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Oh, my dear sweet neglected blog, how could I have left you so. I promise to spend more time with you in 2013.

Peacock Doily Study 1, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

Peacock Doily Study 1, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

Here we are in the second week of the 2012 Olympics and my favorite part of the Summer games begin tomorrow. Yes, Team Jamaica will be taking to the track tomorrow. With what looks like a strong team, the London Olympics are looking to be exciting.  So here’s to Team Jamaica taking home a big pile of medals to celebrate 50 years of independence – how fitting would that be!

To knit your own Usain Bolt doll, click the image of visit RadioTimes. Felling more adventurous? Knit the entire team! Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the rest of the team deserve dolls as well. See the list of the full team here.

Well, it is the week before Christmas and all through my house not a decoration is showing not even a tree.  But not to worry, I’ll get to it. I’m not goring to miss our on the Christmas cheer, the soft smell of slowly dying pine trees. The way the needles scatter across my carpet. The cat trying to eat the Christmas light cords. Presents wrapped in colour scheme appropriate paper. The kitchen a mess of flour and confectioners sugar from the umpteenth batch of last-minute cookies. I love all that. I also love leaving things to the last possible minute. It makes life more exciting.

With all that in mind, here is a lovely assortment of decorations I wish I had made a head of time. Maybe I’ll get started now for next year.

Once again, when possible I have linked the images to where I found them online, and most of them come with instructions. Happy tree decorating!

The second instalment of holiday decoration ideas – wreaths! I haven’t had a wreath since …oh, I don’t think I ever have had one. Hopefully one of these will inspire me to adorn my door this year.




doily christmas wreath
(view instructions for the above wreath here on Design Evolution)


I came across these little beauties on Dutch jewelry designer Marion Pannekoek‘s blog, the pieces, however, are by Susanna Bauer. Her work is beautiful, minimal, elegant … I could go on but will let these two images speak for themselves.

For more information about Bauer and her work visit her website.

Happy Fourth of July to all our American friends!

To make your own burlap and doily flag check out At Second Street: Burlap and Doily Flag.

Open Shop Project: Doily installation by Artyarn

I have come across these images a couple of times now and every time they catch my attention. Since the emergence of yarn bombings there have been a plethora of similar installations images bouncing around the world-wide web but what strikes me about this piece is its simplicity. A single concrete globe transformed and beautified in a stark, cold, and rather masculine looking public space. Well done Artyarn!

ArtYarn is a collaborative fibre arts project coordinated by visual artist Rachael Elwell. ArtYarn aim to use traditional knitting and crochet techniques in contemporary visual arts projects and aspire to promote the diversity and versatility of knitting and crochet as an artistic medium.

For more information about ArtYarn visit their website or blog. If you come across any yarn bombs please send me images! I’d love to post what you find no mater how large or small the scale.

It’s a lamp made of doilies. Obviously I’m in love and need to have one … or four. You can bet I’ll be doing some googling to figure out how to make these.

If you just can’t live without a pendant doily lamp check out ReMade USA, they have lots of fun bags too. Thank you, Shopping Queen

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