Granny Square Baby Blanket

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It started when I finally learned how to crochet ( the right way!). I wanted to make a granny square baby blanket for my friends that were just recently married so badly that I finally forced myself to learn. And thanks to YouTube and some innumerable tutorials I did just that! Let the stacks of granny squares begin!

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I got them all laid out to my satisfaction after doing a 6×8 configuration and began joining them. It only took me about 10 days to get all the squares made that I needed. I used a single crochet joining method that is fairly basic and something I could quickly get my head around. I did a two round granny stripe around the outside. And…

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Now it’s all done! I just have to wrap it all up and deliver it sneakily to a certain doorstep I know of! Have you ever crocheted a blanket?

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This spring I came down with a bug, a knitting bug! I scored a bunch of fabulous multi-colored yarns in exciting and punchy colors at my local craft store and a wonder knitter, since then it’s been so much fun!

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From coasters to little furbabies (mouse stuffies) I’ve been knitting away and having a blast. And for whatever reason i only ever get the urge to knit when the weather is warm so scarves are out of the question, haha!

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Since I can’t read a pattern to save my life I always come up with my own! Rules are meant to be broken. I am also working on a rug, slowly it will emerge and hopefully that will be my next post!
Have a lovely day!

– Jessanne

Resist This! Painting on masking tape and finding my home style!

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Yesterday I started masking out my first ever resist painting. I’ve been seeing Pins go by on Pintrest about it and how simple and fun a way it is to decorate your home! I want art everywhere! I’ve been on a mission to make my home more to my personal taste and liking. I’ve been getting rid of things that I don’t really need or want, and particularly things that don’t reflect my personal style!

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I love things on strings and old beat up suitcases! My friend, Juniper, gave me that suitcase many years ago and I always think of her when I see it. It has very real value to me!

As a result of my efforts it’s looking a lot more like what I want it to look like around here.I don’t know about you but my life gets cluttered up pretty quickly. With kids, a cat, and my hubby there always seems to be an endless supply of things to pick up!

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This picture isn’t the best, but I wanted to show off my piles of mail and of course all the art and letters littering my space. It feels like home! And when your house feels like home, it makes it easier to feel inspired and create.

So what is your home style? Do you make art at home? Talk to me and tell me what makes you happy!

– Jessanne S

Those paper tubes have got to be useful somehow, right? Right!
How about cookies or candies as party favors?

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Have a good morning!

Jessanne

It’s Owl Good

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It’s Owl or Nothing! I’m having a temporary owl attack. The only way to cure my owlienation is to owllow all of you to have some too! Hehehe, check out these finds I dug up today! Mostly on Etsy, some handmade and fun Owl treats!

Link List:

1. Vintage Cast Iron OWL Lantern by LuckySevenVintage on Etsy, $40.00
2. Handmade Owl Backpack Green Polkadot by MaryLeeSonke on Etsy, $48.00
3. Vintage Woven Owl Trivet/Tray by studioVB on Etsy, $8.00
4. Wall Hook Bright Pink Owl /Ornate /CottageShabby by AquaXpressions, $14.99
5. Girls Acorn Owl Poncho Size 2 4 by MadhatterHatBoutique on Etsy, $80.00
6. Ceramic Vintage Lantern Owl Bright Yellow by modclay on Etsy, $45.00
7. Soft Felt Christmas Ornament Owl Decor Instant by OrdinaryMommy, $110.00
8. Jute Owl Wall Hanging by Dolls Of India
9. Short green macrame owl earrings by creationsmariposa on Etsy, $18.00

Painted Letters Color Blind

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I few weeks ago I bought a whole bunch of painted MDF letters out of the cheap bins at my local craft store. They were bright and punchy colors! Hot pink, orange, blue, red, and white! All of them went really well in my house and I’ve had fun spelling words with my son and leaving meaningless words all over the house to be seen.

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I thought even more colors would be a good idea, don’t you agree? I have enough that I can change a few letters and add more color variety to the already fun selection. So the E is going aqua, (actually I think the acrylic color name is “Cloudless”).

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And here is an S that is going to turn “Green Apple”, oh the envy of the other letters! It’s a fun project to distract myself, and I get to add even more fun and color to the grey fall days around here. What are you doing to scratch your artistic itch? Post a comment and tell me!

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Also I am finishing up a hand painted birthday card for my friend’s 1 year old on September 23rd! It’s belated but it will still be fun to send it along! She’ll be making a scrap book from all the cards she received from her daughter’s Card Shower! I love the idea and I have to get it done! More pictures when I get a chance.

Happy thoughts to everyone, and don’t be shy to send some my way! Even if I can’t see straight (optic neuritis has struck again!), I’m sitting here breaking all the rules that I can in the realm of art.. I sure hope you are too!

Sincerely,
Jessanne

A Card Shower

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A friend of mine is having a card shower for her beautiful baby who is just about to turn one! I think it is such a lovely idea! What a sweet thing for a mom to do for her little one. I’ll bet that looking back on all the memories and sentiments within the cards will be a great way to spend a future afternoon.

Well.. inspiration finally struck for what I might do with the card! Above is just a little sneak peek! A tutorial and more pictures in the next day!

Cheers,

Jessanne

New Artful Blogging Magazine

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I’m so excited that yesterday I got my hands on the new “Artful Blogging” magazine, by Stampington & Company. Checkout artfulblogging.com to see more issues and even get the ones you missed!

In this issue my favorite artist and blogger, Ishtar Olivera, is inside! With all of her wonderful little creations, from stamp carving to miniatures and doll house creations it is hard to ever get bored looking at her work!

Just have a little peek!

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Washi tape is a great addition to the art world. It’s easy to use, fun to apply, and full of potential. There’s a lot of washi tape art out there these days, but in my humble opinion, Ishtar Olivera does it with real flair and an inspiring touch.

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So get your hands on the newest edition of Artful Blogging and soak up the inspiration inside. Without the artistic and creative inspiration inside magazines and art blogs none of my mornings (or afternoons!) would be quite as pleasant!

 

Cheers!

Jessanne