Fussy Cutting & Other Fun Projects

I have been way overdue on many projects and last night I found myself trying to finish one up for this weekend. I realize that I am long past the procrastination stage. Blah, I blame it on my meds. Some of my spark has been diminished; the manic has been dialed down to almost nil. And this, so many things that need done and I have yet to start some.

I sorely underestimated supplies and scrambled to find solutions. Thankfully, a friend of mine is bailing me out. But while that was going on I had to hand cut things out aka “fussy” cut. Even though I own a cutting machine, I don’t trust it to cut things out. Way too much error involved when one has limited supplies and a deadline. But I feel that I am an excellent cutter! Check out my little characters.


These are going on a Birthday shirt. Cute, huh? They are from the PJ Masks show…I have yet to watch it or know anything about it. I am sure my 5 year old could tell me. 

I have been steadily working on a unicorn stuffie. I have a whole body done and now need hair and other small details. 


My little guy was a bit horrified that a naked unicorn was lying about the house. poor unicorn! She is gonna be a pretty one. I bought this “Sweet Unicorn” pattern off Etsy from Marina Chuchkalova. It is an easy patter, the only hard thing is keeping the counts right. I had to rip back a few times when connecting the legs and starting the body. This is made with DK weight and so it feels tedious with the small stitches and small hook. There’s a part where to attach the arms with safety eyes but even after using them I had to see the arms a bit more securely. Children a bit rowdy and I don’t want an amputee unicorn coming back to me.


If you remember awhile back, I designed the logo for a local yarn festival and was also asked to join the board since someone had to step down. I am super stoked to be a part of this event! I made this flyer so if you are in the area or know anyone who would be interested in coming or being a vendor, please share! I will be a vendor with my soaps!

Oooo! A big project I have been a part of is a food truck wrap! I can’t wait to see a pic of the final result. I had gathered all the elements and sent them off to the printer and hopefully, we get to see it soon. 

There are so many more projects in my list. I am going to be illustrating a shirt for my husband’s aunt’s travel group…”Old Ladies Gone Wild”…should prove to be interesting. Baby sundresses, lots of other shirts. I need a good chunk of time off. Even with the massive snow day the other day, I still had a lot of work to do for my day job.


This was my back yard measure. We got just under 18″ when it was all done. My boys were off school two days.


My poor dog didn’t know what to do and this is her element!

My backyard is pretty! But I am so ready for spring!! Who’s’ with me!!

The Thief of Joy

I applied for a job a couple months ago. I didn’t really think I would get it but it was like a punch in the gut hearing from someone who worked there that it was noted on my application that I didn’t have enough experience. Regardless of what experience I do have and try to justify my position, I really took it to heart and translated it as “You’re not good enough.”

Rarely am I thrown off my square and feel it so deeply. My dreams were especially infiltrated. My beloved Jeep was stolen in my dream and I had another dream that I was driving erratically from the back seat. Usually I don’t remember my dreams so vividly. When I looked up the translations (There’s gotta be some truth to it!) they both indicated my insecurities about my identity and path in life. Whoa.

Seems like I need a bit of an overhaul in the confidence and self-esteem department.

I have several “self-help” books that I have collected or been gifted over the years. One is about excavating your true self, one is about living a more simple life and another about growing. These are the three I am currently reading sporadically. It seems to me that when I am in a rut about myself, I read them more often. The growth one is what I have been reading more of, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential”.

But what potential? Whose thought of potential? Mine or others? I suppose it doesn’t really matter as long as I am moving in growing as a person. And in that growth, I am reminded that I am my own person, on her own path. The quote about comparison came up because I forgot that in a moment of indignation and jealousy/envy. Oh, how delicate a psyche is.

Anyway, I am gonna buck up and keep growing.

Speaking of growing, I have had a lot of projects in my queue that I have completed. Baby onesies, which are my faves to do, and some other odds and ends. I have a big sign decal to do for a local non-profit a friend brought to me and will be designing new shirts for a local food truck business. I am knitting a baby headband that I haven’t quite got the join satisfactory. I have knit this thing three times already. What are your favorite knit joins?

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I was organizing my stash and came across a bunch of started washcloths in my cottons so I decided to finish some off. Here is one that has that color pooling affect that people were just raving about. It looks sorta like an angry face lol! I love this stitch, the linen stitch, in crochet. I’m working on mastering it in my knits. The texture is just lovely!

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This was the first headband I had attempted. I tried to block the stockinette but acrylic just doesn’t really take to blocking. Like my makeshift blocking board? I thought I had a foam square somewhere from the kids’ playstuff. Apparently not. I will have to invest.

Anyway, it has taken me allllll day to finally get something down and so I shall conclude with this. Stay tuned for a finished headband lol! Have a great rest of the day.

Out with the Old, In with Nothing New

My birth month is almost over. It has been a mix of exciting and domestic. My hubs and I went to the casino! I have never been and after his stories of Vegas, I wanted to check one out. And he told me about great food he had and I was dying to go to a Ruth’s Chris Steak House. It was delish!


Somehow I forgot to take a photo of my steak. I was beside myself with excitement!

Let me just say, I am a terrible gambler. I even listened to everyone at the table and managed to lose a couple hundred dollars. Thankfully, my husband had the foresight to take our initial monies aside after winning them. And the casino even gave me $10 for signing up for their “Player’s Club” and it only took me an hour to lose. I did win some off that but played it all and have definitely realized I am not a gambler and like to hold on the the real money I worked hard for.

