|"Morning Bear" by Cynthia Crane|
There were many, many fun little projects that had been on my to-do list for a very long time and this was my opportunity to see some of them to completion. Over the next few blog posts I'll be sharing those with you. So pour yourself a cuppa your favorite beverage and cozy up in your chair while I share a few of those fun winter projects!
As many of you know, we finished a large kitchen renovation last year, and today I want to share a couple of small decorating details I added there this winter.
FIRST UP - VINTAGE TOLE TRAY and PAINTED FRENCH GARDEN JUG.
|Something new for the wall above my range.|
|Close up of new green painted background.|
Speaking of my limited decorative painting skills, I also did up a French Garden Jug to place on the island in the kitchen.
|Hand painted French Garden Jug.|
|Little details make for a warm and cozy and kitchen.|
NEXT - CROCHETED SLOUCHY HAT
Time to step out of my comfort zone (painting and pottery) ........... and create some homespun goodness!
Now this was a fun and somewhat challenging project for this crochet newbie. Actually, I've made a few blankies - yes, "blankies" - 'cos that's what they were since I made them in the '80s - one each for my 2 babies, and then nothing else til now. But crocheting is sooooo easy, and the yarn community sooooooo generous, it was no problem to pick back up. Well, that may be stretch......
Here is a photo from blogger Hopeful Honey which shows the lovely slouchy hat I was trying to make:
|Chunky Slouch Beanie Crochet Hat Pattern available from Hopeful Honey Blog|
So I got some bulky yarn, dug out my old circa 1984 crochet hooks and made a slouch hat - 2 of them actually - one for me and one for my daughter. If I was being honest I'd tell you that the first one I made ended up way too large. I kept thinking, "Hmmmmm, this looks like that floppy hat Jared used to wear in his Grateful Dead days when he had dreadlocks." Jared is our son and in his teens he had the most beautiful long sandy blond hair, stick straight and oh so lovely. But what he did to his hair - ugh! Never mind, I don't want to go there!
So I'm thinking this but not saying it, showing the hat off to Papa Crane, and he says, "You know, that hat looks like one of those Jared used to wear." **sigh**
|Of course, garden lover that I am, my hat had to have a flower!|
This is what comes from trying to watch episodes of "Parenthood" and learning to crochet at the same time! (OMG! I had not watched that show before and LOVE it. So hooked now!)
NEXT UP - FABRIC CUFF BRACELETS
More homespun goodness and stitching 'til my fingers hurt!
For the longest time I've been wanting to try my hand at making fabric cuff bracelets. So after a little shout out to my lovely friend Jill from Etsy shop Fiberluscious I had everything my little heart desired to make that happen. Darling Jill gifted me with this wonderful box of bits and bobs to help me on my way to homespun goodness heaven!
|A box of pretties from Jill at Fiberluscious|
|Click for Pincushion Tutorial by Jill of Fiberluscious!|
There will be future posts on the various things I'll be making with Jill's lovely gifts, including her charming needle felt flowers and leaves, but today I want to show the 2 cuff bracelets I made using some of her fabric scraps, ribbon and lace along with a few of my handmade porcelain buttons.
|New cuff bracelets from Cynthia Crane's Pottery!|
|New completely handstitched fabric cuff bracelets embellished with my porcelain buttons.|
So that's only a few of the fun homespun goodies I completed this winter! I'll be sharing much more as time goes on.
But for now I've returned to my comfort zone - my pottery studio - in order to bring forth a few new designs that have been whirling in my mind with the onset of spring.
|New spring designs for my Etsy shop! Listing March 21 around 1pm ET.|
|New monthly plaques, made to hang or display on a plate stand.|
I hope you enjoyed this little window into how I spent my winter vacation! There will be much more to come as this was only just a tiny bit of what I actually accomplished.
Happy Spring everyone!