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Jan. 4th, 2008 | 09:31 pm
location: Bedroom 101
mood: amused amused
music: Westlife - I Don't Wanna Fight

I really don't know where the time goes with this crafting nonsense :P I swear I just updated this a few weeks ago, not nearly 2 months! Perhaps LJ eats my posts. Yes, I will go with that.

The stretch of holidays (my birthday, Christmas, New Years, wee-one's birthday) are officially over as of today, allowing me (hopefully) a bit more time to craft in the upcoming weeks. I received a sewing machine from my boss, who apparently had given it to her mother, who never used it. It's a Singer 9020, and that's basically all I know about it since it didn't come with any books or manuals or anything. I have taken it out of the spare room and put it on the dining room table .. and that's as far as it's gotten. Frankly, it intimidates the hell out of me and I don't know why. I was given a bunch of fabric and a "How To Quilt" kit for Christmas though, so I need to put on my big girl panties and try to use it sometime. Maybe I will start off with something small, like a sock monkey, and see how it goes from there. Maybe :P

A few weeks ago .. sometime between my birthday and Christmas I guess, I set off to make not-so-wee-one a hat to match her new winter coat, as the weather has dropped here (FINALLY). Using a bulky purple-ish variegated yarn from my stash (Lion Brand Homespun perhaps?) that I have had since my days of trying to learn to knit (ha, ha), I attempted the "Daughter" hat pattern from Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful.

Two hours later I had the hat completed and all ready .. and I knew it would NOT fit on her head anytime this century, despite the fact that I had gone up 2 hook sizes from what the pattern called for. Not-so-wee-one was blessed with a HUGE melon (to hold her HUGE brain I've concluded) and so far the only hats I've gotten to fit her are sized adult-medium. For a 2 1/2 year old! Oy.

Luckily, it fit wee-one perfectly, and everywhere we go it gets a TON of compliments, so I don't feel so bad. And not-so-wee-one had to settle for a store bought hat for the time being.

While browsing Craftster a week before Christmas (always dangerous) I stumbled upon a tutorial for some wall letters. I had been wanting to do some for the girls rooms anyway but was not looking forward to the tedious painting, so when I saw the tutorial I went out immediately and got the supplies. Just a note, Hobby Lobby's purple & yellow & butterfly scrapbook paper choices are severely lacking.

These are now above not-so-wee-one's bed, prompting her every day at nap time to announce "T-E-S-S-A, that spells Tessa!" I will have to get a picture of wee-one's in her room, but every time I think of it she's in there asleep :P

I am pretty disappointed that in nearly 2 months this is all I have to show for my craftiness. I promise to do better in the upcoming months, now that we are all moved in to our new dream house and life is slowing down.

Also, happy birthday to wee-one, who is a year old today. Time flies.

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Of Puppies and Potter ..

Nov. 13th, 2007 | 07:55 pm
location: Craft Room 101
mood: full full
music: Billy Ray Cyrus - Ready, Set, Don't Go

Once again crafting has been on the slow side .. I was feeling under the weather, we have company in from out of state, and are in the process of moving into a new house (FINALLY!). As if that wasn't enough to deal with on top of normal every day life, Hubbles decided on a Saturday afternoon trip to Petsmart to bring home a new addition to the family.

I know I've said previously this would have very little personal stuff, but this sort of has to do with crafting, seeing as how I will get very little accomplished in the next few weeks because of new addition Josh. So, there you have it.

Last week was FREEZING .. well .. freezing as far as Texas goes .. and so I whipped up a quick scarf to match my Gryffindor jacket. On Sunday I decided that I needed a hat as well, since the only hat I have is black and yellow, aka Hufflepuff colors, and I can't POSSIBLY wear a Hufflepuff hat with a Gryffindor scarf & jacket, now can I?

So after the wee one's marathon morning nap (which by the way I am SO glad she has resumed), they were both complete and ready to be modeled by my darling Hubbles.

