Showing posts with label crafting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crafting. Show all posts

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Liebster Award!

Today my blog was nominated for a Liebster Award...twice!!

The Liebster award is a fun award given to bloggers with 200 followers or less to encourage them to keep up their great work and to help others to discover those lesser known blogs. Thank you to both Ireland from Ireland Rhea and Paige from Sunday Best and All the Rest for nominating my blog!



                 

Liebster Award Rules-if you choose to participate:)
Acknowledge the blog that nominated you. 
Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger created. 
List 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers that deserve some recognition. 
Write 11 questions for them to answer. 
Notify them they've been nominated. 

Answers to Ireland's Questions:

1. What is the one thing you do everyday, almost without fail?
The past few weeks for breakfast I've been having a plain bagel with cream cheese and either dried cranberries or apricots for breakfast. That's basically breakfast everyday unless we're out of bagels, cream cheese, or dried fruit.

2. What do you like most about where you live?
Everything is in such close proximity. I could ride a bike to both of my jobs!

3. What would you like to accomplish by the end of 2014?
It would be a lot of fun to be able to run my Etsy shop and blog full time by the end of this year, however, I know it would be a TON of hard work too. That's the goal though, if not by the end of this year then maybe next year or the year after that. We'll see what God has planned. 

4. What's the last book you read that you would HIGHLY recommend me?
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp is really good and very funny! She has a wonderful sense of humor and talks a lot about her family, their singing, being refugees from Austria during World War 2. She has such a charming way of telling about the experiences God led them through and the opportunities He provided for them in Austria, America, and around the world! (It's the book, that The Sound of Music is based on.)

5. Your favorite style of music?
Traditional hymns, folk music, and just about anything from the swing era. Depends on what I'm in the mood to listen to.

6. One thing about you that you want the world to know?
Galatians 6:14 

7. Quick! Pick one. Winter, spring, summer, or fall.
Spring.

8. What is your view on staying healthy... inside and out?
Physically: Mainly I try to eat healthy, for the most part. My sleeping habits are not the greatest. Spiritually: make sure to set aside and spend time with The Lord and in His Word every day.

9. If your blog has to do with fashion, who is your favorite celebrity in terms of style inspiration? If your blog has nothing to do with that, then what is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
I'll answer both since I've made some fashion posts even thought I'm not strictly a fashion blogger. I don't really draw fashion ideas from one celebrity. I often draw inspiration from a lot of classic musical costumes and will try to find things that remind me of a piece of certain costumes I admire. 
I don't really watch sports, but I can sit through a baseball game if there' snorting else on tv.

10. Who do you look up to when it comes to keeping the faith?
Jesus. He understands what it is like to be human and yet never sinned.  

11. How has your relationship with God changed who you are as a person?
I became a Christian at a young age and I still have shortcomings, but I know that if I repent after I realized I've sinned, I will be forgiven. I guess my relationship with God has caused me to be more forgiving of others too.


Answers to Paige's Questions: 

1. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Definitely a night owl.

2. Do you prefer dogs, cats, both or neither?
I love both!

3. Where did you get your name?
Blog name or real name? My blog name a friend suggested to me when I posted a Facebook status asking friends to help me come up with a name. My real name is just a name my mom liked. 

4. Do you have an unusual talent?
Hm...I used to be able to put my legs over my shoulders. I haven't tried it for a very long time.

5. Would you rather show up at an event over-dressed or under-dressed?
Overdressed! I love dressing up and don't care if I'm slightly overdressed.

6. If given a choice, would you rather perform singing, dancing, or playing an instrument?
Singing. Though I would love to learn how to play my violin better.

7. What kind of job do you have (to me, this means anything from a career to getting paid to do chores around the house or babysit your siblings)? I work at a library and a craft store. I really like both my jobs!

8. What was the song you last heard? 
Probably "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky. That's what I set to wake up to on my alarm clock at 6:30am the other day.

