Archive | September, 2011

Feature Friday: Tremblerose

30 Sep

 Feature Friday Presents:

Tremblerose

Swan Silver plated Open Spiral Earrings with Sterling silver hoops.         Black, Cream, Gold Red coloured  Gypsy Tumble Charm Bracelet

Swan Silver plated Open Sp…          Black, Cream, Gold Red col…

Trembleros…                                      Trembleros…

$4.16 USD                                           $29.92 USD

Fine Wire wrapped silver plated ring         Silver Plated Glass Beaded Necklace and Earring Set

Silver Plated Glass Beaded…            Fine Wire wrapped silver p…

Trembleros…                                      Trembleros…

$14.95 USD                                        $6.64 USD

Clear Swarovski Crystal beaded Spiral spring coil dangle earrings        Spiral Pendant on a Silver Plated Chain

Spiral Pendant on a Silver…            Clear Swarovski Crystal be…

Trembleros…                                     Trembleros…

$14.95 USD                                        $6.64 USD

Unique Spiral beaded Earrings.        Crystal Bead Wire Wrapped Spiral Pendant on Chain Necklace

Crystal Bead Wire Wrapped …        Unique Spiral beaded Earri…

Trembleros…                                      Trembleros…

$16.61 USD                                        $3.31 USD

Tremblerose comes from a middle class background and has lived in England all of her life. She was married young and had two children when she was in her early 20’s. She remarried and says they are still as in love as when they met and have been together for ten years now! She works as a care worker looking after the old in their own homes but hopes to make her living off of her jewelry making instead. She also enjoys other things like playing Games on her PC and also reading the occasional book or watching a movie with a glass of wine.

My first ever Gypsy tumble charm bracelet


3 tier square earrings

What got you interested in crafting?

I always as far back as I can remember loved playing with beads. I just watched a few Youtube Vids on crafting then I got the bug for real. I started playing with wire. My first ever serious project was a wire wrapped ring.

What has been your favorite project to make and why?

I have to say I enjoyed making the crystal bead wire wrapped spiral pendant. It has a few elements in it. Why? I Found the end result very beautiful and the picture of it does not do it justice.

What’s the secret behind your etsy name? How did you come up with it?

TrembleRose. Well Imagine how beautiful a rose is when it trembles in that breeze that blows. It’s a name I have used often. My actual shop is Tremblerose, Shackles & Chains. Shackles and chains = Bangles and of course chains… Well that’s the idea anyhow.

What is the most challenging thing you have made?

Has to be my Gypsy Tumble charm bracelets. They are sooo time-consuming and can take me a whole day to make. Fimo clay is also challenging, you never know what your end result is going to be. I have these listed in my shop at the moment.

If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?

Well I live in a town that is very Rural. My shop name would be Tremble Rose’s Shackles & Chains. I would have it decorated in neutral Browns and creams with lots of spot lighting for items on display. I would also consider supplying beads and findings also.

What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?

Well my dream would be to change my job as a care worker to a Jewelry Crafter so I can make a living off of my crafting. Somehow I can’t see that happening so soon anyway, but one can dream.

What inspires you to be crafty?

Other people’s taste. I will be watching TV and that presenter will be wearing a necklace or that ring or some earrings and I will say to myself I could make that! Then I will attempt to do my own adaptation of it. I don’t copy other people’s work… I just get inspired by them.

What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?

I do all my crafts to the best of my ability. I am not trained, I am mostly self-taught taking tips and tutorials off of the internet. I used to do ebay before I came to Etsy and I never had any bad feedback resulting from the items I sold. Here is a quote from one of my customers:

“Dear tremblerose, Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I received your pendant and am so pleased. The picture is wonderful but the actual pendant is regal. You had to have spent a lot of time and patience to do this kind of work. I have taken classes and watched videos to learn. My work is not so intricate and I have a long way to go. You are truly a unique, gifted person and I feel your pendant was worth a lot more than I won it for. If you weren’t quite pleased with your work I can’t even imagine what your other work looks like that you are pleased with. I would love to see some of it. Thank you so much again for sharing a part of you with me. I do appreciate it. Sincerely, Margie “

This was a message that was sent to me about a pendant I made just to practice some techniques. I didn’t like it. I was going to place it in the trash but I thought no, I will try to sell it. I placed it on for a starting bid of a penny and the lady won it for a penny. I don’t think I will make that again. It is totally unique. Here is a picture of the pendant:

If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?

