Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Apron Appeal

Okay ladies. I'm on the prowl. On the prowl for a pattern. A pretty pattern. A pretty pattern for an apron.

That would have sounded a lot more elegant had 'apron' started with a 'p.'

Anyway, I found some styles I really like ( ; especially the Jessie and Eloise), but these are obviously for sale as the finished product. In addition to totally overwhelming myself with googling "free apron patterns," I've decided to appeal to you all to see if you have any specific tips on where to look for a rather feminine, frilly apron pattern.

Any ideas?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

OMG OMG OMG... Linnea is going to FREAK OUT

you may have already seen this today, but since I'm the furthest east, and therefore the first one checking my Reader in the morning, it is my distinct privilege to share with you, THESE!

FMF tights!?! Unreal. FITF posted about them this morning and I HAD to share... they're available at Anthropologie (this is their photo). Let's buy them. All of us. You too James.

Monday, September 20, 2010 I said...

...only crafting posts from me for a while! Here's a little stuffed bear I just finished for our friends in Peterborough who had a beautiful little girl Sadie:

Clearly...a grey bear is a bit of a stretch with green eyes and a blue nose/mouth...but hey - she's a baby...she'll never know that I was too lazy to buy appropriate colour wool/embroidery thread!

That's it from me...


good things come in 3's??

Sooooo we may have bought a house. Apparently getting married and going away for 7 weeks wasn't enough of a challenge, we thought we'd throw on the tiniest of tasks in purchasing our first home. I'm feeling a little embarrassed and braggy about the number of 'big things' we've accomplished recently, so I promise from now on, I will have nothing but knitting and sewing projects to show. I promise.

So without further it is!

I haven't taken pictures of the inside yet. I keep waiting for the moment when it will all be cleaned and looking lovely...but given that we're leaving on our trip in 2.5 days...not gonna happen! So here's one the inspector took awhile ago:

We also had to undertake our first home reno project - ever - this past weekend to make sure the roof was in good shape for the winter. We had to add ventilation..which would help with some ice forming problems. Anyways...I now know how to apply venting and re-shingle the ridge of a roof! Hoorah!

(doesn't he look cute with a power tool!??!)

These are our neighbours in the front yard. In fact 2 days ago i came outside to take a picture of the cows and noticed one was eating around our fire pit...Lesson to deal with stray farm animals. Go inside and hope they wander into the neighbours yard. Yup - I think I have what it takes to be a good neighbour!

Now when i'm ill and tired on our trip I can find an internet cafe and check on the blog to remind myself about home sweet home!:)


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

An Ode to Crafting

In the wake of many of us embarking on new adventures, I was inspired to write the little ditty below. Cheers to Crafting!

An Ode to Crafting

by Mara Erickson (crafter-in-training)

Dedicated to the crafty ladies of Edmonton, AB (and Smithers, BC, and Fort Collins, CO, and Minneapolis, MN, and Sackville, NB,
and wherever else we may end up!)

There once were some ladies who’d craft

with talents in baking to match.

And then the group split

for new spots to knit,

but never forgot how they laughed!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A minor mishap

I've been known to dye a sock or two pink, but I generally use cold water washes so it's usually not too problematic. Ditto on the shrinkage of clothing.

Yesterday, however, I did something that really really really really takes the cake.

First of all, let me say that I am constantly nagging you-know-who about taking coins, receipts and (ugh) kleenexes out of his pockets because it produces a veritable clothing and white-bit cornucopia of a mess.

As of yesterday, I don't think I'm ever again allowed to badger him again:

Ladies, I somehow managed to put an entire cooking MAGAZINE into the laundry. I'm not making this up. Luckily it was only a Food Network magazine and not one of my coveted Jamie magazines, but still...

Someone please tell me they've done this before and how I can fix this. This was, of course, a load that contained my favourite dresses, yoga pants, and pretty much all of my knickers. It was the type of load that you put off doing until you realize that the only clean clothes you have left are the ones you hate wearing and are just waiting around waiting to be sent to Value Village!!!

...I think I know the answer:

Shopping trip, anyone?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Urban Knitters

There is a "new" knitting shop in Old Strathcona. I say new in parentheses because I can't be certain that it is really, truly new. I just noticed it for the first time this week on my drive in to school. It is called Urban Knitters and here is their web site One of these days I'll check it out. ;)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Run "R" Run

Look to the right. Yep, a whole list of crafty blogs I added today while R was doing the hard work for my thesis! Add your favorites so we can have many ways to procrastinate. Sorry, Alana.

On another note, I am up for many Sunday afternoon sewing sessions after September 13th. I am undertaking the task of Cora's halloween costume this year. She will be going as Cindy Lou Who from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Can you see it?