Thursday, December 13, 2007

Dark, ancient mysteries... such as vermiform mummies

Once a mighty ruler of an ancient, vast underground kingdom, now a cursed vermiform invertebrate burrowing restlessly in the night. This foul being, covered in the tattered remains of its embalming linens, is neither alive nor dead - it is the abominable mummified worm!

He is only 8.5 cm (3 1/4 in) long, but do not be fooled by his diminutive size, for he makes the bravest hearts tremble in fear with his red gaze of terror.

(As you may have guessed, I suffered through another sleep-deprived day recently. The results were... Well, you can see them yourself here.)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tuesday Finds: Pillows

My apologies for seemingly disappearing for a couple of weeks. The final rush of the holiday season has kept me a busy girl indeed, but now things are starting to slow down again and I can sit back, relax and revive the other, sorely neglected parts of my life. I shall start by bringing about this week's Tuesday Finds!

A good night's sleep would be welcome after the past couple of weeks, mmmmm. So, it's only natural that the theme I ended up with this week is pillows.

Simple but stylish. That's what this beautiful flowering pillow is. These pillows are sewn by hand by Julianna Holowka and are available in a few more colours in her shop.

Absoluut's shop is full of pillow covers made from great vintage fabrics, in all sorts of colours and patterns. It's nigh impossible to choose one favourite, but as I have to for this feature, I picked this one. The colours are delicious!

While on the topic of pillows, there's no way I could leave out brokesy's creations. Her attack! pillows, such as the set with a yeti chasing a poor lemming, are just awesome. Be sure to head on over to her shop to pick out your own fave among the variations on the theme.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tuesday Finds: It's Snowing!

We finally have snow here! Lovely, lovely snow! So what if there's about half a centimeter of it at most (that's less than 1/4 inch for the non-metrics out there), in a pathetic few random spots. It's still SNOW!

So, I suppose you can conclude two things now. One: I'm easily excited. Two: this week's Tuesday Finds theme is snow!

With this oh so plentiful snow gracing the streets with its presence, it simply won't do to head out into town without proper accessories. This one-of-a-kind Ice-Girl handbag, made from recycled materials by Garbagebag would be perfect for the occasion.

Perhaps I haven't fully grown up yet, but the first thing I think of when it's snowing is making snowmen (or snowdinosaurs, or snowmonsters...). Jenn Maruska Design offers a set of five truly adorable ones in the shape of holiday ornaments.
($25 for set of 5,

The last one this week is the gorgeous Snow Queen Coronet, featuring delicate seed bead icicles, made by Blue Marmalade & Red Sky. If only it had been available at the time of my own winter wedding!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Scarves for everyone!

The infrequent posts continue. It's surprising how quickly you get tired when your lungs aren't working properly, I just haven't had the energy to write. But anyway, I didn't start writing to whine, I started writing because I wanted to show you something!

My last showoff was a scarflette and this post continues on the same track. I found a lovely grey yarn that simply demanded to be turned into neckwear.

I first knitted this scarflette, which I'm very pleased with. Its cable pattern is my own design, inspired by Celtic and Viking knotwork. It's one I've used before, for example in this headband. I shall no doubt use it again, for it's one of my favourites.

When eagerly knitting neckwear, one mustn't forget about the monsters. This monster scarf was the second one I made. It's similar to its red cousin, but the materials are different.

I have a red cabled neckwarmer on the way and many more designs fizzing in my head. I don't know where this sudden fascination with neckwear came from, but I may as well make the most of it while it lasts!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tuesday Finds: Cute Cards

I've been a bit ill lately (hence the infrequent blog posts), so to cheer me up, I looked up some cute cards for this week's Tuesday Finds.

Starting things off this week is this lovely birthday card. Reproduced from a painting by MamaRobot, it shows a birdie and a bunny throwing a party for their kitty friend. I had a tough time choosing just one card to show off, check out MamaRobot's shop for more cuteness!

Looking for a sweet card for a special someone for the holidays? This kissing reindeer card by Thumbelina Card Company would be perfect! Each card is individually drawn and fingerprinted.

