Thursday, June 5, 2008
But on a happy, happy, joy, joy note I'm off to market with my boss! Sooooo excited!!! The National NeedleArts Association hosts 3 trade shows a year. We are going to the Summer show in Columbus, Ohio. We get to take some classes and hopefully get some crazy inspiration for new patterns. We're taking a seminar by Sally Melville, it's going to be amazing! But most importantly we get to look at all the new yarns for the upcoming season! OMG I think I might have a heart attack. I can't wait to see the "Great Wall of Yarn". It's where every yarn distributor puts up samples of their yarns for display before you actually go onto the floor.
We fly out tomorrow. I just hope my broken foot will cooperate with all that walking. Who cares, it's only one weekend of pain. I can rest when we get back.
I am also now selling patterns on Etsy. The response has been amazing. I just want to thank anyone who's purchased a pattern. I love being able to see what other people do with my ideas to make them more personal. I just can't think of anything else I'd rather do. I have a great job. Wait, is it really a job????
See you all after Market, I'll post as soon as I can.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
My family and I moved in to this... how should we put this nicely? Death Trap! A free Death Trap but one none the less. Don't get me wrong I love where we are, except the house. We are caretakers a Trap Club (shameless plug inserted here ~ check out our website), anyways we take care of the property and club house in return for housing. Well the trailer is only 1 year younger then me. I won't state, but if you look hard enough you'll find the age. It's not been loved very well over the years and has it's little "quirks". So anyways, we have this huge addition and I claimed it as my own. (My husband has a small converted room that I call the Man Closet. It's tiny! We can barely both be in there at the same time) Hey as the wife and mom I think I deserve the space. I asked him to build me a work station when we first moved in. I have a lot of hobbies and they take space. I waited and waited and waited. Well I finally got it. 160 inches of glorious space. That I have already out grown.
How is it possible that I even had this much junk? Where the hell did I shove it all? If I wasn't totally embarrassed by the mess I'd take pictures to share but thinking about it gives me panic attacks!
I have it sectioned off into 3 zones; computer, sewing and scrapbooking. I found these great stainless steel bins at Target like 3 years ago and always wanted to use them for my scrapbooking stuff. They are 2 different sizes, box and drawer is the easiest way to describe them. I stacked and layered and spaced them on the wall and labelled them for ease of use. I have 4 small bookcases underneath the work surface but again all are full already. I put a shelf over the window to put bins of yarn because I had grossly neglected the fact that I needed to be able to store that somewhere.
I've been working on this space for 3 days now and I feel like I haven't made a damn bit of difference. I think I'm getting to the bottom of the pile and I turn around and there's more there. It's like Tribbles! You don't know how they breed but the next thing you know they're EVERYWHERE! Now I'm sitting here trying to blog and rambling like a stupid idiot from lack of sleep and WAY to much coffee.
Screw it I'm going to bed to read ~ ummm shower first I think. I might not be married if I crawl into bed with this funk. Good night cyber space... I shall be back later once I dig myself out of my craft junk hell!!!
Oh and to top it all off.... after my husband built the workspace he won't help with anything else. His duty is fulfilled I guess. Lucky me!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
On another note I have totally and completely broken my New Years resolution. Still better then the few days I thought it was before as it's now like 20 or more. I have still broken it beyond repair or the small white lies to myself to the contrary.
On the plus side I have knit myself a FAB pair of fingerless gloves that the pattern is almost completed on. If there is anyone in my little knitting circle that would like to test said pattern please let me know and I would be happy to send the pattern along. Of course all I ask is corrections and a picture to satisfy my needs.
I love fingerless gloves. I think they are a great way to accessorize, add some color and they are a quick project to finish. I used a mock cable stitch every 6th row with a little bit of shaping for the wrist. These are a very fast project to whip up. Pick your favorite worsted weight yarn and add your own little spin to them.
OK time to clean. The one major thing I need to get done this week is to get my work station built and my craft room organized. Hey maybe if I'm a little more organized I can actually get some patterns finished, my UFO basket down and some blogging done.... hummm that sounds like a great plan.
Oh and P.S. I also started a sweater for my dog Sasha. I guess resolutions are made to be broken.... Can't you see the look in her eyes? She's saying, "Awww Mom come on it's cold and snowy outside and I need to rock a new pink sweater. Oh and could you throw a skull and cross bones in there too while your at it?" What's a mom to say? I mean really. Sure hunny coming right up. *smirk*
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Okay I have to honestly say I'm pretty damn proud of myself. For a pattern that I modified by the seat of my pants it came together quite well. I'm still a little iffy about seaming together a half double crochet but I think it looks okay. It's just hard to make a nice seam when you have that difference of texture. I'll have to ask my boss if she knows a handy little trick for that.
The embellishments were another fly by the seat as I didn't have any books with me on leaves and I didn't want to have to get up and search the internet so..... I did a Denyel and just fiddled and voila! I sewed on one of the amazing flower buttons that we had at the Shoppe and I think it turned out pretty damn cute. **small pat on the back**
Actually my husband thought it was pretty cute as well, and he thought HE was being pretty cute and decided to .... well you look at the pictures and you'll see what I mean. Sometimes he's such a dork. But it's okay because he doesn't know I've posted these pictures of him on the world wide web and it's not like he'll ever read this silly thing. So in that spirit. Ladies and Gentlemen.... My husband! **insert drum roll here**