Thursday, December 16, 2010

tis the season

I'm working on a scarf that I promised to a customer a long time ago. LONG time ago. I didn't like to work on it when I first started because it felt like it wasn't my own creation. Both the yarn and the design were dictated to me when the scarf was ordered. That is why I put the scarf down for so long. I wasn't passionate about it. I will tell you this...this is the LAST custom order I'm going to do for a while. I need to concentrate on getting my etsy stock up without worrying about deadlines for people. It's increadibly stressful. BACK to the scarf. I hated this scarf. It wasn't until last night when I picked it back up again that I began to love it. First, I noticed how soft it was. I still wasn't fond of the colors. Second, I started to appreciate the texture of the stitch. It was both masculine and feminine. The color was growing on my now. Third, I started to admire the pattern. At first glance, it looks like a simple color block scarf...but, there is something odd about it. The color blocks shift in size...each of the three colors taking turns being the largest and smallest. Now I am in love with the colors. The whole scarf seems to flow into itself. Large and small, male and female, yin and yang.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Wow. It's been a few months since I've posted anything. I've been a busy little elf since august. Soon, my line of rock purses will be posted to Etsy. And I have a brand new design for my tee shirt purses.

I've already recieved a few orders for this purse in particular. It's selling so fast that I don't even have time to post it to my etsy! (Not that I'm complaining!) So, if you are interested in one, let me know and I'll make one for you! The cost is $30+shipping, if you live out of town. And YES, they are made from recycled tee shirts! The roses are tee material and powder pink tulle. They ARE lined, with a pocket on the inside. Right now, the purses are about 50% recycled material, but will soon be made from about 80% recycled material. (The purse handles are not recycled, unfortunately, so if anyone knows of a supplier who sells recycled wooden purse handles, let me know!)

So, enough of the shameless shop plug. The acctual purse that is pictured is the very first one of it's design and will be finding a new home with my mother on christmas day! I can't wait to give it to her. I've been hinting to her about her present for about a month now...she knows that it is a purse, and it's made from tees, and she's even seen the roses...but I don't think she has any clue as to what it acctually looks like! I really hope she doesn't read this before she gets it!

Monday, August 02, 2010

new projects

Today is a new year. It's closer to a new year personally than new years day is. It's my birthday. I am exactly 28 years old..I think that birthdays are the days that people should make their new year resolutions....well...this is what I'm going to do anyway...I'm not going to list all of them here...some of them are very personal and I don't want to share with the whole world...or at least the five of you that read this blog...But I will share resolution #2 with you. #2 is that I want to get my etsy off the ground By September 30th. It gives me two months make purses and yarn and anything else I come up with out of recycled materials...

On another note...I started a blanket. My first blanket. I've been knitting and crocheting for close to a decade and this is my first blanket. No...I don't procrastinate...not me! I know, I know, it looks sort of christmas-ie and grandma-ish...but I didn't mean for it to look like that...I didn't go to the store with the intention of making a cheesy afghan that would go well in Mrs. Clause's sitting room...acctually...I'm trying to declutter my house...and I decided to get rid of some yarn. Then my crazy thrifty go-green mind yelled at me and said "It will be a waste to get rid of all that yarn..." So, why not make something useful? Who cares if it looks like Rudolf puked all over it? So! Here it granny square, frosty jiz covered blanket:

unfinished of course...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

toasted almonds

Toasted almonds are so very yummy...but can be expensive if you buy them in the pre-packaged salad topper packages. It's so much cheaper to do it yourself...and a lot tastier!

What you need...a sauce pan or skillet, a bag of cheep sliced almonds (off-brand is fine! I used spartan can find them in the baking isle with all the cake and goodie stuff..), a spatula, and a measuring cup...
step one: measure half a cup of sliced almonds...
step 2: brown on medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown, making sure not to burn...about 10-15 minutes. The almonds have a high oil content which will be released while they cook, so you don't have to add any cooking oil.
step 3: once they are golden brown and crispy, put warm almonds in a heat safe dish to cool.
step 4: once cooled, put on your favorite salad as a topper...OR you can eat them as a snack on their own....


Sunday, March 28, 2010

new purses

I was up till three a.m. sewing last night. I finished two more purses (three total yesterday) and even managed to sell the green day one! My favorite one is the maroon one.

The lining:
Green Day purse. I really like the red buttons.

