Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FINISHED PROJECT: Knit Mitts!


I knit! I knit something! Can you believe it? This is my very THIRD completed knitting project. The first was a bulky straight scarf, the second was a hat, and now these adorable mitts! It took very long, but I'm very proud.

I used this pattern here (free!), used Lion Brand Heartland yarn in Great Smoky Mountains, and some size 9 (I think?!) needles. All you need to know is how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. And sew up a seam on the side.


Crochet is still my favorite, but I like to knit every once in a while just to remember how to do the stitches. I love the look of the stockinette stitch, so I was glad to complete a whole project using it.

What do you think? Do you like knit better or crochet? I think crochet has a better margin for error, aka I can just rip out a few stitches or rows if I don't like how things are going - in knitting, I still haven't mastered what to do when I drop a stitch. Also, in crochet, you can chain a bunch and measure that around your wrist, head, waist, etc - in knitting, making gauge swatches for that kind of stuff is very important. Pros and cons, though! Knitting looks so nice - perfect for garments, socks, and other dainty things.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

From My iPhone

I'm so excited to be this busy working on my new Etsy shop! BUT - I feel bad for it cutting into my actual blogging. Hopefully soon I'll be caught up with filling my shop with inventory, but until then, here are some of the things I've been up to via the lens of my 5S.


Some witchy decks full of inscriptions, magic objects, crystals, and other talismans found at Half Price Books in the cities. I haven't had a chance to go through them yet, but it's always nice having a few more lucky charms on my side.


I've been finding my wardrobe choices steadily turning dark, dark, darker more often. Perhaps the heat of August is making me want fall and even, forgive me, winter?  


Obsessed with chia right now. These Mamma Chia drinks are my absolute favorite. I want one right now. RIGHT NOW. They're all good! 


Told you 'bout that chia! Buuut -- this Chia Pod wasn't my favorite. It wasn't gross, even though it was way thicker than I thought (I thought it'd be more of a pudding texture), just kind of bland taste-wise. Also over $3.. 


 Heading out the door for a big belly dance show on Saturday, bindi in place.


Fresh sweet corn from our back yard. Ate this in a delicious salad with chicken breast, mushrooms, carrot shreds ... Had a lot of fun shucking this right outside my door. 


Spoilt myself a bit and set this Rust Cohle image as my desktop at work. Unfortunately, the gif this is from is great (Rust reenacting the gunfire with sound effects), but - no moving gifs as my background. Did you guys watch True Detective? Is it weird how much I love Rust? IS IT?


Latest prized possession: ROCKET! His little Funko is a bit hard to find. Next up .. Groot. Need him.


Some mini tape dispensers I found at the Mall of America! Easy enough to bust a part (have to change the tape somehow!) and fit some of my smaller washi tapes in there. I love you, Rilakkuma.
Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Items: Pokeball Coffee Clutches


I've listed a new item in my Etsy shop! Crochet Pokeball Coffee Clutches. They're up now and $11.50 each. They're great for hot drinks, but I love to use my coffee cozy on iced drinks to protect myself from the driiiink sweattttsss~




I'm also a part of Twinkie Chan's August Blog Sponsor giveaway. Check it out and enter here! Lots of cute stuff up there. (THAT PIKAAAA!)
Sunday, August 10, 2014

New Items: Retro Video Games iPhone Cases on Etsy


Big news! I have finished three patterns for some crochet iPhone cases and I've put some of each up for sale on my new Etsy shop. You can look at them (and shop them!) here. This is a big deal for me! Opening a shop for my original items has been a goal of mine for a while, and - with this little launch - I've finally accomplished it!

The three iPhone cozies I made are Gameboy, Pokeball, and the cutest little Dragon Quest slime. I'm pretty proud of them. Here are some photos:

Nintendo Gameboy iPhone Case 




Dragon Quest Slime iPhone Case






Pokemon Pokeball iPhone Case




Let me know what you think! I have plenty more ideas in the works - I just need the time to work the patterns out.
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Stickers + Pikachu Stationary from IkaBoushi


When I saw the IkaBoushi shop on Etsy, I knew that I needed something, if not everything, from the store to call my own. I narrowed it down to two things - it was hard - and placed my order. When my package arrived, I was so happy! The items were just as cute in person, and the quality was super great. The Pikachu Koffing paper pack was adorable, but my favorite were the stickers of the characters from Animal Crossing: New Leaf.


Ah, so cute, right? Look at Isabelle! I'm already kind of considering buying a second pack of them, just because one of each doesn't seem like it is enough. Like, seriously - Reese? Adorable.


Here is Harriet from Shampoodle helping me remember to find and buy Groot and Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy for my Pop Vinyl collection. She fits so perfectly, right?

I highly recommend this shop for affordable and high quality stationary. There are more anime and video game items, too, as well as stuff like My Little Pony, zodiac symbols, and cute snack cartoons. If I could pick to buy more, the Katamari Damacy stickers are pretty adorable, but then again, so are the Harvest Moon ones. And Space Dandy. And Ghibli.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lavender Simple Syrup DIY + Iced Lavender Latte Recipe


If you've never tried it before, lavender as a flavor might sound a little bit weird. It makes sense in herbal tea, but - cocktails or coffee? It is delicious! Trust me! However, finding the flavor syrup isn't the most easy thing, but making your own -- that is easy! Here's how I made the lavender simple syrup, as well as an iced latte concoction.

Lavender Simple Syrup

  • Mix together one cup of water, two cups of sugar, and four tablespoons of lavender all in one small saucepan. I used dried lavender, but fresh buds also work (probably even better). 
  • Bring everything to a boil and once it starts bubbling, lower the heat to medium-low to simmer for a few minutes. Stir it up, so all the sugar is dissolved. 
  • After this, remove totally from heat and let sit uncovered for about half an hour for the syrup to thicken. 
  • Next, strain the lavender out and store the syrup in a glass jar or bottle. I read that it can last up to four weeks in the fridge, but we will see how much I actually have left after that.

Iced Lavender Latte

  • To make this specific drink, I first used my Aeropress to brew some dark roast coffee using four scoops of Caribou's Obsidian. I pressed these shots directly over ice. 
  • I put four tablespoons of the lavender simple syrup into the glass. 
  • I filled the glass to the top using vanilla-flavored almond milk.
  • Stir and enjoy! 


Pictured above is my AeroPress - one of my favorite purchases this year! Thanks to my work-bff, I was introduced to this amazing product, and I can't imagine life without it. What an easy way to make some delicious-and-fast shots of coffee with perfect crema each time. I bought mine on Amazon for no more than $25. I recommend it!


Monday, August 4, 2014

What I Wore: The Smiths


A perfect sunny day (a la "Cemetery Gates") seemed just the right fit for my dreary Smiths t-shirt matched with a bright floral skater skirt. Moz always has loved dancing around on stage with bouquets in hand, so I figured this would be an appropriate match.


The Smiths have been one of my very favorite bands since I first listened to them in college. Morrissey is definitely a love him or hate him type of guy, and - well, obviously - he's a love him type of guy for me. Here is a video of a live version of "The Queen is Dead." You're welcome in advance for the topless Moz. WINK!


Do you have a favorite band that's stuck with you over the years? One that you can listen to and still love, rather than cringe? The Smiths and The Cure are definitely two of those bands for me.

 
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