Advertising. That is one thing I don’t have any spare cash to do as yet. I look around and advertisements cost so much. In time I may see it as cost affective. Oh and I plan on giving my banner an overhaul. My husband is a graphics designer and I will let him loose with an idea for a banner.

If you haven’t already stopped by her store check it out!! Tremblerose

If you’d like to see her feedback on ebay please check it here:
feedback.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=tremblerose&ft…

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

P.S. If you’d like to be on a feature friday please send me a message!

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Crafts: A Sweet Surprise!

29 Sep

I’m just going to go ahead and say it – I am SHOCKED at how much I got done today. Especially because I didn’t even start crafting until 7:00 p.m. Today I got four new burp cloths done and I got a sweet surprise for all to see! But since I haven’t even stopped to show you what I made in the beginning of the week – I’ll save these four burp cloths for another day!

Monday’s Burp Cloths!

I’ve also been working on a custom order with some AWESOME fabric! I’ve made two burp cloths, making a wipe case, and a taggie blanket for a baby shower gift. Once everything is finished I’ll post a picture of it 😀 but here’s a sneak peek at the fabric:

It’s coming out so cute! I’ll be working on this for the rest of the week/weekend so I probably won’t get much else done but I’m so excited about it I don’t care!!!

Then the sweet surprise! One of the girls I BNR with was asking for help to review a pattern and I got super excited because it’s a cup cozy! I’m a sucker for those things because I love hot chocolate every morning, I love crocheting, and it’s a cute way to add I nice soft personal touch to an otherwise boring or ugly mug!

So she sent me the pattern and I made it no time and absolutely LOVE IT! I can see myself making hundreds of these while watching tv, in between sewing when my back needs a break, and when I’m feeling lazy. My house might just be full of these in no time!

The second best thing is that this yarn I used comes in almost every color imaginable! So the choices are outrageous! I just used some scraps I had on had and since it hardly takes any yarn I think I’ll probably be able to make 30 of these until I need to go buy more or I just want a different color! AWESOME!

Another completely awesome thing is that she isn’t selling the pattern as personal use only. So you might just see these if you are coming to the craft show 😉

Life just keeps getting better and better ❤

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: Let’s Get Real!

28 Sep

So after a seriously huge response on my way too serious life post – I’ve decided to keep up with it. So Daily Life is going to take a new spin on things – instead of it just being about my day I’m going to start posting things that are on my heart at the time! It’s true that sometimes I just like to read what others are thinking and how they are dealing with life so why not tell everyone else what I’m doing and thinking?

Every day is an adventure in this house – with E hitting the terrible twos – B working extra long hours and weekends – and me attempting to start a business – there’s always bound to be something going wrong! Yesterday I busted my butt making a home-cooked meal for my family and I was so proud of me because it actually tasted good!! E decided that the cheesy potatoes would make a wonderful face mask and leave in hair conditioner 😛 There’s not much you can do about it but laugh because it’s too exhausting to get upset! So after cooking and cleaning I threw E in the bath tub and thought about how upset I get with her sometimes.

If yesterday would have been anything like today I would have contemplated crying. Today I had a zillion errands to run and way too much on my mind to deal with any mishaps – and even though she wasn’t the best little girl that she normally is and things didn’t quite go as planned – she didn’t put potatoes all over her face and hair – thank goodness!! Which brings me to my next subject.

I want to be the mom that laughs at her potato face everyday. I want her to see that it’s okay to make a mess sometimes and that I love her just the same! Does it mean that I am a bad mother when I’ve got too much to do to deal with and the craziness she brings a long? I sure hope not.. but I guess I can always strive to be better. How do you face overwhelming days? I know I do things a lot differently now that I have E.

When I was upset about something before E – I would hide in my room, turn on music, sometimes cry, and refuse to do anything else for the rest of the day. It’s not that easy when you have someone who needs you almost 24-7! Today I’m sitting on the couch, listening to pandora, not crying – but heck am I exhausted .. and not even the tired exhausted, just wide awake exhausted!

It’s days like these I try to step back and say life happens and get over it but deep down I still beat myself up about it wondering if I could have done anything differently that might have helped. This is something I really want to fix. Why am I wasting my time worrying about something I can’t fix? So today I’m calling out to all those who are beating themselves up over things they can’t fix! I am the queen of it and quite honestly it’s wearing me thin.

