Thank you, Lee (of Leethal Knits), for this simple sweater-to-jewelry tutorial. Because when sweaters have seen better days — woolies, you know who you are — they might as well get reincarnated as ear adornments that are both light on the lobes and moddy-mod. See it? Love it? Oh my yes.

Say farewell to feline furballs! Professional cat groomer-turned-handbag entrepreneur Danelle German of Simpsonville, South Carolina, has harnessed the power of the Persian to create a line of bespoke knitted and felted satchels — made of leftover cat hair. Watch:

German, who calls her company Catty Shack Creations and who named the schmancy yarn “chatangora,” has made a tidy profit (and a clowder of cat-lady friends) by turning grooming chaff into something both useful and commemorative. Strikes me as Small, sure. But also a bit … eccentric. Though yarn drawn from my sweetie Domino could be so lush:

Or just loony. Your take?

Via TreeHugger.

So you’ve got your tree. You’ve whipped up your tree skirt. Now it’s time to priss-out your pine with all the trimmings apropos of the Christmas holiday. I’ve got a few projects for ye; details when you link through. Suffice to say, all four ideas are simple, and all four can make use of secondhand goods:

MOD SQUAD PAPER ORNAMENTS via Design*Sponge

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SECOND-USE PAPER ORNAMENTS via Re-Nest/Kate’s Paperie

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STUFFY, CLOTHY BIRD ORNAMENTS via The Purl Bee

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And, my personal favorite:

HALF-EATEN GINGERBREAD MAN FELT ORNAMENTS via Elsie Marley/ThreadBanger

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Of course, if you’re neither a seamster, nor a paper-queen, try this Slash Photo Wreath, handmade for me last year by my crafty pal, The Choir:

MATERIALS

  • Wooden photo wreath ornament, available at most craft supply stores
  • Tempera paint
  • An image of your beloved (or Slash, nearly one in the same for me), clipped from a magazine or newspaper

MAKE IT

Paint your wreath in a design and color-scheme of your choice. (The Choir went trad, to offset the content.) Then, snip your image and slip it into the frame. Hang on tree, and play your sweetest November Rain air guitar solo.

And, if you’re not hot to deck your halls with these ornaments, check out ThreadBanger’s DIY Ornament Roundup. Some good ‘uns there, no jive.

Snakes + Acorns = Snakorns

October 9, 2008

That’s right — snakorns!

It’s a lingua crafta mashup in honor of two great DIYs I discovered via ThreadBanger. One, a pair of Martha Stewart-approved snakes made from hardware-store paraphernalia; the other, a fuzzy take on the oak tree’s seeds.

Martha’s Creepy Snakes, manufactured from pipe insulation, nails, map tacks, and paint, are hilarious. Just look:

Can you imagine these in your trees come Halloween? See, I told you. Hilarious.

Betz White’s Felt Acorns — a combo of felt balls and real-life acorn caps — are a sweet tribute to fall:

felt acorns

How-tos on Martha’s and Betz’s respective sites. Have fun.

Heart Felt

February 4, 2008

This ain’t your preschool craft project! For you, some bits and whits on that most sturdy winter standby: felt. Made when woolfibers bind together (with the help of some suds, hot H2O, and a little elbow grease), felt can fix your ugly and/or ill-fitting sweater woes. Check out this wikiHow for felting instructions. (While these instructions call for raw wool, you can also felt a piece of knitted fabric, hence the icky sweater mention, above.) Then, have a look-round at Felt Cafe, a blog dedicated to all things felt, including my personal favorite, Animal Mascots Made of Wool: teeny needle-felted animals, including a postcarrier donkey and a “Rabbit with Doughnut.”

Fruity Pebbles: Felt Pebbles, from Uncommon Goods, in sumptuous colors.

Felt Pebbles

These were made in South Africa by a women’s collective. I’ll try making some with my knitting leftovers.
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