Monday, March 28, 2011

this is pretty cool

(although i'm still not speaking to the smithsonian - you know the tiff we had over censorship)
from embroidery as art we find out..........

40 under 40: Craft Futures - Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

This past week, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum announced the selection of artists for an exhibition honoring the upcoming anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, which opened in 1972.

(all forty artists are listed in jenny's posting at her bog, embroidery as art. check it out!!!)


pic of the renwick gallery from here

Friday, March 25, 2011

i forgot to take pictures of it

so my friend sent these to me. they were taken on her phone. the colors look HORRIBLE in the pics, but take my word for it, they are FAR more vibrant than they appear. all greens (even though some of the colors don't look green well there are the two bands of white as well). i made it for a friend's baby. they were going to march in the st. patrick's day parade (which they did, but alas the baby surprise jacket is too large for him. he'll wear it NEXT year).

my second baby surprise jacket (from elizabeth zimmerman of course!!!)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

someone did some research (and that's cool!)

Bleach Stencil Tutorial and the Environmental Impacts of Bleach

Becky Striepe
blogger, crafter, and vegan foodie


Image Credit: Photo via Radical Cross Stitch]

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

more knit bombing!




From Mirche:
"A group of Guerilla Knitters which I am part of have recently (31 January to be precise) stormed the U1 in Berlin disguised with knitted beards and armed with knitted cozies, to beautify and soften the harsh interior of the everyday world of commuters. After 3 months of preparation with my Stitch N Bitch group, it took us just an hour to install, and the carriage stayed in circulation until around 15:00, when the BVG security unfortunately cut it all to pieces. Despite making those few employees miserable by giving them extra work, I think we cheered up a fair amount of weary travellers on a gloomy January day!"....................

this is a GREAT sping activity for dad, mom and the kidlettes

from 5 orange potatoes (where the picture is from as well)

hot rocks! painting with wax on rocks

oh and here's a link to the 5 orange potatoes etsy shop

a wonderful posting over at whip up

i absolutely LOVE the looks these two women have brought all of us!

Guest blogger series: Stitching with Prints Charming
by kath_red

I am very happy to welcome the Kirsten and Cath, the girls from Prints Charming to Whipup today. They are sharing a tutorial for embellishing fabric with hand stitches.........

pic from the prints charming posting at whip up linked above

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

serious want

how-to felt houses

pic from the craftzine link above BUT they link to the maker: claire at poopscape

i LOVE LOVE LOVE these lil' felt houses and want them ALL around

from co design.....................

Nike Schroeder gives needlepoint a painterly update for the Vice magazine set.

 hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm my yarn art doesn't look like this!

my (partial) moon and stars necklace

 it's beaded and knit. i have the other half of the silver/crystal beads to knit yet. the LONGEST part is pre-stringing all of the beads. the knitting goes fairly quickly even though it's on size 00 needles. like a GIANT DOPE i ruined some of the Kreinik silver braided thread that came with the kit. so i just ordered more and i have to wait for it (i ran out. like i said, i ruined some of ). i also added more of my own beads and am making both the crystal and the blue in the middle parts a couple of inches longer. i wanted a longer necklace. the completed necklace pic is from earthfaire itself. the one in progress is mine of course

from earthfaire.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

a how-to

make twig buttons

but also check out the links at the bottom of the craftzine posting. there are OTHER button how tos as well

pic from the craftzine posting listed above BUT the tutorial and pic are directly from shrimp salad circus

Monday, March 14, 2011

found a pretty cool blog

"Dedicated to recycling, reusing, recreating and repurposing plastic to keep it from ending up in the landfill. Recycle to Recreate to Reuse!!"

plastique recreations
and here's a pattern for a
pantyhose plarn multi purpose scrubbie

pic from plastique recreations linked above

Friday, March 11, 2011

these are PRICELESS (if you knit of course)

 i have one. i didn't make it, i bought it on etsy from granny's closet here's the posting i did when i got it

top two pics are of the circular knitting needle case made for me by granny's closet and the bottom pic is from the craftzine how to linked above

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

there's a giveaway over at

sew homegrown it's a BEAUTIFUL

summer blooms tote bag

go to the link above for more info: and from sew homegrown:
The giveaway will run from 3/8/11-3/15/11.  That's one week.  You have to check back to see if you won. 
I will not email you...check back.  I will announce the winner on Wednesday March 16th.  
Mark your calender.  Set an alarm on your phone.
So here's how you can enter:

1.  Leave a comment on any post for the next week.  
Old posts, new posts, doesn't matter.  The more comments you leave, the more times you are entered to win.  Plus, I love to hear your thoughts :)

2.  Become a follower of Sew Homegrown, if you are not one already. 
(please don't become a follower just for the giveaway - only if you really want to follow this blog)

3.  Blog about this giveaway, tweet, or post it on Facebook - leave me a comment here letting me know you did that. 
pic from: sew homegrown linked above

pop rocks!!!!

make your very own with this here instructable by chickflix

pic from the instructable linked above

Thursday, March 3, 2011

because it was dr seuss' bday (march 2)

and because i love him so very much (and because i've had the grinch, max and little cindy loo who, who was no more than two-tattooed on me for most of my life), here's a posting from craft

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! 16 Seuss-Inspired Crafts

pic from the craftzine posting linked above
Fish earrings from Chellery on Craftster ----- Green eggs and ham T-shirt design by Dave Graff

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

i'm not a saint (well i'm not even in the same sphere as a saint)

yeah, i'm not sheen and all. anywhoooooooooooooooooooooo, even though i claim i am vegan, i DO knit with wool. here's an interesting posting from crafting a green world on vegan crafting


Becky Striepe

 pic: from ms striepe's posting linked above

because EVERYone should have a sparkle tu tu

here's an instructable to make one

by Lynne Bruning

pic from ms bruning's instructable linked above

it's craft month

well it's craft month EVERY month for moi

martha's show today will be a full hour of craftiness

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

living crafts has a tutorial AND a wool give-a-way

but hurry up on the give a way. it ends tonight (3/1) at 8:00 pm

Making Prefelts

By Fiona Duthie

pic from the tutorial linked above

i am ALL over this one!

a grrrl can't have enough fabric jewelry after all! from whip up

Guest blogger series: Fabric jewelry project
by kath_red 

Thank you to Kathrin from Annekata for joining me here at whipup today, where she will be sharing a simple, doable fabric jewelry project from a salvaged t-shirt. 


pic from annekata's tutorial at whipup linked above

oh so that's how it's done!