Friday, May 20, 2016

Crocheting Star Wars

Pin It If you follow me on instagram you have seen that since Christmas I have been crocheting Star Wars figurines.  My husband bought me a kit from Costco that had a book by Lucy Collin and enough yarn for two characters.

I of course immediately bought some yarn for the rest of the characters and have been slowly working through the book.  The book is quite well written and all the characters are the classic ones from the 1970s.  My kids are huge Star Wars fans  and so they love to play with them after I complete each little guy.

I would love to share pictures, but I seem to have deleted the ones on my phone and can't figure out how to transfer my instagram photos over to blogger and since I am not in the mood for a complete photo shoot, you will have to settle for a video.
I recently shared about all of my completed characters in Periscope, so if you want to check out the 'live action' explanation, click HERE.


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

I am learning new tricks

Pin It Ok guys, I did something entirely new!

You know that I have been trying to develop a business and in my search on how to effectively use social media, I learned about Periscope.  Are you all on Periscope?  Do you just watch others or do you actively use it?



Well, if any of you were behind the times like me, it is a way to live broadcast your thoughts and it is associated with twitter.  If you already have a twitter account, you can just log onto periscope using the same log on information.  But if you are like me and have avoided twitter, then you can choose to set up an account just on periscope, or on both.  I did both.  But I am not very good at coming up with short pithy statements so I am not sure how much I will use twitter.

But anyway ... I broadcasted my first periscope 'talk' ... 'show' ... I don't know what to call it.  As I was broadcasting, the camera was not showing so I had no idea what was being seen.  Needless to say it did not show like I had wanted.  I looked pretty silly trying to show things that were not in the camera view.  And though I new what I wanted to say and went over it a couple times in my mind, I still rambled on and on and on.  I had one viewer and they only lasted a minute. Frankly, I don't blame them.

Want to watch?  I was able to save the URL, so I think you can go see it.

1ST PERISCOPE VIDEO

Update:  I guess the video didn't truly save.  So I will have to work on that skill too!

See? I pretty much am horrible at this.  Go ahead and laugh at me.  I sure did. But, that does not mean I will give up.  I hope to do a short broadcast most evenings until I have enough experience to be able to either be good at it or know that I really don't like it.

Let me know if you use periscope so I can follow you and see how it should be done.

And, if you happen to have an opinion on whether I should use cotton or acrylic, or mix of both on the next bath poof I make; please share that too!!

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Marigold dress, a quick an wonderful sew

Pin It If you look at my posts from two years ago, you will see that I frequently raved about the wonders of Melissa at Melly Sews and the owner/designer of Blank Slate Patterns.  I have been impressed with her from the beginning and I feel special bragging rights (though none if it has nothing to do with my skill) that I was one of her first testers.

Well, there was a time period where I was not sewing much and just not having a need for her patterns and I have not sewn a Blank Slate pattern for a while.  Well, that recently changed.  I needed a dress for Easter and had grand plans to use one of my fancy new Burda Style patterns.  I love Burda Style but they do tend to need more time to complete and I was loosing time fast.  So, I decided to change my plans and sew the Marigold Dress that I had been wanting to have on my list but not yet gotten around to deciding what to do with it.

Gertie Hirsch cherry fabric



The Marigold was so fast and so cute.  I asked myself, Why?  Why had I stopped sewing Blank Slate patterns?
Gertie Hirsch cherry fabric


I really liked the fit.  I normally wear a small but my measurements put me squarely in the medium so a medium I made.  I think I will lengthen the bodice by an inch next time because I want the elastic to sit a little lower.  But other than that, the fit was perfect.

Gertie Hirsch cherry fabric

The fabric was last year's Gertie Hirsch fabric made for Joanns.  It is a light weight chambray with little pink cherries.  Too cute.

Gertie Hirsch cherry fabric



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Friday, April 29, 2016

My First Craft Bazaar!

Pin It I have been sharing with you some of my research and work on figuring out how to sell some of the stuff I make.  Making is very much ingrain in me.  It is part of who I am and I have been sewing and crocheting as a creative outlet and a stress reliever for many years.  Making for others was quite a challenge.

home goods and decor
WithoutDirections

I needed to approach the process differently.  Instead of creating simply to please me, I needed to also incorporate thought about what would please others.  Since I sew for a pre-teen girl, this is not an entirely new concept, but the scale in which I thought certainly changed.

Being that this was being advertised as a 'spring' bazaar, I thought I should make the colors quite light and spring like.  I also was drawn to fabrics and yarns that had elements of the new Pantone colors of the year; serenity and rose quartz.

home goods and decor
WithoutDirections


My oldest daughter got in the act too. She made some bag charms out of her collection of beads and small plastic animals.  She actually sold two and when we have a garage sale later this year, she plans to set of a table with her charms to see if she can sell more.  She of course gets the money from her work.

I intended for the aprons to be my main items.  But I ended up only making six.  They still were my most expensive item and they certainly are pretty.  I used my dress form to display one and I think that did class up my booth considerably.

home goods and decor
reversible apron


Surprisingly, the baskets were the items that I had the most fun making.  I found it to be incredibly soothing to continually stitch around each basket.  Work has been quite stressful and this was the perfect way to relax in the evening ... it did not even feel like work.

home goods and decor
nesting merino wool baskets


My mother even sent me a few things that she thought would round out my display.  She made quilt pieced snack mats (a mini version of a place mat for a cookie and coffee) and some micro-bowls (a 100% cotton fabric bowl to place your dish in for a quick re-heating in the microwave; a bowl shaped hot-pad),

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Snack mat/ Rug mug

So how did I do trying to sell all this loot?  Well OK.  I did not have a lot of traffic to my table, but I did make a few sales and a lot of people seemed genuinely interested.  And frankly I had a blast just chatting it up with the people walking by and the other vendors.

So what now?  I am not exactly sure but I had enough fun that I am sure that I will figure out another way to sell my goods.  Of course I will let you all know once I have figured it out.

***UPDATE:  Well, I had been prepping to open an Etsy shop but was a little nervous about being ready so I didn't yet commit.  But hours after posting this I decided to jump in so I now have an Etsy shop.  I will be taking it slow, but who knows what will happen.  I will at least learn a lot.


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