Category: projects

new headboard

February 1st, 2013 — 3:36pm

I say, “I wanna do a project today!” and he obliges! I’m spoiled.

Cedar fencing + white and gold spray paint = new headboard

New headboard is happening ovah heah #handy


New headboard. Love it with my pallet platform bed.

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Like I need another project

June 15th, 2010 — 2:09pm


But I really like these fabrics together and July is blanket month at Tangle, so… really I DO need another project. Plus, nearly all of these fabrics are discontinued, so I should get them while the gettin’s good.  Right?

I was thinking the other day about how many unfinished projects I have.  It’s something so embarrassing that I don’t want to dig them out and count. I didn’t used to be a project starter, but it seems that I am one now.  I think in my old age I’ve gotten a little ADD. How will I be twenty years from now? It worries me, for sure.

But there’s something about the lure of a shiny new project – the way the yarn looks at me on the shelves or the way fabrics just happen to be together… it’s hard to resist. And then, before the last project is finished, another one will call to me, and another, and another, and another… And here I am, a big pile of things to finish and something cute and new calling my name.


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eye makeup remover

January 12th, 2009 — 2:09pm

I’ve been trying to do a better job of washing my face every night. (Flossing my teeth too!) But my problem always is that I can’t get my eye makeup off. See? It takes a lot of mascara to get those babies looking even this long.


I used to use a makeup remover made by Beauti Control, but I never wanted to track down a rep to reorder it. I’ve saved my bottle from the last time I had ordered, so I decided to utilize that great container and make my own. I can’t for the life of me find where I got this recipe, but it’s wonderful! I’ve customized it to my preference for baby shampoo and oil:

2 Tbs Burts Bees Baby Wash
1/4tsp sweet almond oil
1 cup distilled water

Mix together and store in an airtight container. Saturate a cotton pad, let rest on your eye for a few seconds and the makeup swishes right off.

Environmentally friendly and cheap too!

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bath bombs

January 7th, 2009 — 11:11pm

Tonight I whipped up a batch of bath bombs. I’ve wanted to make bath bombs for a long time but have always been intimidated by the process. Turns out they’re the simplest thing in the world to make. For mine I used a muffin tin to for the molds, but I’m thinking about all kinds of ideas for different shapes. I’m especially excited about finding a butterfly mini cake mold.

The recipe was simple and I had everything on hand. The citric acid was leftover from my dishwasher detergent attempts. I had picked it up at our local beer/wine brewing shop (right across the street from Tangle!). I had a bottle of sweet almond oil in the fridge from my lip balm making days. The rest was in my pantry. The only change I made to the recipe was to cut way back on the essential oils – I figured 2+ tsp’s of peppermint oil would be a little much – adding more sweet almond oil to make up the difference.

I took pictures, but rather than waiting to load them onto my computer, I think I’ll test out the bombs in the bath!

edit: mediocre pictures!
bath bombs

bath bombs


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more links for later

December 30th, 2007 — 12:36pm

pencil bag tutorial – I could see Honor using stacks of these. He always needs to tote his stuff around in a little case.

make your own silly putty

I absolutely have to have this bag. I’m thinking of how I can bribe my mom or Joelene to make it for me.

um and, uh, this tunic too.

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soccer, kites and crocheted bags aka 50 million photos

April 3rd, 2007 — 4:10pm

After our most unusual snow storms last week, the weather around here has finally resumed it’s accelerated spring schedule. (The good and bad of living in the desert, spring comes early, but so does the sweltering heat of summer.) It’s afforded us the opportunity to really enjoy the weather. Yesterday we took a trip to the most windy park (with a little detour to Starbucks) and broke in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Hello Kitty kites. Here are some of my favorite shots from the trip.

kite flying

kite flying

kite flying

kite flying

(That storm that looked like was blowing in just blew right over.)

We’ve also enjoyed us some soccer games. I’ve added the photos from the last two games to the soccer set. Click the photo below to see the whole set.

march 24 soccer game

And! I finished my first crocheted market bag. The lion pattern turned out to be fat and squatty, so I just used it as a loose reference and made my own bag. And it’s huge! But I think it’s perfect for lots and lots of Kettle Everything Pretzel Chips.

crochet market bag

I promise, I’m not letting her watch America’s next top model.
crocheted market bag

What else? Oh! Use coupon code “free ship” to get free shipping on any Tangle order over $50. And Pima Tencel is on sale too.

And now that it’s taken me all day to blog this, I think I’ll try to get some work done.

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craftivity baby blanket

March 9th, 2007 — 5:23pm

Craftivity baby blanket

The thing I really love about crocheting is that it seems so much more forgiving than knitting. (And it needs to be if I’m doing it!) Plus, I really love the free form aspects of it – it allows the creator free range to do just about anything.

When Christina (my right hand woman at Tangle) and I decided that she should teach this class for Tangle (and boo hoo, nobody signed up!) I knew that I had to make the blanket myself. It looked like so much fun. And it was! Christina helped me out with this one – it sort of became the project that whoever was working at the store worked on – and I think that’s what made it even more fun. Working with someone on a largish project makes it so much less daunting.

We are really loving the idea of baby blankets that aren’t necessarily “heirloom” blankets, but ones that get used. That’s the reason we decided to go with Peaches and Creme yarn. (I find Peaches and Creme yarn to be far more superior to Sugar and Cream plus it’s the same price. I carry Peaches and Creme at Tangle and can special order the other colors we don’t presently carry too.) This ended up taking about 8 balls with a 6.0mm hook. This blanket will stay at the store, hopefully providing inspiration for other projects. But once again, I find myself wishing that I would have started knitting and crocheting just a few years earlier. Honor would have been so cute wrapped up in this one.

edit: I forgot to say that the pattern is from the book Craftivity

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October 20th, 2005 — 8:05am

It’s been overcast and rainy the last few days, I just love weather like this. Jim loves it because it’s gotten him out of mowing the lawn, although he has enjoyed blowing every single leaf on our property with our new leaf blower my mom got us for our anniversary.

Things are just a wee bit crazy around here. Most of the preparations have been made for the fiesta and the house is as clean as it can be with two little destruct-o-cons running around. Today after I work at the office AND the yarn store, I’ll come home, eat dinner, get the kids in bed and then meet Elaine at the airport. Eden has been talking about Baby Anya for the last two weeks. She is just peeing her pants with excitement to be able to hug Baby Anya. She keeps exclaiming out of the blue, “Baby Anya is my friend.” Just about every baby doll in our house is now named Baby Anya.

Tomorrow is all about the food preparation and party favors. I think I’m most excited about the cotton candy. YUM! I’m off to finish the last of the vacuuming and get ready for work.

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Dooce and Baby Dooce

October 10th, 2004 — 3:43pm

Many of you know that I’m a Dooce addict. While she was in the hospital, I decided that I’d like to make her a scarf. Kind of a literal way to send her a hug. Anyway, I’ve finally finished it along with a hat for the very cute Leta.

Here they are

The pattern from the scarf was adapted from this pattern from Knitty. I used TLC Amore yarn in white, celery and plum. For the ruffles I used Lion Brand, Cotton Ease in black.

Now I just have to pack it up and mail it off. Maybe she’ll get it before Thanksgiving!

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felty bracelets

October 6th, 2004 — 8:39am

Via awful cufflinks
These are the greatest =http://www.glamscience.comfelty bracelets[/url]!! I’d love to order one, or maybe make one… yeah, probably order one.

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