Sunday, August 31, 2014

spa (crochet) washcloth

 A small project I've just completed, luxurious exfoliating spa cloths. These will be available for purchase in 2015 with my cold process soaps - in sets and free with purchase.

Measuring at 9.5" x 9.5", these washcloths are 100% cotton and totally irresistible

Thursday, August 28, 2014

call the midwife!

I came across this lovely FREE pattern for a baby blanket inspired by the tv series "Call the Midwife." This pattern looked a little complex but once I got going, I was able to memorize it and then...I ended up making three of them! They would make dainty baby gifts but I would really like to keep these for future use:)


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

spring into summer

A little side project while we're flipping the summer house: a colorful baby-sized "Spring into Summer" blanket, a FREE pattern from Felted Button. I typically don't copy exact patterns, but this immediately caught my eye. I used the same yarn by Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Candied.  100% Acrylic but feels like wool. This kind was everything I don't like in a yarn: pastels, a rainbow ombre, but I love how it turned out!! The transitional colors are the sweetest, the light green and oranges. I enjoyed watching the yarn color change as I worked this blanket :)

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Monday, July 21, 2014

pash for my stash (of yarn)

I've been working on little ventures between the biggest project of all (check out the Flipping the Summer House tab for updates) - and it's oh-so-fun! I'm most excited because amidst it all, I'm getting my transient license to open a small business.- I want to get a tad bit more serious and put more effort into this, like accounting stuff and selling for real online...yeah! Last year, I just attended any craft show that would take me, this year I took a break, and next year I'm going to be very selective in choosing shows I'd like to be featured in. My items will include new cold-process soap and gorgeous cotton and linen pillowcases with crochet trim

I made a pair of these baby booties for my newborn niece : )
 A princess needs a pair of comfy slippers!

And this is an unfinished "Happy Hippo." I know you can't tell she's happy just yet, but one day she'll get her muzzle!

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

granny square w. pom-pom edging

My most recent crochet project, a baby-sized blanket for my sister's expected baby in June - Leia Ann - so excited to meet and get to know her! Any project I'm making to give to someone, I tend to spend some of that time thinking and praying for them. This blanket was made in granny squares and a pom-pom edging (here's a recommended tutorial)  I used Bernat's Softee Baby acrylic yarn in WHITE and FLANNEL (the light gray color) and for the border I used I love this Yarn in LAVENDER.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

objects of my affection

                                                  I want this :

....and I love this!

And now on to other just-as-delightful things! We've just purchased another house down the street and will soon begin our work to flip and resell it - check out the "Flipping the Blue House" page for more details and pictures!

So that means I have set aside this year all the craft shows I have prepared for - no biggie - I'm still selling my items and I'm happy for the opportunity that has come our way. I'm still fervently working on learning how to sew: I'll be making super-adorable and swanky coin purses (think tweed! vintage patterns! buttons, jewels and pleats!) and still need to start my sweet pillowcases w/a delicate crochet trim. I'm also crocheting classic stuffed animals, refurbishing a set of chairs I've inherited,---aaaaand, just kidding. That's it. I think.

(See below.) I made these iron-on transfers for my products, to label the coin purses and pillowcases. I designed it in Microsoft Word, mirrored it, then printed it on transfer paper, then followed the given directions from the transfer paper packet and ironed it on my choice of twill tape. I will then cut them and sew them into the seams. yay! 

>>An alternative is to iron it directly onto the fabric of your project- moms like to do that to label their kids clothes and school backpacks so that if lost they can be returned to its owner - there are many creative possibilities<<

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

create it

I once read something in a book about writing fiction that flew in the face of what countless numbers of authors have lamented...that there's no such thing as writer's block. It goes something like this, when a writer begins writing with gusto, within a few chapters or a few days, they suddenly come to a halt. The novel is getting boring or they've run out of steam - whatever the reason - the writer has the inability to write any further. 

The book debunked that idea. And it made total sense to me - you can't just stop writing because you don't feel inspired anymore, that mystical feeling and the wonder of the magical world you were creating lost its appeal. It becomes dull, difficult. Doubt starts creeping into your mind. 

There are several cures for the so-called writers block - not really cures but practices - so that when you come to those roadblocks, you come through successfully - if it were so easy, everyone would be doing it. The answer was to keep your brain active, if you can't keep writing your piece, write something else. If you're not writing, keep your mind constantly at work, collecting, solving problems, imagining, discovering, creating. Never stop. Even when your pen does. That's the writers mind. 

And so, since that idea has been in my head from long ago, I've tried to apply it to anything I may tackle. I would like to apply that now to what I do when I'm not at work. Crafts. I’m a part-time Martha Stewart wannabe. I'm not an expert at anything, but I love to learn, to use my hands, create and have dreams bigger than my hair (I think Lady Gaga said something like that too).

I would like to tell you, if you have big dreams: to be a writer, open your own business, be a better "........", don't sit around and wait to be inspired to create something magnificent and original. Create your inspiration. Time is so precious. If someone handed you a $100 bill, would you rip it in half and throw it in the trash can? Sounds like nonsense! But that's how many spend their time, they have nothing to show for it, it's wasted. If I want to wake up at 40 and be at a certain place in my life, doing something I aspire to, then I better be doing something about it now to make it happen. (If God so chooses to keep me on earth til then!) Learning new things, not limiting yourself (you are your biggest criticizer!), meeting new people, taking RISKS> It's all about trial and error. And more error. Instead of wasting hours playing Candy Crush (don't even know what it's about), look stuff up, PIN ideas if that's your thing, take classes, ask questions, be curious. Don’t just think about it or talk about it, DO it! Practice, practice, practice. And one day you'll be that person and find yourself in a place you could only dream of at one time. 

                Don't wait for inspiration to come,  
                         Create your inspiration.