Showing posts with label crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crafts. Show all posts

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello

Well, after about an 8 week break, I'm back. The reason from my long break? I got married! 

I was in a long distance relationship for 5 years and engaged for just under two months. We had actually talked about getting married less than one month after we started dating and both agreed that we would want a short engagement if we decided to get married some day. God's timing is certainly best. We never would have thought that after waiting 5 years to get engaged that we would be married less than two months afterwards. 

Following the wedding I moved more than 300 miles, so I'm still trying to get my bearings straight here, but there are a few posts in the works. I sewed my wedding dress from Edelweiss Pattern's Liesl's Party Dress. I added wedding/love Bible verses to the backs of index card sized painting of bluebirds that are pictured in another post on here, and there may be a tutorial for a blue bird banner.

The past few months have been an incredible journey and I'm very excited to share some of that with all of you in the upcoming posts!

I'm still planning on keeping my Tuesday and Friday schedule, so please subscribe and check back for new 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, 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! :)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Still Counting Down

Well, I know, no pictures lately. I'm waiting for the 29 days to be up. Then I shall have some nice pictures of everything I've finished...not 29 pictures, but grouping the similar things, you know?

However, here is my list of thing I've been working on. Updated just 2 minutes ago!

29 Days

29-Doily
28-Lemonade Pie
27-Grocery Shopping, Lobsters
26-Creme egg brownies
25-Blue glitter sweater
24thru19-Doilies
18-Jillnaimo bars
17-Joann fabrics for pillow stuff
16-doily
15-Pillowcase
14-car paintings
13-car painting
12-doily
11-car painting

Let me explain a couple of things.

First of all, I'm trying to crochet 37 doilies. It's an Anne of Green Gables thing.

Secondly, a couple of these days are places I went and things that I made. I was actually out of the house for a good chunk of those days. Contrary to popular belief, I do have a life.

Thirdly! I made Nanaimo Bars and had to keep substituting ingredients. They actually turned out okay, but because I had like 2 actual ingredients I dubbed my version Jillnaimo Bars.

Fourthly...is that even what you say? I am not painting a car. I am making paintings of old cars from vintage ads in an old LIFE magazine that I have.

Lastly, I know I set this up the same as last week's post. I am a list maker. That's whey this whole post is a list and there is a big fat list within the post!

I have so say, it is incredible that there are only 11ish days to go of my countdown! I am ready to see my pal again! :D

PS Thank you to whoever(If you're reading this) favorites the Julie Andrews picture on etsy. It is such thrill to know someone really likes something I worked so hard on! I really appreciate it.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

One More Time...

Well, I guess I'm going to blog about what I really do now. I've tried music, posting links to my favorite songs. I tried to post one a day that fit my mood or whatever was stuck in my head. Last post will be a year ago on Thursday. Next, I tried posting about drinking tea. One flavor for every day. Yes, I wanted to try 365 flavors. But I'm not really a tea-holic or whatever. I like it...just not that much, not 365 days much.

I'm going to be a little less ambitious with this blog. It's just about crafts, drawing, knitting, crocheting, and what not. Things I post on my Etsy shop and things I just make for me. I don't know what it will be like exactly...like a diary of my joys and frustrations of making something or a library of tutorials...we shall see. I don't expect to post every day, but at least once every couple of weeks at the least *knock on wood.*

Just for starters, the link... I'm still in the process of getting everything up and running again:

Wizard of Odds and Ends Etsy Shop