Monthly Archives: February 2008

Alden Coat- Short Version

 Alden Coat

This is a short version of the Alden Coat from BurdaStyle.  I also added ruffles here and there and instead of lining I finished the edges with pink bias tape.p1010004c.jpgp1010012.jpgp1010018.jpg


Branchardiere Cardigan Finished!

My knock-off Anthropologie’s Branchardiere Cardigan.



First Two Daily Paintings


 Two Olives

Two Olives / Oil on canvas / 5×7″ / Daily Painting

After reading many, many different blogs of daily painters I was so envious of what they can accomplish in just few hours I decided to try their approach. I was especially amazed with art of Jelaine Faunce (, her great ideas and wonderful compositions. I am not sure if I will ever reach her level of the art, but it is something I will strive for. Two Olives is my first effort in daily painting.


 Happy on the beach

Happy On The Beach / Oil on canvas / 8×10″ / Daily Painting

This sweet scene is painted from a picture I took few years ago on a road-trip to Key West.  It is somewhere in Florida and I have no idea who the little girl is, but she is adorable.

happy on the beach

I painted the sides of the canvas, so it doesn’t require a frame.

happy on the beach

Thinker- The Last UFO completed!


I have finally finished the last UFO from my list!

“Thinker” is my second oil painting and it took a while to complete, but I am satisfied with the result since it was a training piece. Since I have started working on it I have discovered a whole society of daily painters; artist who complete their art in one day. I was very impressed with what they can accomplish in just few hours and I have decided to try their approach to oil painting. The main reason was my attention span. I have learned from my first two paintings that when I put them away for drying my brain gets easily distracted with other things and I don’t come back to my piece for days, even weeks. In past few days I succesfuly finished two daily painting and I will post them very soon.

Work in Progress- Branchardiere Cardigan

 Anthropologie is my favorite store in the world. I love shopping there, most of the time the sale racks because the clothes can be expensive. Every time I leave the store my head is full of beautiful images and inspirations.

I fell in love with the above bolero and decided to make a similar one. I had a leftover light blue yarn (from the last project) and matched it with a dark navy blue. I already started patiently crocheting the flowers (20 as of now) and I plan to knit the body of the bolero on the Bond machine. In my vision there will not be any flowers around, just on the sleeves and the back.  I also plan to make it longer (making it into a vest more than a bolero shape) using a simple purl. The closure will be buttons

Blue Sweater- First Major Bond Project


The Bond knitting machine is great! I can’t believe how much time this thing saves.

As soon as I got it I watched the instructional CD and practiced a little on the sample yarn that came with the machine. I got impatient soon enough and ignored the recommendations to start with easy projects (like scarves) and slowly advance. But my ambitions took over the common sense and started working on the cable sweater that was on my mind for a while. I struggled a lot in the beginning with making the cables on the bond, choosing the right plate size and just general principles of working on the machine. I had to start over few times. The general idea for the sweater came from a picture on the Phildar’s site. I tried to make the same sleeves, but they came out much wider. I liked the result and decided to keep them like that. The Phildar’s creation doesn’t have a knitted body, so that part of the sweater was all mine idea. Not all of the sweater was made on the Bond. I hand knitted the ribbed edge around the neck and at the front closure. I crocheted around black plastic buttons.

Yarn: Bernat’s Satin (100% acrylic) that was on sale for $1.99/ball at A.C. Moore.



Green Jacket

Green JAcket 

This jacket is made from green corduroy using an old Burda pattern which I modified. I ruffled up the front under the bust and the sleeves. The jacket has a front zipper.