Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Snow days make for a productive time here in the Pocket.  Not getting useful stuff done, necessarily (like cleaning, organizing, homework...) but getting fun stuff done.  Like knitting, and sewing, and baking.  You've seen my Valentines from the first blizzard of the week.  Between then and now, I've finished a scarf, an applique, and a batch of cupcakes.  Woohoo!

Pics of the scarf in its completely finished state are forthcoming after it's blocked, but here's a general idea:

Imagine that with a crocheted lace border, and you have a preview of the finished finished object.

Today I had time to do a bit of a fix that I'd been planning on. See, I found this adorable t-shirt at Target:

Now, I'm definitely not that cynical about romance. In fact, quite the opposite. But how could I pass up that squirrel? So with the help of FusiKnit, Misty Fuse, a black long-sleeved t-shirt, and some perle cotton, I ended up with this:

And, of course, because I can't let an opportunity for cupcakes go by, I made amazing cupcakes of Win.

Want a closeup?

Mmmmm nom nom nom...

It's the first time I've tried 7-minute Frosting. I'm totally sold. And anyone with a snowmobile or snowshoes or a dogsled is welcome to come over and help me eat these, because I don't know how my parents and I are going to manage to eat all 24 of them ourselves before they go stale...

What have you done with your snow day?

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Yeah, we've got a lot of snow out there.  But I'm one of the lucky ones.  We've got electricity (knock on wood) and no need to go anywhere.  So this has been a great opportunity to play along with Michelle Ward, which I haven't done in months! 

This month's GPP Street Team Crusade encourages using letters.  Preferably those particularly affectionate ones, X and O.  Well, I needed to make Valentines.  And I happen to be snowed in.  Soooo, perfect timing, right?  Pooling my inspirations from Michelle, Tim Holtz, the Scarlet Pimpernel, and, well, my own pure brain, I came up with a couple of well-lettered tags.

This one, I can only show part of, lest its recipient happen to check my blog this week...

I made my own shimmer mist (End of Time pt 1, anybody?  warning, spoilers...) with Perfect Pearls and reinker ink, diluted with water.  Got a little heavy handed on that first tag...
I've been rereading the Scarlet Pimpernel books.  I honestly don't think there's a more romantic story, anywhere.  And Tim's flourish stamp strikes me as somewhat 18th Century, somewhat romantic, definitely cool.  Aside from an initial wash of a neutral ink, I did every layer of this in the same Fired Brick Distress Ink.  No, I am not shilling for Ranger.

These next two were originally one tag, but then I decided the two elements didn't go together physically or stylistically, so I cut them into two tags.  One hang tag and one little rectangular one.  The Dymo label on the top one came after the cut.


Michelle did say to do letters any way we wanted, and when I sat down at the work counter and saw my Dymo labeler, I knew it just needed to be involved.

Sometime I'll have to catch up and post stuff that I've started and finished since the last time I posted.  But for now this post is just dedicated to the Crusade.  Tune in later for yarny goodness.