My First Tote Bag

So while I was in JoAnn Fabric back in mid-May, they had books on sale and I found a book called Fat Quarter Bags by Leisure Arts. The nice thing about this book is that each bag only requires 6 fat quarters and just over a yard of fusible fleece.  There are seven different bags in the book, all with two nice big pockets inside, but I decided to start with the one called San Clemente as it was basically just a few rectangles and the others involved a lot more piecing to be done. Continue reading My First Tote Bag

Venturing into the land of sewing

I can’t say that I *just* started sewing this past month, I have done a couple quilt blocks before as well as some foundation paper piecing over the past couple years, but haven’t really kept with it. I also picked up a couple sewing patterns last year to try my hand at and never even completed the first one (mainly because sewing patterns just don’t make the most sense to me).   Continue reading Venturing into the land of sewing

Long time, no see

So, yeah, hi! It’s been a year since I’ve been on here, which is kind of crazy, but between the laptop dying, family issues, buying a house (and then moving into it), and just general life craziness, I kind of forgot about this honestly.  What brought it back to mind is I’ve just started sewing as of mid-May and have been (successfully!) working on several different projects.  I’m really hoping I’ll be able to start selling my completed works so that’s what I’ll be primarily working towards in my experimentation with new patterns and project types.  As with my previous posts, I’ll also be including information on any current sales going on at locations that I’ve gotten my materials from.  I think for the time being, just to get caught up, I’ll be making posts about my individual projects I’ve made in the past month.  Thanks for stopping by and joining me in my next crafting adventure.

One Crappy Week and Another

So week before last pretty much sucked in general for me, repair guys and issues and I swear it was Friday the 13th the entire week.  Craft wise, barely worked on anything.  I used the skein of baby yarn at Michael’s that had a one-skein project on the wrapper so worked on it.  If I had worked on it continuously, probably could have finished it in less than a day, as it is, it took me almost week.  The pattern was pretty cool, making a little baby vest but the way it’s designed you don’t have to worry about working armholes and things into it; it’s worked from collar down all in one piece. My only complaint with the pattern is it calls for it to be fastened with buttons, but the pattern didn’t allow for button holes so you’re just supposed to fit the buttons through the stitches but the spaces aren’t that big due to the stitch size.  I’ll have to play around with it and see what I can figure out.

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Oops!

So yeah, was working on the baby blanket for the friend last night, finished off the third skein of yarn, remeasured it after laying it flat…and realized I’d somehow measured it wrong and I’m still about 8″ short of the finished size *headdesk repeatedly*. We’re heading up to Georgia today, my extra yarn for the project is home almost two hours away from where I’m at, there’s no way I’m getting it finished for Saturday (and this is after I originally had last Saturday as a finish date). On the upside I have another baby blanket I made that I can give them.  Guess I’ll just save this one for when the baby actually gets here lol.

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Productive Day

Actually been pretty good today craft wise even though I’ve been out running errands most of the day.  Started off the day working on my dishrag and got a couple more rows on it so I’m almost done.  Worked on the baby blanket for my friend since I have to be finished by the time we leave Friday to go up to Georgia.  Managed to talk myself out of starting any other projects… at least ’til I finish one of the others lol.

Had to go to Wal-Mart today and decided to check out the yarn just because.  Admittedly, they don’t have a great selection of stuff in stores, however, they have Red Heart Super Saver yarn for $2.88 every day (vs. getting them at JoAnn’s on sale occasionally for $2.99) which is perfect for getting basic stuff as well as their version of cotton yarn called Peaches ‘n Cream which are pretty much in the exact same colors as the Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream for $1.50/each.  All that being said, their website has a ton of yarn on there apparently and the prices are either comparable to JoAnn’s and Michaels or cheaper.  The search feature on there sucks though because it has things like length and height and I’m not quite sure how they equate to yarn measurements as they go from 1-10 which doesn’t work out to the yarn weight (worsted, chunky, etc) or the ounces; just strange.

JoAnn’s has a 50% coupon good through next week on their website, and they’re also having a Cinco de Mayo sale with select yarns on sale today only, and Bernat baby yarns are on sale 25% off for the month (online only).

Really?!

