Caffeinated and Craf-TAY

Hi hi hi. It’s been a while. As usual. My b. I’ve been putting my time to good use visiting Ann Arbor and wasting my time at home scouring Pinterest for ideas for the house I’ll be renting this August with some other newbie grad students like me.

The Pinterest thing has gotten so bad that, today, I decided I’m not allowed to pin any more crafts until I actually make some that are already pinned. Add iced coffee and wearing my pajamas until 4 in the afternoon and BAM! Craft time.

My friend Kathrine, who used to drink tea with me on a regular basis when we shared a flat in London, originally told me about this idea. Teacup candles are a fusion of two of my favorite things, so I started gathering stuff to make them a little while ago. This morning the caffeine decided the candles would be a good craft to knock off my list. A few weeks ago I thrifted a 3 white teacups, grabbed some broken crayons from the teacher I worked for this past year, and some old, mangy looking candles from home. I hot glued twine around each teacup to give ’em some more character, since they weren’t vintage-y cute with fancy gold leafing and intricate flowers, which turned out pretty well [the over all color scheme for my room will be pastels – blue, green, and teal – with more neutral tones like twine and burlap to balance it out].

The tutorial I kind-of followed called for wax flakes and special dye and candle scent. In no world would I spend money on things like that when I can get them fo’ free. I just chunked the old candles from home [one was scented already] and added a few bits of crayon for color.

please feel free to laugh at my makeshift, janky double-boiler. it worked, and that’s all that matters!

The crayon went a lot farther than I thought it’d go, so before committing to a color without testing what it looks like as a solid, I put a little white wax on the end of my paint stir and dipped and dried it repeatedly until I got an idea of the color I wanted.

I won’t insult you and tell you every step of the process, but here’s a comparison of the hot wax to finished product:

The skylight reflected in the hot wax. Accidentally awesome.

The finished product.

Me like. The idea of making the decorations for my bedroom appeals so much more to me than buying things that look nice but have no personal touch.

One craft down, at least 4 more to go.

Laziness

Well, only in terms of posting. Sorry to have fallen off the face of the earth for a little while. In the past month, I’ve kept busy deciding to go to Indiana University for grad school [WOOHOO!], workin’ two jobs, turning 23, and finishing up a buncha knitting projects for loved ones [hats, slippers, socks, etc.] and experiencing the absolute magic of felting wool projects. I’ll get to those eventually. :]

Just wanted to shoot a quick post about the most recent project I’ve started:


Yes, that is me wearing my big girl pants and swatching before I start a project. And yes, those beautiful needles are Addi Clicks (borrowed, of course).

500 points to Gryffindor if you can guess what it’s going to be!

More food and coziness soon, I promise.

Acceptance!

Not related to anything food or knit, but I’m jumping-up-and-down-excited about this morning. I’ve been accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s masters program for speech-language pathology!!! Still waiting to hear from the other programs to which I applied, but this is great news for now!

Happy Saturday 🙂

January Shmanuary

uh…happy belated New Year?

The holidays were too speedy…meaning I completed none of the knitted stuff I made/am making people for Christmas. So far, I’ve made my brother one and a half of a pair of glittens, my boyfriend one sock, and half of a project for another friend that’s still a secret. There are so many more waiting to be cast on that have to sit on the back burner! Much to my knitting projects’ dismay, I neglected them to finish my graduate school applications/give schools all my money, play Settlers and Scrabble with my family (what if there was a hybrid game of them both?!) and watch a lot of Muppets (both Christmas specials and the new movie). Oh! And I visited Noah in Ann Arbor for a whole wonderful week.

Here’s a crappy quality laptop camera picture of the glittens [that are my brother’s size, not mine]. Just to prove that I’m still alive and knitti…erm…breathing.

Until I finish more projects, it’s ah-dee-ohs, amigos. Happy January.

Musings of a snuggly post-grad.

After spending an entire Friday night by the fire snuggled up with Knitty, a newfound knitting blog, and the Food Network Magazine, my brain is a crazy mess of ideas and excitement. And you know what? I decided that as much as I like my little knitting binder and bookmarked recipes, I really like sharing my projects with and getting feedback from people other than just my close friends and family.

I’m not in this just to share. I’m selfishly starting this blog about my creative endeavors as a way to keep myself organized and motivated. Too many times have I cooked something I thought was ambrosial that was a mishmash of 5 different recipes for the same dish, forgetting to write down which steps I followed or ignored to arrive at the final product. Good luck recreating that deliciousness, ya punk. The same goes for knitting – what’s the point of keeping original patterns if I don’t ever follow them or add notes? Hopefully, the blog’ll keep me on my toes for documenting my digressions from written instructions and help me remember what works and what doesn’t.

After all this chatter about tweaking, I don’t mean to imply that I never come up with anything from scratch. It’s fun to create, but sometimes it’s just quicker to use pre-existing recipes or patterns as a launchpad for my own version of soup or a hat. Hopefully after a while of well-documented recipe tweaks and pattern changes, my own designs will flow a little more freely.

By no means do I think I’m an expert – I’ve still got a lot of exploring to do in the worlds of cooking and knitting. Stick with me while I delve into them?