October 24, 2012

And Baby Makes Four!

We are proud to announce that our little bundle of joy will soon be making his appearance!  Only a couple more weeks and we get to meet him!!!

 With this pregnancy came a lot of ups and downs, I was considered high risk for quite some time but have since been cleared...which is wonderful news!
 Now it's just getting everything in order to prepare for that joyous day.  Just wishing my poor hands were free from swelling and pain but hoping that subsides shortly after birth.  I have a laundry list of beautiful items that I can't wait to make for our new little man. Now we are just playing the waiting game...can't wait!  In the meantime Happy Knitting!  And if you have any newborn ideas, patterns etc let me know!

October 23, 2012

For Amanda

My father wrote this as a musical tribute to Amanda Todd.  Please enjoy and feel free to share.  Lets all do our part to put a stop to bullying. 

April 21, 2012

Springing into a New Direction

Flowers are blooming, and Spring is in the air!

 This last couple of months I have been in the process of booking shows for this upcoming Summer, Fall and Winter.  In doing this I have been trying to figure out some new and fresh ideas to introduce.  As I was reviewing my stock, photos of items sold etc, I thought to myself  "Is this the direction I really want to be heading in?" and the answer is no!  When I started "Hipknitized" it was always meant to be fun, to be refreshing and the last but not least it was never ever supposed to become "boring" or "work" to me.

I have found in the past few months that I am defiantly not alone in what I have been creating the last couple of years and that is something I always wanted to avoid.  To me part of my creating is self expression and if my art is the same as many others out there then how much of an individual does that make me...not much of one or at least not as much as I had originally hoped.

So now is the time for change.  Nothing sudden or drastic but it's time I start creating the items that I have been itching to create for quite some time.  I will still make the cute little baby props and so forth but that was not at all where I wanted to end up when I first started creating.  Something I am truly passionate about and really try to do my part in help to preserve is the environment, and in saying that I really would love to start including trying to re purpose, reuse, recycle and up cycle items from our everyday and make them into art, clothing, accessories etc...these items will be one of a kind, fun, whimsical and directed to all ages.  I'm really excited to head in this direction and I really hope that I will be fortunate to continue to have you all follow me in my continuing journey.

March 24, 2012

How To: Make and Decorate your own Easter Egg Tree

            This morning we decided to colour our own Easter eggs and make a little tree to hang them off of. 
              This colourful little tree is a lot of fun to make especially if you have little fingers wanting to help!

                 We started with 6 raw eggs, poked a hole in the bottom of them and another hole in the top.

Carefully blow into the top hole...the egg will slowly make its way through the bottom.  Please be careful not to ingest any of the raw egg.  After all the egg white and yolk is out wash the empty egg shells out with warm water, once again blowing the water out.  Make sure the eggs are empty and set them in an empty egg carton to dry out.

 Once the eggs are completely dry you can start dying them.  Decide how you would like to dye your eggs.  Using natural household ingredients is best.  For example you can use beet juice to dye your eggs pink, and green tea will dye them yellow!  There are lots of items you already have in your home or refrigerator that are fun to use!!!  Just fill some coffee mugs with enough dye, water and about a quarter teaspoon of vinegar and you are ready to get started!

After you have chosen your colours and used tongs to dye your eggs you can set them back into the egg carton to dry again.  If you find your colours aren't strong enough or wish to double dip with different colours just let the first coat dry and dye again.

After we finished dyeing our eggs I stripped the paper off some wire twist ties and added them to the inside of our eggs.  These make great little wire hooks that look clean and simple.  I also added some plastic jewels to cover the holes on either end with a hot glue gun.


For the tree we simply walked outside and found some branches that had fallen from our birch tree.  You could add different branches for more definition.  I think that pussy willows would look fantastic but we didn't have any near our home.  Below are some photos of our finished "Easter Tree" enjoy!

                                                                    Happy Easter!

February 5, 2012

Creating New Space

 It has been about six months now living in the new house, slowly things are taking place and rooms are becoming more and more complete.  In making our new house a home I am trying to use items that we already have, items with meaning and sentiment, items that were maybe handed down from past generations, items that tell a story.

