Sunday, May 23, 2010

Our Woodland Garden

We have a really shady spot in the back corner of our yard. It gets about 2 hours of direct sunlight a day. The rest of the time it gets shade from the neighboring cypress trees and 6-foot fences. The previous owners of the house must not have known what to do with the space, so they covered it up with gravel and stepping stones. Pretty ugly to look at and completely nonfunctional. I thought the little corner needed to be spruced with with some color, so here is what I came up with...

In the Woodland Garden lives the following shade-loving plants: clematis, hydrangea (one of my favorites and flower of choice for our wedding), ferns, hostas, wax begonias, fox glove, toad lily, wood poppy, spotted dead nettle, dwarf Jacob's ladder, and bletilla alba (part of the orchid family).

I wanted to go with all perennials, but planted to begonias this year to fill out the garden some. I think next year, when the perennials have time to do their thing, I will just let it be and allow it be more natural looking. I can't wait until the clematis starts growing up the fence!

Oh and, Lady Meow Meow says "hello!" :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Shameless Self Promotion

I have an Etsy shop. Actually I have two—one vintage, and one for my crafts/sewing/supplies. I don't really want to use this site as a shameless self promotion venue, because I really hate it when other people do that. So, I am only going to say this once...I have a Facebook fan page for my vintage site, Virgo's Vintage. Join it here if you would like to get the most up-to-date listings and sales promotions. Hope to see you there!

While I am at it, I might as well give you a link to my other Etsy shop...Suzi of the Stars. Currently I have beaded items, felted crochet hooks, and reclaimed/upcycled yarn...if that is your kind of thing :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Embroidered Mini-Quilt Finished

I finished my mini-quilt! Off to mail it today with some extra goodies...vintage red and white buttons and some red and white fabric. I hope my partner likes red and white :)

Here are some pictures...

Tutorial for sleeves here.

I hope my partner likes it! I am excited to receive mine, as well :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Simple Buttoned Cowl

Well, I finished my cowl, and I think it turned out pretty good. I used vintage buttons from my button stash...I think they are very complementary to the red yarn. As promised, I have worked up the pattern, and it's pretty simple...hence the name.

Gauge: I didn't make a gauge swatch, but your end measurements should be 7.5" x 20.5".
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, Cherry
Hook: I/5.5mm

CH 36

Row 1: Skip 2 CH, 1 SC, *CH 1, skip 1 CH, 1 SC.* Repeat from * to * to end of row. (33 Stitches)

Row 2: CH 2. Turn. *1 SC in CH SP of previous row, CH 1.* Repeat from * to * to end of row. (33 Stitches)

Row 3–80: Repeat Row 2.

Rows 81: CH 2. Turn. (1 SC in CH SP of previous row, CH 1) 4 times, CH 3, skip 1 CH SP, (1 SC in next CH space, CH 1) 7 times, CH 3, skip 1 CH SP, (1 SC in next CH space, CH 1) 4 times, 1 SC in CH SP.

Note: Row 81 contains your button holes. Adjust hole to your own button size/quantity. My buttons were a little over 1" in diameter, and I used two.

Row 82: CH 2. Turn. (1 SC in CH SP of previous row, CH 1) 4 times, work 2 (1 SC, CH 1) into CH 4 SP of previous row, (1 SC in next CH SP, CH 1) 6 times, work 2 (1 SC, CH 1) into second CH 4 SP of previous row, (1 SC in next CH space, CH 1) 3 times, 1 SC in CH SP.

Rows 83–85: Repeat Row 2.

Finish off, weave in ends, sew on your buttons, wear your cowl!

This pattern has not been tested, so please let me know if you find any mistakes. This pattern is for personal use only. Make this cowl for yourself or friends (I am sure they will love you for it), but do not sell the pattern or product made from this pattern. Please do not copy and republish this pattern anywhere. When referencing, please use a link.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mini Embroidery Quilt Swap Update

Last month, I told you about how I signed up for the Mini Embroidery Quilt Swap through Quilting Gallery. See my original post here. I have finished the embroidery, and will be moving onto the piecing and quilting part this weekend. I thought I should post some pictures of my progress.

My quilt swap partner did not specify any likes/dislikes. Given the freedom to do anything, I had a bit of a hard time deciding what to do...go with redwork (like the example) or branch out and go colorful. I love redwork, but at the same time wanted to be creative and not just copy the example. So, I looked through my stash for inspiration and I kept going back to the simple red fabrics...redwork it will be!

Now I just need to trim the stitchery, add borders, quilt, bind with hanging option, and label.

Does anyone else get overwhelmed with choices?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Virgo's Vintage's Facebook Fan Page

Hey all! I just started a Facebook fan page for my vintage Etsy shop, Virgo's Vintage. Become and fan and get the most up-to-date info on new items and sales! Go to Virgo's Vintage's fan page here.

Below are some items that are currently listed on Etsy...

Vintage 1970's Chunky Teardrop Pendant Necklace - Silver

Vintage Germany Three Strand Chunky Necklace - White and Silver

Vintage Bow Brooch - Gold and Pink

Vintage Pale Blue Rhinestone Necklace

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Zombie Cupcakes

I chose Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith, for this month's bookclub. I have never read Pride and Prejudice, and am interested in what the real story line is when Grahame-Smith inserted the zombie scenes. Anyways, I really liked it and think it's worth the read.

So, to keep with the zombie theme I decided to make
zombie cupcakes. I used a red velvet cake recipe found here. The frosting is .a.m.a.z.i.n.g!

The supplies. Brain mold found here. Chocolate making supplies from Fran's Cakes and Candy in Fairfax, VA.

My double boiler.

The chocolate in the brain molds. I found that the pink was too pink for a brain, and ended up just going with gray.

The final product! Yuuummmm braaaaaaaains.

Make them for your next zombie-themed party. Happy brain eating!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Simple Buttoned Cowl Preview

Just thought I would give you a sneak peak of the newest project I am working on...

Pattern to come!

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