Showing posts with label the wizard of odds and ends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the wizard of odds and ends. Show all posts

Friday, May 23, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || We Interrupt Your Friday Evening For...

A brief announcement.

When you go click the little blue "Jill" at the bottom of each post, it takes you to my blogger profile. Or click where I just typed "blogger profile" ...either one. There's something a little new there.

Beneath the somewhat pensive picture of moi, you should see the words "contact me" and beneath that, "email" in blue. If you click on it you can now send email messages to thewizardofoddsandends@gmail.com!! 

This means my blog and Etsy shop now have their very own email! Isn't technology so nice?

Sorry, I think I might have given this post more build up than it's worth. Hey, it is pretty exciting! If you have any questions that you'd rather not post in the comments or any requests about crafting projects, or even post topics, or you'd like to show me things you're working on, feel free to send me an email because I would love so see/hear from you!


I would also like to note that the banner on both my blog and Etsy shop were made by Hilary, who has an incredible eye for and talent with Adobe Illustator! Unfortunately we haven't really been in contact for a while, but I am thankful that she made the banner for me a few years ago and that my technology skills are finally to the level that I have been able to get said banner on a couple of my pages.

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!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Carrie Underwood Sound of Music Review Part 3

  Just so readers are aware, I have not seen the original, complete, stage version of the Sound of Music. I have read 5 books by Maria von Trapp, Agathe von Trapp's book, and Die Trapp Familie, the German movie that the Broadway show was based on. Also, This review is going to have to be in multiple parts. I am not as concise as a professional critic, and I think I have a lot more knowledge on this subject than the average critic would have, so bear with me here. I want to share some things about Maria's books and "how it really happened" along with some insight into the German movie, what I do know of the original  Broadway show, the 1965 film, and tonight's televised production.

That was my intro to these reviews nearly 4 months ago. I've forgotten some of what I thought or felt about the relatively recent Sound of Music Production on NBC last December which starred Carrie Underwood. However, I did take notes which I lost after part 2 of 4 and finally found exactly 1 week ago. 

This new Favorite Things Friday series will first consist of the last three Sound of Music Reviews and after that will feature a few of my favorite things. There could be blogs, Etsy Shops, or things about classic movies, music, etc. You'll just have to wait and see! 

Let's get started on this review.
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Costumes and Inevitable Comparisons

Something that really stood out to my musical loving mind while watching NBC's Sound of Music Live was the fact that Uncle Max looked incredibly like Rooster from Annie. That was all I could think of every. single. time. he. was. on. screen. I think if he had shaved the pencil mustache it would have improved his character portrayal 200%. The facial hair worked for Richard Haydn in the 1965 film but he also spoke with a British accent. Basically, American+pencil mustache = Rooster Hannigan. I shouldn't fret about it after all the sun will come out tomorrow.

(I will not speak about the head pieces of the singers behind Uncle Max)


The children's play clothes made me roll my eyes. Floral sprays for girls AND the boys. Let's not forget there were only two von Trapp girls and FIVE boys! Kurt looks very much like he's about to cry or throw up. While the gold/tan damask in the movie is not exactly masculine, it is a neutral color and it is not flowers!


 Gold costumes were used in the NBC television production in the scene where Maria teaches Kurt the Laendler. In fact both Maria, Kurt, and the set were the same exact gold, peach, and orange hues in that scene. It was hard to tell where the people ended and the walls began. Perhaps it was to hide the fact Carrie isn't so light on her feet? She did catch her heel on her shirt and fall during one of her concerts...

Another huge thing is the era. The costumes in NBC'S Sound of Music Live were very much mid to late 1940s style. Even the hair styles were from the 1940s, especially Liesl's. The actual real life von Trapps lived out these events beginning in the mid 1920s. Georg and Maria were married on November 26, 1927 and they left Austria in 1938. That said, the condensed era also makes the movie costumes slightly off style as well. I heard years ago, I think in a Christopher Plummer interview he mentioned that Dorothy Jeakins, the costume designer in the 1965 film said of the costumes she made, "If they weren't supposed to zip, they didn't zip." Watch the film again sometime and you'll notice there are no zippers on any of the dresses!

Jeakins' design of the wedding dress in the film was actually fairly similar to Maria von Trapp's own wedding dress. You can see some pictures of the two dresses over on the  Edelwiess Patterns Blog
Carrie Underwood's wedding dress in this television production followed suit, pun intended, with the other costumes and just looked way too modern.

I know someone must've worked hard on the costumes for NBC's Sound of Music Live but it just didn't appear a whole lot of thought was put into it pertaining to the era. It looked as if the few costumes that didn't copy style or color of film costumes were sewn together from some vintage 1940s patterns. Beautiful costumes, but they didn't quite fit even for "The last golden days of the thirties." Assuming the setting of play and film both take place at the same time. Costumes get just 1 out of 5 stars.