Right now I am working on our room that in basically a walk through into the living room.  Because this room is a walk through I have had a hard time figuring out what to do with the space to make it useful.  It's a great room with big bright windows facing the backyard, and one half of the double sided fireplace facing in...but because of the layout I find it very difficult to utilize.

                                          Room before:

Sitting in the garage was two old wing back chairs from my grandmothers old house.  In trying to make use of old items I figured this may be an opportunity to make use of them.  I figured that since the room has a big beautiful brick fireplace in it that a "reading/sitting/knitting" room may be the best way to make use of the space.  I found an old table from my great grandparents house sitting in the basement that I thought I could use it as a book table.  Even though this table is very old it isn't very valuable and made out of plywood, plywood with thick tarry paint coating...so in saying that I'm not going to take the time and effort in stripping and re-finishing but just give it a fresh coat of paint and maybe a light sanding to give it a rustic/antique look.

                                           Table before:

                                          Table after:


   I ended up doing about four coats of white wash which is basically just paint and water, I just used some leftover paint I had sitting in the basement.  After letting the table dry overnight I took some sandpaper and roughed up the edges, legs and table top.  This effect gives you a worn rustic aged look, sort of a "cottage style" piece.

                  I will probably also give it a clear coat just to protect it.

I really think that the room came together fairly well considering everything I used I already had to begin with!  Sometimes thing just need to be re vamped to give them new life.

     We now have a fresh new space to read, knit and relax.  One thing is for sure...I can't complain about the view!

                                                       Happy creating!

January 27, 2012

January 18, 2012

YouTube Giveaway Contest

 Here is my first contest of the new year!  It's quick and easy and the winner will win a surprise prize handmade by me! 

All you have to do if view my new YouTube video and leave a comment below it in the comment field or on facebook.  I will then pick a winner Monday Jan 23rd via Random.org.  Easy as pie! 

Good luck have fun and please share, the more the merrier!

Happy Knitting!

January 15, 2012

Vegan Chickpea Salad

I LOVE chickpeas and salads so I thought why not share one of my recipes with you!  This recipe is a little time consuming only due to the fact that the chickpeas have to soak overnight in the fridge and then cook about an hour or so until tender so prepare in advance and give yourself lots of time...in the end it will be worth it!

To start, pick through the chickpeas and discard any ones that look to be bad.  Place in a bowl with plenty of water to cover (by at least an inch or two) and refrigerate overnight.  You will notice them swelling up and getting bigger and bigger!

The ingredients you will need are:

2 cups dried chickpeas
Half a cup red wine vinegar
10 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons fresh basil
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons fresh minced oregano
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Half a cup pitted kalamata olives
Half a cup sun dried tomatoes
1 small bunch of green onions, sliced

Drain the chickpeas and place in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for approx 50-60 minutes or until tender.  Drain and let cool.

Whisk together the vinegar, oil, garlic, all the herbs and salt and pepper to taste.  Add the cooled beans, kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and green onions, mix really well until everything is blended together.

Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy!
Hope you like it!!!

January 9, 2012

~2012~ The Year of New Beginnings...

    Wow, 2012...when did that happen!  In the words of the late great John Lennon: "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans" how true is that.  Life has been busy as I am sure it has been for all of you, a lot of new changes as well to embrace.  I will  hopefully be making more time for this blog which has been lacking the past 8 months or so...so once again I hope you can join me on my journey, a smorgasbord of the many things that life has to offer.  All things positive leading into 2012, new beginnings, happy endings...

I have still yet to organize my main studio in the new house, on my list of never ending things to do...but hopefully will find some time today to get at least some organizing done, in between putting the laundry away, house cleaning, knitting, cooking, and all the other wonderful callings that being a domestic house goddess has to offer...loving every minute of course! 

The last project for 2011 was to make a few different pairs of slippers, the pattern was embellished from one found in a "Creature Comforts" pamphlet, simple but a lot of counting and making sure that both slippers turned out the same which always seemed to be a challenge! 

What's on your needles for the New Year?
Happy Knitting!