Craft Update – Month of August

Well. It has been a while since I have been here. I apologize to my followers and normal readers. Life took an unexpected turn starting at the beginning of the month, and I am finally able to sit and write.

Unfortunately, August 7th, we lost my dear mother in law to cancer. Needless to say, things have been busy, my creative juices were a bit dry for a while, plus there was a last minute trip to another state 15 hours away.

We are all adjusting to our new normal. Slowly. I am adjusting to not only school starting, and all the insanity that comes with that, but also trying to figure out the new dance schedules, timing of things, as well as trying to help keep up my father in law’s house and other errands he needs help with.

Crafting did have to take a back seat to most of this, as I’m sure you all expect.

So, here is what I have been working on. All of the shimmer overlay stitching is done on the ballerina’s skirt, and the backstitching has barely been started. I have two pictures for you on that one, since in the overview it is a bit harder to see the sparkle.

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Since we were limited on space for packing, I decided not to take her with me on our trip. Instead, I took the purple shawl/poncho I had barely started a couple months ago. One panel is now done, and the second has been started.

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The other thing I somewhat forced myself into, was organizing my floss stash. I have been slowly buying the colors I don’t have, so obviously I can get a full set, but also have whatever I might need at my fingertips at all times. I have loads, and I mean loads (over 100) patterns for miniatures on my computer, so my plan is to work up a lot for gifts, and to sell. Now that I officially have my Etsy shop open and a few things on there, a lot of my crafting time will be split between making for myself and gifts, and making for the store. Happy to say though, all the floss I have bought is now wound on bobbins, labelled, and organized, numerically in three (so far) boxes.

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I also have loads and loads of patterns found, some yarn bought, and, new kits from my crochet of the month club that are waiting for me. I’m thinking I might have to swear off sleep for a while lol. I’ll post another update with all of that so I don’t bombard you all with a million pictures in one post.

Smile, it just might make someone’s day brighter. And hug your loved ones tight.


Weekly Craft Update – July 29, 2014

A day late this week! With good reason though. Yesterday was DH and I’s 13th wedding anniversary! So, he took the day off from work, and my blog was not on my mind lol. We had a great day, and an amazing dinner at my favorite restaurant. We ate wayyyy too much, but it was worth every bite.

So. Much. Progress. This week. I am so VERY glad to say…. The background, is DONE!! Yayyyyyy!! So, right now I am working on the overlay stitches which I was dreading, for good reason, it is in the skirt, there is certain stitches that get the iridescent filament stitched over it. And of course, one it’s hard to see (I’m actually finding working in indirect light is better because it’s easier to see the white stitches I’m working over since there are so many light colors), but the other big problem is that I have to work with very short lengths of this filament because it frays, separates, snaps, tangles, etc if I cut it too long. So, that is very frustrating to me, but I’d say I’m about a third of the way through it so I should be done in a day or so.

Two pictures for you today. One is a close up, that kind of shows where the overlay stitching has been done. I was trying to get a shot that would show it sparkle, but it’s hard to do. The other is a full show to show, no more blank background staring at me!!

Happy crafting!

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Weekly Craft Update – July 21, 2014

Yayyy lots if progress this week! The blank open space is not so vast, and I really see the light at the end of the tunnel of this half stitched background. Almost done with the single color, then it will be on to the combined… Then… Time for the dreaded backstitching and couching.

Here is your picture!

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Weekly Craft Update – July 14, 2014

So, got a little more work done this week. More background, less blank open space staring at me. Yay!

Hopefully another good week ahead! In the meantime, here is your picture for this week!

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Weekly Craft Update – July 7, 2014

Busy busy busy week this past week. I did have time to get some done, but my darling DH’s birthday was Thursday, and then of course Independence Day was Friday. DD and I also took a good part of Tuesday to start cleaning out the attic. (5 boxes emptied, 4 big bags of trash gone, multiple kits found not to mention books and other goodies lol)

So, needless to say, found the top right corner, and more of the right edge and top edge. I’m trying to balance my schedule more so I have time to sit and work, but summer is a busy time!

Here is the progress!

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Weekly Craft Update – June 30, 2014

Well, my goals weren’t quite reached this week. I never seemed to get a lot of time to sit and work. :( that being said. I did get some more progress this week. Here’s to getting more done this week! :)

And here’s the picture…

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Weekly Craft Update – June 23, 2014

Just a quick post this week as I’ve got a busy day today. :)

Mostly I just want to show off progress, and excitedly say I’ve found the TOP EDGE finally! I’m really hoping to get most of the single color background done this week, move on to the blended color, and then start the backstitching and couching, I may have set my self a bit high of a goal, but we shall see!

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More Past Projects

So, today I’ve been focusing on listing things on eBay and other things around the house. While pulling things out of my closet, I spotted a box I had nearly forgotten about. This is a tough one. Everything in this box was originally intended as gifts for a friend and her son in the UK, but, due to that crazy thing called life, I never got her address before a falling out happened. Now, here it is, more than six months past that falling out, and so I guess it’s time to show off my work, and then list it all to sell.

Her favorite color is pink, and she likes bright and cheerful things, but being that she was in the northern part of the UK she was chilly 9 months out of the year. So, below see pictures of the small shawl, long scarf and then lap sized afghan I made for her, as well as a blue and grey scarf for her son.

Off to eBay they go! (And then maybe etsy lol I’m still figuring that one out.

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Weekly Craft Update – June 16, 2014

First official week of summer vacation here, and it was nice. Not too busy, but busy enough to keep us from going completely crazy.

The downside of the week was I thought I had done “something” to my toe. It was very tender, and swollen and eventually black and blue with a bruise. I finally broke down and went to the doctor, to find out it is something called “Morton’s Neuroma” which apparently is an inflammation of the nerve in the middle toe. *sigh* So, we are trying anti-inflammatory meds before things like injections are tried. It was also my daddy’s birthday, and then of course Father’s Day here in the states yesterday. Lots of good food, cake and fun had by all.

With a painful toe/foot, it did give me lots of sitting down time, which of course means lots of stitching. So happy to see that there isn’t quite as much wide open blank space staring back at me anymore.

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Weekly Craft Update – June 9, 2014

It was the last week of school for us this past week. Made for busy schedules as usual. But, here we are, first week of summer vacation for my kiddos. Slower pace, more sleeping in and hopefully some fun stuff as well.

I did start a crochet project, actually the one that was pictured in the basket I showed you last week. I only have a few rows done, but, it will eventually be a poncho style shawl.

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I also, of course, have an update for you on my big project. Mostly worked on the background, it’s slow going again, and I’m trying not to let it frustrate me. That’s actually part of the reason I started the crochet, just to give myself something to do when I start feeling like I’m not getting anywhere lol.

Here is the progress!

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