Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shawls, Shells, and a Makeover Without Makeup

Within the past week I actually finished two projects! Small projects, yes, but it feels so good to actually be able to finish not one, but two things before I am totally burnt out and bored with what I'm working on. Both Items are (belated) birthday gifts for my friend and I'm going to post pictures. 

First to take up some space, so that maybe she won't peek, I'll share with you a book I've started reading. "How to Sell Your Crafts Online." I'm on chapter three and so far I have found it extremely helpful!! It focuses on setting up a nice looking Etsy shop and gives tips on what will generate traffic. It also talks about how to utilize other social media to your best advantage but I haven't gotten that far yet. My Etsy Shop will be undergoing a little makeover for about the next month, so you may notices slight difference when you visit for the next four weeks. Although, I think I've probably already made some of the biggest and most noticeable changes. Mainly just adding a banner (which I added here on the blog as well, at the moment.) and a brief shop announcement. Please, check it out and let me know what you think so far!


Alright, here are the birthday presents:
The shawl hopefully looks familiar from last week's post. I finished it! I had one entire day off last week and spent it crocheting and having a classic movie mini marathon.
I know I've mentioned it before but I LOVE  the color of this yarn! Caron Simply Soft: Pagoda. 


And this second project was a spur of the moment thing. I had absolutely no idea what she wanted this year! Usually I have at least a rough idea. Then everything sort of fell together. A page I follow on Facebook (can't remember which!) posted a link to Lion Brand's Solid Shell Crochet Jewelry Frame. I remembered that my friend kept her earrings hung over the edge of a small jar, so I think she'll like this. I have to say, I was pretty thrilled when I posted a picture of it in progress on Instagram and Lion Brand liked and commented on my picture! That certainly made my day!



Hello and thank you to those of you who have just started following. That makes my day too! :)
*Edit: I have changed a little more than just adding the banner to the blog now!!! ;) 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Knitting, Comparatively Speaking

God is quite  crafts(man?). He made everything! Sometimes when I knit or crochet I start to think about that. It's pretty cool that God knits too!

Probably the most famous verse that mentions God knitting is this one:

Psalm 139:13  "For you created my inmost being;
                         you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Not only does God knit, He is also a potter

Job 10:9   "Remember that you molded me like clay.
                   Will you now turn me to dust again?
                  Did you not pour me out like milk
                  and curdle me like cheese,
                  clothe me with skin and flesh
                  and knit me together with bones and sinews?

Isaiah 64:8 "Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
                    We are the clay, you are the potter;
                    we are all the work of your hand.

And Jesus, God's son, who was fully man and fully God learned the trade of carpentry.

Knowing what it takes to knit a shawl, or a stocking, or a hat, it is amazing to think of all of the work God put into creating the universe, and the even more specialized work he has put into each person in the past, present, and future on this planet!

Even though the verses that refer to God knitting or molding clay are essentially describing God creating something and not literally using yarn or clay (though he did create Adam from dust) I still think it's amazing to have been blessed a talent that is, in some small way, similar to the way God does His work. 

Knitting, for a person, is something that takes patience, the right tools, and carefully following a pattern in order to turn out right. Often I will make a mistake and have to rip out row after row or even start over again. Sometimes I'll even get tired of a project and it can sit on a shelf in my closet for years before I pick it up again! 

I am so glad that a perfect God is in control of His creation. He doesn't make mistakes and he never gets tired of working on us.  Sometimes, in our sinful nature we will make a mistake, and God so patiently and lovingly will unravel us to the point where we see that we need Him to do the work, and we need to follow his pattern that was perfectly planned for us from the beginning of time.




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lattice Shawl Show and Tell

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! This weekend was pretty relaxing for me. I had Saturday off this week so my friend and I got together and went shopping. Mainly food and makeup, but I did get a cardigan and a pair of tan flats so I have library appropriate footwear for spring. The rest of the weekend was spent crocheting. 

In a couple of weeks my friend (same one I went shopping with) is going to a semi-formal dinner. She went out and bought a dress but felt like it needed some sort of wrap or shawl. Well, the sock yarn one I'm knitting is moving along at a snail's pace so I grabbed some worsted weight yarn and I'm going to crochet a much simpler design that she will have it in plenty of time!


This shawl is so simple!
Keep your eyes open, I may be posting another pattern here soon!
I love this color!! Caron Simply Soft / Pagoda.

The weather is warming up and the tree branches are covered in red buds and it's warm enough during the day for me to be able to sit on the porch and crochet or at least add the fringe to this. That takes forever!

Here is the same shawl I'm crocheting now but in a different color in my Etsy shop:


Friday, April 18, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Fiber, Metal, Paper

I seem to have my regular Tuesday craft posts mixed up with my Favorite Things Friday posts. It's alright I guess, since it's probably pretty obvious that crafting is one of my favorite things! 

