Crafting · sewing

Been away for awhile.

I have been away from my blog for quite awhile and I feel really bad I haven’t done any updating! I re-joined Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator and have been pretty busy with that. I have a demonstrator website that you can visit to see some great projects, and sign up to receive my newsletter. You can also order right online! I’m hoping to do some video tutorials so keep an eye out for those.

I have also re-opened my Etsy shop! I have my project pyramids, some business card wallets, and some very cute Ditty Bags made from a pattern by Keyka Lou Designs. Check them out here.

Knitting · sewing

2 Year Anniversary

I missed my blog’s 2 year anniversary which was on December 19, so I will catch up today! There have been so many things going on, that as promised in the last post, I will now tell you about. ^_^

I have been working on some new Project Pyramids and have listed these in my Etsy shop. At the fabric shop, we just got in Love by Amy Butler, so be sure to watch for that soon too! If you would like a special order, just visit the shop and convo me!

 

And now for a tour around my Christmas tree this year. These are just a few of my favorite ornaments. There are quite a few, not as many as there are on my parent’s tree, but I’m slowly climbing my way up.

This is the latest addition to the tree, the red thread and needle. I love this ornament! I made the mistake of buying it for me when I was shopping for my fiance. . . turns out he noticed this hanging on our tree and got mad because that was the ornament that he bought me this year. Oops. ^_^

This is my cappuccino cup. I have had this for a few years and still love it. The picture came out with a heavy flash on the foam, but in reality, the white foam is very glittery.

My mom bought this one for me last year. It’s a purple Jelly Fish! How cool is that? She also bought my fiance a blue one to match mine. These blown glass ornaments are my favorite and are pretty much the only ornaments on my tree.

Or course I have a cat playing with a ball of yarn, duh! ^_^ This one is a few years old, I got it when I started to learn how to knit.

And the last ornament on the tour is the purple bird, also a new addition from last year. Birds are really big this year, and this chubby bird is so adorable! The detail work is really quite stunning. All of these ornaments are Old World ornaments purchased from the local ornament gift shop. It’s an annual tradition to go to the shop and pick out a few new ornaments for the tree, one that I have always loved and can’t wait to continue!

On to the knitting front, I have started my Snapdragon Flip-Tops by Ysolda. I am using Dream in Color’s Classy in colorway Gold Experience. I have finished one glove, but had to put the other on hold for my brother’s Urban Necessity Gloves by Colleen Michele Meagher. Both of theses glove patterns are great for the cold weather. I love the pattern on Ysolda’s design, but I also like the simplicity of the Urban Necessity Gloves. They both came out great!

That seems to be pretty good coverage for today. I have spun up the yarn for my mom’s hat and am in the process of knitting on that right now. I will update again soon with the progress on that as well as the sewing projects that I have to do around here. Until next time! ^_^

Cooking/Baking · Knitting · Quilting · sewing · Spinning · Wedding

Mid-December Already!

I can’t believe it is already the 18th of December! This year has flown by and so much has happened! On November 11th, my boyfriend of over 6 1/2 years proposed, finally! ^_^ I said yes, of course, and our date is set for the 10th of October, 2010. 10-10-10-, gee, I wonder how many people are going to get married that day? So of course I am busy planning for the wedding. I went downtown to the local bookstore and picked up a few things to help me out. The first “book” I got was a Bridal Idea Journal. It is really cool. It has tons of pages dedicated to possibilities and ideas of what the wedding will look like. It has a timeline and due dates, a budget section, and lots of space to jot down general notes about venues and vendors. It has been a handy little book.

Another book that I absolutely adore is The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown. This book is incredible. I told myself I wasn’t going to go through the stress of making my own save the dates and invitations, but I can’t help it. The ideas in this book are so good, and so simple, I have to make my own! Why pay double or triple when you don’t have to? And besides, there’s plenty of time. (Flash forward to a few days before the wedding, and they still aren’t done. . .) ^_^ You have to check this book out if you are in the market to get married, or are helping a friend with a wedding. You can catch this book and more fabulous ideas at www.diybride.com. I also recommend checking out The Knot. They have some great tips and other fabulous bride-to-be stuff, including an online checklist, guestlist, and iPhone app! They can be found at www.theknot.com.

Moving along to more recent happenings, yesterday I roasted some vegetables. They are sooooooo incredibly delicious. Down town at the local health food store they offer roasted vegetables in the deli case. These are perhaps the best I have ever had. . .until now. I went to the store and picked up some organic yellow squash, zuchinni, baby red potatoes, red onion, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, baby carrots, and a head of garlic. I threw everything onto a baking sheet, after preping of course, drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and threw them in the oven on 250 for about 2 hours. The only reason that I use such a low temperature is because when my oven gets too hot, it warps my pans. . . I know, I have a crappy oven. But I’m renting, so what can I do? When I do it again, I will wait to add the squash, red onion, and zuchinni until about half way through cooking, and I would use way less olive oil. I would also throw in more garlic because that is my favorite part! ^_^ Here’s a tasty picture that I snapped about half way through the cooking process. Caution: Drooling very likely to occur.

I have lots more to share, but it’s just about time to start dinner, so I have to get going. Coming soon: More Project Pyramids, A tour around my Christmas Tree, my Snapdragon Flip-Top Mits by Ysolda, my Urban flip-top gloves for my brother, my hand spun and hand knit hat for my mother, and my future Quilt projects. Stay tuned, I hope to have these posts up soon! ^_^

Knitting

The Craft-In Craft Fair

Well, I participated in the first ever Craft-In at the Drive-In Craft Fair, unfortunately for me, it wasn’t too great. The show was a lot of fun, and there were some awesome vendors, but I think some of my products were a little too specific. Everyone that came by the booth kept picking up my roving and asking, “Oh, is this yarn?” ^_^ I politely replied, “No, but you can turn it into yarn.” They expressed how they could never be able to do that, and set it down and walked away. ~_~ But, that doesn’t mean that if I have the right audience, I can’t do another show! So bring on the Fiber Fairs!

Anyways, here are some pictures of the show. My boyfriend did a great job with the photos, as usual! ^_^ If you see any items that you absolutely can’t live without, check out these shops to find them! Melissa’s Kre8tions and Spinning Sisters

Knitting

New Items in my Shop!

I’ve listed some new items in my shop! I was sewing all day today! I did take a quick break this evening to watch The Hangover. Very funny, not child friendly however. There was a young couple that brought a one year old into the movie. The kid wasn’t a problem, but the poor mom was standing near the door for almost the whole movie. Anyway, here are some highlights of the Project Pyramids and other things that I listed today.