People are Awesome, and I Love Mail aka Kait’s First Ever Fabric Swap

My fabric swap package from came today! (Erin, yours is in the mail! — And don’t worry, the snow can’t get it .:D)
The packaging was a hit with my sister. She got it from the puzzled mail carrier.
I didn’t know you could send two-liters in the mail!

Check it out!

I love the little stitched howdy on her note. So fun!

I may have had a bit of a hard time opening it, despite being given instruction as to how it should be done.
Like a monkey trying to do a math problem…

Here’s the whole deal!

Aaaaaaand I officially have the best scrappy partner ever! Look at this adorable coffee cozy.

It even has my first initial on it, how thoughtful! This made my week. Thank you so much Erin!!!  (~ that is from me, my chilly hands and my coffee cup ;D)

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Crocheted with Love

I’m trying to actually do the projects that I see, rather than squirreling them away never to be seen again.
And with that, I’d like your opinion on a couple of things.

First off is a bracelet that I made as an exercise in patternless crocheting.



It’s nice as a soft subtle accessory (as opposed to say, a charm bracelet, which is much louder).
I used a basic cotton crochet yarn (this one, I think?) and my size 5/e hook.

What do you think of the details, the way it sits? Would you wear it?
How would you style it?

Secondly, I tried not one but two crochet patterns of hearts.
You know, for (St.) Valentine’s Day.

The heart on the left is this pattern provided by June Gilbank on her blog (I was happy to stumble upon this wonderful pattern designer. She is very straightforward and detailed in her work. I only wish I had the funds to buy up some of these fantastic patterns!)

The heart on the right came is this pattern from the lovely ladies of Little Birdie Secrets. There’s even a video for further instruction!

The yarn I used was Schachenmayr nomotta Bamboo in pink with a size 5/e hook.

I would say that I found them to be of equal difficulty, both with favorable results. I like different aspects of each: the left heart has a more prominent chain edge around the heart, which is really pretty. The right heart has a more pointed heart shape.
At least, this was my experience having completed each one time. It’s possible that with slight tension adjustment, either could achieve the other’s results.

Doesn’t it make you want to make hundreds of these little guys?
Ahh, I love crocheting!

I’d love to hear your thoughts or see what projects you’ve got cookin’!


A giveaway! (pretty paper)

Whilst perusing the blogroll this morning, I happened upon The Ardent Sparrow‘s Weekly Swag giveaway.

This week’s feature is Candace of Sparkle Power.

Pretty posters and a teddy bear with a mustache!

Read the interview and enter to win a pretty pastel poster!


Dreaming in crystal blue

I’m thinking of new fun things to make.
I’m at a loss though; I don’t have an idea in my head at the moment.

Looking back on recent work, I made these icy blue earrings for my sister for christmas:

ice blue crystal earrings made for my sisterSwarovski crystals and perhaps hematite (i’m not sure – unlabeled from my stash).

They’re a bit heavy, so I’d like to make something a little lighter for summer.
calvin klein spring 2004

Something that would complement this dress, perhaps? (image is calvin klein spring collection 2004 – isn’t it beautiful? understated but no less elegant – I love it)

Hmmm… maybe I’ll troll the stash to get an idea. Unless you’ve got one for me?

much love,

kait


Handmade Indeed

After waiting around and all but shrugging it off as the downfall of non-major cities to not have big events, the much-anticipated (by me) screening of Handmade Nation is here in Savannah! Thank you SCAD STYLE week.

So anyone in Savannah GA tonight, this cinco de mayo, go to pepe hall (the big white fibers building), 8pm.

Also tomorrow at 2pm, panel discussion with Faythe Levine at the student center “Why One-of-a-Kind Matters”. Beautiful.


Crystal Flower Power!

I made this crystal flower from the first half 1/2 of a Bead and Button Magazine tutorial, then I turned it into a ring.

crystal flower ring by you.

crystal flower ring back by you.

Materials: seed beads and bicone swarovski crystals

What do you think?


Doll Maker

Everyone has their cabbage patch kid, their raggedy ann or andy; along with teddy bears and blankies, dolls mark one of the nostalgic icons of childhood. As with most things, the best of these items came lovingly handmade and was carried around until it fell apart. 

My littlest sister just turned 12 so we aren’t exactly in the doll years anymore. But do you ever truly grow out of your childhood completely?

Here is a tribute to every child who had a special friend to cling to in the wee hours of the night when the monster under the bed threatened to strike.
An Etsy Handmade Portrait on Mimi Kirchner:

 
While you may think twice about handing off these skillfully crafted pieces to small grabbing hands, at least you can delight in their handmade but oh so delectable goodness.