Weekly Craft Update – February 1, 2016

Wow. February already!?!? Where has the time gone? 

Well just a quick update from me this week. I did get some stitching time in, which made me very happy. I also bowed to the masses (here and on Facebook) that have kept asking about her eyes. Hopefully she’s not as creepy as she was before. More background done as well, and some more work to the flower in her hair. 

Here is your picture:

  
Keep smiling everybody! Keep crafting, keep doing what you love. 


Weekly Craft Update – January 25, 2016

Well…

Last week was definitely not a good one for steps. Not to give too much TMI, but I was just feeling blah and really didn’t want to move. Somewhat it was the weather, some was hormones, and just one of those weeks. 

But…

It is a new week, the sun is shining again and no point in dwelling on what I didn’t accomplish. Time to focus on what I can do this week. 

One thing about being lazy… Lots of bum in chair stitching time (way more than I should have probably) but, I’m also at the frustrating, there are no big blocks of the same color part of the background. For new readers, I stitch a little weird. I start in the middle (I do read directions… Sometimes). But, I tend to pick a color, and do everything I can reasonably get to (I don’t like to skip a bunch, yes I know it’s counted cross stitch, but mistakes tend to happen more the more squares counted) and then I switch to another color and do the same. So, when there aren’t large blocks of color together, I tend to get frustrated and annoyed. But. I also love the way it looks with all the detail in the end so I know it’s worth it, doesn’t stop me from wanting to chuck it out the window though. I also have a slight obsession with finding edges, especially in the big pieces like this. Also, I do all single color stitches first, and then the blended. Told you, I’m weird. Times like these though, the weekly pictures are a huge help, so I can actually see that I did make progress lol.

Okay, enough rambling. Here is your picture…

  
On a personal note. Well a few things. I have been online gaming some again, and I have my friends (who I will call Banana Man and Slippers) to thank for making it loads of fun. And I want to wish a happy birthday to Dr. Fox… An old friend who hasn’t been around much, but when I put the date at the top, I remembered that it is tomorrow. <3

Keep smiling, keep crafting and most of all, have fun!


Weekly Craft Update – January 18, 2016

Happy Monday everybody. I hope you had a great weekend. 

Busy week as always, and not as much stitching time as I would have wanted, but I did get some done. Trying to get my 10,000 steps in every day has gone fairly well, only day I missed was Sunday, and I think I might declare that my official lazy day of the week. We all need at least one of those right?

Progress has been made, mostly on the background this week. It has to be done, but it is a bit tedious as there aren’t many large blocks of color. 

Here is your picture for the week…

  
Have a great week everyone! Keep smiling!!


Weekly Craft Update – January 11, 2016

Look at me, second Monday of the year and I am actually remembering to post. Considering how crazy busy life has been these first eleven days of the new year, I’m pretty proud of myself. 

A bit of a non-crafty update first…

Back for my birthday my DH got me a Fitbit. He had received one from his best friend for his birthday back in July, and so it was time for me to get in on the action. I love it. The watch itself is fairly accurate at counting steps, and since the model I have also tracks my heart rate and sleep patterns, it is thankfully very comfortable to wear nearly 24/7. Obviously I don’t wear it in the shower and it does need to charge occasionally (which I have found works best if I just toss it on the charger whenever I am getting a shower or bath, since I can’t wear it then anyway). The default setting is 10,000 steps a day, plus 10 flights of stairs. I took my DH’s advice and bumped it down to 5,000 steps and left the stairs where it was. I soon found that I was averaging between 6,000 and 7,000 steps a day and close to 20 flights. So, within the first week, I changed my goal to 8,000 and 20 flights. I did not manage to hit that daily, but for the most part, I did well. I knew I weighed in at about 150ish pounds when I got it, and I know I was snugly fitting into a US size 10 jeans. Not terrible I know, but, to put into perspective, before kids, I was maybe 110 pounds and fit into a size 3. I knew I wouldn’t get back there quickly, so I set my weight goal for 130 pounds and just paid more attention to keeping moving more throughout the day. As of a couple days ago, a few things have happened. I am comfortably into a size 7 jeans, and to date have lost a total of 13.4 pounds, putting me at 136.6. My goals are now tougher. Upped back to 10,000 steps a day, and pushing it to 25 flights. Since I am a bit of a Netflix junkie, I have found the best thing I can do, is start an episode (usually around 45 minutes give or take), strap 5 pound ankle weights on each leg, grab my 3 pound hand weights and walk in place on our mini trampoline. I like that since I do have a few joint problems, and so walking on the tramp gives me a softer service to walk on. Then I’ve added doing stuff with my arms to start toning them up too. I’m less than 3 years from the big 4-0, and I think 40 is gonna be pretty. ;) 

Okay! Enough bragging. 

