Monday, April 25, 2011

Knit Easter Eggs make for great party favors!

I hope all of you had wonderful Easter weekends and are able to enjoy some time off today.  I know I took a personal day to catch up on life after a weekend of traveling and holiday prep. I've been cheating and checking my work email every now and then, plus I've done some homework and plan on some bonding time with laundry later on.  What a relaxing day :P

Of course, it's not a holiday without getting crafty!  Although I did buy an egg-dying kit (a glitter one, at that), I decided to do something a bit different with my eggs this year.  Here are some photos:

Knit Easter Eggs

Knit Easter Eggs

Knit Easter Egg in Basket

Knit Easter Egg in Basket

The pattern is from Little Cotton Rabbits (Ravelry link) and I chose to mattress-stitch the egg around some of those plastic eggs you can buy pretty much everywhere this time of year.  I filled the baskets with some craft shred purchased at Target (couldn't find Easter grass anywhere!) and the baskets were from Christmas Tree Shops.

I didn't have the patience to make any patterns - actually, I just really hate intarsia, haha - so I used self-striping sock yarn in the Spring-y-est colors I could find!  I made the tags using a punch I purchased last week at ACMoore and some leftover scrapbook paper, then tied the tags to the eggs with some pretty Spring ribbon that can be undone and used to turn the eggs into ornaments.  I think they turned out really well.  I was happy with the result :)

Now I need some inspiration to start another project or finish up several others.  Guess we'll see where the wind takes me!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Button Bracelets!

Well well well!  Thanks to all of you who have beared with me during my impromptu blog hiatus.

After my last entry, I caught a deadly cold.  I'm still coughing three weeks later.  It's been really fun!  I've also started back at my classes.  This session, I'm reading about 120 pages per week (which isn't awful - just time-consuming) on top of the writing.  Pretty much, I'm going insane.  Work has also been nuts, but I'll spare you those personal details :)

I'm just now starting to get back into knitting and crocheting.  I admittedly went through a slump for a couple weeks and have barely touched my stash.  But with Easter coming up, I've been working on a few goodies that I'll get into once they're done.

I've also kept up with learning some new crafts.  My latest project was making button bracelets:




Look at the colors!

I went to Michaels over the weekend and bought all my supplies.  These little doo-dads are incredibly inexpensive.  My only mistake was thinking I had purchased clear elastic cord, when that was not the case.  They're not stretchy at all, and I kind of have to fight with them if I want to put them on, but I think they're incredibly adorable.  I found the tutorial on YouTube - what isn't on YouTube these days?

I'm also excited because I used a 50%-off coupon at ACMoore over the weekend to purchase a scapbooking punch that makes little tags in three sizes.  I'm so excited to start using it so I can make fun tags for gifts and my etsy shop.

Oh, and I spent most of my Sunday knitting and watching awful Lifetime movies.  It was a great day!  Did anyone catch William & Kate last night?  I have to admit that I'm a wee bit obsessed with the upcoming royal wedding.  I may or may not have taken a vacation day to stay home and watch it next Friday :P

Before I forget - I posted a poll on my Facebook page about what you'd like to see more of on my blog.  This way, when I hit a project slump, I can still pull some articles from the deep recesses of my brain :)  Let me know if there's something specific you'd like me to write about and I'll see what I can do to help!
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