There's always a yarn project running through my head. Sometimes I need to let it out!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Free pattern Wednesday!

I'm always looking for beautiful patterns that I can use either for my own use or for me to make and sell.  In order to sell the finished product from a pattern that's not mine, I have to make sure that the writer/publisher has given permission.  That's part of the reason that I LOVE the patterns from the Drops Design website.  Not only are these patterns absolutely gorgeous, they can all be used to make and sell a finished product.  You just have to list that the pattern came from there.  I can't wait to make some of these designs.  I'm sure that they will sell well on my website.  The best part, though?  They're all free!!!!

I've been on a scarf kick lately, but because it's so hot here lately, I've been on a LIGHTWEIGHT scarf kick.  :)  I was looking thru their patterns yesterday and found a few that I can't wait to make.

I love this one.  The shape is perfect for an accent scarf and I love the stripes.  There is some great sock yarn out there that this pattern would be perfect for.  The whole thing is knit in stockinette stitch and I normally hate how it curls on the sides, but I like how it looks on this scarf.  It adds a nice touch to the shape.  It is knit from side to side and I think it would end up being a quick knit.

There's also this scarf with a beautiful openweave knit.  I think this would be perfect over a sleeveless shirt or tank.  Again it has the triangle shape.  This one is knit from the top down, so you start with a lot of stitches and decrease on the way down.

I love both of these patterns and I can't wait to get started on them!

I'll post pictures as soon as I have them done!

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Blue Jean Collection and more!

Vacation time...for the rest of my family.  My husband and his family will be on vacation for a week starting tomorrow.  Unfortunately, because I was out of work for 6 weeks with the baby, I don't get to go.  :(  So it's a week without the hubby for me.  Oh well.  My little one makes it worth it.

Meanwhile...I made a new collection!  Titled Blue Jean Baby.  It's all items either made with the color of blue jeans or actual blue jeans!  I love these.  The blue of blue jeans is such a great color to work with.

Take for example this necklace made by WillOaks Studio.  I love the drape and the ribbon adds a beautiful touch.

Then there is this clutch from Nancy's Bags Etc.  I LOVE how they used the buckle from the overall as the closure for the clutch.  So creative!

And this bear made by Crivellobears is absolutely adorable!  I just want to squeeze him!!!

Go check out the collection and leave a comment!

Meanwhile, I'm re-organizing my store and will be updating older listings and adding some fresh new ones!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Busy, busy!

Phew!  I've been busy, busy lately!  You never know how much time a newborn takes until you have one!

I love his cheeks (along with everything else about him)!

And alert and just relaxin'!

I haven't had a whole lot of time for myself, but I have finished a few scarves for an order shipping to Australia.  I've also started a new lightweight fashion scarf in my new favorite bamboo/silk yarn.  Here is a picture of the beginning of the scarf.  It's a drop stitch pattern and along with the great drape of the yarn, the scarf is coming out beautifully.

More pictures when it is finished!  And of course there will be more pictures of the babe.

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, July 8, 2011

It's been a while, but...

I have good reason!  My little boy finally arrived!  William Thomas was born on June 20th at 5:57 pm weighing 8 lbs 13 ozs and 21 inches long.  It's been crazy around here lately as I try to get a handle on being a mom, but it's well worth it!

Here he is in the hospital.  Look at those cheeks!

Here he is sleeping with Dad.  They sleep in the same position.

And here he is starting to wake up.

So cute, if I do say so myself.

Not much knitting has been going on lately.  I am working on a new felted bag with a pretty cool closure.  Pictures to come soon.  It's almost done.

Happy Friday!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

New listing Saturday!

Today was a day for new listings!  I had finished 2 new baby blankets last week and finally got the time to take pictures and upload them to Etsy and Artfire!

This one is a yellow, green and white blanket crocheted from a brushed acrylic yarn.  It is crocheted in a shell pattern.  It is so soft!  The compact size would be great for a carseat or stroller blanket.

This one is a blue, brown and white blanket crocheted in a different shell pattern.  This one is so lightweight and comfortable!  It would be great for outside on a summer day or inside when the baby needs just a little something!

Now...if only my baby would arrive, I'd have someone to model these...  soon!!!!

I also created another collection on Artfire of monkeys.  That's to come!

