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

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!