9. Food you last ate?
Scrambled eggs with black pepper, cheddar cheese, sausage, and artichoke heart.

10. Part of the Bible you last read? 
I just finished reading Esther yesterday.

11. Is there any quality you think the Lord is growing in you right now (e.g., patience, love, trust)? I think He's growing me in a lot of areas right now, patience is definitely one of them.



My Questions for the nominees:

1. What is your favorite pattern to work from? If you don't use patterns, have you ever made a project multiple times? 

2. Who taught you your craft(s)?

3. What do you consider your biggest crafting accomplishment?

4. How did you get into blogging?

5. Have you ever made a mistake but manage to salvage the project and make it a success?

6. Where do you find the most inspiration for the things you make?

7. Do you have an Etsy shop? If so, please post the link. :)

8. What is one craft that you would love to learn?

9. Depending on your main hobby, what is your least favorite type of fabric/yarn/paint to work with?

10. What is the longest amount of time you've spent in a craft store or browsing craft supplies online?

11.  What sort of project are you currently working on?



The girls who nominated me have blogs that focus on fashion. I do make posts about fashion, but more often my posts are about crafting so I nominated other craft bloggers for the Liebster Award. :) I'm sort of following suit nominating less than 11 bloggers. 

Nominees:
Ashley from Say It Ain't Sew
Megan and Rachel from The Path Less Raveled
Rebecca from Rebecca's Crochet
Judy from Sew Blessed Maw
Hana - Marmota from Marmota's Dress Diaries

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, March 4, 2014

Lame is the Name of the Game

Ready, set, go:
Well, the weather hasn't been nice enough to get decent pictures with my not-so-decent camera of my newest items for Etsy or of the fat quarter skirt I sewed. I did have a nice day though.

My friend of 12 years and I try to get together at least every other month. We used to live a 5 minute walk from each other and since I moved we're now a half hour drive apart! Today we got together and spent most of the time in the car chatting away. We went into a specialty yarn store that I had never visited before. Most of the price tags made me feel like I need a different hobby. 

As we were leaving the cashier asked us if we had found anything. I said I was just looking because I'd never been in there before and had no specific pattern in mind so ALL that gorgeous yarn was pretty overwhelming. I felt like I was being watched and like I was stashing yarn under my coat because an ample portion of my arm knit scarf was sticking out at the collar. I felt silly for wearing it in the store but I told the woman what it was and she asked to see it because she'd only heard of arm knitting before and had never actually seen anything that was arm knitted. She called her friend over too look and said, "It's actually knitted, look at this!" Which gives me the feeling that she was skeptical about arm knitting and assumed, as I did at first, that it couldn't really be knitting and was just another one of those yarn crafts that was called knitting by people who didn't know what knitting was. (Forgive the snobbish sounding air there.)

My friend and I them made our way over to JoAnn Fabrics to quell the urge I now had to knit a pair of socks. I justified buying a $10.00 skein of Lion Brand Sock-Ease yarn by allowing my friend to pick the color and deciding that handmade socks would be a wonderful birthday gift. She always gets something handmade. It made me smile when I had to move cowl I made her for Christmas out of the passenger seat in her car before I could sit down. 

Now, back at home, I'm sitting on my bed and typing away with a double pointed needle, 64 cast on stitches, and a skein of Sock-Ease. There's also a messy trail of yarn on my pillow. I prefer working from the center of a skein but I always have trouble neatly finding the center. Does that happen to anyone else?


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Crazy Christmas Crafting

Well, well, Tuesday night again. It's pretty cold out tonight. I think the majority of the United States is pretty cold right now. Short story: I flew to Florida last January. I left there on a day when it was 70 something in Jacksonville and landed in Boston where is was exactly 2 degrees Fahrenheit!! 

In contrast to freezing-ness, something excellently toasty is this lovely little 28 square, scrap buster, crazy, granny square afghan. I was lazy and just sewed it together with a zigzag stitch. It turned out to be kind of fun looking and it's actually warmer than I expected it to be! That's great right now! I think the high on Thursday is only 17! 


