Monday, March 2, 2015

Soooooo, I've been crafting but not Posting!!

Time to document my crafty life!  

So far in 2015 I have finished a few things.  I have been into yarn for the past year.  Mostly crochet but I did pick up my needles and started knitting again in 2015.  I'm loving it.  Knitting still takes forever, but for garments I just love the look.  So,  what I have completed so far this year is mostly crochet, actually all crochet! 






All items are crocheted.  First two are free patterns on ravelry which I will link here:



The Third one I learned from a youtube tutorial which I will link here:




I used bernat baby softee for the the baby hoodie and it worked up nice and quick.  I used Vanna White yarn for the beret.  The pattern called for  a nice pom pon on the back but the person it was made for would not want that detail so I left it off.  I also used Vanna White yarn for the Trinity stitch hat.  

I enjoyed these Projects. 

As for knitting I have a pair of vanilla socks on the needles.  Slow going because I am just a slow knitter:


Its further alone than this now so I should be turning the heel soon.  Wish me luck! 

I am also making a sweater!  I'm being brave this year with plans to knit a sweater for myself and one for my son.  And a sweater vest for my husband if I can.  So I have my sweater cast on and its coming along well.  I'm using loops and threads acrylic  for mine because:

  1. Its affordable.  For my first sweater, I did not want to spend a lot of money on yarn, because knowing me I might peter out before I finish.
  2. I cannot afford to be a yarn snob.....maybe one day, but for now, I am cannot
  3. I don't really wear wool anyway. All of my bought sweaters are some form of acrylic
I don't have a picture of my progress yet but it is a free pattern on Ravelry which I will link here:


I am enjoying this one for sure and hopefully I won't come to regret the acrylic.  Maybe if I am uber pleased with the results I will do it again with a premium yarn.  

I am also making a Flax sweater for my son and a coordinating Barley Hat. I have the yarn.  I will be making his in acrylic for sure.  Loops and Threads baby yarn in a dark grey colorway.  I have not casted these on yet but when I get to a certain point in my sweater,  I will cast on the Flax sweater.  

So,  I have been watching lots of knitting podcasts lately and it seems that project bags have become a thing since last I knit.  So,  I naturally feel the pull to have a bag for each of my projects too!  So,  I bought some inexpensive unlined drawstring bags from Etsy seller GalianaCreations.  and I really like my bags pictured here:


I have another one as well but no picture.  This one is now holding the yarn for my son's sweater.  But I was so inspired by everyone's pretty bags that I decided to make some of my own.  Using this tutorial:



I made two of my own. The owly one is big enough for a shawl but is currently holding my February Lady Sweater.  The one with the elephant print is holding a bunch of Red Heart With Love Yarn purchased for the sweater initially but I ended up abandoning that yarn because it was just way too fuzzy.  I love these bags. I included a layer of felt in mine instead of batting because thats what I had. But it turns out that it makes the bags more sturdy and when they are opened, they work like little baskets.  They are not perfect but I am so proud of my work! 






I have plans to make a few more bags.  I have to say I am enjoying my sewing machine! 

So,  thats it for 2015 so far. I did a lot in 2014 but I did not document a lot here. I am planning to do more of that this year. 

As mentioned above, I have really been enjoying a ton of podcasts and vlogs.  Here are a few that I love:





There are tons of great ones!  


Anyway, thats all for now.  Happy Crafting! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Finally Participated In A Craft Show.....sort of

So, after agonizing a lot over whether or not to sign up for a craft show, I bit the bullet, squashed my fears and signed up for a Holiday Boutique.  I feverishly crafted away just to have enough stuff to fill up a table.  So, I ended up having a decent about of things to sell, but I still felt that I should have had more.  So, this experience was not financially successful.  Not because people did not like my things, but because NO ONE CAME!  In my mind, when you pay for a booth part of what a vendor should be able to expect is that the person organizing the event would also Market the event.  I think that the only people that actually came were friend/family members of the organizer.  

Now, I have to say that this girl put on an awesome, very well done event.  The space was great, the food provided was great, she made sure that she had a variety of vendors. She even had a great DJ. She had swag bags for the first 50 people to come in and several raffles throughout our time there.  

What she did not have  was customers.  I am sure she still had many swag bags left over.  







What I learned:

  1. This was a Holiday Boutique, not a craft fair.  So, I was basically the only crafter there.  There were some folks with handmade jewelry. But other than that, there was MaryKay, Scentsy, Gold Canyon, Bedroom Kandi, etc.  I sort of did not fit in.  If there had been a crowd, they might not have been interested in my handcrafted items. So, if I do this again,  I will look for an event that is marketed well and marketed to people who are interested in handcrafted items. 



2. I learned that people who do craft shows/holiday boutiques, work really hard to get ready for them.  Its tough when you are a vendor of ready made items. Its even more challenging if you are a maker.  I worked hard to create my inventory and still feel that I did not have enough.  If you are a maker and work full time, it can take a while to build up enough inventory to sell at a fair.  So, I might stick to taking orders from people.






