I woke up on this sunny Sunday, dreading the day that was ahead of me.

Having several midterms this week, I was to spend the day chained to my desk.

After several hours of statistics, I decided to take a walk. I ended up walking by a few garage sales, and I stopped in to check things out.

I ended up finding this amazing golden jewellery box. How pretty is it?

I also got a hug bag of yarn for really cheap. Perfect for some granny squares, or a mix and match scarf. 

Next awesome thing that happened to me on my walk is that I was stopped and complimented on my houndstooth scarf. It was the most heartfelt thing, and I was amazed. This lovely lady asked if I would make her one. An awesome awesome awesome day. 

Plus I got new shoes yesterday and I wore them for the first time today, so thats always a plus :)
Happy Sunday Folks! 

Crocodile Stitch Slippers

Hello again!

I have been spending my week working a lot, reading a lot, and spending a lot of time trying to understand my statistics notes. So my week has been pretty dull.

But some exciting things happened!--I got a my yarn order in! Now I can begin making Christmas gifts! I started making this shawl out of the soft minty green, and I have some other plans that will play out more in the new year.

It's Cascade Yarns Pima Silk, which I bought it from Craftsy.com

--I went to the thrift store and bought a whole lot of buttons. And yarn. And old crochet magazines. It was a good trip. :)
--I finished these lovely crocodile stitch booties. I made my mom a pair last year, and she was showing off to her sister. So I received several texts from my aunt in which she 'subtly' implied that she would really like a pair too. And that her favourite colour is yellow. 

from last year
And so I made a pair for her. In yellow.

I got the pattern from Bonita Patterns. I bought the adult sized pattern to start. I found that the "small" size fits about a size ten foot. At least with my tension and yarn. So later I bought the children's size pattern so I could make some for people with small-average sized feet.

Have a good one!


Handmade Holidays: Twisted Headband

We are over halfway through September. We have a few celebrations to get through before Christmas, but its always good to start making those little gifts early, right? It seems to me that these last few months of the year always fly by way to quickly.

So here is my first pattern of my Handmade Holidays series: The Twisted Headband.

It may look a little tricky, But I will do my best to lay it out for you. I promise it isn't too difficult, and it works up really quickly.

For simplicity sake, I split the headband into four sections, and drew a little diagram to help illustrate. It helps if you can imagine what to expect.

Twisted Headband Pattern:

Bernat Bamboo Natural blends. 
Size 4.25mm hook. 

Note: This pattern is worked in the back loops only.

Part One:

Chain 5.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc to last ch. ch 1, turn. ---4 sc.
Row 2: sc in each sc, ch 1, turn. ---4sc
Row3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each st to second last st, 2 sc in last sc. ch 1, turn. ---6 sc.
Row 4-14: repeat rows 2 and 3. ---16 sc.
Row 16& 17: sc in each st, ch 1, turn. --- 16 sc. 
**do not fasten off**

Part Two:

Row 1: sc in next 8 sts. ch 1, turn. ---8 sc.
Row 2-25: repeat row 1. ---8 sc.
Row 26: sc in next 8 sts, ch 9. --- 8 sc, 9 ch.

Part Three:

Row 1: sc in first ch from hook. 7 sc to last ch. Join with sl st to last sc of  'Part Two'. ch 1, turn --- 8 sc.
Row 2-26: sc in each sc across. ch 1, turn. --- 8 sc.
join with sl sts to Part One. Fasten off.

Part Four:

Join to end of Part Two.

Row 1-3: sc in each st across. ch 1, turn. --- 16 sc.
Row 4: sc in first sc, sk 1, sc in across to last 2 sts, sk 1, sc in last st. ch 1, turn. ---14 sc.
Row 5: sc in each sc across. ch 1, turn. --- 14 sc.
Row 6-13: repeat rows 4 and 5. --- 6 sc.
Row 14: [button hole] sl st in first sc, ch 3, sl in last sc. ch 1, turn.
Row 15: sc in first st, 2 sc in ch-3 section, sc in last st. ch 1, turn. ---4 sc.
Row 16: sc in each sc across. --- 4 sc
Fasten off. 

I am a beginner pattern creator. So if you have any questions about this pattern, please ask. I will be happy to help you with whatever I can.
I finished the pattern off by single crocheting around the edge.

Happy Autumn!

-- Bee

Sharpie Mug

Yesterday some of my good friends came over and we had an awesome time trying out one of our (many) items on our Pinterest board.

This one has been a popular craft on the website, and it looked so cool, so we had to try it out.

The famous sharpie-and-dinner-wear-trick.

This cool and easy DIY requires: a dollar store ceramic mug/ plate/ bowl and sharpies.

Draw on your chosen piece with the sharpie (of any colour) and bake in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes.

I read from DIYopolis that the cheaper the mug the better. The theory is that the sharpie melts into the glaze better and becomes more wash proof.

It seemed that the metallic sharpies that I used faded and changed colour a bit after baking. Not a huge deal though.

I will be using mine for a pretty little yarn bowl.

Back to our lovely sunday evening, we had a great time being creative, quietly chatting and being very civil.

Shortly followed by an overly-exciting game of monopoly. Complete with loud yelling matches, overpriced bidding wars, crazy and unreasonable deals, really high rent, unluckiness, uncalled for graciousness, and a lot of laughter. I'm so glad we were all able to get together.

Hope you all have an awesome week.

-- Bee

Sidebar buttons: Helpful Links

This may seem simple to others. This may be ridiculously easy to most. But for me, getting those social media sidebar buttons on my blog was the biggest thing I have accomplished this week. Other than reading an outrageous amount of Developmental Psychology and overcoming my statistics homework.

I spent way too long scouring the internet for how-tos that were so simply put that someone who knows nothing about website codes and lingo could understand.

What turned out to be the most helpful for me was this Wiki-How page. It was easy to customize and understand, and the step-by-step instructions were great.

I also found this website with free icons downloads in a lot of colours. She also has a lot of great how-to set up blog pages and stuff, and I will be revisiting a few of those pages.  The icons I got from HerNewLeaf ended up not matching my whole colour scheme and I needed to change them again.

Hope this helps in your searches blog buttons.

Happy weekend!
-- Bee

Houndstooth Scarf

September 12, 2013 - I am happy to announce that fall is on its way.

I know this because I got dressed this morning, wearing a light sweater, like I have been since school started. 

But when I got outside, it was much too chilly and I needed to go back inside to change.

So it is perfect timing that yesterday, between classes and reading and homework and tea time, I finished this beautiful scarf. I am so excited to wear this in winter. 

I bought 1 skein of each white and black loops and threads soft and shiny yarn for this beauty. Going into it, I knew it would have to be really long, if I was to wear it all winter long. I finished off both balls of yarn. Half because I wanted it to be much longer than I am, and half because I already have way  too much leftover yarn in my stash. 

And so now I have this wonderfully soft, well over six-foot-long, handmade scarf. And the great part about it is that the pattern is available for free!

Happy crocheting!


Blueberry Pie

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I decided that we would spend our saturday baking a couple pies.

Our original plan was to make 2 pies: one blueberry and one pecan.

My favourite, which I have made a few times before, is Pecan Pie. I use this recipe, which doesn't use that sickly-sweet syrup. And every time it is so delicious. 

Halfway through mixing the filling for our pecan pie, however, we decided to double the recipe and make 2 pecan pies. He wanted to bring one home and possibly share some of it with his family.

Before it was baked

After, we made Blueberry pie.
I had never made a fruit pie before, so this was a little nerve wracking for me. I got the recipe from here, the Mennonite Girls Can Cook website, and I loved it. It was an easy recipe to use, even for a beginner pie maker like myself.

All three pies turned out amazing. They were so delicious. Even now, just thinking about them, I think I might need to make some more sometime soon. :)

Happy Wednesday!

-- Bee.

Reversible Lunchbag

Another school year just began. As I went to my first day of classes, I packed together my laptop, a notebook, pencils, calendar... all the basics. Then I realized, I didn't have room for a lunch.

So a plastic bag was used for the day. Not so cute.

So I went to the fabric store over the weekend. And these crazy creative juices started flowing.
Well. Creative for me. I'm not much of a sewer.

 I measured and cut my pretty floral print. 

Bottom (cut 1 of each fabric)- 5"x8".
Front/Back Panels (cut 2 of each fabric)- 8"x10"
Side Panels (cut 2 of each fabric)- 5"x10"

It turned out really nicely. I am proud that my limited sewing abilities are expanding.

Let me know if you make your self one!

-- Bee

Yellow Legal Pad Time!

I am having a hard time finding the inspiration I need for my next projects. I would like to make a couple blankets before christmas time. Which should be possible if I work hard and start soon.

My problem is: do I want to make a granny square style blanket or  just a row by row style?

Pros of the granny square:
- they always look so amazing when its finished. 
- I could use a different technique for each square and learn a lot new things.
- I could take make one square on the bus ride to school and back every day.

Cons of the granny square:
- I hate weaving in those pesky ends
- it can get fairly tedious to sew them all together
- it would probably take me a long time to get motivated to finish.

Pros of the Row-by-Row Style blanket
- I could still learn new techniques depending on the pattern
- not as many pesky ends to sew in or any stitching pieces together
- I have made many more of this type of blanket. I know I like it, I know they are so cozy and beautiful
- when it gets long enough I can keep warm under it while crocheting.

Cons of the Row-by-Row Style blanket
- I am out of inspiration for it. 
- I typically get bored halfway through making it
- Or I run out of yarn

What do you think of this? I was thinking about making a whole bunch of octagons, but that would mean a lot of sewing.
I was also thinking of a good old zigzag. My dad used to have one that his mother had made for him, but it was so worn through it needed to be thrown away.
But then I think, maybe I want to try to make a tunisian cable blanket. I haven't done much tunisian crochet, and have never done any crocheted cabling, now might be the time.

Sighhh.. with so much inspiring people making inspiring pieces, how am I supposed to choose only one at a time?
Any input?

Happy September!
-- Bee

p.s. if you get the post title reference, props to you!