I know there’s no sense in wishing I could go back and change things but let’s get real here, it happened, it’s over, and even if you could rewind – could you fix it? Chances are slim! So why do we take it out on ourselves and stress about it all day? Boy do I wish I had an answer for that!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

 

 

E’s face after I cleaned off most of the potato disaster 😛 She wouldn’t stop giggling – she was a riot.

Daily Life: A Day In My Life

26 Sep

It seems like these days my life is revolving around lists, tasks, chores, and some seriously high goals! If you had told me three years ago this is where I would be today – I probably would have laughed but secretly hoped it was true! Other days I wonder what the heck am I thinking? HAHA!

I spend a majority of my life trying to find that balance between successfulness and freedom. Although I am a huge list maker, there are just those days when I look at my list and say – to heck with you! – and spend a day just doing whatever it is I please! These next few weeks is where I put my freedom aside and really become a servant to that ridiculous list because time isn’t something I really have much of these days.

Yesterday I cut, measured, and pinned ten burp cloths with the goal of today being that I finish those ten burp cloths. It’s times like these where I smack myself in the forehead! Not only is that outrageous but it didn’t happen today. I finished cutting, measuring, ironing, pinning the finishing touches to the burp cloths and got one sewn. I probably could have gotten four more done but between all the errands and spending time with my family it just didn’t happen! So I’m dropping my quota down to 10 a week (the previous goal being 20) and hoping that I end up with enough for the craft fair.

I do have to say though – that while running a million errands this weekend it is amazing that I even got ten burp cloths ready to be sewn! I’m trying to look at it as now that I’ve completely stocked up all my materials, I shouldn’t have to go out for anything until after the craft fair or if I get a custom order.

I bought enough burp cloth material and batting to make a little over 50, I have enough decorative fabric to make 300 so I am definitely going to be using some of that extra fabric on other projects, there are about 40 frames left, and I have enough yarn to keep me busy until this time next year 😉 Although I can tell you now I’ll be buying more yarn before that because only having three colors of the same yarn is going to drive me crazy!!

So here I am sitting on the computer with Pandora keeping me in a good mood and crocheting in my lap at 12:15 am completely overwhelmed in a good way and looking back at how I got here and where I want to be in a few years. I will say it wasn’t easy and there are days where I still struggle with balancing my time – I mean really.. who stays up until 1 am just to keep crafting? 😉 Me. But I am so proud of my dedication and finally feeling like I’m in control of my life.

It seems like lately I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about mothers who are really having a hard time balancing work, family, free time, and sometimes life in general. It wasn’t too long ago I was in that same hole and I’ll admit that I dug it myself. I let people walk all over me, take me for granted, and made my family miserable because I was miserable. One mother in particular I am feeling a huge overwhelming pain for. She wants nothing but to be home with her children. She’s that mom where the second you meet her you know she was destined to be that amazing mom everyone loved. You never see her stumble and she never shows that she’s unhappy – but inside she is beaten up and just completely torn apart.

Everything inside of me wants to just fix it for her but I know deep down – no matter what I do – it’s not going to help. It’s been taking a toll on me these past few days and even between all the errands and work I can’t seem to shake the thought of how miserable and lonely she’s feeling inside. It wasn’t too long ago I was in her shoes, and it wasn’t too long ago I finally stood up for myself and let go of everything that was holding me back. It’s a scary leap..

So even though I’m super proud of everything I’ve accomplished, happy with the time I got with my family this weekend, and excited about achieving these goals – I’m wondering what everyone else is doing?  How many people out there are in that limbo of being miserable but feeling like they can’t do anything about it? Why do we let ourselves feel like this on a daily basis without doing a single thing to change it? When are you going to take the leap?

Sorry for the super serious post but I can’t seem to get this off my mind tonight. Maybe I’ll sleep better now that I’ve written it all out 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Feature Friday: MissyKsCreations

23 Sep

Feature Friday Presents:

MissyKsCreations!

