Category: Handmade Crafts

We Are Knitters: The Poplar Scarf

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I received this beautiful Poplar Scarf knit kit from We Are Knitters in the beginning of November, right when the cozy season was ramping up and Texas temperatures were starting to blessedly dip below sixty degrees. The first thing I did when I got this yarn was rub it all over my face. I mean, seriously, you can’t necessarily tell from the photos, but these yarn balls are off-the-charts squishy. I rarely work with alpaca yarn so I always forget how soft it is – and it was no less delightful sliding across my fingers. While life happened to make this project much slower for me than it needed to be (hellooo, Christmas knitting), it was a welcome, squishy, interesting reprieve from the monotony of thesis work and ribbed hat holiday gifts.

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We’ve been watching lots of Marvel TV series around here, and this was a fun pattern to work on because it required just a tiny bit of attention. The pattern for this scarf includes an interesting “snowflake” stitch that I had never done before. And if you know me as a knitter, you know I firmly believe learning new things is the only way to stay inspired – even though the process is sometimes a little intimidating. Fortunately, WAK have handy stitch tutorial videos on their website, so it was pretty easy to figure out what I was doing. (Although, I will admit that there’s a little 20-row section toward the beginning of my scarf where I wasn’t really paying attention and thus consistently did the snowflakes incorrectly, resulting in a wonky section that doesn’t increase properly. But you know what? It’s fine, because mistakes are part of the charm of handmade items – or at least that’s what I told myself when I decided to stubbornly press on without frogging.)

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DIY: LONGBOARD HANDLETTERING PROJECT

Longboarding in Berlin, DIY aaaand handlettering combined in one project? Perfect! Last year after I started doing longboarding, I came up with the idea to do a handlettering projecton a longboard and pitched this to a partner for a cooperation. They liked the idea, but decided on another project with me, so I kept it in mind for later and thought that I would do it this upcoming spring anyways.

A few weeks ago, after already having worked with them several times, I got again contacted by PILOT who wanted to work on a new campaign with me. They released their new PILOT PINTOR creative pens with which you can draw on a huge variety of different surfaces and I immediately thought that this would be the perfect chance to use them to embellish a longboard! Eeeeeeks, so so exciting! So what you are gonna expect in this blogpost is one of my VERY fave DIY projects so far: putting together a longboard all by myself and then embellishing its deck with handlettering. Hooray! Thus, longboarding in Berlin will even be more fun!


SO. MUCH. FUN! As you can see, I’m smiling from ear to ear and I am so happy to finally write this blogpost.


I will show you how to put a longboard together yourself aaaaaand I will show you what I did with the PINTOR creative markers. Here we go! (more…)

Lemonade Stand for Am. Girl Dolls Tutorial

No one was more excited that my American Girl Lover Ivy when I mentioned the idea of creating a lemonade stand for her American Girl Doll.  It took a little shopping to find a crate that was the perfect height (found it at Michaels finally!) and then the rest was easy!

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Ivy had gotten this darling lemonade set for her birthday, and it was begging for a stand to play with.   They set it up next to their real lemonade stand and I’m pretty sure their ‘cute factor’ brought in some additional sales.  Who wouldn’t buy lemonade from an American Girl?!

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The crate is empty in the back and can easily hold the lemonade props…and is exactly the right height for 18 inch dolls.

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Create Your Own American Girl Dolls Now Available

Hey guys! Thanks for the great response to my giveaway. It’s been fun hearing from so many of you. 🙂

Just a heads up: American Girl has officially released their “Create Your Own” dolls on their website. You can choose custom face mold, skin color, eye color, hair length, style, and color, outfits, and more. You can even chose from several options to make your doll’s personality.

The dolls retail for $200 each, which is a little steep, but considering you get a doll, an outfit, accessories, and the option of glasses, hearing aides, braces, and more, plus the joy of creating your own custom doll, I understand the price.

You can start creating your own dolls HERE. Even if you don’t plan on purchasing one, it’s fun to try different hair/eye/skin combos. And if you have an account with American Girl, you can save your designs for later. 🙂

Here are some of the designs the girls and I created (all mini-me dolls):

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Oldest Gal’s
Middle Gal’s

Little Gal’s

Have fun customizing, but be warned: you might just fall down a rabbit hole for a couple of hours. 😉