I still haven’t shared my recent additions to my crafting supplies, but I did want to share these. I love freshwater pearls in oddball shapes and sizes so much that I actually bought several strands of potato and peanut shaped ones in assorted colors, as well as a 1 pound bag of mixed colors and shapes.

Now when you buy that 1 pound bag, you get a lot of really weird shapes. Some are more like slabs then rounded pearls, and some are doubled, or just oddly elongated. This lot of also dyed in about two dozen colors, which makes it even more interesting.

I spent some time this afternoon moving all of my freshwater pearls into one bin, separating them roughly by color.

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As you can see, I got tons of the spruce blue/green color and they’re taking up two spaces. The three greens near each other, and the gold, orange, and white on the far right were all stranded and are roughly the same shape while the rest are really mixed.

I still don’t know what I am going to do with all of these lovely pearls, but I’ll think of something!

Pearls were almost all purchased from Fire Mountain Gems, though a few strands came from Michael’s.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking this time!

This tiny little closet space is perfect for my fabric and scrap storage! Snug as a bug! #sewing #fabric #storage #stash

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I need my own cozy blanket for TV watching, laying on my computer, and for of course on the bed. It doesn’t need to be a huge blanket, because quite honestly, Mattie almost never gets cold, but I figured a twin sized one would be perfect.

After nearly a week, this is what I have done- about 23″ of blanket. It measures 58″ wide, and I’m using Bernat Blanket yarn in Mallard Wood, and Antique White. So far it’s coming along nicely, and I am hoping to get another 6 inches of it finished today if possible.

The Bernat Blanket yarn is a chenille yarn and is so thick and soft and snuggly! I knew it was exactly what I wanted to use as soon as I touched it. I did at first think about using the Sand color instead of the Antique White but when I got it home I just didn’t like it next to what I had already done so I went back to Michael’s and exchanged it for the other color. I knew I should have gone with my first instinct.

I plan on doing the stripes in random, varying sizes down the length of the blanket, probably none as wide as that first teal stripe at the bottom. That stripe is actually one entire ball of the Bernat Blanket- I got almost 12″ of blanket out of it! 😀

As some of you might know, I do surveys online for money. A lot of the companies pay out in gift cards instead of by check or PayPal, and yesterday I received my $50 Michael’s gift card in the mail. Obviously this meant I needed to go to Michael’s and see what I “needed.” I went in thinking I’d look at beads, yarn, clay stuff, and look for a box and bobbins for sure for my horribly messy embroidery floss collection. I came out with beads, yarn, a paintbrush, and some embroidery floss. My total was just under $50 and I was able to get almost everything on sale, plus use a 40% off one item coupon.

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That blanket yarn is going to become a blanket in the near future! I can’t wait to get started! I also wasn’t completely sold on the Viva yarn, but it knits really nicely, is machine wash and dryable, and it becomes a lot softer after washing. Its definitely growing on me, though it isn’t the softest. The Sashay yarn… I saw this YouTube video and I had to give it a try!

And check it out! It turned out awesome and you can buy it in my shop!

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I thought I was done shopping for craft supplies for a bit, but then I made a sale in my shop and decided to take advantage of the FOUR 50% off one regular priced item coupons I got in my email form Joann’s. I headed over there, and I came home with something I should have gotten when I went to Michael’s- a box for storing embroidery floss bobbins, plus 2 packs of plastic bobbins! Below is after a good hour had passed of my untangling my floss and winding it nice and neat.

As you can see, I seem to have a lot of white/cream/brown and only a few of everything else. I’ll have to remember when picking up floss colors at random what I need more of.

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I also got 4 skeins of yarn while I was there. Two of the Snuggle Bunny baby yarn (someone’s little ones are getting hats this winter!), a ridiculous skein of Fizzle yarn (looks like shag carpeting to me!), and another skein of Sashay. The Sashay is kind of a pain to knit but it turns out so pretty and it really is quick to do.

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I ended up spending a total of $21 since 4 of my 7 items were 50% off, 2 were 25% off, and one (a package of bobbins) was full price at like $1.69 or something. That feels pretty darn good, especially when you consider more than half of that was paid for by an item I sold that costs me almost nothing to make and just takes time. I literally got $84.94 worth of stuff and it only cost me some time, and $21.24 out of pocket. That’s a pretty great shopping trip I think! 11 skeins of yarn, 1 paintbrush, 2 strands of beads, 3 skeins embroidery floss, 1 bobbin box, and 2 packages  of 28 bobbins each.