So a quick TTT post is all I have again this week!
I never got around to posting this necklace (left) I made way back when, but I made a similar one as a gift for my MIL. Hope she likes it! November Craft Stash Challenge at it best.
Handmade Holiday Greetings are in the works! I’m trying to use up as much of the paper stash as possible. Haven’t made a dent in it yet!
Oh, and I finally joined Instagram (creativelymotivated). I resisted IG just like I did FB and blogging, but I actually kind of like it. I just have to figure out how I want to use each of them as they are all the same, but different. Throw Pinterest in the mix and I’m all “social media’d” out! I don’t know if I can handle another.
I think there comes a time in a person’s life where they begin to question their reason for doing something, e.g. a career, following a movement, purpose of life. Sewing and I have had this relationship for a long time. I know where I want to go with it, but trying to work out the time for it all is a challenge. It’s slow work! For me, it’s a frustratingly long process for every stage in the project: the deciding, the cutting, the fitting, the washing and ironing, and the actual construction. I regularly visit other sewing blogs and it seems they are cranking out these projects like a factory. I just want to get something done and I want it done NOW. Yes, friends, I am a product of my generation!
I want it now.
I need it now.
I gotta have it.
Umm, why is this taking so long?
This isn’t done already?
Well, I had to (have to) take a step back from that, ignore the blogs, re-learn, and constantly remind myself that in my world sewing (and everything else in life) takes time. I also have responsibilities and other interests that bring me pleasure, Really, what’s my hurry anyway? It’s not a competition.
Despite the slow work of sewing, I managed to finish a couple of projects: a skirt (will be posted later) and two craft baskets to organize my out of control pattern collection. I’m working on a third that you can see in the background.
Colorful fabric from the stash is put to use in Kwik Sew #107. I’ll be making them until each of those patterns has a basket home.
Of course, I could buy boxes or baskets and it would certainly speed up the organization process, but what would be the fun in that?
At work this week I thought it was time to stop procrastinating and get around to destroying all of my old 3.5″ diskettes. I don’t have a clue what’s on them and even if I wanted to know, there is no way I’m going to chase down a computer with a drive.
The conversation in my head went like this:
Regular Me: “Finally getting rid of these old diskettes. Cross that off the to do list!”
Hoarder Me: “No! What are you doing!? Keep these! You’ll find a drive one day.”
Environmentally Conscious Me: “Oh, dear! What a waste of all this plastic and metal. Recycle it!”
Crafty Me: “Hold on, I have an idea.”
Hoarder Me: “Yeah, listen to the craft idea and keep something.”
And these were born!
Most people probably won’t even recognize this metal piece as the center of a disk. I salvaged quite a few of them to see what sort of fun I could have transforming then into something new. The easiest choice was a pair of earrings. I wanted to do a little more with then than just throw the discs on ear wire so I dipped into the bead stash and pulled out a few faceted beads, aluminum discs, and chain. I also could not resist measuring them. From the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the disk they are exactly 3.5″ in length! How perfect!
So if I get nothing else done I can say I completed my Craft Stash Challenge for this month.
Some years ago I went nuts over t-shirts and purchased a heap of them with the idea to cut and redesign. Before I even got started I lost interest in it. Then I bought black tees in every size to make silk screened tees with the LOST logo. I read up on how to do it and decided that I wasn’t ready to invest in the time and materials at that moment. No matter because after seeing that finale I would be using that shirt to clean the toilet.
So they have sat, waiting for action or donation and I thought why not wing it and transform it into something different. No measuring, just cut, pin fit, and sew. I mean, it’s only a t-shirt.
This was not my first choice for color combo, but I had to work with what I had. I was not to buy another shirt to add to the collection! These colors together totally remind me of the neon colored surf wear that was popular in the 80s and 90s: Rude Dog, T and C. I didn’t live anywhere near a beach, but I remember seeing some of that gear.
Overall, I wish I did something to stabilize the neckline to avoid stretching it out. NOW, What am I going to do with the rest of those unsexy tees?
Is it copying what the celebrities/rich are wearing? Is it doing your own thing based on exactly what you like? Is it staying true to the current trends? Is it all about confidence and fit no matter what you have on? Whatever the definition, I’m trying to find my way one piece at a time. Depending on just who you ask, there will be hits and misses with any wardrobe. Not everyone likes the same type of clothing. Some adopt the less is more attitude while others like to button up to the neck.
Is there possibly a wrong way to style?
I catch clips of these television shows like Fashion Police where they discuss celebrity fashion and how right or wrong they choose to style themselves. I can’t help but to feel a bit annoyed about how harshly they get judged. Let me tell you, if I had millions I would wear what I want no matter how crazy, different, odd it is. And that is exactly the direction I want to head now. If I wanna go head-to-toe hooch let me do my thing! Maybe tone-on-tone is how I’m feeling today.
