Calling All Designers, Writers....


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So you like to design patterns?  Maybe your passion is writing stories?  Well, look at what I stumbled across today?  An up-and-coming magazine that is looking for just those things I mentioned.  I sent for an inquiry to get the details, but what I saw looks very interesting.  You should check it out:




My Traveling Scarf is Back


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At the beginning of the year I participated in a traveling scarf project with some members of a Flickr CAL group that I belong to.  Everybody crocheted or knitted about 6 inches of a scarf wrote a little in a journal and sent both to the next name on the list.  Each month (or so - things happen, you know) someone was writing in your journal and working on your scarf.  We had some bumps along the way, but we had a great time.  I'll admit that it got harder to match yarns and styles as you got further down the scarf, but I think everyone will be pleased at their final product.  I know I love mine to pieces!  I wore it to church tonight with my brown peacoat and got many compliments!  Thanks, gals.  :-)


Don't you just love this?

Opal Twist Memory Handbag


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I wanted to let you know that I finished the custom handbag tonight and had it delivered.  So, yes, I made the deadline!!!  Now I can take a few moments to relax before it's....Christmas Day!

This handbag is my own design.  On the front there is a place to hold 3 photos, as requested.  The inside of the handbag is lined with an Egyptian print material.  I hope the recipient enjoys this bag.


Messenger/Laptop Bag Giveway


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This is a very cool giveaway sponsored by Fox & Locket, IMO. 

Note: Fox & Locket has a "one for one" policy/mission - for every bag sold a book bag with a 2nd hand book is donated to an under privileged child in South Africa AND for every dress sold, a dress is donated to an underprivileged girl.

So how do you win this very cool bag?  Head over to Being Brazen's blog and enter there.  Best wishes! 

Deadline:  January 4, 2010

Tigerlily's Hosting a Giveaway


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Visit Tigerlily's blog for a chance to win your very own snackTaxis set (one sandwich sack and one snack sack).  These fabric sacks are the great alternative to the oh so familiar plastic sandwich bags.  So, go on over to Tigerlily's spot to get the guidelines and enter for your chance to win!

Deadline:  December 27, 2009.  The winner will be announced on December 28th!

2nd Handbag Update


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Today I've been busy cleaning out this junk storage room.  Thankfully I had the help of a master organizer/cleaner neighbor.  She literally went to town in there.  She shoed me away so that she could get busy and I worked in the kitchen.  Let me tell you this also - the antibiotic is really working!  I've had more energy and felt better today than I've felt in the past two weeks!  Also, my brother got home safely around 2 a.m. this morning.  Yay!

Because of the schedule, I couldn't get back to the handbag until tonight.  I've got a bit of the idea for the front but I didn't want to waste too much time contemplating over it, so I did what I knew I could do - starting the lining process.  I picked out this ethnic print I bought this summer - something Egyptian.  (When I take the official pictures I'll be sure to show the lining better.)  The lining is pinned on three sides, leaving the fourth side open so I can stitch the front part of the bag.  So far, I'm pleased at how the bag is coming together, and I hope to finish it tomorrow. 



Toodles!

Handbag Update


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I just finished the shell of the bag and tried a new stiffening method using water and spray starch.  It'll be interesting to see how that part turns out.  At any rate, I stuffed the bag with plastic bags and also placed a plastic canvas piece in the bottom of the handbag to help keep the shape.  The handles are already picked out.  Tomorrow I will start the lining process as well as the front design for her pictures.  The picture design is still twirling around in my head, but I know something will come.  I just feel good knowing that the crocheted part is basically over.


Good nite!

So Little Time...


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My doctor finally called in an antibiotic for me today!  Thank you!  My throat has been so sore  that everything, I mean everything is painful to swallow.  Water hurts.  Juice is quite painful.  Food feels like sandpaper.  Ouch!  But now that I have this antibiotic in hand, I hope to feel better soon.

So what have I been doing?  Alternating between cleaning/decorating the house and crocheting.  Nothing else, or so it seems.  I finished up my last portion of the last traveling scarf and got that mailed off.  I actually received my own traveling scarf today, but I'll be a good girl and wait until Christmas to open the package.  :-)

I've also been working like mad on that custom handbag.  My co-worker friend has given me the deadline of Christmas Day, but I know I need to have it done before then so I can take it to her.  I think the hardest part isn't actually making the bag but it's that I don't have a pattern and I'm still trying to design and craft simultaneously.  Note to self:  Don't do this ever, ever again.  I have faith that it will turn out just fine, but I will admit I'm in a bit of a tailspin here.

