Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pussyhats Galore!

This isn't a political blog but I don't think most people would be too shocked to discover that I support women's health care. As a knitter, making a bunch of Pussyhats for the Women's Movement seemed like a great way to show support!

So far I have made 11 of the iconic Pussyhats for friends and family. Some were paid requests, some I gave as gifts. Now these hats have finally made it to my Etsy shop! I know they are in high demand, so if you knows someone who is looking for one, please encourage them to stop by! 


A special thank you to my Momma Cat who just sent me two more giant skeins of pink yarn to continue the crusade!

-Assunta



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rapunzel Cowl

Some of you may remember that last year for Christmas I recieved some gorgeous merino wool from my sweet and thoughtful in-laws.


After a couple trial runs with other wools on my drop spindle, I felt comfortable trying to turn it into yarn.


I came up with a 2-ply DK weight, and the colors in the yarn reminded me a lot of Rapunzel's dress in the movie Tangled.




After several more months of thinking about what the perfect crochet or knit project for this yarn might be, I finally settled on this modern re-telling of Rapunzel's outfit: a cowl in the shape of a thick braid like the one she sometimes wears in her hair!


I chose a button with a sun-like shape because the symbol of Rapunzel's kindom in the movie is the sun.


What do you think? Is is fit for a modern Princess?

-Assunta

PS- If you would like to knit a version of this cowl, the pattern is now available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops! 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pretty, New Carpet

We finally got both of our bedrooms painted a cool, calming gray after the color explosions that were there before, but before we were actually able to sleep in them, we had to do something about the horrible, dirty old carpet that covered the floors of both rooms. Last Friday, we had beautiful new carpet installed. I can hardly believe how much better the bedrooms look, feel, and...smell! Now we can actually sleep in our bedroom.

Before:



After:












Happy to be sleeping in the bedroom at last,

-Assunta

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Edison Bulb Jewelry!


This is what you get when a lighting designer makes jewelry...or when a crafter works with light fixtures all day. When I found these tiny glass bottles, they reminded me of perfect little Edison lamps. All they needed was a filament, a metallic base, and a chain or ear wire to display them properly. I gave them all those things and I love the way they turned out! 


Everything you see here is now in my Etsy shop, except for the round earrings on the right. My mom ordered those as soon as she saw them. I plan to make more soon, so don't despair if those were the ones you wanted too. All of the metal is hypoallergenic: the necklace chains are sterling silver and the ear wires are surgical steel. 

Happy weekend!

Assunta

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Busy Weekend

This past weekend was fun but busy, with lots of painting and crafting!

First things first: the sun finally came out again and I was able to take a picture with my rainbow sweater!

Next, here are some pictures from painting this weekend. I still haven't found my good camera in our moving boxes or figured out if I can take a wide-angle picture with my cell phone, but you can at least see that our bedroom walls are now a cool gray with white trim, as opposed to many different pastel colors with hunter green trim. I'm so happy with how much better they look, and we're almost ready for new carpet! We also hired someone to scrape the popcorn ceiling a couple weeks ago, and that was also a huge improvement.

Master bedroom after:


Guest bedroom after:


Closet and bedroom doors to hallway:


Master bedroom before:


Guest bedroom before:


Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do? 

And, just because I thought it was pretty, here is a picture from Newport Beach on Sunday night. We made it down their for a quick walk right after sunset.


I hope you had a great weekend too!

Assunta


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rainbow Sweater!

This is going to be a very short blog post because I have been spending a lot of my spare time painting bedrooms. I will try to have pictures of that for next week. In the meantime, here is my rainbow sweater, which I have finished and is now blocking! I'll try to post a picture of myself wearing it later when it's warm enough for short sleeves again.


Have a great week!

-Assunta

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Out with the Old...

Sometimes celebrating a new year means saying goodbye to things that aren't working anymore. The same can be true of a new house! Since our escrow finally closed at the end of December, my sweetie and I have been having fun doing some demolition work on parts of our condo that we don't like or that need to be updated. 


One of the first things to go was the built-in furniture that you see behind the bed here. (This picture is from before the previous owners moved out.)


Here are all the pieces of that furniture after we deconstructed it. The room already feels much bigger!


Next was the soffit in the master bathroom. It housed a lens for a fluorescent tube light that we won't be using anymore, and was much sturdier than it needed to be anyway. It also detracted from our nice, high ceilings.


Adam and our new reciprocating saw made short work of that. He has since cut it down all the way to the wall and patched and textured the wall so it's ready to paint. Will still have one more soffit to take down in the other bathroom.


Speaking of paint preparation, here I am getting ready to sand down some doorframes so that we can paint them again without them getting too thick.


Here is one of our door frames before sanding (left) and after (center). It is so nice to see natural wood under there! It turns out this green paint (that seems to have been the unifying theme of the house) comes off much easier than expected. The image on the right shows a chunck of paint I took off a door in one piece, just by grabbing it and pulling. I only really needed to use the sander for some stubborn spots, and for the layer of paint below the green one.

Another thing we need to do before we can paint is get rid of the popcorn ceiling. The contractors are coming today to scrape it and I can't wait to see how it looks when they are done! We want to do most of the work ourselves but decided it was worth it to hire this one out.

Are you making any changes this new year that you are excited about?

-Assunta