Geek Craft: 3.5″ Danglies

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!

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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!

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– Nizzy

Geek Craft: 3.5″ Danglies

Getting Back into the Crafting Groove

I feel like I haven’t been in the blog world in such a long time! I had a week without any crafting because I was living it up on my very first cruise!

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Lots of eating, sleeping, relaxing, occasional drinking, games, and fun, fun, fun! Even still I missed my sewing machine just a bit. I had big plans to sew up a little dress for an upcoming wedding, but the time just got away from me. So, nothing finished to see here!

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I did start my next knitting project on the ship, but only managed to complete half of what you see above. Those late afternoon naps got in the way of my knitting.  Winter is coming and I’m ready to get into the grove of making hats, scarves, and the first sweater for my husband.  Little does he know, he will be subject to being measured and fit on a regular basis. 

In other randomness…the world of fashion is abuzz with September issues, New York Fashion Week, and other fabulousness and here is what caught my eye in the latest Vogue:

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Knitting in a Chanel ad? See, knitting is COOL and FASHIONABLE!

September Vogue also brought to my attention the Fall 2013 Christian Wijnants collection.  This is a must have:

 

Photo: Alessandro Viero / InDigital | GoRunway from Style.com
Photo: Alessandro Viero / InDigital | GoRunway from Style.com

 

It’s hard to see in a photo of this size, but the tension is varied on this knit dress.  And beginner knitters think varying tension is a mistake!

Also, there were so many great NYFW collections (DVF, Zac Posen) it just makes me want to pick up a pen and sketch out a few things and then I remember I cannot draw!  Anyway, as much as I had a great time getting away, its good to get back to the hobbies I love so much.

-Nizzy

Getting Back into the Crafting Groove

T-shirt Revamp

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.

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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?

– Nizzy

T-shirt Revamp

Searching for Style

What is good style?

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!

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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.

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– Nizzy

Searching for Style

What’s Better Than the 80s?

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Ok, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’ve got a love affair going on with the 1990s!  Can we bring back some of those wild fashion trends again?

Again? I guess that’s putting my age out there,  but hey, I’m not hiding it.  I was just sitting back reminiscing over 90s music, movies, being care free in school, but most of all, those crazy fashion trends: inside out clothes, O.P.P jackets, skorts, party shirts, crop tops, body suits, baggy clothes, and jumpers.  Yes, I still have a pair of overalls that I couldn’t bear to part with buried deep in my bin of winter clothes.  Soon as that underground 90s resurgence goes live I’ll be prepared!

I’ve always said the 80s was all about an anything goes self-expression, but the 90s had a bold, rebellious look that can’t be compared to any other decade. Bad Fashion? Maybe if by bad you mean good! Clothing was certainly different and at times ridiculous when you look back, but different was cool. It was the rebelliousness of wearing that baseball cap backwards, that jumper half hooked, and ripped jeans that made the 90s cool. Unfortunately, I think both decades really set the precedence for “dressing down”. People rarely dress up for things these days.  And when you do dress up you are met with wide-eyed stares and questions of “Where are YOU going?”

If you love 90s, are curious about some out there trends, or want to take a trip down memory lane, check out this list.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3040200

In the following link, noted trends range from the late 80s to late 90s.

http://m.complex.com/style/2011/09/the-90-greatest-90s-fashion-trends/air-jordans

– Nizzy

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Gardening 2013

I recently read a post over at thethingaboutjoan about her planting tulips and that inspired me to blog about my gardening experience so far.  I really don’t have the gift  but I’m trying really hard to slowly turn this brown thumb at least a light shade of green.  My first experience with growing anything was strawberry seeds from a kit. I forgot all about that plant and accidentally knocked it over.  I didn’t even realize it until a week later.  Needless to say, I was a bit apprehensive in starting an edible garden of my own.

Ummmm, first off, Gardening is a lot of dang work!  And it’s taking away my precious crafting time!  It’s said that gardening is rewarding and I’ll get food out of this if everything goes well, but I’m not feeling the meditative and calming vibes just yet!

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A friend and I decided to get into gardening together (me in my backyard, her on her apartment balcony) and we started early by planting the seeds indoors.  We planted oregano, cilantro, jalapeño, sweet pepper, broccoli, green pepper, tomatoes, parsley, and green onion.  Once it warmed up we built four raised beds for the veggies, waited for them to germinate, then put them outside.  It seems we put them out a little too early because the plants didn’t last through the last of the winter chill at the turn of the season.  Back to square one!