My obligation to grandma's Christmas dinner is a sour cream pound cake.  I can't even think about cooking yet though, but it is one of my favorite cakes to bake.  (I'll be sure to post pictures, but here's an old picture with the recipe.)  Also, my brother's driving in from the cold and snowy Michigan today/tomorrow.  He left this morning, so I pray for his safe travels.  Will you do the same?  It's like a 14 hour drive without snow.

Well, gotta go finish off these mashed potatoes and then more crafting!

It's Finally Here!


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Y-E-S, the Christmas vacation is finally here!  When the announcement was made that we could go home early, I practically did a backflip out the door!  Who hoo!!!

Today was a fast-paced day.  One of the main highlights was the Winter Concert.  The 4th & 5th grade Chorus did a production of "Annie Jr." and the K-2 kids sang all kinds of wonderful Christmas tunes.  And I took lots of pictures.  The only ones ready now are (of course) the food pics from the ESL holiday party.

Well, I wanted to show you the Christmas surprises that were awaiting me today:


A few things from kids and/or their parents, teachers, you know.  Yes, a teacher gave me an actual knit top!  I think she heard me say how much I hate shopping for clothes.  lol  A parent decorated the tote bag.  Hey, maybe it will be my new yarn bag.  And another parent gave me that Stitchery book.  Fellow crafters always know.  It's such a cool book on different stitches for cross-stitch, embroidery, crochet, etc.

After I got home from work, my mom gave me a pre-Christmas present.  (We tend to do things a little differently around here...gift-giving whenever and not necessarily on the 25th.)  Anyways, she gave me a bag of decorations!  Why?  Because she knows I'm trying to get seasonal decor throughout the year on a dime-budget and my mom loves going in those thrift and consignment shops, especially in the nearby upscale places.  So she gave me this part of my gift earlier so I could enjoy it around the house.  (After Thanksgiving she gave me a house full of fall decor for less than $5.00 total.)


I know the real reason for this season is not about giving/getting gifts, decorating the house, or getting off of work, but it sure is fun.  :-)

Have a great weekend!

She Wanted a Hat to Match!


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So after I delivered the green and gold polka dotted scarf, she asked, "Could you make a hat to match?"  I must admit it's different making a hat specifically for someone you know than just making hats that someone, somewhere can fit.  I also had to get the polka dot placement right because it's on your head.  I know I frogged this hat many times, because although I took measurements, I wanted it to be just right.  The funniest thing about these past projects and the next one to come is that although I had no intentions of designing patterns any time soon, I'm being coerced right into it because of the customer demands.  It is intriguing and a test of my brain.  It's also the reason I've frogged these projects so many times!

So here's the Raider Pride Polka Dotted Hat.  Yes, the pom pom is detachable.  Now I'm sure she'll get some attention at the games.  :-)


This image is a truer depiction of the colors than the scarf image in the previous post. 

Tomorrow is the last day of work before the holidays begin.  My gifts are wrapped for my co-worker friends.  And more of my "Holiday To Do" items are crossed off my list.  I have my last traveling scarf that I want to finish and mail to the recipient A.S.A.P.  That means mine will come soon too!  Oh, joy!

Good night sweet friends!

Life


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How come when everything is okay, you don't always do what you know you should, but the moment you begin to feel a little bad, suddenly you remember all the things you said you were going to do differently this time last year?

Oh sinuses, why do you hate me so?



Thanks mom for being so creative!  I had an message on my cell phone stating that the hen and the succotash my Mom had cooked  earlier had been reinvented into a soup.  Right on time, Mom!  Right on time.

And Then There Were More...


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Polka dots, that is.  I finished the custom polka dotted scarf Sunday night.  This one is for a Richmond Raider fan. 

Cheerleaders:  "When I say green, you say gold.  Green!"
Fans:  "Gold!"
Cheerleaders:  "Green!"
Fans:  "Gold!"
Cheerleaders:  "When I say number, you say one.  Number!"
Fans:  "One!"
Cheerleaders:  "Number!"
Fans:  "One!"

Yeah, you know you remember those cheers, cheerleader or not!


Showing Raider Spirit!

I Looked, Touched, But Did Not Buy...


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After finishing Caroline's polka dot scarf, I received another custom order from a co-worker for a green and gold polka dotted scarf, like Caroline's but thinner.  Fortunately I had the perfect colors which had been purchased near the beginning of the high school football season.  Remember when I was going to make high school neckwarmers, but didn't?  Anyways, I worked on that scarf faithfully on Wednesday until almost all of the green yarn was gone and I needed to add one more foot!  I asked a friend to check the Michael's in her city.  No yarn.  Not even a label where it used to be.

