Showing posts with label library. Show all posts
Showing posts with label library. Show all posts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || The Library

For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, you probably already know that I work at a library. I'm not sure if I've mentioned before that it's a children's library. I love it there. Being a library assistant is definitely my favorite job ever! I thought it might be fun to give you a little peek at one of the projects I was working on today.

With school starting up in less than a week, story times will begin again as well. I lead a story time for ages 2 through 4. The first day, wait, every week of story time is nerve wracking. I don't know why I get nervous before every single story time, but I do! Anyway, one of the fun things I get to prepare ahead of time is name tags for the kids. I won't know their names until sign up starts, of course, but it is fun to be able to choose what the name tags will be and how to make them. 


Last session I printed up a bunch of bees and just colored them in. The session before that it made alien name tags to go with our outer space themed week. This time we'll have a dog themed week during the session so I found a clip art picture of a dog that looked like it could easily be made into cutouts. I rubbed pencil on the back of the picture and traced the pieces onto some old cardstock from the card catalog.  Tracing and cutting the construction paper pieces was probably the most tedious part because I had to do 30 ears and paws and eyes! Don't you think they turned out pretty cute though?

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! :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What's in a Name?

I feel like I need a name for Tuesday posts because "Favorite Things Friday" has a name. It really it that and my unusual need to be pretty organized which has turned into more of an organized chaos as of late.

Anywho...

I'm beginning to accumulate my WIP pile again. I have the gargantuafghan, still nearly done, but not quite and these three beauties. Well, two. The two blue-green color projects are from pattern.

 At the top there is the lovely Glitz at the Ritz shawl which is slightly more finished than the last time I posted about it. Middle is the Kerry Shrug. Both patterns can be found on Ravelry. The bottom picture is a result of last night's efforts to crochet a realistic (for the most part) looking bluebird. I tried in both 2 and 3 dimensions. There are still a lot of changes to be made to both patterns. 


Oh, I almost forgot...I am so excited for the Medieval themed Summer Reading Program at the library! The main reason why I am so excited is because my boss asked me to sew a canopy from a pattern she bought. I get to sew at work! Which, in a way, this means I'll get paid for sewing. That makes me a professional seamstress, right? Ha, maybe not! I think I'll forgo that title until I see how this canopy turns out.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I'm Still Here and Vintage Fashion Shopping Link!

The last few weeks have been hectic with filling in for multiple library coworkers when a monster of a cold kept some of the staff out for nearly a week, then traveling (and thankfully not catching the cold) the week after that, and then coming back to work gearing up for the Summer Reading Program which promises to be quite an exciting and busy event!  

For the next few months, August first is the last day of the SRP, my posts may not fall on regular days. You've probably noticed that happening already!! I will try my hardest to still post twice a week! Without further ado, here is Tuesday's post on Thursday. A little less craft oriented too, but I don't think anyone will mind much. 

Anne of Green Gables is a wonderful book series. If you have never read it you NEED to. The first two movies are also lovely, the Continuing Story...well, it didn't follow the books and was just not my cup of tea. Though, it was really neat to see Megan Follows, Jonathan Crombie, and Schuyler Grant all grown up. 

Because of my love for the books and films, I liked the Anne of Green Gables Facebook page. Which often posts links to the Shop at Sullivan website which is affiliated with Sullivan Entertainment, the production company that made the Anne movies. 

Right now on the Shop at Sullivan Site they are selling costumes that are similar to the Anne era and some film worn costumes from other Sullivan Entertainment series like Wind at My Back. Which is also a very good series you should try to see! It is so much fun to see all of the beautiful vintage looking clothes they are offering right now for fairly decent prices! 


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.