I have a lot of weird stories about St. Patrick’s Day. It’s an eventful holiday for me, considering I usually just try to avoid it.
Most memorable was the year two of my friends were getting married in downtown Boston on St. Patrick’s Day. J and I drove up from New York through one of the worst blizzards to get there in time. I love when J tells the story about the car spinning out because he makes me sound like a total rock star, but really I was so far beyond scared from hours of tense driving that I was this weird faux-calm. When we finally made it through the storm and into Boston. We could hardly drive through downtown because of all the revelry at 10 am. They are serious about their celebrating.
I’ll hopefully have a St. Patty’s Day tutorial ready for Thursday. In the meantime, here’s some green inspiration to get you into the holiday spirit.
Spring cloth napkin tutorial from Purl Bee.
Apple and Pear Ornaments from British Designers Log Like.
Preserving Herbs Tips and Tricks from Tipnut.
Beautiful paper succulents (with a tutorial) from Craftberry Bush.
All photos belong to their respective sites.
I’ve been thinking about finger puppets for awhile now. They’ve periodically crossed my path on pinterest. It feels similar to making plush toys, something I love making, but it’s new and has it’s own challenges inherent in it.
I made this set for my 5 year old niece. She’s really into princesses and horses at the moment. While I’m not into either, I can totally get behind some of the elements in princess stories including fantastical monsters and unicorns.
These are made from felt and hand stitched. The faces are not as detailed as I’d like, but embroidering on felt is hard! I think I was also expecting too much out of too small of a space. I think if I make these again, I’ll rethink the embroidery and try to simplify the expressions.
I am totally in love with the idea of neon pink unicorns. I think I may need one in my life.
I titled my post after a button I saw on etsy. It was this saying that I tried to convey to my mom when she was here caught in yet another rain storm. “It’s not usually like this,” I tried to say. But when Portland has such a reputation of rainy weather and then the proof is soaking wet right in front of you, it’s hard to dispute.
I think if you choose to live here, as so many of us moved here from elsewhere, you resign yourself to at least some wet weather. And I like to think that I’ve come to embrace it. So this post is dedicated to the rain in Portland.
Red Umbrella Watercolor Painting by Michelle Maule on Etsy
Cloud and Rain Felt Garland from Oh My Deer Love on Etsy
Turquoise Rain Romance Giclee Canvas Print from AmberElizabethArt on Etsy
Rain Drop Polaroid Print by Instant Analog on Etsy
Good news! My computer is almost fixed. Or rather a work-around has been reached until we get a chance to reformat our hard drive and no data has been lost. It was pretty touch and go for a few days while we both got frustrated with our machine.
So back to crafting.
I’ve been sewing like mad lately. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s really the only crafting supplies I didn’t move to the studio or if I’m just excited about these projects. Although I have to admit that I sew a lot no matter what else is going on.
This skirt is the third of the final installment of skirts for nieces. I used a pattern from Burda Style. I think it came out rather well. Don’t mind the wrinkles in the ruffles. I was avoiding ironing and pretending that it wasn’t noticeable.
I don’t usually sew much in the way of clothes. I’m still learning how to read patterns instead of making it up as I go along. The actual sewing part was not terribly complicated. But I did find it a bit tricky figuring out what the pattern was telling me to do. Plus I put in an invisible zipper! I was pretty proud of myself for that.
This is a super easy project. I wanted to add some coat hooks to the class room as decoration and storage.
I started with a piece of plywood. I chose one that I had previously painted a sign on, but was no longer using so I could have this asymmetrical design on it. I cut it down to fit exactly in the space between the two doors and attached two hooks that I bought from the hardware store. I like the modern look of these and they were pretty inexpensive. Then I screwed it into the door frame. If it had been on a different part of the wall I would have screwed it into a stud instead. Dry wall is not sturdy enough to support heavy coats.
Just a note. Blogging may be pretty spotty for a bit. My computer is sick. We’re still trying to diagnosis it. While my phone is adequate for a lot of things, lengthy blog posts is not one of them.
I took some time off from blogging this week. Snow days when J stayed home with me involved romps in the snow, coffee dates and blanket forts. Then I was preparing like a mad woman to be commitment-free (as much as possible) while my mom is in town. She flew in last night. It’s her first time in Portland and I can’t wait to show her around.
Wishing everyone much love today whether you’re celebrating or not.
Happy snow day! I’m out with J today around our neighborhood enjoying the way everyone acts like this is a holiday.
Part of me can’t believe this little snow shut down the city, but it’s a novelty I’m not willing to waste.