Monday, June 27, 2011

Another Netflix Envelope

I must have caught the drawing bug!
I did this today, mostly in the car, as we were driving around town to run into different stores and look at barbecue grills:


This masterpiece is also inspired by this post at Doodlers Anonymous.



Friday, June 24, 2011

Netflix Envelope Doodle!

Inspired by this post at Doodlers Anonymous, I decided to make my very own Netflix Envelope doodle!

Warp Speed

Yes, that's the Starship Enterprise. It's a little blurry at this size, but the original even has the number on it: NCC-1701.

I hope this gives some postal worker a well-deserved smile!

Until next time, folks...WARP SPEED AHEAD!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Black Cotton Small Drawstring Bag

Since I seem to have found a good pattern that I like, I have decided to try and crochet the pattern in different yarn materials, to see the effects. I've been quite impressed with cotton in the past, so I decided to see how this pattern would look in cotton:

Black Drawstring Bag

The cotton bag is softer to the touch than the acrylic bag - I would expect it to fade much more quickly, and there is the added drawback of the material decaying (if kept moist for too long) or badly fraying after rough handling. regardless, it is a relatively durable, stylish little bag made out of premium natural material.
Since this yarn costs more, and comes in smaller skeins to boot, I'll have to add $2.00 to the finished price of one of these, compared to the acrylic ones. Cotton yarn isn't cheap.

Thanks all, for your interest in my future store!


Friday, May 20, 2011

Camo Print Small Drawstring Bag

This is another installment in the "Small Drawstring Bag" series. This pattern is one of my own design, and it's performing quite well. These drawstring bags are small enough to hang around one's neck - and are quite convenient for carrying rosaries, prayer beads, malas - and more.


This bag is made out of acrylic yarn, in a camouflage print, with a length of black 550 cord used for a drawstring.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Small Purse Bag

This little "purse bag" was something that came to me when I was brainstorming for more imaginative items for my upcoming store:


As expected, the more jewelry findings, clasps, fringe and decorative beads I have to use, the more it will cost. But these little bags will probably sell around $6-$10...that won't even *bend* a budget, much less break it.

In the future, once I have the patterns perfected, I'll start to offer bags made using tapestry crochet.
I've also thought about making some more of those terrific, horrific, eyeball key chains, and offering those for sale as well. In case you've forgotten what they look like:

The eyeballs will probably go for about $10 each, because they're *really* time-consuming. All of those little veins on the surface of the eyeball have to be hand-embroidered!

I have been thinking about stopping the practice of importing these posts as notes on Facebook - because all the comments and/or discussion usually end up on Facebook - not here on blogger, where the most value could be gleaned from it. You don't even need to sign up with blogger to leave a comment.

Thanks, you guys, for reading - please feel free to comment on what you'd like to see in the store!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bright Red Small Drawstring Bag

As I may have mentioned before, I'm thinking of starting a small crochet/art business on etsy this fall. I've been working on experimenting with different techniques to create small drawstring bags that are affordable, relatively simple in design, and can be altered easily for finishing touches, such as decorative beads and clasps. The patterns that I create also have to translate well to different types of yarn.

Here is my first bag:



It's made out of bright red worsted weight yarn using an H hook. It's big enough to fit the palm of my hand – the perfect place for a key, change, lipstick, or a special keepsake. Let your imagination run wild!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

What I’ve been doing lately

I hate to post another one of those posts, but here it is: Sorry for not posting lately. There are several things that are commanding my attention:

1. Electrical disaster – many of our electrical items were fried by a power surge. Luckily, the power company took responsibility for it, and they replaced and/or fixed all of them. Among the carnage: One TV, three digital clocks, our doorbell, our oven, hubby's shop light, the computer (under warranty, but data retrieval paid for), the computer speakers, the modem, our phone, our stereo…and I forget what else. It was just CRAZY. I'm just glad the madness is over.

2. I'm going to college for Library Science (Library Technician) starting this summer, but my situation has several unique qualities that have to be addressed. First and foremost, this is through the VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program – so it's papered to the hilt. I have to have paper for each step. Second, the program starts in the fall, and I want to get some of the harder courses that I wouldn't DREAM of taking online taken in a classroom at my local Community College. Third, I have to coordinate through both colleges to get this all done – and it's not as easy as it sounds. It's taken me almost two weeks to start my Education Plan – something I need to have done by the next couple weeks, or getting in to see an advisor is going to be a nightmare., because registration for the Summer quarter starts soon, and everyone needs to have an advisor sign off on their course selections. Nothing says "fun" like a looming deadline, huh?

3. My grandpa has cancer. I know – crap. But that's all the bad news. They caught it early, and they're starting treatment immediately, so his chances are great. He also seems to be taking the news well.

And concerning arts and crafts goodness (what you come here for, dontcha know!):

4. I'm preparing an attempt to launch my own brand spankin' new etsy store, where I will sell my creations to you, the adoring fans!

Oh, and there will be posts relevant to arts and crafts coming up next month. I've done stuff; I just have to get around to taking and uploading pictures! Thank you so much for hanging in there with me – I love you guys!



Monday, February 7, 2011

The Earflap Hat + Book Review

I know I haven't posted in about three weeks - and I'd like to apologize. My husband and I have been busy with the house, there's a housewarming party this Saturday, I have a dentist appointment and a VA appointment in the same week - and I need new glasses. Next week, we have to get our taxes done. It is a little more expensive to heat the house than we thought it would be, but we planned for that - and although money is a little tighter, I wouldn't trade my drafty house for a drafty apartment! lol! I'm glad we have money saved for renovations!
Well, on a more positive note, I would love to show off my new creation:

hat ear-flap ear flap

The chunky ear-flap hat! It's based on a design by Ann Regis (called 'The Cap' in the book CrochetWear). I had to alter it, because almost ALL the designs in this book, even the hats, were TOO SMALL for me. If your head is bigger than 20", or, you're larger than an off-the-rack medium, I wouldn't get this book, or even borrow it from the library. Although, I guess the 'Wraps' portion of the book might be more versatile. For a last gripe about this book: the pictures of the models had me scratching my head...are they imitating hipsters, or are they just dressed badly? If that's what passes for fashion now....count me out.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Special Olympics Scarf Project

In the New Year, I have resolved to give more charitably, whether through monetary means, or through donation of goods/services. By chance, I received my regular Crochet newsletter, and the USA Special Olympics Scarf Project was featured.
I decided to crochet a scarf, but had a hard time finding both colors of yarn. I was quite desperate, when I turned to a place that I never shop, Wal-mart. It turns out that they did have the color...and I could finally start my project, after bouncing around town to 4 stores.

Here is the finished product:


And the pattern, if you find yourself so inclined to crochet or knit one of your own to donate:

I hope everyone is having a terrific New Year so far!