Tuesday, November 20, 2012

35 Days 'Til Christmas!

I've posted a few items and renewed some others again. I've been hard at work on some homemade/handmade Christmas presents. Going through fabric and yarn piles I've found some old projects that I just never posted because I wasn't sure if I was going to use them myself or not.  This is the main item of which I speak:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/115699039/pinstripe-clutch

It used to be a short sleeve blazer. I was wearing it when I met Liza Minnelli. True story. 
In fact, that will be four years ago on November 22nd. My how time flies!
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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Back in Business!

If you read my previous post, then you know that I had some problems this Fall that made me feel not so much like updating things. After a very busy and eventful late Summer and Fall, I have finally added some new, and renewed some old, items on Etsy. Please, take a look!  :)

Here are two of my personal favorites...I can play favorites with my own items, right?

Navy Blue Lattice Scarf
https://www.etsy.com/listing/113909685/lattice-scarf-shawl

Fingerless Gloves
https://www.etsy.com/listing/96913522/buttons-and-bows-fingerless-gloves

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Inside Out: The Very Abridged Version of My UC Story.

So, there have been a couple times where I slow down working for a couple days, maybe a week or so if I have a cold, etc. but I can usually pick right back up where I left off without a whole lot of trouble. Anyway, I've been sitting on the sidelines (somewhat) for a few weeks now and here's the reason why:

Once upon a time, about two years ago I had some stomach pain which, after getting a plethora of blood tests, bacterial and parasitic tests on stool samples, allergy tests, and even a lovely colonoscopy and two sigmoidoscopies and an endoscopy, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. You can google that if you want, but I don't recommend it.

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is one of those invisible illnesses. You know, that facebook status:
"Please put this as your status for at least 1 hour if you or someone you know has, or has had, an invisible illness (Diabetes, Crohns, PCOS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Kidney Disease, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, MS, COPD, Lupus, Depression, M.E, Autism etc). Do it for all who have an invisible illness. It's a daily struggle feeling sick on the inside while you look fine on the outside."

UC is an autoimmune disease, also called IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) similar to Crohns except that UC only affects the large intestine. I can be feeling fine, but if I eat something that doesn't agree with my insides or if I'm having a flare up I can be in an awful lot of pain...amongst other symptoms. Currently my flares seem to come right on schedule. My colitis has flared up at the beginning of Fall for the past 3 years now. Yeah, I'm in pain as I type this. I'm generally quiet about it, except to  close friends and family but I felt the need to share because I do not intentionally take breaks that are a month or two long in updating my sites. I'm actually pretty lucky to have a fairly mild form of this disease. I don't want pity, but some understanding when I'm not feeling so marvelous and prayers would be great. I have to admit I have been blessed with some amazing friends who I know pray for me a lot and my parents have shown more patience than I thought was humanly possible when I get to grumbling about the whole ordeal.
 Anyway, that's the story.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.



Friday, September 21, 2012

FALLing off the Bandwagon.

I did not mean to take a month long break! Life has been very busy this late Summer. The air is cooling off and the days are getting shorter, but the rush has not yet subsided and it doesnt appear it will until mid Fall. I am keeping semi- frequent updates on my Facebook page.

Feel free to visit and 'like' it too. :)

The Wizard of Odds and Ends, Facebook

Thursday, August 16, 2012

29 Day Challenge: Mission Accomplished.

So, I FINALLY posted the 29 day Challenge album to my facebook page!! I finished 14 "crafts" in 29 days! (You'll understand why some of them are "crafts"  when you view the album.) It was so much fun to keep track of what I finished in just under a month. Things have been crazy busy this month and time is now flying by with hardly any time for crafting. Once September is here I plan on making some nice Autumn themed crafts and updating my Etsy shop again. Time to gather some patterns!! :D

Oh, and here's the album link :
29 Day Challenge Album

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Still Counting Down

Well, I know, no pictures lately. I'm waiting for the 29 days to be up. Then I shall have some nice pictures of everything I've finished...not 29 pictures, but grouping the similar things, you know?

