Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tuesday Finds: Hearts

For those interested in my wild hearts, I've listed a couple more, a small one at Etsy and another large one at Dawanda.

With all these wild hearts to keep an eye on, I thought I may as well look at other people's hearts as well. So, this week's Tuesday Finds theme is hearts. Don't ask me how I ended up with all pendants, though. Maybe I'm giving subconscious hints to hubby, with Valentine's coming up and all. Hmm.

But enough chatter and on to more important things: the finds! First up we have this incredibly detailed pink heart in bloom necklace by ZsB Creations. Sculpted from polymer clay and embellished with glass beads and Swarovski crystals, it's just stunning.
($40, ZsBcreations.etsy.com)

The next heart is also made from polymer clay. 'My Heart in Yours' by X by Leina Neima is a lovely one-of-a-kind pendant, which combines a multitude of colours beautifully.
($14.50, XbyLeinaNeima.etsy.com)

I have a soft spot for swirls, so naturally I have to include this White Valentine Heart by BeeDazzles Gifts. This sweet pendant is crafted from an art print and is available in many different colour combinations.
($13, BeeDazzlesGifts.etsy.com)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Gloves, gloves, and even more gloves

January has been a record month for custom glove orders. I've made more gloves this month than any other, I believe. Which is nice, of course.

In between orders I've had a few evenings to work on other things to list in my shops. So what have I made? More gloves! I'm a woman obsessed.

So here's the two latest ones I've listed, both in my Etsy shop. The first pair is my basic model of fingerless gloves, although this time made with a different yarn brand than usual. It's quite similar to what I normally use and I'm quite pleased with it. It's still a wool/polyamide blend, but adding it to my usual range of yarns has given me some new colour possibilities. I just adore the rusty terracotta in this one.

The other pair is made from a lovely bamboo blend, decorated with a cabled ribbing. This colour combo is one of my favourites and one I've had in my shop before. I figured it deserved another go.

And now I shall be off to make something that isn't gloves.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The wild hearts return!

Beware, for the wild hearts return! I've made a whole bunch of these, both large and small, and will eventually be listing them all to both my Etsy and Dawanda shops. This particular guy is already listed at Etsy.

The hearts have arrived just in time for Valentine's too, though I'm not quite sure what giving one of these means. Still, I'm sure it'll be perfect for someone out there!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tuesday Finds: For the Kitchen

I'm not very interested in cooking. In fact, I consider cooking to mostly be a man's job, along with fixing computers and vaccuuming.

However, yesterday I braved new uncharted territories in the kitchen. I decided to make mayonnaise, flavoured with a bit of cayenne pepper and garlic. To my great surprise, it turned out rather well! I am a maker of mayonnaise!

Encouraged by this culinary victory, I thought I'd take a look online to find handmade items for the kitchen. One can not be a maker of mayonnaise and lack the necessary equipment. Hence the theme for this week's Tuesday Finds!

Let's start at the beginning. To make mayonnaise, I first need to get into the mood with the help of coffee, preferably served in a large, pretty cup. This lovely latte cup by Deb Babcock would be just perfect.
($22, dbabcock.etsy.com)

So, during the making of mayonnaise, spices are needed. What could be better than this magnetic spice rack with test tubes, made by purpose design, for a biologist like me in the kitchen?
($45, purposedesign.etsy.com)

Assuming the mayonnaise actually turns out edible, I need to serve it. I'd have to go for something like the beautiful whirl serving dish by Kim Westad, as it would make even my cooking attempts look great!
($180, kimwestad.etsy.com)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Cream cheese-filled muffins and wicked robots

Oh look, I'm recycling a muffin photo again! Well, in my defense I'm about to talk about carrot muffins. As the photo does indeed show carrot muffins, I have an excuse this time.

So, carrot muffins. I felt like baking again and suggested muffins. Hubby thought this was a splendid idea and in turn suggested that instead of icing, I'd put some cream cheese inside each muffin. Seriously, this man is a genius. It must be why I married him.

I used my usual recipe as a base, but exchanged half a dl (or about 3-4 tbsp) of flour with germ mix (wheat, oat and rye germ), so that I could pretend it was healthy and good for me and could eat them with a clear conscience. When spooning out the batter into the muffin cups, I just added a little less than a tsp of cream cheese in the middle of each muffin. Mmmmmmmmm.

Now, onward to something completely different, namely wicked robots. If you're fond of Bender from Futurama, have a look at this article. Interesting!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Ah, anniversaries

It's Tuesday! And I have no Tuesday Finds for you! Oh no!

Between orders to fill during the day and our wedding anniversary to celebrate in the evening, I just didn't have enough time to write a proper blog post about pretty things on the internet. Sorry!

In fact, I don't have time to write more than this, for a husband carrying wine and cheese beckons. Yum.

Friday, January 11, 2008

So what have I to show for these past weeks?

Hubby and I were away for a couple of weeks during Christmas and New Year, spending time with my family up north. Technically it was a vacation, but of course I couldn't leave my knitting needles alone for that long.

So, this short scarf in a delicious creamy white is one of the things I made during that time. Mostly while watching Top Gear, if I remember correctly. (That show is doing strange things to me. Suddenly I notice car models before the colour, cast lusty looks at Jaguar XKs and am considering getting a driver's licence. Pedestrians in Finland, you have been warned.)

Aaaanyway, back to the scarf. It's knitted from a wool/acrylic blend with my favourite cable pattern (the same that is used for this scarflette, for example). It's also available in my Etsy shop!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Tuesday Finds: The Perfect Gifts

Oh my, a whole 4 weeks since my last update. I shall be better about my blogging, at least until the next Christmas season.

Speaking of which, this week's Tuesday Finds have a different theme than usual - it's things I found for others this Christmas. So if you got a Christmas present from me, stop reading now. Come back later this week. Thanks!

The first find was a sturdy leather belt with a neat design along both sides, made to size by Brigit. I can honestly say it looks even better in person!
($32, brigit.etsy.com)

As soon as I saw Ubiki's prints, I knew I had to get some. It was a mistake to get them as gifts though, for they were oh so hard to part with! 'Rawr' is one I might have to go back for and give to myself too.
($20, ubiki.etsy.com)

The Fuzzy Bunny was our choice for bath and body products and both soap and lip balm were a hit among relatives and friends. The soap comes beautifully wrapped in colourful paper and the scent of this cranberry fig soap is just heavenly!
($3.50, fuzzybunny.etsy.com)
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