Sweater Stain

Cap Sleeve Completion

Well. I have finally finished the second of my upcycled cotton sweaters. Do you know what I noticed as soon as I laid it down to take a picture? Continue reading

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Sweater Picot Edge

Sweater to Sweater

I adore upcycling things, especially yarn. No sweater is safe if it is too big, too small or rarely worn. After a recent dive into my closet I stumbled upon a dark navy cabled cotton sweater that fit okay but was rather long and heavy. Solution: cut it up and save the yarn!

Sweater UpcyclingThe tricky thing about disassembling store-bought sweaters is knowing where to start. On this sweater, there were machine-sewn seams seemingly impossible to separate. Pulling on each thread at both ends of the seams, looking for the magical string to unwind it all, seemed fruitless. I became rather frustrated and decided to, oh, you know, chop a few inches off of the top. The exposed live stitches led me in the right direction. Continue reading

Portland Maine from the air

Coast to Coast

Flip Coast Creations was inspired by my move (just over four years ago) from my home state of California to the Pine Tree State: Maine. Yesterday the bearded fellow and I returned from a refreshing visit to see our families in California. Traveling 3,000 miles across the country, twice, gave me plenty of time for reflection and I learned a few things worthy of a share:

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Pleasant Mountain Summit

Mission Cornish: Accomplished

I finally made it to Finding the Puddles in Cornish, Maine to drop off freshly made crafts. Hooray! Four clementine crates full of colorful headbands, washcloths, tissue holders and face scrubbers are ready to greet all who enter the store.

Clementine crates make great craft displays!

Clementine crates make great upcycled display boxes. (And it gets them out of the storage closet.)

Cornish is located in one of my favorite parts of Maine. The bearded fellow and I took advantage of spectacular weather and went to Pleasant Mountain for a day hike.

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Upcycled Wool Sweater Tissue Pouches
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Obstacle Course

I tend to leave projects all over the house, in various states of progress.

Upcycled Wool Sweater Pouches

Dining room floors are super convenient for drying newly felted wool.

This is what happens when a lamb’s wool sweater pays a visit to the washing machine and dryer. It’s fine. No, really. I was never a fan of beige turtlenecks anyway. ::sob::

Upcycled Wool Sweater Tissue Pouches

I stepped on the project at least twice before deciding it was time to move it.

Upcycled Sweater PouchesTo the living room floor instead. Upcycled Sweater Pouch 2I’ve got big plans to move them into the finished pile sometime in the next year. Progress takes time. Don’t want to pull a muscle or anything.

Is this a thing? Do other people slowly migrate unfinished projects around the house? This must be a thing. Please tell me this is a thing.