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Friday, September 30, 2011

Candy Corn

Sweet candy corn, but not for eating.
These cute little plushies were crocheted with cotton and stuffed with polyfill.
They're about 3 inches tall and the perfect addition to my whimsical Fall decor.

Happy Fall!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Handmade Velvet Pumpkins

Tis the season for making pumpkins.
I made these using recycled materials.
The velvet was from an antique bed jacket and the lace and ribbon are old and recycled too.
The pedestals were once candle holders.

I made a few dark orange velvet ones and the witches hat with a mix of new and recycled materials.

The old velvet album and the antique shoes were fleamarket finds and remind me of a witches shoes and her book of spells.

Each year at this time I make new pumpkins.
I think these are my favorite so far.
Happy Fall Everyone!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Recycled Dryer Sheets

Did you ever notice the texture of a dryer sheet when it comes out of the dryer?
They're actually kind of pretty.
They're sheer and the fibers overlap in a random pattern, sort of like freeform lace.
They're actually quite sturdy and you can cut them into shapes and they don't fray.
I saved mine and made these leaves for some pumpkins which I will show you in a later post.
I'm pretty excited about doing the laundry next week.
I have a few more ideas that I want to try with the used dryer sheets.

What do you do with your dryer sheets?


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Crocheted Brooches With Vintage Buttons

These are not the, over the top, unusual,  accessories that I typically make.
They are simple crocheted flower brooches embellished with vintage buttons.
Something that anyone could feel comfortable wearing.
I think they might look nice to dress up a jacket or maybe pin one on a cool weather scarf.
All were crocheted with lovely wool yarn and backed with recycled wool felt.

I love the antique glass button on this ivory one.

I think most of these will end up as gifts, but I'll probably keep at least one for myself .

I made a simple necklace as well.
I felted the wool beads myself. First I needle felted them and then followed that up with some wet felting.
There is a glass bead between each of the felted ones and the clasp is copper.
Once again, not my usual, over the top, kind of thing.

Perfect for Fall, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by!


Harvesting Herbs

Yesterday was a perfect Fall day here in PA.
The temps were in the 60's and the sun was shining.
After taking Jack for his walk, I spent some time harvesting a few of my sweet smelling herbs for drying.
Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Anise, Lavender, Parsley

Smudge Sticks.

The fragrance was heavenly.

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Country Mouse

A mouse in your house is not such a good thing, but these little guys can stay.
I whipped up these little crocheted mice while watching T.V. last night.

They are made of wool and have glass eyes.
I think if you stuffed them with catnip, they'd make a great little toy for your cat.
I found the pattern for these HERE.
Okay, I'm off to thank the creator of this sweet pattern and to follow her blog.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Summer's End

With frost in the forecast, these will be the last of my summer flowers.


Gathering & Making Supplies

All summer long I've been gathering supplies for creating and decorating.
Winter seems to last forever here and I wanted to make sure I have enough things to keep myself busy without having to venture out into the cold and snow.
I'm always inspired by antique lace and happened to find a real bargain on this bunch while in New England last week.

I'm always looking for unique buttons and beads for my projects and handmade ones are my favorite.
My brother had given me a box of antlers a few months ago and my sweet son-in-law was kind enough to turn them into buttons and beads for me. Some of them were made into handles for my jute baskets as well.

I've been crocheting flowers to use in some projects too.
These ones are quite large and are made from cotton and jute.

In the upcoming weeks you will see these supplies again in finished projects.
I am so inspired by the blogs I visit and I'm always searching for more.
I hope some of my ideas will inspire you as well.
Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Acorns, Pears & Pods

Just in case you're wondering, I haven't given up on my thread therapy.
I'm still crocheting almost every evening, just haven't taken time out lately to photograph the results.
Here are a few of my most recent projects.


The caps are made of jute and the bottoms are cotton.


The pears are made of cotton.


The pod container was crocheted with wool and then felted.
The beautiful quilt was a $15.00 thrifted find.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Burlap Curtains & Sweet Annie

Fall is in the air.
The crisp white kitchen curtains that danced in the summer breeze have been laundered and packed away for next year. In their place are hand made ones that I've fashioned from recycled coffee bean sacks. They give the room a warm Fall feeling and go well with the pumpkins and Sweet Annie that have taken the place of summer's lavender.

Thanks for stopping by.