December 19, 2012

Family Visits

 My sister-in-law, Deanna came over from Victoria, B.C. on Friday and left Tuesday. Unfortunately she had to cut her visit short because she's a midwife and one of her babies decided to come early. It's a good thing the plane trip from Victoria to Abbotsford only took 21 minutes. Pretty amazing since normally it would have taken almost 4 hours with all the driving and ferry boat riding. Just before she boarded the plane to go home she got a text saying her gal was 8 cm. Yikes! Deanna's friend picked her up at the airport in Victoria and whizzed her straight to the hospital. She made it! Here's a shot with Deanna and my youngest daughter, Daphne. I love this picture. Saturday, Deanna and I sat by the fire in our pajamas knitting and blabbing til 4 in the afternoon! That was fun. While she was here we went to Michael's a couple of times, visited my older kids and grand kids, relaxed and just had a good time. All my family pics turned out blurry otherwise I would've included them. 
   She made all the girls some festive little earrings. These pretty blue ones are mine. We picked up some really fun yarn and I knitted a ruffle scarf. The directions on the wrapper weren't so hot but I found a great YouTube tutorial that explained it perfectly. Straight knitting on only 6 stitches and look at the wonderful, lacy scarf you get. I'm going to list mine in my Etsy shop and hopefully someone will want to buy it. Although I feel a little guilty about that, it's sinfully easy. 

Premier Starbella Ruffle Scarf

This scarf is made using one skein of net ribbon and you can see there's enough length to wrap it a few different ways. Deanna says there's 50 ways to wrap a scarf, but I only know 2, so here they are.

In this version you fold the scarf in half, drape it around your neck, then stuff the 2 tails through the folded loop. Goes all fluffy and pretty.
 Here I've placed it backwards on my dress form, then brought the 2 loose ends to the front. 
Looks very complicated up close but it's so easy. 
Update! It's 25 ways to wear a scarf and here's the link. Thanks Deanna! =:0)
 I was going to make a bunch of ruffle scarves until I saw a pattern for a beautiful chunky infinity scarf done on big circular needles and I just had to make one, plus the yarn was on sale at Michaels. 

Here's a link Deanna sent me when she got home. It's the Christmas story told by children from St. Paul's Church in New Zealand. So very cute! 

December 10, 2012

Custom Cozy for Dear Deborah!

My monsterly talented friend, Deborah Velasques thrilled me to death by ordering my Scandia Style tea cozy. She's an amazing artist in love with bright, bold colours and beautiful words. 
 I was a little nervous when I saw her teapot. Price Bros/ England/ 1950's A gorgeous set she picked up in Wales.  
And not the same shape at all as my little Brown Betty. Yikes!  She chose her colours, black, cream, green and said she was very fond of orange. She told me she liked the Marimekko look. I had no idea what that look was til I Googled it. 
     Marimekko is a Finnish company based in Helsinki. They are particularly noted for brightly coloured printed fabrics and simple styles.
Here is the finished tea cozy bright and cheerful, just like Deborah. 
With ceramic owl bead tassels and added stitches at the bottom to accommodate her lovely teapot.
I remembered around a year ago a post she did about owls and how she really liked them. This is her design, carved and block printed into cards. Aren't they cute!
So wasn't  I surprised when hunting for just the right beads for her cozy I found; owls! And orange, cream and black ones, to boot. So thank you Deborah for putting a modern twist on my traditional cozy! 

Here's another fantabulous piece by Deborah Velasques. She really does love cream black orange and green!  I'm hoping she decides to become a fabulous fabric designer. If you want to see more of Deborah's incredible work, check out her Blog:
Or better yet, click on the World Art Group link below to purchase one of her beautiful word path posters!
Happy Christmas everyone!

December 6, 2012

Ho Ho Ho!

Santa's on his way! 
And so are the bunnies! 

I'm making some cute new cards! You can find this one and many more of my designs at
Little Cricket Gift Gallery in Ft. Langley, B.C. and Strung Out On Beads in Abbotsford, B.C.
Not in the area? Don't worry, you're always welcome to pop on by my shop,
Rare Rabbits Designs on Etsy.