Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hand Sewn Halloween Costume

It's the wee, small hours of Wednesday but I am still going to get this "Tuesday" blog up before I go to sleep. I updated the crochet square album. Up to day 8 now, 9 tomorrow...today, I guess. 

In other news, Halloween party at work um, yesterday,  so I got to wear my costume that I've worn the past eight Halloweens. This is from my pre-sewing machine era, so it's all hand sewn. I was out looking specifically for a Dorothy costume in 2006 but I wanted it to look authentic, which resulted in my actually having to purchase the Simplicity pattern and make it myself. This resulted in about two months of sewing by hand at home, at school, for sometimes 12 hours a day! Don't you think it turned out pretty well?





The shoes were brown flats that were wearing out. I stretched a sequin tank top over them and strategically cut and used Elmer's Glue to hold it in place, plus a little bit of red paint, glitter glue, and sequin trim. Definitely not jumping in any puddles with these on. They would, well, I guess they would melt like the Wicked Witch of the West.


Monday, October 28, 2013

365 Crochet Square Challenge

Well, the posts here have not become daily. There are just not enough hours in the day! However, my posting in the "365 Crochet Square Challenge" album on Facebook has become an everyday occurance. Check that out here: 365 Crochet Square Album!

The book I'm using right now is 50 Fabulous Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss. Funny story: I've been thinking about how I'll have to finde patterns for 315 more squares after I go through this book. I figured I would have to search out a bunch individually online, but duh!...I work at JoAnn Fabrics! I actually sold a crochet square book today. Definitely going to buy one of those when I get closer to finishing this first book!

Here's one little preview of what's in the album so far!! 






Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Terrific Tuesday!


Well, well, just scratch what I said yesterday about "never" having to work on Tuesday afternoon. I forgot to knock on wood. Ha! Today I volunteered to cover for someone who went home sick. It is now 10pm and I've only been home for about an hour. I just finished dinner and, as you may have guessed, have made no further progress on skirt alterations.

Now, an announcement: I'm starting another project. Surprise! I have been wanting to do one of those "one granny square a day for a year" things for a while now but planned on beginning January 1st. Click here to see where I got the idea! It just so happens that someone returned a book today that I immediately checked in and then checked out to myself. (One of the perks of working at a library.) I think there is just enough time to finish a square tonight before I drift off to dreamland in preparation for another 9 hour day tomorrow. Hm...I still have to find 315 more square patterns. Hopefully my night is not swallowed up by becoming lost in a Pinterest vortex.


I'm kind of thinking these posts may become daily, as time permits, over the next 365 days. I'm excited to begin this project!



New Day

Besides the fact that it is just after midnight making it a new day, it is also Tuesday, the day that I will be posting here from now on. Instead of late at night on Monday. You can read the official-ish announcement here on my facebook page! And don't forget to like my page while you happen to be over there! Thank you!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Business Busyness

It's been quite a busy week! I made two scarves with some extra bulky yarn I'd bought recently. I have come to the conclusion that I don't like that yarn at all. I hand crocheted them. Yep, sans crochet hook. That's why I don't like it. If my hand turned into a crochet hook, I wouldn't mind at all. Plus, I'd have a greater appreciation for Peter Pan characters.

This week I also finally made a fat quarter skirt...the correct way. My friend and I went out and bought fabric for the skirt months ago. I really like how it turned out!
The tutorial I followed:
Some pictures:
Left: Starting the skirt. Right: I actually pressed seams for the first time! 


Left: The black ribbon tie. I also used the ribbon instead of bias tape along the top. Right: You can see both panels with Chinese(?) writing to get an idea for the panel repetition. 


The whole outfit, haphazardly put together for the picture. My (not so trusty) camera and sock light diffuser. HA! I look like I'm floating!!


I also updated my Etsy shop today with a variety of scarves. Take a look!
www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends 

Now, it's time for me to start cutting some patterns!!




Friday, October 11, 2013

Under Contruction

Don't you hate when you go to visit a page and all you see are two dreaded words, "Under Construction" or any variant of that phrase such as "site maintinence being performed," or something like "server is down temporarily"? Well, I just tried to make a few changes to my blog via an iPad. Let me tell you, somethings are just easier via PC. 

Over the next week or so I will be digging deep into my memory for the zip folder in my brain marked Community College, under the folder 2010, subfolder Graphic Design, subfolder Web Design. (Did I get that folder rundown correct?) There will probably be many trips to multiple sites for some HTML tutorials, etc. 

The goal is for this to all come together beautifully with a slightly more relevant background to the subject matter, while still being pretty easy on your eyes, and perhaps a little more organization if I can figure all of that out.

Wish me luck! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Blogosphere Extraordinaire

So, I guess I'll just start this blog by stating that I made my first little step deeper into the blogging world by commenting on someone else's blog. I'll post the link to that blog right here at the top or else my screen may not scroll down enough for me to make it a link on the blogger site. I'm on the app right now...and admittedly technology illiterate, for the most part.

Now the post:
I have spent many a rainy day  (many a sunny day, for that matter) on Google searching for craft tutorials. Mainly tutorials of the crocheting, knitting, or sewing variety. It was on one of those day that I came across the blog Crafting Makes the Heart Grow Fonder. A crafting blog with posts by two sisters.
As I read the blog over the next couple of years, I realized that one of the two sisters, as in siblings not nuns, is located somewhere around the same region where my boyfriend lives and that she was making some things to be sold at a living history farm that I visit a almost every time I'm in the area! One of the next times that I visited I went in the gift shop and saw a clothes pin bag she had made. I bought it and I love it!

Finally, quite a few months later I decided to comment on her blog and tell her my story. Apparently the cashier at the farm told her about me and I remained somewhat of a mystery for little while since I seemingly came from seven hours away to purchase something made by someone whose blog I read. Needless to say I felt kind of silly about that.

Here is the clothes pin bag. I love the fact that it looks like a little dress! It's going to get a whole lot of use at my house. My mom is the kind of person who will hang clothes out on the line until they are actually more frozen than dry!

Go check out some of the other great things made by the ladies at Crafting Makes the Heart Grow Fonder!