3.  If I do this again, I won't do a first time event.  And if I do,  the booth fee will have to be very low.  I think I will look for an actual craft fair with a track record of attendance.  You can have great stuff and great prices but if no one comes.........
Overall, I am glad I did it.  I had my business cards and passed out a lot of them so if nothing else, I got my name out there. And I learned a lot.  So, I guess I will consider my booth fee as an educational investment!





Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Finished Newspaper!!!


Done!  After 2 years!  

I started this quilt sometime in 2012.  Then, In 2013 I was so into papercrafting that I did no quilting. But I decided that this is the year to finish up some UFO's from 2012.  This is the first finish!   I made the middle portion by doing the jelly roll race pattern technique, except that I did not have a jelly roll.  I used various fat quarters and some yardage that I collected and then cut them cut them in 2.5 inch strips, with differing lengths and then  went from there.  

For more info on the Jelly Roll Race Quilt Pattern, go here:





Since this ends up as a lap size quilt I bordered it with rail fence blocks because I wanted  a queen sized quilt.  I them bordered that with a white on white print and finished it off with floral print in black, white and red.  I backed it with flannel because I just love the feel of it against my skin. This quilt is huge but I quilted it myself on a tiny little machine.  I am a novice so my quilting/piecing will not win any prizes anytime soon but I just love it!  




I had so much fabric left over so I just decided to go with a scrappy binding.  I like how it turned out as well.

The Scrappy Binding is pictured here:

I am on a roll!  I already began quilting my next UFO so hopefully I will have another finish soon.  Its not as big as this one but its not small either.  Looking forward to more 2014 finishes!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Closing in on a Finish!

I currently have 4 quilts at various stages of completion. Most of them were started in 2012 or earlier. At the beginning of 2014 I decided that I will complete each of them this year. I started with the biggest one. I call it Kim's News Paper because it's black and white and red all over! I believe I got it sandwiched late last year and started the quilting in January and finished it in early March. Over the last two days I made the binding!


Now on to the trimming! And binding!

Sandy over at Quilting for the Rest of US is having a 2014 Quilty Resolutions Check in and there are prizes to be had! So I am linking up over there!  Join in the fun! 

Also Linked up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday. Check out what everyone is up to!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Another finish!

This was fun to make and very easy!

I started the Minion last FridayI believe and finished it up a week later.  The hat I started on Wednesday and finished on Friday. Easy and fun to make.  Someone commented on my Piggy post and said that its easy to get addicted to making little amigarumi items and she was right!  I am already on to the next project.  

The pattern for the minion can be found here:


The hat pattern was also free and found on Ravelry here:


My next Little Project can be found here: 


And today I am linking up here:




Monday, March 10, 2014

Crafty Weekend

Saturday was a great day! First of all the weather was fabulous. The sun was bright and it was nice and warm outside. I think if that was the only good thing about Saturday, it would have been enough. However, there were many more blessings! First I had a potluck breakfast with some of my best girlfriends from church:


Then my son started T-ball and his first game was Saturday.  Definitely a proud Mommy moment!





Then I attended this month's Craft Meetup.  I was so productive.  I totally focused on quilting this big quilt.  I live in a small two bedroom apartment and my kid has tons of toys. So, quilting this quilt had been taking a while.  So, I dedicated the entire 4 hours of the meetup to quilting this baby and I finished!  Now its ready for binding.  So excited.  And do you see this little machine?  I bought this machine on HSN several years ago and NEVER used it until this year!  Its called the Quilting Machine by White.  It comes in a case and part of the case doubles as a table which helps you to make the machine into a flat bed. Previously I was using this machine in my sewing table which attempts to do the same thing.  I have to tell you, I was sleep on this machine.  When I used it as it was meant to be used, the quilting was much easier.  Its a small machine with a very small harp area.  But with that table attached, the quilt was so easy to manipulate. Plus, as you can see from my picture, I had a whole table to myself! So the table held the weight of the quilt and made it much easier on my body.  I must figure out how to make this happen at home!


I am very new to free motion quilting and will not be winning any prizes anytime soon (many many mistakes), but I am so proud of myself for going for it!  Check out the quilting! I am trying to learn how to do swirlies!




In addition,  I did finish the project from last week!   My little guy named her Pinky Daisy Dot!



All around great weekend.  I realized that crafting is the thing I would do all day and be happy even if I never make any money from it.  I just love making!  I was happy all weekend because of the time I spent making stuff.  Looking forward to more days like this one.  And if I could figure out how to make a little change from it, that would be awesome!

I linked up here Craft-O-Maniac. Hop over there and see all the crafty coolness people are up to this week!
I also linked up here: Show Me What You Got!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pretty Pink Piggy! WIP Wednesday!

This is my first crocheted toy!  She is still a wip as I still need to make another ear as well as the curly tail and then sew them all on. So much fun and very easy to make. The pattern is from a book of farm animals and I just might try to do them all!  This one will be included with the previously posted baby dress as a shower gift. I just have to make a hat to go with the dress and it will be complete and ready for delivery! I am also working on quilting my quilt and will hopefully have a quilty finish this month as well.