However, here is my list of thing I've been working on. Updated just 2 minutes ago!

29 Days

29-Doily
28-Lemonade Pie
27-Grocery Shopping, Lobsters
26-Creme egg brownies
25-Blue glitter sweater
24thru19-Doilies
18-Jillnaimo bars
17-Joann fabrics for pillow stuff
16-doily
15-Pillowcase
14-car paintings
13-car painting
12-doily
11-car painting

Let me explain a couple of things.

First of all, I'm trying to crochet 37 doilies. It's an Anne of Green Gables thing.

Secondly, a couple of these days are places I went and things that I made. I was actually out of the house for a good chunk of those days. Contrary to popular belief, I do have a life.

Thirdly! I made Nanaimo Bars and had to keep substituting ingredients. They actually turned out okay, but because I had like 2 actual ingredients I dubbed my version Jillnaimo Bars.

Fourthly...is that even what you say? I am not painting a car. I am making paintings of old cars from vintage ads in an old LIFE magazine that I have.

Lastly, I know I set this up the same as last week's post. I am a list maker. That's whey this whole post is a list and there is a big fat list within the post!

I have so say, it is incredible that there are only 11ish days to go of my countdown! I am ready to see my pal again! :D

PS Thank you to whoever(If you're reading this) favorites the Julie Andrews picture on etsy. It is such thrill to know someone really likes something I worked so hard on! I really appreciate it.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Christmas in July

First of all...

Etsy Expiring Listings Sale!! Toddler Hat, Shawl, and Crochet Tote just $5 each!!!! (They would make excellent gifts for Christmas in July! ;) ) www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends

Secondly...

As I expected to happen, I have fallen behind on my 29 days challenge. When you make 2 different doilies and unravel them both to make a third that you decided you liked better...you get behind with things. I am, however, keeping a rough daily record of what I worked on so I will be able to give an accurate account of crafts completed in the not-so-distant future.

Thirdly...

I think that's all for now. It's late and I have to go to sleep.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Etsy Expiring Listings Sale

After I posted yesterday I updated my Etsy! Five more items!

There are a few listings that are going to expire soon and they are:

Crochet Tote
Ivory Shawl
Toddler Sun Hat

The tote and shawl expire on July 30 and the hat on August 2. I've reduced the prices and these items won't be listed again for a while. Act now if you see something you like!!!

The Wizard Of Odds And Ends Etsy Shop

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Challenge!

Skip to 1:30 in the video...that's where I got the title from... Sandman Simms and Bill Cosby

Well, with the set up I use for my blog now, I know that the solution to my problem is to use web coding for my posts, otherwise I have to post on a laptop. Okay, haha *deep breath* I thin I can relearn at least the basics of it, although, I did get a C- in that class if I remember correctly. We'll see how it goes. I know tutorial sites, etc I can use, it's probably a good brain exercise too....I'm trying to convince myself. Anyway, please forgive the numerous mistakes that will be in my posts for a while.

As of Wednesday I've embarked an 29 day challenge. A friend was supposed to visit on Thursday but plans fell through and the trip was postponed for 29 days. So, for the next month I'm working on something every single day, not necessarily completing it the day I have set aside for beginning the project, but I do continue each one until it is finished. For instance, day 29 I started crocheting a doily, day 28 I made a pie, and although the doily wasn't finished I continued working on it because the pie didn't take up the whole day to make. I had this weekend off so there was more time to work on things. It will definitely get harder to keep up as when I get back to work, but so far, so good. I finished the "Day 29 Doily," as it's been dubbed on day 26

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

I've Been Working on My Etsy...