  Fuchsia Pink Wooden Bead Dangle Earring      Turquoise Blue Earrings : Glass / Wood / Czech Glass Bead Dangle Silver Plated Earrings

Fuchsia Pink Wooden Bead D…        Turquoise Blue Earrings : …

MissyKsCreat…                                  MissyKsCreat…

$5.99 USD                                          $7.50 USD

Czech Glass Blue Earrings : Silver Plated Dangle Earrings in Shades of Blue          Baby Pink Cube Earrings : Silver Plated Dangle Bead Heart Stud Earrings

Czech Glass Blue Earrings …            Baby Pink Cube Earrings : …

MissyKsCreat…                                  MissyKsCreat…

$6.99 USD                                          $6.99 USD

Pearl & Pink Bead Earrings : Silver Plated         Colorful Wooden Earrings (FREE Ring Included) : Yellow, Pink, Purple, Blue Beaded (Silver Plated)

Pearl & Pink Bead Earrings…          Colorful Wooden Earrings (…

MissyKsCreat…                                 MissyKsCreat…

$5.50 USD                                         $5.99 USD

Crystal Clear Bead Earrings : Clear & Turquoise Bead Dangle Earrings (Silver Plated)         Blue / Green Wooden Beaded Earrings, Dangle (Set - Matching Ring Available) (Silver Plating)

Crystal Clear Bead Earring…            Blue / Green Wooden Beaded…

MissyKsCreat…                                  MissyKsCreat…

$5.99 USD                                         $5.99 USD

MissyKsCreations is a handmade jewelry store with each piece being completely unique. She specializes in earings, and recently dived into making rings and bracelets which are also available in her store. She likes to use a lot of different colors and textured beads and experiments with wood, hematite, glass, mother of pearl, shells, and many more. Her styles range from casual everyday jewelry to glamorous evening wear! She also has beach supplies, such as shells and sea glass available. One thing you won’t have to worry about is spending too much money! MissyKsCreations makes it a point to keep her prices affordable and postage and packing very low so you know you are getting the best prices around! Custom orders are available so if you have a particular color or style don’t hesitate to contact her!

What got you interested in crafting?

When I finished school a few years ago, at the age of 18, I had a summer free before starting on my degree and I felt like doing something creative and fun, whilst also making a little spare cash! I stumbled across a website selling beads and findings and found myself mesmerised. I ended up filling my shopping cart to the brim and spent the rest of summer absorbed in beads and designs in my bedroom!

What has been your favourite project to make and why?

I enjoy each project individually. I love wearing earrings myself and feel naked without them so making them is a favourite. There’s always a pair that I feel sad to sell as I secretly wanted to keep it!

What is the most challenging thing you have made?

I think it was a glass bead ring I made last year. The beads were so tiny and there were so many of them! I remember it took a lot of patience, a lot of lost beads and very steady hands!

What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?

Well I would definitely love to sell more items! I’ve heard that the summer months can be a bit slow so I hope things will pick up around Christmas. I also hope to be making more custom orders for people!

What inspires you to be crafty?

I enjoy looking at other people’s creations and ideas and how everyone’s imaginations run wild. That really inspires me. I also love the thought of someone out there wearing my creation, my design, my work. I don’t plan on making much money out of this, as I like to keep my prices low, I mainly do it for the love of it!

What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?

I come from a very creative family, we all love to paint, crochet and do crafts in general. I also have a lot of patience and I’m good with my hands!

Why did you decide to go online?

I used to sell my jewellery locally but I live in quite a small community. Gibraltar is a small British colony at the southernmost tip of Spain, some call us a little bit of Britain in the sun! After a while I became limited and arranging meetings and sales in between my job and studies became stressful. I actually stopped making jewellery for a while as the hassle of selling was taking the joy out of it! After a year’s break and some major life changes, I was looking through my creations and I just thought it was such a waste to have them lying around. I wanted them to be seen! I did a bit of online research and found Etsy!

If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?

Well hopefully this “Friday Feature” will give me the extra promotional boost I need 🙂 I’m very grateful for this opportunity!

If you haven’t already stopped by her store check it out! MissyKsCreations

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

P.S. If you’d like to be on Feature Friday send me a message!

Crafts: A little POP of Color

20 Sep

I absolutely love scarves as a little pop of color in my drabby winter outfits 😛 So I made an aqua scarf to give me some of that extra pop I need!

It’s just your traditional loop scarf but done with a little twist – literally I twisted it while crocheting so it automatically curls right where you want it to! I kind of made my own pattern as I went and I’m currently  making another one in a thicker material to see if it works out just as well. This scarf is really light weight soft and easy! It took me two days to make it which I am really excited about because these days I need fast easy things to accomplish!

