Saturday, December 21

Hey baby, mrs. Cold

This Owls sweater by Kate Davies was on my mind for months. Finished it just in time for colder Winter months to come. It fits perfectly after blocking.

Again, it's hard to get the accurate, real life colour of the yarn on photo. It seems like it changes with the light. The yarn is a 100% Peruvian Highland Wool (Cascade 220, Beige 8021).
Lately, I get lots of crafty inspiration from Pinterest, so for 'cosy-pimping' the living room I've made some tealights from mason jars. I used some glue, glitters and hennep cord.

I wish you all warm & happy holidays and like to thank everyone for visiting my blog and leaving such sweet comments!

(Title: Mrs. Cold - Kings of Convenience)

Sunday, December 15

When you're still waiting for the snow to fall... doesn't really feel like Christmas at all...

But it's almost Christmas!!
It was 8°C (46°F) today in Belgium and it doesn't seem like there's going to fall any snow soon :-(
But hey, it's almost Christmas!! :)
I made these ornaments in 2008 and 2009 in white clay and golden paint. One layer of varnish was added too. I made several characters: a snowman, a nurse, two angels, a reindeer, a Christmas tree, a sheep, two of my former pet rabbits, P.'s dog that passed away in 2008. The only animal that I think is missing, is my cat, living with my parents.

The glass pendant is handmade by Irene Owens. She makes lovely paintings and drawings for nurseries and children's books.

I hope you guys have a lot of crispy white snow to celebrate the holidays! Send some to me... :)

(Title: Coldplay - Christmas Lights)

Tuesday, December 10

Infinity of light

And the sky is a roof made of tin
With a million holes for the light to get in
Beyond, there's an endless sea of lucidity
and infinity of light

>> M. Craft - Love knows how to fight <<

Sunday, December 8

Almost Christmas

This afternoon was filled with knitting and photographing light. What more can I ask for on a lazy Sunday afternoon? My new Owls Sweater is coming along nicely, though the colour of the yarn is so hard to capture on photo! We had some weird but beautiful skies here, maybe that's the reason why I had trouble with my lighting today.

Friday, December 6

Slightly addicted

Owls in beige Cascade 220 - Kate Davies Design

Last night I wondered: how come I have spent 29 years of my life...not...knitting?

I might be slightly addicted to yarn and browsing Ravelry for hours finding a nice project to knit. Good thing some of the compelling yarn in the online yarnshop was out of stock or I would be broke by now.

Seriously, only slightly addicted. ;)

Wednesday, December 4 my sketchbook

I have no clue why I'm filling this year's sketchbook with polar bears. Really, I don't. I just like them. Their anatomy, their movement, the fact that they're not black or brown. Years ago, it could be already ten, I drew this very simple sketch of a polar bear somewhere on a blank spot in the left corner of my sketchbook next to other scribbles and doodles. I didn't think much of it at that time but now I think it's one of my best sketches ever. Just because it's so simple, has no shadow, just some lines. I think the feeling I've got when I look at that drawing makes me drawing polar bears again. Even though I drew many (and another page) this year, none of them top the one from my early drawing days.

Tuesday, December 3

...but does he compost?

Sewing machine and me are already best friends! Last October I went to a huge fabrics sale and spotted this gorgeous comic style fabric in curtain material. It just screamed 'cushion cover'. I thought the blocked fabric had similar colours so I grabbed a piece of that too. It was my first time sewing in zippers. Let's call that an adventure.

After finishing the cushions I thought it was about time to make the pot holders from Liesl Made (thanks so much for people like you for putting clear tutorials online). I've been wanting to sew them for a while now and bought some thermal batting yesterday. Let's call sewing a bias strip another big adventure ;-)

Have you been sewing lately or seen some compelling fabric that you wanted so bad?