I have also made time to stitch. I say made, because it is important to me, and I find it very soothing. Not many changes this week, but as I’ve always said, progress is progress even if it is just a few stitches. So, here’s your picture. 

  
Also, I got a lovely present in the mail. A dear friend of mine, Sady, knows how much I adore owls. So, she colored this for me, full of purples (my favorite color), and just full of love and light. I had to share it with all of you. I will get a frame for it soon, and put it somewhere I can see it often. 

  
That’s all for me today. Happy crafting, keep smiling!!


Happy 2016!!

So here we are, new year has begun, the holidays are over and we are off and running.

2015 was an interesting year. It brought lots of changes. Some good, some bad. But, change in general is a good thing, even if you can’t see it right away. I am happy to report that we all survived another nutcracker season, and in the process I managed to loose 10 pounds or so. I am putting that to now being in a two story house, and the Fitbit that I got for my birthday back in October. 

So, here we are, the first Monday of 2016. I am going to try to get back into my weekly craft blogs as well as writing other things. I do have English comp this semester at school so I will do my best. 

Here is my (now annual) post holiday crafting roundup as well as update on the fairy. I have actually gotten some work done (started the year off right, with lots of butt in chair, Netflix watching day of stitching)

Gifts that were given that haven’t been posted are as follows. Two double knit wraps in my favorite yarn I found last year (see last January’s post holiday blog), and another ripple afghan in lion brands homespun. 

  
  
  
And last but not least. The fairy. Most exciting thing is, I found the top!! I was thinking I’d never get there. Only a couple of stitches, but it’s there!

  
I think that’s everything today. Keep smiling and craft on!


2015 in review

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Weekly (ish) Craft Update – Monday October 26, 2015

Okay, I did promise that I would get back to this as soon as I could. And I’m trying.

I have also been trying to craft, to mis-quote the Starks, “Christmas is Coming!!” (but said with nearly as much panic)…

Now, I mentioned before, if you see something here and it shows up under your tree or in your mail, act surprised, please. *giggles*

First and foremost, the fairy really hasn’t been touch in months, which makes me rather sad, but now that we are getting more and more settled into our new living arrangements, and this semester is almost over *whew* I’m hoping that I might be able to get back into a routine of at least getting a few stitches in every day. I apologize for her wrinkles, she’s been folded into my bag thingy for a few months.

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I have been crocheting a lot more though, since that is a slightly more portable craft, and with ballet season in full swing, portability has been the name of the game.

I finished this ripple afghan a couple weeks ago, it’s my first ripple and the first few rows got FROG’d a few times (rip-it, rip-it) BUT I finally got the hang of it (and learned to carry a notepad to keep up with counts) and i’m happy with the results. It’s definitely a lap-ghan, it’s not quite big enough for much else.

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Then, thanks to my subscription service, I got a kit to make a yarn ball holder. I’ve seen them in stores, made of everything from fiber to ceramic, but I thought it would be a cute thing to try. This is the one that came with the kit, not completely finished (still needs decoration and a few finishing touches) but, you get the idea.

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So, of course, now inspired, I decided to try with some yarn from my stash, and trying to make it slightly larger, so far it’s working, I’m up to the decreases for the top, but this is how it’s coming along…

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Last but not least, the Bargello patterned bag front has been complete and had it’s edges finished, just need to sew it onto the bag. I know, I know, too many unfinished things, but that’s what happens when stuff gets packed up lol

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That is it for today, I think. lol

Keep smiling, keep crafting, keep supporting your small business crafters (my Etsy is here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ImpishCreations) and remember this (I found this meme the other day, and loved it…)

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Updates, Musings, and Random Ramblings…

So… yeah, it’s been a while. I know I kept saying how busy I was over the summer… well… it got about a million times worse.

Early August we went up to visit family in Michigan. Had an AMAZING time, ate too much, walked a LOT, spent some amazing time with friends and family.

The day after we got back DS started back into dance full time. Four classes a week, plus privates, and now, rehearsals.

A week after that, both DD and DS started back to school. DD with her senior year and DS with 7th (still at home with me online).

THEN, a week after that I started back to school. Only two classes this semester (I wasn’t completely crazy!) and both online.

*whew*

Okay. THEN, September kinda went somewhere. It’s mostly a blur of school and classes and driving.

Now here is October. Let’s just break it down into bullet points.

