I’m baaack

Just a friendly warning to you all lol. I finally got my internet back and have been working on a few things lately that I would like to share. My boyfriend’s mom picked me up a couple boxes of craftsy stuff last weekend at a rummage sale here and I have to say that I now blame her for my current obsession with Cross Stitch. I have done cross stitch off and on over the years but after my oldest son was born (he is now 13) I somewhat put everything done due to the fact that I just never seemed to have the time or the money to do it anymore.

Let me give you a little history on me. I get obsessed with various craft ventures for a time and stock up on anything and everything related to the craft, I go balls to the wall for a while and then all of the sudden, BAM I hit a wall! lol I think I tend to overload myself and then just can’t take it anymore. Scrapbooking, quilting, oragomi, crochet, cross stitch, are just a few things that I have done this with over the years. I love crafts and I love creating new things, I just have an issue with actually finishing projects that I start. I am definitely adhd when it comes to that aspect of things.

I noticed I was starting to do this with my crochet projects lately. Once I started working full time my crochet time suffered horribly and I was starting projects but not picking them back up and finishing them for the most part. I need to end that bad habit. But anyways, back to my original vein of conversation (yes it’s early in the am, and no I have not had coffee yet, if you can’t tell lol) in these boxes of craftsy stuff there was an assortment of floss, cross stitch aida cloth, a couple of pattern books, some guest towels and bibs. Needless to say I have been hooked since I looked at them. I had honestly forgotten how much I enjoy doing the craft. My only wish was that I didn’t have to drive 25 miles to get more floss and supplies as my local Walmart seems to think that no one out this way is of the craft pursuasion 😦

I also finally aquired a sewing machine yesterday afternoon and have been happily sewing away some little creations. I say little but the dog bed that I made last night is over 3 feet long and about 2 feet wide 🙂 But it fits my big puppy just perfectly and she is content, so therefore I am. I made a cute little tank top tote for my daughter also, that was a bit trickier due to the material, but I think she will like the results.

Ok now that I am done rambling I am just going to throw a couple of completed project pictures on here for you to look at. I promise to try and get back into the swing of blogging again and updating 🙂 Hope you all are having a wonderful joyful weekend.

The pumpkin hat is the one that I posted about a few weeks back, it fits beautifully. The pink strawberry shortcake hat was the revision of the white one I posted a couple of weeks ago. I changed up the color and added some leaves and strawberries on the top 🙂

Strawberry Shortcake Hat

Hi all, so I have been getting into the swing of being back at work again. The last week has been rough let me tell ya! I am one of those unfortunate people that is always in pain no matter what steps I take to prevent it. I don’t like to take a lot of medicine so I usually just curl up next to my heating pad and nap after work, which translates to me sleeping for hours and not getting a whole lot of stuff done.

That being said I have gotten a few things done and have been working on a couple of things for customer orders (yes I still plan on crocheting and selling items even though I now work full time). I have a few things in the works right now, and 7 customer orders to fill soon. I have been working on a really cute childrens hat the last day or so at the request of a friend. It’s a modern twist on the Strawberry Shortcake hat of my generation. There are a few different patterns out there, but me being me, I just had to make my own version 🙂 You can find a similar version on etsy here http://www.etsy.com/listing/89500237/strawberry-shortcake-hat-pattern?ref=sr_gallery_21&ga_search_query=strawberry+shortcake+hat&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=all

I have to state that I did not buy the pattern but took inspiration from hers, hence the link to go check it out. My version is below.

It is not complete, I am thinking of stitching on some small strawberries and also putting an upside down strawberry on the top, I haven’t decided just yet. Either way I think she will be happy with it.

I also have a number of WIP that I need to finish up sometime soon, they are starting to take over my desk, couch, rocking chair, side table…….lol yes they are everywhere and multiplying by the minute. I tried to make my Open Shell Cowl pattern using a clearance skein of Thick and Quick yarn I purchased a few weeks back and unfortunately ran out of yarn before it was big enough so I have decided to line it with some flannel I have in my goody bin and make it into a hook case, I am just trying to figure out if I need to hand sew the lining on or if I use a sewing machine? Any suggestions? I don’t want the thread seams to show on the front, that is why I am wondering which way to go with it.

I started making a stuffed dragon plush toy and have gotten the head, snout, body and one arm done, just need the other half of it to be finished, but that is for another day. My daughter informed me the other day that she needs a wardrobe for her build a bear workshop bear I got her a month or so ago, so I will be scouring the net for some free patterns to make those this weekend (evidently there is now a deadline attached to her demand lol). I tried free handing them and have failed miserably, I am not ashamed to admit. Evidently making miniature clothing is not my forte. If anyone knows of a resource for clothing that will fit a roughly 12″ bear I would be deeply grateful.

