Thursday, January 15, 2015

Best (and Easiest) Christmas Gift

For those of you that know my Sage, you know how much she loves her blankies. That girl would drag a blankie around all day every day if I let her. I was inspired by some super cute fleece I got to make her a no-sew fleece blanket for Christmas. It was super simple and doesn't even require a sewing machine - just a pair of scissors. Here is a quick tutorial:
I laid two pieces of fleece, approximately 1 yard each, on top of each other and cut them to the same size. I then went around all four sides and cut slits on the edge 2 inches wide by 4 inches deep. I then cut a slit at the top of each piece about 1 1/2 inches long. I did this with a cutting mat under the fabric and a rotary cutter. I took the ends of each piece and threaded them through the slit and pulled it through. That's it!



Here is a prime example of my girl and her blankies.. Do you see the second blanket in this picture?


My girl loved it! If anyone asked her what she got for Christmas she'd tell you about the blankie her mama made her. Best feeling ever! So I say this blanket is a win-win.

xo
-V

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wiksten Tunic Dress

This pattern is super simple but the finishes are what makes it so good. It has french seems and both the armholes and neckline are finished with a bias binding. This encloses all those frayed edges and makes the end result look professional. I love how this tunic/ dress turned out! The fabric is a super lightweight chiffon and I'd definitely say this is a more of a Spring/ Summer piece than Winter. But I made it anyway, let's just say I'm ready for Spring! I think there will be lots of different ways to wear this. Today I opted for a belt with a sweater. I could see it with black leggings or with sandals in the Summer.






xo
-V

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Year in the Making: My Sweater

You guys!!! I finished my sweater! I started this sweater last fall, as in Fall 2013. I worked on it little by little while watching my favorite TV shows until my fingers were too tired.  And truthfully I'm not a big knitter in the summer months, maybe because there is no good TV and because holding a big pile of wool is just too hot. I finished this sweater the week before Thanksgiving and was so excited to wear it.



The front is open but I have a giant safety pin that I can use to keep the top closed. I like that I can just wrap it around me as tight or loose as I like. The yarn is cascade 220, 100% wool. The sleeves are purposely 3/4 length. It is the caramel pattern free on ravelry.




To say that I love this sweater is an understatement. When I started knitting I made lots of fingerless mitts, hats and scarfs. Those were fun but I wanted to challenge myself to knit something a little more complicated. I thought this would be a great pattern because of the open front. I didn't have to be too concerned with the fit. I'm super proud of myself! Now the question is: What should I knit next??

xo
-V

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year

For some reason I'm really looking forward to 2015. Not because 2014 was bad. I love the fresh start and clean slate of a new year. For me it's like spring time - a time to clean out my closets, purge stuff that I no longer need or use, organize and start again. I'm the type of gal that only let's my Christmas tree linger for a few days after Christmas. Definitely gone by New Year's Eve. I have boxed it all up, cleaned the house, simplified and I'm ready to ring in 2015.

One of the biggest things that needed some attention was my pantry. I've been experimenting with preserving food / jam for the last 6 years and there were some jars dating as far back as 2008. Okay - quite a few jars actually. They were taking up lots of space and never going to be consumed. I hate wasting food but it was time for them to go. There was also lots of general clutter that needed to be addressed. My pantry is really deep so it's hard to see what's going on in the way back. So I dumped all the old jars and anything else that was old, put a few shelves in, wiped all the surfaces and organized what was left. I'd still like to get a few more baskets to corral things like pasta and snacks but it's already looking way better.


 While cleaning out the pantry I threw out a bunch or well used cloth napkins. So of course I had to sew a few more. So that happened and it's the perfect addition to my cleaned out pantry!

 

 The last thing I'm sharing are these trivets (thanks to Pinterest). I made these this year as Christmas gifts and I had a few left over. I love the contrast of the dark stain and white washed wood.



 

Happy New Year!
xo
-V

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Voila!

A few months back I made this Voila Blouse. To date it is my favorite hand-made piece of clothing. I found this fabric at Goodwill well over a year ago and was saving it for something special. Something that I would actually wear and something that had a simple design to show off the fabric. When I came across the pattern for the Voila Blouse I just knew it was the one! This top is super comfy and the fabric is a nice linen-like cotton. The one downside to the fit would be that it's a bit roomy and might make me look pregnant... Rest assured that I am not. But this would make a great maternity shirt!






Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Highlights

 The real highlight of Christmas was family. Sure we all got great gifts but it was so nice to spend time with the people I love. My parents came up for 5 days and we even got a surprise visit from my brother and sister-in-law. It was great to see everyone, spend time together, share meals and enjoy each others company. We also made a trip to Seattle to visit more family. These pictures are us. It's nearly impossible to get everyone to look at the camera and smile at the same time but I guess that's how it goes. These pictures are all thanks to my Christmas gift which was a tripod and remote for my camera.





Next up: catching up on all the Christmas crafting plus the backlog of things I've made but haven't properly photographed.

xoxo
-V

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Scarves...

I've been busy making some cozy scarves just in time for our cooler weather.

 

 I mentioned that I'd be selling these scarves so if you are interested, comment here, email, message or call me. I will ship and take custom orders too. So if there are some specific colors you want, let me know or check back to see what new patterns/ colors I come up with!
And now for the scarves:



cream, black and red plaid infinity scarf $18

cream and black herringbone flannel plaid infinity scarf $18

black and white jail stripe flannel infinity scarf $18

blue and grey floral voile infinity scarf $18
 

 xoxo
-V