Showing posts with label JoAnn Fabrics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label JoAnn Fabrics. Show all posts

Friday, January 2, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Happy New Year

Well, 2014 was quite a year! I was busy around Christmas, but not so much with handmaking gifts. I did at least manage to finish a simple neck warmer that I gave to my dad. I might make myself one sometime too. The yarn I used is 100% wool so it is nice and warm! 

I was given a JoAnn Fabrics gift card for Christmas and there are some plans in the works for what I purchased with that, though that's more for a Tuesday post...which I've been terrible at keeping up with lately. New and different traditions with my husband's family made for a bit of a funky schedule the past couple of weeks. 

Now, I can't wait for things to slow down just a bit so I can develop a little better routine and continue on with the job hunting. And yes, I can't wait to start sewing again!! 
My treasures from today:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tuesday Cables || T Minus Costume Time

Thank you to Paige of Sunday Best and All The Rest for thinking up the "Tuesday Cables" name! I really liked all of the suggestions! I  knew wanted something craft themed since Tuesdays are technically supposed to be my little summary of what I've been up to crafting-wise during the week. I wrote down all of the suggestions I received in the  comments and had my mother circle her three favorites. Once it was narrowed down the just three, I chose my favorite from those. Tuesday Cables reminds me of both knitting and old fashioned telegrams. I thought it fit pretty well. :)

Now, for my fun little story:
My boss at the library, aka the Children's Room Librarian, called me up about 5:00 last night and explained that she had thought that costumes were all squared away for school visits for the Summer Reading Program. (There was some miscommunication and some of us thought we weren't wearing costumes to the school visit this year.) she asked if I had anything medieval looking in my closet. I couldn't thing of anything so I quickly Googled medieval dress while she described how we could put together some sort of Robin Hood thing with green felt and leggings. Meanwhile, I saw a dress on Google images and said, "I still have my prom dress. I could go to JoAnn Fabrics and buy some tulle and make drapey sleeves."She asked if I could finished it by the next day. I said, "Yeah."

I grabbed the dress, hanger and all, out of my closet and carried it into the store. I found some matching tulle, sateen, bought some poster board, and one of those bouquet holder things. I had some ribbon and elastic left over from other projects. I eyeballed measurements and ended up with what you see here. Not bad, if I do say so myself, for just over three hours of work on short notice. I thoroughly enjoyed that challenge! I would gauge the success on the fact that a little girl at the school asked if I lived in a real castle! That was adorable!

Other no so last minute dress making will be happening soon. I won a 1958 Party Dress pattern Sense and Sensibility patterns a few months ago via the Boyer Family Singers blog. Today, I went to the closing sale of a craft store and bought a tropical print rayon fabric. I got nearly 7 yards for $4.12. The fabric isn't exactly what I had in mind for the dress, but I think it will be pretty fun. We shall see.

In other news...I've been trying to use my camera more. I used to take pictures quite often and got out of the habit when my camera broke. The new one I bought isn't the latest and greatest, but it's better than the one I had, and even has a macro setting which I've been attempting to experiment with when I see bugs. Everybody loves a good close up of a bug, right? Here's a baby grasshopper that I found on my dog after she came in from enjoying the beautiful weather and rolling in the grass. For comparison, that's my thumbnail in the lower portion of the second picture.

Hope you have all had a lovely beginning to your week! Thanks for reading and remember to check back on Friday! :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Knowing and Sitting. 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.

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! :)