Aug 312014
 
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My craft desk the weekend after getting back from vacation

Earlier this summer I manned the embroidery table at Brooklyn Craft Company’s summer craft extravaganza. I enjoyed teaching folks how to embroider (many were learning it for the first time – so rewarding to introduce people to a new craft!) and seeing how creative people got with their pieces. Check out some of the photos on Instagram: little bunny poopoo, the embroidery table, a pair of heartbroken kitties (they live together but alas, don’t get along), and a hamburger.

At the end of the night, there was a drawing for several raffle prizes – and I won the grand prize! The package included tons of sewing goodies, like this mini iron. Aww, so cute.

mini-iron

Admittedly, at first I thought this would be a gadget I’d hold onto for a while but never use. Turns out it’s great for ironing all the little crevices of fabric in an embroidered design without pressing your stitches. Do you spot a little stitched face peeking out from behind the iron? More to come on this project soon.

Another gadget I’ve had collecting dust in our apartment is this spiralizer. I got it months ago (um, over the winter holidays? <blush>) so I could make zucchini noodles, and never got around to actually using it. Inspiration finally struck when I was organizing another picnic with friends at the Botanic Garden. I broke out the raw foods cookbooks for “live spaghetti” recipes. Spiralizing vegetables feels pleasantly ridiculous, and so satisfying!

spiralizer

I marinated the noodles in a sauce made with fresh tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, garlic, basil, oil, Bragg’s, and a little nutritional yeast blended in the food processor – delicious. I added sliced black olives and basil to the dish and let it marinate overnight. Apparently that was WAY too much sauce for the 4 zucchinis I spiralized, and so I made gazpacho out of the leftovers. It feels great to soak up the last of these summery foods before the evening chill we’ve had this past week starts seeping into daytime.

Do you have any weird crafty gadgets you’re not sure what to do with? Or that you finally got around to using?

Aug 192014
 

I put the last finishing touches on my knitted acorn tree on the way to the art exhibit where it debuted. What an energizing, inspiring evening! I really enjoyed sharing my work this way – walking up to people and handing them the acorn, inviting them to explore. People’s reactions were very rewarding: squeeing, making the tree dance, snatching the toy from my hands because they saw a cute stuffie and couldn’t help themselves, kissing the acorn’s little face, etc. Now I’m working on writing up the pattern, re-knitting the acorn for process photos, and brainstorming where else to take this project.

This last week I’ve been on vacation, visiting with friends and family in NC for the first few days. Now Charles and I are enjoying a much-needed beach getaway with the pups. Saki says hello on a brief break from chasing his beloved ball and getting his face all covered with sand:

beach-saki

I always think vacation will make for way more knitting time than it actually does. Instead, my time is full with socializing, eating tasty food, reading, and walking outside as much as possible. And lounging. Feels just right for an August getaway!