The last feature for the week is the perfect card for a knitter like me. 'Two Plus Yarn Equals Love', reproduced from a painting by Laurie Nadeau and sold at Bamboo Village Press, is one of the most adorable things I've seen!
($7.50 for set of 2,

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The shy one shows himself!

The shy one in my yarn finally came out of hiding and agreed to a few photos. Here he is, tiny Batty Bat!

Ever since I made Phoebe, I've wanted to make a tiny bat as well. Tiny Batty is the result and tiny he is, at a mere 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in) tall. Batty is made from acrylic yarn with a mix of knitting and crochet. He's now available in my Etsy shop too.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tuesday Finds: Flowers

I've been looking around Etsy and I keep finding Christmas presents for my Mom; all these lovely flowery things I think she'd like. Inspired by them, this week's Tuesday Finds theme is flowers.

(Mamma, if you're reading this, let me know if I'm on the right track. ;)

This beautiful necklace with glass flowers immediately caught my attention. Both the flower beads and the necklace itself are made by glasfaden. The necklace is named 'Sunset Sky', after the lovely colours which go together so well.

Foundling makes these poppy pins out of recycled silky fabrics. I absolutely adore them, they just look so sweet and delicate. The flowers are also available as hairpins and in other colours as well.

The last feature for this week is this stunning necklace and earrings set, called 'Garden of Eden', by Star of the East. I guarantee wearing this will bring lots of attention!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Camera shy, is he?

Oh my! Who is this this little guy, hiding among my yarn?

I'm sure I can coax him out in the open soon, just need to find some suitable treat for him. Stay tuned!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

What's woolly with pretty flowers?

I've got a new design to show you today. Knitted from a soft merino wool in blue and beige, this scarflette features my usual gradual stripes and a crocheted flower design I came up with some years back. The flowers serve as both decoration and buttons used to keep the whole thing together.

I'm quite happy to have a more feminine design for once, instead of more things with big teeth and eyes.

The scarflette is available in my Etsy shop, where you can also see more photos of it!

Friday, November 09, 2007

I've been busy!

Here's the reason why I haven't updated the blog for a few days.

Want one of your own? They're available in my section for Sweet Little Creatures.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Tuesday Finds: Autumn Trees

The weather here has definitely taken a turn for the worse. Rain, strong winds, gray skies... Ick. The only thing cheering me up on the way home was seeing all those trees in their lovely yellow and red autumn colours. Inspired by them, this week's Tuesday Finds is all about pretty autumn trees!

This gorgeous October Tree by Sixth & Elm was my first choice. This sculpture is made entirely out of copper wire and seed beads. If you're curious, the story behind this tree can be found on Sixth & Elm's blog.

The same bright colours I enjoyed on my walk back home today can be seen in this reproduction of a beautiful watercolour painting, titled The Turning, by Jelly Beans.

The stormy winds today made sure I also came across trees like the ones in this Funky Forest pendant by The Intuitive Garden. I love the flowing shapes of the branches and trunks!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Chocolate and teal, yum!

Yes, it's another one of my stripey pairs of fingerless gloves! This pair has stylish cables too, not to mention the delicious combo of teal and dark chocolate brown. Mmmm... Stripes, cables, teal and chocolate - what more could one ask for? I'm tempted to keep this pair for myself, I'm that happy with them.

Knitted from a pleasant wool/polyamide blend with 5 needles, as usual, and available in my Etsy shop! For now...

Friday, November 02, 2007

Run! It's a man-eating plant!

Well ok, there's not really any need to run just yet. This little guy is still a small sapling and doesn't even have real teeth yet. So he'll just look really adorable as he tries to chew on your arm.

Hannibal is also quite a friendly little guy, despite the ferocious reputation of this particular species of man-eating plant. He'll do very well on ham-and-cheese sandwiches, with the occasional fly thrown in for extra protein - just look at his chubby stem.

I must say, knitting little Hannibal was the most fun I've had for a long time! I was giggling like a madwoman the whole time, imagining having a man-eating plant as a pet. Yeah, I'm a bit weird like that. I got the idea from a stylized logo hubby made some time back, although he ended up looking very little like the logo.

