Friday, March 31, 2006

All zipped up

Lookie! I made a couple of lined zipper pouches, with help from this tutorial on Craftster....my first time working with zippers, which was a bit of a challenge.

Lined zipper pouches

I also added a little ribbon handle...here is a peek inside at the lining...

The lining

Not too bad for a first attempt, I think...next up is the Nappy Bag!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Cupcakes in the news

Cupcakes were the cover story in the Chronicle's Food section this week.




I want to try the Samoa cupcake recipe, from Chockylit.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Bagalong

Flush from the sucess of the tissue holders, I have joined Sew? I Knit! and will attempt to sew a bag, the theme for April. The Amy Butler Nappy Bag pattern arrived from Sewzanne's...the fun part is next...choosing fabric! Although perhaps I should read the pattern first...



Measuring carefully and sewing straight lines have always been challenging for me...also, the bobbin winder on my mother's sewing machine seems to no longer work, so I need to figure out how/where to wind my bobbins...

Friday, March 24, 2006

Bunnies on Friday

Pop-up bunny, and more pop-ups

Knit bunny & knit bunny

Wee bunny

Daisy & Domino, Joanne's bunnies

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Signs of spring

Arrow and I saw beautiful cloud formations during our evening constitutional yesterday. Then on the way home, we saw a rainbow!

A rainbow in the clouds
Rainbow over Market St.

The M&Ms are finished, so I filled the green bunny dish from Joanne with Cadbury Mini Eggs. I love the chalky pastel colors of the little eggs.

Cadbury mini eggs
Cute little cone shaped eggs

Friday, March 17, 2006

Achoo

Lookie, I finally made some mini tissue holders!

Mini tissue holders

While shopping for ribbon last year, Joanne and I saw a basket of tissue holders at the Ribbonerie and thought they would be a fun project...months later, I happened upon this easy-to-follow tutorial. After making one, I tried adding ribbon trim...they're a bit lumpy, but I am pleased with how they turned out...perhaps I'll try a zippered pouch next...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Ides of March

My project pouch from Piddleloop arrived! Perfect for working on my second Sweet Mary Jane, which I hope to start someday in the near future...right now my feet have to take turns wearing the one finished slipper...

Pretty project pouch
I love this fabric

This ingenious pouch has elastic on the inside to hold knitting needles, and a grommet for the yarn to go through...

Grommet view
Grommet view

Jen and her sister threw in some extra goodies as well. Check out the mustached cupcake and carrot buttons...tee hee hee...

Piddleloop goodies
Extra goodies include all meat weiner cards

They make pouches of different sizes, cards, buttons, stitch markers and more, so go get some handmade goodness of your own!

Blurry grommet with Arrow
Arrow checks out the blurry pouch

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Matcha matcha

Knitting returned to Chez Arrow on Sunday, with matcha muffins and two kinds of lime squares for nosh. Dan and I made the recipe with key limes from Berkeley Bowl, and Pamela surprised us with her version, made with regular limes. A side-by-side test test was conducted, and both were deemed delectable by all knitters present.

Matcha muffin batter
Matcha muffin batter

Matcha muffins
Green is the theme

I even managed to knit a few rows of My So Called Scarf, which had been languishing for months...it was originally supposed to be a Christmas gift, before hand injury slowed me down to nearly a standstill...anyhows, I am knitting in baby steps! And speaking of babies, I made this little brag book for Chloe's 100 day celebration.

Brag book for Chloe
For showing photos on the go

Friday, March 10, 2006

In like a lion

There was talk of snow today, but I don't see any...hmm...perhaps it was all hype. But Arrow and I did get caught in some unexpected rain yesterday. Very wet. But upon returning home, I was greeted by excellent mail: Dan's sister Cecilia sent a copy of the James Blunt album. Yay! I listened to it while reading You Are Not a Stranger Here. Yes, we're reading at Chez Arrow...as the craftiness continues to be hindered by injury, we're attempting to be well read...the humans, anyway. Dan is reading To Kill a Mockingbird.

Did you know? Not only do the Easter M&Ms come in cute pastel colors, but there are bunnies, chicks, and lambs on them!

Easter M&Ms
Seasonal candy cuteness

Thursday, March 02, 2006

I want candy

Mariko of super eggplant has organized a candy swapping group. Candy! Theme for the first swap will be regional candy. Yum. She will unveil more details next week.