August 28, 2014

Inspire Us Thursday, August 28!

Yikes! I missed a week. But the days until school can be counted on one hand now and there are still swimming pools calling our name. Go ahead and link up your projects from last week in addition to your projects from this week. I'l be travelling (alone) this weekend and I look forward to taking the time to catch up on all the projects I've been missing while in the water.

Here comes the cut and paste: Welcome to Inspire Us Thursday! Here you'll find a group of links dedicated to projects in fiber: yarn, thread, fabric, and floss. Maybe you're a quilter who will be inspired to try crochet. Or a sewer of clothing drawn in by a cross-stitch. Maybe you'll be inspired to put down the knitting needles and dust of your sewing machine. Be sure to check out all the links, you may be surprised where you'll find your next inspiration.

Last party's most viewed link: Call Ajaire's Monthly Mash-Up...be sure to click through for a great tutorial!

August 27, 2014

The Annual Backpack, 2014

The annual backpack. It started when The Peanut began preschool at the tiny age of two and half, I wanted to send her with something reminiscent of my favorite school bag ever, a yellow, Snoopy-adorned satchel. I couldn't find anything like it, so I decided to sew one. It was supposed to get her through the preschool years, but she had trouble opening it herself. So the next year I sewed a more traditional, if little-kid sized backpack. And that one was supposed to get her to kindergarten. But then she started a second program the following year which required a tote bag. And that is how the school bag accidentally became an annual tradition. One which I now plan to continue for as long as she'll let me.

The Annual Backpack, 2014 | A modified Kids Backpack by The Sterling Owl in outdoor fabric & duck canvas. | The Inspired Wren
She chose the chevron all by herself from the entire wall of Outdoor Fabrics at Joann Fabrics. I chose the yellow.


August 20, 2014

Couch Craft: Spiral Crochet Planter Cover (with Pattern!)

I'm not the best when it comes to keeping plants. I certainly don't have a green thumb. But I have two hardy little guys that sit on my kitchen windowsill. And they have sat there in their original, basic brown plastic containers for over three years now. As the plants have grown and kept me happy company, those straight-from-the-store, bland containers have irked me. It was time to do something about it. But I'm fearful of re-potting. And the windowsill is too narrow for an outer decorative pot. Inspired by this adorable image on Pinterest, I sat down one afternoon to figure out a crochet cover for my plants. I wrote it out to share here with you.

Spiral Crochet Planter Cover | Crochet a spiral planter cover for your 4-inch plants with this quick pattern. | The Inspired Wren
The two kitchen plants are not as photogenic as this plastic Ikea plant from the window-less guest bedroom. But even plastic plants can don sweaters!

August 14, 2014

Inspire Us Thursday, August 14!

I wrote yesterday how Summer is kicking my newbie blogger butt. [sigh] Here comes the cut and paste: Welcome to Inspire Us Thursday! Here you'll find a group of links dedicated to projects in fiber: yarn, thread, fabric, and floss. Maybe you're a quilter who will be inspired to try crochet. Or a sewer of clothing drawn in by a cross-stitch. Maybe you'll be inspired to put down the knitting needles and dust of your sewing machine. Be sure to check out all the links, you may be surprised where you'll find your next inspiration.

Inspire Us Thursday, August 7 Feature! | The Inspired Wren
Last week's most viewed link: Click through for a great tutorial on how to make this sweet Felt Needle Case by Sum of Their Stories.