Have you all seen the site Handmade Ryan Gosling? A few bloggers are taking pictures of The Notebook star and are then adding pick up lines on them. But not just normal are-your-feet-tired?-because-you’ve-been-running-through-my-mind-ALL-day kind of pick up lines … lines that appeal to crafters.
I’m not a Ryan Gosling fan (have you seen my handsome husband?! Yowza.), but these just crack me up so much.
(all photos from Handmade Ryan Gosling)
I die. These made my day.
There’s nothing like a photo dump to get back into the spirit of blogging, right? Timothy still has to do something to all the Christmas pictures that he took, so this is a little iPhone photo recap of our past few weeks.
I found out that my sewing machine has hidden talents. Seriously. You just press a few buttons, keep your foot on the pedal, and then drink some green tea and post some Instagram pics while it does its magic. Genius.
We had some Christmas Eve Indian deliciousness. Timothy’s family sold their Indian restaurant and the new owner’s wife asked if I was Timothy’s Russian sister. No joke. I’m still trying to figure that one out.
And yeah, that happened. Timothy and I were out Christmas shopping when his car blew up. Well, more like stopped working. The shifter cable thingamabob broke and the car wouldn’t shift to anything. No park, reverse, or neutral. Pretty scary!
I had visions of our entire bank account going towards fixing it, but we serve a mighty God!!! The shifter problem was a defect in the car and GM fixed it completely for free. We even got a free oil change. A very Merry Christmas miracle indeed.
And I leave you with the sweetest little boy. Those lips! Those eyelashes! He’s my sweet little cousin from North Carolina. They just came in to celebrate Christmas and he already has my heart, along with my other sweet cousins. I’ll post more pics as soon as I get them from Timothy.
So that’s a little taste of what we’ve been up to. What about you guys?
I hope you all had the merriest of merry Christmas season! I woke up this morning sad that Christmas was over, but then I remembered that I have another family Christmas on Wednesday – well hark the herald!
I have been as busy as a bee working on Christmas projects. I literally had zero extra minutes of the day to blog. But I think I’m back now, we’ll see!
So what about you all? Please tell me someone else way overestimated their skills and time and ended up Christmas crafting until 6 in the morning every night last week? Or is anyone kind of bummed that Christmas is over? I’m trying to pull a birthday week miracle over here and pretend that Christmas isn’t over. These decorations are staying up until spring!
Merry, merry, merry!
I was searching on Pinterest for random inspiration when I came across this pin. And for some unknown reason it called out to me. Not the ghetto graffiti gangster vibe, but the amazing crochet chain vibe. I figured I could recreate it in knit, but that would take ages. Crochet is a lot quicker (although it sucks up the yarn!), so I searched around until I found a pattern I could use as a starting point.
Enter: Shara Lambeth Designs and her amazing crochet chain necklace tutorial! Be sure and check her site out – it looks like she has some awesome crochet ideas! I studied her tutorial and then modified it a bit to make a larger garland. I’ll share with you my version.
I started with an H hook and one skein of my new favorite yarn – Vanna’s Choice in Honey. Loverly. I ended up using two and a half skeins and plan on at least doubling that to get the length I want. It takes up so much yarn!
I chained 30 stitches and then connected them together with a slip stitch. It helps if you chain loosely.
I had difficulty with this part for awhile until I learned to just stick my hook through the right side of the “v” of each stitch as shown. If you put your hook under the whole stitch it makes it look bulky and weird.
All credit to the basis of this pattern goes to Shara Lambeth – thank you so much for sharing your creations with us!
I love how it turned out! I had to stop crocheting before I reached my desired length, so I’ll probably be finishing it up shortly after Christmas. I want to keep it up in our house long after we take down all our Christmas stuff. Any suggestions on how to use it year round?
I found tons of inspiration on Pinterest for felt ornaments. I had planned on making version of all my pins, but one night I just started crafting and went a totally new direction.
These were inspired by this pin. I cut out the smallest shape and then cut out the larger shapes to compliment it. I borrowed my mom’s amazing embroidery floss collection and kind of winged it. And, yeah. I think I love embroidery!
I think I would like it even more if I tried it on regular material and with a pattern. My stitches are a little crazy. But I still like the way these turned out! I made a few other ornaments that turned out quite a bit less than spectacular.
These are my favorite ornaments ever! They were a breeze to make and very repetitive and soothing to the mind.
The longest part of the process was cutting out all the circles and ironing them. I cut all the circles and ironed them in one night and then took all the pieces on a road trip with me. A few hours of sewing was all it took to make some cute ornaments!
The only thing I changed from the original tutorial was making a larger template for my circles. I wanted these to really fill in the tree. I took these pictures at night so the color is kind of wacky, but the black looking ornaments are really navy blue.
The next felt decoration I made was a tree topper. I was going to make smaller ones to use as ornaments, but my poor fingers and brain couldn’t take it. Again, I got the tutorial from The Purl Bee. I had such high hopes for this guy.
For one thing, it’s HUGE. Like 18 inches across huge. And my hand sewing lacks a little finesse … and talent.
The seams are really wavy and it just screams handmade, but not in a good way. It’s proudly displayed on our tree, however. I told Timothy that I didn’t care how much we laughed at it, the crazy thing took three whole nights to make. We WERE going to use it and we WERE going to be happy about it. Dying starfish or not.
So that almost sums up the ornament DIYs of the year. I’ve got one other DIY up my sleeve! And for a little hint, it was inspired by this ghetto fabulous pin.
I'm honored that you took time to stop by my blog! My name is Whitney, and I'm a diy loving, piano playing, sewing obsessed, thrifty, non-house cleaning, crafty newlywed. I love God, my husband, and life as a wife. If you'd like to know more, just check out my About Me page. Much love!
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