2010 guest blogger series: Handmade inspiration from jCasa

by Admin on 14/10/2010

in Guest Series 2010

September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.

Today I want to welcome Jennifer Casa to Whip Up. Jennifer is a mama + [home + maker]. She loves to knit and sew and cook and craft with her kiddos and design knitting + sewing patterns and make music with her husband and snap pictures and write about all those things. You might want to read more about Jennifer’s handmade philosophy and how she likes to give back to the community with her handmade talents – there is a pattern too.

As a long time reader of whipup and avid fan of all things handmade, i find myself with a growing list of lovely things i’d like to make, but little to no free time to do so. As a whopper of a deadline approaches, i am giddy with anticipation of a bit more time in my days to make – for making’s sake. Here a few of my favorite things:

I will definitely be making lots and lots of t-shirt yarn (image above) thank to this great tutorial by none other than Stefanie Japel. If you need some guidance on using t-shirt yarn, she also offers online classes incorporating this very stuff.

I adore this ruffle sleeve top by the absolutely lovely candace todd. With autumn quickly approaching, I can see it as a great layering piece for my little girls. (Tutorial link)

Kids of all ages will enjoy making these snowflake decorations by Betz White. Look how how they sparkle! And while we’re at it, how about a few of her fantastically mysterious felt ogee ornaments, as well.

These necklaces by Jessica of happy together are completely adorable. Me thinks they would make great teacher gifts this year. (Tutorial link)

We will continue to be inspired to play with our food thanks to fantastic blogs like Little food junction.

So there you have my list, whipup friends. Now it’s your turn – leave a comment with a link to a favorite tutorial you are looking forward to trying soon. Happy making! xoxo

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1 ~Heather October 14, 2010 at 8:36 am

Here’s a MUCH faster way to make t-shirt yarn (and you’re more likely to get more even pieces).

http://mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com/2008/03/tutorial-t-shirt-yarn.html

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2 Laura October 14, 2010 at 11:28 am

Just so you know, many of the links are broken and do not work. But thanks for sharing, I love your stuff, so generous to make so many patterns free.

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3 Seanna Lea October 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Very cool. I love these ideas and might even have scraps in the stashes to make some of them!

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4 Bri October 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm

I don’t know how well it would work, but you could leave space at the armpits, zig zag across the back and come back down to the arm pit, and then use the front too. Like I said, I don’t know how well it’d work, just an idea :)

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5 Caitlin October 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I was interested in a lot of ideas on this list, but like Laura said, a lot of the links (like, half!) don’t work.

This is why it’s important to check your work before it goes live!

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6 kath_red October 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm
7 Erkan Sezer December 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Hi,
Love your creativity and talent here is an easier way of using t-shirt yarn,use ready made yarn from http://www.hooplayarn.com.
thanks

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