Monday, January 28, 2008

Easiest Craft Ever

Careful, the craft you're about to enjoy is extremely easy.

Tired of throwing away those cardboard cup wrappers from Starbucks, or your independent coffee shop of choice? This wrap is ridiculously easy, uses recycled materials and is super cute to boot. Simply trace a cardboard wrapper onto the cuff of a wool sweater from Goodwill that has been felted. (Instructions for felting can be found here.) To ensure that the top didn't fray, I ran a bead of fray check around the edge.

That apron tutorial I promised is on its way!

Saturday, January 26, 2008


I am finally trying to craft things with felted sweaters after being inspired by her for quite some time. I'll be back with pictures. And, a tea towel apron tutorial!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


I am totally in denial about the end of Blueprint. I was quite shocked when I discovered it was going away, actually, because I had heard nothing but praise regarding the magazine. The crafty/artsty/design-y blogs I frequent were equally raving over its content and design. I even renewed my subscription and bought my sister one for Christmas. (BTW, is anyone else out there looking for a refund? Because I certainly am.)

Anyhoo, I recieved my last copy a few weeks ago and left it lying on the kitchen table, unopened, because I couldn't bear to face my last issue. And I finally read it, and it was just as lovely as ever, and now I am sad. Oh dear Martha, I am a twentysomething that loves paper magazines! I just can't see how this loveliness is going to be recreated on screen. Rest in Peace, dear Blueprint. Your back issues (I was there from the start!) will now be lovingly filed away.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Color Lovin'

I got a new Pottery Barn catalog in the mail a few days ago, and I am seriously loving the new colorful look. Seriously good stuff. (Seriously out of my budget as well.) I sometimes rip pages out of catalogs for inspirations, but I found that in this case, I just kept the whole catalog. I've been lusting after this table for the past year or so, but I have neither the space nor the money. Oh to have a studio!

My husband and I spent a chunk of the day rearranging my art supplies closer to the dining room, which is my usual workspace. It made a big difference, though some of the supplies are still spread among various rooms. Overall, it made my space more usable, which is always a good thing.