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…

Okay, maybe not. But there will be a treasure chest! When our renter moved out, he left a few things behind, most of which we threw out. But this I rescued from the garbage and knew I had to clean it up and save it.   Its a wooden chest, without a lot of distinguishing marks that you can buy at any craft store. I have a much larger one that I use for storing my knitting needles and crochet hooks in that I keep next to my chair in the living room. This one is smaller, with the internal space measuring about 10″ wide and about 5.5″ across. Its not very big. It was covered in grease, and was badly painted this awful black all over. Don’t get me wrong. I wear a ton of black, but it just looks bad on this poor little wooden box. The first step was to sand it down a bit and help its new primer and paint stick and to scrub off those grease spots, so I loaded up a sponge with dish soap and gave it a good once over then hosed it off and left it to dry in theRead the rest…

This is a conversation I had with Mattie a few days ago: Me: You know I have the whole rainbow in Red Heart cheapie yarns including black and grey except white and brown. Mattie: You should go buy more yarn. Me: I need to use up some yarn first. Mattie: You should go buy it now so you have it when you need it already. Me: Stop encouraging me! Mattie: I’m being supportive. Me: I keep saying no more yarn until I use some. Them I buy a bunch more. Mattie: But you have room for more yarn! I’m pretty sure I have a yarn problem and Mattie is totally enabling me. I don’t think I really mind though and I┬álike I needed to buy some yarn after we had the conversation. That led me to eBay (just to look of course!) and had me searching for lots of yarn. Maybe someone wanted to clean out their stash and had a mess of yarn with a cheap bid. It doesn’t hurt to look, right?   These are the six hanks of recycled silk sari yarn I ended up buying Monday night, which was shipped out Tuesday, and arrived on WednesdayRead the rest…

I had this old t-shirt a friend gave me that was okay, but the fit was terrible. The fabric is old, permanently stretched out, and there was an elastic sewn into the waistline which I was unaware of because it too was hopelessly stretched out. I was thinking about throwing the shirt away, but decided to cut it up and make something new and see if it could be made wearable again. This is a recycled t-shirt project and it was super easy. I started by cutting it down the side seams, and across the tops of the shoulders so I had two pieces, front and back. Then I busted out my Kwik Sew 3740 and pulled out the pieces for front and back. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to cut the arm- and neck-hole bindings out of this fabric, but decided to worry about it when I got to that point. The original shirt hadn’t been cut in any manner that really centered the print, which would have made it look a lot better, but there was nothing I could do about that.   I ended up just hemming the neck- and arm-hole edges and notRead the rest…