 I received a mailer from JoAnn Fabrics the other day with a 50% off coupon.  A few days later I got the circular with another 50% off coupon. I was happy, I needed more thread for my serger. I checked my email later and got another 50% off coupon. Now I could save on three of the four spools of overlock thread! Over the next two days I got two more 50% off coupons. I checked the coupon numbers and they were all different. I could use all five!!! 

Today, I took my typically coupon-forgetful self to Joann fabrics with ALL of the coupons. So here is my little haul:

Caron simply soft yarn in Pagoda. My dear friend for whom I am knitting the shawl (Is my grammar correct?) is going to some sort of dinner and bought a dress that she thinks would look nice with some sort of shawl or shrug. She loves jewel tones and since I know I won't be through knitting by the party, I grabbed some of this beautiful deep blue green color. I'll be looking up patterns or crocheting one as many of you will be reading this. To be honest, I am really excited to crochet again after slowly knitting for days!

SureLock Overlock thread: I needed some. The small spools that came with my machine are almost gone. 

Pin Backs: I needed these to. I actually only needed a couple but all I could find was a 42 pack. It was $2.99 so I figured I can definitely make some cute pins to sell as well.

Belle Buttons by Dritz: Look! They're EDELWEISS!! I love it! I bought one card of these a month or two ago, the only one they had in stock. I plan on making a dirndl someday and using these for the buttons.


One lovely, interesting find today was at work at the library. My town library has been in the same building since the late 1800s and we have the old antique card catalogues still mostly full of cards. When we need some scrap paper someone usually goes and grabs a handful of the cards out of the catalogue. 

Today I pulled a card out to write a note on the back of it. Often, before I scribble away I'll look at the front of the card just to see what old book belonged to it. Every card I'd seen so far was typewritten. I was so surprised to turn the card in my hand over to see a book catalogued in such gorgeous penmanship!! I'm assuming someone wrote it out for a new book in 1924, the year written on the card. I haven't done an internet search to find out anything about it yet. Needless to say, I didn't scribble a note on the back of this card, but instead put it in a book a checked out to keep it safe and brought it home. I am still admiring the beautiful handwriting!


Any crafters hoard their coupons before making a shopping trip? 
Don't you wish there was still a strong emphasis on penmanship in school?

Hope you have all had a very nice Good Friday!
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1940s Hair and Makeup Look

It's Tuesday again! Hello and thank you so much to those of you who are new followers within these past couple of weeks! Thanks to those of you who have left some lovely comments as well! 

This past week I've spent most, if not all of my crafting time knitting a shawl for my friend's birthday which is now going to be a late birthday present. While I knit or crochet I usually like to watch tv. I had gone right through seasons 1 and 2 of the Dick Van Dyke Show just after Christmas. After that I downloaded the Spotify App which I listened to endlessly for weeks finding new (to me) songs; Traditional folk songs, 1930s through 50s popular music, and beautifully arranged hymns. However, this week I decided to scan through the movie collection at the library and find some new (to me) movies. --Are you noticing a trend?-- 

I checked out some Doris Day and Deborah Kerr movies. I love makeup from the 1940s and 50s and I used to dress up every so often in my spare time. I hadn't dressed up for a few years now and the movies sort of out me in the mood to for it so I decided dressing up would be something fun to do after work and post about today! I was also inspired to do so from Katrina's recent post on her Edelweiss Patterns Blog. If you haven't heard of it yet, I highly recommend that you go take a look!

I used this YouTube tutorial as a rough guideline for my look: Historically Accurate: 1940s Makeup Tutorial
And here are the results!




The vintage dress I'm wearing is for sale in my Etsy shop! (There's a link just under the blog title.)

The make up I'm wearing is:
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream:Light 4-5
Maybelline Coverstick Concealer: Fair
Elf Eyeshadow Primer: Sheer
Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadow: Not Just Nudes
Almay Eyeliner: Black Brown
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: Brownish Black
New York Color Powder Blush: Central Park Pink
Love My Lips: Creme Cherry

I'm thinking about posting a third time during the week with some sort of fun fashion thing. I figured I'd do sort of a test post today before I decide since I posted about yarn last Friday anyway. I'd love to know what you all think about that idea. Don't forget to check back this Friday for the next Favorite Things post!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Specialty Yarns

Ah, specialty yarns. I love them....and I don't. While I don't actually have many, they few I do have are the reason why my yarn stash will never be depleted. I have one pink "yarn" that is almost a fabric in it's own right, made up of a bunch of pink and white threads all woven together. It's just a few yards of left overs from a project but it is so pretty I just can't bring myself to throw it away!