Both were made with plain ol' Red Heart yarn, the scarf is all dc and the hat is done in spiral sc using this pattern, which results in a really nice close fitting beanie which I have been desiring for quite some time now. Good stuff.

Now I REALLY need to get started (and finished) on Christmas presents, as we are doing Christmas with my brother & his girlfriend next week when we go there for Thanksgiving. I also have a puppy blanket for Josh about 3/4 of the way done, but I am seriously debating frogging it and redoing it in dc instead of sc for size reasons. Or just scrapping it and doing a no-sew fleece blanket like I did for Connor. Decisions, decisions.

Also I finally nabbed a good picture of wee one in her Halloween shirt .. I can't imagine how difficult it will be to catch her when she's walking, I have a hard enough time keeping her out of the cats food now! :P

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Happy Almost Halloween!

Oct. 30th, 2007 | 08:53 pm
location: Craft Room 101
mood: silly silly
music: Ronan Keating - The Long Goodbye

Crafting was at a standstill for most of last week and the week before that. Not-so-wee-one was fighting a nasty cold/fever/case of fifths disease for the better part of two weeks, and wee-one is finally cutting top teeth and therefore refused to nap for anything longer than a half hour per day. Needless to say if I had come within 10 ft. of a crochet hook, I probably would have stabbed myself in the eye with it.

So I made up for it late last week when everyone started feeling on the up and up. Here's what we've got so far:

Not-so-wee-one in one of her three handmade Halloween shirts made last t-shirt Saturday .. it was the best picture of it I could get considering we were at Chuck E. Cheese (note to self: NEVER AGAIN!). Done with an iron-on transfer I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I was skeptical of it at first, but iron-on's have come a long way since I was in 8th grade ;)

Pumpkins carved by myself and Hubbles, respectively. He went freestyle while I used a stencil from .. the pumpkin lady I believe? Just in case anyone is wondering, those kits with the pumpkin carving tools are amazing!

My version of the "Luke In A Dinosaur Costume" pattern mentioned in the last entry, one of the baby sister's Christmas presents. I went for camo yarn since she is all about her "Big Bubba" being an "Army Man". She is going as a dinosaur for Halloween this year .. again. ;)

On the hook now is a modified version of the above pattern, Hubbles decided he wanted a little boy in a Moogle costume. I also made him a tshirt with Sean from Sean of the Dead on it last t-shirt Saturday, but I haven't managed to snag a picture of it yet. Stay tuned!

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First time was a great time ..

Oct. 17th, 2007 | 10:00 pm
location: Craft Room 101
mood: sleepy sleepy
music: Tyler Hilton - Picture Perfect

Well I have been putting this off long enough, I guess it's time to give a first post. I probably won't talk too much about personal life-related stuff here, because that's not really what this is for in my opinion .. but I'm sure it will worm its way in here and there. Anyway, here are some recently finished projects.

A round ripple afghan (pattern here) in TLC Wiggles, purchased for .99 a skein at Hobby Lobby, and an F hook (never AGAIN!) It took me approx 3 skeins of each color to finish, and I lost track of how many hours. Mostly done while the wee one took marathon naps and the not-so-wee one was in preschool. It was originally supposed to be a Christmas present for not-so-wee one, but I have no self control. Also, I don't know why the round joinings look SO pronounced in the picture, but I assure you that they are not that noticible in real life. At least no one has mentioned it to me. What if they are?!?!

Three shirts stenciled in acrylics using the freezer paper method on what was dubbed "T-Shirt Saturday" this past weekend. The boys all played Dead Rising for hours upon end, I cut and painted for hours on end. The "Dawn of the Dead" shirt was by FAR my most complicated to date and came out incredibly well, in my opinion. Plans for another T-Shirt Saturday are in the works.

This morning I purchased the Luke in a Dinosaur Costume pattern, with plans to make it for the baby sisters Christmas present in red instead of green. Stay tuned ;)

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