And a nice punk lining:

Saturday, March 27, 2010

taste the rainbow

I've finished my second bag! I decided not to sell the first one because of a few mistakes I made (plus I REALLY liked the first one and it was my first sewing project, so why would I give it away!!??). Anyway, I wanted to make another one on a tee shirt I didn't like as much so I could practice and not feel bad if it ruined the shirt. Well, turns out I really liked the outcome and it's a super cute bag. Now it's time to post it on etsy!! The colors remind me of skittles.

The lining. Found the perfect plaid to match the purple and blue! :

And, finally, a few action shots! I can't decide which one to use in my etsy...I think my favorite is the first one on the fence. Leave me a message and vote for your favorite one!

Friday, March 26, 2010

good deals

Just bought 50 tees at good will for $20! YAY goodwill!! Now, I have to throw them in the wash (because you never know how they've been cleaned!) and then I can start cutting them up!! :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Etsy and Earth Day 2010

I finished my first purse for my etsy! It's only the second thing I've ever made on my sewing machine!! So, here it is!

Here's a pic in know, you get home, hang your purse on the back of the chair, and pour yourself a captain and diet..

I wanted to take a pic with a size reference, so I stuck my checkbook in the pick. The little tool on the right is a seam ripper.

A huge thanks to Ronnie for generously donating his gently used tees for the greater cause... which is me making money.
So, on a related note...I want to get my stock up BECAUSE, April 22 is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. So, the entire month of April, anything that I have for sale in my shop that is either made from recycled materials or meant to replace an item that would otherwise be thrown out (i.e. coffee cup cozies) will have a portion of the proceeds donated to a environmental group. Now, I haven't decided which group yet, so suggestions are very welcome. I was thinking either the world wildlife foundation, or maybe even my local recycling center.

Monday, March 01, 2010

drinking and two favorite things

I ordered two pint glasses and two shot glasses from for those days that I really get fed up with my knitting mistakes....

So, fellow knitters, come over with your knitting and when we get frustrated (or even if we aren't), we'll have a shot and a pint! Bring on the Irish Car Bombs!!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

food and yarn defects

I'm starting a new workout program called the P90X. It's claim: to transform your body in 90 days. It's supposed to "confuse" your muscles so your body never hits that "plateau" and stops producing results, giving you the best results possible in 90 days. Now, normally I'm not one for infomercials or a big believer in the "claims" they show. I know they pic the best results. But, I actually know someone whose done the program. So, I'm going to try it!
And enough with the plug. Part of the package was a free membership to Team Beach online fitness site with forums, exercise tips, recipes, etc. I got a wonderful recipe off of that site...with a few adjustments of course! Actually...I saw the recipe and thought...I want one...and the only thing my recipe and the one on team beach body have in common are the eggs...

So, here it is...My breakfast burrito...there are onions, yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, chili and paprika, and cheese...YUMMY The shell was a south beach low carb tortilla...don't recommend them...they are VERY crumbly.

So, I've been knitting a beautiful lace tank top out of the Caron Simply Soft in heather grey (I've been drawn to grey's basically the only color I wear...that or some shade like black or white or deep navy blue...some color palate..). Anyway, I don't usually have any problems with this particular happens to be my favorite. It's soft, warm, and beautiful. So, I'm knitting this intricate lace pattern, and I come across this:

really? are you f***ing kidding me??? I had to put it down for a minute and breath because I was so mad. It turned out to be an easy fix...I just gently pulled out the white stuff. But, this was only the first spot like that. There were at least three more (and I haven't finished the skein yet). I hope that it was just this skein and not the whole dye lot that is like this.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

So, last week my friend and I went to Hobby Lobby to pic out yarn for his girlfriend's scarf. Here is what we picked out!

The yarn is super soft and I think the scarf is going to be really warm! While I was there, I was thinking about my sewing machine, and how all I've done is make a few cat, I decided to get fabric for my very first corset! I picked the st. Patricks day fabric because a) it's my first corset and I didn't want to by $15/yard satin fabric only to ruin it! and b) because St. Patricks day is just around the corner....I don't usually celebrate because St. Patrick was a bastard, but, it's been americanized and it's now an excuse to drink! I was going to wear orange just to be different, but this fabric was SUPER CHEAP!! maybe I'll but orange ribbon on it so I can wear both colors....It can symbolize the unification of north and south Ireland! anyway....I'll post pics when each project is done!

I've also got another project on the needles...I'm a test knitter for a pattern called vines, and I told the girl I'd have it done by the end of's a tank top...i better get working!