In the meantime, until I figure out what this ‘style’ thing is all about, I’m going to do me and try to have some fun educating myself on what works and what doesn’t!
Anyhoo…this month’s craft stash challenge is brought to you by Stitch and Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker. I wanted a casual little cover up to wear over strappy tanks and dresses when I didn’t feel like showing my arms and back (especially at work). In the stash I hated this yarn. I didn’t like the crinkle, but felt guilty parting with it so I chose to turn all that hate into a great. I’m digging the finished product!
With it, I’m wearing one of my finished jewelry pieces that was sitting around waiting for a photo-op. I’m experimenting in the craft room with some different materials, but my current moment with sewing has taken away some of the one-on-one time with my jewelry stash. Maybe that upcoming Philly Bead Fest will get my mojo rolling again.
June is basically here! I had my eye on a particular craft book challenge that involved beading, but I didn’t get around to it. My completed project is not contained in a book, but is still part of the stash which is a component of my challenge.
Simplicity 2501 (View E) and fabric used is straight out of the collection. The pattern pieces were a tight fit given the limited amount of this fabric after adjustments. What was different about this pattern is that it comes with multiple sizes according to your bust cup. Let me tell you that didn’t mean diddly squat and I still had to do my usual bust adjustments. Oh, how disappointing!
After bust, back, and hip adjustments, I ended up with something I’m fairly pleased with. I love the ruffle detail even though the print is a little busy and hides it. I’m not pushing any fashion boundaries with this top, but it’s a start for my summer wardrobe. I just need a pant or skirt to pair it with.
On a knitting note, I have a total of 9 squares finished for my afghan. Some aren’t working out so well so I’ve changed a few of the square patterns originally selected.
I was a little misled by the colors on my monitor. My two blues don’t coordinate as well as I thought, however there is no stopping it now! Onward!
I had a slip-up with my challenge. While I’m having no problems working from my current craft books, I did slip in a spring fabric and pattern purchase. Oops! I should make sure I incorporate those items in my crafty plans this year.
This month, for the Craft Book challenge entry, I finished up a project that I had worked on for a while based on a square found in Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs. I didn’t follow the instructions given for linking them since I did more of a triangle shape that I sized as I went along. I used Size 3 cotton crochet thread (warm teal and copper mist) and added beads to the edges for weight and fun. All that work trying to get a decent picture and I managed to only capture the reverse side of the shawl.
And two other things for Thursday…
How cute is this? I must have this fabric!
There is nothing like a good ole’ sweet orange! I once went on a snowboarding trip to Vermont and when I returned my friends/family asked about the trip. I remarked “Vermont has THE best oranges!”. At a small market near our lodging, our group picked up this super huge bag of oranges. I faintly remember orange, black, and gold packing. Let me say, those oranges were the best damn oranges on the planet! We tried looking for that supplier/brand again and never found them. If you are in Vermont and have an orange tree in your back yard, please do share! 😉
Now, I was trying to slip under the radar and kind of work this thing unofficially and maybe not feel so bad if I, say, fell off the bandwagon a few more times to acquire a few more knitting and sewing patterns. But, now that it’s out there…I gonna put it out ALL out there and step my game up.
I’m going to do this challenge. Or at least try, really hard. Again. Unofficially, I had one slip this year so far. Okay, two. The goal is to cease all craft book purchases, including magazines, individual patterns, yarn, fabric, etc. in 2013 and work from within the stash. What this means for me is that I will only allow myself to purchase reference books, stitchionaries, tools, and materials to get me through my current/planned projects. That means no yarn, fabric, and/or patterns, to just sit and lie in wait for me to come up with some fabulous idea for them.
Well, you might as well lock me inside the house and hide away the computer!
No, really, it’s a good idea. I’m supposed to make one object per month from a book/magazine I own and track my progress. I can tell you already that I have three craft reference books on my wish list (1 knitting, 2 sewing) to get me through some of my crafty goals for 2013 so I have to figure out how to handle that when I get to it.
BEHOLD! INTERWEAVE KNITS! *holds up copy for all to see*
My Top 3 Favorite Knitting Magazines…
1. Interweave Knits
Everytime I would get my copy in the mail I would drop everything just to see what lovely projects it contained. My subscription ran from about 2008 to mid 2012. And that weak moment I had a few days ago when I purchased that magazine? Oh, yep. That was IK.
Usually I want to knit just about EVERYTHING in the magazine so it is often hard to settle on one thing. This time it was easier, because I had some yarn in the stash that I wanted to use for a small project. So I combed every issue and settled on these Handsome Mittens.
I made them just a twee longer and opted out of the opposing thumb colors. They almost match my coat.