I’ve Been Busy…

Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve been here. But I have been busy. If you want to see exactly what I’ve been doing just head over here. As you see most of my crafting (and energy for that matter) is focused on preschoolers these days. But somewhere along the way I’ve managed to churn out a few nifty things:

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Some fancy beaded braided wrap bracelets. I found the tutorial on Pinterest. And I have tons more where that came from.

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Inspiration Drought = Fancy New Things

After a long inspiration drought, I found myself walking around in one of my favorite accessory stores, Charming Charlie’s, going “I could make that”. And then bam! It hit me: I could make that. So off I went to my other two favorite stores: Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. The result was some fancy new hair accessories. 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

This one is pheasant feathers on a button I had a home.

 

 

More pheasant feathers on a ceramic button.

Finally a flower ponytail holder made out of variegated pink silk ribbon. With a little hot glue and a needle and thread I made all of these for less than the cost of one at a store. And now I have even more fancy hair things, go me!

Basket Weave Scarf

(Yet another work in progress!)

I’ve been working on this scarf for a little while now. I was hoping to have it finished by the time it got cold but that didn’t quite work out. But anyway the name of the yarn was “French Country” and it made me think of a basket so I found a basket weave pattern and decided to knit a scarf. This was my first time not really knitting from a pattern, but it’s a scarf so I figured I could handle it.

(Good book)

I found this book and, while feeling brave, decided to knit something with only a stitch in mind. This book has a great section for creating your own knitting designs so I would highly recommend it. (On a side note for a long time I did not realize the title was “The Knitting Directory” not “The Knitting Dictionary“. I kept telling people about the about “The Knitting Dictionary”.)

I should take a moment to say I really like Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. Not only is it affordable, but it’s super quick and easy to knit scarfs with. They also have quite a selection of variegated yarns which I like to use when I’m knitting scarves. (For whatever reason I feel like I’m knitting faster with variegated yarn.) So there was my little plug for Red Heart yarn. Maybe now they’ll send me some free stuff.

Bookmarks, Bookmarks Everywhere (But Never One When You Need It)

I’m always in need of a bookmark but I can never find one, which is strange because I used to work in a library and amassed quite a collection of them. Anyway, some months back as I was asking my grandmother, the woman who has everything, what she wanted for Christmas, I noticed she was marking her place in her book with a napkin. This gave me an idea. She has always appreciated my cross stitched gifts to her in the past so why not give her something both cross stitched and practical? And voila! A cross stitched bookmark!

Such a simple little bookmark with 500 different colors in it. For a design that came on the back of the package it gave me fits. But it came out pretty. While I was working on it I ran across one I did a few years ago.

Years ago you could find neon colored canvas at Hobby Lobby with patterns for different funky designs, but alas, no longer. I’ve looked for them but haven’t been able to find them. Now I’m off to find a book in which to put my bookmark!

Oh The Bags, The Bags!

So I have this problem, well actually I have several problems. I don’t learn lessons well and I often misjudge the size of and time it will take to complete projects. With this in mind I recently volunteered to make new bags for all 18 of the children in the K4 class for which I am the assistant teacher. (They don’t carry book bags to school and the plastic Dr. Susse bags they are currently carrying are on their last leg.) So I found a pattern to make a simple bag out of a pillowcase. It’s quick, simple, and relatively cheap.

My Test Bag

Here’s where I run into a problem: affordable pillowcases are cheaply made. Well made, colorfully patterned pillowcases are expensive (and bear in mind I am buying 18 of them). And finding a decent pillowcase that I can afford with anything other than stripes on it is impossible. So I decide to just go out and buy the fabric which theoretically shouldn’t be any more expensive than buying a pillowcase. In reality I am wrong. I don’t have a lot of options as far as fabric stores where I live so my options are limited. But I bought the fabric anyway. It was funky and retro and too cute to pass up. The bags are going to turn out a lot cuter than what I had originally envisioned.

The Material For The Girl’s Bags

So the bags will turn out cute, the kids will flip, and I will officially be the coolest assistant teacher ever (as if there was ever any doubt). Another lesson not learned.

A Year in Review

Since I started my blog at the beginning of the year and since it has been so long since I have had a chance to really spend time with it, I decided to look back at it from the beginning. It’s kind of like a crafting year in review for me. So after mulling it over here is what I decided about my this past year as far as crafting goes:

1. I finished my floral sampler: It’s my first actual sampler and it’s cool.

2. I still have a thing for my initials.

3. I have no time or desire to perfect my crocheting skills: my true passion in the yarn arts lies in knitting.

4. I finished the Mario hand towel and discovered I enjoy stitching video game related things.

5. I have gotten into scrapbooking thanks to the kids I teach and I like it.

6. Chasing children around for 8 hours is just as good as yoga for weight loss and doesn’t require me to knit a special bag.

7. I still hate skiing though I have developed a better relationship with snow. Snow and I get along much better if I just look at it through a window.

Happy Holidays! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and has a wonderful new year!

It’s a long overdue update (on Christmas Eve)!

So I have not posted since April, April, and I really thought about just not doing this at all. That’s 8 months. But I really missed my crafting. It’s my stress relief and between two jobs and college I need some stress relief! I’ve done a little crafting here and there but I decided I really need to get back into it to keep myself sane. So to keep myself motivated I shall post my work and progress. So without further ado I present two projects I have finished:

My Flower Sampler:

A Mario from the orignal NES hand towel:

I have a couple more projects that I’ve finished (a scarf and a book mark) and a few more that I’m currently working on (a massive Mario montage, another scarf, and 18 bags). So I’ve got plenty to keep me busy for a while.