a freeze frame

HANDMADE IS BEAUTIFUL

Friday, December 19, 2014

THE 20 MINUTE LAYOUT

most of which was spent hand stitching that small pink line. True story.


So last week I saw on Sian's blog that the latest Jot magazine was out. Obviously stopped everything to browse it. Saw some cute stuff, got inspired by some challenges (need to try your bucket challenge Sian!! I need to get more words onto my layouts!) and saw a couple layouts that made me think "hey let's scrap lift!" Which is how this layout came to be. (this particular layout was inspired by the one on page 65!)


One central picture, a photo border I had been hoarding FOREVER (it's from Love Elsie, that's how old it is!!) and then a few embellishments based on the colors of the photo and border. A bit of stitching because why not. And then decided it needed more pink so i added the other paper as a border under my white card stock. I considered adding a lot more but hmm, not really me. I love that photo so much honestly that I could have just glued it on the background and still would have been happy with it. 
I also really like that it's a very "empty" photo that alone doesn't say anything and could be anything and still I look at it and that particular moment spent on the beach comes rushing back to my mind with all the stories that go with it (stories being told in greater details on other layouts. like this one and this one.) So yeah, it took me three layouts to record an hour spent on the beach. and I have more photos waiting!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

YARN ALONG // THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Joining in with Ginny for the Yarn Along.
I love to knit. I love to read. Here's a little bit about both.


Christmas knitting you guys, it's the worst. I'm so behind. I want everything to be perfect if it's going to be given to someone other than me so of course I'm stressing out. I'm also super lazy clearly. Well maybe lazy is not the word. It's more like I know it need to be ready for the 25 so my brain is like oh that's so far away we've got plentyyyy of time. And then suddenly there's only 8 days left and my brain gets like whaaat? Which you think would help me to make progress on those projects. But no I decided to start a Henslowe shawl that's very much just for me instead! It might have a lot to do with the fact that my first Christmas Project, the Warble cowl i'm making for my sister (and started back in October!!) is not a pleasure to knit. It's a lovely pattern, easy to memorize, it's going to be awesome to wear for sure but I just don't like working on it! There is something about the stitches, the needles and the yarn that makes it a pain (literally for my hands) in the ass to knit.



Also, I just discovered that I had learned to make yarn overs the wrong way (don't ask why, I have no idea!). I will admit to a little meltdown when I realized it (while knitting on my Henslowe). Then I grabbed my Warble (which has a lot of yarn overs). I did a few rows with the correct yo, and obviously it got super pretty and oh super different than the (hundreds of) previous rows. At this point I was 75% done with the cowl. And I needed to decide whether I wanted to rip everything or not. I ended up ripping half of it (basically to where I had joined skein #2) and then knit again. I'm basically back to 75% again. I am hoping blocking will help with the differences between the two half, and also secretly praying that my sister won't even notice. Can't wait to be done with it seriously…



Which is why I have spent so much time working on my Henslowe. I love it, love it, love it! More on it once it's done! Also on the needles: a hat and cowl combo for my nephew. He's 3 which is awesome because that means everything knits super fast since it child size! I'm using my Knit by Numbers wool which I loooove, such a pleasure to knit with it! So yeah, merry Christmas everyone! ;)


On my Kindle right now: Little Women! Tis the season for classics I guess :) I'm 6 chapters in, so not so sure how I feel about it quite yet!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

1 PHOTO & 20 WORDS // THE SEASONS


Fall has always been the warmest season to me. 
Something to do with colors, spices in my drinks and cozy chairs perfect for reading. 
But Winter is coming.

——————————————————————————————

Joining in with Abi from Creating Paper Dreams for One photo & Twenty words. Check it out!
Saturday, December 6, 2014

PINNED IT MADE IT // a DIY kind of Christmas Tree

'Tis The Season to make pompoms, hang stuff on the walls and spray everything in gold. So on Thursday, as I decided to decorate my desk area, I thought, hey let's make a tree out of branches. I mean, that looks cool and doable!

a DIY kind of Christmas Tree

To create your own Christmas Tree you will need:
Branches (I gathered mine in the woods last Fall)
String, glue and nails
Pinecones, pompoms, Christmas decorations, handmade or not!
Glue, scissors, gold paint, wool

Ready? It's super easy:
1/ Gather your branches and arrange them from smaller to bigger to get a triangular shape. You can leave your branches raw like I do your you could have fun and paint them, crochet them, whatever you fancy!
2/ Using string and wires, connect your branches together, starting at the bottom. Make a big solid knot at the top to link the two strings. You will be using it to hang your tree! (all you see on mine is a big fluffy pompom but behind it is a nail on the wall to which the tree hangs!). If you fear your knots are not super solid you can also add glue on top to secure everything!
3// Decorate your tree! First I glued some pinecones to the branches ('Tis the season idea: spray paint your pinecones in gold! it's the cutest), then I made pompoms with some wool I had in my stash and finally I went through our christmas stash and chose a selection of small decorations that I tied to the tree using some scrap wool. You could also add some christmas light if you feel like it!
4// Hang your tree and enjoy <3




Pinned it Made it is hopefully going to be a recurring series here on the blog. I love Pinterest, I spend way too much time on it, I have lots of very inspiring boards (like Knit It, Do It Yourself, Crochet It, Scrap It…) and let's be honest, I've been meaning to create this feature FOREVER. But life happens, you pin, and then nothing happens. No More! Let's make stuff!

Thinking of it, I could even add a linky widget thing at the end of the post so you guys could participate and make stuff inspired by your boards. That could be like a monthly thing. What do you think??
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I LOVE BOOKS // FALL 2014

Here's a few words about what I have been reading this past Fall. I'm always looking for some good stories so feel free to share your current favorites in the comments :)


OUTLANDER - Diana Gabaldon 
Outlander is, in just two words, historical fiction. But I could also talk about it in 2000 words and that wouldn't even cover it. I loved it. Seriously, seriously loved it. Proof is, there are 8 books so far (she's working on the ninth!! yay!) and I read them all in two months like the crazy person that I am. I don't think I've felt like that for a book series since Harry Potter and the Lord of the Ring. So yes, amazing. The writing is brilliant and smart (also, not for children by the way) and the books cover everything a good novel should be about: love, adventure, action, history, fantasy, family, bravery, passion, Scotland, and so much more. I got completely lost in the epic story of Claire and James (aka JAMMF), and I just can't wait for book 9. 

Fave quote: "Don't be afraid. There's the two of us now."
(and a zillion other. basically every other line. read those book you guys!)


NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL - Lena Dunham
So, i did not like that book. I felt very very very uncomfortable reading Lena's words. Also, I think she got the title wrong. It should have been TMI: Too Much Information. I should also say that I love her show (Girls) and what Lena stands for as a public figure. I just didn't learn or take anything from the book. It didn't inspire me, it didn't make me feel like a strong, beautiful woman who can do it all. I just felt uncomfortable. And slightly worried about her mental health. If you are looking for a similar book I would highly recommend Mindy Kaling's book: Is everyone hanging out without me? It's AWESOME, funny, inspiring, everything Lena's book ended up not being for me.


This season's list feels kind of short (even though I actually read 9 books) so I thought I could share my Top 10 all time favorite books for fun. Would love to hear about yours!

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone
Alice's adventures in Wonderland
The Lord of the Rings
Pride & Prejudice
The adventure of Sherlock Holmes
Around the world in 80 days
Wild
Matilda
The Mists of Avalon
Outlander 


Next on my list: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Anne of Green Gables, Are you there God it's me Margaret (how awesome is that title??) oh and I am currently listening to Wuthering Heights, audiobook style!