Four new listings today. Two handmade items and two vintage items. Go take a look! :)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/WizardOfOddsAndEnds

Here's a little sneak peek too:




Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Few Pictures From Facebook

Follow this link! The Wizard of Odds and Ends Facebook Page They're in the Wall Photos album. All the captions start with "July 1:" Now I feel the need to make an announcement. *professional sounding announcer voice* "Attention, please! Attention, please! The Wizard of Odds And Ends is currently experiencing technical difficulties. We will make the best of this situation until the issue is resolved. Thank you for your patience."

***UPDATE*** The pictures are now in their own little album titled "ReStyled"

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Blues

ba ba da ba ba....
Well I had a pair of blue jeans
ba ba da ba ba
They were getting kind of frayed
ba ba da ba ba
but I liked those blue jeans
ba ba da ba ba
Now they're a skirt instead
Woooooah yeah-ah-ah

In other words:

"BEFORE"
Can't believe I remembered to take this picture!
On of my favorite pairs of  jeans were starting to wear out both on the hem by the heel and on the back side. Now, I'm lazy, that's not why they were getting work there. I think this pair is about 6ish years old. That's OLD for a blue jeans!!  plus I was in school most of the time I was wearing them. Lots of sitting.  They were still in fairly good shape but i couldnt wear them because I was afraid I would hear them tear at any moment that I bent down or sat down again in them. I figures a skirt would give a little extra fabric to the back to calm my fears and then I wouldn't have to throw out an almost perfectly good pair of jeans.


No turning back now!
Okay, now this has to become a skirt.
This is the point of no return.
Extra fabric that I should have expected...but was not
expecting.  I had to figure out hoe to get rid of it without
messing upt the whole inseam part.
All pinned and ready to sew!
Finished! That was fast!
Patch I had to sew in on the weakest spot. The corners of
the back pockets were beginning to tear.
The back turned out a tiny bit  snug, but not
too bad...There's a little story about this photo
coming soon.
denim colored thread. After this project, I think I'm in love.
*Story* I am in love with the denim three I bought last night. In the picture of the back of the finished skirt there are stitches going across the back centere right at the midpoint of the pockets and you can hardly see it! That is all. PS Sorry for the mess of jumbled up pictures. I got the blues just trying to place me last night. I wasn't on my own computer, which is pretty much done for anyway and, for me anyway, I think blogger's picture placing tool is not the most user friendly thing in the world. I wanted to fix it but I don't feel like getting frustrated ALL OVER AGAIN!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thoughts of a Saleslady

(Warning: This is sort of cheesy.)

Midnight, listening to an old Jimmy Stewart radio show. I just finished a custom listing for an Etsy customer. I'm happy that I'll be making a sale, it's exciting to make something that you know someone else will enjoy. I'm always anxious before they receive it though, wondering if they'll change their mind, whether or not the mail will get lost, and if they'll like it when they have it in their own hands...among other things. Yes, I do confess that I'm a worrier.

There's a conversation that comes to my mind that I had with another artist friend not too long ago. We talked about how we really enjoy creating our art, and it's so nice to find out when someone else likes it enough to want to buy it from you. That's when you start to see the flaws really stand out. All the small things that nobody would notice unless you told them. It gives you a nervous excitement when you send it off to the customer, knowing that your art isn't perfect, at least not in your own eyes, and you almost wonder if you should stop them and tell them it's flawed and take it back.

Funny though, anything I've ever bought, it's taken me a long time to notice imperfections. When I do see them they become endearing, something that makes the item like no other, something that makes it mine. It's kind of nice to own something someone else put work into, put life into, I guess. It's so nice, so enjoyable, even with the little imperfections.

Cheesy, I know, but you were warned.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Yarn

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Yarn is....

1. a continuous, often plied strand composed of  either natural materials or man-made fibers used in weaving and knitting to form a cloth.

2. a narrative of adventures; especially a tall tale "a roaring good yarn"


*Very fake Irish brogue* I'm goin' ta tell ya aboot yairn starridge.

