Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Craft is alive and well in our home.

Boys trying out the tote, originally uploaded by yarnandtea.

Here above is an awesome picture of the boys testing out gifts. The tote was embroidered by T! He had been working on it for the past month and just finished it yesterday. It is embroidered with a picnic scene, complete with huge bees. Today he dug through my fabric pile and unearthed a cute pink rose print which he sewed into the tote as lining.
Once the lining was in, K had to climb aboard and test out the tote to make sure it was strong enough.
Do I have the coolest husband or what?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Too Long, too long

dec 20, originally uploaded by yarnandtea.

I have been sick for the past week. Ug. A cold, a cough, a everything. Plus the babe got another tooth and the christmas day has been creeping up. So between napping and soothing, I have been crafting, leaving little time for drawing, blogging or flickring. Boo.
But soon enough, I will really not be able to blog. Our tiny clan is going on VACATION! To the wonderful land of Kiwis! New Zealand. We will be climbing mountains! We will be riding whales! We will be farming sheep! We will be casting the one ring that rules them all into the fiery depths of mount doom!!!
But I'm sure I will post in between chirstmas day and now. Never fear.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

21 things

I love making lists. It's my favorite. Even if I don't do anything that is on said list, I will make the list. But THIS TIME I will actually complete the list. I swear it.
This is my 21 Things to do before I turn 21:

1. 365 Days of Thrift (only buy vintage/thrift for 1 year)
2. A drawing A day for a Year
3. Two-tone hair (blond/brown)
4. Turquoise hair (a little at least)
5. Make enough things to get into a local shop (Pannikin)
6. Make a pair of underwear
7. Build a Silkscreen Press
8. Get an A in a college class
9. Get a barista job
10. Learn to burlesque dance or pole dance
11. Lose the last 15 pounds (or more)
12. Switch to bike only (no car)
13. Make a Comic for APE
14. Knit a full pair of socks
15. Decorate upstairs
16. Knit a whole sweater
17. Participate in a craft fair
18. Do a little backpacking trip (with the babe)
19. Get a tattoo
20. Plan future education / execute
21. Create my own knitting pattern

it appears I have quite a bit to do! But I believe I can get it done. I'm normally the kind of person who can never get anything done, so I'm hoping this list will help me jump start my year getting back into the swing of life. Having a babe has been the hardest and most time consuming thing I have ever done. I feel like I have left my life and myself behind since I have given birth. I am hoping that this year before I turn 21 will be the year I get back into the swing of things and actually start doing things again. Not farting around the house, not sitting on my butt an knitting all day, but actually doing things.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What I wore today!

december 8, originally uploaded by yarnandtea.

So i have this little gig going... I'm trying to keep a 365 day log of my attire, mood, beverage of choice, and general happenings in my day. It's part of my "21 things I want to do before I turn 21" list. Maybe I could turn it into a book or... just improve my drawing...
but anyway, check it out on my flicker page. I may or may not be posting the drawing everyday, but I will be posting them all. So keep checking!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Goodies Galore!

birds and mushies, originally uploaded by yarnandtea.

As I promised, I have now posted my ornament pictures on Flicker! Here are all my little goodies hanging out together. I'm contemplating putting them up on Etsy in the future, but for now, they are going to be gifted to various members of my loving family and friends. I have even more little projects in the works, so brace yourself for things to come.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Happiness is a cozy home

I have been so completely wrapped in making Christmas gifts and what not, that I have not take any pictures of any of them! Ga! But update: father's hat's done, as are 4 knitted mushrooms, 6 embroidered birds and 5 coffee sleeves! Wow!

My birthday was fantastic! It started with a beach picnic breakfast (from Honey's, my favorite). Then moved to crafting and snacking and ended with dinner with my mom and dad (at Besta Won, another favorite)! Magical! I love low-key birthdays, spent with the people I love. As much as I adore parties, I just don't like having them for myself... So my birthday this year was perfect! I even got to hit up Pannikin and the do a little thrifting! Loved it!

Currently, I'm knitting mushrooms while T is embroidering a tote. Really, he is! I cannot believe how cute that is. Now, all we need to do is get baby K crafting and we will have cute little crafting times!

Since I don't have any pictures of my week thus far, I will leave you with some beautiful winter inspiration!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Truly a busy time of year

Most of my time is spent making Christmas gifts, almost 50% of my time (the other 50 taken up by being a mama). I have finished several knitted veggies for baby K's gift, half a hat for my father and several piles of supplies that are one day going to turn into gifts. I am getting excited though, because tomorrow is not only my birthday-eve but TREE DAY. That's right, the family Bryant is getting their first ever Christmas Tree! Hooray! We have lights, and a cool knitted garland and..... well... maybe three ornaments, that I made in August... So... Here are some awesome pictures of trees I wish I could create!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Star light, star bright

Everyone needs a little wish list. Mine is a birthday/christmas wish list combination. One guess on the item I know I am already getting... I know I'm not suppose to know, but I got to pick it out, and it's my christmas gift!

