Skate boarding has taken over my neighborhood. All the local kids are out on their boards and I love watching them. It looks like so much fun but I’m one of those people who can barely balance on a flat floor so I won’t be trying it.
My daughter and her gang of skaters, named the “Royals”, have been skating around on their pastel and ice-cream colored penny-boards. She and I designed this backpack to hold her small skate board while she travels this summer.
We liked the design and the soft, worn-in feel of the fabric so much that we decided to make more and put them up on Etsy. We should be listing some very soon…
I’m almost done with this winter knitting project, the Odd Little Grandpa Sweater. Trying to figure out what the next project will be. I can’t be without a knitting project, I need to have that relaxing activity while I’m watching Justified.
I recently made some new towels from my Towel Topper Pattern. I still find these towels super handy around the house. When they get too old and ratty I toss them out and get to make more!
If you’re interested in making a few towel toppers of your own you can download the PDF pattern here (towel_topper) and the original tutorial is posted here. If you have a larger towel that you need to make a topper for just enlarge the pattern a bit.
Be sure to let me know how your towels turn out!
My super talented friend Margot Madison designed these amazing new business cards for me. They are so lovely. I am really NOT a graphic designer and I just couldn’t figure out how to get great business cards, so I asked for help and the results were perfect. I have finally learned the lesson to get help with the things that are just not in my skill set.
I’ve been having so much fun working on my latest yarny project. Most of you know I’m undercover on these projects but I really needed to share these because I think they turned out so great…
I have no idea how long they actually took to make. I worked on them in the evenings while watching 3 different versions of Tess of the Dubervilles among other long, slow period pieces.
The pink one is for a semi-secret mission and the blue one is for my daughter’s 14th birthday. We took down the horrible ceiling fan in her room and wired this up in its place and it works!
I might be out of my mind, but I’m thinking of making more!
I have finally written out my instructions for the crochet turban that I have been making for several years. It was inspired by this great vintage pattern that I found in a box of old sewing things that was left behind in the first house I bought.
It was such a beautiful and simple pattern that I had to give it a try. I experimented with it until I got the pattern exactly how I wanted it with the inexpensive modern yarns I could buy at the craft store. I love to crochet but I am hardly a yarn snob. If I only bought the beautiful but expensive yarns from the yarn shop I would never finish anything. Knitting and crochet, for me, is all about the fun and having great accessories that I can wear (until I’m tired of them and pack them up to be rediscovered later) or give to friends and family as gifts, and no one ever complains that the yarn should have cost more.
So, now you can purchase a copy of my crochet turban pattern at my Etsy store and when you do I will include the entire original vintage pattern as well. I’m imagining seeing turbans of every color imaginable all over the place, a turban revolution if you will.
Enjoy! – Jeni
Today I draped some peplums on the half-size dress form. I’ve been thinking of making these for months but something has been holding me back, today everything just clicked for me and I was able to finally start.
This is the first finished peplum and it’s really beautiful. I got this fabric at Mood this summer. It has a black cotton background with brown satin stripes.
This peplum ties around the waist with a drawstring of the same fabric and on the back there are buttons to hold it in place and extra buttons inside so that you can adjust the width of the peplum at the waist.
I’m working on some in other fabrics including one from crisp white poplin with a rounded shirttail hem that will resemble a men’s shirt.
I have new products going in the etsy store all week.
These sweet little collars are patch-worked in spring pastels and floral prints.
I’ve uploaded my Super Pointy Collar, corrected pattern for your personal use. I hope the instructions work, I did write them fairly quickly so let me know if anything is unclear. I have made this collar more times than I can count so I know the pattern works for me and I hope it works for you. See my post on how to make perfect points if you need a little help with the points.
*Make sure your pattern prints out at the right size, the ” fold” edge of the collar should measure 2.5″, you may need to adjust your print settings.
I have also designed collars with standard and curved points and written more detailed instructions with illustrations.
You can get all 4 of my collar patterns with new easy to follow instructions in one PDF downloadable pattern here: