review: Handmade Heirlooms

Handmade Heirlooms

Handmade Heirlooms: Crafting with intention, making things that matter, and connecting to family & tradition by Jennifer Casa

This book embraces the idea of family heirlooms being special keepsakes that are, more often than not, handmade by someone in the family. One doesn’t often think of creating new heirlooms, but this book challenges the reader to do just that – instead of simply making a gift for a family member, make something that will be loved by that person and handed down over the years. These projects are made using a variety of techniques including knitting, crochet, sewing, and more. They range from traditional baby items like booties and caps to more unique objects like a knitted airplane toy. Some are more utilitarian, like a knitting needle roll and a monogrammed bulletin board.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the East Lansing Public Library through the MeLCat ILL system


vintage crochet treasures

While we were at my folks’ for xmas, they gifted us a couple of crochet items that they saved from my grandma’s house when they cleaned it out years ago.

crochet cozies from Grandma H.

First, this super adorbs egg cozy made to look like a chicken. How cute is this?! Seriously. I can’t get over how awesome this is. We don’t use egg cozies on the reg, but I will happily keep this lady on display in CraftyTown.

crochet cozies from Grandma H.

Second, this Santa doorknob cozy. I remember this from going to my grandma’s around xmas when I was a kid. It’s so cute, too! I also love that it’s detailed but not at all fussy. Our home, built in 1940, has the original glass doorknobs that my grandma’s house also had, so it seems quite fitting to add this to our holiday decorations.


Gnome, sweet gnome

I’m thinking spring, even though it’s not here yet, and though I’ve never been a big fan of lawn art, I am really drawn to garden gnomes right now. Lucky for me, Etsy comes through!

Finger puppets are always awesome.
gnome finger puppet set
This set of Mycology Gnome Finger Puppets is so cute!  The detail stitching around the shapes is nicely done and I love the color palette scientificculture used. I’m a fan of this retro but not kitschy style.

I do love a cute bobby pin.
gnome bobbies
These Garden Gnome Bobbies by DoorMouse are cute! They’re maybe a little big, and the way I wear them, the little guys’d end up sideways, but I do like them. At first I thought they were plastic, but they are actually cotton!

gnome by badbird
How can you resist this sullen little gnome by Badbird? He’s got attitude, and I like it.

This guy is creepy!
Felix the gnome
He’s the creation of sqrlbee, and his name is Felix. I would like to purchase him to sit on my desk at work, where he could make sure that I stay on task. Or else!

Should I get to the point where I’m motivated to (a) teach myself to do more than a basic crochet chain stitch and (b) make a gnome for myself, I could purchase this pattern for an amigurumi garden gnome from AmyGaines.
amugurumi gnome


SAW* Monday – Craftster squirrels

It’s Monday, the second day of *Squirrel Awareness Week 2008!

Today we are going to check out some of the sweet squirrel projects created by the creative folks who spend time at Craftster.

wee felt squirrel
Iamsusie created this wee felt squirrel who, as an outlaw, of course wears a neckerchief. Mega cute!

Nintendo DS Lite Case

This adorable Nintendo DS Lite case by Bekanator features a grey squirrel whose tail functions as a strap to keep it closed.

pirate squirrel amigurumi

Amber555‘s pirate squirrel amigurumi is arrr-dorable! Perhaps he’s just a regular squirrel celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day.

tiny squirrel stuffie

inle_rah made this tiny squirrel stuffie from felt. I really want to make one of these and carry it around all the time.

wee little squirrel

I am completely enamored of this wee little squirrel by Badbird. He’s just begging to be fed tiny treats, isn’t he?

killer squirrel monsters from outer space

Finally, we have killer squirrel monsters from outer space. What more can you ask for?