Art Resurrected’s Fantastic Tree or Gift Tags Tutorial

What do we have here? Some fantastic (and so easy to make!) Christmas tree or even gift tags you can make this season. Tracy from Art Resurrected shares this great tutorial on the Amazing Mold Putty blog on how to make these great tags.


The idea behind them is so simple, and I’m sure anyone could make these, even without a lot of the tools she uses in her tutorial. All you really need is polymer clay, some ribbon, paint, and a few basic tools for working with the clay. Check out the full tutorial here!

Adventures in Knitting

Several weeks ago I decided to teach myself to knit. I went onto You Tube and looked up some videos. I picked one and learned what I thought was the basic knit stitch. I did a little half ass project to get the feel of things and then started on a wide scarf. After I had finished 40″ of my scarf, I realized I am supposed to be working left to right, and then back right to left. The whole time I was working left to right, then flipping my work over and working left to right again. I talked to my friend Christy and she asked for some photos. I sent her this.



She said this was known as garter stitch. Then I sent her this photo showing when I worked left to right and then right to left.



She said this was stockingette stitch. She also said I apparently knit backwards, which explained why the other videos I watched after the first one all did everything the opposite of the first video I had watched.

That was the point I decided to just say the heck with it and mix things up and try out new things. My next thing was ribbing, which turned out fantastic as far as I’m concerned. Its so springy and soft.



So, I can knit a couple of different stitches, I can purl, and I did finish my scarf. Is it pretty? No. The colors work okay together but its just a mes with the different stitches, the obviousness that I am still learning, and that bit where I discovered that stockingette stitch will roll and garter stitch will not. In short, its a mess but its okay because it gave me hours of practice.

hatAfter that, I started working on a hat. I only had a single 16″ circular needle, and I was able to get fairly close to being done before I had to stop and get different needles. I tried the magic loop method to finish it up but that proved way too awkward for me, so the needles I ordered were a set of double pointed needles (5 of them) and a 9″ circular needle, which proved way more awkward than working with five different needles at once.

Its a terrible photo, but I finished what I am counting as my first legitimate knitting project and it turned out great! I’m really happy with it and I honestly want to make another one right now. I had no idea knitting was going to prove so enjoyable, and so simple to learn, and wish I had tried it sooner. Its a fantastic TV watching hobby.

A Few Reminders and Back to School

I wanted to make a few reminders here to my visitors to the site. Although I have many items listed in my shop, I can and will happily make up custom items for you. All you need to do is drop me an email explaining what you’re looking for and I’ll let you know what I can do. This could be a pair of brick stitch earrings in the shape/image of your choosing, or a custom-fabric faux-tie or a purse in your choice of fabrics. There are other items I can custom make as well- just ask!

I’d also like to remind you that when you place an order, the items you’ve added to your shopping cart will be listed for you to review. Please review your cart before purchasing to ensure everything is as it should be. I am happy to accept a return of an item if I send the wrong item in error, but otherwise I do not accept returns. Some of my items (such as commercial sewing patterns) I make very little profit on, and it actually costs me more to ship them out then what small profit I make in order for me to keep the prices fair for you. If I do make a mistake with your order, please notify me as quickly as possible, and I will make it right.

I’d also like to mention I am currently taking a course in Social Media from the good folks at Canvas Network, and soon I will be taking a second course in Gender Through Comic Books. While my boyfriend is an avid comic book reading, I am always interested in gender studies, and this may be a fun class I can share with him as well. I’m definitely looking forward to making headway on both of them. 🙂 Going back to school can be so much fun!