i fancy myself a ninja

and my friends tend to refer to me as a ninja, i fell in love with printable ninja cupcake toppers

from zakka life of course! photo from there as well

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

i'm posting this

because i like makers AND i LOVE canton. 

How-To Tuesday Flashback: Maker's and Canton

Posted by Brookelynn

pic from brookelynn's recipe posting linked above 

and pics i took are below (in the martini glass)

i recently posted a drink recipe featuring canton as well. my friend eddie at the half door made it for me: here is the recipe we'll have to come up with a name for it

chemistry rocks!

i like this because mini-maker sylvia explains HOW it happens


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

i HATE cabbage

(there are very few vegetables i don't like. as a matter of fact cabbage and brussel sprouts are the only two that come immediately to mind)

BUT i do be lovin' me some kimchi

here's a recipe for quick and easy kimchi  by Arwen O'Reilly Griffith

(pic from arwen's kimchi recipe linked above)

here's an instructable

from scoochmaroo for homemade shampoo (all types of shampoo too from basic to soothing)

i'm in my 'no poo' stage right now myself. i do it once a year for a couple of months. i use 2 T baking soda mixed in water as a shampoo and 2 T apple cider vinegar mixed in water as a conditioner. really it DOES work. (she even has a no poo recipe in her instructable. however, the measurements are not the same as mine. my hair is wicked long though)

(pic from the instructable linked above)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

i adore this idea

Photos That Imagine What a Baby Might Be Dreaming

By Scott Beale

mila's daydreams is one wicked cool blog. photo by adele mila's moms

they're a showcase of pictures of what her baby might be dreaming when she naps. WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL

pic by adele

i was in the process of doing this BEFORE i saw this tutorial on


i'm going to link to this wicked cool tutorial by CalPatch  and here's a link to her etsy page, hodge podge farm (check out her bunny stripe dog t)

How to Make a Candy-Tin Sewing Kit

hers is MUCH better than mine was going to be anyway. i'll post a pic of mine when and if i ever finish it. so much to do, so LITTLE time

pic from calpatch's tut linked above

Friday, July 23, 2010

dragon cat grrrl

here is the VERY strange (indeed) video

but here's what  amigurumi master 203gow made based on the video

 203gow's site (amazing work)

via craftzine

because i'm a mushroom addict

i sure as heck want to try to grow my own gourmet mushrooms in a coffee cup

instructable user zzapatista  tells us how above

pic from their instructable

Thursday, July 22, 2010

why not help a good cause

totally tutorials directs us to

dolly donations

where there is a wonderful (FREE) pattern AND tutorial for a great rag doll. if you make one (OR A FEW) up, send them in for a child in haiti.

pic from the dolly donations website

c'mon. make one or two or three or four up this weekend!

i love envelopes

i don't know why. i just do. i ESPECIALLY love

tutorials for fabric envelopes

pic from the tutorial linked above at in color order

(whip up)

Monday, July 19, 2010

the new knitty is up!

fall 2010

here's the pattern index

the cover pattern is for purlieu
pic from the purlieu pattern Nicole Eaton



i'd like to try these

glob natural paints

...........Finally, eco-friendly paints made from natural ingredients. Created with a focus on sustainability, these water-based paints and pigments are biodegradable.
The vibrant pigments in GLOB™ have been used by different cultures throughout the ages in artists' paints and body products.
GLOB Natural Blends minimize manufacturing processes to reduce environmental impact—the dry powder pigments save weight and energy when shipped.
GLOB™ paints are unmatched in quality and environmental synergy.
Go ahead, GLOB it on™........................

Sunday, July 11, 2010

i finished my FIRST freeform peyote bracelet

(it's not the first one i started, it's the first one i finished). it's got some mistakes in it, but i'll learn. i made it for my friend amy's birthday. i gave it to her already BUT if i can finish another one quickly (and it's BETTER) i'll give her that one too

Saturday, July 10, 2010

ok, these are brilliant

not only could they be pins, they could be put in big shallow bowls as wedding table centerpieces. they could be used for a million things.

not only that, they're INEXPENSIVE and i'll bet i could even make them using this tutorial at the scrap shoppe

pic from the scrap  shoppe link above

found via totally tutorials



Friday, July 9, 2010

art bead scene asks us to

Help Beads of Courage

 Beads of Courage helps children RECORD, TELL and OWN their stories of courage during treatment for cancer and other serious illness. Through the Program children receive different colored beads each which symbolize their unique and challenging treatment journey. 

Please vote daily, share it on your facebook page, twitter and blog about it.  Let's use our beady powers for good and help this well deserving charity. 

VOTE NOW!,,,,,,,,,

i absolutely LOVE mark ryden's work


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

i saw something at whole foods i had never heard of before

 garlic scape

i didn't buy any, but perhaps i will

A Garlic Festival Without a Single Clove

pic: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
AH! NOT EW! Garlic in three forms, from left: green garlic, garlic scapes and mature heads.

“I’D rather have an ounce of garlic than a pound of truffles,” my father often said, setting the tone for garlic worship in our family.
When I was growing up, no meal was complete without several of the odoriferous cloves: from the omelets at breakfast to the garlic butter popcorn as a snack before bedtime. And if my dad never did get around to making garlic ice cream, it was only because he was perfecting his garlic-laced gazpacho sorbet.
Given this history, it was no surprise that the first time I came upon a cascading pile of vivid green, curling garlic scapes at the farmers’ market, I had to buy some, even though I had no idea of what do with them................


how cute is this summer jacket pattern?

it's also a podcast in itunes. it's at the link below. you can make this longer (i can't wear short stuff....). the  yarn they recommend is VERY reasonably priced. 

that girl

By Nikol Lohr
With short sleeves and a wide neckline, this retro-inspired cropped summer jacket goes from sunshine to summer nights or chilly air-conditioned offices. Knit from the top down, with puffed sleeves and seed stitch edging, the seamless design means that there's very little finishing, and it's ready to wear as soon as it's knit. The basic design allows for endless customization (add more buttons, make it longer, leave off the cuff for bell sleeves, etc.). Plus the cotton-linen blend is pleasant to knit even on a hot day. 

(pic from the craftzine link above)

Friday, July 2, 2010