My biggest pet peeve has got to be eyelash yarns. I have two of those. Not long after I started crocheting years ago I bought them very cheap at a discount store. I have yet to find a project for either. Hmm that's an idea for later. I really like the sherbet colored eyelash yarn that I have, but the spacing for each color is so small that there's barely enough room for more than a couple of stiches in one color before it switches to the next. The end result always ends up as more of a muddy mess of color than anything else.



Well, what do I love about specialty yarn. A lot! The right one for the right price can be amazing. Baby yarns (ha, not the technical term!) are so soft and amazing to work with. I wouldn't mind a closet full of sweaters and scarves made from baby yarn.  Hand spun natural wool is just so interesting to look at with all of the variety in texture and width when it's spun just a little too loose or too tight. Sock yarn is so versatile! I'm not sure there's anything you can't make with sock yarn. I'm sure there are so many, many yarns that I haven't mentioned. Perhaps I'll come back to this subject in the future and we'll see if I've made anything from my eyelash yarn by then.



What are your favorite specialty yarns? 
Have you ever made anything with specialty yarns? I'd love to see pictures! feel free to post them on my facebook page! Just click the facebook link at the top of the page.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Wear a Button Down Shirt as a Skirt | Tutorial

Recently I did an online challenge where the bloggers who took part had to wear a button down shirt three days in a row and style it differently each day. On day three I decided to wear my shirt as a skirt. You can see that style [here!] There are quite a few similar tutorials on line, this is my version. It makes more of a high waisted skirt that is good for layering. Of course, these are just guidelines, you can change things up a little and style it your own way; shirt tucked in or worn over it, with a belt, as an underskirt for extra length, etc. The usually works best with a plain button down shirt that's a size or two above what you'd regularly wear.

Underneath each set of photos the steps are listed with corresponding numbers.


1. Make sure the collar is folded over the shirt so that it's on the inside.
2. Find out which button and corresponding buttonhole fit best around your natural waist.

3. Place the top edge of the shirt at your natural waist. Make sure the collar is still turned inside.
4. Button shirt so that it fits comfortably around your waist. Button the rest of the way down.
5. Pull the yoke up. (The part that would go across your shoulders on the back.)
6. Fold yoke down and smooth.

7. Pull right sleeve across front and around to back.
8. Tuck sleeve into the ”waistband" that you made from folding over the yoke. (Don't worry if it's a little loose, that will be taken care of in the next step.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with left sleeve.

10. Finished back. You'll want to check in huge mirror to make sure everything looks smoother than mine! 
11. Finished front.

Just incase you've noticed that it looks like I'm leaning slightly to the left. That's not the shirt, the camera, or your eyes playing tricks. That's just my slight spine curvature. 


So, there you go.  Shirt as a skirt! 






Saturday, April 5, 2014

1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways - Day 3

Thanks to Olivia, the three Boyer sisters, Jessica, Brigid and Charlotte, and to  Callie, and Ashley for hosting this fun challenge!!

Creations  by Callie: http://www.creationsbycallie.com
Bramblewood Fashion: http://www.bramblewoodfashion.com

Today was an interesting outfit choice. I had no idea what I was going to wear and then just decided to get really creative with how I style my top. I don't personally feel convicted to have my backside covered when I wear pants, but I know a lot of girls do and that's sort of how I came up with this fun ensemble. It's inspired by the pinterest posts about wearing a buttondown shirt as a skirt.


The shirt does add a little bulk around the waist so I wore a wide belt to define my waist better and to hold the sweater closed so you can't see where the outfit changes from a tee to the buttondown. 

Feel free to comment if you'd like a tutorial on how I wore my buttondown top as a bottom piece of my outfit! I post every Tuesday and Friday and I would love to share :)

Button down shirt/skirt ;) : same as days 1 and 2
Tee: Sonoma- Kohls: $5.80
Cardigan: Sonoma- Kohls: $17.60
Pants: Levi's- JC Penney: $? (Had them a long time!)
Boots: ?- JC Penney: $17.00

Hope you like it!
Have you ever worn a shirt as a skirt?






Friday, April 4, 2014

1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways - Day 2

Go check out the hosts' sites for this event!

Creations  by Callie: http://www.creationsbycallie.com
Bramblewood Fashion: http://www.bramblewoodfashion.com

This ensemble, though I'm wearing it on day two, was the first outfit that I came up with for the one top/three days event. It's definitely lighter than yesterday's sweater outfit. I didn't really have dig through my dresser to put this all together. When I decided what shirt to wear I almost instantly knew this outfit would be worn. It's perfect for today too. It's my long day at work and pants are just more comfortable when I'm constantly getting up and walking around and then sitting back down when I help library patrons.


I love these pink corduroys!!!...my almost perfectly matching pink belt doesn't show up quite so well in the picture below. :( 

Which outfit so you prefer so far, yesterday's or today's? 
Do you like brightly colored pants/skirts or do you wear mainly denim for casual looks?