*Me, again, generic American.*
I'm actually updating this page with a post from my facebook page, as opposed to the other way around! Yarn storage is one of those typical facts of life that everyone has to face eventually. Well, maybe not. But it should be! If you are indeed one of those people who is facing this dilemma, look no further, I've gone yo Google Images for you and found some nice ideas. You can see the whole album here: Yarn Storage Album

My personal favorites are:

The wine rack. Everything is organized but
still in plain sight. Plus, it looks nice and
colorful when it's full of lots of different yarns.
I love this idea! Now, where do I find a wire
dress sculpture thing?


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nothing But Some Old Drapes

Captain Von Trapp: Do you mean to tell my that my children have been roaming about Salzburg dressed up in nothing but some old drapes?!

Maria: Mhmm, and having a marvelous time!



No, I didn't make drapes. I made a purse out of an old valance!  (Though I have made wearable items out of curtains before. Thus, fulfilling my dream since age 4 to be Maria von Trapp...)

Anyway...

You know how I said I couldn't sell the things that I sewed? Well I mean it this time. This time it's against the law! Or, well, the "Terms of Use." Here is the site where I found this loverly pattern. After following the link from pinterest, of course. http://www.made-by-rae.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern/

The fabric used in the pictures on the original site reminded me, slightly, of an old valance I had folded up in my fabric stash.  It was the yellow, I know it was. Also, given the fact that it was raining here for about 5 days straight, I needed to sew something the color of sunshine.
Of course, not having all the materials as usual, I used a regular snap instead of magnetic. Big difference, huh? Thank you to my dad for finally getting it on the purse though. I could have sat there all night tapping away at it. He finally came in my room and told me it sounded like a wood pecker was in there, took the hammer and WHACK! WHACK! WHACK! Perfectly installed snap. :)


Here is the finished result. (The whole thing not just the snap.)

Click to Enlarge Photo.
Two pockets! Perfect for a mirror and bright red lipstick.














                ...and you thought this post was going to be about drapes, didn't you?                                           


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pointless...like a circle.

I've been doing quite a bit of sewing in the past week. I guess I reached the burn out point for a bit with crocheting. Every so often I do that with each type of craft that I enjoy. I'm sure sewing is coming to that point soon and I'll probably take a break from it by crocheting again.  Let me give you an example of how I burn myself out, in the past 7 days I've made two skirts and restyled a shirt. The circle skirt I made after I worked a 9 hour shift at my regular job. So, you get the idea. I sit for hours on end, me, my sewing machine, and my record collection. Ah, Glenn Miller! Anyway, I reach a point where I just have to stop. I can't sew another stitch. And to tie it all in with the title: the reason why all this sewing is pointless is because I'm keeping it. I'm not selling it. Yes, I love being able to wear what I make, but I feel like I really should try to sell more than the eight little items listed on etsy right now! --In case you wanted to see them again: ;) http://www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends

Here are a couple pictures of the circle skirt.
I am so happy with how it turned out! Believe it or not, that used to be a shower curtain. It was perfect for this! Plus I had extra elastic left over from a project I made about a year ago.  I used this pattern that I found on Pinterest with a few of my own modifications: http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-the-circle-skirt.html

...Have I mentioned yet how much I love Pinterest?

Now, to get you all caught up. I was going to take pictures of this shirt restyle in progress...I'm not good at that. Here are the only three pictures I took "in progress." It's pretty simple anyway...

That little blotch on the shirt is an olive oil stain. You can 't actually see it in normal light. Only in my insanely, insanely bright camera flash....  And as you can undoubtedly see, there is no method to my picture taking madness whilst I'm sewing.
Finished results were much better than I expected. The shirt looks a little, askew(?) because there was a little stretching and rumpling up (so technical, I know) of the seams. It looks fine when it's being worn, I was a little worried about that. I am thrilled that I actually have a nice summer top now and not just a plain old ribbed tank top!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Oh, Puh-leats!

