FOX & FEATHER

Conceived by two 20-something redheads one summer day, this blog is now born and will be devoted to all things crafty and creative. Like many of our ideas, we’re not exactly sure what direction the project will take, but we are setting off on this little adventure in hopes that we can share our inspiration, ideas, and love for creativity with the world around us. We’re hoping you’ll join us!
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R & H

Setting: Autumn in the Rockies

Characters: Mary, Nick, Winston, the Broncos and myself.

Plot: I fell in love with this pretty awesome Berroco Campus yarn in ‘Latte’ at a yarn shop I had never been to before called “Yarn" (how creative) in Durango. I’m not the biggest football fan, so every Sunday night I would knit while "watching" the Broncos game with Mary, Nick, and Winston. These mittens and headband are a product of those nights! I love them. I found the 4 double sided needle mitten pattern on Ravelry.com, and if you are a knitter OR crocheter and haven’t taken a look at that site yet - head on over! They have tons of free patterns and a pretty powerful search engine. Its a great resource. The headband I just kind of made up. Super easy: its all garter stitch, cinched with a yarn I braided together. 

-H

While we are on the jewelry topic…

Setting: A Pinterest inspired afternoon.

Characters: Myself, a friend from high school

Plot: 
A good friend in high school gave me my first set of real pearls for my 18th birthday (Or was it a graduation present? I can’t remember). Her mom even helped me to string them myself. Unfortunately, about a year or two ago, these dear strand of pearls broke. I couldn’t let these go to waste, so I updated them and made them more modern using ribbon, wire, and silver beads according to a necklace I saw on Pinterest. 

ALSO featuring: the hex nut bracelet trend - my own version using fabric and string.

-H

Setting:

In between Winter and Spring semester, most of friends graduated and/or went home = bored and lonely

Characters:

Only me and birds chirping outside

Plot:

I can never throw old stuff away, so I have drawers full of material scraps, and broken jewelry.  I took a strip of material (long enough to be a decent-sized necklace + some extra to account for knots), sewed it into a tube (wide enough to fit beads inside), and turned it inside-out.  I then stuffed the beads in, starting with the middle one, and tied knots on either side of the beads to keep them in place.  On the ends, I threaded the tube through the beads, because I wanted these ones to show.

I think the original tube of fabric was too short, so I took another strip, twisted it, and then tied it to the ends of the tube with beads already knotted in it.

-R

Setting:

Hot, summer, beach day. 

Characters:

Just me.

Plot:

My mom and I had just finished making window treatments for my bedroom and there was some leftover material.  The weather was perfect for beach-combing, which inspired me to use the leftovers for a beach-type dress.  I cut off the top of an old tank top (one that was too short and had a stain at the bottom) and sewed the curtain material to the bottom.  Voila!

-R

Setting:

End of summer, beginning of spring. In front of TV watching 30 rock.

Characters:

Myself, Jack Donaghy, Liz Lemon etc.

Plot:

I found myself with a surplus of old T-shirts.  Heather had knit a rug during winter out of T-shirt yarn so I snatched the idea and made t-shirt yarn to crochet a rug.  I tried to make a circular rug, but I ran into the same problem as the last time- the middle kept bumping up.  I gave up on the circle and made a pentagon (much easier).  I did not completely tie off the end because I may want to keep adding on when I get more T-shirts.

** I didn’t have time to make up my own tutorial for how to make “T-shirt yarn” but here’s a good one: T-shirt Yarn

-R

Setting:

Winter, christmas time, digging through mom’s closet

Characters:

Mom’s shirt and me

Plot:

I was browsing through my mom’s closet when I came across a blouse that I’m always borrowing.  I decided I would make a blouse of my own using my mom’s as a template.  I made my very first pattern, using the original as a guide, and used fun, sheer fabric to construct the new one. (I will try to locate the original blouse to compare it to the new one)

-R

Setting:

Beginning of summer, in my mom’s garden

Characters:

Mom and me

Plot:

A friend of mine had given me a “carousel-style” picture frame eons ago, and it was still empty.  I was brainstorming what to do with it (because I don’t have pictures that tiny) when my mom gave me this idea.  I used my favorite blooms from the garden, and pressed them for a few weeks- then stuck ‘em in the frames.

-R

GIFT WRAP

Setting:

Crested Butte & my cabin’s front porch.

Characters:

A friend living in Rome. Myself.

Plot:

A good friend of mine is studying abroad and I have been meaning to send him a little something for ages. I finally got around to putting something together and really wanted him to have a taste of my life right now and what I have been doing. I also wanted to cover the ugly mason jar box I was using - so I grabbed a hiking map I had saved from a recent trip to Crested Butte. It made for some great wrapping paper. I taped a few golden aspen leaves that I found on my front porch on to the box and voila! A taste of Colorado ready for USPS.

-H

TREASURE MOBILE

Setting:

Colorado Rockies - Pagosa Springs - Camp. Snow is just beginning to melt after our October storm.

Characters:

Me plus some people who have given me little treasures.

Plot:

Today some young ladies I know made me some really awesome origami. They are pretty talented and their work is beautiful! I kept their gifts in a basket and thought that I should do something great with them. Looking around my cabin I realized I had other little treasures here and there. Things people have given me, maybe something I found on a trail, or just outside my front door. I strung two aspen twigs together and used twine to make a treasure mobile. As I was making it I thought it would be interesting to make other themed mobiles: mobiles of autumn leaves, mobiles of interesting stones, maybe one of old or broken jewelry…etc. 

- H