Monday, October 10, 2011

Crocheting Frenzie!!!

Mike and I decided to have a lazy weekend, after the jam-packed one we had last week. I was off Friday and decided to do some estate saleing. I picked 4 that looked promising, but they were all pretty much a bust. I did find a few ornaments for my vintage ornament wreath that I hope to complete by Christmas, but it was slim pickins'! Hopefully, once I find enough ornaments I will be able to make something that looks as AWESOME as this

I also found a jar of marbles. Marbles? Yes, marbles. Thanks once again to Pinterest, I have found a great project. Unfortunately, this one will have to wait until next year, but I am all ready to make it happen now!
Saturday we planned to do NOTHING, we watched a bunch of movies, and I did manage to work in some crocheting. I decided to pull from my unfinished project box. Now, lets be clear, this box is not huge, but I definitely need to finish some things in it! Including my Christmas table runner. I have been working on this for about 2 1/2 years, and each year Christmas comes and goes, and the runner goes back into the unfinished box without ever seeing the table. This year though, I am determined to finish it!

I had seen different examples of Filet Crochet online, and I tried a couple of little things, and I decided that I wanted to try something bigger, but I couldn't find a pattern that I loved, so I decided to make my own. The nice thing about filet crochet is that you can basically use any cross-stitch pattern to achieve the look you want, but once again I couldn't find anything I really liked. It was Christmas time, and I decided that I wanted to make a runner. I wanted something that felt vintage, but with a modern twist. Finally, I found this website where you can take a picture and convert it to a pattern. BINGO! Now I just had to find a picture I liked. I played around with a few different Santa's, but finally I found this awesome clipart

Next up was to decide on crochet thread, I went with a silver with a metallic thread. FYI - you need a lot of thread to make this runner. I have gone through 8 balls thus far, and will probably need 2 more.

I've found Hobby Lobby has the best selection of crochet thread
You will have to play with your pattern a little to get it the size that you want, but when you're done you will end up with something like this

As you can see, my pattern has been through the ringer!

I've found that it is easy to just cross off each row as you complete it

So I guess you might be asking "What is filet crochet?" Filet crochet gives a much more delicate look, kind of like lace. Essentially, an empty box is a post, 2 chains, and a post. An X is a post, 2 double crochets, and a post. (i.e. post = double crochet). My recommendation is to jump online and get a feel for it, but it REALLY is easy!!!

So here is what I have so far

I used the safety pins to count every 10 boxes in the beginning

I don't know when it will be done, but, doing my best Scarlett, "AS GOD AS MY WITNESS" it will be done before Christmas this year!!!

Sunday, Mike worked all day putting another tap in for our kegorator. So now our nameless bar has both domestic and import drafts ... great. Speaking of our nameless bar, anyone have any suggestions for a name? We thought Camp Ladefoged, Fort Ladefoged ... We want to keep it camp-kitchy!

While Mike was working on the taps, I decided to continue my lazy weekend. I spent the morning looking for patterns, and then I spent the afternoon making this hat for Miss Maddy
Madeline Marie Savidge 10/06/11

I couldn't make one for Maddy without making one for Nixie ...

2 yr old vs. Newborn
Even when I think I'm going to have a lazy weekend someone goes and has a baby, causing me to go into a crocheting frenzie!!! 

So how did you spend the weekend? Any unfinished projects you're working on now? And what should we name our bar?!

Monday, October 3, 2011

An Only In Denver Kind Of Weekend

Thursday afternoon one of my girlfriends at work, asked me to go out with her on Friday night. I told her I felt like I had something planned, but couldn't remember what. Mike and I had planned on heading up to the mountains on Saturday, but I swear I had something planned for Friday night ...

Oh that's right ... Nikki and I were going to Canvas and Cocktails!!!

C&C is this great Denver based business that combines ... you guessed it ... cocktails and canvas! Each night a different painting is taught. You may be thinking, there is no way I could do that, but the way the class is taught, it makes it so that anyone can achieve greatness! Once you decide on a painting that you want to do, reserve a seat (they go quick!). Arrive early, if you don't you have to sit at cafeteria style tables, with little elbow room, but if like Nikki and I, you arrive early, you can snag one of the few hightop tables for 2 or 3 people. Then, pick out your apron, grab a drink (or a bottle of wine), and get your colors.

Most of the aprons are just covered in old paint, but if you search hard enough you can find one that really suits your personality ...

Here is the painting that we were going to do that evening.

Nikki and I agreed that we would like to change it up some to fit our particular decor. I have decided to go with a Paris theme in the guest bedroom, and I decided on a purple palette to match my new bedding.

We lucked out because it turned out our instructor, Brittney, was the owner. The class is a combination of instruction, dancing, singing, ...  and painting. After 2 bottles of wine, and Nikki winning a free class by shaking her boot-ee, we ended up with some pretty sweet pictures! I wish my Eiffel Tower was better, but we had such a good time, who cares!

In case you think there is no way you can drink and paint at the same time, here is the proof that even drunk, art can be achieved!

More pictures can be seen at

My weekend was off to a good start, and on Saturday Mike and I set out for a trip to the mountains. One luxury of living in Colorado is the fall foliage. Take an hour drive out of the city, and you can see some of the most beautiful fall landscapes in the country! We decided to take our normal route, Denver to Grand Lake, through Rocky Mountain National Park, and down through Estes Park. Here are some of the highlights:

In Grand Lake

Beyonce in Grand Lake!

One of the best parts of driving through Rocky Mountain National Park, is the chance to see wildlife, particularly the elk at this time of year. We saw a few here and there on our drive, but not as many as usual. We began our trek home, leaving through Estes Park, when we got stuck in traffic, it had to be a horrific accident right? Nope, turns out some of the local elk had decided to spend the day at the park!

We spent some time watching as a juvenile bull tried to creep his way into the herd of cows. However, his attempts were thwarted by this massive specimen

But I was able to snag some great shots of Mike before we had to run for our lives to get out of the way of the fighting bulls!

 You might be thinking that there is nothing that could make this weekend better ... WRONG!!!

If you want fun then listen to this, Denver's hottest hangout is the Justice League of Street Food Party! Food Truck promoter Fat Damon is back, and this time he has gone crazy! You'll see food trucks, hipsters, fire dancers, beef tongue tacos, bacon cupcakes, and slilts ... You know it's that thing when slutty girls stand on stilts!!!

Fun was had by all!

Phew!!! What a crazy, fun weekend. On top of all of that I was able to sneak in a little estate saleing (see, work on my craft room a bit, and scrape this weird blackout film off the glass slider! I know not every weekend can be as jam-packed as this one was, but I love when I am able to get out and see the great parts of Colorado while having a great time with friends!

What did you do this weekend? Does your city do any fun, unique events?