Oh my giddy aunt

And once again I’ve fallen of the radar again >.> it’s a lot harder to update a blog than one would think especially a crafty one while your away from home base…… 😦 So far I’ve got a few new things done to blog about and hopefully as soon as my back decides to quit spasm-ing I will got on with trying to set myself up with a set schedule like blog once a week dammit…… we shall see how this works. Till then peeps sorry about the on again off again relationship that I seem to have with this blog….sigh.

Webpage layout shuffle and Bunnies!

For those of you who actually read this blog consistently you will have noticed that I change the layout every couple of weeks…. I apologize for this.  I am still trying to find a layout that I Love. While surfing around on DA I fell across this cute little picture and just loved the yarn effect on this bunny! Along with the stitched mountain in the background it’s really fired up my brain and given me a better focus for how I would like the header and layout to look. By no means will it look like this but I will consider this picture my crafting muse!

Picture by Lilibz of Deviantart.

This picture is done by the very talented Ms. Lilibz of Deviantart. Her website is full of very cute drawings and amazing colors. She very graciously gave me permission to post this picture so please go give her website some love.

I just love the feel of this cute picture I’m not a huge fan of pink but this gives the artist friends an idea of what I’m sort of looking for. I’m trying to incorporate so many different crafts into the header that it was nice to just browse around Deviantart and find something so simple and cute. Hopefully in a month or two I will have a layout I love roll out and this constant every couple of weeks changing the background stuff will stop. 🙂

Speaking of bunnies

Since I am making this post about a cute bunny picture this is a perfect time to introduce “The Queen”.  So my little cousin just turned the whopping 3 years old and for her birthday I made a cute little bunny this pattern was created by the talented Ms. Stephanie Jessica Lau. It was a super quick super easy pattern to follow, along with a great walk through chart for embroidering the nose on the bunny. I would highly recommend this for someone who is an advanced beginner and has some patience for the hand stitching. The bunny took me about 3 hrs. to make so maybe 5-6 hrs for a beginner. And if your curious the bunny was a hit with the birthday queen. 😉 I’m even contemplating making one in purple for me.

On another note the walk through video of diamond ridges is at the chopping up and assembling stage I bought a better webcam and recorded in one sitting and am now editing it. For those who are really patiently waiting I thank you.

My poor poor baby :(

Oh my poor little bloggypoo.  I’m sorry you have been so ignored lately I promise it won’t happen ever again……or maybe in a couple of weeks I can keep that promise.  For those of you patiently waiting for a video walkthrough I apologize for this really long wait.   If it’s been one thing it’s another right now.  I’m in the midst of traveling and won’t be settled down till next week, but I won’t have access to my laptop till mid February along with the awesome luck I have we had to reformat my laptop and my external backup driver deleted everything I had on my laptop so can you say goodbye video I had in the works along with all of my photo’s.  The worst part was the 400+ crochet patterns I lost I think that made me wince more.  As soon as stuff calms down I will be back to regularly posting and video making till then I really am sorry.

Welp I have a memory like a goldfish yup I do.

So after a very busy December doing all homemade gifts along with a couple of craft shows everything went off without a hitch! 😀 The only downside is I forgot my camera at my mom’s house that has ALL of the photo’s….fudge. So in two weeks when I go to my mom’s I must remember to grab my camera that has the photo’s for everything I made! Until then enjoy this.

Over the rainbow

So this is another pattern test for a lady on ravelry the pattern is Baby Jumper by Sonja Otto Designs. The cute little jumper is made out of Caron yarn and is a really nice simple shell pattern with a cute top added onto it. It’s worked top down for the dress part and then you attach the bib and straps. Very easy to follow instructions and really fun way to use up scrap pieces of yarn you have laying around. This designer wanted two dresses done which I am working on the second one right now. I can’t wait to post the second one as it is a great themed piece I thought up! I would rank this for an adventurous beginner. Unfortunately the designer does not have it in her shop to purchase the pattern due to some issues that she has a few ladies along with myself testing. As soon as it re-appears in her shop I will do a yippie post! Till then I’ll try to get my next post to be the video tutorial…..if windows movie maker wants to work with me here.   >.> ugh.

