May Craftiness

So this is the first month that I’ve actually felt like being creative.  These are the things that I have completed in May. 

Elsa/Super Hero Cape–  Lately J has been wearing blankets and towels as capes.  She pretends to be Elsa and Anna from the movie Frozen.  It is so stinking adorable.  I thought it would be fun to make her an actual cape.  I found this pattern on Pinterest.  We then went to Jo-Ann’s and picked out fabric.  I thought that it would be nice to do one side of the cape in pink, instead of all blue.  J was adorable walking around the store holding her chosen fabric and telling people that it was for her cape.  Got her to bed that night and decided to pull out the old sewing machine.  It has been almost a year I think since I have sewn anything! 

Elsa/Super Hero Cape

Elsa/Super Hero Cape

Got it all together and showed it to her in the morning.  She threw a fit!  The cape was supposed to be ALL blue like Elsa’s.  I mistakenly thought that one side could be a super hero side and the other would be the “Elsa” side.  WRONG!  J balled the cape up and threw it back in the sewing room and was angry with me for not making it right.  I was crushed, as only a child can crush a parent.  I texted my mom later in the day and apologized for any time I was ecstatic about her making something for me. 

The "horrible" pink side

The “horrible” pink side

It took all weekend for her to start warming up to it and that was only because people were asking about it and making a big deal about it.  J has worn it a couple times at her own request but not like I  thought she would. 

Lesson learned = I need to listen to my daughter.  She is her own person and has her own opinions.  I feel guilty that I didn’t take her opinion seriously and make it the way she thought it should be made.  I inserted my own judgment in to what was supposed to be a gift for her.  Hopefully she will forgive me and the cape will be used in the future but for now it serves me as a reminder that J is her own person.   

J’s Big Girl Quilt–  This is technically not completed but I did finish piecing the top.  I picked this fabric out last summer when we were moving in to the house.  I thought it would be nice for J to have her own quilt for her big girl room.  I started working on it last summer before we moved in to the house and then I just stopped.  I don’t know if I got busy or life started happening or it was horrible morning sickness that came with this pregnancy but craftiness just stopped for about 6 months. 

Last week, while I was off, I told J one day while I was trying to get her to lay down for her nap “If you go to sleep I’ll be able to work on your quilt.”  That’s all it took.  She slept for 2 hours in her room in her big girl bed!  She woke up in an awesome mood and was excited to see how her quilt was coming along.  J was very impressed with the half that I had completed. 

First Quarter of J's Quilt

First Quarter of J’s Quilt

Over the next couple of days I was able to use the same line with J and get some work done.  I finished piecing the top on Friday night. 

J's Big Girl Quilt

J’s Big Girl Quilt

I am sooo glad that J likes this quilt.  After the cape fiasco I was a little worried that she wouldn’t like it.  I am going to hopefully complete the front border and the back of the quilt over the next two days while I’m off.   I am planning on contacting someone about quilting it for me.  I found a service in Bloomsburg and another one in Bellefonte.  I just have to make a phone calls… which seems like the last thing on my list.  LOL! 

I’ve enjoyed making this quilt so much I have decided to make one for the baby.  I have already picked out colors in my head.  I have no idea how long it will actually take me to complete but the wheels are turning. 

Festive Summer Wreath–  I am by no means especially crafty.  I love looking at all the exciting wreaths on Pinterest.  There are whole boards dedicated to the making of wreaths for doors and homes.  I bought a grape vine wreath with the best of intentions of changing the theme frequently.  Again, insert horrible morning sickness and a general disinterest in craftiness over the last 6 months and the poor thing has only been changed twice.  Initially it had a burlap bow and flowers on it for the fall after we moved in.  Then I was able to get some small twinkle lights and a blue frosty ribbon for over the winter. 

Finally, I changed the thing on Thursday.  While at Walmart with Mom I saw wired burlap ribbon that had blue and red chevrons on it.  Initially I thought I would just wrap the whole thing in it, but there wasn’t enough ribbon to do that.  I had never made a large bow before and figured I would give it a shot.  I think it turned out pretty well considering! 

Festive Summer Wreath

Festive Summer Wreath

These are the projects that I have completed.  What sort of craftiness have you been up to this month? 

