I've always wanted to visit Scotland. My parents went there when I was young and found the family tartan for my Dad's Irish/ Scottish last name and brought me back the coolest books on Celtic art and how to make it. It just seems like a country set apart.
Then when you add in such awesome geologic features like you find in Fingal's Cave well... I'm sold! I love to explore places with naturally unique geologic features (It makes my nerdy heart sing!) so Fingal's Cave is definitely on my list!
Now if only I could go there... Le sigh...
(Photo via A1 Pictures.)
These fingerless gloves are so different in a really great way. With the open weave they'll be great for in between weather which means I could actually wear them here in the sunshine state once it gets chilly which is a plus for me! (Believe it or not it actually gets in the thirties here.)
I love the idea of this super big chunky scarf! In fact I tried to knit one of my own not too long ago and didn't count my stitches (it was my first knit project ever and I didn't realize you were supposed to...) so it ended up a trapezoidal fail... Wah, wah, wah.... At least it's a soft and cozy trapezoidal fail but still, maybe I better stick to cool ones like this knit by someone other than me.
And on a cute note, how adorable are these snow white slippers? They look so sweet and comfy.
If I had to pick one thing it would definitely be the fingerless gloves though.
What would you pick?
(All photos by and items available from Denizgunes Etsy site.)
This little cutie wants to wish you a happy Sunday!
Hope you're weekend was as sweet as waggling tails and fluffy nuzzles!
(Photo by Krista Carson.)
I finally got my October MJ Trimming DIY box tonight and was super stoked to dig into it!
The theme this time, as you can see, is Punk revival. I love me some punk rock and spikes just as much as I love preppy and pearls so I really love this theme.
It came with everything I needed to get my punk on. Easy to follow step by step instructions make it easy to create the cool punk pieces pictured.
But in true punk form I decided to toss the directions this time before I dove in.
So I jumbled all the pieces up and started from scratch.
My little Westie pup Abigail wanted in on the action too. :)
So of course I made her a little punk princess with a sparkly gold spike collar. (Don't worry, she only wore it for a picture. I didn't leave my precious pup covered in sharp spikes even though she looked pretty adorable!)
Then I made a ling silver and gold toned necklace that I like styled doubled up.
I used this cool round gold clasp as the focal point.
Then I took the pearl chain, a spike, safety pin, end connectors (the little ends you normally use with leather in order to attach it to something), and jump rings to make a second necklace.
I added the end connectors to jump rings with a couple little pearl links to jazz up the spike hanging off the safety pin.
I loved the tiny spikes and when I saw them I knew immediately that I wanted to make earrings out of them. Some silver linked chain, pearl links, and a jump ring later I was pretty happy.
I used the black chain as a juxtaposition against the gold link chain to make a bracelet. Black and gold is very on trend at the moment and I can see why. They contrast and enhance each other nicely.
So... That's the whole shebang. I feel like I really got a lot out of this month's box and I'm pretty happy with the results.
What do you think, would you have gone rogue and created your own punk inspired thing or would you have stuck with the directions?
Either way, if you haven't signed up the Project DIY box yet do it now! It makes it so easy and fun to DIY cool pieces in the comfort of your living room. Love that and love it and the inspiration it gives me!
Situated in south-east Siberia, the 3.15-million-ha Lake Baikal is the oldest (25 million years) and deepest (1,700 m) lake in the world. It contains 20% of the world's total unfrozen freshwater reserve. Known as the 'Galapagos of Russia', its age and isolation have produced one of the world's richest and most unusual freshwater faunas, which is of exceptional value to evolutionary science." Via Unesco
It's always seemed like such a stunning environment and magical place! Any time there's a documentary on about it I always watch it!* If I ever got the chance to go there I definitely would. I think I'd prefer winter over summer though in spite of the scary cold. Brrr... It just seems like some sort of fantasy wonderland all frozen over... Tis' almost the season you know!**
*Ok, so I watch most nature documentaries when I see them come on much to my Husband's chagrin. But I just really love nature!
**Yes, I know it's still October but the Christmas decorations are already out at all the stores and they keep giving me the side eye pressuring me! Sheesh...
Frank Lloyd Wright is both mine and many others favorite architect for a reason... His work is simply amazing and speaks to the eyes and the soul.
If I ever get a chance to get up near there again I'm definitely going! Would you?
*I know, I know, I've always had a nerdy and artistic bent to me but I love that.
Not really, but it's a really catchy song...
Any rate, I thought I would continue to share the places I've been to that I've really enjoyed in the past or thought were neat and worth sharing but under this title from now on.* Now on with the post!
So, some people hate Andrew Carnegie. And some people are fans...But, one thing you can't help being a fan of, though, was his building/ funding of public libraries around the country.
The Queen Anne branch in Seattle is a lovely small branch he funded. It manages to be super cozy but has lots of special details. Plus it's easy to catch a bus to it if your in the city or to walk just a few blocks from it to some of the most beautiful vistas of the city and the surrounding mountains in Seattle.
From the stained glass to the woodworked details, everything is just lovely.
Plus, you can't fault a beautiful place that supports and brings the community together... And I love all the pretty trees surrounding it! If your in Seattle and looking for a cozy place to dry off, use some wifi, and enjoy a good book this is your place! Not to mention that Upper Queen Anne has awesome food, "How to Cook A Wolf**," anyone?
(All photos by Krista Carson.)
*Throwback Thursday reminds me of old school pics... I'm not against it, in fact I rather enjoy it but it just doesn't seem to fit for this sort of post.
**Yes, that's really the name of a restaurant. It's a super popular place for a reason. :)