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sock and Awe

Well, one sock is coming along nicely. I'm on the fence about this whole knitting socks thing at this point after frogging the equivalent of about 1/4 of the project and still having another sock to make after this one. I WILL finish them! I have promised myself that. I've got a few weeks to go before they really need to be done.

Next on the agenda: the case of the missing Etsy updates. Yeah. Work, weather, equipment, etc. have all decided to no longer work in my favor for the time being. I'm still trying to get my "gimmick" though. That one product that is what I make. Of course there will still be other handmade and vintage items listed, but I want to have that one thing that I can tell people, "This is what I do. This is my shop. I would love for you to take a look!" ---Classic movie reference: This feels very much like Jimmy Stewart as Glenn Miller in The Glenn Miller Story when he was looking for a certain sound for his band. He didn't know what it was, but when he heard it, there was no mistaking it.---

Here's sock nĂºmero uno btw. In order starting top left going clockwise. I'm sure you could tell.:



That's basically all I worked on all week. Yeah. It's taking that long to knit a pair of socks...to knit ONE sock.

Okay, I should proceed with extreme caution in saying that I will post a blog on Friday. I have no name for the Tuesday posts yet, but I think Favorite Things Friday may stick! Very general, yes, but we shall see where this goes. I am hoping to finish up my Carrie Underwood Sound of Music reviews. I had two more parts to write when my notes went missing in action. I just found them a few days ago behind the cover of one of my books. Coincidently that book is "Sound of Music: The Making of America's Favorite Movie." By Julia Antopol Hirsch. I was doing research.  :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Blob...

Well, well, here it is, Tuesday again. I'm toying with the idea of posting two or three times a week. My schedule is sort of irregular though and I am definitely active mainly on Instagram, then probably twitter next, and Pinterest after that. Facebook I do post pictures on, but not every single picture that is on Instagram, and I post my blog links and share other crafting links via Facebook. Hmmm...enough about that. That's just the process I'm going through on deciding about the extra blog posts. Blah. I am finding that I can't wait for Tuesdays sometimes because I'm so excited to share what I've been working on for the week! That is good thing.

So, this week I'm working on my spring things for Etsy. No rhyme or reason to what I make, other than the fact that I've got the right yarn on hand. I added a few of those items to my Etsy shop, as mentioned in my previous post. Now I'm working on a Winnie the Pooh hat, a tank top turned shopping bag, and baby booties. Pics to come. What I really want to share with you this week is something I think all yarn crafters have trouble with from time to time.



Right?

I am indecisive (I'm seeing a trend here) about whether to cut this snarled mess off and chuck it or if I should sit down and take the time to untangle it and wind all of my skeins into balls of yarn so there is less of a chance I'll have wads of yarn in the future. What say you?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Crochoughing and Kneezing

This making up words business is a little silly. I admit, I am no Roald Dahl. It's stemming from a lack of ideas for titles and basically combining what has happened the past seven days into just a couple of words without saying "I've had a Cold."

Over the weekend, mostly, I had a cold. I put away the gargantuafghan with the very last row about 1/4 of the way done and pulled out my rather large amounts of leftover yarn from the NASCAR blanket  to make this: (excuse the lovely yellow hue)



I had pinned a picture of a newborn in a similar hat to remind myself to make one at some point for my nephew because 1) it's cute, and 2) his dad has a strange obsession with Oreos and Cookie Monster. It seemed like every time I checked my Pinterest there was a notification that someone liked or repinned that picture. I ended up with about 50 reminders to crochet that hat! 

In my ever growing yarn stash I also had some crochet thread that had been thrown into a drawer under my bed for quite some time because it was just too frustrating to work with. I found a pattern I wanted to make and finally sat down determined to make it work and to start using up the thread. Here is a link to that pattern:  February's Valentine Pattern
And a picture my finished product:



I love working on small projects when I have a cold because I at least have some feeling of accomplishment for the day when I've finished them!! I'm still feeling a just little blah,  but definitely on the getting better side of the cold now!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gargantuafghan!!

I finished all but the boarder on the blanket...or the Gargantuafghan. It still needs a little trimming on yarn ends here and there, but that is beside the point. This blanket is huge! It is well over 6 feet tall and I would guess about 4.5 feet wide (not stretched out). I'll get exact measurements once it's totally finished.



I can't even explain how great it is to finally have this blanket all in one piece. I started out with 24 rows still needing to be attached just three days ago!! It is a good heavy blanket and very warm. I love the vintage look of it. I got the pattern out of a small crochet magazine, actually, the same magazine I mentioned in [this post.] I think this blanket is going to become a favorite of mine at least until we're well into Spring!



Here's a picture of the blanket while it was still in progress. You can see the colors a little better in this one.