Thursday, January 28, 2010

trnka has cool stuff for kids and boys too!

I love these! There are plenty more here too... I love how the different sweaters are used.

I'd love to see my valentine in this, he would be so soft (it's cashmere!), so stylish and warm!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

upclothing for great boy clothes

This shirt is so cute! I love how it's recycled from two other shirts. The star stitching is a great touch. You can find more here.

While I've used shirt sleeves for pants, I've never thought about using them for overalls. I love how they are flared a little at the bottom.

First, the color is great, one of my favorites. And then, the stitching! So cute for a little guy.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

new on etsy - wool longies tutorial

After making several pairs of these for my little guy, I decided to share my version with those of you who are beginning to sew for your babies. You can find the tutorial here.

I added the squirrel and acorns to cover the moth holes in this cashmere sweater.

here's what they look like without embellishment...

You might already know about my favorite sweater source...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

cozy pants

My sister found the best pants for my niece a few years ago. They were cotton outside and flannel inside. It's taken a few years, but I finally made a pair. And they turned out so well, that I made another pair for my nephew.

a recycled cotton and wool headband for a superhero bride...

and an upcycled pelican shirt for her little brother..

Friday, January 22, 2010

devilmademedoit recycled wool and cashmere clothes!

Wow. I want it all. Dresses, sweaters, cowls, skirts all in recycled wool and cashmere. Super stylish. I could look great, be warm and comfortable. You'll want it all too. Tamara does an amazing job of putting it all together.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

foundry design recycled wool belts

I love these belts made with small pieces of recycled wool sweaters! It's so innovative, with the various hardware options. Of course there are plenty of other great recycled wool sweaters and even a miniskirt! I want everything here...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

sesame seed designs recycled cashmere!

These little caps are so sweet! I wish I had discovered them when Fyn was tiny. They would be a great for a baby gift. Hmm, two of my friends are pregnant right now... There are more fantastic recycled gifts here...

While I'm not a coffee drinker, I love this idea for my chai! I need to make a bigger purse, so I can fit it in there along with my nylon shopping sacks.

Monday, January 18, 2010

HeyMiemie cashmere flowers

The Christmas tree is going and I'm thinking of Valentine's Day already...
HeyMiemie makes these gorgeous buds along with all kinds of other wool felt flowers, hair clips and headbands. I've discovered a great headband goes a long way to make a bad hair day really good!

Friday, January 15, 2010

cashmere seahorses from snaulkter

What would life be like if the poppa gave birth and carried the babies like we mommas do?
Recycled cashmere makes it fabulous! Snaulkter has a whole family of seahorses on etsy.

Looks like we are going to have a fun weekend, so I'll be back with more cashmere finds next week!

Friday, January 8, 2010

christmas decorations - handprint wreath and sentimental ornaments

My sister put this together and I love it's sentimental simplicity. It looks like the handprint is laminated, maybe using clear contact paper? My niece made it at preschool a few years ago. The wreath is not too big, but it looks larger in this photo.

When I was cleaning up one day, I found some old dog tags and decided to include them in our holiday decorations. All I did was add ribbon. It worked great for old keys too.

The zig zag garland is from my grandma. It's made of gum wrappers folded together and spray painted. I wish I knew how it was made so I could make more.

This is one of my favorite ornaments. It's made from scrap vinyl, sewn together with watercolor paper at the top. Eyelets hold it together and make great openings for the wire. Inside is a picture of T and me at the beach along with a few rocks from that day.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

christmas decorating - recycled wool stockings

creative christmas adventures, chapter 2

The gifts were starting to pile up, and there were no stockings yet! So, the week before Christmas, I had one nap time left for crafting. I dashed into my studio and pulled out the pattern which I had seen at a friend's house when she was making her fabulous recycled wool stockings - she was kind enough to share.

It was hard to decide what to put in Fyn's stocking, but it seemed to come together at the last minute as Tommy (aka Santa) showed up a bit earlier than usual with some great recycled and handmade toys, procured locally, of course. The felted fruits, veggies and eggs were inspired by my friends, and a day of needlefelting earlier in the month. The fabric gifts bags were a big hit. I loved them because they are made of gorgeous recycled fabrics, and no tissue paper is needed. T loved how it was fast to wrap with them. Instead of gift tags, I wrote names on a second piece of grosgrain ribbon, that part was easy too. Our families loved them, and kept them for future reuse. I'm making more for next year!

While I thought the brown tree stocking was going to be mine, T loved it so much he wanted it. It reminds him of his favorite tree at the river. So, I'm the star here!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

in celebration of three kings day

Tradition is to make a French lemony cake on Three Kings Day. I carefully slipped three almonds into the cake before baking. It came out like a cross between a biscotti and a cake, but tasted good. Everyone at our study group appreciated it. We looked at Steiner's seven seas, drawing our own, mine a metamorphosis of Jupiter and Venus. We listened to fairy tales about the seven ravens as well as the fox and the goats. It was a cloudy, slightly snowy day followed by an icy night. The wind whipped Lake Michigan into a froth and the waves crashed on the shore.

Wednesday is the actual day, but our schedules allowed us to celebrate early this year!
What are your traditions?

Monday, January 4, 2010

favorite christmas memories

snowshoes for christmas!

It was a gorgeous day today, sunny and snowy.

svelte handbags for christmas

christmas baking - gingerbread cookies!

The twelve days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and extend until Three Kings Day, or Epiphany. It seemed the perfect way for me to complete all my holiday plans, with family here to help. We baked gingerbread cookies, rolling out the dough and cutting the shapes.

Here are a few of the men that survived with heads. Fyn liked eating the heads off as soon as they hit the cookie sheet... The recipe is from a friend, who found it in Martha Stewart. I tried to find a link for you but there are thousands there! So I wrote it out below...

While we were making the frosting for the three kings cake today, I spread a little on a cookie, which made it feel like dancing!

Crisp Gingerbread Cookies
6c sifted all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1/2t baking powder
1c (2 sticks) unsalted butter (I used Willow Run soy margarine to be dairy-free)
1c dark brown sugar, packed
4t ground ginger
4t ground cinnamon
1 1/2t ground cloves
1 1/2t salt
1t finely ground pepper - yes, that's right, black pepper! it's the gingery "snap" you'll taste.
2 large eggs
1 c unsulfured molasses

1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.

2. In bowl of electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Mix in spices, salt and pepper, then eggs and molasses. Add in flour mixture on low speed. Divide into thirds; wrap in wax paper or plastic. Chill at least one hour.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough 1/8" thick. Cut into desired shapes. Transfer to baking sheets (silpat mats were recommended, but my cookie sheets were ungreased and it worked out fine). Refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes (skipped this step...) Bake 8-10 minutes or until crisp but not darkened. Cool on wire racks and decorate.

If you want an easy solution to decorating, you can sprinkle sugar on before baking. Mine were unfrosted and that seemed to be good for a little guy. Martha recommends royal icing, but I don't have time or energy for that!