I was also going to post a picture of a gift that I made for a friend, but I was on the phone with her today and told her about my blog. Since she may see this post, that plan is out now. She didn't know I had an etsy shop AND a blog. By the way, she's the one that thought up "The Wizard of Odds and Ends" name. See, she is an awesome friend!!

Just to tide you over until I can post that photo, here are a couple little treasures I found in one of my family's  ornament boxes. The fur trim is coming off of Santa's waist. Superglue would not even hold the trim down! Mrs. Claus is slightly worn and I think I'm going to attempt to do some minor repairs with some red sharpie, felt, and get a white pompon to cover her pseudo belly button. 
My mom thinks she saw the same ornaments in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, but she's not completely sure. I can tell you this, nobody will get me to sit and watch it to find out. I'll watch Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, or Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney anytime I want to see a great Christmas movie but I will not waste two hours of my life watching Chevy Chase! Anyway. Rant over. Here's the cute Christmas Couple!






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!


Monday, July 23, 2012

Christmas in July

First of all...

Etsy Expiring Listings Sale!! Toddler Hat, Shawl, and Crochet Tote just $5 each!!!! (They would make excellent gifts for Christmas in July! ;) ) www.etsy.com/shop/wizardofoddsandends

Secondly...

As I expected to happen, I have fallen behind on my 29 days challenge. When you make 2 different doilies and unravel them both to make a third that you decided you liked better...you get behind with things. I am, however, keeping a rough daily record of what I worked on so I will be able to give an accurate account of crafts completed in the not-so-distant future.

Thirdly...

I think that's all for now. It's late and I have to go to sleep.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Challenge!

Skip to 1:30 in the video...that's where I got the title from... Sandman Simms and Bill Cosby

Well, with the set up I use for my blog now, I know that the solution to my problem is to use web coding for my posts, otherwise I have to post on a laptop. Okay, haha *deep breath* I thin I can relearn at least the basics of it, although, I did get a C- in that class if I remember correctly. We'll see how it goes. I know tutorial sites, etc I can use, it's probably a good brain exercise too....I'm trying to convince myself. Anyway, please forgive the numerous mistakes that will be in my posts for a while.

As of Wednesday I've embarked an 29 day challenge. A friend was supposed to visit on Thursday but plans fell through and the trip was postponed for 29 days. So, for the next month I'm working on something every single day, not necessarily completing it the day I have set aside for beginning the project, but I do continue each one until it is finished. For instance, day 29 I started crocheting a doily, day 28 I made a pie, and although the doily wasn't finished I continued working on it because the pie didn't take up the whole day to make. I had this weekend off so there was more time to work on things. It will definitely get harder to keep up as when I get back to work, but so far, so good. I finished the "Day 29 Doily," as it's been dubbed on day 26

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Thoughts of a Saleslady

(Warning: This is sort of cheesy.)

Midnight, listening to an old Jimmy Stewart radio show. I just finished a custom listing for an Etsy customer. I'm happy that I'll be making a sale, it's exciting to make something that you know someone else will enjoy. I'm always anxious before they receive it though, wondering if they'll change their mind, whether or not the mail will get lost, and if they'll like it when they have it in their own hands...among other things. Yes, I do confess that I'm a worrier.

There's a conversation that comes to my mind that I had with another artist friend not too long ago. We talked about how we really enjoy creating our art, and it's so nice to find out when someone else likes it enough to want to buy it from you. That's when you start to see the flaws really stand out. All the small things that nobody would notice unless you told them. It gives you a nervous excitement when you send it off to the customer, knowing that your art isn't perfect, at least not in your own eyes, and you almost wonder if you should stop them and tell them it's flawed and take it back.

Funny though, anything I've ever bought, it's taken me a long time to notice imperfections. When I do see them they become endearing, something that makes the item like no other, something that makes it mine. It's kind of nice to own something someone else put work into, put life into, I guess. It's so nice, so enjoyable, even with the little imperfections.

Cheesy, I know, but you were warned.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Facebook

The Wizard of Odds and Ends is now on Facebook too! Please bear with me as I get all of this up and running and looking pretty.

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