Monday, July 25, 2011

dress up cart

My niece is just starting to play dress up with hats and shoes so for her 2nd birthday, I made this dress up cart from the wonderful Ana White website (project plans here).  The original plan calls for a closet rod for hangers.  I didn't think my nice would be able to hang things on hangers yet - she is only 2 after all - so I altered it for hooks. 

Loaded up with her birthday gifts
Project Details

Time:  About an hour to cut and build and three hours to sand, paint and attach the hooks.

Type of Wood:  Pine

Finish:  2 coats of primer and 1 coat of semi-gloss paint (white mixed with a little yellow from previous projects)
Project cost:  $60 total.  $32 for the lumber (Lowe's), $17 for the hooks (Menards) and $11 for the letters (Michaels).  The paint, screws and glue was leftover from a previous project.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

shoe dresser

Our entry from the garage to the kitchen is small.  Tiny, actually, when you consider all of the functions that fit into a 5' x 3' area....entryway, shoe and coat storage, trash can area and the dog food/water bowl area.  It's also right next to the stairs.  We used to store our shoes on the floor, all piled up and pushed against the wall.  This didn't work for several reasons, but mainly because the shoes on the bottom would get gross from the snow and dirt on the top shoes.  Oh yeah, and there's the minor problem that we would sometimes trip over shoes when we went downstairs.

Enter the fabulous Ana White formerly of Knock-off Wood and her ingenious shoe dresser.  It was love at first sight.  I didn't even have to convince my husband, and he's not a fan of extra work.

  I made bin liners from oil cloth so protect the dresser from wet winter shoes.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

felted bucket

Made a simple felted bucket to hold all of the tv, DVD, VCR and Wii remotes. 

Pattern can be purchased from cocoknits

Yarn: Cascade 220


Knitted this sumptuous wrap as a Christmas present for my former instructor/former boss/mentor/colleague/adviser-in-all-things-career-related who I used to be terrified of and dislike but have come to respect and appreciate greatly.

Pattern can be purchased on Ravelry

Swans Island Certified Organic Merino Fingering in Natural and Gray - This yarn is incredible, soft, luxurious.  I wish I could afford to knit everything with it!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

more stockings

Christmas stockings for the hubs and my niece.  This was a really fun pattern to knit.

Pattern: from the Cascade Yarns website
Yarn: leftovers from my stash

Monday, November 8, 2010

 A warm and cozy hat for a cold Minnesota winter and a very fun pattern.  Wish I could knit these for everyone I know.

Pattern: Thorpe on Ravelry
Yarn: Wellspring Woolens gray, Brown Sheep and Malabrigo from stash

Monday, July 12, 2010

snowman christmas stocking

For my sister-in-law, Snowman at Midnight:

Pattern: Snowman at Midnight from Christmas Stockings: Holiday Treasures to Knit
Yarn: Wellspring Woolens in blue, leftovers from stash, a little bit of orange for the nose from my neighbor
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