Archive for September, 2009

September 29, 2009

D1D Label

Ok. So the Holidays are aproaching fast and money is really tight. Plus I have a slight problem when it comes to crafting. If I don’t finish the project in one sitting…I usually never finish it. So I have been searching for projects that can be done in 1 day and can be given as a gift. Hence the new D1D label. All projects I finish in a day will have this label. Keep in mind they might be done faster or longer depending on your crafting skills.

This weekend was very productive. Besides finishing my sewing nook, I also made a couple of D1D crafts:

DishclothDiscloth

Dishcloths are quick and easy to make. Pair them with wooden cooking spoons and a rafia bow or package them up with handmade soap.   I used Lily’s Sugar and cream 100% cotton yarn for this one. There are plenty of patterns on their site.

Hat
Hats are great for friends and relatives who live up North.  I actually used one pattern for the Cloche that Purple Kitty posted at her site and the Brilliant flower pattern from Patons.   Sewing projects will be posted soon. Happy crafting!

September 27, 2009

Sewing Nook

Inspired by several DIY closet makeovers into craft stations…I decided to put the office closet to good use.  I love the idea of having an organized area for all my textile projects. Now I have the ability to just shut the door and hide the mess when a project takes longer than expected.
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September 26, 2009

Have you hugged an Alpaca today?

Alpaca2This weekend is National Alpaca Farm Days. Today I decided to go visit a local Alpaca Farm to get up and close with the critters that produce one of the softest yarns in the market.

Suzanne Storm is the owner of Alpacas of Davenport. A native of central Florida, she welcomed me to her home and farm with lovely southern hospitality. I learned everything there is to know about the care and breeding of Alpacas. I was amazed at how docile they were. I even had a chance to feed them.

I also learned about the whole process of creating yarn from shearing to spinning to skein. A time consuming but a simple and relaxing process. The finished product is clearly much softer than store bought yarn.

 

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September 25, 2009

Scarf Pattern from Purple Kitty

I really enjoyed this crochet pattern from Purple Kitty. It was very easy to follow. I used left over Caron Simply Soft yarn which has a nice drape to it.

Crochet Scarf

September 25, 2009

Sunset

Sunset at the grove

I can watch the sunset thru the orange grove right from my back yard :-D