Guest post on How To Hair Girl

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I wrote a guest post over on one of my favorite blogs, How to Hair Girl. Go check it out for some sweet hair tutorial action. More hair news coming soon.  

Happy Frankiversary, love

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Today my pooch, Franki, and I celebrate our 11th anniversary. (Or at least, I celebrate it, and Franki feels like something is special happening cause she's getting a lot of extra treats today.) I haven't been able to remember the exact date that I adopted her for a number of years now, but I knew it was sometime around January or February, so a few weeks ago I went back into my old livejournal archives  and found the post about the day we went and adopted her. Today, it turns out, is that day! I was 14, in 9th grade, and I had been wanting a dog for awhile. I was always a huge animal lover as a child and had quite a lot of pets through the years, but my mom had always ... more

TILtM#4: Undies

Sew your own undies.

one - two - three - four I have made my own panties before, and I really enjoyed making them and I still wear them all the time. I used a different pattern for mine, but this tutorial makes for some very cute undies--definitely a thing I'd like to make. I could use a new pair or two, it's been awhile since my underwear drawer has seen anything new. All of my time this last week got sucked up by one of my baby sweater designs. Obviously that project takes quite  a bit of my time in general, but I usually actually do have some free time in between making models and writing out new patterns to do other things. This one, however, seriously ... more

Sunday Hair #3 – Messy French Braid

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Of course, now that I've commited to regulary fancying up my hair and sharing photos of it I pretty much dislike everything I do with it. I hope that I can share more tutorials and more inspired hair styles from time to time, but I also just want to be able to be happy with my hair when nothing too exciting is going on with it and share that too. I'm not a perfectionist when it comes to my hair on a day to day basis, so why should I be a perfectionist about it when it comes to my blog? There are plenty of things I can fuss over here, and my hair doesn't need to be one of them. I still want to do regular hair posts, but I'm going to ... more

How to Avoid Accumulating Stuff

How to Avoid Accumulation: Techniques for saying, "No," to new purchases.

Last week I touched on how you can learn to love getting rid of stuff. In that same vein, this week I wanted to talk a little bit about avoiding accumulating excess before you even get to the point of having to get rid of it. And the best way to avoid accumulating stuff, of course, is to not buy  it in the first place. I won't claim that you should never buy things, or that I don't buy things. I buy things all the time, just not without an intention or purpose in mind. And as much as possible I try to follow through with that intention or purpose before moving on to the next thing. To some of you, this probably just sounds like crazy talk. And that's fine. Some people are ... more

TILTM#3: Polka Dot Skirt

Thing I'd Like to Make: Polka dot wrap skirt

one - two - three - four - five - six This skirt would be so pretty to make out of pink and/or black polka dot fabric. Can you picture it striped with the two? I think I would modify the pattern to be a wrap skirt instead of a skirt with a zipper, because zippers are the bane of my existence. I know how to sew them in just fine, I just hate how they inevitably break. And there's nothing worse than having to fix a zipper. Plus, I don't know if it's just because of anatomy or what (I carry weight in my tummy, not my hips) but most skirts don't seem to fit me quite right or if they do fit they tend ... more

Horse Lantern

Horse lantern by Jason P and Heather Jones

Today I just wanted to share with you a project that my sweetie, Jason, completed last month as part of a collaboration with artist Heather Jones. She asked him to work with her on this Horse Lantern for a winter solstice festival at the Chinese Cultural Center in Vancouver, B.C. The lantern is created from 100% recycled materials. Heather and Jason worked together to create the wire base and some of the more detailed metal sculpting, and they worked with the community in workshops to create the tin scales that cover the body. The final sculpture was just amazing, and I (along with many other people) are so proud of those two.  Here are just some shots of the Horse hanging both during the Lantern Festival & a few close ups ... more

How to Love Getting Rid of Stuff

How to love getting rid of stuff.

If there is one thing I have become good at (besides, you know, knitting and sewing and all of that) it is getting rid of stuff. I just LOVE getting rid of stuff, and I love helping other people who want to get rid of stuff. I also know it can be very painful to let go of stuff. Every time I go through the clothes pile, the craft stash, the knick knacks, I have the same doubts about letting go that most people face. Perhaps you are in the process of moving. Maybe you're just getting a head start on spring cleaning, and are making the inevitable piles of what to keep and what to toss. Or maybe you're planning on travelling, and you don't want to have to worry about storing a ... more

TILtM#2: Lace Cuff Socks

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one - two - three - four This Bonneterie Socks pattern from The Sexy Knitter is the bees knees. I'm gonna have to make me some o' that. What do you want to make this week?

Knitting Project: Fingerless Gloves

Knit armwarmers

yarn - madelinetosh dk :: pattern - a time to reap Though I haven't had a lot of time for personal knitting projects of late due 100BSP taking up most of my knitting time, but when I had some yarn leftover from this baby sweater I knew I had to make myself a little something special with it. It's just too beautiful not to. I have a knitted a lot of armwarmers over the years, but I generally go the ones that don't have thumbs and don't cover the palm (as they can get really sweaty and gross more quickly than I'd prefer.) However, I decided it was time to make a pair of ... more