Got to love folk art

I've been falling in love with some fantastic euro style lately. Like this folk cushion from Beci Orpin. You may buy the cushion at Lark Handmade.
German, Swedish, Norwegian style is incredibly cheery, colorful and unique to the family or person who makes it. I think this individuality is something us Americans lack in our homes. I know I am inspired by the color folk art of Europe.

Things I am currently doing:

-Knitting veggies and fruits for K's Christmas gift. So far I have 3 strawberries, 1 carrot, 1 eggplant and half a corn cob. More in process
- Trying to decide what to make for my ma
- Prepping for Knitting a hat for my dad
-Making "tag blocks" for baby cousin Avrum
-Attempting to get some dishes done

It really is the busiest time of year. Not to mention my birthday is next week! December 2nd. I will be posting a wish list soon!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Trees and Things

I know, it's been a while... but we have been house-sitting. I have been without my camera cords, my internet access among many other things. Sleep is also something I've been without. This home has kitties, and I am deathly allergic to kitties, so my weezing has been keeping me awake. Luckly, I am staying at my little house tonight. Free from kitties and other lung-restricting allergens.
I have, however, been able to do a little crafting for the holidays. I was inspired by a beautiful blog to make some little crocheted christmas trees and bobble garland. I had a fantastic minty blue yarn, and not liking traditional "christmas colors", used it for my little tree-o of firs. (only two are pictured, but I will be posting the little arrangement soon enough.
Here are the little blues as they are getting built.
And the tree little spruces after. Note the awesome red garland... I made a few in white for out house and another red for the tree. Cool backyard, no? Unfortunately it's not ours... It is a succulent (plant) heaven.
Now, I'm off to finish the garlands and maybe watch a movie with my little brother.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Is my flower too big?

I've been adding drawings to flicker. Might want to check it out. That and I'm working on some sweet hair clips and headbands. More pictures on that to come. So why don't you go on over and check out the flicker adds.

Monday, November 16, 2009

it's almost winter.

I am in love with a certain crafty-mama blog. She is just too adorable. She just had a baby, so she has been having guest bloggers post for her. Today's post has to do with chunky warmies. And all i want right now is to snuggle up in one of these babies. But if i were to, i'd have to make it myself. Apparently all it takes is 10 skiens of wool and 3 days. I could do that... maybe.

Friday, November 13, 2009

R E D B E A R shop is now officially up again! Check out some sweet mini buntings and other whimsical goods!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The count down!

grey/gold, originally uploaded by yarnandtea.

Shop re-opening Friday!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Getting Ready

Just Craftin, originally uploaded by yarnandtea.

It's true! The redbear shop is going to RE OPEN! I'm currently stocking up on crochet mini bunting that are 3 ft long and a larger size that is 5 ft. long. The items are going up at the end of the week! Get ready!

Monday, November 9, 2009

This is Bad

Really, really bad. My F A V E store has their christmas things in. That means that I am already behind in my christmas crafting. It also means that I am going to be drolling and pestering T with pictures of holiday gear. Thank goodness the man wasn't raised with "christmas" (really, they had "family day"), so now when I keep chattering about ornaments and tinsel, he can tell me we really don't need it. (It's true, we don't.) Maybe I can convince him that a few beautifully crafted ornaments will give our collection a good start (after all, it is our first christmas together).

Sunday, November 8, 2009


I am actually keeping a plant alive right now. I know, hard to believe. I had a black thumb all the way through high school, but when it came time to keep a human alive (Baby K), I acquired quite a green thumb. I have been working on rooting succulent cuttings in dirt for future projects and potential christmas presents. Currently, I have over 15 rooted babies, all alive and growing! Slowly, I've been transferring them into special coffee mugs, tins and jars that I have been collecting for just that purpose. I am so excited to give them away.

Oh something else fun that I finished. I have really wanted a new little pocket sketch book to carry around with me. After looking at a lot of different things, I decided to make one. I ended up with exactly what I wanted. Then, I naturally had to make a cover. So, I dug into my scraps and came up with the turquoise. I had to do something woodsy, so a stump graced the front. Obviously, I had to make the stump look like wood. In the end I added some green moss on the side, glued the whole thing together and now I have a book! Huzzah!
So what shall my next project be?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Part o' the haul

Part o' the haul, originally uploaded by yarnandtea.

So today we went garage sailing, thanks to T for indulging my digging urges. I ended up with 3 vintage tins, over 3 yards of vintage fabric, a vintage button collection and.... A POLAROID CAMERA. Yes, I now own a polaroid, I danced when I found it.
Check all my stuff out!

The Switch Is Made

Howdy, I know, I know. I keep switching back and forth between blogs. But this time, it's for real. I'm now officially switched from to Thanks for keeping up with me and my blog switches. I just can't help myself, ya see.