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…

My boyfriend and I have this old wood and iron bench in the backyard, that after about 11 years, has all but rotted away. I decided to replace the wood in the old bench so people can safely sit on it again- and the timing was great because we are hosting a BBQ in a few weeks. I went to Lowe’s and purchased 4 pieces of wood which I had them cut down to size for $7 and change total. I also spent about $2.50 on two packages of screws, which I used about 2/3s of. I did have to cut the two smallest pieces of wood vertically with a handsaw after I got them home but that was simple enough. The first step to rebuilding the bench was to take it apart. I don’t have access to a jigsaw, so I had to reuse the top piece of wood from the bench but that piece doesn’t get a lot of stress compared to say the seat.  After staining the wood I bought, bolting and screwing things back into place was pretty simple, and we have a bench that can safely be sat on by us or our guests atRead the rest…

I’ve been wanting a clock in my craft room, but I wanted something a little different, and something that would actually coordinate with my space. I decided to make my own clock, but I had no idea what to make it with. A trip to Michael’s had me walking out with this stuff. This ended up being a super fast project, taking about an hour, and most of that time was spent waiting for the paint to dry. And if I ever repainted my craft room, I could easily repaint the canvases to match.Read the rest…

So back about 6 months ago, I was super excited to purchase and hopefully learn to play the ukulele. I bought one, loved it, but wasn’t so great about practicing. Then a few weeks back, I joined Ukulele Underground and I found this. Plans to build your own ukulele stand, this one already sized perfectly for a tenor uke, which is what I have. All I needed was a piece of wood for the base, a 1″ thick wooden dowel at least 22″ long, some felt, some screws, and some metal hooks sold at Walmart to act as the brackets. I was super tight on money but really wanted to do this, so I improvised a bit. The wooden plaque I bought from Michael’s, with a 50% off coupon for $1.90. The felt I already had on hand, thanks to getting sent the wrong item when I ordered fabric ages ago. Wood stain and E6000 I had on hand. The dowel was the most expensive piece at about $4.50 for a 48″ length, and the screws were about a dollar for a package of 8. The hooks/brackets I made myself out of polymer clay, then cast them in resin which IRead the rest…

I just added this little guy to my shop, and oh how I love him! Raleigh the Racehorse stands about 3″ tall on his wooden base, and the plaque is 4″ wide. He’s made out of reddish brown polymer clay (Sculpey III and Premo!) to give him a rich bay coat. He’s relaxing on a bed of straw, with his lucky horseshoe and a big bucket of water nearby. He would make a great display piece in a horse lover’s home, and he’s absolutely one of a kind! He is not for playing with- he could be broken- so not for young children. Each individual piece has been bonded with E6000 clear glue and the wood is finished with a pecan stain. Keep an eye out for other cute minis in the future!Read the rest…

I know I haven’t posted in almost a month (wow! That long already?) but I have some new makes to share, and some updated older makes. A few days ago I decided to make mini sculptures of the dogs after buying some wooden plaques I saw at Michael’s. The dogs aren’t fancy- I joked as I was making them that they were milk dud dogs- but I think they turned out super cute. The color is more true in the back view photo- the front view got kind of washed out with the flash. Then I decided to give the same mounting treatment to the polymer clay fish I made about a year ago. They looked pretty good on the plaque but I decided to add some “coral” in different colors to the plaque as well. I made the coral the same way I made the kibble in the dogs’ bowl. I roll out a small portion of clay, then sliced into tiny cubes. Then I mixed the pieces with some liquid Sculpey, stirred it up just enough to coat it all, and gentle formed it into shape with light pressure. I’m not sure these pieces will be especially tough,Read the rest…

I haven’t been doing a lot the last few weeks besides looking at project ideas and making parts of things to try our make. I did however finish this throw this morning and its so cozy and warm! I used 11 7oz skeins of Bernat Mega Bulky in four different colors and it measures about 44″ x 55″. Here’s a close-up of the cables. I didn’t count the rows between them – I just cabled on the first right side row of each new skein. It turned out pretty well though! And as always, this sweet face was making sure I was doing things right.Read the rest…

On the 15th of January, I got in the car with one of my best friends and I drove with her to Kent, Washington. We spent a lot of time just hanging out, but I also did some crocheting and some shopping. This is the throw blanket I did almost entirely while at Nikki and Dennis’ house. It’s a chevron pattern with 4 rows of shells down each side. I had hoped to use up all of the yarn I broth with me but didn’t quite do it. I also visited two fantastic yarn shops and between them, spent about $120 on some really lush yarns I normally wouldn’t have bought plus a book on crocheting monsters. There are all sorts of neat designs in the book and I hope to make a few of them. The two shops I visited are So Much Yarn in Seattle, and Maker’s Mercantile in Kent. I have nothing but good to say about either one of them. I’m flying home early Wednesday morning so my bags are all packed but I’m looking forward to sharing with you my new lush yarns after I get home and can properly photograph them.Read the rest…

I applied for a spot at a craft fair and chili cook-off on December 5th at the Antelope Valley Indian museum. Its supposed to be chilly in the building things are help in and the chili cook-off is held outdoors and there’s also stuff going on around the campfire, so I’m hoping to sell some warm accessories! I’m going to bring a plastic tub filled with scarves, and a few other items and label is $20 Each or 2 for $30. I have something like 13 or 14 scarves made up, plus a few other things I want to share now. I had this bright idea that some of The Crochet Crowd’s recent projects would be really fast and easy so I dove right in. Let’s start with the Christmas stocking. Its the cutest of my new makes and while it gave me a little grief I’m very pleased with it. Cute, right? Its made from 17 same sized hexagons, carefully stitched together like this: Then you just stitch up the side seams and you get this? Seriously, follow the diagram and get the right shape! Learn from my example! LOL The first photo, my final result, shows it reallyRead the rest…

Good evening friends! I haven’t posted for a little while so thought I’d pop in and show you a few new makes. After I made the triangle scarf I showed you last time in the Red Heart Super Saver yarn, I decided to make another one, this time using some pesky boucle yarn I had in my stash that I’ve been eager to see gone. Boucle yarn is not something I like working with, and honestly, its a pain in the butt. If you make a mistake, its very difficult to pull out your stitches and chances are the yarn will just break instead and you’re left with a mess. But after its crocheted or knitted up, it makes a very nice fabric that feels pretty nice to the touch. Anyway, here’s the boucle yarn triangle scarf. I don’t feel like I’m tooting my own horn to say this turned out beautifully and is really eye catching! I think I will keep it for myself and hope I get to actually wear it often enough to justify keeping it. My Halloween costume this year involves snakes, so obviously I needed a pair of snake earrings. I decided to tackle this outRead the rest…