First Creative Project of 2012!

I made it my New Year’s resolution to actually be creative this year instead of just reading about creativity on Ravelry and Pinterest. I was so excited when a creative project fell right into my lap!

Yesterday I pulled out of the driveway and saw that the neighbors had thrown away a dresser. I drove along, but the dresser niggled at my mind. I called home and told one of the twins to bring it in and put it into the garage. Instead it ended up in the foyer where I can’t stop looking at it.

It’s much bigger than I thought it was, so it won’t fit into my closet. I was hoping to use it as an out-of-the-way storage system for some craft supplies (mainly yarn–sue me, I have an addiction!). Instead, I am going to use it right here in my office area to store yarn, and hold my printer on top.

Today I gathered my supplies: scrapbook paper, Modge Podge, paint, sandpaper. I was more than thrilled to be able to go to Michael’s and pick up the drawer pulls I had spotted a few days ago. Again, something niggling in my mind making me want them…bad!

Jim’s doing some minor repairs to the drawers. I’m going to start sanding the laminate.

The good thing about this being in the living room rather than the garage is that I keep looking at it and know it needs to be done! This is no out-of-sight-out-of-mind project that I can put off endlessly.

I’ll be documenting my progress!

Christmas 2011 Frameables

Here are my Christmas frameables! Feel free to print at home or through your photo printer. I do photos because I can’t seem to get the right colors from my printer! These can replace the Halloween frameables I made a few months ago. I meant to do Thanksgiving…but time got away from me!

Click on the picture to be taken to a page with just the image. Save page to your computer.

Let me know what you think!

Boo! Free Halloween Printables!

If you are a fan of Motherhoot, you already know I am completely and totally addicted to Pinterest. I’m trying really hard not to just collect pictures, but to also use some of the information I find. Here I am!

One thing I did was a Halloween decoration. The first round, I used scrapbook paper. I even did the project immediately after purchasing the paper! That’s a big thing for me!

After I did this, I remembered that I have tons of digital scrapbooking papers on my computer. So I did these.

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You can download the hi-res versions of these (click and save to your computer!), print (I did mine at Meijer), and put them in your own 5×7 frames! It’s my Halloween present for you!


Wool & Company Every Other Month Club: Karen Shawl

Kelly and I did a knit-a-long between us, along with other knitters at Wool & Company. This time the pattern was the Karen Shawl by Amy Stinson aka Indigirl. This was my first shawl and it was challenging. Seriously, the cast-on sent me into a tail spin. But I adjusted and ended up with this. The colors in the picture are slightly off: think less orange, more purple.

Unfortunately, this has sparked an incredible interest in lace knitting. I can’t wait to do more!

Knitting Binge

I have been on a knitting binge! I still have two scarves to photograph. But here is a sock I just finished. It was done toe-up on a 40″ circular needle. I used the foot and heel pattern from the SockCalc app on my IPad. I modified the cuff pattern from Wendy D. Johnson’s Feather and Fan socks. Here are the details of my project on Ravelry. I’m user QusieSusie, if you’re interested in being my friend!