Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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!
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Here are two of my personal favorites...I can play favorites with my own items, right?
Navy Blue Lattice Scarf
And if you havent done it yet, don't forget to like The Wizard of Odds and Ends on Facebook too!! Thank you!
Monday, October 8, 2012
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
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
Feel free to visit and 'like' it too. :)
The Wizard of Odds and Ends, Facebook
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Oh, and here's the album link :
29 Day Challenge Album
Sunday, July 29, 2012
However, here is my list of thing I've been working on. Updated just 2 minutes ago!
27-Grocery Shopping, Lobsters
26-Creme egg brownies
25-Blue glitter sweater
17-Joann fabrics for pillow stuff
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
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
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.
I think that's all for now. It's late and I have to go to sleep.
Monday, July 16, 2012
There are a few listings that are going to expire soon and they are:
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
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
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Here's a little sneak peek too:
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
***UPDATE*** The pictures are now in their own little album titled "ReStyled"
Thursday, June 28, 2012
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
In other words:
Can't believe I remembered to take this picture!
|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
|denim colored thread. After this project, I think I'm in love.|
Friday, June 15, 2012
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.
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
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
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...)
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.|
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Here are a couple pictures of the circle skirt.
...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...
Friday, May 25, 2012
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
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
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
Monday, April 9, 2012
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
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!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
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