I didn't leave the house at all yesterday and stayed indoors where it was warm and where I could watch endless episodes of The OC while sewing & stitching. I finally got around to making a few draft snakes for our drafty apartment in various lengths and thicknesses. I used some of our misprinted tote bags since the canvas is sturdy and durable. Nothing is easier and/or faster to make; I recommend this project if you have access to a sewing machine, a few free minutes, and want to feel as though you are capable and handy (and possibly helping to prevent your cats from walking around with ice-cold little noses).
I recently lost a pair of earmuffs that I really loved. I am really not the type of person who loses things. Do Capricorns ever lose things? I think I dropped them in the first snow we had -- it was a sad time for me. After looking around for recycled fur earmuffs, I thought I'd make my own. I found a pair of earmuffs with a velvet-covered band at Silver Falls Vintage for $8, took off the leopard print faux fur (it was a bit matted with age) and sewed new muffs using a vintage fur scarf. It was the same scarf that I bought at Russet & Empire. I thought I would probably get more use out of it as earmuffs than as a scarf, but I was really nervous as I cut into it. I lined them with black velvet and gave them some cotton batting lining as well.
The muff-puffs are pretty giant. I have never really forgotten the picture of the girl skating in giant earmuffs from Sally Scott's A&W 2009-2010 collection. Maybe these are too giant, but I don't care.
I really love Tannis Hegan's recycled fur earmuffs.
michelle: Thanks, Michelle! So glad you tried Xoxocava and liked it. Ooh man, how I wish I had some marshmallows at this very moment.
erica-knits: Thanks for giving me such a great entry! I really appreciate the work you did, and I like how pretty your pictures made my blog look.
Ponytail Girl: Aw, I don't want you to be miserable! If it's any consolation, I can't buy all these things myself! I just like to look. It's not my intent to make people want things they don't need, but to make them think about where they get them. Don't be sad!
Anonymous: I appreciate that! I always say that those companies don't need any help from me... and if I'm going to be responsible for encouraging consumerism of any sort, it might as well be at the local business level! Sounds like you understand what I mean! Hooray for you.
shira: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed!
naomi: That's so great to hear!
Maria: There has got to be a way to wash them... I always hand wash things with dish soap when they're dry-clean only. I go to the cleaners maybe once a year.
Coriander Girl: Aw, so glad you liked it! If Erica hadn't included your shop I would have, because you make arrangements I am proud to give as gifts. Yes, go team local!
Lisa Michelle Cifuentes: I have never had underwear that fancy myself!
Jane Flanagan: I know, it was so sweet of her to go down and take those pictures for me!