Do you know Boo?

I just found this article today and if Boo doesn't make you smile, what will?  

Boo has over a million Facebook fans and just came out with his own book!

Doesn't get any cuter than this!

Tall Grass

Just a random pic I took with Instagram.
Love this app!!!

The Making of a Hat

The past couple of days have been nice and warm enough to sit outside and crochet.  I had a very easy pattern I found on Lion Brand for a kids sun hat (you'll need a free account at Lion and just search for kids sun hat) that I wanted to make, but in an adult size.  The yarn I picked was some more of the Habu Textile linen.  Since it's thinner than what the pattern called for, I doubled it and used a smaller hook.  I don't know the formula for reducing the pattern to a smaller hook and increasing for an adult size, so I kinda just winged it.  Needless to say, I had to pull out a lot of rows because it was becoming a big yarmulka--and I ain't Jewish.  :)

I finished it yesterday and added a decorative trim to the brim.  

I wore it today with my Granny Pants and a thrifted top and leather belt.
Rock on Sistas!  

A True Inspiration

Everyone has seen this guy.  You know him as Paul Mitchell right?  The shampoo guru.  I just discovered his name isn't Paul Mitchell.  It's John Paul Dejoria. 

Last night I caught a glimpse of him on a Patron Tequila ad and I thought "Why is Paul Mitchell on a Patron ad?"  Well, it turns out he owns part of Patron and is a co-founder of the House of Blues.   I continued to research his rags to riches story.

Someone who's been this successful rarely goes to the extent to helping others like he has.  He's an environmental advocate, has donated 410 acres of the last bit of prime real estate running from Malibu to the Santa Monica mountains as a wildlife refuge for all to enjoy, and he's a spokesperson for Mine Seekers--Princess Diana's organization.  The list goes on.  It was a surprise to learn that he was once homeless.  I love stories like this.

His Motto:  Nothing in life is worth doing unless you're having fun doing it.  

You can read his story here. 

Woodsy Hanger DIY

My Woodsy Hanger.

I saw this and had to make one.
Take a walk in the woods or on the beach and find a branch or driftwood that's got a bit of a curve to it. 

Besides your branch, you'll need the following tools:
Wire Hanger (mine was from the dollar store and I would have preferred a darker metal one)
Wire cutters
Saw (if you need to saw off the ends)
Drill with drill bit that is the size of the wire
Strong glue (I used E6000)

Peel off any bark 'cause you surely don't want it on your clothing or whatever you're going to be hanging.

Use your pliers to unwrap the top of the wire hanger below the hook.  You might need to straighten  out the bottom a bit with your pliers also.  

Cut the wire below the hook portion. 

Determine the middle of the branch and drill a hole the same size as the wire. 
Insert some glue in the hole then insert your hook.  
Let it dry. 

Easy huh?!
It'd be super cute to carve or wood burn your initials in the middle!!!  
And it'd be a great gift!


Crochet a Pouchy Pouch!

This is an easy project for the crochet beginner or a seasoned hooker!  All you need to know is how to chain and single crochet.  These are really cute necklace pouches. Useful?  Well, who knows.  But, it's a beautiful little accessory because it's made from linen. You could fit some change in it or lip balm.  I wore it with one of my enameled vintage keys.  Kids would love these to carry their little treasures in!

I came up with this pattern because I wanted to practice crocheting with the new linen yarn I bought. It's crocheted in one piece so there's no sewing the straps or the sides together.  Watch when I tell you not to bind off!  :)  

I used Habu Textiles linen yarn, but you could use embroidery thread or something similar in weight. Of course, you could use a larger hook and worsted weight yarn to make a bigger pouchy pouch.

Here goes:

Size C hook or #2
Habu Linen Yarn or embroidery thread
Large eye needle for weaving in ends

Ch 11
R1:  SC in 2nd chain from hook.  SC in all chains to end of row.  (10 sc) Ch 1 turn.
Continue crocheting each row as Row 1 until the piece measures approx. 4 inches.  You will have a rectangle.  Do not bind off.  

Now you're going to construct your pouch.  Fold piece in half.  SC along one side in each stitch.  When you reach the end, SC 3 times in one stitch to make the corner.  

Continue SC in each stitch along the bottom (you could crochet a cute edge here) until you reach the end.  SC 3 times in one stitch to make the second corner.  Continue SC in each stitch until the side is completed.  Do not bind off.

Now you will make the strap.  

CH 200 or as long as you'd like your strap.  When you get to the length you like, SC in the other side of the pouch to attach the strap.  Now SC in each stitch along one side of the top of the pouch until you get to the other side of the strap.

You're going to make the strap stronger now.  SC in each CH of the strap until you reach the other side of the pouch--making sure you don't twist it because if you do you'll have a twisty pouchy pouch and we don't want that.  Now, SC in each stitch along the other side of the top of the pouch like you did before.  When you reach the end, bind off and weave in the ends.

Your Pouchy Pouch is now ready to wear.  You can embellish it or leave it plain.  Beautiful and easy!


Vintage Camera Embroidery Pattern

Thought I'd share a thrifted vintage camera embroidery pattern with you.
Just click on the picture to download the size you need.


It's Time for Sun Tea!

I found this glass dispenser at the thrift store the other day.  It gave me a hankerin' for sun tea!

I made mine with Mighty Leaf tea, my fave!

I did a BAD BAD Thang....

I washed an American Flag.  My bad.
But, hey!  I rescued it from the thrift store.  Doesn't that count for sumthin'?
{ps.  it's not hitting the ground}

Enameled Vintage Keys DIY

When I was a kid my mom used red fingernail polish and painted the first initial of our last name to identify things we had, especially on stuff we took camping or our Tupperware and Corningware dishes.  There was always a big red initial on the back, lest someone got confused that the Corningware dish with potato salad at the potluck or the cooler filled with beer at the picnic was OURS not theirs!

She also used fingernail polish to identify keys.  It made it easier to know what the keys were for.  All keys seem to look the same nowadays.  Most of the time I have no idea what some of my keys are for.

I have a huge collection of vintage keys and a bottle of nail polish near my computer.  The other day, I decided to paint a key with polish, which then led to another and another.  I couldn't stop.  Sure, you could use spray paint, but you won't get the wide variety of colors and the satisfaction of painting your keys with a little polish brush.  It's also a great way to get rid of your nail polish, something I never seem to be able to do.

The result is fun and cute.  Hang them on a chain or ribbon.  Wear them.  Admire them.  At one time they unlocked something special.

Hanky Panky

I've been collecting vintage hankies from the thrift store for about 3 years now.  
I finally had enough to make a curtain for the bathroom. 

I sewed four separate panels and they flutter beautifully when there's a light breeze.