Speaking of work, we have spent the last two weekends cleaning out our house, specifically the basement and kitchen. After watching a documentary on Nextflix, “Minimalism”, I promptly started looking around and wanted to throw it all away! The whole “if it doesn’t bring you joy” mantra. Lots of hours of work and reminiscing. It has only taken us 8 years to get to get to going through all our stuffs. After the whole clean out, I silently vowed to not by anything more unless it brings me absolute joy.

I even had a half-notion to (gasp) part with some of my yarn stash. Partly to get nicer, luxe yarn and partly because I have – dare I say it!?! – so much yarn with more offers from my lady friends to give me their stashes. Should I make room? The yarn closet overfloweth.

I did go to my LYS. A friend of mine wanted a scarf that was soft and I wanted to make it out of nicey, nice yarn so I bought some Cascade 220 in Aran weight. It is so plush! I found out it was on sale because she is going out of business. Sad, sad. However, yay for me because I will be going back with more cash and buy more yarn. Hence, the thought of parting my some of my stash.

Reasonable idea right?!

Oh, so fun night! My oldest went to his first formal! When did he grown up from my little boy into this young man!!

My little guy did something fun as well. We got crafty together! He had a school project to make a snowman and that is just what we did. He put some great embellishments. Doesn’t he look pleased? He was so patient while I was sewing all the pieces together.

Well, that’s enough for now. Hope you are bringing in the new year with gusto!

Instagram?

I have a personal one but it just seems to be repeats of my Facebook posts. I am thinking of doing one for this persona. Thoughts? 

Who Instagrams? Who doesn’t and why? Seems like a lot of visual artists have moved to it as a viable social media outlet. 

The End is Near

Just of the year!! I am just amazed at how fast this year seemed to have gone by. It was a pretty good year overall. A lot of projects were done. A lot of trips were taken. And lots of fun was had.

I lost nearly 45 pounds and I feel so much better. Another 45ish and I will be at my goal weight. I found my exercise love in yoga. I feel so much more connected to my life and body.


I now share my craft room and it is the “office” Can you tell what side is mine?


I have more stuff to put away but I think the space is now well condensed. 

I feel well accomplished for the year. Lots of crochet, crafts and recreation. I hope you all also have done some awesome things! Here’s to a new year!

Ta-Da!!

      I spent six or so hours organizing my uarn closet. I am pleased. I also do not need anymore yarn. Want is another story.


      I also made room for my husband’s desk. It only took a year. I am saddened that I have been reduced to half my space. I didn’t take a pic of that. I might when I get situated.


      This week was gingerbread house making at school. My little guy thoroughly enjoyed it.

      We also made sugar cookies at my MIL’s…not so successful but lots of fun.


      My oldest, proud of his little tree.


      My little guy, double fisting the frosting.

      He is a hoot. The other day he was carrying on and I told him Santa wasn’t going to stop at our houseg and leave him presents. He said he didn’t care, he was still getting presents from mama. The same day he decided to trim the tree because the branches were poking him. 

      So something fun happened at my friend’s coffee shop. He ordered in some expensive coffee…kopi luwak, aka civet cat poop coffee. It is supposed to be good. I did think it tasted better than a lot of store bought coffee. I don’t think I will pay that for coffee again. We bought some to gift and I made some funny mugs.

      I have so much more to share bug it is after 1 a.m. and I should get to bed.

      More holiday craft shenanigans later rhis week. I hope you all are plowing through your list of to-dos! 

      SABLE

      Stash Amassed Beyond Life Expectancy (for those non-crafters)

      Maybe, maybe, I am projecting a little bit…I mean, I will only be 37 next month so there’s more time that I could A) stashbust B) never buy yarn again C) find another hobby…bwahahhaaaa…or none of the above.

      I’m on my annual craftroom clean-up mission with the idea that my husband is going to finally move into the room and it will be designated the shared “office” space. We even discussed how we would arrange our desk and table so we could work together if we wanted. He was also so generous to offer that I could use his desk if I wanted but I told him that would never work. I need my space to be craft-ready.

      Thinking about all the yarn I have made me realize I need a better way to store my stash. I have over-floweth from the closet.


      In my defense, I didn’t buy it all. I had some wonderful enablers. And there was even several skeins from those stashes that I was able to use without buying more yarn. I decided to buy a storage drawer thing.


      I filled it up before I even got to the closet. I need another bin. Thankfully, these are only $18 at Wal-Mart. I am going to stack them in the closet. Out of sight, out of hubby’s mind. My little one came into the room as I was organizing and exclaimed, (I think with wonder) “I’ve never been in this closet.” Then he proceeded to help me untangle and wind stray yarn. He is such a great helper.

      I thought I might have the majority of the room cleaned up however I have only been through a quarter of it. I threw away lots of random shopping bags that held various yarns and other craft supplies. Found lots of cabled knitting needles that I need to find a way to store. They are vintage Hero needles that are nylon. I love how they are seemless and have a nice grip and glide while stitching. I do wish the points were more defined but these needles are super old!

      While also thinking of my stash, I had an idea. Weaving has caught my attention. There are these cute kiddie kits that I would love to buy. Melissa and Doug has a good size one ghat i could make placemats or a sizeable wall hanging, maybe a mini rug. Then I stop myself because when am I going to have time to weave! So many hobbies to try, so little time.


      I think I am going to hit Pinterest up for some craft room storage ideas. I don’t want my hubs to think I have too much, hee hee. Has anyone seen any great ideas and want to share?