Midweek Inspiration

As the end of, what feels like the longest knitting project of my life, approaches I’m pretty excited to be looking for new inspiration and projects! Here’s what’s tickling my fancy at the moment….

Warning: Be prepared for baby over-load in the coming weeks…. We are having a pregnancy boom amongst friends, family and co-workers so bear with.

 

pb-0604_small2This gorgeous little baby cardi (source)

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Keepsake Keep-safe

Keepsake Box - Purls and Polkadots

A few weeks ago, I saw these awesome little keepsake boxes on Pinterest. I had been pondering for sometime over what to do with all the keepsakes that we had accumulated from our big holidays without being too intrusive in our decor.

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Oils well that ends well.

Now, for the second instalment of “paring back the basil jungle“.

In my hunt for ideas to use up all of the luscious basil in my garden, I came across the notion of mixing basil with oil and then freezing to make little nuggets that can be dropped into a pan and add delicious basil-y goodness to any dish.

Tiny Morsels of deliciousness

Tiny Morsels of deliciousness

I was pretty tickled by this idea and dove into the kitchen to have a crack. No directions, only a half-baked idea that I’d skim read off the ole inter-web. Luckily, it seems this method is pretty idiot fool-proof.

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Run away with me

One of the things I love most about being crafty is that I am always learning new things. Nothing ever gets boring because I will never know everything. Not to mention the fact that knowing you have made something yourself is pretty darn neat!

So, needless to say, I was pretty excited to find this little beauty in the back of my wardrobe stash, in a bag of goodies from my Grandmother.

How does your table run?

How does your table run?

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Mid-Week Inspiration

Brrrr winter is finally starting to set in around these parts. In my household, winter equates to snuggling on the couch with hot tea, watching home and garden shows and some serious knitting. Bliss.

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Mum’s the word.

As mentioned previously, my mama is one of the hardest people to buy for. Mostly because she always claims not to want anything. As though that’s an option!

With Mother’s Day fairly soon after her birthday, it is a struggle each year to come up with ideas so close together. Luckily, Papa got her an iPad for her birthday so I knew exactly what I wanted to make her! Thanks Papa for being so extravagant.

Ipad Stand by Purls and Polkadots

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Couch Cushion Make-over

Ever since Hubster and I decided to buy the house we currently live in, we have slowly been making the shift from ‘Flat’ to ‘Home’. Our couch was purchased on the cheap. We loved the ‘L’ shape of it, and its extreme comfy-ness. We didn’t love the cushion covers.

Varying shades of brown corduroy…. ugh.

The old digs

The old digs

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When Two become One.

Recently, I became overwhelmed at the state of my stash. During the subsequent clean up, I found a wealth of other half-finished projects and clothes that I had put aside for a rainy day. These were added to my list of things to finish / re-use / refashion / up-cycle before buying any new supplies. Hubster is going to be the happiest man alive. He may get his study back, I will get some new additions to my wardrobe and presents will be made and gifted with nary a dollar spent.

Recently I came across this lovely little layered tunic on the Anthropologie website. This is my happy place to browse and dream. It was swiftly pinned and even featured on my Mid-week Inspiration post. I loved it that much.

 

So Cute

So Cute

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Diy Kimono Cardigan

The stash busting continues! Today I found languishing in the depths of the stash storage a bag of goodies gifted by my Gran. She’s even worse of a hoarder than I am so this was truly a jackpot find. I expect that many posts in the near future will feature items found in this bag.

The first item that caught my eye was this lovely blue scarf.

Love that print

I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it. I have been lusting for sometime now over a Kimono styled cardigan. In particular, this one from Elle Apparel.

Kimono Cool Tutorial by Elle Apparel

The Inspiration

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Hey Pesto

When I planted my new Vege patch last year it was an occasion for great excitement. It blossomed and bloomed and my tomato plants grew to heights I had never seen – I had only ever grown tomatoes in planters prior to this. The tomato excitement totally eclipsed the poor little (or so I thought) basil plants I had planted in and around the tomatoes, until blight hit. I’m pretty sure I cried. Yet, as I pillaged the plants for any edible fruit and pulled them up, I discovered underneath a small forest of basil plants. Seriously guys, they were out of control!

It's a jungle out there! Even the strawberries are getting in on the action.

It’s a jungle out there! Even the strawberries are getting in on the action.

So began the hunt to decide what to do with them. Be warned, there may be a few basil themed posts in the near future.  This time round I’m going for a nice, simple pesto.

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