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Pear and pear alike, or why I like Twinkies

I love food.

I know you have to eat to live, but I kind of live to eat. So, to get me through that long stretch between breakfast and midmorning snack, I can wear my food instead of just dreaming about it.

Enter: Twinkie Chan. She has published an awesome book that I am sad I didn’t publish first. It’s a whole book of awesome food-shaped scarves, hats, and tissue box covers that you can crochet yourself, and it’s called¬†Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats to Wear.

Now, you can buy some of Twinkie Chan’s awesome scarves ready-made for upwards of $60 (try for example), but Ms. Chan also generously offers some of her totally kitschy and awesome patterns right here in this book, which you can buy right from Amazon for under $10! So, for those of us hungry crafters with less disposable income, we can still rock some fabulous inedible treats, hand-fashioned by “ours” truly.

I know I’m fixin’ to make myself a cupcake hat next. ;)

And for those of you who really appreciate a finely honed sense of humor, check out Twinkie’s hilarious crochet-themed rap video below. I, for one, totally want to be one of her posse….

Enjoy all! And happy fooding/crafting!


Art Nouveau-style necklace

Every so often, I will see a piece of jewelry that seems to be crying out to be something else. This was absolutely the case when I spotted a pair of really great art nouveau-style earrings in Forever 21 a few months ago. I LOVE big dangly earrings, but I prefer that my earlobes not hang down to my knees…And since these earrings were made of metal, they seemed much too heavy to wear for any length of time.

I thought that these earrings could use a new lease on life, so I decided to make them into the above necklace. To make the necklace, I used only: 1) some old scrap chain I removed from a much too long necklace that I bought from Forever 21 a year or so ago, and 2) the jump rings that came with the earrings; 3) I added a simple, cheap clasp from the craft store, and that was it.

All in all, I bought 2 pairs of earrings, which I think were about $5 a piece, and nothing else. All the other items I had lying around. In the end, I ended up with 1 necklace, and 2 pairs of much smaller earrings – which won’t be uncomfortably heavy to wear. Please see below for a shot of the smaller earrings. I did have to add a 2nd pair of earwires to the mix to make the 2nd pair of earrings though. But for less than $10 I got a pretty eye-catching jewelry set, and another pair of earrings to give away. Not too shabby!

Hope you enjoyed this project everybody. I’d be happy to answer any questions if you’ve got ’em. Happy summer!

The Shirt off My Back

I kind of love fleur-de-lis.

I think I can trace it back to reading The Once and Future King back in grade school. I just remember reading about Guinevere, pining away for Sir Lancelot and embroidering fleur-de-lis in the lining of the helmet he left behind… <sigh> I loved that story. Still do.

But anyway, my lingering love for this motif led me to want to make the above t-shirt. I used just a few simple tools, not a fancy screen-printing kit or special materials, to make it.

If you’d like to find out ¬†how to make a shirt like this (and/or see the back), please continue reading. Hope you’re all having a nice summer!

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