Last-minute birthday earrings 

Today the Girl’s BFF’s mom asked if we’d join them to celebrate her (the mom’s) birthday at Crown and Crumpet, a local tea shop. Of course I said yes, and talked to the Wee Boy about using our best manners, etc., beforehand. 😜  

Luckily, my husband took the Boy out just long enough this afternoon for me to whip up a couple of pairs of earrings as a gift.

i like to cut up old greeting cards when i gift them- they are secured and look nice to boot.


The tea was lovely, and I think it was fun for the Girl to experience some of the desserts she’d read about in Harry Potter, even if they were not quite authentic, according to our English birthday mum. It was fun nonetheless!

Last-minute teacher gifts

Because of other knitted gifts, I ran out of time to knit for the Wee Girl’s teachers! Somehow I thought I could knit two pairs of fingerless mitts in two evenings. Or two bulky scarves in one evening and a morning! Or maybe sew something! Luckily I eventually remembered beading, and that I could easily make some earrings quickly.

Of course, I went overboard. I thought I’d make a pair for both teachers.

Six pairs later…. 
I let the girl decide who gets what, so each teacher gets three pairs-including one red pair not pictured- which means that I get the dangly jade pair in the top row, yay!

I realized a few things today:

1.Don’t leave crafty gifts until the last minute!  

2.wow, my beading skills are rusty!

Secret project revealed!

Finally I can show you the super secret project I’ve mentioned once or twice! My knitting group organizes birthday swaps, kind of like Secret Santas. This year we’re knitting mittens/fingerless mitts/etc. for the person assigned to us.

Last night was my turn to present a fellow knitter with the project I made for her! I knitted the Gnome Mittens, a paid pattern by Spilly Jane. My recipient LOVES pink, so I changed the palette from black, blue, and red to gray, pink, and pink!

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I decided to present the mittens in a custom-sewn project bag featuring Chococat, and make a set of stitch markers as well.

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She was very pleased! 🙂 🙂 🙂 it’s not easy for me to keep secrets, so I’m glad this one is out! Also, I was really looking forward to seeing her reaction to my efforts, and I was happy in the end.

Stitch Marker Madness!

Lately I’ve been making these snagless stitch markers for knitting projects.  Of course, one only needs so many stitch markers on hand, so now that I have better photos and have them watermarked,  I’m just about ready to post these to my Etsy shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/MarissaMadeIt.   I used to make stitch markers with jump rings, and was often annoyed at how the yarn (especially sock or lace weight) would get stuck in the tiny opening.  Snagless markers = problem solved!

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