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pallet fun

I’ve seen different pallet projects as I’ve browsed Pinterest, so when I saw this double size pallet behind where I work, I knew I wanted to do something with it. I liked that it was extra big,  had extra boards added and that some were broken.  I called my sister, and we lugged it home in her truck.

First, we had to decide where to put it,  we decided on a particular place in the living room, and luckily with adding 10″ legs, we could make one of the holes fit where we had a light switch.

Next to decide what to put on it, I knew I wanted some kind of words on it.  So again, I browsed Pinterest and came up with a couple ideas. The one we decided on was an Alphabetic List of things to BE. So I printed out the words in large fonts and began cutting them out with a razor blade to make stencils.

Well, that took hours and sore fingers, but finally I got them all cut out.

We decided on mostly black letters with the “alphabet” letter being a contrasting color, and then mixed it up a little by using white letters on a couple boards.

And here is how it turned out – we love it…

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my recent pinterest projects

In wanting to decorate my new bedroom, I browsed Pinterest looking for wall decor ideas. And found a couple photo to canvas projects I wanted to try.

One of them I tried was this one – where you print your photo on tissue paper and then mod podge it onto a canvas.

(pinterest – a little bit funky)

Well, printing on tissue paper wasn’t quite as easy as described, at least with my printer. But eventually I got one that was “ok” and here’s how mine turned out. And I like it…

Another one I tried was this one…

(pinterest – A Beautiful Mess)

This time you print your photo on photo paper, and then using a gel medium attach it face side down to your canvas (you need to make sure the photo is reversible or print it in reverse). Then once it’s dry, using a spray bottle you soak the back of the print and rub off the backing paper. It turns out a little streaky, because sometimes little sections of the photo rub off also.

And here’s my interpretation…

I had planned to do this one using that method, but forgot when I printed it to print it in reverse. So I just mod podge’d it to the canvas.

And here’s a picture of them together on my wall…

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visiting Grandma & cobble gets ripped back a way…

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible. I’ve been listening to the Earth Children series, I’m on The Mammoth Hunters. I’ve read and listened to these in the past, but I am enjoying them again.

I was visiting my Grandma Crain this last weekend, and thought I would show you that I came by my love of fiber crafts naturally. Here’s a picture of my 99 year old Grandma as she sorts through some little balls of yarn, deciding which ones she wants to use together for some granny squares.

She put the balls she had sorted for each square into little (re-used and re-used) ziplock bags. She pulled together yarn for  five or six squares that she will work on next. She is finishing the last strip of squares for a small baby afghan.

As long as I can remember, if Grandma was sitting down, she was working on something ~ embroidery, crocheting, or quilting. I’m thankful for the heritage and skills that have been passed down to me.

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I had had taken along a couple WIPs that have been hibernating for a while. I guess that it is kinda good that I have all my stash packed for moving and it’s easier to get to my WIPs, I’ve actually gotten one WIP finished.

I pulled out Cobble to work on and as I was reading back through the pattern to find my place, I realized I had made a mistake. Cobble is a triangular shawl and the cable crosses should mirror each other on each side of the back center. Well, I was doing the cross the same way on both sides.

All the crossed stitches on the left side should be reversed. I showed it to my Grandma, she said no one would notice – but I would and it would always bother me. So it got ripped back to the first cross.

And now I’m starting from there again…

So what are you knitting / crocheting / spinning / reading / listening to?

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“friends” swap

I recently joined in on a crafty swap hosted by Khris – where we were to gift our swap partner 7 gifts using the letters F-R-I-E-N-D-S. It was fun to get to know my swap partner Rhonda via emails and visiting her blog. We both received our packages from each other today.

And this is the fun stuff I received!!

Such fun bright colors

Fun Fabric, air Freshener and Flower magnet

Red hearts & Rolo candies

Ink gel pen in teal – lovely

Engraved art kits of puffins and turtles – these will be fun to try ( a new something to learn- yeah!!) and some chocolate covered orange jelly belly beans – yum!

Notepad, calender and “m” note cube – all oceany – love them!

Dishcloth – lovely hand crocheted in my favorite colors!

Starfish dishcloth and little Seashell vase – again hand crocheted – Thank you!!

I had to take a picture of all the tissue paper piled up after I unwrapped my goodies – what a colorful pile!

THANK YOU RHONDA for all the lovely gifts – I will enjoy them very much!! And thanks Khris for hosting this fun swap!!

Here is a picture of the items I sent to her.

(F)iber-handspun yarn, (R)ose pins, l(I)ghthouse fabric, y(E)s to cucumber facial wipes, (N)est-bird nest charm, (D)ark chocolate, (S)oap-yummy smelling and an extra- mini munchkin friend

oscar the owl

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible. I’m still listening to Lee Child’s – Jack Reacher books, I really enjoy them. And I am continuing to read the series I’m borrowing from my sister, I’m up to book 8 ~ Street Game by Christine Feehan.

I was reading through the blog posts in my reader this morning and came across this one by Linda @ Natural Suburbia. She shared a sweet little pattern for a knitted owl, and I happened to have a little time and the perfect little ball of yarn with me. Within about 45 minutes, Oscar the owl was ready to be stuffed. I had to wait until I got home to do the stuffing, but I think he turned out really cute.

Thank you Linda for sharing…

So what are you knitting / crocheting / spinning / reading / listening to?

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knitting doll clothes

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible. I’ve been listening to Lee Child’s – Jack Reacher books, I really enjoy them. And I am continuing to read the series I’m borrowing from my sister, I’m up to book 7 ~ Murder Game by Christine Feehan.

A friend has a Waldorf style doll she made and has been wanting clothes for him. So about a week ago, she gave him to me and asked me to help him out. I’ve just gotten started on his britches, one leg done ~ one leg started.

I plan to do a shirt out of the variegated yarn and probably a vest out of the off white heather. I’m just kind-of making them up as I go, I don’t have any patterns to work from.

So what are you knitting / crocheting / spinning / reading / listening to?

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budding romance

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible. I’ve been listening to Swan Song by Robert McCammon and am reading Deadly Game by Christine Feehan which is book 5 of a series I’m borrowing from my sister.

I had another big wedding for flowers this last weekend, so again the fiber fun has just been snuck in here and there. A couple weeks ago, I finally pulled this yarn off the spindle and got it plyed. It had been hanging out on the spindle for a long time, I think it was glad to be free.

~ chasing rainbow dyeworks ~ color: juniper berry ~ 2 oz ~ 50% wool/50% tencel ~ 320 yards ~

I did some looking around Ravelry to find a project that would work for the beautiful little 320 yd skein. I looked through Susanna IC’s patterns (I love her designs) and found Romance and it only calls for 300 yds.  It does ask for dk to worsted weight and my yarn is more of a fingering weight, but I think I can make it work. I’l just make the crescent short row section not quite so deep.

I’m not sure if I’ve got the right needle size, I think I’ll do a few more rows and see what it looks/feels like. The color is really pooling on these first couple rows, I’ll have to see how I like that also.

And a little Instagram love to pull it all together…

“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit, either.” ~Elizabeth Zimmerman

I hope you all have a good week, see you next week…

So what are you knitting / crocheting / spinning / reading / listening to?

Check out some others at the ~  Yarn Along & WIP Wednesday with tami’s amis