Weekly Craft Update – April 27, 2015

Hello my lovelies!

It’s been a good week for the cross stitch. I’ve really been focusing on that, so my crochet probably won’t have updates for at least another week or so. 

I occasionally suffer from some insomnia, and let me tell you, Netflix and cross stitching at 3am is very soothing. It kept me from focusing on how early I was awake, as opposed to thinking about how little sleep I actually got lol.

I am not the fastest stitcher in the world, but I am very pleased with my progress this week. Especially since I have gotten to my first edge! That always excites me when I can get to them, since that starts really giving me a real idea of the size and scope, and how much I have left. So, look closely, I have found the bottom edge, only three stitches, but hey, progress is progress!

Here is the picture for this week. Excuse the wrinkles, I finally got the fabric cover for my 8×8″ q-snap (which I totally love now since I still use a smaller frame even for the bigger pieces, it’s easier to hold onto for me), but since I’ve been working on the bottom, the top half has been kind of rolled and tucked under the cover to keep it out of the way.

  
Have a wonderful week everyone, keep smiling! As always, check out my Etsy site (click about me up top, the link is in there) and if you can, give my shop a favorite and let me know, I’ll reciprocate!


Weekly Craft Update – April 20, 2015

Okay… So not so weekly the past few weeks… I’ve slacked off, I keep meaning to do this and I kept forgetting. 

I have been working some, not as much as I would like, but some. I do plan on trying to get back into it this week, and taking the time. No really good excuses, really, just distracted and other things going on. *giggles*

In other crafty notes, I am FROG’ing the afghan, and will start it over, again, sometime this week. The ripple was not lining up correctly so I either read the instructions wrong, or completely miscounted somewhere. I am determined to learn this skill though, so I will get back to it and figure it out. I know when I get it right in the first few rows, I will have it. 

The moment you’ve all really been waiting for, cross stitch update picture!

 

 

Have a great week everyone. Check out my etsy when you get a chance, it’s on my list to add more to it soon too. Keep smiling!


Weekly Craft Update – March 23, 2015

Hello everyone! So, my week was rather crazy as I expected. The final ballet of the season was this past week, and it was a success! Now it is back to something slightly normal, although still busy, until DD’s prom in April and recitals in May. So, I get a month to breathe lol.

Needless to say, I didn’t get nearly as much time to crochet as I thought I would, and I’m not 100% sure this isn’t going to end up being frogged and restarted. The ripple effect seems off, so I’m not sure if I missed a count somewhere or I’m just not far enough into it yet to see it. I’ll post pictures and updates on that hopefully next week.

Now, on top of the ballet, I managed to get myself a lovely case of the sniffles, with a clogged nose and all. But, that did mean I got a little more time to stitch than I expected, and although not a huge amount of work done, progress is progress. So, here is this week’s picture for the cross stitch…

 

  

That’s it for this week! Keep smiling and keep creating!


Weekly Craft Update – March 16, 2015

Happy Monday everybody! 

Only had time for some stitching this week, and not quite as much as I’d wanted, but progress is progress! This week may be worse for progress, we’ll see next week, but being that DS and I have the final performances of our last ballet of the season, I may not be able to stitch but I do plan on getting some serious crocheting done. We are back in our “home” theater this week, so I know all the good sitting and crocheting spots :) So, I am hopeful to have some afghan progress to show next week. 

As for the stitching progress, here you go…



Keep smiling and happy crafting!


Weekly Craft Update – March 9, 2015

Look at me, two weeks in a row!

Busy week this past week as usual, DS and I travelled both this past Thursday and Saturday for ballet, as well as all the usual running around and fitting school in between. 

I did have time to get some stitching done, which makes me happy. I feel like, so far, this one is going much faster than the ballerina. Here is this week’s progress…



Last week I also mentioned that I was starting a new afghan. It’s amazingly enough my first ripple pattern. It is done in lion brand’s homespun which is so soft and lovely, but it does like to separate a bit, so I’m getting used to that. Here are two pictures of the progress. I’d hoped to have more done, but there wasn’t always a good place with decent light to sit and spread out a bit at the theaters. 





That’s it for this week! Be sure if you haven’t yet, take a peek at my Etsy shop, you can find the link in the “About” link at the top of the page. Give the shop a like if you can! Thanks for everything and keep smiling!


Weekly (hopefully) Craft Update – March 2, 2015

Okay! First and foremost I apologize for my long absence. I have been working just not been updating all of you! 

I have more motivation to update you all more regularly again. I have started a new big cross stitch project! I’m excited about this one, it’s going to be gorgeous I think. I was reminded why I love presorted kits though. Here are some pictures of prep…





Gotta love it when you have five shades of peach and colors called “darkest grey green” lol. 

I officially started stitching this past Tuesday, the 24th of February, so here is my first week of progress, which I am quite pleased.



It is done on evenweave which I haven’t done a lot on before, but I am getting used to it. 

I have been busy with other things, most of which can be found on my Etsy site (see about me for that link). Here is some of it.





This last big mass of purple is something I love. 



It’s warm and soft and perfect for cold nights, and the sleeves are mid arm so perfect to wear while working on other things! 