I showed my mom this and within seconds she had it wrapped around her saying she wanted three! Two for her and one for a gift. Silly mom 😀 So it looks like I’ll be busy for six days just filling her order 😉

It seems like for the past few days I’ve been avoiding my craft table. I’m not sure why really because I have a LIST of things I want to do and I’m really excited about it – I think I’m having trouble juggling everything else and feeling guilty about spending time crafting when I need to be cleaning or doing chores. I’m hoping to get most of my chores finished tomorrow because Thursday I am having a guilt free craft day and by that I mean I’m doing NOTHING but crafting (and BNRing) and really this time – no distractions! I need to get inventory BOOMING because it’s the end of September and I’m starting to freak out that my table is going to be bare. Which it’s not because I do have quite a few things – just not everything I want and I’m not quite sure how much I really need.

Another reason I haven’t been at the craft table working is because I’ve been in the mood to crochet. It seems like that’s all I feel like doing these days! I’ve constantly got yarn on my mind lol.

Okay moving on – so things to look forward to. More scarves 😛 (if you hadn’t figured that one out already) the beaded wall art that I keep saying I’m going to finish. I’m actually going to work on that Thursday. I’m holding off on doing the pillow covers out of Polo’s until I find the right size pillow I want to do. There’s some new fabric that needs new homes on burp cloths and some scraps I really want to make something simple easy and fun out of. I’ve been scoping out ideas for those! Let’s see how much I can accomplish in one day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Feature Friday: MermaidTrinkets

16 Sep

Feature Friday Presents:

MermaidTrinkets!

Bright Red Silk Burn out scarf in Rose and flower pattern satin silk     Rainbow Silk long scarf - Hand dyed colorful bright red yellow orange blue

$19.50 USD                                   $19.50 USD

Green leaf silk long scarf - Hand acid dyed emerald      Golden Yellow Silk Burn out scarf in Rose and flower pattern satin silk

Green leaf silk long scarf…           Golden Yellow Silk Burn ou…

MermaidTrink…                           MermaidTrink…

$19.50 USD                                   $19.50 USD

Blue silk scarf      Red Seahorse silk long scarf - Hand resist dyed red white green

Blue silk scarf                                Red Seahorse silk long sca…

MermaidTrink…                           MermaidTrink…

$19.50 USD                                   $19.50 USD

Red Silk Scarf - Hand dyed long maroon soft      Transition silk long scarf - Hand dyed Injection Green Yellow Purple Flat Crepe

$19.50 USD                                    $19.50 USD

“We are a brand new shop getting our feet wet in the Etsy world. Providing you with gorgeous accessories ranging from silk scarves, purses and to jewelry. All items are handmade and are all unique, a true work of wearable art.
Ceramic work coming soon!”

What got you interested in crafting?


My mom first got me interested in crafting. She promoted the arts in any way possible, often taking me to the museum and other art shows near by. Her passion was passed down to my brother and I. The further I get into the arts and crafting, the more I realize I do the same kind of things my mother enjoys. 

 

What has been your favorite project to make and why?



I am a student in college getting my degree in art education and ceramics. But 2 semesters back I took my very first textiles class. My mom had been trying to get me to take one and I finally gave in and LOVED it. I got pretty good at dye work, and figuring out what methods worked best (that is why I now sell my dye work). I took this all to the next level by dying many yards of fabric and with that made my first quilt. I am very proud of it because it took a lot of time, hard work, and every bit of it is me. The colors vary from browns to golds and into purples. At this current moment it is hanging in my living room.

 

What’s the secret behind your etsy name?

My mother and I first created this shop as a mother-daughter duo. We came up with mermaid trinkets because they are thought to be a collection of items are related but defiantly not the same. We knew we wanted to dabble in different crafts and didn’t want to limit ourselves because of our shop name. Because we just opened last august, I have yet to dabble in other crafts to sell.

 

If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?



Might call it Mermaid Trinkets! Haha, just maybe. But my dream is to own a small studio in town where I can sell my work and also teach classes to the public. I know a variety of arts and crafts but I would like to base this studio in ceramics. I think about this in my free time, I almost have everything planned out! Sometimes I get too far ahead of myself.

 

What is the most challenging thing you have made?



The most challenging thing I have made would probably be the quilt I spoke of earlier. It was one of the most challenging pieces I have ever created, but completely worth the time and effort I placed into it. 

 

What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?



