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Practical art or functional aesthetics.  Either way you want to say it, it’s definitely an idea I wholeheartedly embrace.  I really enjoy making the functional aspects of my world as attractive as possible.  I’m always on the lookout for a great looking container, box, etc…


Several weeks ago I came across and shared this tutorial for taking your original art and using it for wrapping paper, scarves, etc…  Since posting it, I’ve been anxious to try my hand at it.  I’ve been playing around with watercolor lately, its not a medium that I’m that familiar with, but I am enjoying the experimentation.  I ‘doodled’ this lemon in watercolors, as well as some branches, flowers and a tomato.  

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I was able to successfully scan my lemon and play with it in Photoshop Elements 13, but just the basics. There are some good “how to” Photoshop books on it but I still have a lot of work to do to get up to speed in Photoshop…kinda makes my head hurt! 

I decided to use my lemon to bling up my existing Measure Equivalents chart I keep taped on the inside of one of my cabinet doors.  I refer to these charts several times a week.  My brain can only store so much data and the number of teaspoons in an ounce or tablespoons in a 1/2 cup is something it’s better for me to outsource to a chart.   I had several taped up and they had definitely seen better days so I combined the information on two of them to put on my lemon.  I superimposed the data on top of the lemon, printed it out and laminated it with Scotch Self-Sealing Laminating Pouches.

lemon measuring equiv on cabinet door

It’s just as handy as before, but instead of just a chart on plain paper, my eyes are entertained by the artwork in the background. 

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I have published printable PDFs of several of my most popular knit patterns and printables, including this lemon chart, and have made those available to all of my subscribers. Come back and check every now and again. I will continue to add patterns and printables to this page as we go along.

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Until next time,


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