Wishlist || Cross Stitch

Friday, December 6, 2013

Cross stitching is one of my favorite things to do. Especially at Christmas time. I've been loving all of the Christmasy cross stitch projects I've been seeing on Pinterest lately.

Garter Stitch Cup Cozy

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Since fall is starting here in Tennessee, I thought I'd share a SUPER easy knitting pattern I whipped up a few days ago. I decided that since I'm probably going to be drinking ungodly amounts of Starbucks this fall, I needed to spruce up my cup a bit. I'm really happy with how this cup cozy turned out! Doesn't it just scream fall?? :) The pattern is super simple and only took a couple hours to finish. Hope you enjoy it!

Happy Fall!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

 I am beyond excited that it is FINALLY fall! This is my absolute favorite time of year. The weather is starting to get cooler, days are getting shorter, corn mazes are open, and there are pumpkins at the grocery store! I can't wait until the weather gets really cold and the leaves start to change colors.

To kick off the first day of October, I thought I'd start working on my very first knit sweater (eek!). It's a bit ambitious, but I got eight skeins of Berroco Remix yarn (in Buttercup) in the mail yesterday and I am determined to turn it into this wonderful cardigan from the Fall 2013 edition of Knitscene magazine. Isn't it gorgeous??

I also thought it would be a good idea to celebrate the first day of October with some homemade cinnamon raisin bread (gluten-free, of course) and a caramel apple spice from Starbucks. Seriously. It doesn't get much better than that. 

Are you excited about fall too? What fall things are you excited to do this year?

Wishlist || Knitting

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Now that I'm starting to get the hang of this knitting thing, I've been looking through Ravelry for projects I may want to try. Some of these are pretty ambitious, but they are just so gorgeous!!

Cross-Stitched Box Lid

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Remember when I showed you those really cool boxes I found at an estate sale? Well..... I just finished cross stitching the first box and I'm thrilled with how it turned out! I chose a lovely floral pattern from the May 2013 issue of Cross Stitcher Magazine. I just love this design! 

Now, I've got three more boxes and no idea what I want to put on them...... Any suggestions?

Teaching Myself to Knit

Monday, August 19, 2013

Over the past couple weeks, I have been teaching myself to knit. There has been lots of YouTube videos, unravelling, and frustration. But I am finally starting to get the hang of it. It's been a struggle, but I'm getting there! I have dabbled with knitting in the past, but never stuck with it. Well this time I am determined. I am going to become a knitter. I completed my very first knitting project the other night and I am quite proud of it! I wanted to do something simple that I could sit down and finish in one night. So I decided to make a little pouch for all the tea bags and sugar packets I have floating around my purse. I found a pattern on Ravelry and about two hours later, I had a cute little pouch to tote my tea around in! Seriously, is there anything better than knitting and tea??

After finishing this little guy, I've decided I'm ready to move on to projects that are a bit larger. I've actually got three projects in the works and can't wait to see how they turn out! 

Happy knitting!

In Progress

Monday, August 12, 2013

I had every intention of spending this summer working on crafty stuff and keeping up with this blog... But that obviously didn't happen. Instead I've been working at the preschool all summer, going on trips with family and friends, hanging out with my brand new boyfriend, and recovering from Lasik surgery and a VERY dislocated tailbone. I've worked on a few crafty things here and there, but I didn't get as much done as I had hoped. I've also had to close my Etsy shop for the time being. I'm starting graduate school in two weeks and just won't have the time.

Anyways, I've got a few projects in the works that I would like to share with you!

My latest project is one that I am VERY excited about! I found these cool boxes at an estate sale this weekend and thought they would look great with cross stitched tops! I've got four boxes and need to figure out what designs to put on each. I can't wait to see how they turn out!

A Long Overdue Post

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Well friends, it's been over a month since my last blog post. Things have been a bit crazy around here. I've just been finishing up student teaching and graduating from college. No big deal. :)

But now that I've got a few months off before graduate school starts, hopefully I am going to have a lot more time to focus on crafty, bloggy things!

Here's a couple pictures of what I've been up to for the past month:

Wishlist || Pretty in Peach!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I've been a tad bit obsessed with this color lately. I don't know why. I just seem to be drawn to it. These are just a few of the wonderful peach-colored things I've found on Etsy lately...

Baby Projects Galore!

