7 step hat

1st: Pick the perfect wool, not too rough, not too soft, not too bland, not too bold. This will be a pocket jamming hat, basically a no nonsense hat I can jam in my pocket or bag :)

2nd: Pick a matchy project bag, not too big, not too little, cast on a trillon, and think .. “all these tiny stitches have me living slow and steady and a little bit tweedy ♥ I’m in love”
A week later, I’m not as fond and think ..”damn all these tiny stitches and much too stabby needles, why is this taking me F.O.R.E.V.E.R! ..am I about to lose all my shit over a simple hat!?”

3rd: .. please oh please be enough .. please be enough .. please be enough .. please ..

4th: YAY, with the littlest smidge to spare, not enough for a top pom, but that’s ok, remember this is a pocket jammer amanda.

5th: Time for a soak, I love a strong smelling wool wash, so mostly menthol, way too much eucalyptus and always spearmint.

6th: Dried it slow and flat, normally I wouldn’t block a hat flat ..but this roly poly brim ..so many pins!

7th: Finished this gumdrop with some wooly embroidery (lazy daisies, fern fronds and french knots) not too much, not too little, it’s ever so subtle and absolutely just right ♥

1-17-17 things

I am starting the new year off just so, with blank slates and no dates ♥

1-1-17 is starting out fresh! ..so much so I haven't even calendared it in yet! Made this years notebook with linen writing paper in baronial ivory 😍 seems to have a bit of a slick finish, it may be the year of the smudge? . . . . #planneraddict #penaddict #stationery #kawaii #pen #travelersjournal #bulletjournal #notebook #plannerstickers #cutepens #instagood #makersgonnamake #minimalist #make #darlingmovement #showmeyourplanner #handmadeparade #amandaochocki #paper #journal #onmydesk #diary #lettering #ephemera #plannerlife #knittersofinstagram #writersofinstagram #bujolove #japanstyle #ink

 I  made some notebooks and a new calendar for my planner using a lovely classic linen writing paper in the most perfect ivory hue ♥

My stapler is a shifty asshole though, so my alignment is always a little off, but I’m going to look at it like it’s my hidden signature, like how they could trace type to a specific typewriter by certain repeatable dropped letters. (#notanotebookspy)

A few birthdays have officially been entered on the pages and I’m almost 100% positive I will screw up numbering the boxes and it will again be a calendar of smudges & scribbles :)

Linen Loop, today, tomorrow, next week, always♥

Taking a moment to personally thank snapchat for blurred selfies with well manicured brows, buffed porcelain skin and weirdly applied lipstick filters.

Spending some of my blank slate dateless days digging through old button jars. I literally buy every tin, baggie and box I come across (really I do!), it makes me sad to think that someone took the time to save them for years and years and now they are being tossed away ..so naturally I scoop them all up and add them to my collection ..don’t worry I got you grandma ♥

(I am kind of surprised though at how many grannies just cut the dang buttons off the worn out clothes! Half of my button hoard consists of janky fabric scraps and wads of thread!)

Turning some of the shell buttons into these cute little stitch marker charms

and then adding those onto these cute little stitch marker charm clips, along with vintage pearls, bits of necklace chain, and a leather fringy thing to be used as an optional essential oil diffuser.

I’ve put gram dogs old license on mine ♥