Green Stockings Craft & Design

December 15, 2011

How To Give A Cup Cozy As A Gift

Filed under: Crafting, Knitting Patterns — Tags: , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 1:25 PM

You know you’ve been there, sitting expectantly while someone opens the gift you’ve just given them. The expression on their face changes for delighted expectation to… trying to hide the look of utter confusion as they try to decipher what exactly it is that you’ve just given them. Ouch. Extra ouch if it’s a handmade gift.

My sister’s roommate’s mother sent each of them hand-knit wrist warmers for Christmas last year. Or, at least that’s what they figured they were, but as my sister watched me packing up gifts for my in-laws this year she had to pause and wonder, if, in fact, they’d been given cup cozies.

Confuse your friends no more!

When giving your cup cozy, if you’re giving it in person, putting it on a take out cup from your recipient’s favourite coffee stop is a great way to a) demonstrate what it is, b) give a gift that looks a little more impressive to unwrap, c) it makes a great way to add extras to the gift, like sachets of coffee, chocolate-covered coffee beans, or homemade biscotti. However, if you have to mail your cup cozy off across the continent, or have 8 of them to bring in for your coworkers at your company Christmas party, an empty cup stops making quite so much sense.

Enter, the cup cozy gift giver!

Green Stockings Craft & Design 2011 Cup Cozy Layout Christmas Craft Gift Wrapping

This free printable pdf gives a layout for 2 cup cozies that you can print, cut out, and stick to cardboard or foam core, or print directly on card stock.

There is enough space on each cup outline to stick on a gift tag, and write down the washing instructions or another message.

Each cup outline is just less than 5″ at the top. While it’s a little wider than your standard take out cup, it’s to make up for the fact that it’s flat!

Happy Gift Giving!

PS – Ravelry members can check out my project page for the 12 cup cozies that I’m giving as Christmas gifts this year at – I’m always looking for new Rav friends, so add me if you’re so inclined! -Katharine

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December 11, 2011

Steampunking it for Work, Just a Little

Filed under: Crafting — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 5:14 PM

I have always had one, niggling, little problem with women’s steampunk fashion: I’m not exactly the most, uh, conservative of dressers, and the Victorian obsession with high buttoned collars has never really worked for me. (Read: yes, you can usually see at least a little bit of my boobs… or a lot…).

The sci-fi, airship pirate, more-punk-than-steam, corsets & short skirts look is definitely more my thing, but it’s not an easy look to bring to the office.  My office is pretty casual (I might have come to work in yoga pants once or twice in the middle of the winter while I was PMSing…), so I can come to work in jeans a few times a week and no one even blinks.  So here’s what I wore to work one day this fall:

The steampunky aspects of this outfit are primarily the vest & the shoes.  The vest was an improvised item that I made for a friend’s wedding in the spring.  It’s made from dark purple jersey and a (thrifted!) grey-purple (Donna Karan!) men’s shirt that I cut up.  I kept the back of the shirt, cut off the sleeves, front, and collar, and kept the scoop bottom of the shirt.  I drafted out the front vest pattern based on my measurements (didn’t get it bang on, the vest is approximately a size or two too big!), with two pieces of dark purple jersey for each side of the vest.*

I got to use the nifty button hole maker attachment on my sewing machine, but as I could have predicted (and the instruction booklet warned me), it’s tricky to use/get good results on stretch knits.  Under the tension of the presser foot, the fabric stretches and the stitches don’t do that nice, lined up, close together, actually looking like a button hole thing.  The auto button hole maker still held together the rough edges so the jersey won’t fray, but it’s not super purdy.  The suggestion is to run a cord around the button hole maker that somehow gets sewn into button hole – it didn’t work for me, and I’m not super clear on how it’s supposed to be accomplished, but some interfacing would probably have done the trick…

The buttons on the vest don’t match, because I bought a giant bag of buttons and it had 5 PERFECT buttons, and had to find a different, unmatching, one to finish off the vest.  But that’s ok, because I really like it when things like buttons and stripes don’t match exactly!

My shoes were an awesome find from a Sears outlet at the end of the summer, they’re a really comfy 1 1/2″ heel, and have a little bit of a granny boot/oxford/black-on-black saddle shoe look.  They’re grown up shoes!  I wear faux-suede slip-on practically-slippers penny-loafers at work most of the time, which is perfectly appropriate for our office, but it’s nice to have something a little fancy sometimes!

*I made use of the left side front of the shirt as well!  I cut out a long, narrow rectangle with the breast pocket centred in the top half.  Sew up the sides of the rectangle, and a simple fold-over hem around the top, and you’ve got a cute mini purse with a little front pocket!  I made straps out of left over strips of the purple jersey, so that I could wear it over my shoulder, or tied to around my waist like a hip pocket/sporran/fanny pack.  The straps were sewn into the side seams of the bag.

December 4, 2011

The Christmas is coming! The Christmas is coming!

Filed under: Crafting — Tags: , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 3:56 PM

It seems very bizarre to have done a bunch of Christmas crafting supply shopping today with Bear, since it literally felt like March outside.  There were puddles and patches of not-quite-green grass all around.  Bear wore his sandals (with socks, I’ve given up) and a sweater, and it’s 8 degrees (Celsius) outside!  On December 4th!  In Montreal!  In Canada!

As usual, this will be a very crafty Christmas for us, and I feel very proud of myself that I actually started the Christmas knitting some time in November.  I posted my Christmas gift list on the Craftster 2011 Christmas to do board (you can read it all here, unless you are related to me and therefore are not allowed to look in case you spoil your Christmas surprise!)

So far, my favourite tutorials for the holidays this year are: Mount Gigantic’s Corrugated Coffee Cup Cozies, and Civil Bitch’s Flying Spaghetti Monster Ornament

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