Monday, April 8, 2013

This week I've been working on some fun baby projects! My mom asked me to make a blanket for one of her coworkers who is going to be having a baby girl. For this one, I decided to go with a simple granny square in white, pink, and green. This is working up really quickly and should hopefully be done by tomorrow!

Giveaways? Yes, please!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to have time for any fun, crafty posts this week. My week thus far has consisted of lesson plans, observations, and Starbucks tea to help me make it through. (Thank goodness the Easter Bunny brought me a gift card!) I've got a feeling it's going to be like this for the remainder of the week.

This weekend....

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I hope you've had a wonderful Easter weekend surrounded by friends and family! Flowers are blooming, there are eggs to find, and there is chocolate galore, but please don't forget the REAL reason we celebrate this wonderful day. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, died and conquered death so that we could live in victory together with Him forever. Don't ever forget His unfathomable sacrifice! Happy Easter! 

Acts 2:24

Ravelry Potholder Swap

Friday, March 29, 2013

I discovered something wonderful yesterday... The 2013 Ravelry Potholder Swap! I can't believe I hadn't heard about it. Participants in the swap make three 6" to 8" potholders and send them in. In return you will receive three potholders made by other participants. How cool is that?? What a fun way to network and share ideas with other yarn-lovers!

As soon as I read about the swap, I went straight to Hobby Lobby to pick out my yarn. The swap requires you to use 100% cotton yarn which worked out very well for me because Hobby Lobby happened to have their cotton yarns on sale this week. Meant to be, right? Since the deadline is just a week away, I quickly worked up my potholders and put them in the mail this morning to make sure they would arrive on time.

I decided to go with a granny circle pattern for my potholders and I like the way they turned out. I can't wait to see what potholders I get in return!

Now that my potholders are finished and sent, it's time to move on to the next project. Hope you've had a wonderful spring day!

Wish List || Fabulously Floral

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring supposedly began this week. But here in Tennessee I'm not really seeing much evidence of this. In fact, school was cancelled today due to snow! In an effort to get myself in a more Spring-y, Easter-y kind of mood, I've been hunting through Etsy for some wonderful floral finds!

Crochet Edge Calendar

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I ordered a calendar print from Ello Lovey a few days ago and was very excited to discover it in my mailbox this afternoon. Getting mail is so much fun! All I ever get in the mail is sale ads and electric bills, so I always think it's exciting to get something good. :)

Wishlist || Etsy

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I spend too much time on Etsy. WAY too much time. Everything there is so unique. I could browse around for hours. Here are a just few of the things I've found this week:

This vintage crochet book from Hedgerow Home looks wonderful! I love the old-fashioned look of the motifs. Beautiful!

All you need are books and tea. How true is that! This would look so great on my wall. All of the prints in My Retro Nest's shop are gorgeous!

I'm not getting married and probably won't be for some time. But if I were, I would want to get married in this 1950's vintage dress. The lace bodice and cap sleeves are so pretty it makes me want to cry! Be sure to check out Concetta's Closet. It is full of wonderful vintage finds!

Entering the Blogging World

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I've been toying around with the idea of creating my own crafting blog for years. I mean years and years. The idea of starting a new blog is just so daunting. What do I call it? What should it look like? Do I really have that much to say? Do people even care what I have to say? All of those thoughts have been running around through my mind for a very long time. But I have finally decided that it is time. It's time for me to suck it up and just do it. And what better time to start a new blog than when you're stuck at home on spring break with mono?! I know. Ugh.

Anyways, since I've got another week off from student teaching with nothing to do but lay on the couch, I'm going to take the opportunity to get started on this blog and work on some crafty projects that have been floating around in my brain for a while.

Crochet today! and Crochet Gifts to Go

To start off my crafty mono-filled week, my wonderful mother brought me home two of my very favorite magazines. (Both crochet magazines of course!) I immediately fell in love with the Provence Necklace found in this month's issue of Crochet today! and knew that I HAD to make it.

I think it turned out pretty well :)
So, I gathered up every bit of energy I had (which unfortunately was not much) and drove myself to Michaels. I spent thirty minutes at the store and came out with about $40 worth of yarn for my week on the couch. I made it home and ended up having to take a two hour nap because I was just so exhausted from my trip. Sigh.

After my much-deserved nap, I quickly busted out the lovely necklace and was ready to move on to the next project (which I will post about later this week.)

That's it for now. Writing this blog post has drained me so I think it's time for another nap. Welcome to Handcrafted Vintage! Hope you enjoy it!

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