I also have a huge bag of miscellaneous fiber from the mill that I brang home that I need to figure out what to do with. I was thinking of using it for stuffing but then I look at it and think it’s such a shame to hide it (it’s all alpaca, llama and wool fibers) so I am now thinking of trying to maybe felt some of it??? This should be interesting as it will be a totally new thing for me. I also have another bag of scrap yarns from our spinners that I am wanting to make a random yarn out of and also wanting to weave some runners and placemats out of whatever is left. I need to find a weaving loom, or possibly have the boyfriend make me one. He is wonderful with wood. He also made me a crochet hook out of our pine tree branches a month ago that is absolutely wonderful to hold. I will be hitting him up shortly for a whole set 🙂

Well now that I have rambled on and on, this chic is heading for bed and dreamland, 6 a.m. comes mighty early. Here’s to hoping all of you in cyberspace have a wonderful fun filled evening.

Something Sweet Beanie

I just finished up (well almost) a sweet little hat for myself. I decided to not write a pattern and just free form it for this one. I love beanies and cables, but alas do not know how to make cables (yet) so I did the next best thing fpdc and fptc! Super simple and easy to work up, I think this one took me about 3 hours total due to the lighter weight yarn I used. It’s dark gray and light baby pink ribbons. Eventually I will attach some kind of embellishment where the ties currently are, but for now I think it is complete and I could even wear it as such if I really wanted to 🙂 I love free forming ideas, but generally tend to kick myself when done if I like the results, such is life I guess, sometimes it’s nice to just sit down and let your hands take over, you know?

I also recently taught myself to slip stitch crochet, it really looks like a simple knit stitch when completed. Very nice and easy to do, just takes extra time due to the tight weave. I succeeded in completing a coaster that is roughly 4″x4″ last night after about an hour and a half. To be fair though I changed colors about 8 different times so that tacked on extra time as well. This is definitely a stitch that I will be playing with later on once I get over my obsession with the fpdc and fptc stitches. I tend to shy away from stitches that take a lot of time since I am used to working so fast that I get impatient with them and the project tends to end up in my WIP dresser and forgotten about :/

My model is my old back up that I created out of chicken wire this summer before I got my foam mannequin for the clothes I used to sell, so yes it looks rough but I still like it 🙂

Product Modeling and Photoshoots

I am in a dilemma of sorts and I need some advice if you fellow bloggers and followers would be so kind….When doing a photoshoot of a new product that you have made, designed, bought what is your media? Do you use mother nature in all her loveliness and lets face it ugliness? Set up a huge studio and do backdrops and fancy lighting? To use human models or mannequins? I ponder all of these things when photographing my new ideas and always feel like I fall just a bit short. I see all these beautiful pictures attached to patterns and creations and I sit and scratch my head and try to figure out why their’s looks better than my own.

So here is my dilemma that I am referring to for today, I created a sweater, of my own personal design and want to showcase it in the best way possible to show all of it’s wonderous details (ok yes I am a little sarcastic and melodramatic this morning) and I am trying to find the best way to do so. I will be the first one to admit that my budget is very very limited, my model is not very photogenic (that would be mwah) and my photographer does not have much of a zest for photography. Not that he doesn’t try, it is just not a natural talent for him. I tried taking photographs with the sweater on a mannequin and felt that it just did not highlight it’s best qualities (might have something to do with the fact that it is headless), I have also tried laying it flat on the floor and hanging from a hanger all to not satisfactory results so far. I have done a small impromptu photo session involving myself and yes the dog and have come up with a few pictures, but me being me I am really not happy with them.

So here is my question with all that said above should I just go with the pictures that I have of me modeling the sweater or should I keep trying? If you would be so kind as to leave comments on this and either a) give me some much needed advice as to another technique that I have not tried or b) tell me which picture you think I should include with my pattern once it is written up and ready to be distributed? Oh and please be kind…I know that I am not the most photogenic person on the planet but I do try to at least look presentable 🙂

Thank you in advance and I hope that you all have a wonderful day!

Tried and true free patterns

So we all love free stuff right?!? Well of course we do! That’s just human nature. That being said (since I don’t have any written patterns made yet for my own designs) I figured I would start a little segment of my blog that features free patterns that I have found and used on the internet (giving full credit to the designer and original website of course). We all find patterns that we love but if you are anything like me you sometimes wonder if the pattern actually works, I have found at least 8 now that I have tried and found that they just are not workable as written, whether it be something missing, added or just not spelled out plainly. This of course is the hardest part of writing out a pattern for any designer, hence the reason for pattern testers 🙂 More on that later….

Anyways here is one of my favorite patterns for a cute childs hat http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/cuffed-cutie-hat

Here is my version (I have created several now)

The hats are super easy to work up, take very little yarn and the pattern is very well written and easy to follow even if you have never done a fpdc (front post double crochet) stitch before 🙂

Here is another wonderful pattern I found a few months back, this is actually the first shawl that I have ever made http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/alluring-shawl

Here is my version (turned out more mustardy than I personally care for, but still love it)

I have many more patterns that I have used and enjoyed thoroughly but do not have the links to connect them to right now so I will refrain until I can give full credit to them before posting 🙂

Question for your all – What free patterns have you tried recently?