Saturday, December 31, 2011

Buh Bye, 2011

I'm having a lot of fun reading everyone's "year in review" posts, so I obviously had to make one of my own. 2011 wasn't super exciting for me. It wasn't bad at all, but not the best. Nothing really huge happened, but it was definitely a growing year. I worked on growing my business, got a few new jobs, watched a lot of Netflix, knit for miles, taught myself some new skills, conquered my fear of fashion blogging, did some treasure hunting, read some new books, and did a bunch of other stuff too. I picked out twelve posts (one from each month) to look back on when remembering 2011. Enjoy!

January - I've Been Stitchin', in which I try out my new favorite hobby of embroidery.

February - An Outfit: Feathers and Lace, in which I overcome my fear of fashion blogging and show off an outfit with some blurry pictures.

March - Eye of Sauron Hat, in which I let my geek flag fly by knitting a hat to look like the big eye from Lord of the Rings.

April - Molly Weasley Knit Skirt, in which I knit my first skirt in preparation for my all-knit costume for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

May - Crafty Workouts, in which I try to be funny/kind of a little bit serious about how crafters can get some exercise while multitasking.

June - Mr. Potato Head Hat, in which I make a hat with detachable felt facial features, a la Mr. Potato Head.

July - Harry Potter Party Decorations, in which my friends and I throw the most magical party in all the land.

August - Hamburger Hat, in which I make a hat that looks like a hamburger.

September - DIY Chevron Headband, in which I share a tutorial for a super easy headband (especially if you've ever made friendship bracelets).

October - Costume Party: Stewie Griffin, in which I create a costume to look like everyone's favorite cartoon baby.

November - Apple Pie for Dummies, in which I attempt to make my very first apple pie. It was delicious.

December - Muppet Hats, in which I create ten different hats that look like different Muppets. Yes.

I have so much planned for 2012 already and I can't wait to share it with all of you! I hope your year is filled with lots of fun and pizza and ice cream and other happy things.

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Buh Bye, December

December is my favorite month of the year, and I'm really sad it's over. Fresh starts are cool and all, but January doesn't hold a candle to December. My month consisted of: baking up a storm, some new craft projects, decorating for Christmas, buying and receiving amazing gifts, reading some new books, warm sweaters, hot tea, and some other pretty great stuff. Take a look:

Some of my favorite blog posts from the month included:

And here are just a few goals I have for January:

  • Get. Organized. I'm a firm believer that you don't need a new year to get a fresh start, but the craziness of the holidays always brings about some messes, so it's time to clean those up and get back on track.
  • Save money. Again, December was a time of spending and now there's nothing more I could possibly want. Time to reel in the online shopping a bit.
  • Cook more. I went out to eat so much in December, and it was fun, but now it's time to actually make real food every night. Pizza every day is great for the soul but not so great for the arteries.
  • Redesign this blog and start on some branding for my new shop.

I hope you all had a great December and I hope you're looking forward to an even better January (if that's possible)!

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Photo Transfer Pouch

A few days ago, I blogged about my family's crafternoon tea party. And as promised, I'm here to share with you the craft project we created that day. So without further ado, I present to you this photo transfer pouch.

Every year my female family members get together for a tea party, but last year our favorite tea room closed. So I thought it would be fun to make a little keepsake to remember our times there. The basic idea is to transfer a photo to mod podge and attach it to a felt pouch shaped like a teacup. This tutorial can be modified to your own interests or family traditions by just using the photo of your choice and cutting the felt in any shape you'd like. Now let's get started.

What you'll need: 

  • felt
  • embroidery thread and needle
  • mod podge
  • paint brush
  • water in a spray bottle
  • a family photo and a printer

Start by picking out a photo you'd like to use and print it out or make a photocopy. Paint the mod podge onto the front of the photo and let it dry for a few minutes. Paint on another layer and let it dry for about 15 minutes.

Once you're sure it's dry, take the spray bottle and spray the back of the photo with water. Carefully use your finger (NOT your fingernails) to rub off the back part of the paper, just leaving a thin layer of mod podge with your photo on it. The end result should be translucent and feel kind of like plastic.

Allow the photo to dry again for a few minutes. Then take your embroidery thread and very carefully begin stitching the photo transfer onto your felt (cut into whatever shape you'd like). I made big stitches because I wanted it to really look handmade, but you can change the stitch if you'd prefer.

Then cut out another piece of felt the exact shape and size of the first one. Use another strand of embroidery thread to stitch the two sides together, leaving just the top open. I also chose to tie on a little loop of embroidery thread so it could also be used as an ornament or hang on a wall. I haven't decided where it's going yet.

I hope some of you give this project a try and put your own little twist on it. It's so fun to make little keepsake items that are personal to you!

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