Monday, December 26, 2011

WIP: Cordate

Exciting news...I got the final draft of Gamine off to my tech editor today! Wow the holidays sure threw a wrench in my timeline for that!

Also here is a quick peek at Cordate, which is a sister pattern for Ovate:

cordate peek

Shown in Malabrigo Rasta, Lettuce.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holidays IV, The Tape

Yeah, that's right the tape! Every year I buy more tape (usually in a 3-pack) for wrapping presents, even though I still have at least 5 unopened rolls at home.  For the past two years I have not bought any tape...and I still have 6 rolls (possibly more) floating around. So, I found a couple awesome things that I could use this tape for.

First up: Cat Eyes! I am a licensed, though not "practicing" cosmetologist...people used to pay me good money to do their makeup.  I am ashamed to admit that I was never able to do a good cat eye on myself...until this life changing tutorial!



Wooot! I am ready to vamp it up, rawr.  Now I will keep a roll of tape with my makeup.  (I used Stila Smudge Pot liner in gray)

Second: Nail art! Though, I will admit that gift wrap tape can be hard to see on freshly polished nails, so next time I might try masking tape...I buy a lot of that and neon duct tape, too. Apparently my hoarding tendencies extend beyond yarn and nail polish!

funky tree

funky tree right trees are a little wonky, since the tape was a little hard to see in my poorly lit living room at night....but, ooooooooh shiny (and bokeh)! Time for a roll of tape to go in with the nail polish! (I used Milani 3D Holographic lacquer in Cyberspace for the base color and Orly in Lucky Duck for the tree)

I hope you have some fun with tape....even if you are only wrapping presents ;D

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holidays III, The Noms

So here is what else I included in my all handmade Christmas...blood sugar spikes for all!

magic cookie bars

Magic Cookie Bars, recipe here, omitted the nuts and made a thicker graham cracker crust.  We have been making these every Christmas for as long as I can remember...ridiculously sweet, delicious and addictive!


Peanut Butter Cup Cookies, Nutella Cookies (from Cuisine at Home magazine), Oatiest Oatmeal Cookies (with cinnamon chips instead of raisins).

homemade caramel popcorn

Caramel Popcorn...amazing, and not as intimidating as I thought it would be!

fleur de sel caramels

Fleur de Sel Caramels...used this recipe; but instead of vanilla extract, I infused the cream with two vanilla beans. These are sooo good, I am such a salty/sweet lover! Luckily I had one pan that got horribly mangled during my first try at chocolate they got to stay with me!

Whew, I managed to get everything out in the mail yesterday and now have my fingers crossed that they will arrive on time! There still isn't time for me to relax...I just finished the rest of my gift shopping today...and I am still not finished with the man-sized sock knitting  >_<  I think I need to go eat some more caramels ;D

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holidays II, The Knits

Every year I say that I am not going to knit anything for the holidays, then without fail, two weeks before I must KNIT ALL THE THINGS! Of course this leads to about a week of me zoning out in front of the computer watching Netflix (Doctor Who this year, since I skipped straight to Matt Smith, I wanted to check out Drs. 9 and 10) with my tiny dpns knitting ornaments and such non-stop.

So here is what I made:

death star

Little Death festive!



zombie santa

...being chased by a zombie Santa (why yes, that is a dismembered antler...I watch too much Walking Dead)!

knitted christmas

Group shot! Those balls were the beginning of a yarn ball wreath, but I lost steam on that project.  I made the big snowball and tree for my nephew.  Also, note the crocheted flower! Even with my horrible skills, like chaining is hard for me, I managed these flowers! I kind of want to make myself something absurd with them...but first I will probably make some for my future niece who is scheduled to arrive in March :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Holidays!

As my [insert winter holiday of choice] gift to you...I am going to post consistently all week! What a novel concept, huh? It isn't going to all be about knitting or design, but it will all be crafty!

I am kicking the week off with my Christmas manicure:


Yay, mistletoe! I am still deeply in love with nail much so that I keep ordering stamping plates >_<  The images I used were from the Bundle Monster set, plates BM219 and BM225. My nail polish/accessories stash is starting to catch up to my yarn stash...I might need a bigger house, heh.

And see...there is actual knitting in this photo! I made a bunch of these trees this year, sans trunk.  They seemed to stand better with the wide base and I might have gotten a bit lazy towards the end ;)

I'll be back again very soon with shots of my holiday knitting!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


So the holidays and houseguests...that is my excuse this time ;) Anyway, I am popping to give you guys a look at Gamine...the whole thing, not just a little bit of cabling!




The pattern went out to testers today, so just a couple more weeks and it will be ready to go.  I also had a bit of fun in Photoshop today...I haven't played with my actions in awhile.  These shots all use Nelly Nero's "Vespa" action and a couple use her "Pump Me Up" action, too.