Weekly Craft Update – October 20, 2014

Okay! Here we go.

So, last week I showed you one small project I’d pulled out of my unfinished projects box. I got it done. I still need to wash, press and frame, but after a trip to Michael’s, I will have it done soon. They had some cute frames with mats on clearance (yay!) plus for my birthday month, I had an extra coupon.

So, here is that project…

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Next that got done last week, was another small project, one of Dimension’s “Daydream” collection. It also needs a bath and pressing, but I am going to do that today. The interesting part of these is that they come with a mat that is patterned to match the stitching and then sandwiched between glass and backing board. It doesn’t look like much, but when I can share the mounted version it will look even better.

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I’ve also had lots of crochet time. I have less than four inches to go on the bag. I am going to be trying to focus on one project at a time now to be able to accomplish as much as I can between now and Christmas. Some for presents, some for Etsy (see “About” above for that link). During my last trip to Michael’s I also picked up more yarn for a couple of projects. Some are going to be gifts, but I won’t give away for who, since I know my family and friends read this lol. Anyway, bag progress…

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And with a ruler, to show to size…

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That’s all for now. Keep smiling and keep crafting!!


Weekly Craft Update – October 14, 2014

Look at me! Two weeks in a row! lol

Big. Huge. News. I finished!!! Yup, Sunday October 12th, I finished the ballerina. Yesterday she got her bath, and pressed today.

The first official completion picture is this…

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Today, after bath and pressing, here she is, ready for frame quoting lol…

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From February 4th when I first pulled it out of my unfinished project box, to October 12th. Just over 8 months of work, and I must say I’m very proud.

So, being that I am getting back into my crafting groove, and trying to complete smaller projects for gifts and my etsy site (see about me for link), I immediately dove back into my unfinished projects box and dug through my unopened kits. This little beauty was the first thing I pulled out, shouldn’t take me long to knock out now that I’ve fixed a small mistake on one section. Here it is straight out of the box…

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And after a couple days of work…

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And last update for you, the little more work done on the crochet bag…

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And lastly, my big news of last week… I got a chance to meet Chryssie Whitehead this past Friday. Look her up if you don’t know who she is. Having recently finished the final season of Warehouse 13, this was a lot of fun for me, and make me a very happy nerd lol.

All for today fabulous readers! Keep smiling!


Weekly (ish) Craft Update – October 7, 2014

Well… It’s been a while again I know. I apologize. Life just seems to get away from me this time of year.

But! I have actually managed to sit, get some work done. My problem is, I told myself, no starting anything new, until I finish what I’m working on. Great in theory, but it’s put me a bit behind schedule for Christmas gifts.

Needless to say, I have gotten a few things done.

I did finish my poncho. I love it, and just in time for our temperatures to start dropping for fall.

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I have also sat and done some work on the ballerina. She is finally starting to get some definition thanks to being able to get some backstitching done.

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Lastly, I did start another portable crochet project, just for hands busy during rehearsals, classes, trips to the park, etc. I think it’s going to be cute, it’s a bag, but what I like about it, is the handles will actually start right above the base, and will attach fully to the side of the bag thanks to a section for each handle of “back loop only” single crochets. So, as the handle climbs, it will pick up each of the open front loops of those stitches. There is also some front loop only stitches for an inside pocket to be built as well. It’s frankly ingenious if you ask me. But, here is the start of that one.

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Finally getting my creative vibe back, and I’ve been looking at loads of patterns from lion brand and pattons for quick and easy gift ideas.

Keep smiling everybody!


Updates and such

I will post more updates soon…

I have still been suffering from a bit of a crafty block the past few weeks. I’ve been focusing on things around the house, helping my FIL with things, and adjusting to our new fall schedule.

On a happy note, DS was accepted into the preprofessional ballet company. The downside to that, MANY MANY MANY more hours in the studio lol. Which is good for him, great for him actually, but means I will have a lot of time in the car and sitting and waiting. Not necessarily bad things, but will definitely leave me with more time to craft. I will try to resume weekly updates on Monday so we can get back to our normal routine!

One more side note, and a bit of shameless self promotion. I did set up my Etsy shop. Not much in there yet, but follows and favorites are always welcome. You can find it here https://www.etsy.com/shop/ImpishCreations I also have an eBay page, where I’ve been selling a lot of books and other things, and you can find that here: http://www.ebay.com/usr/twistedyardsale153

More soon! I promise to get better about this again! Keep smiling!


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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