Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Celebrity Mustaches... and an announcement...

More mustaches! Each has his own distinct (celebrity) personality.

So I'm sure you are asking yourself, "How many felt mustaches does one girl need?!"

Answer: I am going to open an Etsy shop. So you will soon be able to find these lovely mustaches, for sale, at katiecanavan.etsy.com. If you go look now - don't do it - there is nothing there. Do not be too disappointed. On Thursday morning I am going on vacation (to Disney World!), but after I get back, expect a few more updates before the official shop opening!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

more yarn wreath love

My holiday wreath was getting a little old. A bit out of season. It is not really a "Christmas" wreath, so I think it can last from about September to March, but it's time for a new one:
Ok, so... I like it... but I don't know if I love it. I wrapped the base using Elise's tutorial (isn't her butterfly wreath adorable?), and I really like it. That light blue color really says "romantic spring in a field with tiny bunnies" to me. I thought I wanted to use it with red... but now that I look at it, I'm kinda blah about it.

The thing is - the base sat there for a long time, waiting. So I just went ahead and put the red flowers on - but they are not permanently attached. The little centers are pins, and the red yarn is just wrapped around, it's not secured in anyway. So it can easily be changed. Maybe in a month or so I will get inspired.

What do you think?

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Granny square progress for the third pillow. In the background you can also see: new yarn-covered wreaths and our bunny-proof fence. Good for keeping rabbits out of the craft room.

A little tip for those who like to crochet motifs like granny squares and hexagons - I take the finished motifs with me when commuting and weave in the ends on the train. It can be an endless task, but if done on the train while listening to the new Joanna Newsom album, Have One On Me, it goes much faster.

vintage charm

Oh, heeeeyyy.... I'm just lounging around here on my fabulous couch in this fabulous new dress...

So this is what I've been up to lately. It's one of Butterick's "Retro" patterns - B6582, to be exact. Take a look at the front of this pattern:

Gorgeous! I am in love with the hair on that lady in front. That is how I imagine myself in this dress, all sultry with Lana Turner hair. If only.

This dress has been years in the making. I first picked out this pattern about 5 years ago. Then at some point I acquired the white stretch satin fabric with one of those 50% off coupons from Joanne's. I cut all the pieces out last summer, and began to sew. I got as far as the darts on the front when my sewing machine died. It's been sitting in a sad pile on my sewing table ever since.
-disregard the messy ponytail-

Overall, I like it. I do not know why I was so inclined to make this out of white stretch satin, since the dress is unlined. It would have worked much better with a thicker woven fabric. The pattern was clear, but definitely not for beginners. The fake "cross over" neckline leaves a lot to be desired, but the overall shape is pretty awesome. The fit is not perfect, but then again, I cut out the pattern pieces when I was 10lbs heavier, so I could have cut a size bigger than I wear now. Still - very Joan Holloway, and therefore very wearable.

Next up: I bought two Colette patterns from Sew Mama, Sew last year - Macaron & Parfait - and I still have not sewn them up. So stay tuned for more dresses.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

pretty pillows

Ok, so I showed you the beginning of these awhile ago...
Two pillows done! Of course just as I was finishing these up, a trip to ikea provided me with another pillow to cover (for a very low price).

The octagon shape is from my very favorite crochet book, "Crochet Motif Item." Yup, it's in Japanese. The lovely thing about crochet motifs is that you can figure them out from the diagrams. I got this book from ebay - it can be kinda hard to find otherwise. It is also a very basic octagon shape that you can probably find in other books.

The square pillow is just a regular ol' granny square. It was inspired by the lovely emma lamb. She makes very beautiful cushions in classic color combinations. All her work has a nice vintage feel to it.

Much love and yarny goodness!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

a new friend!

On Wednesday, Chris and I adopted a new buddy...
His name is Sir Thomas More, aka Tommy. We adopted him from the Red Door Animal Shelter, which is one of the few animal shelters in Chicago that has rabbits. He is about a year old, and loves to hide behind the couch.
I think he thinks it's his burrow. Look at that little tail! It is my favorite part of him. His coat is black with a sprinkling of white hairs. I think it makes him look distinguished, just like his namesake. He is a bit skittish at this point, especially during the day. I think the light makes him nervous. But at night, he hops around the house with free reign.
Ok, literally AS I was typing this post, he suddenly had a fit of energy and I was able to get a few better pictures of him. We also snuggled.
Look at those little white-tipped paws!
blurry, but cute.

aaanndd... I already have plans for a photo shoot involving an easter basket.

Ok, I swear the next post will involve a completed craft. I promise!

Friday, March 5, 2010


I just found this lovely little lamp over at Apartment Therapy. Isn't it adorable? It's from Lamp Gustaf and seeing as I cannot read anything on the website, I doubt it will be readily available in the States. I think I could make my own from a piece of cross stitch cloth and a cheap ikea lampshade frame, though. DIY, here I come!