Christmas vignette, a little late...

I never had the time to show you some of my Christmas decorations last month.  Even though it's way late to do so, I am sitting on my little indoor sun porch with the cats watching the snow we should have had a month ago.  Poor Klondike is just sitting there winking at me - she has a cold and her sinuses are all plugged up and swollen.  
Ahh, cute kitty!
This is a little display I made above my craft storage bookshelf... I hung up the lids of some of my vintage Christmas gift boxes and cut out some trees from the pages of an old book.  I found the little crocheted things at the thrift store.

Enjoy the snow!

Happy New Year! From the Kitties.

Poor Jack always looks bored.
He's cute though.

I got a new camera for camera for Christmas, so you can guess that there will be quite a few pictures of my cats on the blog from here on out.  They are the cutest thing I have to take pictures of!

More pictures of Klondike to come...


Merry Christmas!

Shiny Aluminum Christmas Tree!

Handmade (not by me!) Tile and Hex Bolt Ornaments... So Pretty!
Merry Christmas to all!

What I have been up to - new kitty update!

Yes, we have a new kitty, and despite the fact that she has peed on my Christmas tree skirt FOUR TIMES since we got her, she is still pretty darn cute.


Her name is Klondike. 

She is a barn kitty from Mr. KnickityKnack's grandparent's farm.  

She loves to sit near the radiators where it is toasty warm, and sneeze all over my couch.  Klondike has a little cold which she hasn't been able to kick yet, so until she does I guess I will be continually wiping the boogers off the furniture.  I still can't believe the amount of snot this little thing produces. 

Well, she says Merry Christmas to you all!


What I have been up to - a slipcover

So I have this chair.  I have had it for a long time. The cat has DESTROYED it. 
Here he is, lounging around like he owns the thing...
 Soo... I thought I would make a slip cover for it.

I love all the drop cloth slipcovers that I have seen around blogland, and being the ambitious person I am, despite my lack of sewing skillz and patience, decided to tackle the project of making a custom slipcover for this chair.

I used Miss Mustard Seed's video tutorial series to complete this project.  Her videos are great - super detailed and easy to follow. 

 I had to push the chair around my apartment to find enough light to take the pictures... silly me.

The hardest part was joining all the fabric around the wings - well, just generally joining all the thick fabric pieces together.  My machine didn't want to sew through all of it, so I had to darn a few places by hand (this also helped to keep all the fabric connected when transferring it from the chair to the machine - my pins wanted to fall out a lot!). There are still a few holes here and there that I will probably never fix because they don't bother me enough (lazy me).

I also wish I took Miss Mustard Seed's advice on putting a separate piece of fabric around the front of the chair.  To me, this just seemed like more sewing, so I just made the bottom of the chair all one piece, from the back of the cushion to the ruffles, and wrapped it around the sides to meet the side panel.  Not good - as you can see I have all sorts of puckering going on around the arms.  Furthermore, I am not sure I allowed enough give in the seat area.  When you sit down in the chair, it sort of stretches the fabric out because there isn't enough there to allow for the cushion to sink in.  Ooops.

I plan on making a matching slip cover for my futon, and another pillowcase to match the one on the chair... The pillow is made from old sweaters that I had shrunk at one point or another.  I saved them with the intention of using the fabric, and then I saw Dottie Angel's 4th day of Joyfulness.  She has posted a super simple tutorial on how to make an envelope back pillowcase with multiple pieces of fabric.

Busy busy...

Linking up at MMS and Primp!


It's Christmastime! Bottle Brush Trees and Spools!

Yay! Who doesn't love the classic red and green colors of Christmas...

 I am especially excited to traveling to Fiance's Grandma's house, which truly is over the river and through the woods, way up north in Wisconsin. I plan on knitting and reading and eating - and that's about IT!

I love this bright red glitter.  I want to cover everything in my house with it!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend! 


Quick and Easy Pom Pom Craft

Of course I had grand ambitions of making tons of Christmas crafts from vintage items for my Etsy Shop, but for some reason it just doesn't seem to work out.

All I seem to be capable of is making a mess.

Yes this was my dining room.
 Anyways, I did manage to make a few cute things...

One project started out as old Christmas tree light reflectors.  I have a few that are really nice quality, and then a few that are not so nice.  These not so nice ones are really thin metal and a little bent up...

Even though they are still pretty cute, I had a good idea...

And now they are even cuter! All you have to do to make these is hot glue a pom pom to the center of the reflector.  For the hole at the top for the hook, I simple took a hammer and slammed a nail through it, which only took about two taps.  Quick and easy!

Shared my craft at Just a Girl


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