Craftastic Friday!!! The end of a crafty week!

I love Friday. I’ve had a very productive week!

First off, some t-shirts! Some silllly, silly shirts! Loved doing them though. That’s Banana Joe, from the show “The Regular Show” My teen loves it. I don’t get it. This shirt is for a girl’s dad who tells this joke daily. She thought it would be a fun gift. And this second shirt is a tribute for a 40th birthday 80s themed party. That character? Supertelegattalone. I think I spelled that right. Super TV Cat? It’s Italian. I find this amusing. Makes me think of the cat in the one Paula Abdul music video “Opposites Attract”.

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Whilst working on the banana shirt, I ran into some printer issues and had to investigate the wells. This is what happened:

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Serious malfunctions with the ink wells. The yellow bleed everywhere. So glad I have a CISS. I bet I lost as much ink as a regular OEM cartridge.  I still didn’t get that yellow right.  But I suppose that will be okay…It’s decent, just not perfect.

Other things I’ve worked on include a secret invitation. It’s super cute! I can’t wait to share it. I already had to reprint it because of another goof I made with the scheduling. More on that later. Here is the seal I made for the envelopes. My toddler loved the punch and wanted to help make stickers with me. I just gave him his own piece of paper and then he was satisfied. He is a good little helper. I only had one sheet of sticker paper so I couldn’t mess these up!IMG_2904

I have some knitting going on. I’m working a 3x frogged chevron blanket. I was just not getting it. I think I have it now! Finally. I also have 8 hats to make for a girl. Five of them are baby hats and they are so adorable. Can’t wait to show them off when I start working on them.

Also, in preparation for going part time, I’ve been making invoice order sheets for freelance work. I have a hard time keeping track of orders and information; I often have little slips of paper and post-it notes littered through my bags so I designed a quick printable. Here’s a pdf form you can use yourself and make a pocket size book. Print on 8.5″x11″ letter size, double sided, cut in half and then staple and fold. A cute little book! Sized 4.25″x5.5″. I made a full size sheet as well but it has my logo information on it. I hope someone finds it useful 🙂

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All in all, a productive week. I have been contemplating a challenge for cleaning my home by White House Black Shutters, 40 bags in 40 days. I love her little “I’m ready for some decrapifying”. I’m so ready. I’ve been completely overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we have and can no longer keep up. Last night, while in my craft room, my husband peeks in and exclaims, “This is way to overwhelming.” He couldn’t even walk in because (shamefully) I’ve only a tiny path to my desk and chair. I’ve become a hoarder. I’m in need of some serious rehab. So, I printed out the planning list and I’ve started making some progress. I’ll definitely be getting rid of some supplies that I know A) I won’t use and B) that I have too much of (I know, how could that be possible! It’s true though.) And guess who’s gonna benefit?? YOU, my craftastic friends! I’m going to decrapify my crafting crap. LOL That’s so hard to say.

In any case, I hope you’ve been enjoying whatever weather you are getting. I’m certainly not. I’m ready for the sun to come out and warm my cold, cold face. Until next time, craft on, my crafty friends!

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help a study learn more about knitters and crocheters!

I joined this community on FB and it is just so fun!!! Join in my fiber stitchin’ lovers!

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help researchers learn more about knitters and crocheters!

Hey everyone! There’s a facebook group that has some interesting research going on about knitters and crocheters. I really want to participate and thought maybe you would, too! Here’s what was sent to me:

“Would you like to participate in the Woolly Wellbeing Research project?
This would contribute to a PhD study into the ways women share their knit and crochet online. Do you post to ask for advice or to show images of what you have made? Does it help you manage feeling lonely or to connect with other crafter-friends? Lots of these questions will be the topic of posts as we share together.
To take part, you’ll need to read the Participant Information document in ‘Files’ and then complete a consent form on the pinned post at the top of the page, just so I know you are informed about the project and how your posts could be…

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Cutie cozy Baby Sweater

I was asked to make a few baby sweaters for a woman’s upcoming grandbabies. We’re gonna swap for some stuff. I just love the barter system.

I’ve never made a baby sweater. Or even thought to attempt any kind of sweater garment. Seems like a really long time. However, nothing seems too long as the monster butt and sock monkey pants that I completed over the summer. I do have one more pair to finish that I can bring myself to. I will get around to it. As for other long projects, I also have a chevron baby blanket that I’m making. That’s not going as planned, but more on that later.

Tadas! An almost all in one piece baby sweater. I just adore this color!! It’s Vanna’s Choice yarn but I don’t remember the colorway. I do know I ran out with a quarter of the sweater to finish. Shame on me for not going with my first instinct of buying two balls. oh well, i do that a lot lol.

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I used this super easy pattern that Creative Jewish Mom used and just love the results. It really isn’t “one-piece” as described in the thought I assumed as continuous however the only real seaming is the sleeves and body. I did some adjustments in materials and tools. I didn’t use super bulky yarn and I went with an H hook. I also used the 12 months sizing and my sweater is actually 0-3 mos.  I should remember to write down the measurement for future reference. I had to look up sizing to make sure I didn’t go overboard in how big it got. Then I thought, it still looks kinda big.

I am just tickled pink over it!! I did have some boo boos. I missed a stitch in the one sleeve and instead of ripping back, I went in and put one in. and then the one sleeve was one stitch too short so I had to add a row around the wrist. I think the neck is a bit over to the one side a bit….This was a good test run. I did use a crochet button instead of a real button because it kinda bothers me to have buttons on baby clothes. I don’t want them to choke.

All in all, adorables! This was a quick work up in a few hours. I think I may attempt to knit one so I get a bit more drape. This is a bit on the thick side, so definitely warm for a baby. The small size does lend to a quick knit if done in stockinette in a single piece. I’ll have to look some stuff up for that as well.

Until next time, craft on!

Down the Crafter Hole

Don’t you just love how googling one idea begets another link to another idea and then two hours later you’re on a pinning spree completely off tangent from the initial search.

That’s how my crafting has been. From one idea to something the complete opposite and I feel somewhat disjointed but accomplished. I feel like I need to hone in on something but that never stays still. I guess then I wouldn’t be craftmanic. As crazy as things have been, I find solace in my crafting, as most of us crafty people do. I’m in such a funk, all I want to do is knit and crochet.

I have been designing and building several websites for work and freelance. The whole process is kicking my butt and if I never see html again, I would be happy. Well maybe just for the weekend. I think to myself that I never aspired to be a web designer, yet my job functions have evolved. Good in a way, yet not. With learning new things there are growing pains and tonight was a great example. I didn’t know how to do something and it cost me 12 hours at work today. I’m so glad that it’s the weekend tomorrow.

I did design some fun bridesmaid shirts with some popular sayings.

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These two are my favorite at the moment. And here are a couple engagement shirts

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Now I all am designed out but have so much yet to do…

I think I’m gonna knit instead. Craft on friends!