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Some Girls Get Flowers, Some Girls Hoard Yarn

…and dye it to look like flowers. I would fall into the latter category.

Most of the time, I employ the ‘wing and a prayer’ method when it comes to dyeing yarn. I grab whatever colors appeal to me at that particular moment (usually blues and greens), throw a random mix into the dye pot, and hope it doesn’t come out looking like cat barf.

This week, I decided to try something new – namely, a reasonably well-thought out plan. I decided to create a colorway from a photo (which was lifted from the amazing Deirdre McCormick). Here’s how it turned out.


It doesn’t look like vomit, so I’m calling it a success.

photos : roses by Deirdre McCormick + yarn by yours truly


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Now that I am a responsible *cough cough* adult *cough*, I rarely have occasion to get excited about my mail. Typically, the only things I receive are things I don’t want (bills), things I don’t need (junk), and ads (for things I can’t afford). Usually, my most exciting mailbox discoveries include the monthly Costco coupon circular and 20% off Bed Bath & Beyond certificates. Whoopee.

So, imagine my sheer joy and elation at finding this on my front porch today…

What is it? Well, only the most magnificently doodled-on box I have ever received (from the amazingly talented Deirdre McCormick)!

At least, I think it’s for me – the whole ‘Fabulous Ruth Blohm-Hunter’ thing kind of threw me off. Fabulous? Me? Nah. But that is my address, so I’m keepin’ it!

Now, I’m sure you’re asking yourself just what kind of awesomeness could be contained in such a spectacular box, right? Well, let me show you!

Not only did Deirdre include the doodle that she painstakingly worked on for me (a piece that deserves a post of its own), but there was a whole treasure trove of goodies included too – some hand-dyed paper doilies (go here if you want to learn how to make them yourself), some awesome vintage recipe booklets (that double as propaganda from the Gas company and include such delicacies as Saucy Wieners and Foxy Franks), vintage sheet music and wallpaper (look at what she does with these – amazing!) and a lovely card.

And if all that isn’t cool (and inspirational) enough, she also included this…

A new white gel pen! (Because I have been struggling with finding the perfect white pen and she no longer wants to see me suffer – heh.) ETA: I just realized the pen in the picture is the silver pen. She sent silver AND white. What a peach!

WOW! Honestly, I have no idea what I did to deserve such an awesome gift and I am so very, very thankful. My inspiration has been waning lately and this is just the thing I needed to help jump start my creativity. Hey, maybe I’ll even have something to post to this blog again soon. Heh.


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What I Like Wednesday : DKM Art & Illustrations

Yes! What I Like Wednesday makes its triumphant return!

Since I have started blogging and participating in Illustration Friday, I have discovered the blogs of a lot of talented people. And I have been fortunate enough to get to know some of them beyond just anonymously admiring their work and wishing I had their amazing talent.

Deirdre McCormick of DKM Art & Illustrations is one of those super talented people. Not only does she create fantastic illustrations in her uniquely awesome style, but her blog is also completely filled with spectacular eye-candy and some sweet tutorials. In fact, if you’re wondering what to do with all that Easter egg dye you bought for $.37 a box on clearance at Target last week, Deirdre tells you here and here in her two part tutorial.

Now, back to the eye candy. Much like yours truly, Deirdre is a collector of randomness (and she knows how to use it). She has all kinds of cool things that she uses for inspiration and she shares them in her posts – first showing all of the awesome things that inspire her and then displaying her gorgeous creations. But don’t just take my word for it check out this luscious post and this one too!

Here are some of my DKM favorites. Visit the blog and find yours!

Vintage Sunflowers. See the inspirations for this gorgeous piece here.


Silly girl calls this a doodle. A doodle! My doodles are ridiculous ball point pen monstrosities, usually involving attempts to draw a perfect circle. Deirdre’s doodles look like this!


Gorgeous flowers DKM-style. Read more about this piece here.


I could go on for days about how much I LOVE this piece. Oy, the colors! So rich that I just want to bite it. See the inspirations here.


When you visit Deirdre’s blog (and I know you will), be sure to leave her a comment (or five). She’ll love it!

P.S. I recently heard that Deirdre’s mom reads my blog. So, ‘Hi, Deirdre’s mom!’

illustrations : by Deirdre McCormick

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