Nell’s Book of Colours

A fabric book for Nell has been on my list for quite some time. I spied a cute one on the Made by Rae website last year. I started sorting my fabrics right away, and noticed something interesting. I have lots of blue, pink and red scraps, but hardly any orange or green! My friend Elizabeth came to my rescue and gave me some really great scraps.

I started sewing the book a couple of days before Christmas. Yup, only last minute crafting for me. Oh the pressure! Things were going swimmingly, until I closed the book and took a good look at it. D’oh! I had sewn the front panel on upside down. Noooooooo! I calmly laid the book aside and went upstairs for Christmas Eve dinner. Okay, so maybe I wasn’t calm. There may have been a temper tantrum thrown. But food has an amazing satiating quality, and after dinner I set about unpicking hundreds of stitches. I flipped everything the right way and sewed it back up. It was wrapped and under the tree by 7pm!

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Sewing note: I used this very helpful tutorial for sewing the wonky log cabin squares.

Personalized Mug DIY

Yes, I too have jumped on the Sharpie mug craze that has been all over Pinterest lately. One big difference though, I’m not using Sharpies! I did a lot of research and found that even the oil bases Sharpies eventually wear off. I instead went with the Pebeo Porcelaine markers. They are specifically designed for china, and are very hardwearing. In Canada they can be ordered from Deserres.ca.

I wanted to give you a tutorial as to how I drew on my mugs. I don’t have lovely free hand writing, so I needed to come up with a method that gave me some guidelines to draw over. The method worked really well! Please excuse the not-so-awesome photos.

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The supplies: $ store white mugs, Pebeo markers, rubbing alcohol to remove any mistakes, a graphic, a soft HB pencil, something to burnish with (I used a closed pen), painters tape to stick you design on and a ruler.
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I bought the fine and medium size, but wish I had only bought the fine size. The medium was too thick for lettering.

 

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Type out your phrases on Word. You can have fun using different fonts, however I found the simpler text easier to paint over. Save as a pdf file, and in the print settings select layout and flip horizontally.

 

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Draw over your reversed image with a soft HB pencil. You want to go pretty heavy with the pencil so that the graphite will transfer onto the mug.

 

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Tape your image onto the mug and burnish over the lettering. Press hard!

 

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Now you can draw over your image with the marker. Let the lettering dry for 24 hours, and then bake at 300 degrees for 35 minutes to make it dishwasher safe.

 

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I love how they turned out. The creature on the right was designed by our son Jack. He has created a whole world of Eyeball Guys. We love them, but it took a lot of convincing for him to allow me to draw one on a mug. He is very protective of his designs!

Christmas Knits

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My needles have been busy this holiday season! I started knitting up a storm after I made my (huge) Knit Picks Cyber Monday order. Guilt perhaps? No, lets call it good stewardship! Hats and mitts are the answer to all of those odd skeins leftover from other projects. My pattern notes can be found on my Ravelry projects page.

The Erika Cowl

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I’ve been busy knitting up a storm this holiday season. I wanted to make a chunky cowl for my friend Erika, but lacked the large, circular needles that the pattern called for. So what’s a girl to do but make up her own pattern! I’m a bit embarrassed to call it a pattern as the instructions are so simple. But here goes.

 

The Erika Cowl

Finished size aprox. 12″ deep x 29 long

Materials:

1 skien Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Crush (137 yards) or other bulky weight yarn

Size 12mm straight needles

5- 1″ diameter buttons

Instructions:

Cast on 30 sts. Knit in seed stitch for desired length. Make sure to leave enough yarn for the button hole row, and to bind off.

Buttonhole row and finishing:

K2 in seed stitch pattern, * yo, k2tog, k4 in pattern* repeat from * until 2 sts remain. k2 in pattern.

Knit two rows in seed stitch pattern. Loosely bind off in seed stitch pattern.

Weave in ends and block if desired. Sew the buttons on.