Wow, last week I totally, 100% just flat forgot to write a blog! I realized it Thursday afternoon! To anyone who depends on my crafty ramblings to get them through the week...I apologize! All kidding aside, I do like to try to keep a dependable schedule, and sometimes I even have a few blogs ready to go in advance like a real professional, but I just dropped the ball this time!
I've actually been up to a few things! For one thing, Twinkie Chan's new book has arrived and I've begun working my way through it! The first thing I made is the bread loaf mail sorter! It definitely has some flaws compared to the original pattern, but I like it! Once I get the sorter wires glued in more securely I plan to bring it to work and begin slowly covering my desk in crochet work! Stay tuned for more projects from the book, they are all so fun that they have become my main focus for right now...despite my other production goals and projects half finished!
Crocheting is not all I've been doing. Spring has sprung and the "lets get outside" bug has bitten! I have spent the late winter actively looking for some patio loungers that look nice and are quality but don't cost, literally, hundreds of dollars. You'd be amazed how hard that is to find! It occurred to me that with my husband's new found hand for woodwork, perhaps this was something we could make cheaper! In fact it was! A very quick perusal on Pinterest led me to the pattern for these great loungers!
The materials were fairly affordable, only around $100 to do 2 chairs and construction looked pretty simple! We chose to use cedar because it's a durable outdoor material. After my hubs put them together I stained them with a bit of Thompson's Water Seal. My staining skills could use some work, but they are now more protected from the elements and won't turn all grey and weird!
They are super cozy, as you can see here, and I can't wait to spend a lot of summer hours enjoying the back yard (and listening to the neighbor's new chihuahua bark incessantly...ugh)! Also, it's not an accident, the angle is perfect for crocheting! Outdoor projects here I come! As you can see, Kipper is totally into more back yard time, even if he does have to deal with the noisy chichi!
Since I was outside painting anyway it was a good time to get this gnome painted a new color! I don't have a before picture, naturally, but he was bright pink. Overall I don't have anything against bright pink, but I wanted him on my mantel and pink just wouldn't work there. I decided to bling him out with some chrome. He is now: Chrome Gnome! I love him!
So there you have it! Two weeks worth of this's and that's squeezed into one post! Here's to not forgetting again!
Currently Listening to: Sometimes The Blues Is Just a Passing Bird by The Tallest Man On Earth (via: All of my albums in alphabetical order!)