Something I have always loved for as long as I can remember are pleated skirts. Especially the heavier ones that were amazing for twirling. Something I have never liked because they are useless and no fun to wear are pencil skirts, but that's beside the point...

Yesterday was my day off from work and I decided that I was going to make a skirt. Moreover, I decided I was going to make this skirt: http://grandrevivaldesign.typepad.com/grand_revival_design/sewing-tutorials/

It has been years, like more than 10, since I owned a pleated skirt. I have been itching for one lately, but could never find one. (Should have seen that as a big red flag style wise, maybe.) So, yesterday I pulled an old, old sheet out of my closet. "NO IRON MUSLIN" The tag looks old, like 1950s old...the "No Iron" part makes me think it won't hold the pleats so good.
Here, I dug it out of my trash so you could all see. Just kidding, it was right on top...

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had more than enough fabric to make the skirt. (Woohoo!) It probably took me a total of 6 hours to make. Not including the many breaks and distractions in the process. The time consuming part was probably all of the ironing, ironing, and more ironing. 

The pleats go a little funky because I didn't really understand the instruction sand, I'll admit, when I started out I would read a little bit and start following that step only to realize I did something a little wrong and should have read the whole section first. Note to self: Always read the entire pattern through at least once before starting project. I'm very pleased with how it turned out though.
So, what do you think?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Random Posting and Things of That Nature

I had some yarn...well fabric, no, yarn. It's a 1 inch wide strip of woven string. That makes it fabric, right? I crocheted a heart banner with it so it's yarn, right? Anyway, I had some and it was one of those little specialty/arty skeins where you pay about $7 for it and you have about enough yarn to make half a sock. I never knew what to do with it, but I liked it and it sat in my yarn basket for a couple of years....Fast forward to the beginning of February 2012....I found a crochet pattern that was supposed to be for little one inch hearts and BOOM! lightning struck. I got out my nice bulky fabric yarn and in no time had a very nice looking banner for Valentine's Day. It hung on my wall until March. it's so pretty I decided to sell it. Check it out.
 Uh, That's all folks!

                                         https://www.etsy.com/listing/99898310/heart-banner

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Oh, Hi Atus!

Hiatus:  a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hiatus


Now that I am just about fully recovered from my cold. Man, that was a bad cold! I am crocheting again. FINALLY! Instead of continuing on the blanket that I've been anxious to finish, I pulled out another project that had been se aside for a while. Hey, variety is the spice of life isn't it? It's a sweater. I LOVE the yarn. My mother bought a bunch of it when she found it on sale. It's such pretty yarn. I love the shade of blue and it's sparkly too. See!

This is the pattern: http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Sweaters/Avalon-Top#
the pattern actually works really fast, I just get busy with other things and when I set something aside, I tend to really take a break from it for a few months before finally picking it up again. I've got 1 and a half sleeves left and I want to lengthen the whole shirt which means taking out all the work I did on that whole bottom edge. I'll probably have to lengthen the arms a bit too. I'm tall and string-beany so I tend to have to add a little length to anything with sleeves.

Here's what it looks like so far. :)


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Monday, April 23, 2012

Slow and Steady Wins the Race...Right?

Well, Here's my facebook page status: "I've been out of town visiting friends. I brought a small crochet project with me but caught a bad cold literally on my 7 hour trip down to visit! So I have not been working on any projects big or small for the past week!! Hence why there hasn't been an update either."

 It seems like I'm always taking two steps forward and one and a HALF steps back! This crafting jazz is certainly not my main income so I try to work at it whenever I do have a day off from work or even just a spare hour or so. I just love working with my hands and if I'm at an interesting part of a pattern that is fun to work through and not frustrating to figure out then it is an AWESOME de-stresser (which spell check says isn't a word no matter how I type it, but I know I've heard it before. Oh well.) and my brain likes the exercise, haha. If I am sick then I tend not to work on projects. I'm prone to sinus headaches when I catch a cold or my allergies act up. Not. fun. at. all.

