Thursday, June 20, 2013

Still Alive ... I Promise.

So ... I just realized it has been about 8 months since I have posted to this blog!
SHAME ON ME!

I guess I have proven myself not be counted on
to keep everyone updated on my crafty comings and goings.
Really sorry.
Please don't take it personally.
Honestly, I don't know why I expect anything different from myself.
I'm the girl who can't even keep a personal journal ...
Or remember to take medicine regularly ...
Or do my physical therapy exercises every day without a reminder
(which I often ignore anyway!)

I haven't really been up to much of anything exciting.
Just living life and trying to work on fun projects now and then.

Oh ... Except I did go to London recently.
My first time to England.
It was great.
Beautiful weather, fun times with friends,
and a great break from the craziness of life in the United States.

Here are a couple of London photos.
I promise I will post more photos of my recent projects soon.



The Liberty of London store.
I didn't know this existed!!
I had seen beautiful (and pricey!) Liberty of London fabrics here in the states,
but my little brain could never have conceived of a whole store!!
They had a whole floor with all their fabric and crafty stuff.
Basically it felt like what I imagine Heaven will be like.  :)



Yes.
Yes I did.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ramen Noodles and Knitting

Who loves ramen noodles?
It seems to me that people either love them or hate them.
There's no in between.
I happen to think they look gross,
but because I grew up eating them with certain meals,
I really like them,
and they bring back lots of memories for me.
Plus they're super cheap, which doesn't hurt!



I know this looks like a pile of ramen noodles,
but really it's not.
This is a picture of the shawl that I knitted
and had to undo
THREE TIMES
because I couldn't get the size right.
Seriously, y'all.
Three Times.

And I even knitted a guage swatch to begin with!
Ugh.
Sometimes I think I need some formal knitting classes.

Incidentally,
who knew that the yarn stayed so kinked up
after knitting with it?
Not me.


Anyway ... here's a (ugly iphone) picture
of how the shawl came out in the end.
(Pay NO attention to the ugly bathroom!!) 
I really like it,
and am glad that I made the effort to re-do it.

Now I just have to wait
for the weather to get cold enough to wear it!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's ALMOST that time again!!!


:o)


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Adventures in Refinishing

I wouldn't exactly call myself adventurous.
I mean ... 
I have traveled to some fun places
and have done some fun things in my life
but mostly I love to stay home
and be with family and friends
and lead a quiet life
full of frappucinos. :)

So, when I'm looking for an adventure,
I end up turning to new crafty projects to get my fix.
(I know, I'm a dork.)



Recently, I decided that I needed to do something
with this old wardrobe from my childhood
which has been sitting in my garage
collecting dust
and bugs
and sticky old frappucino cups.
(I know ... gross.)

I have a vivid memory as a child
of coming home one day 
and opening this wardrobe
to find a brand new purple flowered dress hanging in it.
Best Day Ever for my 6 year old self!

Incidentally, I found out recently
that this wardrobe
actually belonged to my mom
when she was a little girl.
Needless to say,
it has a lot of meaning to me.



SO ...
with the help of my awesome sister in law,
I'm embarking on an adventure
to refinish it
and use it as a storage cabinet in my office area.
Three guesses what color it will be when I'm done with it.
(Bet you only need 1 guess!)

I'm gonna have to rely on Suzanne
for a lot of the heavy labor
since my shoulder still acts up when I try to use it a lot.
Plus, I really don't know what I'm doing
and Suzanne does.
She's AWESOME at refinishing furniture.

Stay tuned for pictures of the finished product!
(If it turns out well, I might have a list of other things I want to work on!!)




Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Gift for Baby Boy Reid

I'm in that stage of life where everyone around me is having babies.

Actually, I've been in that stage of life for a while now.
One day it will be my turn.
But until then,
I am constantly trying to figure out fun new baby gifts to give.

It's usually easy for little girls.
I love to make dresses
and shoes

But, I always get hung up on boy gifts
Why is that???

I usually make a blanket or shoes
or break down and buy something off the baby registry.


So, recently,
while spending hours a few minutes on Pinterest,
I found some inspiration
to make a gift for some friends who just had a new baby boy.


It all started with a bowtie.
I wasn't born in the South, but I was raised here,
and I can appreciate a good bowtie
every now and then.


Look at how cute it looks on a onesie.


Then again,
you can never go wrong with a black tie.

How am I supposed to choose
between the green and the black???
They both look great to me!!!


SNAPS!!!!


Oh yes ... 
They are interchangeable!

BRILLIANT!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Boxes!!

So it's official.
I'm addicted to buying yarn.

Well, I'm addicted to knitting, really.
Buying yarn just comes with the territory.
But here's the problem ...
My yarn stash has outgrown my storage baskets!
And it is currently taking over the corner of my living room,
next to my big comfy chair
where I sit and knit like a grandma
while watching TV.



This is a picture of my "good" yarn stash.
(I have another stash of cheaper yarns that I keep in my studio)
This is actually pretty organized
compared to the ugly PILE that it used to be
before I broke out the plastic bins.
But, it literally takes up the entire corner of my living room,
and I'm tired of it looking so cluttered.
So ... I decided to look for a good way to store my stash.

I, of course, made a bee-line for the Pottery Barn website.
Rarely do I ever buy anything there,
but they are always a great source of inspiration.

At first I was thinking I could use something like this :


... but I figured that it wouldn't really hold enough to make it worth the expense.
So, then I thought I could buy some shelves like this :



... until I realized that they are $249, plus the cost of the baskets.
No, thank you.

Then, I saw this fun idea online :


... and I remembered
that I had an old ladder of my mom's that I could use,
which would be MUCH cheaper
than the $279 that Pottery Barn wants for this one!

The only problem is that the ladder I have is only 9 inches wide,
and apparently that's not a standard basket width.
Ugh.

I thought I was going to just have to bite the bullet and buy some shelves,
Until I saw this tutorial online.

It seemed like the perfect solution to my problem!
So ... with a little effort
I whipped up these fun fabric boxes
which fit perfectly on my ladder
and store lots of yarn!



And the best part
is that I can keep it in my stairway!


I made them all out of fabric that I already had.
All I really had to buy was some fusible interfacing,
which I maybe paid $15 for.
I'd say that's a pretty good deal!!



The only drawback ...
my shoulder is paying the price for getting back in the studio.

Oh well ... at least my yarn is organized.



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Blankets for my nieces


Oh man ... 

I've been really bad about blogging recently!!!  
Sorry.  
My two shoulder surgeries have seriously cramped my crafting style.  
But I think I am starting to see a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, 
and I've been working on some fun projects!  
Hopefully I'll be better about posting updates in the future.

As a start
I thought I would post some pictures
of the blankets I made for my nieces for Christmas this year.





MR is getting this ladybug blanket.
The girl is obsessed with ladybugs.
Wonder where she gets that from??? Ha!
(Isn't this blanket pattern adorable???)





Anneliese is getting a colorful star pattern blanket
to match her sweet style.
I still have to block this one so that it will lay flat.

I hope they like them!
MR asked me last week if I would knit her something for her birthday,
so I hope I'm on the right track with these gifts!