Friday, January 28, 2011

Reclaimed Home

Apartment Therapy
For Strange Women
Reclaimed Home Store

I've come across these salvaged gems and couldn't resist sharing.  I stumbled upon Briana's salvaged home back this spring, and still can't get it out of my mind.  It received controversial discussion with the ever-so-modern Apartment Therapy crowd.  Sure, the taxidermy craze, if you can call it that, has turned into a ridiculous hipster phenomenon, but I love the destroyed yet cherished feel of her home.  

Also, I felt obliged to share the ever lovely cosmetic shop For Strange Women.  A truly inspired brand, the concoctions and packaging leave little to be desired.  Very few of us can say no to such beautiful product and brand design.

I found Reclaimed Home Store admittedly via Google image search, but was immediately drawn into this green story in renovation.  This couple has single-handedly renovated many Victorian era properties, and also creates home items out of salvaged materials.  It parallelled quite nicely with a very interesting book I'm currently enjoying called "Castles in the Air".  It chronicles a young Welsh couple's attempt to renovate a 15th century castle.  Though the title is a little campy, it's beyond interesting with loads of historical information as well as supernatural accounts.  Castles and magic?  A total nerd's dream.  

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Alphabet Soup

Lately, I've been enjoying the addition of text into my work.  It can create a simple narrative and help illustrate the overall theme.  This week, in prep for an upcoming craft show I'm working on (more details later), I've been hard at work crocheting some word banners!  

Oh My Cavalier

I've also been obsessed with the "Oh My Cavalier" drawing blog.  She successfully uses text to bring her story of woodland creatures and Victorian imagery to life.  Her lovely watercolors are intricate and modest simultaneously.  What a grand collection!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bow to My Arrow

This weekend Dylan and I worked on some linoleum cuts.  In the spirit of St. Val's coming up, I carved this lovely bow and arrow.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


I hope to soon offer patterns to sell!  Here's my first wall hanging in the works.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fur Stitch

I love sharing my favorite stitches with y'all.  This one is my absolute fav and is fun to learn!  Fur stitch, sometimes referred to as loop stitch, is a great decorative technique!  I'm working on a pillow cover in blues and neutrals right now.  Sort of a random intarsia pattern if you will.  Check out the video!  The video showcases the steps used for the front of your fabric.  Purl all odd rows.

This winter I was fortunate enough to be featured on The Minneapoline,  a great street blog capturing Minneapolis/St. Paul fashion!  Here's a sweater I made using fur stitch. 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Out of Hibernation

I decided today to take the old knitting machine out of hibernation.  I can't say the same for myself, as we are having more snow and chillier temps up here.  Oh well, always an excuse to make some more little treasures.  Today I knitted up a couple more mini clutches for the shop.  I may embellish these...we'll see!

I also took the opportunity to pretend spring has sprung.  It may be a while, though I can always pretend it's April inside my home!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year with the Skywalkers

I do admit to most of my nerdy tendancies, however I must divulge one thing.  Before New Year's day, I had never watched the infamous trilogy.  Since I have always been told I dress somewhat like a Jedi, I figured it was time to pop the Star Wars cherry.  To accompony this important occasion, I tried "picture" crocheting for the first time.  I think it looks more like a Star Trek emblum, but they always say "do what you know."  It turned out alright, though I think I could use more training.  Happy New Year friends, and let the force be with you.