Busy busy bee is me

So the lack of post’s or photo’s is not from lack of crafting. It would be from the large quantity of home made gifts hence I can’t post them up on the blog till after christmas. Bummer I know but I’d rather surprise someone on christmas than ruin it by posting early on the blog and have them see it to soon. I am in the middle of crocheting a test pattern and as soon as I finish it I will post it up with links and photo’s. Till then I’m going to try to give myself enough time to make a video tutorial on that awful diamond ridges hat. >.> ugh.

Otherwise hope everyone’s holiday is fantastic.

Christmas time panic……otherwise known as time crunch!

Well tonight I decided to get the BF’s presents rounded up and into a box and then realized that the only christmas paper I had was this really pastely purple girly christmas wrapping paper.  So I spent a few min. scrounging around in my scrapbooking drawers to make him a manly card. It came out ok for the most part not the best with what little time I put into it but it will serve its purpose. 🙂  Now all I have to do is mail of a ten lb. box of presents tomorrow and cross my fingers and hope it gets to him in time for christmas, we shall see.

Manly card!

Tomorrow will be a day of hopefully running into the post office tossing package into mail and getting out of the post office in under five min. I’m not holding my breath though. Once I get home I will start excavating the room and organizing it so I can get to my craft supplies as I need to finish up a pattern test. I get to test crochet 2 lovely baby jumpers that are so cute! I might even get motivated enough to finish my mom’s and my sister’s christmas presents as they are the two closest to being finished.  *GASP motivated!*

So far though my to do list present wise is getting nicely taken care of. I have my BF’s done, mom’s almost done, sister’s b-day present done, sister’s christmas present almost done, best friends almost done just need to stitch it up, only thing left to start from scratch is the christmas cards….Pinch me I’m way to close to being finished with way to much extra leeway time to be real! The only other thing coming up is a craft show next week that I have to prepare for. Which reminds me I need to get the printer hooked up and working so I can print out my care instruction tags so I don’t need to cramp my poor best friends hand with hand written instructions. Ah true friendship is knowing you have a lackey willing to write over 30 + care instruction cards. I owe her big time.

Till later have fun with the holidays everyone just remember to breath!

A pretty shawl and an observation of I think I’m a bit masochistic…….

Ok maybe I don’t think but know I am. XD So after completing a beautiful shawlette test pattern and wrapping up a few odd ball Wips I’ve had laying around because of said shawlette I’ve decided instead of starting christmas presents I’m going to take on more “other” projects…..I’m insane I know.  I realized that I have about oooohhhh three weeks to start and finish all of my christmas gifts which amount to 6 crochet objects, about 20 homemade cards, homemade chapsticks, painted mugs, with some homemade cooking. Now I know a lot of you are going good GOSH!!! woman what are you thinking being online and doing your blog instead of getting to those gifts! To be honest it doesn’t stop there. 😀 I have signed up for another pattern test, signed up for a amigurumi swap, and I volunteered to help my mom with some projects. Oh yeah glutton for punishment am I!

 

So this is the shawlette test that I finished for DesiLoop and oh my it is heavenly! It is about 4 1/2ft long at the top, the bottom is about 10 1/2ft from tip to tip, and it’s about 2ft deep. This shawl works up beautifully quick and is really pretty with minimal pattern headaches.  The pattern is a combination of written and charted. It is written for the first few steps of each chart so that you can get an idea of how it will flow. Once you get the gist of the chart the written ends and you just follow the chart. I love love love how clean this designers chart was! There was no squinting trying to figure out what any of the stitches where along with a nice key. I would recommend her pattern to anyone who has a love of shawlette’s or doilies! This pattern can be done easily by an adventurous beginner who isn’t afraid of charts.