Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Button, button...who's got the button!
My friend Lorna invited me to a button show yesterday. As a designer, Lorna often incorporates vintage buttons in her designs. I love her vintage-style knit hand bags that she embellishes with vintage lace, trims and buttons.
The button show was the California State Button Show in Sacramento, Ca. This was my first time at button show. I naturally fell in love with all the antique French buttons. Ooh, la, la...some were as pricey as $450.00 a button!
I loved shopping for the pretty blue buttons!
No tea party is complete without classic cucumber sandwiches! My garden is abundant with fresh mint so I brought cucumber mint sandwiches to the tea party. I have had several requests for my recipe so here it is:
Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches
Friday, May 22, 2009
I love tea, knitting and roses so the Rosie Posy Tea Cosy is just my cup of tea!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Seeing all the bolts of fabric did bring back happy childhood memories though. My Mom sewed a lot of our clothes growing up so visiting the fabric store was a regular outing for my Mom, my sister and me.
If you love fabrics, trims, ribbons and buttons...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Knitting is everywhere these days. My new Nordstrom catalog arrived this week and the clever knitting props caught my eye. Check out the hand knit blanket the Nordstrom stylist used for their beachy photo shoots. What a neat idea!
I also couldn't help but notice the colorful "rick rack" inspired jewelry by designer Kate Spade. I haven't sewn for years but I have a thing for fabric and trims. Hmmm...I can't help but think these bangle bracelets would pair up great with a chevron knit scarf like Joelle Hoverson's Chevron Scarf from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts!
You can check out the jewelry online at Nordstrom.com. Let me know what you think!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Have you ever heard of "soap in a coat"? I know it sounds like a Dr. Seuss book but it is actually a bar of soap wrapped inside a felted wool coat. What a clever idea!
Recently I was shopping at Anthropologie and the colorful felted soaps by Fiat Luxe ($14.00) caught my eye. I just love to window shop at Anthropolgie. I always come a way with a neat idea or some crafty inspiration! This time I came away with the idea to make my own "soap in a coat"!
Turns out this is not such a new idea. There is plenty of information on the Internet to give this clever craft a try. I found a great tutorial on HGTV's That's Clever by gravel artist Suzanna Anna. You can even see her on You Tube creating her "soap in a coat"!
I love hand made soaps and I've recently done wool felting so I am ready to give this a try! The only supplies you really need are a bar of soap, some wool batting and roving. Once it is made the felted wool acts like a wash cloth around the soap. I can't help but wonder though...will the "soap in a coat" smell like wet wool on a rainy day???
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
By now you know how much I love the British knitting magazine The Knitter. Issue 4 finally landed on American book store shelves last week. This issue may just be my favorite one yet! It even has an exclusive pattern by my favorite British designer Louisa Harding!
Take me out to the ball game!
I went to my first Stitch N Pitch game Tuesday night at Raley Field. Our minor league team the Sacramento River Cats (Triple A affiliate of the Oakland A's) played the Reno Aces.
Stitch N Pitch is sponsored by the TNNA (The National Needle Arts Assoc.) and combines two great all American past times...baseball and knitting!
My knitting guild the Camellia City Stockinettes had a section for members to sit together. There was even a special Stitch N Pitch tote bag with an adorable baby hat pattern from, our very own, Lorna Miser. Lorna also threw out the first pitch...a baseball she had covered in purple yarn!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
The Camellia City Stockinettes.
I opened up The Knitter and there were Lucy's Mermaid Socks!