Monthly Archives: February 2009

Things In Progress

This poor little blog of mine. I haven’t done so well with documenting my crafty stuff. It’s not that I haven’t been crafting.. In fact, I’ve been doing too much. I have several things going on..just nothing complete. And I’ve started jotting ideas down in a journal.. little drawings, half ideas.. things that will inspire me down the road.

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Below is an idea for a bird house/pin case.
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This is what came to be..
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I’ve been working on it for what seems like forever. I’m hung up on the roof..can’t seem to make one that will fit snuggly. At this point, I’m not sure that it will ever be finished. I’m getting bored with it. Everyday there some new project that comes to mind and, as usual, I’m having trouble focusing. Today I’m thinking of quilts.

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Just a Little Cooking

I don’t know about you but we like to watch Food Network at our house. Saturday we caught an episode of Giada at Home. She was cooking up some Smoked Mozzarella Meatballs and they looked delicious. Obviously this made a big impact on DH because around 2pm on Sunday, while I’m lounging on the couch with a little crochet, he decides to cook his own version of her spaghetti and meatballs.

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MM MM! While his recipe was his own concoction.. her’s can be found here. Delicious!

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BOM #2

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Bunny Hill Designs BOM #2… What is that that you see? It’s “that” yellow fabric again.. But didn’t she say that, after the issues with BOM #1, she wasn’t going to use cheap fabric?

I know..I know.. but I want need my blocks to coordinate. I’m the worst at picking out fabrics. We’re only on block #2 and I’m already obsessing about it. Can you image what I’ll be like when block #12 gets here.

And to make matters worse..now that I can stand back and look at it.. I don’t even like the yellow.. it’s too bright.

But on a positive note.. I love my little birds. They’re so sweet and were so easy to do. I’ll need to be careful though.. I can see myself sewing these little birds on to just about everything I make. I just love them.

So what did I learned with block #2? Well, I already knew that I couldn’t pick out fabrics ;).. I learned that applique isn’t as difficult as I originally thought it was going to be. Granted, this is very simple applique, but until now I never thought that I could do it… now I think I can..I just need a little practice.

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Why Handmade is Better than Store Bought

Yesterday Goose and I stopped in the local drug store to pick up an extra box of Valentine’s.. She dug around for a bit, pulled out one with a cute little bunny on the front.. I’m thinking, Okay, whatever, $2.75, this is fine. We get home, she opens them up, and….

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Nice..(said with much sarcasm) Ok, sure..there’s a little funny in this..I admit I laughed.. it might be funny if you’re in high school giving it to your bff..or leaving it on a co-workers desk for fun (my husband would do this).. but not if you’re 8. I’ve since learned that this cute little bunny is known for his rude, crude comments. Hmmm. I guess I’m not as cool as I used to be…

Boxed Valentines are pretty much targeted toward elementary kids, aren’t they? Should it not have had a “Rated-PG” sticker on it?.. or, at the least a “Hey, dumb mom, stop looking at the price and read the back”! 🙂

Can you image the teacher’s reaction if I had let her hand this out? Ooohhh, I can hear them all talking now…I’m sure I would have been called to the Principle’s Office.

I believe we’ll be sticking with our handmade valentine’s.. even if that means paying a lot more than $2.75.  Sometimes it’s just worth it!

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Easy Valentine’s

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I don’t have a lot of time to write it all out but I think you can get the jist of it..

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I marked the cardstock to be just a bit larger than the print on the candy & cut into strips..

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and I printed & cut out little valentine sayings..

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stuck a small piece of tape to the back of the sayings and stuck to the cardstock..

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Turn your candy on it’s head, fold stock tight around candy and tape.. (glue dots aren’t strong enough to hold the stock)
valentine-011Cut out heart in contrasting stock, draw sewing lines around the edges, write your name, & tape, or dot, on front..
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and you have a little Valentine’s love!

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Knitting

knitting020609It’s a crazy thing, that knitting. So relaxing..so frustrating. I’ve thrown it down for the last time, oh, about five times now.. but something about it always calls me back. It consumes my crafting time.. so much so that I haven’t worked on anything else for quite some time. But I’ve learned a thing or two about this thing called knitting (but not too much).. and after an email conversation yesterday, I thought I would share it.

1. Start with small projects.. You’ll want to go big but don’t.. unless you’re just a little speedy gonzolas at knitting you’ll probably burn out before you get it done. This silly shawl I’m working on has 126 stitches on one row. DUMB. What was I thinking?

2. Regarding knit vs purl.. Honestly, I couldn’t see the difference.. I was relieved to know that my email friend had the same problem. To knit you go under the stitch (or left to right) and your new yarn is in the back of all the stitches… to purl you go over the stitch (or right to left) and the new yarn is in front of all the stitches.. they do look the same but if you alternate your stitches..purl one row and knit the next.. you’ll see the why they’ve bothered to have two.. I love the look of them together.

3. If you’re having issues casting-on you might look up the different cast-on methods.. there are plenty… I know the first one I tried didn’t work so well and set me back a whole year before I tried again.. When I did try again I went with a one needle cast-on… it’s really simple and can be done in a snap. The key is to find the one that works best for you.

4. If you’re not understanding a stitch or think you’ve got it wrong..head to YouTube.. there are lots of knitting videos.. some of them are not that great.. the instructor flies through it and you can’t make heads or tails of it.. but some of them are really good. I love The Knit Witch. She’s helped me more than any other video or books.

This is pretty much what I’ve learned so far. I’m sure that the more I learn there’s a chance that some of these things might change..for example, the cast-on..I’ve been told that different methods work better with different projects. We’ll see. But I look forward to getting my shawl done so that I can start something else, something smaller. I want to learn more stitches, maybe a button hole or two. Perhaps I’ll try a summer sweater?? Or socks.. that’s on my to-do list this year, ya know? Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Why Aren’t You Clicking?

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Can you see it?

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How about now? I purled when I should have knitted.

It’s been less than a week that I had to rip out around 10 rows due to a couple dropped stitches that I missed seeing.. and now this? Grrrr! It’s my fault…I was watching the Super Bowl, talking with one of my friends, and knitting.. all at the same time. Not a good idea when you’re a beginner knitter. (beginner knitter 🙂 say that three times fast. he-he)

I enjoy knitting, really I do. It keeps me in the same room with my family, I can stop and start at a drop of a hat.. there’s nothing that needs to be put away, taken out, turned on, or cut up.. just pick it up and go. The hardest part, so far, is just the counting. Well, that and the fact that it takes so long to get anything completed. But today, I’m at the point where I’m almost ready to lay this down… you know, one of those incomplete projects that takes a couple of years to finish?

Can you tell I frustrated? I’m a slow knitter, plain and simple… SLOW. If I pick up my pace, I drop stitches and then have to go back and redo..

A clicker is what my aunt calls knitters…”Click, click with every stitch,” she said… “Why aren’t you clicking,” she asked?

You have to have a decent pace in order to achieve the sound effects. My only sound effect is a big, huge, heavy sigh.

I want this shawl to be done already!

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