Sunday Snaps! Janu-Where Are You Going?!

We’re over half way through January now if you can believe!

The past week has been nearly -40 with windchill so I’ve been stuck inside my little house. I’ve got a ton of fun projects on the go, so I’m far from bored even with the crazy chill! Soon it’ll be sunny and I’ll be jumping amongst the flowers, so for right now I’m just trying to enjoy the relaxy inside time I have! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Took down the tree! My living room looks so empty now. But not sad… because that just means fresh starts and space to fill!

I just got that Hello Kitty Barbie way up there! Haven’t been a huge fan of the Barbie’s from the past couple of years, but I couldn’t resist this collab! It’s really been reigniting my Barbie love so I feel there may be a few new Barbie’s in the future…!

Big Progress on the Mood Blanket! Here it is after 18 days~ I’m LOVING the colours! This is just going to be the first row when all is done, but I still need to stitch them together.

I also have at least 5 other big knitting projects on the go too! More fruit plush, a bowl of candy, Topaz the Unicorn stuffed toy, Hello Kitty purse, and more! A project for this year is finishing up my craft room so I can get all of the projects and yarn off my living room floor!

#DressUpYourPetDay was on January 14th. Sugar attempted to be a butterfly!! Lol! This was as successful as I got at snapping her in the costume before I ran a marathon trying to catch her!

I’m also still feeling the flour power~ even though I told myself that I needed to take a break for a couple of weeks so my dresses could loosen up a bit! 😉 I made these delicious hamburger buns (recipe from All Recipes) the other day which are better than store bought!

Just trying to stay magical and enjoy the month before it completely flies by!

Lots of love! Erika xoxo

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Basket of Wooly Fruit!

I just had a BIG bowl of ice cream for dinner, so my resolution to eat a little bit less sweets is going quite well I’d say. 😉 To make up for it, I decided to knit a basket of fruit goodies over the past week or so!

They’re pretty yummy looking on their own, but I decided that a cute little face makes them even more irresistible! ^_^

Here are the patterns I used! They’re all super easy and quick so you’ll be able to throw together a fruity mix quick!

Cherries

Banana

Watermelon

Lemon

Apple

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Knitted Mood Blanket for 2020!

I’ve seen crocheted and knitted mood blankets on Pinterest and Instagram and knew I had to join in this year!!

I think they’re more common in the crochet community, but you don’t want to see my crochet right now! So my mood blanket is going to be knitted. This will be a massive project that will have me clicking needles each and every day of the year! The idea is simple: each day I assess my mood and knit a corresponding coloured square. In a year, I’ll be able to see how the year went and have a pretty colourful blankie to celebrate!

I didn’t have an easy start with this project unfortunately! My original plan was to knit a row a day, changing colours each day for a year. But on my VERY first row (240 stitches cast on!) my round needles broke. And not just once – but TWICE! But I was way too excited about having a multi-coloured rainbow blanket in a year, that there was no way I was giving up!! I’ve changed plans because obviously the universe was trying to tell me something! I’m now knitting one square a day, and then will join the squares together into a large blanket.

Each of these squares is 4 inches x 4 inches. CO 12 stitches with super bulky yarn and knit until 4 inches. The rows of the blanket will be 19 squares x 19 squares (361 days) therefore a massive 6 feet across!!

My colours and moods are as follows:

Red (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Cincinatti Red) ~ Anxiety

Orange (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Syracuse Orange) ~ Content / Okay

Yellow (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Pittsburgh Yellow) ~ Energetic / Athletic

Green (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Green Bay) ~ Tired / Sick

Blue (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Maui Aqua) ~ Sad

Turquoise (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Miami Seafoam) ~ Family / Rejuvenated

Purple (Lion Brand Hometown USA ~ Minneapolis Purple) ~ Happy!

Pink (Lion Brand Hometown USA – Hot Pink) ~ Creative / Productive

I’ll share updates along the way!

Feel free to use this as a basis for your own mood blanket (or temperature blanket, or to measure WHATEVER!)

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Hello 2020!

2020 has been great so far! Although it seems I accidentally fell asleep at 7 and missed the fireworks! Oops! What a start!

I had the day off of work today, so I took down the Christmas tree to get a new start, cleaned the house, and then spent most of the day crafting! I even got a run in! I feel so accomplished this year already!

There are a lot of goals I have for this year: be ridiculously colourful, fight my anxiety, less tv/computer, and be positive! But my biggest resolution again is to just simply BE CREATIVE!

I finished up a knitted sweater for Sugar that I had started a couple of weeks ago. I used a simple pet sweater pattern which is made for tiny puppies that I made a bit bigger to fit an 8 pound cat (you can find the pattern here!). But so far Sugar is NOT a fan and I can’t get her to model it! So you’re going to have to do with a pic of a unicorn in a sweater instead!

A while back I picked up an amazing book called Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects by Sarah Goldschadt that I’m planning to make use of this year as well. I LOVE this book so far as it’s exactly what it says on the tin – a quick craft (jewellery, home decor, cute toys, etc) for every day of the year. Each week is broken up into a theme, for example this week is Snowflakes! It’ll be great if I hit an inspiration slump again and it’ll hopefully spur on some more projects! I’m going to do my best to work cover to cover. Today’s project was making this really cute Snowflake Barette that I’m going to wear to work tomorrow:

So much I still want to do today! Trying to squeeze in some more fun before back to work tomorrow, as I feel really reinvigorated! Lots of love and wishes to you all this year!!

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Dollhouse Project Part 2

My dollhouse project is coming along! I started my build just three weeks ago, and the house is fully assembled and the majority is now painted.

Putting together the actual wood frame together was easier than I thought, and now most time consuming part is painting the details and *deep breath* the shingles.

I used my leftover house paint, and I’m in love with the colours! It just pops!

Some things I’ve learned as a dollhouse building beginner that I wanted to share in case anybody else is thinking of taking the dive into the mini world:

  • PLAN before you build! There are so many different options for dollhouses and an entire internet full of inspiration. Think about the end product as it’s going to be a feature of your big home If Victorian decor isn’t your thing, why not go ultra modern?! If you’re limited in space, a room box (think your grade 6 diorama) may be better for you!
  • Build in a BIG place. You’d think miniature house, miniature construction zone, right? Well that’s absolutely wrong! My building area takes up every inch of my bedroom floor and part (as I needed somewhere to lock out the fur children!), and I could have used twice as much space.
  • GO SLOW. Enjoy the process. I regret rushing the construction and the painting and think I could have done a better job. Your house is going to be with you forever after all!
  • Use GOOD QUALITY paint. While technically you could use anything (ie. dollar store craft paint), paint quality really does matter and show. I have a lot of paint left from painting my house (Behr interior paint) and it covers easily (I used two coats) and looks beautiful.
  • This is not a cheap project. While the kits themselves aren’t terribly expensive (I got my kit for $70 CAD) You will need to shell out some extra money for this build, as you will need: sanding paper, wood filler (for gouges in the wood), wood glue, tacky glue, scissors, masking tape, and paint (should you want to paint). Then of course the dollhouse furniture will cost you almost as much as the furniture in your real house (I kid – sort of…)!
  • It IS possible for anyone to build a dollhouse! Even YOU! I was a bit put off by the idea of doing hard construction and being overwhelmed by memories of my middle school wood shop class! However, if it was enjoyable for a ruffly dress wearing cat lady, it’s enjoyable for everyone!

Can’t wait until it’s all done so I can show you around! <3

Some other resources I found helpful:

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