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Sweater Diaries #7

Today I made a lot of progress on my sweater – I finished the second sleeve, I’m done with half of the body, and I started a matching hat.

I also started the Bach Cello Suite #1 which I am super excited about!

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Until next time, Em ๐Ÿ™‚


Sweater Diaries #6 and Christmas :)

Merry Christmas, everybody! And if you’re not celebrating Christmas… happy holidays!

Today was a very exciting day, not just because I got some British presents and tea, but also because I was introduced to an awesome charity.

Kiva is a charity that lets you give loans to people and groups trying to make home improvements, buy a new car, or start up a business, etc.ย I helped a woman in Jordan pay for homeย improvements, and a man in Mongolia pay for a new, eco-friendly car.ย The cool thing is that once the person pays back their loan, you can use your credit to help someone else! My brother and I both got $25 cards for Christmas, and we immediately hopped onto the computer to check out who we could help. I encourage you to check out the website, and maybe even give a $25 card to a family member of friend for their birthday.

Anyways, here are some pictures of some awesome presents I got.

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Merry Mint Chocolate Tea

Vanilla Rooibos Tea

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A LOTTO scratch ticket that won $75 (erm… it’s my mom’s? but she’s giving me the money? hehe)

A teapot shaped like a telephone booth


British shoes

I also worked on my sweater (as always haha)

Almost done with the second sleeve!

Almost done with the second sleeve!

Until next time, Em ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweater Diaries #5


Like, really? Last (school) year it snowed in November (2011) and then in, what, May (2012)? And yet it isn’t snowing in December. Like it always does. White Christmas? Not so much.

Sadly, according to weather.com, tomorrow’s forecast includes highs in low 40s and rain all day long… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Halfway done with the second sleeve!

Halfway done with the second sleeve!

Anyway, I didn’t have much time to knit today, seeing as IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE! I’m so excited for tomorrow! I got a super cute apron that says “Keep calm and bake on” and I can’t wait to see what else is under our tree!

Hrmph, so many exclamation points in that last paragraph.

Anyway, I knit (a tiny bit more of) the second sleeve, and I am seriously ready to be done with this sweater right now. Let’s not even think about the fact that the hardest colorwork is at the top of the sweater. Nope. Not even gonna think about it.

Happy holidays to everyone!

Until next time, Em ๐Ÿ™‚

DIY Phone Case

Today I’m going to be showing you how to make a personalized phone case. I made this case for my brother (though he never uses it) for an early Christmas present. Enjoy!

1. Get a clear phone case. I got this one:

AmazonBasics Protective TPU Case with Screen Protector for AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S (Clear)

It came with a cleaning rag and screen cover, and it’s bendy yet sturdy.

2. Get some cardstock/decorative paper in designs or colors you like. You can also print out images for a super-personalized case.


I made the image size 2.25″ by 4.5″ in photoshop – I would make it a tiny bit bigger if I had the chance to do it again.

3. Trace the outline of the case and the camera hole onto the paper

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4. Cut out the case and camera hole



I used sharpie to outline the camera hole, to make it look more polished.

5. Put the paper inside the case and trim if needed

6. Put the case on your phone


7. Enjoy!

Until next time, Em ๐Ÿ™‚

These are the cases I made for my brother for an early Christmas present. I used decorative scrapbooking paper (L and R) and cardstock-ish paper that I painted (M).

I love the holidays…

Today we got/gave secret santa gifts and ermahgerd I love my secret santa so much. I got like 5 bags of candy/oranges/tea/deliciousness. Plus two of my friends were giving gifts to our friends so I got a(nother) bag of candy and some cake decorating tips ๐Ÿ™‚ Woot woot time to decorate some cakes!

Also, my grandparents came today so we pretty much sat around watching the Polar Express (that is one scary movie… it’s like a roller coaster. I remember when it first came out and I wanted to see it in IMAX 3D… wow) while I knit a catnip mouse for my friend. Yep. Typical night in the Em household.

so cute

so cute

Also, Zia showed me this super cute page… be warned. It’s pretty hilarious.

Until next time, Em ๐Ÿ™‚

My winter break is definitely going to be a productive one…

During winter break (which starts next Thursday, sooo excited), I’m going to knit a sweater. Let’s see how this goes. Especially since the largest thing I’ve ever made was a hat. Basically all I make are hats. They’re super easy, and I can use up all my old yarn that I don’t want anymore on them, and then I can donate them. Perfect.

Anyways, I found this pattern on Ravelry, and luckily my library had the book in stock! Woohoo ๐Ÿ™‚

photo via ravelry

photo via ravelry

photo via ravelry

I’m also going to make a hat with the same color scheme – brown and white – with the same design of snowflakes that are on the bottom of the sweater. So excited!

I’ll do updates every day or so, so you can see how it’s coming along! And its also a good incentive to finish it by the end of break… along with being able to wear it to school!

Until next time, Em ๐Ÿ™‚

Secret Santa and Delicious Tea

At my school, a yearly tradition is giving another student “secret santa” gifts. This year, the themes are “warm/cozy”, “tasty”, and “first letter of their name”.

For warm and cozy, I made a hat (snowflakes, if you can’t tell):

EDIT: I also knit a cute little bow tie! I’ll post a a picture sometime ๐Ÿ™‚


For tasty, I’m giving her Starburst (her favorite candy) and some homemade snicker bars:


For first letter of her name, I compiled a bunch of “spa essentials” from Ulta’s Black Friday Sale (5 for $5) and from Target’s $1 section:


Fairisle socks, snowflake socks, a face mask, red nail polish, a pumice stone, and Frosted Sugar Plum face wipes.

I also made some bags to package the gifts in – and for family gifts also. It was super convenient that Green Club at my school (which I co-lead) had a sewing party today, because I got to make 9 bags today. Hehe.


I’m using the maroon shapes bag, the holiday lights bag, and the green holiday decorations bag.

Also, my dad got me some new tea! This is one of my very favorite teas, Market Spice Cinnamon Orange Black Tea. It’s super cheap when you buy loose leaf, which is great. I found this tea when one of my mom’s friends introduced me to it. Ever since, I’ve been in love with it.


Until next time, Em ๐Ÿ™‚