Monday, September 30, 2013

Autumn Adornments

I woke up one morning this month and saw this scarecrow hanging on the door. I barely remember crocheting this a couple of years ago. I can picture the book vividly. It was one of those mini pattern books that had about 5 patterns in it and was sold right at the grocery store register. I bought it on a family vacation in Ithaca, New York somewhere around 2007, along with a skein of yarn to keep myself occupied. It rained a couple of days and we pretty much stayed in the cottage those days. My brothers and I weren't allowed to watch tv. They had satellite tv there, but my parents wanted us to have a break from tv and wanted to avoid any arguments between me and my brothers about what shows to watch. I also remember buying one of those fabric loop looms and making a plethora of potholders, a few of which we still have in the kitchen. I got tendonitis in my wrist that summer because I used the loom so much. I think it came with 100 loops and I had to go buy a refill that week that came with many, many more. Well, after that trip down memory lane, here's the cute little scarecrow and his two little crow friends (that you can barely see) that I was referring to at the beginning of this post. 



And here is what I've been working on this week. I was hoping to finish tonight but it's looking like that is not going to happen. I should've used a larger crochet hook. The candy corn(s?) are a little wavy because I probably should have used a larger hook. I like it though. I may try making one another time. And here is the link to the pattern for anyone interested:
http://www.oursevendwarfs.com/2010/11/crocheted-candy-corn-bunting-pattern.html






Monday, September 23, 2013

Easy Peasy Curtains!

Crafting came to a dead stop last week after my second day of training. (First day at second job. It was the day after my first day of training at my first job.) needless to say it was a relatively busy, slightly stressful, but altogether enjoyable week even though I didn't finish altering my pants. I will soon. 

Now, for today:

We moved recently and left the old washer and dryer at the old house. The folks in the house we bought were taking theirs with them. My parents went out and actually found basically the same washer/dryer set my mom had at the old place. One problem, it was blue, our shower curtain and window curtains were purple. Girls and interior decorators know this is a less than ideal situation. My mother went out and bought three nice, gray curtains that went well in the new bathroom. Note: Our shower only has two walls and need a curtain for the side and for the end of the tub. I   given curtain number three. All that I did was lay it on my floor and walk all over it as I folded it in half, cut it up the middle, then placed the purple curtain on top for reference and cut about an extra half inch at the bottom.

I didn't get a true before picture, this is already cut. I could have never gotten the whole shower curtain in the camera, but you get the idea...



After cutting in relatively straight lines I eyeballed folding the hemline and didn't even iron it...sinful, I know. Then it was onto the sewing machine and again with simple, straight lines.

Bada bing, bada boom. Curtains that perfectly match the shower curtain.:


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Black Pants

I have two pairs of black pants that would be lovely for the winter months at my two new jobs where I don't actually have a set uniform at either! I'm so excited! No more polo shirt day after day after day! Finally some variety, which is ,indeed, the spice of life. 
(Now I will continue this post about two pairs of pants that are the same color. Uh...yeah...variety...)

As I was saying, these pants would be lovely for the winter months, they each need some minor alterations. One pair simply need to be shortened. The other pair needs the legs thinned? I'm sure there's a different word for that, but it's midnight and I'm just thinking about having to get up at 6:30am. To keep it simple for my own mind I just call it "taken up and taken in."  The latter pair is about  10 years old, has ridiculously wide legs and been on stage in many a high school chorus concert.

I just thought I would post a short, no pun intended, preview of the latter pair of pants. The"taken ins." When I said they were wide legged I was not kidding. I figured they would be better trimmed down a bit so I don't lose any children in my pant legs during story time at the library. Somewhat a la Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker.

Picture from: http://www.nutcrackerballet.net/html/washington.html

Well, here is a very impromptu before of the pants. I guess they're not quite Mother Ginger proportions...but close! 


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Men's Shirt to Skirt

You've probably seen "men's shirt to skirt" tutorials on Pinterest and that is exactly not where I found the tutorial to make this skirt. I actually googled "men's shirt to skirt" and his was the eighth result on the page. I picked it because I liked the way it looked better than all the results ahead of it and I had a skirt that I thought would make a good template.

The tutorial is right here:

I loved the tutorial. A LOT of pictures and just enough written instructions that I knew what I was supposed to be doing if was confused by a picture. Does anyone else do that? I know I can't be the only crafter that goes mostly by pictures and not written instructions.

Before I started I managed to snap one quick before picture so I actually have what will pass as a before/after photo for this project! Now, let me explain a little. The shirt/skirt is 100% cotton mint chambray. NOT WHITE! My camera kind of decides to make each picture a different color which can be a cross between amusing and frustrating, depending upon what I'm trying to take a picture of. Pardon the wrinkles on the skirt and scraps in the background. I had literally just finished sewing. Excuse the sock as well. That diffuses the flash so I don't get a glare across the mirror. So professional. Anyway, less writing, more picture.


And, just an example of what I mean about my camera sort of having a mind of its own when it comes to the color of each picture, here's a lovely yellow-orange tinted photograph. Hello 1973!


Friday, September 6, 2013

New Job!

No, my Etsy shop is not a full time endeavor yet, but here's an exciting update... I just got a job at JoAnn Fabrics! I am beyond excited to FINALLY be working at a craft store! (Not to mention the fact that I think there's an employee discount!) Pardon the overuse of exclamation points in this post but I am excited! Have I mentioned that yet?!

I've been into crafting, multiple types of crafting, for a long time. It's always the first hobby I mention when I'm asked. I guess that sounded good answer to that question at the job interview. Haha! 

There was one time, when I was working at a grocery store, that I was admiring a lady's scarf and I asked her if she crocheted it. She said yes and I told her is was beautiful and asked what the stitch was because I'd never seen it before. We continued to chat ask I rang up her groceries. I told her to have a nice day and that was that. About a week later she came through my line again, only with the literally hundreds of faces I saw everyday, I didn't recognize her. This time as I was scanning her items she pulled the pattern for the scarf out of her purse and handed it to me! That just made my day. I haven't made the scarf yet for two reasons; 1. I want to have the right yarn so it turns out the right way. (Lots of projects I use what I have on hand that seems comparable and the result after all the effort are not always nice.) 2. That customer's scarf was just soooooo pretty, it's kind of daunting to take on the project myself after seeing someone else's results in person.

Anyway, I'm very excited to be starting work at a craft store. Hopefully I'll learn lots of new things from customers there and maybe gain some more crafting skills. I can't wait to start!  I have never felt that way about a job before! I'm so excited! Okay. I won't say that anymore! Thanks for reading! :)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Blanket for the Best Baby Boy

Alright, so I'm a little biased. But ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, this is the moment you have all been waiting for...


And there it is, I still have about 20 rows left, I think, but I have been working so hard on this. I've had a couple of pauses over the past 9 months or so crocheting a blanket for my brand new nephew, but he seems like a pretty cool guy, so I think he'll forgive me.

I used a pattern on Ravelry by Sue Williams. I just printed out the photo on the pattern page and used a single crochet stitch for each square. I did try to buy the pattern, then after a few failed attempts I saw that it said "This pattern *was* available.." 

This poor blanket is unfortunately not perfect by any means. It got narrower as I went along. I should be a little more vigilant about crocheting every stitch, but once I get into a fairly quick rhythm, I do miss a stitch or two every once in a while. I also wasn't sure if I worked the color changes correctly, but it looks pretty close to the picture, so I am just about satisfied. We'll see how the remainder goes.