So today, I attended a day-long conference in the capital city.  The hotel was not too far from a nice Michael's.  A big Michael's.  I called and YES, they had the yarn.  Can you believe that I purchased only that one skein and the yarn for a custom bag I need to begin?  The only other thing I bought was 2 chocolate individual candies.  That's also a ritual when I go into Michael's, Waldenbooks, or Hallmark.  To get one of those chocolate balls.

So folks, I do have some will power.  I am still adhering to the yarn diet, but I have to admit, I looked, touched, but [thankfully] did not buy!

Happy Saturday!

Yay! I've Been Treasurized.


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Thanks, Kaati for featuring my Sunrise, Sunset Bag in your Etsy Treasury!  You rock!  Go Team EAOC!!!


***ON SALE!!! ***


The images are linked to their respective Etsy pages.

Making a List, Checking it Twice (Pt. I)


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You know how I am about my lists, so I made a list of handmade items I would like to give throughout this holiday season and miscellaneous crafting tasks to be completed.  Then I put deadline dates beside them so I would know what the working order was, even though sometimes you feel more in the mood for one crafted item over another, but that's not new.

  • Before Thanksgiving I received three traveling scarves nearly at once!  After completing the polka dotted scarf, I was able to add my portion to both scarves last night and today.  Both of them were mailed off today.  I'm the last person for the 3rd scarf so I have a wee bit of time for that one.
  • I'm gifting some yarn to a teenager that assists me at work one day a week for a couple of hours.  I found out that she's quite handy with those knitting looms so I think yarn is appropriate.  Plus a McDonald's gift card -she loves that place!
  • I'm semi-designing a crocheted memory tote for a co-worker so I'll be working on that really soon.  
  • Got another order for a skinnier polka dotted scarf - this one in our high school team colors.  Can you believe I already had the perfect yarn?  But, I sent someone to pick up an extra skein because I know it won't be enough.  (Yes, it's within the diet guidelines.)
That's about it for now.  Less computer time = more crafting time, but I want you to know I'm still here.  I'll catch up when I can.  :-)

Image source:  http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/3714003/2/istockphoto_3714003-making-list.jpg

5 Feet of Polka Dots


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Yes, 5 whole feet and then some...  I finished Caroline's scarf this morning and I am pleased.  It was worth frogging the other attempt and I think she's going to love this.  A happy scarf for a happy person.  :-)



I'm thinking about writing a pattern/chart for this, what do you think?

It's Official. I'm Going On a Diet.


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Yes, you read it correctly.  I know you have doubts and you think that I have gone mad.  The truth is you only see the outside (or what I show you in my pictures), but I see the truth behind the closed doors and something has to give.  I've tried before and failed.  In fact now, even my drawers are starting to bulge.  At that, I know I must do something.  I didn't know what to do until I read a post on BrownBerry's blog and then I knew that I had to make a sacrifice in order to do what's best for me both mentally and physically.  The first step is admitting there is a problem.  So, I'm admitting it, "I have a problem."  Now that I'm no longer in denial, I can openly accept the help that is available to me.  So thank you BrownBerry.  Because of your influence, I'm going on a diet......A yarn diet!

For 6 months I will not purchase any new yarn.  So mark this date on your calendar:  June 5, 2010.  I will be content with whatever I can create out of the abundance that I have.  Therefore I will shop from my PYS (Personal Yarn Store).  I will not solicit any new yarn, but I will receive yarn that is gifted to me without solicitation.

Now here are the few exceptions.  I will purchase yarn:
  1. For custom orders for my Etsy shop or face-to-face customers.
  2. If I'm making something for someone out of my stash and I'm close to finishing, but run out of a specific yarn.  I will allow myself to purchase the one skein to finish the project.

I appreciate your encouragement so that I don't fall off the wagon!  Now, let the creativity begin! 



Image credit:  Peggytoes

I'm Covered!


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In what, you ask?  YARN!  I've been taking it a bit easy tonight.  Snuggled in and covered with yarn.  I'm at the halfway mark on Caroline's scarf, but I took a mini break and fringed one end.  Now I'll work a little more on it and call it quits for tonight.  Hopefully I'll finish this soon so I can begin working on a custom order bag/purse.  I'm still thinking about what I'll do on that, but for now, I'm basking in the joy of this Vanna yarn!  Oh, this is going to be such a happy scarf.  :-)


I Don't Know What's Come Over Me, But


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I'm just loving R-E-D.  This time, brick red.  It's just so classy.  A while back I ordered a Ziploc bag full of upcycled buttons on eBay.  Now, I see that they are coming in handy.  Don't you just love that button?  :-)


Of course you know this is in the shop

I'm still working on Caroline's scarf.  Actually, remember I showed you a sneak peak?  Well, I frogged it, started over and now I'm loving it more.  I hope she really loves polka dots as much as she thinks she does because it's like a polka dot explosion!  :-)