Shirt: same as yesterday: ;)
Tank top: Faded Glory: $? I've had it for a long time
Necklace: ? : gift
Belt: Old Navy: $3
Pants: L.E.I.: $7
Shoes: Lower East Side: Gift

Thursday, April 3, 2014

1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways - Day 1

Go check out the hosts' sites for this event!

Creations  by Callie: http://www.creationsbycallie.com
Bramblewood Fashion: http://www.bramblewoodfashion.com

Decisions, decisions: 
This was actually the second outfit I decided on. I'm not too sure about wearing it to work tonight since it's supposed to be 28*F and it's basically short sleeves, but the sweater is actually pretty warm! I know I won't be as comfortable in it working all day tomorrow and it's not an at home outfit like I can wear on Saturday.

The lowdown on the button-down:
This white and brown pinstriped shirt started is actually a men's medium dress shirt! I found it in a pile of clothes one of my brothers were getting rid of because it didn't fit him anymore. After asking the rest of the men in the house if they wanted it, which no one did, I put it on a hanger at the end of my closet where all my "projects" go. I wore it once with a belt around my waist and a pair of brown leggings but it was still very baggy and puffy above the belt. Finally, two nights ago, after it sat in my closet for about a year, I took in the sides which helped to give it a slightly more feminine shape. I got to use my serger, yay! It's still a little baggy,thought you can't tell from this outfit, but it looks more like it's supposed to be that way now than just looking like I'm wearing a shirt that's way too big.



The entire outfit:
These two tops I have never worn outside the house. I knew I wanted to layer the button-down with something, but didn't like anything I had tried on. Since the goal of this event is to stretch your wardrobe I decided I should try on a piece that had just been sitting around since I made it. I put on this crochet sweater that has a little sparkle in it, rolled up the sleeves of the button-down and liked how the two shirts looked together. 

The closely crocheted waistband of the sweater makes it look bulky in comparison to the lacy top and no matter what skirt I paired it with it looked a little funny. I knew then that I needed something more streamlined so the pencil skirt became part of the ensemble. The sweater tights and flats were a no brainier for warmth and comfort. I knew that the brown pinstripes were so dark that I could get away with wearing black, which is a good point about the versatility of this shirt!



What I'm wearing:
Button-down: Wrangler Jeans Co.: Free
Sweater: made by me, yarn : Gift
Skirt: Mossimo: $12 (just a guess...I needed a black skirt so I didn't pay close attention to price)
Sweater tights: J. Jill: Gift
Shoes: American Eagle by Payless: $13.99









Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This and That and a Fun Event Starting Thursday!

I FINALLY updated my Etsy shop with a few more items. That is certainly not an April Fool's joke! Please, go over and take a look! The Wizard of Odds and Ends on Etsy

I always feel so unprepared when Tuesday finally rolls around. I still have not started taking notes during the week on what I will be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays. I think that was part of my new year's resolution too. Let's see, I did a little knitting and a little sewing this week.

Currently I am working on this Glitz at the Ritz shawl for my friend's birthday. I'll have to get to work on that as soon as this is posted!! I've still got quite a bit left but the pattern works up pretty quickly. Though I'm sure some more seasoned knitters could have it done in a flash!
Here's what I have so far:


I also recently hosted a giveaway on my Instagram for one of my Peter Pan collars! That was a lot of fun! The winner was silent_miku another crocheter. I love looking at photos of her  amazing work! I think I will definitely have some other sort of giveaway sometime in the future! I was absolutely amazed when I realized that nearly 300 people viewed the Wizard of Odds and Ends Facebook page!! So, so, so thankful for each new view!  Hello to those of you who may be reading my blog for the first time! Thank you for reading, to the regular and the new viewers!

As for the sewing endeavors, I took in the sides of knee length denim skirt that was ridiculously bell shaped. It still is, but not nearly as bad. Thank goodness I still have all my fingers intact and bandaid-less because that little project took place around 2 in the morning on Sunday. It was getting late once I had made up my mind what outfit I wanted to wear to church, which included said skirt that I had only worn once because of the awkward shape. I placed one of my favorite skirts over it and pinned along the edges. The finished result is still slightly more flared than I would prefer, but at least it's an improvement!

The second article of clothing that I took in a bit was a medium men's shirt that none of my brothers wanted. I liked the brown pinstripes on it and that it was a good tunic length for me, but it was still very baggy looking even with a belt around the waist. I can't give away too much. What I can tell you is I will be wearing this shirt Thursday through Saturday for the 1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways event which is being hosted by Boyer Family Singers, Bramblewood Fashion, Creations By Callie, and Fresh Modesty. Go check out their posts and join in! There's also a hashtag for instagram so you don't have to have a blog participate!




Hope you've all had a good week! If you're interested in viewing any of my other social media pages, link are located just above the title of this post! Check back on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for my posts in the 1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways event!