Thursday, June 28, 2012

i heart nyc, part 3

And just like that, it was over. Wasn't that fun dear J? Let's do it again soon, crafty shopping and brunching and people watching with you is the bee's knees :)

Happy long weekend friends!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I heart nyc, part 2

The sight of this skyline always makes my heart swell

Renegade craft fair... I loved looking at the booths of some of my favourite makers including the amazing Jay McCarroll, Katie Henry and Miniature Rhino

Sweet animal bunting

The High Line at 14th Street

Cotton candy clouds (Lynn, those fingers reminded me of your ever amazing nails)

A perfect Saturday afternoon

Always like a dream to walk this Central Park path

Bear with me friends, just one more set of my vacation slides to come....

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

i heart nyc, part 1

Waiting in Central Park before All's well that ends well

Busy bee at the Cloisters

The Cloisters

Cloisters calm

Lavender garden

Ducking into the Met before a thunderstorm

Panorama in the Met

Amazing things to see...

An appreciation of Van Gogh

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Central Park, October 2009
NYC! NYC! NYC! A craft fair, a show, and that lovely lovely park await.

See you again next week :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

A pouch, pops and a wee pooch

I made this little pouch for my pop's brand new e-reader that we gave him for father's day.

I was excited about this free pattern and this one too but then in the end I thought I should just go simple. 

I had some beige linen and some sweet fabric with some pooches (books and dogs are tops for my dad) that I turned into a zippered pouch. I used some batting for cushioning between the lining and the outer shell. I think it turned out pretty okay -- at the very least, it took the edge off of an earlier sewing adventure in which I sewed possibly the frumpiest dress -- suitable for frump festival 2012 --- or something that with a few serious tweaks and a big gulp of confidence might be okay.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

i heart...random

Cape Cod, 2008
:: This pattern for a felted Hungarian reindeer

:: This Mod-podge screenprint tutorial

:: This bunting stamp

:: This BBC podcast - Shakespeare's restless world -- I'm late to this party as I think this started in May but in any case, it is making for some really, really good train listening.

:: This food blog - Not so humble pie - wow, so beautiful. My friend J. made some marshmallows using a recipe from here - and truly, marshmallows never tasted so good. It sparked a bit of a frenzy in the office.

:: Ah strawberry season - happy to see you again! This recipe for fresh strawberry cream pie will make you glad glad glad to be alive (a bit much? maybe... but it makes a most delish pie.)

:: This shopping tote

Monday, June 11, 2012

One-trick pony

Another pair of fingerless gloves - they're this one-trick pony's gift of choice lately.

The details:
Pattern - Vintage mitts (free and fast!)
Yarn - Koigu (Speckled and bright and as pretty as can be)
The needles: 2.75 mm
The birthday girl: My funny friend Sarah

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Finally! October leaves fingerless mitts

At last, something finished to show!
I made these gloves for my friend Jess (one of the goodest people I know) who is celebrating a birthday this week.
I love this pattern - simple cables up the side that split into branches with leaves around the thumb. Just a hint of whimsy mixed with classic.

Needles: 2.75 mm
Yarn: Classic Elite Vail (Alpaca and bamboo - so luxe!)

Friday, June 1, 2012

I heart... randomly

Coming happily along...
:: I'm going to make these ice cream sandwiches for a party tomorrow. (I have a sneaking suspicion that mine will turn out a little more wobbly, but c'est la vie).

:: This crocheted blanket by Crejjtion - those colours and swirls make me swoon!

:: This gallery of rad tea towels (I'm gonna try on the use of the word "rad" because one of the young guns I work with has been using it frequently and it sounds good when he says it. Ok no. I think it just makes me feel old).

:: I ordered Les Miserables and it has arrived. With an introduction by one of my favourite writers. Can't wait to get going on this :)