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tea time, not baby time

Well...according to the doctors, today's my baby's due date.  According to the ultrasounds, I still have another 10 days.  They did schedule to induce me next Wednesday if there's still no baby.  I'm ready!  I wish he was.

On a different note, I made a new collection!  I love tea and all of the things that go with it, so yesterday, I decided to make a collection of teapots!  This collection includes actual teapots along with teapot jewelry.

First is this one.

I love the bubbles.  It's very unique and something that you won't find every day.  I love the classic shape, too.

Then there's this.

I love the peacock!  It's very simple, but very different.

And this necklace I think is just adorable!  I would so wear that.

Check out the rest of the collection on Artfire in Tea time!  A beautiful collection of teapots of all sizes!  Drop a note and let me know what you think!

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A sale and another new idea

It's time for a sale!  For two days only, I'm having a sale of my patterns.  if you use the code PATTERN20, you will receive 20% off of my patterns in my ArtFire storeCheck them out! 

Other than that, I had an idea to make a bracelet to match the necklaces that I made earlier.  It's a cuff style bracelet with button closure.  I love how it came out!  No pictures yet.  They're coming!  Next, I think I'll crochet some beads into it to really add a nice look.

On another note, the baby's room is closer to being completed!  The rug was put in last night.  It's a lighter brown than I thought it would be and I love it!  With the thick carpet and the padding underneath, it's so thick and squishy!!  The furniture is being put together today and then the decorating starts!!  Fun!!

No pictures of the room (or the bracelet), but here's one of my favorite pictures of my dog!!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, June 6, 2011

New ideas...crochet necklaces!

Saturday night I spent developing a few new patterns.  I'm loving these.  There are so many things that I can do with these!  Crochet necklaces.  It sounds strange, but I'm loving how they come out.  I've made a few basic ones so far just to get the pattern.  I'm using bamboo/silk yarn that has a great drape.  I started with acrylic, but it was getting a wonky shape to it.  I tried it again with the bamboo/silk and it came out so much better!

This one is a lariat type necklace.

I figure I can add different shapes to the bottom of the chains and also add decoration around the loop that they go thru.  Also if each chain was a different color, that would add some dimension to it.

This one is a choker.

It looks pretty plain in the picture, but it looks a lot better in person.  For this one, it would have a 2 button closure.  I have to find some pretty buttons to go with it.  Also, I thought that a flower attached to this to be worn to the side would be a great addition.  The flower could also be removable, too, to be worn either way.

This one is a basic necklace.

Each circle is an end.  I was having a hard time trying to figure out how to attach it.  The lovely people at ArtFire helped though.  I think that a hook and eye will work the best.  I like the way that it looks with the 2 circles attached, so I wouldn't want a clasp to show.  I think a hook and eye would be perfect.  I just have to make sure that it's not loose and won't fall off.

I can't wait to make more of these.  I love how they came out.  I have to make a few embellishments for them and start wearing them around to get opinions!

What do you think?  Any ideas on embellishments?

Happy Monday!

Friday, June 3, 2011

A few of my favorites for the baby's room!

The baby's due soon!  In setting up his room, we decided on a jungle animals theme.  We found the bedding set and sheets and everything at Babies R Us, the heaven of everything baby.  But to add some decoration to the room, I started looking at handmade items to see what I could find.

First, I found this...

I love those little animals!  Just adorable and would match the room.  So far so good!

Then I found this...

He's a wall cling!  Oh my gosh.  I love him.  He'd be so cute above the crib!

Then there was this...

Perfect!  Everyone says that I will need a clock in the baby's room.

And finally...

Wow!  The letters are actually painted to match our bedding set!

Seriously, I love these all and even if I'm still decorating the room after he comes, these are all first on the list to purchase!

Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Free pattern and new collection

Today's free pattern is a mind trip!  I love these baby blankets.  I haven't made one yet, but I think it's coming soon.  It's titled "Op Art" because of the Optical Illusion that it creates to the eye.  It's knit in the round, but ends up (pretty much) square after some blocking.  The illusion is created with specifically placed yarn overs and an increase in the size of the color stripes.

Isn't that cool!  I love how it swirls from the center to create the effect.  I love the black one even more than the pink one!

This would be interesting to knit as the pattern is always creating something new.

The pattern can be found here.

