Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Eldest(s)

Yes, I just made 'eldest' plural. Because I felt like it. I like to have a little fun sometimes, can you blame me?

It's rare for me to appear on the other side of the camera. Even more rare to appear on the other side of the camera next to this one. 

"A portrait of family, once a week, every week, for a year." (Yep, I started this project late so it's not over yet!)

 The eldest boy and girl in the family. Being the eldest means being the ones who are meant to set the examples. Sometimes it can be difficult but I know we both want to do a good job at it and love the feeling we get when we do so. It's nice to be looked up to by your siblings.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Projects Lately...

Last week I knit my first blanket! It was an exciting project, especially because I knew the finished product would be going to a little one. I knit it for someone's daughter, though it was as much for him as it was for his daughter. I used about 10 different colors in the blanket (it was sort of a themed blanket, call it art if you will.) There was a deeper meaning behind using all the different colors. A way of looking at the world and all its variables, you could say. To understand each piece individually and in connection to the others is to understand and truly see the beauty in the whole.  It's a beauty I wish everyone could come to comprehend and fully appreciate.

I (very regrettably), didn't take any digital pictures of the blanket (I finished it last minute) and only have these two polaroids of the finished product, which sadly, do not do it justice. All the yarn I used was from Knit Picks. I used superwash wool, superwash merino wool, and pima cotton blends, and I actually liked the variation in texture that it produced. I enjoyed making this so much, I can't wait to start on another one (after I use my shiny happy cotton for something special!)

Moving on, here are some of my other projects I've been meaning to post about. 

First off, shrinky dink art! I started using shrink paper in December for presents, and liked using them so much that I bought more to use sometime (as if I have time for more projects!) Mother bought some for Bugsy and everyone made an ornament or two for the tree, and that's when I got the idea to make jewelry out of them as presents. Here are some of the ornaments:

And here are some of the earrings:

I've also been meaning to write about Bugsy's new hobby (she finally found her own hobby!) Mother bought her a pack of sculpey clay and some tools and she's been making cupcake charms and other cute little designs. They're to be used as keychains, ornaments, or charms for other purposes.

And last but not least, a little something I did as a gift for Tree Girl, who had an idea she wanted put on a shirt for a co-workershereallycaresabout's birthday present. 
His name is Joe but he likes to joke that he's the G.O.A.T. (as in greatest of all time as in Muhammad Ali for anyone who doesn't get the reference.) Soooooo, when my sister came across this Muhammad Ali shirt in a store one day, she had a great idea. She asked me to carry it out for her, and I did my best to fulfill what she had in mind. Here's what I came up with:

The front reads "Can't see the resemblance?" and the back reads "Even so, not your average Joe." Yeah, this was a really fun one. I used black sharpie and white fabric marker to get the job done. I was paranoid about messing up the proportions so I clipped the shirt to my laptop screen and traced the basic outline of the goat head in proportion with the body size then did all the detailed work freehand. For the type, I went on Microsoft Word and looked up a font that fit the overall design, then traced the outline and thickened the letters after getting them all down. The whole thing took me about 1 or 2 days to plan and execute. My only hope is that Joe the Goat appreciated the thought that my sister put into the idea as much or even more so than the time or effort I put into drawing it!

P.S. I'm starting on another project (which happens to be on my 25x25), but I can't give anything away about it just yet seeing as it's an anniversary present for someone very special to me who happens to be one of my readers (I'm sure you can guess who he is).

Friday, January 23, 2015

For the Love of Bread

"A portrait of family, once a week, every week, for a year."

Tree Girl made bread for the family this week. All I can say is S-C-R-U-M-P-T-I-O-U-S.

25 x 25: #10

Tuna Tuna {Wrap # 4}

 I try to keep some canned tuna (among other things) around for when I run out of food in the fridge. This whole week the refrigerator was looking pretty empty, so I scrounged up some things and put this together.

-1 tortilla (my beloved made these ones from scratch!)
-1 can tuna
-2 pear tomatoes (which mother picked from her garden)
-1 handful greens
-1 can olives
-olive oil
-apple cider vinegar

Instructions: Open and drain tuna and olives. Mix together with desired amount of olive oil, acv, salt and pepper. Cut tomatoes in half. Rinse greens and place on tortilla. Place tomatoes and some of the tuna mix on top and you're all set. Add some more greens to the leftover tuna mix and you have a little salad for later too!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Challenge #10 {Bugsy's Hooded Cowl}

I admit, I was less than thrilled with the outcome of this one. For starters, I had wanted it all to be one color but had accidentally purchased the wrong color when I ordered the second hank of yarn online (I hadn't expected to use more than 1 ball of yarn.) Then, I realized 2 hanks wasn't even going to cut it so I had to throw another color into the mix (as you can guess, this displeased me.) To top it all off, I could not find the right closure fastenings I wanted so I ended up sewing the cowl to itself on one side, which I didn't like the look of. If I had had enough of the teal and other colored yarns, I would've been able to make the scarf pieces longer on both sides, which would have meant I wouldn't have needed to make any kind of closure and she could've just tossed the sides around her neck and that'd be that. But that wasn't how things worked out. So yes, I wasn't exactly pleased with the outcome of this project. I hope the next one goes better. 

As I said in my last knitting post, I plan on making something with a very pretty ball of shiny happy cotton that's been calling to me from atop one of my art drawers. I'm going to take my time with this one though. I've been feeling a little directionless and uninspired with some of my projects lately. I think I need to take some time to work on things without giving myself a timeline and keeping such a packed schedule. It's starting to feel more like work, and less like enjoyment. I'll be postponing my next challenge until I feel it's a good time to start up again. I'll still be knitting, but I may not post my progress on everything. I'm planning on blogging a little less too, until I feel I've made good progress on some projects I have been putting off for too long. I'm itching to get to work on them as I type!