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.

August 13, 2014

Quick Notes on Summer Sewing

Summer is kicking my newbie blogger butt! I had grand plans all prettily organized on an editorial calendar, and then Summer actually happened. Yikes! All of a sudden it feels very obvious that I've been doing this blogging thing less than a year. Yesterday I had scheduled to share The Peanut's new backpack. It currently looks like this. I'm learning a lot about what NOT to do as a full-time blogger when school is not in session. Hopefully I'll be able to actually apply those lessons in the future. Right now I'm just pushing on until Labor Day weekend. In the meantime I'm also making sure we enjoy Summer: swimming, and train rides, and popsicles, and tricycles.

Summer Sewing 2014: Swim Suit | The Inspired Wren
Why yes, I did sew that swim suit!

In between I've eked out some sewing, too. 

August 7, 2014

Inspire Us Thursday, August 7!

It's Thursday! It's August?! Yikes! How did that happen? It's still the thick of summer here so once again I'm cutting and pasting the rest of this so I can rush back out into the sunscreen- and bug spray-scented air after a certain five-year-old! 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:
Check out this gorgous, detailed Necessary Clutch Wallet sewn by Maria of Mia's Creations.