I hope within the next year to have graduated college! I am in my last year of college. I am excited for the real world and hope to get that in town studio/class up and running at some point in the future. Though honestly that will be a while. I also hope it enter in more gallery shows this year with my ceramic tile work, I already have a show coming up in October. 

 

What inspires you to be crafty?



I can’t help myself, even if I tried never to do another piece of art or craft I don’t think I would survive, I just can’t do it, there is no choice. If I am not currently making something I get crabby, completely unhappy with everything until I at least have an idea for a next piece. But what I love doing to get inspiration is to either go onto Etsy and roam, or go on stumbleupon with an art filter. The work that these people put out is amazing, who wouldn’t get inspired. 

 

What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?



I would have to say my craft. My craft level shows in my items, they are well crafted with clean lines, stitch marks and always ironed. As many of my professors would say, “If it isn’t done cleanly and professionally, why do it?”

 

If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?

Time. I am a full-time student with 2 jobs. I hardly have anytime to myself, but if I had more time to dedicate to my Etsy shop I would defiantly improve my shop tremendously.

 

If you haven’t already checked out her store you can see it here!

You can also find her and get to know here at these links:

Blog:
mermaidtrinkets.blogspot.com/

Twitter:
twitter.com/#!/MermaidTrinkets

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/pages/Mermaid-Trinkets/272247276121073

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Crafts: WIP Wednesday

14 Sep

I’ve had two things going on today! I’ve been working on my big hug cowl – although I kind of tweaked all of the pattern instructions. Apparently I don’t know how to follow instructions 😛 Looking back on my life I think it’s clear that I have NEVER been able to follow ANY instructions.

My mom compares my sister and I accurately and I can’t resist from repeating her. As my mom likes to say my sister is on the highway going 80 miles in hour, you can come with her if you want but if you slow her down your out – she is goal oriented, was amazing at school, a diligent and hard worker, she has an amazing career and a life many would die to have.

My mom says I am on scenic route. It may take me twice as long to get somewhere but I have a good time and I’m never opposed to stopping to smell the flowers. I take a lot of wrong turns in life but it always leads me exactly where I was meant to be!! I’m the little girl who dreamed of having a bunch of babies, being a stay at home mom, making my husband the happiest man ever, and living happily ever after. I was a dream girl living in a dream world 😛

Which ironically is really funny because my sister is awesome at driving and finding her way – she’s a highway girl. I on the other hand get lost almost every time I’m in the car. I call myself the queen of u-turns and I always find myself on some back road in the middle of nowhere…

In many ways I dream I could have some of the qualities my sister has because I feel like I would have succeeded earlier in life with my business plan and I’d be further along, wealthier, and for once in my life feel like I’m on top of something! But really – I made my dream life come true – or at least most of it I hope 😉 I am happily married, a mother of a wonderful baby girl, and hopefully making my husband the happiest man ever!!! 😛

Okay so back to the point – sorry for the LONG side note – but I can’t follow instructions. It’s not in my DNA. Which has led me to making something I would have probably never made before if it wasn’t for the pattern – even though I didn’t follow it .. at all.

I bought a thicker yarn than it said, a smaller hook, and I’m doing a different type of crochet then it says. But it’s still a great big hug cowl!

It’s still a work-in-progress I’ve probably got about six more rows to go but it’s already big, comfy, and a cowl! Super proud!! I did my first cowl a little different because I hadn’t looked at the instructions at all and I might do a mixture of the two and see what it turns out like. This one is one SUPER long circle that you wrap around you neck a couple of times (like the instructions! YAY ME!) and the other cowl I did just went around once and layered itself. I think what I’m going to do is keep the yarn type, needle, and stitch and just make it one loop that layers like my other one. Looks like I’ll need to go buy more yarn… back to the store AGAIN!

I’ve probably got enough projects to keep me busy before I head back to the store just yet so that project may sit for a little while.

I also am working on my final touches to my monkey frame order and I just got another order in today!!!! No it’s not another monkey frame 😛 I’ve got three burp cloths to do! So I’ll be sewing and crocheting for the rest of the week and then back to inventory I go!

I never get tired of these monkeys! They are too much fun to make. I have noticed though that I don’t make any one EXACTLY the same. I tried so hard at first to make it look exactly like the original but it’s been fun making each one a little different. After all no one expects anything hand painted to look exactly like the original – everyone want’s theirs to be a one of a kind!

