Christmas in July

(30 Days of Crafting – Reduce/Reuse Recycle)

I purchased this cute little tree at a big name store some years ago.  The silver color had turned black in some areas and it just didn’t look as cute as it once was.   Yet, I was still in love with it and was reluctant to get rid of it.   What a perfect opportunity to practice reducing/reusing/recycling and transform it into something new again.

Though my favorite holiday is not Christmas (I’m a Thanksgiving fan), I do have a soft spot for Christmas decorations.  Every year I put up a small tree and have fun experimenting with different color schemes.  The typical red and gold is nice, but I like to mix things up because I just adore COLOR!  I took this old silver tree with  clear/white and blue beads updated it with a fresh gold paint coating.  The discolored snowflakes were also spray painted gold and topped with a pink glitter.  Then to finish, I added sea-blue beads and AB colored snowflakes.

Viola!  And its cute again!

– Nizzy

Christmas in July

30 Days of Crafting – On my Desk

My desk by Creatively Motivated
My desk, a photo by Creatively Motivated on Flickr.

Well, I can’t really call it a desk. It’s a plain and simple workstation (i.e. party table) with four legs and a surface to play. Of course it’s currently in a state of disarray because I was in the midst of a creative moment and it ended up being the dumping grounds for a mix of things.  It starts off clean and then gradually progresses to something a little worse than this.

I’ve got dreams of having a big fancy schmancy desk, but for now this suits me just fine.  Besides, I can craft in my lap, at the living room table, in a car, doctor’s office, on a train…anywhere.  I’ll make it work.

30 Days of Crafting – On my Desk

30 Days of Crafting – Process and Planning

I don’t have a very involved planning and creation process.  I simply see something that I like, gather materials, and create!  I do keep a list of projects that I would like to start someday, but I mainly work from inspiration and what draws me at a given moment.  Of course, that means I have many, many projects in various stages of completion.

My project notebook keeps track of all of my WIPs, notes, pictures, instructions, swatches, tips, tricks, etc.  I love that the book looks used and beat up.  It makes me feel like I’m doing something big.

DragonWillow came up with these awesome project sheets which I now use to track project information.  She even color coded them by project type.

-Nizzy

30 Days of Crafting – Process and Planning

30 Days of Crafting – My Craft Bags

I prefer to keep the tools and projects for each particular hobby separated if I can help it.   It’s easier for me to find my things if they are kept in the same place every time.  That’s why I’ve got a bag for just about each craft:

  • A rolling bag to travel with the sewing machine and sewing projects
  • A rolling bag to travel with several knitting projects
  • A bag to travel with beads and jewelry projects
  • Several bags/rolling totes holding scrapbooking/card making supplies
  • 3 different sized craft tool caddies (Tote-ally Cool Totes)
  • A small needle work bag

I use my favorite craft carry-all primarily for knitting at home, but also for knitting and other small projects I want to take on the go. 

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1/2 of the summer sweater inside

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I love those little boxes!

-Nizzy

30 Days of Crafting – My Craft Bags

30 Days of Crafting – First FO/Last FO

For those of you that don’t know…FO=Finished Object

My very first knit

My interest in sewing came out of nowhere back in the 90’s.  The first pattern that I ever purchased was a simple wrap skirt.  I never did finish it because my grandmother’s sewing machine kept eating up the thread and I didn’t have a clue on how to fix it.   Instead, a local fabric store offered sewing classes and I chose to make a long wool skirt with a slit up to the knee.  Fancy, huh?  One thing I clearly remember about it was that I accidentally sewed the lining in backwards.  I was too happy to complete a project to bother with fixing it so, needless to say, the skirt was never worn.

My first Socks

Sock knitting: You either hate it or you love it.  And after knitting these socks I found that sock knitting is definitely for me.

My first finished necklace has since been disassembled, so I’ll share a different necklace as my Last FO.

-Nizzy

30 Days of Crafting – First FO/Last FO

30 Days of Crafting – Books

Knitting books in the bottom two shelves of the Expedit under the yarn stash. 

Oh, and you thought “stash” was yesterday?

Since I’ve picked up knitting in 2007/2008 and crafting since way back when I’ve acquired quite a library of books.

Before I go on, I confess.  There is another Expedit bookshelf involved and it houses my books and magazines for all my other crafty interests.  I was all about the patterns (knitting, sewing, inspiration for jewelry).  I wanted to make everything!  I was wowed and inspired by the beautiful pictures and fabulous designs.

As far as knitting is concerned, I got a little itch (which I haven’t scratched quite yet) to attempt knitwear design for myself so I moved on to stitchionaries and books on design help.  As the slots began to fill on those last two rows, I knew it was time to wrap up the collection and start focusing more on creating projects and enjoying the creation process instead of collecting.  After those last two adds below, I’ve been pretty much done with buying craft books.  I still get the urge to buy a book once in a while when I see something I like (Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters *drool*) and I still indulge in the occasional magazine, but I must respect the space limitations!

Hmmm…what about going digital??? 😉

-Nizzy

30 Days of Crafting – Books

30 Days of Crafting – The Stash

Around the web I’ve found several fellow bloggers who have participated in a 30 Day Crafting Challenge.  This challenge encourages you to post (mostly photos) in your crafting blog for an entire month on 30 different craft related topics of your chosing.  I never posted the list I generated because I wasn’t sure I would ever get around to participating, but here I am ready and eager to share with you all some of the behind the scenes of my favorite hobbies.

The Stash

There’s always a stash.  Which one are we talking?  The most manageable of the stashes, I think, is my stash for jewelry making.  It takes up the least amount of space.  The most unmanageable and out of control stash of all is the fabric stash.  I don’t even want to talk about that one.  Right there in between is the yarn stash.    What keeps it from getting out of control? Besides money…SPACE.  There is just not enough space to hold anymore.  I have 6 full bins (one not pictured) that fit into the Expedit bookcase.  For the past year or so, I’ve vowed to use only items I own instead of going out to buy something new unless its something to finish a current project or it’s the full amount of yarn for the next project I’m about to start.  No more stashing!  Of course I’ve broken that rule a few times, but thankfully it’s still contained.

 

30 Days of Crafting – The Stash