RavWeds Swap 2015!

It’s that time of year again! Every year, my friends on rav have a swap! I sent a box to Indiana this year and I received a swap box was from Sarah in Kansas City, Missouri! Today is opening day!!

I have never been to KC but this box makes me feel like I have! Sarah’s husband Timm is a tattoo artist, he drew all over the outside of my package. Spawnbeast loved it, so we hung it up!

I got loose tea that smells amazing, funny postcards, local lip balm, yarn for a utermelon sweater, mustard and real Kansas city BBQ sauce!! Sarah also included some treats for the hounds! I love it all!!

To top off a top-notch Friday, I’m knitting! Woot!

 

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Hair Bows!

Hola! Popping in with a blog-able craft project!

You never know how girly you are until you find out you’re having a girl and the price of baby hair accessories. Now, old me would have never bothered but seeing how bald I was in baby pictures and how bald Spawnbeast was, I bow to the hair bow.

I’ve been surfing Pinterest ideas as well as Etsy. I already have everything I need. I have the elastic from my hairband-making days and God knows I have random ribbon, buttons and adornments floating around. So far, I made these:

I have to get back on Pinterest. I want to make some felt flowers and come up with a mobile that matchs my 19th Century Impressionist/Floral theme. I’m going to recover Spawnbeast’s old mobile and go from there.

I’ll pop in again soon!

 

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What’s Going On?

Just popping in to say hello! I’ve been a crafty machine! Check out my latest FO’s and WIPs:

On top of knitting, I’ve been cooking zucchini everything and making an ungodly mess with kid art. I did some TdF spinning but lacked the energy and time to have consistent updates or join a real team. I’m working on paintings too because I have to whittle my canvas collection down. I’m thinking about a button portrait because Pinterest told me too…

 

Check me out on Instagram. Shout out to my new followers!!

 

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Finished Objects!

I meant to post this on a Friday but I couldn’t wait! I warned you the blog would get quiet, lots of fun stuff going on. The garden(s) are exploding with veggies (and weeds!). I’m following along with TdF but didn’t join a an official team.  On top of kids stuff, I’m working on something mom-humor related. It might be a new chapter for me. We’ll see. My craftlife sans spawn is getting smaller and smaller. And finally, I’ve been a knitting machine. I have THREE, count em, THREE finished objects to share!

Knitted Quinn to match Knitted Enza. A copycat Princess Charlotte bonnet as well as a quick little hat for a friend.

I’ve got another hat on my needles and fiber on the wheel. As usual, keep an eye on my Instagram for up to the minute craftwhore moments.

 

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Cyanotypes!

Yesterday, my fellow volunteers and I played around with a demo we’re doing for the community garden tour. Along with our garden, we’re going to make cyanotypes! Basically it’s like old school photography for plants. You have special paper or chemicals, plants and lots of sun. It’s all part of my master plan to make the historical society a more kid-friendly place.

First, you pick cool looking plants or lay out lace (which I will try on the day of the event) on special paper. You can get “sun paper” at the craft store. Then you take your arrangement outside.

Next, you wait until the paper changes color. The earlier in the day, the shorter the time it needs. We did this around 5pm and it needed about 5 minutes. We brought it inside and soaked it in water. After a few minutes, pour a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide in and watch it turn super blue!!!

I really dig how mine came out. I framed it so we’d have a few finished examples. Our intern works at the local art museum and they have cyanotypes that are over 100 years old!

Now back to weeding the garden. The recent rain has created quite the jungle of weeds to tackle!

 

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Garden Peek!

So far, still have green thumbs! My first totally organic garden is looking good!

I have three tomatoes, a pepper, an eggplant, one cuke, one zuch, three strawberries, four lettuces and as of today: two beans. That’s not counting the herbs: mint, rosemary, basil, dill, tyme and parsley. I have some sunflowers sprouting too.

The only thing I’m a bit worried about is my eggplant. The temperature has been wonky so I don’t see much fruit coming in. We’ll see.

I’m also helping out with the historical society garden. Mostly I’m pulling and watering there. That garden has a lot more variety, I’m not ready for that kind of commitment at home. I am ready for my share of the bounty though. I can’t keep up with the veggie/Berry demand caused by Spawnbeast. That kid hasn’t met a veggie he didn’t like.

Also part of my organic garden adventure: pest control and fertilizing. I think I’m doing okay. I hope I don’t have the nitrogen issue I had last year or the grub issue. I think I learned my lesson but again, we’ll see!

 

 
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