Aside from the pattern, the other topic today is that I was listed in a treasury on Etsy!  It's all different items with the chevron pattern.  My pattern is included for my ripple baby blanket.  Go check it out!  It's a really cool collection with all kinds of different items.

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Nesting Has Set In

With a little over 2 weeks until due date, my nesting instinct has set in.  Over the past few days, I have made quite a few things for the baby, cleaned up and made room in the bedroom for the bassinet, and washed baby clothes, blankets, swaddlers, etc.  Now I just need the carpet installed in the baby's room so that we can get everything set up!  The baby clothes are so small and adorable.  I can't wait until he's here to model everything!

So far, I've made...

A receiving blanket made out of stretchy knit cotton.  That's bears playing baseball.

A set of burp cloths made from cloth diapers.  The pattern for these needs to be modified a little as they don't quite lay flat.  They're in the washer right now, so we'll see how they look when they shrink a little.

A set of bibs and burp clothes with a matching diaper holder.  I love these.  I added a layer of bamboo/cotton batting in the middle of these for extra absorbancy.  I also used some muslin to make a pattern of all of these in order to make more.  I especially love the contoured burp cloth.  It stays perfectly on the shoulder!  These are all reversible, too.  Each piece has a different pattern on the opposite side!

And finally, this fabric is in the washer right now, but it will soon become a nursing cover and a matching carseat cover.  I can't wait to make these!  I love this fabric and I think it will come out really well.

Meanwhile, the vest pieces are complete, they just need to be sewn together.  Because it's Memorial Day tomorrow, this gives me more time to create!  Hopefully I'll have pictures of the completed vest tomorrow.

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Projects in motion and a favorite store

Phew!  This weather really doesn't know what it wants to do.  Rain, sun, clouds, humidity...  Plus the awful weather in the mid-west.  With less than 3 weeks left until my baby is due, I'll be staying inside!!!

So I started the vest that I posted the free pattern for the other day.  Oh my gosh is it adorable.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures yet, but when I finish the front, I'll take a few and post them.  I can't wait to see him wear it!!

Meanwhile...below are some picture from one of my favorite stores on Etsy.  I just love her work and as soon as I have a few dollars to rub together, I will definately be buying some of her work.  I go to her store every once in a while just to drool...

There's something about paintings with trees that I just love.  I don't know what it is...  I had put together a treasury a while ago of pictures and paintings with single trees in a landscape.  That's how I found Adriana Oancia's art.  Look at the few selections below and tell me that her art isn't gorgeous.  Go and pay her store a visit.

The colors are just beautiful.  I love them!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Free Pattern Monday!

This is a free pattern that I love.  I CAN'T WAIT to knit this vest for my little one.  I just need to get yarn to make it.  I think this is so adorable.

The patterns on this website are outstanding.  I love so many of them and I'm sure that I'll be showcasing a lot of them in the future!

DROPS sleeveless top in ”Merino Extra Fine” with cable pattern.

Plus it comes with the pattern to make the cute little booties, too!!!

Oh my gosh.  I can't wait.

Meanwhile, I listed a few of my own creations just the other day.  Here are a few...


Ok.  That's enough self promoting.  Sorry about that.

Have a good day!

Happy knitting!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Beautiful day!

Boy is it a beautiful day out today.  The sun is shining, no sign of rain, the temperature is nice... It feels like it's been forever!  Yesterday (Friday) I had a wedding to go to.  Trying to find something nice to wear to a wedding when you are 8 1/2 months pregnant is an accomplishment, let me tell you.  I don't understand why the only nice dresses that the maternity store had were short.  I'm sorry.  When I'm this pregnant, I do not want a short dress.  I not only don't want anyone to see my swollen calves/ankles/feet, but a short dress would only get shorter when my belly fills it out.  Anyway...I did end up finding a nice pants outfit to wear, and a great day was had by all.  The bride was beautiful, the weather (sort of) held out and the food was not bad.

Anywhoooo....I made a collection the other day on ArtFire of all handspun yarn.  Yarn that included this...

Citrus Berries corriedale/merino handspun yarn

and this...

BFL Hand Spun Wool Yarn - Garden party - 78 yards

and this...