 

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Crochet Projects- January 2014

I feel like I wasn’t as productive this month as I was in December.  Perhaps it was the unbearable sickness that I have been dealing with for the past two weeks.  You can read about that here

This month I completed…

Camo Hat for Nick

Nick's Hat

Nick’s Hat

While I was in Kentucky crocheting my heart out my brother in-law, Nick, decided that he needed a hat like Cameron’s.  I started working on this and couldn’t get in to it.  So I started working on Emily’s ear-warmer.  Once I got back in the swing of things I was able to finish this one quickly. 

Camo ear-warmer for Emily

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I had the idea for this one when I was working on Nick’s hat.  It just seemed like a good idea.  I can’t tell you how many times I took it out though.  It was getting all wonky.  Yes.  That is a technical term.  LOL!  I like the final product and I hope Emily does too!

Baby hat for Carson

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I had a little camo yarn leftover and I just couldn’t resist.  I know it isn’t a traditional baby hat, but I’m not gonna lie I hope that they get a family picture in them! 

Ear-warmer for Amy

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During all the drama with the pipes (you can read about that here) Amy sent me this pin on Pinterest.  No message just the pin.  I took the hint and asked her is she was dropping a hint.  She just shrugged.  LOL!  No shame!  I whipped this bad boy up in an afternoon.  I don’t even think it took me an hour.  I had Amy pick out the buttons and the next day I was at work I finished it off.  I love it! 

Hat with HUGE flower for Jeana

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When I was making J’s green hat Jeana kept talking about how much she wanted one.  I kept her at bay for a while but finally broke down and just made her one.  It wouldn’t be complete without a GIANT flower.  Jeana loves it.  I think it’s a little over the top, but who am I to say. 

Ear-warmer for Lori

While I was crocheting away at work, Lori was admiring my handy work.  She was too shy to ask me to make something for her, so Jeana did.  LOL!  That girl cracks me up.  I made this ear-warmer during one night shift.  I am still waiting for Lori to bring me buttons so I can finish it… but I am considering it done until further notice. 

Skull hat for Russell

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So I found a pattern on the internet and figured I’d try it out.  I am not in love with this hat but it was made with love and I guess that’s all that matters.  It is HUGE!  I may have to rework this one to make it actually work to my taste.  I hope Russ can wear it at least once during the Polar Vortex.  LOL!

Hunger Games Cowl for me

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I found this pattern on Ravelry and decided that I needed to have it.  I picked the yarn out last month with the huge haul from Jo-Ann’s.  I started working on it just before I got sick while I was at training.  I apparently have such a large stitch that I had to take it out and cut the pattern basically in half!  Work stopped on it while I was sick.  You know you are sick when you don’t even feel like crocheting…

Cranberry Fingerless Glove

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This was my first attempt at the crocodile stitch.  I love it.  I found this pin on Pinterest and wanted to make them for J.  I then went on Ravelry and found a pattern that I could use to try out the crocodile stitch.  While I was making it all I could think was I should take these out so I can make a pair for Gigi (my Grandmother, whose birthday is at the end of February).  I kept going thinking I would make a cranberry pair for someone else. 

Teal Fingerless Glove

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This is the same pattern as above.  I knocked this bad boy out in about 2 days.  I love it.  But now that I have made two of the same gloves I don’t feel like making the matching pair.  I should have made the first glove in the teal to start with.  Lesson learned.  I wonder if I could get away with giving Gigi a miss matched pair….?

Striped hat for baby Carson

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Just when I thought I was finished for the month I banged out a little hat for baby Carson.  Emily had asked me to make a blue and white stripped hat with a pompom for him.  I had put it off for a while but finally just needed to complete something quick one night.  I used this pattern from Repeat Crafter Me changing the colors from red and white to blue and white.  I found a video on YouTube to show me how to make a pompom.  I can’t find the video now, of course… But if you google it I’m sure you’d be able to find something.    

Once I told Emily that I had completed the blue and white hat she asked if I could make a grey hat for Carson.  Apparently a lot of his outfits are grey as well.  LOL!  I have started it… I’m not sure I’ll finish it tonight, but I’m gonna give it a go while I’m watching Season 1 of Downton Abbey

I am quickly falling in love with this show.  Anyone else following it?  I hear they have season 4 on TV right now.  I can’t wait to get caught up.  I love binge watching TV series!  It’s awesome not having to watch commercials and wait for a week for the next episode. 

So what projects have you completed this month?  What TV shows are you watching?  Happy Crafting!

