1. When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland. To that end, the National PTA and Connecticut PTSA are collecting unique, handcrafted snowflakes to decorate the school. The PTA encourages senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. Please send your snowflakes (and/or donations) to the following address by 1/12/13.
Connecticut PTSA 60 Connolly Parkway Building 12, Suite 103 Hamden, CT 06514
Snowflake instructions:
Martha Stewart: How to Make Paper Snowflakes
Video: Make Original Paper Snowflakes
PDF: Snowflake cut-out patterns

    When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland. To that end, the National PTA and Connecticut PTSA are collecting unique, handcrafted snowflakes to decorate the school. The PTA encourages senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. Please send your snowflakes (and/or donations) to the following address by 1/12/13.

    Connecticut PTSA
    60 Connolly Parkway
    Building 12, Suite 103 Hamden, CT 06514

    Snowflake instructions:

  2. togeprrrri said: hey girl! i know i'm like, a solid year late on this, but i LOVE your lakitu costume! i'm dressing up as him this year and was wondering- any protips, especially re: the shell and the cloud? thanks! <3

    Hey there, thanks! I made my entire Lakitu costume last year in a frenzy of hot glue and felt. The shell was the hardest part to make. I cut out a circle of cardboard, and pieced four green curved triangular shapes of felt together to create a sort of dome-like structure. I glued that to the circle of cardboard - remembering to attach my white felt straps at the same time - and stuffed it with batting. I glued black rings of felt to create Lakitu’s shell stripes. In retrospect, buying a little green pack like this and adding black rings would have been a LOT easier and could have doubled as a purse for the night.

    For my top, I found a yellow shirt and used black electrical tape from the dollar store to make the stripes. The bonus of using electrical tape is that the lines were perfectly straight, and it only took about 5 minutes.

    The cloud was the real pièce de résistance! The whole thing was a very wide belt that I made of white felt, with a cloud attached to the front and a mirroring cloud attached to the back.

    1. Draw a cloud on a large piece of paper to use as a pattern - I opened up a brown grocery bag to get a big enough piece of paper.

    2. Cut 4 cloud shapes out of white felt using your pattern.

    3. Glue 2 of the cloud shapes together, but leave an opening to stuff it full of batting, then glue the whole thing shut - I would have preferred to sew but I don’t have a sewing machine here. Bummer.

    4. Add black felt eyes and a mouth. This is the front of your cloud.

    5. Glue the other 2 cloud pieces together, this is the back of your cloud. I opted to leave it flat rather than stuffed so I could sit in a cab.

    6. To attach both pieces to your body, use white felt to create a very wide “belt”. Use velcro as fasteners for you make-shift belt. The velcro is key, because you’ll need to take the cloud off to go to the restroom!

    7. Glue the clouds to the front and back of your wide belt.

    Don’t forget your accessories! I used cardboard and felt in black, red, yellow, and green to make a little traffic light, and bought the cheapest toy fishing pole I could find. Lakitu wears racing goggles, but I just wore my regular glasses. Underneath my cloud, I wore black boy shorts and gray tights.

    Good luck, and please send me a picture if you make a Lakitu costume! :)

  3. Snowy outside means knitty inside. Happy Saturday!

    Snowy outside means knitty inside. Happy Saturday!

  4. Happy Halloween! This weekend, Superlounge dressed to a Mario Kart theme for Halloween. Rahul was Mario, Bobby was Luigi, Teresa was Princess Peach, and I was Lakitu!

    I spent all night green-lighting and red-lighting my friends’ actions. :D Yay DIY costumes! (This is a photoset, click the arrows to see 3 more pictures!)

    EDIT: There are 700+ notes on this post; I’m overwhelmed with the positive reception! So happy everyone liked it so much, thank you! <3

    EDIT 2: I wrote up directions for how I created my costume in a separate post.

  5. Look ma, I&#8217;m embroidering! See my lazy daisy stitch flower dragonfly? And my proper lazy daisy chain stitch flower next to it, with the french knot center? I did these random shapes to learn the running stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, split stitch, lazy daisy stitch, featherstitch, french knots, and the scalloped chain stitch, all from the Sublime Stitching book.