 The "small project" that I brought with me is a sock yarn bag. It's pretty nifty looking with such a thin yarn and tiny stitches. I really like how it's turning out. However, this project poses a small challenge for me. I have to make two of the sides. The pattern is incredibly simple so it works fast, but I just get bored with having to do the same thing twice. I don;t think this one will be quite as much of an issue as some projects have been because I do like the way it's looking so far and I'm excited to see it finished.

--If you're curious about the blanket, it's not finished yet either. It's looking pretty good though so I am getting very excited about finishing that up and posting it on Etsy! I also apologize for the lack of pictures these last couple of posts. I promise a good one as soon as I'm home.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Midnight

Well, I had a nice week and weekend. I got about half of that dreaded blanket done. The way I'm putting it together now it MUCH faster than sewing each strip together. I'm just crocheting in each space along the strips with a little extra stuff in the corners. Honestly, that's the best way I can describe it. Right now, It's midnight and I'm just finishing dinner. (Pea soup. Yum!) So there was no progress made...uh, yesterday, I guess. I do plan on getting a little more done tomorrow and maybe finishing tomorrow night!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Progress

I still have seven things in my shop. of course I am aware that it can take months for things to sell, but it's exciting to check my shop just to see if anything has happened. It's sort of like what Jo March says about trying to sell her writing in Little Women, "Money...but it's not only that. there's a sort of nervous feeling. I like it." She goes on to talk about how people she doesn't even know will read and enjoy her stories. Ha, the money certainly does help, being fresh out of college and having school loans sitting over my head like a big gray cloud. But I just love making things and trying to sell them so that people I don't even know can enjoy them. It is very exciting.

Now, progress, or lack thereof:

A BIG HUGE afghan made in little tiny strips. Sewing the strips together proved to be very, very, very time consuming. (Not that I didn't get distracted while in the process) After putting together only one and a half rows, I think I'm going to attach the strips together another way. Which I'm going to try just as soon as this is posted...and as soon as I find the pattern booklet.



The ends of my size 9 feet are in the picture for a little reference to how big this unfinished pile of afghan is and I also need to mention that it is inside a deep bag...somewhat similar to Mary Poppins' carpet bag.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Listing and Posting and Updates, Oh My!

I feel like I've been on the computer all day updating things. This feels so slow going, getting everything up and trying to publicize in different outlets...I'm hoping to put a couple of things on Pinterest soon, but I can't find the "Pin It" but I'm not on my own computer and I can't find the "Pin It" button even though I know my mother has an account ;)

I listed 3 drawings and a pair of fingerless gloves today

I made myself a yellow cardigan out of an old shirt the other day and the very first day I have it on I smudge dark blue and black pastel on the sleeve. Just my luck!



www.etsy.com/shop/WizardOfOddsAndEnds

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Facebook

The Wizard of Odds and Ends is now on Facebook too! Please bear with me as I get all of this up and running and looking pretty.

The Wizard of Odds and Ends: Facebook

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

One More Time...

Well, I guess I'm going to blog about what I really do now. I've tried music, posting links to my favorite songs. I tried to post one a day that fit my mood or whatever was stuck in my head. Last post will be a year ago on Thursday. Next, I tried posting about drinking tea. One flavor for every day. Yes, I wanted to try 365 flavors. But I'm not really a tea-holic or whatever. I like it...just not that much, not 365 days much.

I'm going to be a little less ambitious with this blog. It's just about crafts, drawing, knitting, crocheting, and what not. Things I post on my Etsy shop and things I just make for me. I don't know what it will be like exactly...like a diary of my joys and frustrations of making something or a library of tutorials...we shall see. I don't expect to post every day, but at least once every couple of weeks at the least *knock on wood.*

Just for starters, the link... I'm still in the process of getting everything up and running again:

Wizard of Odds and Ends Etsy Shop