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handmade holiday, or how to handle the holidays on a budget

15 Nov

I won’t lie, this post is inspired by a contest put on by Art Fire. It also inspired me to make a lot of things for this holiday season, which is something I sort of forget to do this time of year. This year is proving to be a tighter budget than years past, so what better way to be able to give without stress! Since I’ve gotten so many compliments on my hat, I’ve decided to make one for a good friend of mine with Vanna’s Choice medium weight yarn in burgundy (about $3.99/skein when it’s not on sale). I hope she loves it as much as I love mine!! Another good friend of mine started culinary school this year and is focusing on baking and cake decorating. She loooooves cupcakes! I found this adorable potholder pattern on Craft that I’ll be making for her. I’m planning to add some flourishes like swirl lines or sprinkles on the frosting once they’re done; I may even make one vanilla!

Still working on that baby blanket too. I realized yesterday that when I picked up additional yarn, I grabbed the wrong color for one of the blues!! Since I was stalled on that, I had a chance to experiment with some new jewelry ideas. I’ve been getting creative with hand bent earring wires, and it’s so much fun! Once I get the proper tools I will be posting a tutorial. I’ve a lot of work to do for this Hartbeat Market on the 4th: making more product, figuring out how to package everything for sale, what to use for shopping bags for purchases, finding things to display stuff on…my oh my! Besides making jewelry to sell, I’ve got a few more loved ones on my list that will be receiving hand made sparklies from me. I’ve got supplies but now I need some inspiration!

Remember: just because you’re giving handmade does not mean you are cheap! Many people (the ones on the receiving end) forget or overlook how much time and effort and love goes into handmade gifts. Be proud of what you make and make sure those getting handmade gifts are the ones who will truly appreciate your work!

Will you be giving handmade this year? If so, what kind of things will you be giving?



8 Nov

Eeek! It’s been a little while since I posted, life (as usual) snuck up on me and I’ve been busy doing things around the house and visiting family. Definitely needed some family time!!

Well I’m making progress on this baby blanket. I put it down for a week or two to let my hand recover from all the extra crafting I had been doing, but I picked it back up this weekend and it’s nearly doubled in size so far! (which, unfortunately isn’t saying much) Now that it seems to be growing at a rapid pace though, I’m much more excited to get it finished. I’ve realized in the last few months with all these projects going on that I have creative ADD. Which is sometimes a good thing, but also prevents me from finishing projects in a timely fashion. I just want to do it all! Anyone else with the same problem?

And speaking of doing it all, I realized this morning that I have a birthday gift to get cracking on! I found this great pattern for a Tardis on that I’m making for a friend of mine who’s a huge Dr. Who fan. If you are in any way into knitting and/or crochet, I highly recommend Ravelry. It’s an amazing resource for yarn craft.

Stay tuned for photos of the blanket and the Tardis!

everybody makes mistakes…

31 Oct

I realized right after I posted about the hat that I was doing something wrong…I looked at the photo in the pattern again, then looked at my hat, then back at the pattern…then back at my hat…and realized I had knit the brim together inside out, eek! I had to rip out everything I had done after the brim and do it all over again, but it was worth it because it looks a million times better now! Lesson learned: pay attention! No more Dexter while I’m knitting, from now on it’s just DJ Tiesto or the Drum and Bass station on Pandora.

But now it’s done!


wearing hat

This pattern was super easy, I can’t wait to make more! It took me a little more than one 100 gram ball of the Bernat yarn, so I’m glad I bought two at the outset. This hat is probably a little bit heavier and quite a bit fuzzier than the original pattern but I couldn’t be happier with it. Thanks Jane!!

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