Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Crochet Needle Case

After having completed the case for my knitting needles I decided that my crochet needles would be much happier in a similar case.  Below is what I created.  I used basically the same principles as for the knitting needle case, but made more and shorter pockets.

Crocheted flower details were made by my mother-in-law.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bauer Brothers Salvage Family Adventure Day

We planned for a family adventure day to drive to Minneapolis and snoop around for treasures and good stuff at Bauer Brothers Salvage.  We hadn't considered the magnitude of such a business and that it would occupy such a huge amount of space and thus would not be heated!  We were very cold, thus this limited our abilities in hunting and searching for items.  We are definitely planning a return trip when the temperatures are warmer.
So many treasures.
Ben showing off a cool light.
Awesome round door.
This place has anything and everything.
The #3 on this door is so cool.  It would be an interesting door to put into a house.
Three floors plus a basement. 
Light streaming down the elevator shaft.
Didn't know windows could come in so many shapes and styles.
Hand painted number 3 and name graffiti.
Light showing through leaning windows.
Brick stairway with red painted 3rd floor hand-lettering.
Ellie and Isaac in brilliant sunlight.
Rows and rows of windows.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A Place for the Needles

Needed to organize my knitting needles.  I have been storing them in a drawer, but never really knew what sizes I had.  This case should make it easier to see what I have :)
Nifty!  Pattern found here.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Vintage Dictionary

Sometimes you just hit upon something fantastic when scouting through antique and thrift stores.  Found this dictionary when Ellie and I were out thrift store shopping.  Intended to use it in craft projects but after seeing its beautiful contents might have to rethink my first intentions.
Inside front and back covers.
 Pressed leaves.
If only this book could talk, what stories it could share about the people that used it in it's 71 years of existence?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ellie's Simply Slippers

Ellie wanted a pair of slippers so I saw this pair on Homespun Living blog and ordered the pattern from Francine Toukou.  I already had the blue rug yarn, so I got out my crochet hooks and set to work.  They worked up very quickly and the pattern is simple and easy to follow.  Made up a couple of flower accessories from leftover pajama pant fabric.

and now Ellie's slippers match her pajama pants.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Our Dogs

Henrietta (9 mths) and Jake (16 mths).

Friday, January 13, 2012

Broomsticks and Slippers...say what?

Work continues on my projects list.  Next up was to learn how to do broomstick crochet.

You can crochet stitches over a broomstick handle or large knitting needle or I used a large crochet hook to get the lace pattern.

I made up the lace into two bracelets.

Ellie asked for a simple pair of slippers.  So I ordered a pattern on-line and crocheted up this pair.

My crafting companion sleeping in her chair all bundled up in Miss Mary's goat coat that I had to repair.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Projects in the New Year

I've had the opportunity to work on several projects recently.

A crochet hat

with a flower.

German Paper Star Wreath

from the Sunday sale flyers.

Lounge pants are hemmed.

Made from a thrifty find.

Bed sheet is enough to make two!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Craft Room Shelf

Doug made me a new display shelf for my craft room this weekend.   We used a painted door that I found a few years ago at a garage sale for the outer frame.  Doug used reclaimed boards and tin for the inner shelving and backing.  I think it turned out fantastic.  Nice work Doug.  The inspiration for this pigeon hole shelf came from Homespun Living blog.  She has a much larger version in her craft room.  A picture of the original painted door can be found in my May 2010 blog post.