I made the journey all the way up to Michael&#8217;s to find embroidery needles, fabric, tracing paper, and a fabric pen&#8230; and earned a neat Foursquare badge in the process. I forgot that Michael&#8217;s doesn&#8217;t carry fabric, but itching to stitch (see what I did there?), I bought a 59-cent cotton drawstring bag from the kids&#8217; aisle. I think its intended purpose is for decorating with stamps or paint. I cut open the seam and drew on it to learn my stitches.
Bam! Craft-supply-Macguyvered. :D

    Look ma, I’m embroidering! See my lazy daisy stitch flower dragonfly? And my proper lazy daisy chain stitch flower next to it, with the french knot center? I did these random shapes to learn the running stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, split stitch, lazy daisy stitch, featherstitch, french knots, and the scalloped chain stitch, all from the Sublime Stitching book.

    I made the journey all the way up to Michael’s to find embroidery needles, fabric, tracing paper, and a fabric pen… and earned a neat Foursquare badge in the process. I forgot that Michael’s doesn’t carry fabric, but itching to stitch (see what I did there?), I bought a 59-cent cotton drawstring bag from the kids’ aisle. I think its intended purpose is for decorating with stamps or paint. I cut open the seam and drew on it to learn my stitches.

    Bam! Craft-supply-Macguyvered. :D

  6. Finished! Cross stitch complete, and behind glass in a Ribba frame from Ikea. It&#8217;s based on motifs from Julie Jackson&#8217;s book, Subversive Cross Stitch. I&#8217;m really happy with how it turned out!
I wasn&#8217;t sure how to mount it for framing, so I made it up as I went: I wrapped the cloth around the frame&#8217;s backing, mitered/folded the corners in, and did a sort of satin stitch basting to hold the corners down.

I did one corner, then the one diagonally across from it, then the one across from it, and the last corner, making sure to keep the design straight and centered in front as I went. I did some lacing across the center of both sides on the back as well, just in case and to keep it all tight. It works, but it&#8217;s not very pretty from the back. Someday, I&#8217;ll learn how to properly do this.
(In case you missed it, here&#8217;s my first post about this cross stitch project)

    Finished! Cross stitch complete, and behind glass in a Ribba frame from Ikea. It’s based on motifs from Julie Jackson’s book, Subversive Cross Stitch. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

    I wasn’t sure how to mount it for framing, so I made it up as I went: I wrapped the cloth around the frame’s backing, mitered/folded the corners in, and did a sort of satin stitch basting to hold the corners down.

    I did one corner, then the one diagonally across from it, then the one across from it, and the last corner, making sure to keep the design straight and centered in front as I went. I did some lacing across the center of both sides on the back as well, just in case and to keep it all tight. It works, but it’s not very pretty from the back. Someday, I’ll learn how to properly do this.

    (In case you missed it, here’s my first post about this cross stitch project)

  7. CRAFTY CROSS STITCH TIME! Working at a computer all day gives me a hankering to make something with my hands, so I asked my sister to mail me all my embroidery thread, embroidery scissors, and aida cloth from California. She forgot the hoop and the needles though, so I had to hunt &#8216;em down in the city.
This little crafting fix is exactly what I needed - I find it very relaxing at the end of the day to make methodical little X&#8217;s on fabric with a needle and thread. The mini-sampler I&#8217;m making above is based off motifs from Julie Jackson&#8217;s Subversive Cross Stitch. She&#8217;s got tons of fun kits at her website too, if you&#8217;re interested in learning to stitch - there are already several Charlie Sheen patterns. ;)
My next endeavor is regular embroidery. I saw these super cute dish towels at Anthropologie and I want to make something similar for our kitchen. Domestic crafting is so fun! I&#8217;ll be picking up Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitching next, or maybe Doodle Stitching, as that seems to have lots of excellent reviews on Amazon, too.

    CRAFTY CROSS STITCH TIME! Working at a computer all day gives me a hankering to make something with my hands, so I asked my sister to mail me all my embroidery thread, embroidery scissors, and aida cloth from California. She forgot the hoop and the needles though, so I had to hunt ‘em down in the city.

    This little crafting fix is exactly what I needed - I find it very relaxing at the end of the day to make methodical little X’s on fabric with a needle and thread. The mini-sampler I’m making above is based off motifs from Julie Jackson’s Subversive Cross Stitch. She’s got tons of fun kits at her website too, if you’re interested in learning to stitch - there are already several Charlie Sheen patterns. ;)

    My next endeavor is regular embroidery. I saw these super cute dish towels at Anthropologie and I want to make something similar for our kitchen. Domestic crafting is so fun! I’ll be picking up Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitching next, or maybe Doodle Stitching, as that seems to have lots of excellent reviews on Amazon, too.

  8. Sitting and knitting at JFK.

    Sitting and knitting at JFK.

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