TTS Handspun Handdyed Thick and Thin Slub Yarn RedCloudWulfenite 04

I want them all!  I just love handspun yarn.  It always has such character to it.  No matter if it's made by a beginner or a professional like these, it's just the idea that someone made it by hand that adds such life to the yarn.  The final projects that are completed with handspun yarn are always one of a kind!  I do some spinning myself, but I am by no means a master.  Not like the makers of these yarns.  I have such respect, admiration and more than a little jealousy toward masterful spinners.  My hat's off to you!

If you would like to see the whole collection that I put together (trust me, it's beautiful), visit it here.

Happy Sunny Saturday!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

ArtFire is quickly growing on me

So part of the reason that I started a blog is because I also started a store on ArtFire.  I 've been selling on Etsy for a few years now, and I figured that opening another store in another online venue couldn't hurt.  Well, ArtFire is really starting to grow on me.  It is quickly surpassing Etsy as a website that stays open in my browser all day so that I can keep returning to it.  At first, I was confused as to how to navigate thru everything, but once you get the hang of it, it's really pretty user friendly.

So in honor of the contest that ArtFire is having right now, below are 5 of my favorite things so far about ArtFire.

1. The people.  Everyone is so nice!!!  Oh my gosh.  I posted an introduction to myself in the forums, and I received four pages of welcomes and more than a few tips and tricks to use.  Everyone is so friendly and eager to help each other.  It's such a pleasant change from what I had seen on Etsy.

2. The help.  There is a whole page of just tutorials in order to help you get aquainted with the website and how to succeed with your store.  These aren't just little tutorials that give you only half of the information that you need.  They are long and in depth and VERY helpful.

3. With the Pro account, only one monthly fee.  I don't know how the regular account works because I automatically signed up for the Pro account.  For 10 bucks a month, it's totally worth it.  They don't charge you every time you list an item.  They don't charge you every time you sell an item.  They charge one monthly fee.  They're there for the seller, not necisarilly for the money.

4. They work with Etsy.  They don't pretend to think that they are the only website out there that sells handmade items.  They don't penalize you for advertising another site.  They work WITH you in order to make you better.  Wow.  What a concept.  On Artfire, you can import your items that you already have for sale on Etsy.  With just a few tweaks, you have your new item up in both shops within a few minutes instead of it taking forever.  They make it easy!!!

5. Smaller may just be better.  ArtFire doesn't pretend to be this huge handmade marketplace online.  They know that they are smaller and that seems just fine with them.  Etsy is getting bigger every day, but there is a way to become too big, and they seem to be pushing the envelope on that one.  In order to get noticed on Etsy, you need to relist, like, every 5 minutes.  If you sell items that quite a few other people sell (like I do), this is really the only way to get noticed.  Of course, every time that you re-list, you pay Etsy another $.20 per listing.  Hmm...Etsy is getting richer while my listing is already on the second page within a minute.  This goes back to my number 3 with ArtFire's one low price.  With ArtFire, the search lists are generated randomly, to an extent.  It also has to do with how involved you are with your store.  The more involved you are, the higher up the list you go.  This is good for both sellers and buyers.  For the seller, you know that you will be recognized more for your commitment.  For the buyer, you know that if you like something that is listed on the first few pages, you are buying from a seller that is committed to their craft. 

In just the few days that I've been on ArtFire, it's obviously had a great impact on me.  I think that this will just get better, too.  I would recommend to anyone that wants to sell their handmade items to the online audience, ArtFire first, Etsy second.

If you REALLY want to sign up for it, use my referral link.  If you sign up for the Pro account (which I recommend.  Totally worth it), you will get your third month free!!!

Here is my referral link.  Use it, abuse it!

Well, that's my long post for the day.  Fun stuff to come soon!!

Just to reward you for getting to the end of this post, here is a picture of my cat when she was 6 weeks old!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Brand New Day

Wow!  Setting up a new blog can be exhausting!

Welcome!  I'll be talking a little bit about everything here.  A little about me, a little about you, a little about the news, and a lot about crafting.  Why is that?  Because I love to craft!  I love to knit, crochet, sew, scrapbook, you name it.  And here, I'm going to share it with you!

I also want to start sharing with you my favorite patterns.  These will almost all be free and able to be found on the internet.  I love free patterns!!

I'll also share some of my favorite handmade items that can be found for sale on the internet.  It's amazing what you will find out there!

Finally, I'll throw in shameless plugs about what I am making and what's for sale in my stores!

And just to end this, here's a picture of my dog dressed up for Halloween.

Have a happy day!