Well that’s all my juggling this week 😉 I’m working overtime this week and weekend so I couldn’t cram too much else in there but hopefully I’ll have some more fun pictures and updates for you tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!
Love Always,

J

Crafts: The Night Owl

13 Sep

Lately I feel like my life has taken a different turn. Some nights I go to bed with my husband and just lay there wide away. Other nights I pass out instantly.. tonight.. I’m sitting on the couch writing this blog and crocheting my little heart away 😛

I’m not exactly sure when this started because for as long as I can remember (after E was born) I went to bed as soon as it started getting dark outside!! Okay okay – I went to bed between 9-10. Then it got pushed to 11. Lately it’s been 12 or 1. Tonight – who knows!! I’m wide awake and ready to go!!!!

Luckily I get to nap during the day so it’s not like I’m going to become a zombie, but I’m slowly starting to figure out what started this insomnia. I think I’m safe to blame it on blogging, etsy, crafting, facebook, pinterest, but most importantly – it’s the only time of day where this house is COMPLETELY SILENT! I love the silence. Even though I can’t do half of my crafts because they are way to noisy.. it’s still nice to sit here and crochet or paint.

Yesterday I made a yarn wrapped wreath with felt flowers and buttons. It’s a very quiet craft and I had no problem doing it while the girls were napping. It was kind of relaxing! Here’s how it turned out (sorry for the poor photo quality…)

 

I am super happy with the end result. I have now found a million other ways to make different felt and fabric flowers, and also found a place to buy the wreath itself where it isn’t so darn expensive!!! (Thank you pinterest in advanced)

Tonight I’m crocheting that big hug cowl from the pattern – except I’m hardly using the patter. I’m not using the exact yarn they used, or the size needle, or even the crochet type… I like my way better!!! We’ll see how it turns out. I don’t know what it is but have the hardest time following patterns. Partially because most of them speak in a code that I swear no one really understands, but mainly because once I start making it the way they say to – I think it looks funny, so I try something else and I think it looks so much better! So here goes another trial and error – luckily my past few trial and errors have turned out pretty well!

I also went and bought some new felt for the beaded monogram letters. I finally decided what I’m going to do to spice each one up! It took a lot planning and I didn’t even finish the plan for the E one until just a few minutes ago! I think I might sketch it out tomorrow so I know exactly what it’ll look like. I haven’t sketched in days though – so wish me luck!

Some other things I bought..

 

You guessed it – More Fabric! I think I need a vacation from JoAnns – It seems like I can’t walk in there anymore without buying a ton of things. Until I finish making my inventory list of burp cloths – I’m not allowed to buy anymore!! Unless I get orders for more off of etsy!

Although I won’t be going anywhere except maybe the post office for the next few days. I’ll have my hands full all week and weekend with the girls. That should make my wallet happy and hopefully the week after that I can avoid shopping again and get a lot of crafty things done! It’s going to be hard to get much done this week but I’ll keep trying!!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

DIY: Beaded Monogram Wall Art!

12 Sep

For those of you who saw my last post (or didn’t) here is how I made the Beaded Monogram Wall Art! It’s super easy, fun, and addicting! It makes me want to go buy a whole slew of buttons!! Here are the materials you are going to need:

Art Canvas is what I used – you can almost use anything as long as it can handle a staple gun!

Fabric of your choice

Beads!!!!!! It took me a few seconds to fall in love with these – but it took me a lot longer to not buy more!!


You’ll also need tacky glue or a hot glue gun – whichever you prefer.

And here’s what I did!

First of all – if your fabric is wrinkly it might be a good idea to iron it out! This will make lining it up and pulling it tight around the canvas MUCH easier and the end result will look a lot better.

Then wrap your fabric around the canvas. I used tape to lay it in place so that I had the fabric lined up where I wanted it before I tried to staple gun it down.

It’s a lot like wrapping presents!

Then if you are like me – you get a strong man to staple gun all the fabric down for you – because I’m a wimp 😛 or you can do it yourself!

The end result! Fabric on canvas!

Next step:

Lay out your beads how you want them to look once you glue them down. Make sure it’s in the center and don’t worry if you have to move the beads ten times – I did!!!

Then glue one at a time! After a while you start to get in a rhythm and before you know it – tada – you are done!

      

      

I love the way it turned out but once the glue dries (and it will dry clear) I am going to add a few things to spice it up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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