I think that’s everything! Oh, I have gotten everything together for my next portable crochet project and as DS is getting ready for the final ballet production of the season, I should have some work on that to show in the next week or two. 

Keep smiling everybody!


Post Holiday Crafting Recap

Well. It’s been a while since I’ve been here. But, like I’ve mentioned before between DS’s crazy dance schedule during the holidays, as well as most of my crafting becomes completely gift related I didn’t want to post much and give away gifts before they were even wrapped!

This is going to be a LOT of pictures I will warn you now lol.

First off is a scarf I made for my oldest sister in law. My first experiment beyond weaving on my Martha Stewart loom. I think it came out great, it uses Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, and so it worked up very quickly. You can find the pattern for free on the Lion Brand website it is pattern number L10023. The two pictures of it completed are thanks to my oldest sister in law, I managed to wrap everything without getting pictures lol.

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Next was another quick and easy project, also on my Martha Stewart loom. This is the loom double knit two ball scarf using Vanna’s Choice. Super thick, warm and super fast to make. It is also a free pattern on their website number L0103. Picture credit goes to my sister in law, the younger one (but still older than me lol).

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Lastly for gifts that were made… I love this. I found this yarn, and fell in love. It is Red Heart Boutique “Unforgettable” and the color is called Dragonfly, even though to me it looks more like a peacock feather. I decided to try my hand at a finer gauge double knit and the result was gorgeous. And thankfully the recipient likes it too lol, and photo credit goes to her, my DD’s boyfriend’s mother lol…

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So, I try to do some small crafts/projects that I want to do or catch up on after Christmas. Especially since we like to spend that time at home, all of us playing with our new toys and enjoying the quiet time. Needless to say, I accomplished a lot!

First is a set of miniatures, from a company called Metal Earth. I found them at our local 2nd and Charles and they are fun little things. I had five that I had picked up over many months, a Ferris wheel, the Eiffel Tower, the George Washington monument as well as two from their Star Wars line, R2-D2 and the Millennium Falcon. They were fun, a little complicated since the instructions are mostly pictorial but fun nonetheless.

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Next thing I worked on was a basket, made from Lion Brand’s fun newer yarn “fettuccini”. It’s a super bulky yarn, but with various fiber content and interesting colors. If you order from their website, you get no choice in colors but I’ve also found it difficult to find in stores. It’s another free pattern that I adjusted slightly, but the pattern number is L40360. I added the handles and am loving having it to carry my work around.

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Next I pulled out something I found at Michael’s. It was their brand, Loops and Threads, and the yarn is their T-Shirt yarn. It is definitely t-shirt material, and it came in a few colors. Problem is, just as I fall in love with the ease of this yarn, it is discontinued. But, I did manage to make a placemat and a set of coasters out of the two skeins I had. I actually got about 10 coasters from one skien, and I plan on putting a set of six on my etsy store. The pattern is available on the Michael’s website.

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Last but not least, one more scarf/wrap that was from my one of my kit of the month kits. I’m pretty sure this one is going to end up on etsy as well, the color palette although interesting isn’t exactly my personal taste. I think I might have enough yarn to make another, which as fast as this pattern was to work up, I will probably do. It’s a simple pattern of single and triple crochets.

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*whew* I think that gets you all caught up now. Finally. I plan on getting back to my weekly updates next week if I can. Keep smiling and keep crafting everybody!!


Weekly Craft Update – November 3, 2014

Hi everybody!

I took last week off, as it was my birthday week, as well as Dracula week for DS and I with the ballet.

But, I did get some things done in the past couple of weeks. First, I mounted and framed the two small cross stitches I completed and got them on Etsy. Here is how they came out:

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The bag I had been working on, is to the side at the moment. I ran out of yarn, so it will be something that I will probably redo at some point, but, as I am in the middle of the crunch of Christmas crafting, it can wait.

As I mentioned though, my birthday was last Monday and my wonderful daddy keeps an eye on my Amazon wish list lol, so these showed up for my birthday. First one I pulled out is another Dimensions gold series, of a cabin and the auroras. I took a picture of the back of the package because I am very excited that it came with all the colors pre sorted! That will save me nearly a day of work lol.

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Second kit I pulled out I’m really excited about. I love Leonardo da Vinci, and I have a version of the painting in my house that my daddy and his mom, my grandmother, did from a paint by number kit many many years ago already so I think this will be great. Also excited that this one came presorted as well lol.

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Lastly is a Christmas present I am working on. If any of my family is reading this, please be surprised if you open anything you see here on Christmas morning lol. I have had the Martha Stewart crafts loom knitting kit for a while, it’s fantastic because one kit gives you several sizes and gauges for loom knitting. So, I’ve been wanting to do a project like this with it for a while, since straight needle knitting is difficult for me. I am very slow and have issues with tension because my left hand is significantly weaker than my right after two wrist surgeries. Hence, why I crochet a lot more than I knit lol. But, I’m hoping loom knitting will be the answer to that. Here is what I have done so far. It’s about half a scarf…

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Whew! I think that gets you mostly caught up on the crafting side of my life. I may have to do another life as a dance mom post soon lol.

Until then, keep smiling everybody!!


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!


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