I couldn’t resist stealing this off of another blog here on WordPress! Like the post if you can relate!
A lot of time I’d be walking through a store and then spot something totally cool and handmade looking! I’d look at the price tag and think to myself – why are they charging so much for it? And then I have the second thought – I can totally make this myself! I know I am not the only genius out there who has had the same thought before, but I just don’t see why someone would charge almost $200 for this knit throw (which is only 15% wool and 85% acrylic)
PS. On the other note – congratulations to Johnny Weir, he is proof that Americans don’t only marry Russian women, they also marry Russian men!
So this was supposed to be up on Friday, but since my husband and I went to a Birthday party, I really didn’t have time to post this. So here you go – a Monday DIY.
I decided to combine my two most favorite forms of crafts in this head wrap – crochet and knitting, plus if you’ve read yesterday’s post about wraps, you are going to know where this idea is coming from
Happy New Week,
I did it, I went and bought my first pair of vintage ear-rings. My grandma’s ear rings don’t count, because I didn’t pay a dime ( or a ruble, if you like) for them. Now these were a pair I got from Steeple People. Took my friend Zhanna there today. And she loved it! We also checked out the local Buffalo Exchange and there was a black Coach bag that I fell in love with, and you know how much I love vintage Coach purses, but I wasn’t willing to pay $24 for it. So I walked away from it. I know that it would’ve found a great home with me, but not for this much money.
I was also trying to find some bright colored jeans, and alas – that was unsuccessful.
Anyways – today I got:
1. 1980′s enamel ear rings. Don’t worry, I am going to clean those with rubbing alcohol before putting them on!
(Sorry for the quality of the picture – the writing above the earrings says – 1980′s pierced 2 – ) Yes, these cost me only 2 BUCKS!
2. Crocheted white shawl! I really really REALLY hope it’s hand-made
3. A Crochet Kit! Which I am not going to use the way it’s intended. I have finally decided that I have time to open an etsy shop, so some cool things are about to come This is some Victorian stocking pattern, which is just cool to see, because that’s vintage for sure!
4. Some free Star Wars! And a few Economists. This was for Sam. Star Wars were more of a joke, and the Economists were for him to see if he wanted to subscribe to that mag!
What did you thrift today???
Oh I can’t describe how proud I am for figuring out this knitted pattern You don’t have to be as proud, but I made this bracelet today, which is perfect for the summer!
I began by knitting a strip, long enough to go around my wrist
This is what it looks like on the other side
Then I stitched it into a tube using my crocheting hook and my awesome skills
Turned it inside out, and inserted fabric covered piece of linoleum (you can use plastic from the water bottle too)
And viola – here is what I ended up with!
Making this cover has been on my list for a while. And even though the first one didn’t turn out exactly the way I wanted, and it’s not completely finished, I am still pretty proud of myself for getting this far.
Those of you who know me, probably remember that I am way better at crocheting than I am at knitting. And the pattern I chose today was difficult for me. Of course now I can say that it was all nice ‘n’ easy, but it wasn’t like that this AM! I gave up, once, and then picked it all up again.
I’ve had my nook for about a year now, and I got it during the Nook/Kindle price war, when the numbers kept going down. I do have to admit, I paid the original price back then, returned the nook I got, and received a new one, as well as my money back! Ah, gotta love the return policy for that! Sadly, they closed the B&N at Lincoln Centre, but I hope the manager who sold it to me, got transferred or even promoted! That man knew what he was talking about!
I got a cover for my nook the same day. And I guess the quote by Marie de Sevigne really spoke to me back then: “When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it”
And this is what it looks like
But it’s summer time, and I wanted to bring more color into the life of my nook, and of course some “hand-made style”
So this is what I ended up with
I still need to add the padding and the fleece for the inside, but you get the idea!
Here is what I knitted as a practice round this morning:
Hope you all are having a great Thursday! I sure am