diy beauty : natural luminizer



i've been on a diy beauty products kick lately, particularly natural ones. i read about how the rms living luminizer is an amazing natural product that is used on all sorts of celebrities for a sheer "lit from within" glow. looking at the ingredients, they were so simple & natural that i thought i could make it myself without paying almost $40 for such a small container. it turned out beautifully & i took notes on what worked !
(p.s. if you're not the diy type or are short on time, i'm selling these in my etsy shop !


keep reading for the tutorial & swatches !

painting a week update & a knit sneak peek



still going strong with a painting a week! above is "glide". this one is only watercolors again, i'm working on that technique.





"hole" : flying through a black hole

    

"shade"


   

"contained" : what i think about every time i see the beautiful gems & geodes inside plain-looking stones -- futuristic little cities




& a bonus! these peonies are my part of an art trade i'm doing with @rachel_allene




off the needles . . . i've knitted another of my rosebud cord keepers, this time with a simple crocheted flower in place of the knitted one.

 

& a sneak peek of a deign i just finished . . i'm finishing up the pattern & hope to have it tested & released soon !!

diy : knitted rosebud cord keeper



i'm always looking for a way to use up the scraps from my knitting projects, especially when i have a particularly nice yarn that i can't bear to throw away the tiniest bit of. there are tons of projects like this on the internet but i wanted something that used a small amount of yarn & was useful. enter floral cord keepers !



these are very simple to make (even simpler if you decide to crochet the flower rather than knit it) & are perfect for gifts or to use as an organization tool. i'm using mine to keep my headphones from creating an untangle-able knot inside my purse.

keep reading to see the tutorial !

picot peds, bento bag, & watercolors




on the needles . . . i casted on the first of the purl bee's pompom peds in dove grey. in lieu of pom poms, i'm going with a picot cast on. i've also been working on this 100% silk (in ballet pink !) in a new design . . i've found that i do best to have one project that i'm designing as well as one that i'm just following a pattern, beats any boredom !


i also sewed this bento project bag thanks to this tutorial. the original purpose of this kind of bag was for snacks & things but it is the perfect size to throw in a purse with a pair of socks on the needles !


 


'tis the season! i used micron pens & watercolors to paint these two cards. one for mothers day (me & my two sisters in her arms !) & one for my favorite college graduate who loves hockey.


& a couple painting-of-the-week updates ! above is "trail"


& "intertwined" (this gold is unbelievable in real life !)

diy : homemade bath bombs & free printable !



i recently tried out homemade bath bombs thanks to the inspiration from a beautiful mess -- the perfect mother's day gift! i made a few adjustments . . recycled packaging and measuring instead of weighing ingredients & i thought i'd share !


flowers, waves, ballerinas & lace


the painting-a-week challenge is still going strong ! above is "flowers" -- i tried a little something different & used only watercolor without any pens or pencils with a lot of color.


"peace" -- oil on tiny canvases (so cute !!)

update : this was published on eat sleep draw !


"grace" -- still-frame ballerinas (just watercolors again!) i also posted a little animation of this one . . .
A video posted by erin kate (@ekatearcher) on



& on the needles . . . i'm swatching to prepare to re-knit this lovely paper-thin sweater that i started a few summers ago.

the culprit of why it needs re-knitting . . my new baby puppy of the time thought it tasted great. i was devastated at the time but i salvaged most of the yarn (& that face! couldn't stay angry for long) & am taking it as an opportunity to incorporate some lace that i didn't think of last time.

pattern : cancun boxy lace top !


i've finished my cancun top that i wrote about in this previous post! i really love how it turned out & it was so simple i've decided to offer the pattern for free !


this top is knit in two lace & garter stitch rectangles & seamed at the sides & shoulders to create the boxy shape. it's a really quick knit & perfect for warm weather !


(thanks to my sister for modeling !)





love folded-up knits!! this is the yarn i used, i absolutely love the pinky-tan colorway with little gold specks (impossible to photography correctly!)

if you're interested in making your own, you can download the pattern now





update : this pattern was featured on the lucky ewe podcast !

update 2.0 : this pattern is now available in french thanks to the translation of Marjolaine of www.planete-laine.com , thank you !!

fawns, flowers, bicycles, gold !






i've been keeping up with my painting a week challenge, above is "spring"



& "lock"
i used micron pens & watercolors for these !


& an ultra-simple project -- my mom sent me this phone case that she thought i would like & i decided to make it myself since it seemed so simple! this martha stewart gold paint is really pigmented & not too expensive


i've also sped through my cancun lacy top! one of the pieces is blocking & one is just at the cast off edge. i'm totally in love with the yarn i'm using: blue heron rayon metallic. i bought it at vogue knitting live a few years ago, the little specks of gold are perfect !

wip : tulle embroidery & cancun



ever since going to help pick out a wedding dress with one of my closest friends i've been obsessed with the magical, seemingly weightless metallic embroidery on tulle. i don't really have experience in embroidery but that didn't stop me from gathering up the supplies to try it out! this is my first foray, i just tried out some stitches this time but next time i'm going to draw up my design first. the backing will dissolve in water once i finish !



i was lucky enough to take a trip to cancun, mexico this month! i spent a lot of the time knitting this (soon-to-be lacy summer top) with incredible views !



also in mexico, we went on a day trip to the mayan ruins & i was absolutely kicking myself for not bringing my watercolors but couldn't resist doing this quick sketch (with a hotel pen on scrap paper . . .) of chichen itza, one of the new wonders of the world !


how to : leather cord roll


i've been so inspired by the cordito cord roll from this is ground & thought it could be something that i could easily diy to fit my own needs! i added a (removable!) zippered pouch to the bottom for smaller items that would slip away (stylus, memory card, backup charger, etc.) & used a hook that could be hung up while traveling. i had a few leather scraps in my stash but faux leather would work just as well -- even just a thick fabric with interfacing would be nice !

keep reading if you're interested in making this yourself! i'm no expert seamstress but i find that unfinished leather with a little messy stitching can be really beautiful.