(See Erin's yarn trees tutorial here)
Ever since I tried to start up with blogging again back in August I've been filled at once with ideas for posts and dread of "getting it all down." After all, I think I've taken up about five new crafts since I blogged regularly, the boys have grown so much you'd hardly recognize them, the world has changed so much (and yet, so little?). It was so totally overwhelming at times that I considered just letting the blog die a quiet little death and getting on with my life over on Flickr and Twitter and, you know, the corporeal world (highly overrated, that one).
(Simple wreath I made by wrapping Anna Maria Horner's gorgeous Folksy Flannel scraps around a form.)
But then the holidays came along and with it an enormous amount of crafting energy. I wrapped styrofoam with yarn and fabric and burned the crap out of my finger with a glue gun. I embroidered and patchworked and learned new skills.
(Patchwork and embroidery pillow made for my niece. Embroidery pattern can be found here.)
I started reading blogs again, leaving Bloglines behind for a fresh start over at Google Reader. Mr. Frick's friend Matt came over and taught me how to crochet, and the tiniest granny square became a bed-sized throw blanket the Biscuit won't let go.
(See the Purl Bee's Granny Square tutorial here, but I warn you- it won't stop at small!)
And though the kitchen is the most-neglected craft space in my home, given my preference for all things needle-y, I think that may be changing, as I have been sucked into a few cooking blogs that blow my mind with their beautiful photography and mouthwatering recipes.
(Make your own slice of chocolate pudding heaven with Smitten Kitchen's recipe.)
This is just a small taste of what I've been up to, but I'm not going to bow to the pressure to post it all. Instead, it's a Brand New Day here Chez Frick. I've got big plans, goals, and a danged strong craving for a slice of that pie now. So it's off to the fridge with me, but no worries...I'll be back. Very, very soon. Like, tomorrow. That's a Brand New Day, too.