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We planted/replanted garden beans, snap peas, red and green cabbage, okra, pak choy, sweet peppers, jalapeño, spinach, collards, four kinds of tomatoes, summer squash, lettuce, green onions, broccoli, kale, swiss chard, cucumbers, lavender, carrots, parsnips, brussel sprouts, and some herbs.

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Another friend gave me a strawberry plant this past fall which surprisingly kept some of its green leaves throughout the winter.  At the turn of spring , one fully ripened berry showed up.  I was at work thinking about this berry and I said to myself ‘When I get home I’m going to eat that berry in case I only get one from this plant ever’.  Well something was reading my mind!  When I got home that berry was gone and the one other half-ripened berry had signs that something had munched on it.  Rabbits are like stray cats in my neighborhood  so I knew they would be a problem, but I didn’t think they had a taste for berries.  And you can imagine my dismay when I found a nest of baby rabbits right beside the beds.  Although, I still had to swoon when I saw this little guy/gal.

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I’ve learned gardening is about 75 percent pulling weeds, 20 percent watering, and 5 percent enjoying the fruits of your labor.  More watering = more weeds.  Yes, there is math even in gardening.  So, after days upon days of weeding I can now enjoy about 30 seconds of rest before I have to do it all over again.  There is a bit of excitement flowing through me at the idea that I’m growing food and flowers. Maybe once I have that first bite of tomato or broccoli I will begin to appreciate all the hard work, let the calm settle in, and then maybe it will feel a little less like work.

-Nizzy

Gardening 2013

Thursday’s Three Things

  • So, I’ve figured out the secret to easing the pain of weaving in all of those yarn tails at the end.  Ya ready?   WEAVE IN AS YOU GO.  It’s that simple!  Why didn’t I figure that out sooner?  Somehow I guess weaving in as I go won’t work for this small afghan square.

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  • I finished another two Crafty BOM 2012 quilt blocks.  These two were all about cutting triangles using two different methods.  The first is the  Magic half-square triangle where you create the triangles by sewing around the edges of two layered squares and cutting them open.  In the second, more traditional method you create the triangles by drawing a line on the diagonal of each square, layering two together, sewing a seam on each side and finally cutting down the middle.  I prefered the first method, which seemed to go together much faster, but it was nice to be able to sew a chain of squares together without breaking the thread using the second method.  Anyhow, here are my two finished squares.

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  • I finally got around to purchasing a copy of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Kline.  I cannot wait to dive in!  First, I need to finish the two other books I’ve started and then I’ll let you know what I think!  Have any of you bloggers checked out this book?
Thursday’s Three Things

And Before You Know It…

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.

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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.

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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!

-Nizzy

And Before You Know It…

Thursday’s Three Things: All about BOOKS!

I love books which I’m sure you readers know if you’ve seen my craft library.  I can read just about everything (except Horror genre).  That doesn’t mean I’ll like it or be able to get through it, but I’m always ready to give any book a try.

  • One I finished: Gone Girl.  I was a little let down at the end, but still enjoyed the read.

The Sari

  • One I want to read: The Sari.  I am fascinated with the sari and some of the exquisitely beautiful fabrics used to make them.  I asked my husband (then boyfriend) if I would look crazy wearing a sari and with no hesitation he told me yes.   I had to laugh at that.   He knows I’m quirky enough to wear one anyway despite “looking crazy”.
  • One I couldn’t get into:  Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals 2.  I was a big Rachel Ray fan and I loved her 365: No Repeats cookbook.    This one just didn’t grab me.  The recipes are a little blah and arranged in a menu format, which I am not crazy about either.  However, from this book I did get the idea of sprinkling a little chili powder, butter, and a squeeze of lime over corn on the cob.  That is delish!

-Nizzy

Thursday’s Three Things: All about BOOKS!

Testing out Bloglovin’

Creatively Motivated is using Bloglovin’!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

While I do use the WordPress Reader and quite like it, it doesn’t always mesh well with feeds from other blog sites.  I’ve seen mention of Bloglovin’ on numerous craft blogs and I thought I would see how it works for me.

Right off the bat there are mostly things I like and some things I don’t.  I like that:

  • I can keep track of what posts I’ve read
  • All pictures show up
  • I will see notifications when there are new unread posts
  • I can search for similar blogs based on the ones I already follow

I don’t like the ranking.  It seems like it makes blogging more about gaining follows than sharing content.  I know every blogger wants more readers and visibility, but I would rather have (or in addition) a list of random content than have it show the same top 50 all the time.  I follow some of the heavily trafficked blogs, but I like variety and I like finding new people on the rise!

Anyway, I’m still in the early stages of using it.  I just signed up today so I have to play around with it a bit more to find out how much I really like it.   Please feel free to let me know you also use this site!

-Nizzy

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