Hannibal is made with both knitting and crochet from a soft acrylic yarn, and he's a whole 23 cm (9 inches) tall. He's already been listed in my Etsy shop, so you can take a look there for more photos. I'll also have a pattern available soon!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tuesday Finds: Felted goodness

It's time for Tuesday Find again! Every week I'll choose a theme and show off a few items I've found that fit that theme. The items will mainly be from Etsy shops, but can also be from other parts of the internet.

I'm a friend of wool, as you may have noticed, so this week's theme is felted items.

To start things off I chose this gorgeous felted necklace by ArtMind. The colours just work beautifully together. There are also many other necklaces in different colours and styles available in the shop, check them out too!

Karlita's beautiful scarves have been featured quite a few times around the internet, but I think they're definitely worth another showoff. I adore the contrast between the pretty pink and pitch black in this one. Take a look at her blog too, for she's currently running a contest where the prize is one of these scarves!

The last item this week is something I haven't tried myself yet, but which I'd like to: felted soaps. These pretty soaps by the funky felter look very tempting indeed.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Oh MY, it's a Monster!

Maybe someone out there remembers this blog post of mine from way olden times. In the post I pondered the possibility of making monster scarves for sale. Well, it only took me a year to get around to it!

Yet another creation of mine featuring teeth and eyes, this red guy will keep your neck warm and free from any unwanted attention. He's cuddly and very friendly towards the owner of "his" neck though, don't worry. All he needs to be happy is a good home and a suitable neck to curl around.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Dinos are cool. So there.

Look at what I received in the mail yesterday! A fun origami dino t-shirt from Interrobang! It's the little 'roar' that made me have to get this. I feel like I'm a 12-year-old huge dino fan again, ridiculously excited about my latest dino-themed find. I shall wear this t-shirt proudly, whenever and wherever I can.

The dinosaurigami t-shirt is on sale and there's only a few of them left, so go get one while you still can!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Busy times

Busy times, busy times. Take for example this pair of fingerless gloves I just listed. Stripes, pretty cables, not too small a needle size. Normally they should have been ready a week ago, but I could only find about 15 minutes at a time to work on them.

Well, better late than never, I suppose. Plus I shouldn't really complain, it's been a good kind of busy. Not horribly stressful or anything, just the 'not enough time in a day' kind.

Anybody out there selling a few extra hours per day? I'd be very interested!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tuesday Finds: Swirls

I decided to start a regular feature for the blog. Every week I'll choose a theme and show off a few items I've found that fit that theme. The items will mainly be from Etsy shops, but can also be from other parts of the internet. The day will be Tuesday, at least for now. I'd be happy to hear some feedback on this idea!

My first ever theme of choice is swirls. I like the flowing, often intricate shapes, especially when used in a striking colour combination, such as black and white. This Swirl Dress embroidery painting by Heli Sengezer features precisely that kind of pattern.

This handmade leather journal by Kreativlink has a more subtle colour scheme with its black swirls on grey suede, but the swirls themselves are far from subdued!

My last feature today is a sterling silver chaos ring by Brandy Brook Designs. 'Chaos' is definitely a suitable name for this beautiful and intricate ring.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Something Fishy

Well, the weekend is over and I'm completely exhausted. I spent 9-10 hours each day at the garden where the aquarium exhibition was held, plus I helped set things up before and take them down after. Time for a long, looooong night's sleep, methinks.

The aquariums were set up in the garden's greenhouses in tropical environments, which is a pretty awesome way to show them off. The aquarium below is the one I brought there for display. It's my smallest one and the only inhabitants are Red Cherry shrimp. The little red blobs in the photo is all you'll see of my shrimp this time, unfortunately I didn't get a good photo up close (there are some very pretty pictures at the bottom of this page though, if you're curious).

The fish photos here are all of fish at the show I would have liked to bring home with me, but didn't as I suspect their owner would have noticed them missing. Especially as the pretty pleco to the left here for example costs around 50€ in shops.

I didn't come home empty-handed though, as there were fish, plants and other fishy stuff for sale too. I got a lovely school of 24 glowlight tetras, which should liven up a certain aquarium of mine that had mostly bottom-dwellers before.

The aquariums weren't the only thing to look at, as the garden is impressive on its own with plenty to enjoy.

Well, that's all the photos I am able to upload, as I'll fall asleep on the keyboard at any moment. Good night, internet.