  • We moved. Not far, but still, we moved.
  • I fell down the last three steps of the attic stairs and sprained my ankle.
  • I’m not 100% sure where anything is at the moment.
  • Last but not least… we’ve had four days of sun in the last three weeks. Yes, we are in SC (for those of you that don’t remember) and very very very blessed and lucky to not have been troubled by any of the flooding. Okay. Let me rephrase. I’m popping Vitamin D like it’s candy, and I’m so sick of everything being damp, but house is fine, car is fine,we are fine.

Oh and did I mention it’s only the 10th? *facedesk*

Midterm for one class was supposed to be this past week, it’s this coming up week now. (The city has been well.. shut down for the past week).

Now. There are a zillion gofundme pages for different people, families, organizations going right now because of the flood. If you can’t do much but want to give money, I’m going to point out two things. One, the Red Cross is always taking money. They are a decent organization, and have been here since day one. The other, is more for personal reasons. The “other” ballet company in our city lost EVERYTHING. I mean… EVERYTHING. They had JUST renovated their studio, and by the second day of flooding they had water 8 feet up the wall. EIGHT. FEET. Costumes, music, posters, brand new flooring… everything gone. They have set up a gofundme page here: https://www.gofundme.com/CCBFlood if you can, and feel so inclined, please donate. They are trying to salvage what costumes and things that they can, but as a lot of you fellow crafty type people out there know, fabrics that have been soaked, especially the lighter, airy fabrics used for costumes, (and soaked in not very clean water…) are nearly impossible to salvage.

If dance isn’t your thing, by all means, I’m sure if you google “go fund me columbia sc flood” or “go fund me south carolina flood” you’ll find dozens of pages. Pick one and help some one out.

As for my crafting… yes, I am still doing some… well I have been. I will do my best in the next couple of weeks to get pictures and updates out to you. I have managed to squeeze in some Christmas crafting while doing everything else (and before you get any big ideas, I take the time I sit at studios to crochet, nothing fancy and I’m not super woman I promise). And I will get some pictures out of that, and just know, if you open a box and see something I’ve posted here, just pretend to be surprised lol.

Don’t forget I do still have my Etsy site up and running. I did make a sale the other day! lol Nothing big, but it made me happy. The link is in the “about” tab up top (you’ll have to click it to see it) and by all means, give me a favorite or even better buy something *giggles*.

Okies, I am exhausted and should prop up this ankle of mine (it’s better but still pretty swollen and LOTS of prettily colored bruises everywhere). Keep smiling, keep crafting, and pray for SUN! <3


Weekly Craft Update – July 27, 2015

Busy! I know that has been my theme song this summer, but it’s so true! I do love it though. I don’t like being idle for long.

I thought I would take the time though to update you on not just the fairy this time. I’ve been hinting at other projects I’ve been working on. Smaller things that are more portable and quicker things that can be done in a sitting. So I am going to update on it all today.

First for you is the latest update on the fairy. She is coming along nicely, slowly, but surely lol. It’s usually at this point in a project like this that I start to get frustrated and am tempted to put it to the side. I am not letting myself do that, even if I only get a few stitches in here and there throughout the day, I am determined to get something done on it daily. So here she is…


Next thing I have been working on, is an amigarumi dragon for a friend’s grandson. He’s only a body so far, but I plan on trying to get the rest knocked out this week.    

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My more portable stitching project has been a stylized peacock pattern done in something called “bargello”. It’s actually fairly simple, and if it turns out like the picture, I will be happy with it. It will be the front pocket of a small bag, which I also love, because I just don’t think you can have too many bags lol.

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Last but not least is something I made for myself. A cute little bracelet from a pattern I modified. I am happy with how it came out.

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 There now that I got the pictures to upload properly… ish… lol I will close this out. 

Keep smiling, keep crafting, stay cool, stay hydrated and I’ll see you all next week! :D


Weekly Craft Update – July 20, 2015

So, I missed an update last week… Things have been getting busier and busier as we get through summer. I’m busy, the kids are busy, my darling hubby is crazy busy at work. Plus trying to de clutter the house and heal from a minor procedure I had done.  

With all this going on, obviously I haven’t had a ton of time to sit and stitch, or crochet much at all. But, I do have a progress update. I am making another amigarumi for a friend’s grandson. I will get pictures of that one as soon as I can. 

Picture for this week, of the fairy…

  
Little more work on her face, as well as the wings and background. 

Don’t forget to take a peek at my Etsy shop and eBay page, both links are in the about me, up at the top of the page. As I de clutter, more and more is being added. 

Keep smiling, stay cool and happy crafting!


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