So I’ve been good and have been working on the baby blanket for my friend yesterday and today.  I finally finished the second skein of yarn and started on the third and happened to double check the cleaning instructions… hand wash in cold water and lay flat.  Really?! Really?! What genius decided to make baby blanket patterns and put together kits(and there are several of them) using yarn that requires hand washing? What new parent (or any parent of small kids really) has time to do hand washing?  I’m almost finished with the blanket now (almost 30″x30″ of finished size 36″x36″) so there’s no way I’m ripping it out, plus it’s the kind of yarn that has fibers that tangle (think mohair) so it’d be more headache than it’s worth anyway.  I think I’m going to rework this afghan with a regular ombre baby yarn later, you know, after I finish up the other baby blanket, the dish cloth, and put a decent dent in the hubby’s afghan lol.

 

On a happier note, Mary Maxim has a sale on some of their yarns for $1.99/each for the next couple days. Oh, and if you happen to create your own patterns for knit or crochet accessories, baby blankets, or afghans, they’re running a contest for cash prizes.

A New Week

So it’s the beginning of a new week, and I’m back in my non-home location for the first part of the week.  Just so you guys know, in case my updating goes screwy, I’m splitting my weeks between home and the city my step-mother lives in a couple hours away so I can help take care of her affairs while she’s in long term physical rehab.  On the upside, it does give me plenty of time for crafts, video games and reading, and another JoAnn’s and Michaels to go to lol.  Actually, I say that, the yarn selection in the stores up here absolutely SUCKS! Seriously, both stores have about 1 1/2 aisles dedicated to yarn and yarn tools and patterns.  I’ve been in Wal-Marts with better selection.  Regardless, I still managed to buy something at Michaels today, ’cause, you know, I need more patterns and yarn lol.  I actually looked at these last week when I was there and got a book for making covers for dish washing liquid bottles that look like dresses that’s all knit (I’m going to be experimenting with knit again apparently lol) and uses crochet cotton, like the Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream; the other is a variegated yarn that’s store brand that you can apparently make a baby’s top out of using just one skein (or 2 skeins if you make a little larger size).  I’m big on one skein projects as they let me try out different yarns without having to spend a ton of money on enough for things like blankets or afghans.  Of course, I’m always looking for non-scarf projects because, let’s get real, I live in central Florida and there’s less than one month a year that gets cold enough to need one.  Then again, I do have an Etsy shop that a lot of my finished pieces will probably wind up on eventually.  If I do put them on there, I’ll let you guys know in case any of you are feeling generous and want to buy something lol.

So, this weekend I worked on the hubby’s afghan some more as well as the one-skein baby blanket and the dish cloth (yeah, I’m only doing a couple rows at a time with that one, it’s why it’s not finished yet).  I’m going to have to get my butt in gear and finish the blanket for my friends since I’m headed up to visit my mom and grandmother this weekend and I’ll be stopping by to see them as well (oh yeah, probably no updates this weekend either).  Also, been playing around with the site, seeing what works and doesn’t for me.  Wish I could set up a separate page on this site that allows posts for my reviews but won’t let me, I don’t think, so they’ll be getting scattered in with the regular posts.

For sales…well Michaels didn’t have anything yarn related on sale in store or online unfortunately, but if you go to their webpage, you can get a 40% off coupon for one regular price item. JoAnn’s is having daily coupon offers through the end of the week for Mother’s Day, so make sure you check those out, plus all their Lion Brand yarns are 25% off as well as a couple other brand types that are on sale.

Starting Fresh

Okay, here we go with my first actual status type post. I’m going to do this in sections for each project just to try to make things simpler.  Where available, I’m going to include the website links to products, however some stores don’t have them at their website but they may have them in store.

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I started the hubby’s afghan yesterday.  It’s a ripple afghan using basic double and triple crochet stitches as well as a couple modified decreases and front post crochets.  I’m including pictures of the first three rows to give an idea of how the color sequence is going to go since it’ll just be repeated until it finishes after that. Continue reading Starting Fresh

Hello!

Welcome to my blog! I’m new to this so bear with me while I find my way.  I’ll be discussing my many (omg so many) craft projects in progress, the materials I’m using, and the craft stores or websites I’ve visited (and any deals they happen to be running at the moment).  Where available, I plan on providing links to all products used (books, tools, materials, information, etc) so you can find them for your own use.   In regards to the mentioned stores, there are tons of craft stores both physical and online, not to mention stores like Wal-Mart and Amazon.com, where you can get craft supplies; however, I’m only mentioning the ones I personally use on a regular basis.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.