Friday, October 19, 2007

The world needs more fruit

The local aquarium society is holding an exhibition this weekend and one of my aquariums is on display. I'll also be helping out there the whole weekend, so I highly doubt I'll have any new knitwork to show you for the next few days.

But, I do have a treasury list to show you. I finally managed to get one again and put together a collection of cool items, inspired by my previous fruit-focused post. (Update: The list has expired now, but I'll leave the thumbnail up for your viewing pleasure.)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

My fruit bowl runneth over. Or something.

I'm the kind of person who enjoys having a bowl full of fruit in the house. Mine is a simple glass bowl, currently filled with satsumas. When the fruit bowl is full, all is good. A full fruit bowl means all problems can be overcome.

Why do I have this strange fixation with fruit bowls? I honestly don't know. All I know is that seeing my bowl full of fruit makes me happy, and why question such a simple source of happiness?

So, what does my fruit bowl have to do with what I have to show you today? Well, not much, really. In fact, probably nothing at all. I just like the photo I took of it.

Onwards to the showoff, then.

These are another pair of fingerless gloves in my usual striped pattern, knitted from a wool/polyamide blend on 5 needles. I've been wanting to make another pair with blue ever since the first one sold; don't know why it's taken so long to get around to it.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Onwards to new ideas!

The custom orders are finished for now and my brain is fizzing with new ideas. I have plans for all kinds of gloves, scarves and slippers in new colour combinations and designs, not to mention new sweet creatures! At times like these I'd either need more hours per day or another pair of hands. Actually, both of those would be good.

So, I'm itching to make all these ideas a reality. How typical is it then that we just got both HL2: Episode Two and Bioshock and I really, really want to play them as soon as possible? Gah! More time! Needs more TIME!

While I'll be busy figuring out how to squeeze more hours into a day, take a peek at Eustace the goldfish and a pair of almond white mittens with hearts. These aren't all new designs, but it's been a while since they were last available in my shop. Besides, I don't think I've shown them off here yet, so it's about time!

Oh and finally, today is my brother's birthday. Have a good one, bro!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

More muffins! Joy!

At times my husband really surprises me. I've had a very, very busy week - at worst getting up at 6 am in the morning and getting to bed at 1 am at night. Not only has hubby taken over most of my part of cooking and washing dishes and such, but when I got back from a late meeting at about 8 pm one evening, he was baking muffins. Muffins! Delicious ones too! With peanuts!

Ladies, if you find a man like this, don't let him go. Ever. Keep him chained up in the basement if you have to.

So, if you want to surprise your own partner, here's hubby's muffin recipe. I would have taken a photo of them, but they disappeared too fast. Instead I recycled a photo from before, which, uh, looks nothing like the crumble topping muffins. But it's a nice photo!

Banana Muffins with Crumble Topping

2 medium-sized bananas, mashed
1 dl chopped nuts (optional)
1 dl (~½ cup) milk
4 dl (~1½ cups) flour
2 dl (~ ¾ cups) sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp vanilla sugar
100 g (~½ cup) melted butter
3 eggs

1 dl brown sugar
1 dl oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tbsp butter

Mix the dry ingredients together. Whisk the eggs, then add mashed bananas, milk, nuts and melted butter. Fold the wet ingredients into the flour mixture.

For the topping, mix sugar and oats together, and cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Divide the batter into 12 muffin cups, and sprinkle each with the topping. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 200°C (392°F).

Monday, October 08, 2007

Oh, my poor neglected blog... will I ever make this up to thee?

Well, one thing that comes to mind is by getting on with writing blog posts, oddly enough. I shall do so immediately.

I don't have anything new to show you, because I have more custom orders I'm working on. Instead I'll show you this list I made of other people's cool stuff. It was a treasury list on Etsy which expired already. I think the items in it are worth showing off a bit more though, so here it is in image form. The image has the shop names listed under each item, so to visit a shop you like, just type into your browser's address bar.

Speaking of treasuries, I found myself in one that made me laugh out loud, featuring my small wild heart. Take a peek, it's got a lot of great items in it!


Thanks XbyLeinaNeima! Be sure to also take a peek at her Etsy shop, for it is full of all kinds of lovelies!
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