Hi guys! I just spent some time in my craft room (yes, my mom was so gracious as to let me have a craft room here!) culling beads to be donated that I will likely never use (about 4 pounds of them) which cleaned out several containers. Now to now rush out to find more beads to fill them up…. LOL. I also took the time to really look at my creations and take anything not quite perfect and pull it from my shop. A lot of this was stuff that I was still learning a new technique when I made them, or they were made with not quite the usual quality materials, or I just didn’t feel they were up to par. These have either been put into bags to be donated, or added to the small pile of designs I want to reclaim the components of to make other lovely creations. And when the weather cools off, I’ll be going through my knit and crochet creations the same way!Read the rest…

A week ago, my boyfriend of almost 8 years and I mutually decided to end our relationship. The most obvious result of this was that I had to move out, and having nowhere else to go, I went back to my mom’s. The biggest downside to this is I have too much stuff. I’ve thrown away an entire barrel full, donated two carloads of stuff to thrift, returned some things to the places I bought them, and sold a few other items. I’ve also gifted a few things and done a few random acts of kindness just to clear some stuff out. And you know what? I still have too much stuff! So if you were on the fence about buying something from me, I would love if you did it now simply because I need to downsize dramatically. I probably won’t have any new makes for a while because I don’t have a work space yet, but hopefully that will change soon.Read the rest…

  That’s my mountain dulcimer taking up seat number 5… 🙂   I saw several DIY PVC guitar racks being talked about online, and the one thing I noticed, besides that they’re ugly, is they really minimize the space they take up. We have 5 ukes, and a banjolele, though one uke is of the flying V body style so it won’t work in this, and while I have nice, pretty wooden stands, they take up quite a bit of space. And today I really wanted to build something, so here’s what I did. Approximate Finished Dimensions 18″ high x 28″ wide x 16.5″ deep Purchase List 2 x 10′ 1/2″ PVC pipe ($4.16) 14 1/2″ PVC pipe T fittings ($4.76) 6 1/2″ PVC pipe caps ($1.38) 11 1/2″ PVC pipe 90° elbows ($4.40) pipe cutting tool ($7) glue (optional and I only used to to glue the main sections together in case I want to disassemble it in the futureand store it flat) ($6) How to Prepare You will need to do a lot of cutting. Here’s the breakdown of how many, how long. I only used 15′ of the pipe total. 5 x 1.75″ 7 x 3″ 10 x 4″ 6 xRead the rest…

Three and a half years after I started on it, I finished my quilt top. I realized during all the cleaning of my craft room that I was nearly done making squares so I busted out the last few over the last few days, then cut some plain squares (not pieced, just one fabric) to make a border around the edges. And finally its done! Its about 56″ wide, so right now the plan is to back it with some 58″ wide black fleece, and then use yarn to tie off at each corner of the individual squares. If I wait until fleece is on sale or there’s a coupon, I can probably finish it for about $10. Anyway, obviously I’m super excited to have gotten this far! I will actually have a finished quilt very soon, even if its already too warm to cuddle under one. Later today I will contact the guy who took the rest of the scraps off my hands and ask if he wants more- I have a few more shopping bags of them left over that I’m not going to be using.Read the rest…

It’s been since November that I last posted and I’ve been trying for ages to make a new post but it keeps not happening. I’ve been getting past a yarncraft slump, where for months I didn’t want to do anything more than give some of my softer skeins an occasional squeeze. I’m past that now though, and have knitted a few things, and am currently working on the Good Vibes shawl from  wonderful French designer. I’m almost done with the big main color section and I will start the first stripe tomorrow when my other yarn color arrives. Speaking of yarn, I’m currently cold sheeping. I’m hoping to make it through the end of the year without falling off the wagon, but we’ll see. My big goal is to get down to only 38 miles of yarn in my stash- I had 52, I donated 4, and now I just want to use up another 10. There are a few exceptions of when I can buy yarn, though for the most part, no new yarn is kind of the rule. I can use gift cards to buy yarn. I can accept yarn from swaps or as gifts. I can buyRead the rest…

Did you know my shop always has coupons available? And did you know know that you don’t even have to know what they are to use them? At any time, I have several coupons available, and all of them that apply to your order will be added automatically at check-out. Just visit the cart page to see your savings! These are the coupons available from now until the end of the year- they can add up to big savings! 10% off rainbow items buy 3 get 1 free on $5 earrings 8% off wearable yarncraft 8% off $20 12% off $50 16% off $100+ 10% off brick stitch earrings 10% off video game jewelry There’s also a local pick-up option available. I’m in Lancaster, CA, in the 93534 zip code and am often available to orchestrate pick-up orders. Just choose local pick-up at checkout and I’ll email you about when you’d like to come by.Read the rest…

I’m going through my inventory and while I have several items I’ve just added to the shop with more to come, there are also several that I am considering donating. So, if you want to score some free stuff (just pay shipping) check out the shop portion of the site and sort by price from Low to High. Or just click this link. There’s a few scarves, a pair of ginormous slippers, some earrings that just aren’t quite up to par, and a pot holder that has too small of a hanging tab. These items are well-made, they’re just not moving well and I want them gone. So click on through and see what you can grab! There’s also a few beading patterns, but those ones are always available for free.Read the rest…

The craft fair was yesterday and to keep it simple, I’ll just say it was disorganized and not very many people were making sales. Traffic was so-so, and several people commented to me that they would never spend money at something like this. It was just not a good day. After all that, today I decided I needed a little retail therapy. There were several good coupons in the apps for both Joann’s and Michael’s, so I decided to visit both of them. This is what I came away with. Joann’s Caron jumbo skein with a 60% off coupon – $5.99 (reg. $9.99) RHSS jumbo skein with a 40% off coupon – $4.79 (reg. $7.99) 8 regular skeins of RHSS with a 30% off coupon – $2.44 each (reg. $3.49) 2 Big Twist value at 25% off – $2.39 each (reg. $3.19) Total savings $17.18 After that I decided to go back to Michael’s and got this stuff. Michael’s 3 skeins Craft Smart with 20% off coupon – $2.39 each (reg. $2.99) 2 skeins Caron Simply Soft at 2 for $5 & 20% off coupon – $2 each (reg. $4.49) Impeccable BIG! on sale for $7 and 20% off couponRead the rest…

So if you visit often, you’ll see I haven’t made a blog post here in a while, nor have I added any new shop items. I’ve been distracted from my work as a crafter by my music practice. Not only am I still practicing my ukulele (and now I have 4 of them + a banjolele), and my mountain dulcimer (though not as often), I took the plunge and got myself a violin and took my first lesson on it on Friday. I was worried about how the lesson would go but my teacher was great, and sent me home with some homework. I see her again in 2 weeks and I can’t wait! I’ve always loved violin/fiddle music and really wanted to learn to play but was afraid to try because all I kept hearing is how hard it is. But my time with my ukes has given me some confidence now that I can almost play a few songs and I decided to go for it. So if its “quiet” over here, its because I’m practicing!Read the rest…

ukulele gig bag

As some of you might know, I have two ukuleles. A tenor, and a concert. I have a soft sided gig bag that came with the tenor, but my concert has no such bag to protect her while travelling. I decided to knit and felt the Hana Hou! gig bag pattern and make my own. Unfortunately it didn’t go exactly to plan, and the bag fits my tenor better than my concert, but its super thick and padded and will probably protect either of them better than my other bag does. After 4 cycles in a hot water/heavy agitation wash, it wad down to this size and not getting any smaller. And finally, hanging out with my concert uke inside. Its a little big for it, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I would definitely consider making this again, though I would have more fun with the colorwork. You can see details here.Read the rest…