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how does your garden grow?

Mine? Not so well. But I look pretty doing it!

This year I made some new gardening gloves from Amy Butler Love home dec and laminates. I drew an outline for the gloves (I still have to get better at this part… some of my glove’s fingers are pretty wonky…) and centered the glove pattern right over the main repeat… sorta like this.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love that designer fabrics are becoming available in different materials? Oh, I have?

Anyways, sew them together, right sides facing. Do exactly the same thing on the laminate, and then slide the inside out home dec inside the right-side-out laminate part. Turn the edges in and sew!

And lucky me, my apple blossoms were blooming… and full of bees.

trio of love

I’ve been crocheting away, here is my trio of “Love”:

Going clockwise from top center: Waterfalls, Diamonds Overlay, and Cluster Bobbles.

The new addition: Cluster Bobbles.

The puffs are very… umm… interesting. Only for the very patient person with excellent tensioning.

Did you know that Bernat makes scented yarn? Neither did I! It’s the same price as the normal stuff, and I didn’t even notice that I had some… I HAD noticed that my bag smelled rather nice, but I didn’t make the connection. But beware – make sure you sniff your yarn at the store, my mom tried to buy some and some of the balls had less than optimal scent levels! I suppose that the scent will probably wash out or wear out with time, but I can think of tons of good reasons for scented yarn:

  • it makes your bag smell nice
  • it’s nice to work with
  • it makes an even nicer gift if it smells nice… I’m totally putting them in packages that I mail!
  • it would probably make your drawer/closet smell nice, just keep putting a new one in once a month or so to keep it smelling great!
  • smell is a great invoker of memories… either to make them or recall them.  Give a child something with a scent, then expose them to the same scent as an adult and they’ll be instantly transported back in time!

And today I also have a fantastic tip for you! I was at Michael’s and I found these cute little paperclips that are shaped like a star. It was about $1.50 for a whole package of them, and I’ve started using them as stitch markers:

They’re great because they’re easy to find, easy to see, easy to hook onto work, but because of the shape they don’t fall off and stay out of your way. You’re welcome. 😀

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