Saturday, December 11, 2010

a blizzard and some projects

We're in the middle of a blizzard.  Alison couldn't drive up for our weekend because of it.  The wind is howling out there.  I spent the day cozy inside, working on projects, making chili. 

I finished a couple projects recently.  The shrug (actually, it's been finished for a while) I started while I was in Cleveland:


It was really simple to do.  I didn't follow the pattern exactly, partly because I didn't have enough yarn.  I'm happy with how it turned out.

Also simple, was a pair of fingerless gloves that I made out of yarn from my scrap basket:


I just crocheted rectangles and attached the sides, leaving an opening for my thumbs.  And I discovered that they are perfect for wearing when reading in bed when it's cold. 

I also sewed another bag:


Remember all that fabric I was cutting?  Well, it is for an entirely different project, but I got sidetracked into making another bag.  The strap is really long, so I'm going to contrive I way to make it adjustable with snaps and buttons (so it's not 100% finished, but that tiny bit of sewing barely counts).  I love the colors and the fabric and I really love the interior pocket.  The lining is the solid green fabric, but the pocket is a patchwork square lined with one of the patterned fabrics.


I need to take better pictures when it's not so dark.

I also spent some more time working on my paintings.  I don't really love any of them (and I'm not sure that they're finished or if I want to spend more time on them or not), but I'm glad I spent the time painting. 




And the one that I wasn't happy with, I'm still not happy with it:


But that's the way it goes.  And it's all part of the learning process.

7 comments:

  1. So much to comment on! The shrug is so sweet and the fingerless gloves look both fun and practical! Anne, that handbag is beautiful. I have always wanted to try a handbag but haven't so far. And your paintings are lovely. It seems like it would be difficult to paint a glass vase and make it look like glass, but you've done it beautifully!
    Thank you for your comments on my blog today! :)

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  2. love, Love, LOve,LOVe, LOVE!!!! All your projects! So..... what is "the other project you are referring too??? Love to see ;) And can I say, I love the bag.
    Really, that one is so awesome!! I cannot wait to get some of my own projects started. And I also can't wait to get Amy's new line! I am so glad you included the bright orange blue and brown in your project. It really spices it up! I like that you used a variety of dramatic colors in this one. It really flows. And your fingerless gloves are something I have never seen you do before. I may try to make these myself after seeing your s they look so comfy and like you said perfect while reading in/on a chilly day! Shrug looks AmAzInG! As well as your paintings. Great, great, GREAT all I can say. But I am sure you know what I mean ;)

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  3. Thank you both so much!

    The best thing is how much I am enjoying all of this, how much my creativity seems to be overflowing, how many ideas I have...

    I really appreciate the support and encouragement!

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  4. I admire your delicate watercolours. Wish I was half as creative !

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  5. Thank you for your kind words.

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  6. So many beautiful creations. I especially love the fingerless gloves - they are really beautiful!

    Kat X

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  7. Thanks! They're warm, too. They inspired a friend to commission a pair and my mom to make some of her own!

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