Crochet Projects- December 2013

In December Mom taught me how to crochet.  I found this project on Pinterest and immediately knew I wanted one and I didn’t want to wait around begging mom to make it for me.  I knew enough about crocheting that I could tell it would be relatively simple and I could probably figure it out.  I showed it to mom and she said I was right on.  The next day after a trip to Walmart mom and I sat down for a lesson.  It wasn’t like the last time she tried to show me, I actually wanted to learn this time.  And to my surprise it was EASY!  I was off to the races!

This month I have completed these projects:

Single Strand Mustard Yellow Infinity Scarf for J- This was the first thing I made.  I was going to use it for myself but it ended up being to small for me so I finished it off and gave it to J.  She looks so trendy when she wears it and it is just the right size for her.  I’m so glad that the yarn didn’t go to waste.

Single Strand Infinity Scarf

Single Strand Infinity Scarf

3 Braided Infinity Scarves for the girls at work- burgundy for Heather, teal for Amy and sage green for Jeana.  After seeing what I was working on mine they all chimed in for Christmas present requests.  I got to pick the colors and each of them has loved theirs.  I didn’t get pictures of them before I gave them, because frankly I didn’t think about it.  LOL!

Green and White Hat with White Flower for J- I had finished Jeana’s scarf at work and was itching to start something else.  Mom had shown me how to make a Magic Circle (because I had already started a hat for Matt) so I just went to town.  I used the sizing guide from Repeat Crafter Me to guess how big it needed to be to fit J’s head and just winged it.  I love it and after Jeana saw it at work she had put in a request for one of her own.  I think that J looks like a little flapper when she wears it.  Too cute!

Green and White Hat

Green and White Hat

Kentucky Blue and White Hat for Matt-  When I was working on the girls scarves Matt asked me when I was going to make him something.  There was a hint of jealousy in his voice.  I honestly had never considered it.  I figured he wouldn’t want anything because it was home-made.  I was a little shocked and very honored that he would be willing to make something I made.  I found this hat on Pinterest (see why I love that site?!) and told him I would make him a surprise.  While we were at Walmart I picked up the blue yarn because I already had white at home.  I confirmed that it was actually Kentucky Blue as opposed to Duke Blue or Navy Blue (these things matter apparently when you are from Kentucky) with Matt and then set to work.  I took this one out three or four times before I was happy with it but I finished it up while we were in Kentucky for Christmas and Matt was thrilled with it.  I love seeing him wear it.  It makes me very proud.

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Go Big Blue!

Mustard Yellow Ear Warmer With Flower for Lisa- I was down in Kentucky and Lisa saw me crocheting away she put in a request for an ear warmer.  I had never made one before but figured I could figure it out.  I found this pattern on Pinterest and set off to figure it out.  I couldn’t get a hold of mom to translate it for me so I went with stitches that I knew would work (half doubles).  Lisa and I went back and forth several times about how wide it should be and we finally settled on 12 across.  I need to start having people take selfies with the projects that I make for them.

Lisa's Ear Warmer

Lisa’s Ear Warmer

Camo Green and Orange Hat for Cameron- While I was on a hat kick I thought it would be so cute to make Cam a little camo hat with blaze orange.  Cam has just started hunting with his dad, Nick, and is so proud whenever he wears Camo.  It is just too cute.  Cam was not at all interested in me sizing the hat on his head but is apparently thrilled now that it is completed.  Hopefully he can use it with his Dad the next time they go hunting.  Once Nick saw Cam’s hat he immediately put in a request for a larger version for himself.  Hopefully I have enough camo yarn left over for his hat.

Happy Camper!

Happy Camper!

Mustard Yellow 4 Strand Infinity Scarf for ME-  This was the second project I worked on.  I didn’t realize the importance of counting when it comes to crochet and eyeballed it the first time.  One strand was literally 6 feet long.  What was I thinking?!  Well when mom and I were sitting down trying to figure out how we could save it without taking it all out we did a four strand braid.  It looked amazing.  So I took it all apart and waited until I had time to start working on it which turned out to be during the tail end of our Kentucky trip.  I finished it sitting in the hotel room in Huntington, WV.

Sarah's 4 Strand Infinity Scarf

Sarah’s 4 Strand Infinity Scarf

Not that I have any real idea about what I am doing, but would y’all be interested in tutorials/patterns for any of these?  Let me know.  I’d be at least willing to give it a try.  What crafty things have you been in to lately?  Make anything for the holidays?  Have a great one!

