Over the weekend I managed to finish my section of Blue Hawaii for the West Coast/Central Oddball Knitters. I have had this blanket in my possession for quite a bit longer than I should have, but with 2 bouts of illness I really wasn't wanting to sneeze or cough my bugs into this pretty blanket. I loved the colors of the first 2 sections (and the white) but I didn't have anything in my stash that would compliment them at all...so I got to go yarn shopping!!! I was on the hunt for a perfect yarn and, not to brag but, I feel I found the perfect one! Carol, from Hawaii, started the blanket and did the first section in a "Diamond Brocade pattern - reminiscent of Hawaii's famous landmark, Diamond Head." As you can see in section 2, there are some "holes" (sorry, not sure if there's a proper term) in the shape of diamond throughout the section. The white section is sort of diamond-ish too, at least I believe so. In my section, it's sort of hard to see, but I used a Large Diamond pattern to compliment the other sections.
I'm sure I've mentioned before that we mail blankets to one another adding a 4 inch section to the blanket - 6 sections total and then a lovely crochet border- then the blankets are donated to a hospital and given to babies who might not otherwise get such a wonderful blanket. Let me know if you want more info on how to join our group (or the one for your region)!
I love this new to me feature on Google Reader - add a button to your bookmark bar that allows you to go from blog to blog viewing the new posts in your reader. I'm not good at explaining it so you can find out how to do it in this postat Cluck Cluck Sew (love this blog). This makes it so quick and easy to read the posts - loving it so far!!
On another, completely unrelated note, this young man lost tooth #2 today - haven't taken a picture yet...we're all a bit under the weather today. We were actually on the way home from a doctor visit when he said ever so calmly "hey mom, my tooth came out." He's now on a course of antibiotics for a low grade atypical pneumonia...hopefully that will be all he needs to get rid of the nasty cough he's had for over a month now.
My triceps hurt today, but it's a good hurt (can you say oxymoron?). I guess doing skull crushers with a 50lb kettlebell will do that to you. Just have to say that I love kettlebells and the variation of workouts that I get in my classes!
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The winner of the $25
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Congratulations, Domestic Diva!
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This was a quick, no-sew project, there's not much, but you can see Part 1 here. This isn't a tutorial, all I did was use Heat 'n' Bond (so follow the directions on the package) to apply the images to the burlap that I covered the original wall hanging with. Easy 'nuff. First I had to sketch out what I wanted things to sort of look like and then I cut the pieces individually from the Heat 'n' Bond backed fabric. This allowed me to play with different layouts.
I used this Heat 'n' Bond because it was all that I had, probably could have used the heavier duty version for the burlap, but this worked just fine, just had to apply heat a little longer than the instructions indicated.
Don't forget when using Heat N Bond to keep in mind what side you need everything to be on or you'll end up with your images flipped. No big deal here, I just cut the tree into 3 sections and 'pieced' them together.
And....voila, a little family of owls (they represent the family members of my friend's family)!
I loved making it for you, Annie, and hope it works for what you need it to!
Come back and see how I'm in the process of making over this wall hanging for a dear friend's new baby nursery.
My friend wanted to turn this bee wall hanging from her daughter's nursery (from nearly 5 years ago) into something with owls for her new baby boy. I told her I would do it for her as a gift....and since Liam is nearly a month old, I had better get it finished!
(pictures aren't showing up too great, but guess that helps to keep a bit of the element of surprise in play)
Hey, I never claimed to be an artist!
Now, if only I could reclaim my crafting area (aka the dining room table)! Mama needs, okay, wants a sewing room in a bad way! It will be designed similar to this!!