Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My First Tutorial...

Since I can't post any pictures of Christmas presents, and that is basically all I am working on at the moment, (Whilst falling way behind on my 365 squares. Ugh.) I have decided it was high time to post a tutorial here and my camera decided it was high time for the batteries to die. Well, I'm done complaining. At least I still have something I can take pictures with.

Thanksgiving is in just a few short hours and I suppose that means I'm late, by retail store standards, getting into the Christmas spirit. The fun thing about working at a children's library is decorating for each season and the accompanying holidays. We haven't deecorated for Christmas yet, but we've been preparing...with discarded books! I'm sure you can find this tutorial elsewhere on the Internet, but I can guarantee you that their photos won't have that fuzzy vintage look that invokes feelings of nostalgia from Christmases past.

Here is it folks, the Christmas Tree Book:

Fold the page over so that the top edge is even with the spine of the book.

Fold page again so that the first folded edge is even with spine.

Fold bottom corner of page even with bottom edge of the book and tuck the corner inside of the triangle.

Repeat...

*Note: I made my tree out of four separate sections of 16 pages and glued the sections together. You can make your tree with as many or as few sections/pages as you like for slightly different looks. It's fun to try with different size books too!










Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Knowing and Sitting.

...in other words, knitting and sewing. That is what I actually did mostly this week. In fact, this week I learned how to knit with double pointed needles! Oh YouTube, how I love thee. I'm attempting to finish that project by Christmas,*knock on wood* so no pictures yet. 

And the sewing. I really like working at JoAnn Fabrics. There was some really old fashion looking striped floral fabric I had my eye on for a couple of weeks. I loved how it looked but I had no idea what I could make with it. I didn't want to get a yard or two for my stash because the point of this job is to save money, not spend each paycheck at my place of employment.
Well, this week I also happened to watch some DVDs of The Waltons. When I saw Olivia Walton's apron a lightbulb went on in my head and my next day at work I bought myself one yard of the floral fabric!

I made a half apron at first, but then after looking at google images I realized that hers is a full apron but folded down in a lot of scenes, so I pulled out the rest of the fabric a couple of nights later and added a bib. I ended up with just about a 9 inch by two inch strip of fabric left over!  I'm very pleased with the end result for not having used a pattern. I alternated the floral pattern in the fabric for the pocket. I liked it that way rather than matched up like the Walton one. 

The bib puffed out a bit at first do I made two little pleats a couple of  inches in on either side. And the neck strap joins with a button.



These pictures are the result of 2am dress up immediately upon completion of the apron attempting to channel 1930s fashion/Olivia Walton. I amuse myself very easily. That outfit is way too dressy for an apron!
Next sewing project: vintage house dress. (Sad but true. I have a pattern that I bought on sale for $1 and I think I can alter it pretty easily!)
Here are the moderately embarrassing photos...



-- I had a number of Etsy listings expire two days ago, so some of those should be back up within the week.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ah, We Meet Again!

Hello again! I'm back! I was traveling, not this past weekend, but the weekend before that. I was away for 5 days and did not crochet a stitch, although I had planned to. I did purchase two new crochet hooks that are on the humongous side! Sizes N and P. I also saw a sausage making demonstration while I was away. The old fashioned way using a hit or miss engine to run the meat grinder. I even got eat pork cracklings that I watched them cook in the lard that they butchered from the same pig! Sorry if that grosses anyone out. I thought it was pretty cool...and delicious! 
 
It was around 7 on the night I got back home. I ate some dinner and immediately got to crocheting into the wee small hours of the morning hoping to catch up and blog. I did crochet two squares but it took me a few days to finally get back to where I was supposed to be and now I'm even working a little bit ahead! I am running out of yarn much faster than I expected, so in one way this is a fabulous scrap buster project but the fact that I'm going to have to buy some more yarn to get through the whole year is very appealing!

Just a couple of pictures of the mounting pile of squares...and this isn't even a month's worth!



A little, shameless plug for my Etsy shop as well. You might find someone a great Christmas gift! www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends