Bizarro Weekend Productivity

So, I decided it was time to get a lot of stuff off my plate – I made a to-do list for the weekend and went crazy checking things off. Within the “creative” category (no, I didn’t actually categorize the to-do list), I finally made myself some needle cases. It’s silly, but every time I make one, I feel like it has to go in the “sell” pile. I decided to take a bunch of scraps I have been saving to make my own. I finished them off with fabric from a skirt I got in Thailand and a kurta I got in India.

Small Needle Case
Small Needle Case

I also worked on some baby gifts. The members of one of my knitting groups put together a mobile of small knit items for one of our group who is due today. After a failed attempt at a knit chicken (I really have no idea why I thought that would be a good idea) I decided to knit a Tootsie Roll. I knit it in the round, but that made embroidering the words difficult. If I do this again (let’s face it, I am sure I will), I’d knit it flat, embroider it, and then sew it up.

Tootsie Roll
Tootsie Roll

The final project for the weekend is for Baby O’Grady. The nursery theme is pirates (in a cute, Peter Pan kind of way), so I got my hands on a grid for a skull and crossbones. I was going to just do one, but it occurred to me that a band of them around the brim of the hat could be cute.

Skull and Crossbones Baby Hat
Skull and Crossbones Baby Hat

New Stuff!

I’ve been busy doing a hodge-podge of stuff. I have a knit blanket that is 2/3 done, half of a t-shirt blanket (all Duke shirts – it will be my sample at sales), and an assortment of new jewelry. In the next few weeks, I’ll probably focus on jewelry, since I plan to have a booth on-campus at Joe College Day. Gotta boost the inventory!

Hurricane Party

Well, I was almost right about the weekend – it did involve a lot of gin, but in the form of Gin Gin Mules. Leave it to Jake to one-up himself.

We put together quite the party, and we were lucky that all of our friends were able to evacuate New Orleans, though some certainly waited longer than others. Amongst the evacuees was the entertainment for the evening, Paul Sanchez, and his wife. Check out his music if you haven’t already. Their visit led to some jewelry making – a smaller version of my indicolite tourmaline earrings and a two-strand matching bracelet.

Entertain Me…

I’ll admit it.  I am posting because I am bored and don’t want to focus on work.  I am leaving for Charlotte in a few minutes with a carload of baked goods:

  • Rosemary Shortbread cookies
  • Lemon Basil Cookies (an old standard, at this point)
  • Cowboy Cookies (I swear Mrs. Carpenter left out an ingredient so that hers would always come out better than mine!)

Why do I think this weekend is going to consist of a lot of pink ginns and a lot of cookies?  It’s almost a Hurricane Party….

Leila’s Wedding Jewelry

My future sister-in-law asked me to make the jewelry for her wedding. The beads on the jewelry coordinate with her dress (though none of know what the dress looks like, so this is our sneak preview!). The necklaces were similar to some other stuff I have done, so that was easy enough. The earrings, on the other hand, were based on a button she had.

My father always hoped I would be an engineer – he got what he wanted, just not how he expected it. I’m pretty good at looking at how a piece of jewelry is made and coming up with my own way of making it. So that’s what I did here. This is the first time I have made stud earrings. I think they came out ok!


Plums and Figs

As is often the case, this project started with a request from my aunt – this time for a necklace in plums and greys. Once I had all of those beads out (I think I was working with about 20 or so different types), I figured I may as well enjoy them – I loved the colors together. The result was the necklace that was originally commissioned, a single strand necklace, a single strand and a triple strand bracelet, and a few pairs of earrings. For someone who claims purple as a favorite color, I had surprisingly little purple jewelry prior to this.

Kite EarringsPurple and Grey Cluster EarringsPurple and Grey NecklacePurple and Grey BraceletPurple and Grey Three-Strand BraceletPurple and Grey Three-Strand NecklacePurple and Grey Three-Strand Necklace - Detail

Figs? I recently learned there is a fig tree near where I work. I’m all about trying new things – my main experience with figs is in “Newton” form. Not my favorite snack. But everything deserves a second chance. As it turns out, fresh figs are quite tasty. I picked a bagful and then went in search of a recipe. I settled on a fig tart with a rosemary cornmeal crust and a lemon marscarpone filling. My knitting group will get to try it out tonight. Now I just need to figure out what I am going to knit tonight to keep me from eating the entire tart….

Fig and Lemon Marscarpone Tart in Rosemary Cornmeal Crust

Indicolite and Pearls and Topaz, Oh My!

Even though I was busy with quite a few tasks this weekend, I still had time for more than my fair share of jewelry-making and West Wing watching. Looking at what I made, I was apparently transfixed by indicolite tourmaline, freshwater pearls, and lemon topaz this weekend.

Everything was added to the Kodak Gallery site. Below are a few of the more interesting pieces.

T-Shirt Quilt Info

T-shirt quilt information is now up! I need to work on getting photos of some of the other quilts I made – this is the only one I can find a shot of! If you have a quilt I made, please send me photos. The more direct the shot (not angles like the one that is up there), the better.