Five For Friday- First Friday of The Year

This week I am loving:

1.  Enterprise Rentals- we got a rental car in Huntington, WV last weekend and the service was amazing.  You can read about our adventures here.  Then when we got home and had to pick up our second rental on Monday, again, the service was amazing.  Today when I called to let them know that the small crack in the windshield had grown with the bad weather, they said that they were going to be bringing a new car to the office today!  How amazing is that?!  Two thumbs up for them!

2.  Lotion Bars-  Mom and I made these before the holiday.  I gave some as gifts and we kept some to use.  They small amazing!  Like Earl Grey tea, which happens to be one of my favorites.  They are so moisturizing that when I go to put my jammies on at night my legs are STILL soft!  Would y’all be interested in a How-to on those?

3.  Repeat Crafter Me– I found this blog when I was on Pinterest.  I was looking a crochet patters and fell in love with these granny squares.  I have refered back to this blog several times for her hat sizing recommendations.  They always seem to be spot on.  I am excited about trying out some of her crock pot creations too.  Kudos from one crochet/crock pot loving crafter to another! 

4.  Crochet- I have made 4 scarves, 3 hates and 2 headbands since I started a couple of weeks ago.  I have big plans for all the things I want to make.  Here’s hoping I don’t get sick of it before then.  Would y’all want a post about the things I’ve completed? 

5.  Pinterest- Nothing gets my crafting mind going like it.  Just last night I was snooping through a friends boards and I found a pair of earrings that she wanted for her wedding that I could totally make.  I let her know and it looks like I’m going to be making them.  Pinterest can be a time killer for me too though.  I get stuck looking at all the cool stuff on there.  This morning I found an idea for a sign that I want to make for J’s room and since I am at work and don’t have access (boo) I had to print the picture out, which will probably get lost (double boo). 

So there you have it.  All the things that I am digging this week.  What are y’all in to?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Have a great weekend!

Gratitude on Thursday- New Years Style

So this is the first Gratitude on Thursday of the New Year.  I am excited for 2014.  It has to be better then the way that 2013 ended.

This week I am grateful for:

1.  The people of Huntington, WV.  They bent over backwards to help us when we were stranded down there.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  You will never know how much your kindness helped us deal with all the drama we encountered.  I hope that I will be able to repay all the kindness by paying it forward and helping someone else in trouble one day.

2.  I am grateful for my friends and family.  Again, they have helped so much with all the end of year drama.  Even if they were just a shoulder to cry on.  Just knowing that we aren’t alone is an amazing feeling.  Thank you.

3.  Crafts.  I am so grateful that I am crafty.  I know that I have blogged about this before but being able to create beautiful things even when our lives are crazy has been sanity for me.  It has helped me to get out of my head and just focus on what is in front of me.  When you are crafting or being creative you have to be present.  You can’t be distracted because mistakes are made.  I also love the feeling of being in the Zone when I am being creative.  Any artist or athlete, etc will know what I am talking about.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

I figured I would post a “recipe” if you will for how I make my Lemon Sugar Scrub.  I love this stuff.  I keep a jar of it in the shower all the time.  The lemon helps to dissolve black heads and dead skin cells.  The sugar is fine enough to help buff off the dead skin cells on the top layer of skin.  It acts a little bit like a microdermabrasion.  The olive oil is SUPER moisturizing.  This stuff has been amazing at keeping the little white bumps (Keratosis Pilaris) I get on the back of my arms away.  I have started using it on my legs to help keep them moisturized during the cold winter months.  I can’t say enough good things about this scrub and to boot it is all-natural.  I can pronounce every ingredient in this scrub (sugar, lemon juice, olive oil)!

On to the recipe…

Ingredients:

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Ingredients

1.5 C sugar

3 tbsp. Lemon Juice

2 tbsp. Olive Oil

  1. In a water proof container place all of the above ingredients

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    SugarImage

  2. Mix.

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    Mix

I like my scrub to about the consistency of wet sand.  Add more Olive Oil if you need more moisture.  Use more Lemon Juice if you’d like more black head removal.  Adjust the ingredients to fit your needs.

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Scrub texture

To use:  take a little bit of the scrub and rub all over your skin. **I do this in the shower.  I like the fact that I don’t have to worry about getting scrub all over everything and then trying to rinse it off. **  I also recommend shaving before you use this scrub.  The dead skin cells will clog up your razor if you try and shave afterwards.**

I don’t keep my scrub in a pretty jar but I think this would make an excellent Christmas, holiday or birthday present.  I think an airtight jar and some pretty ribbon would go a long way.

Hope y’all enjoy!  Please tell me if you make my scrub.  Tell me what y’all think about the scrub.