Monday, November 28, 2011

Another Rug!

Last week I finished the T-Shirt Rag Rug for my younger niece, and I have to say, I love the way this one turned out!!  Her favorite color is purple, so I tried to use more purple than pink.  
The yarn I used for the two inside rounds is actually doubled up yarn.  The first couple batches of T-Shirt yarn that I made, I cut really thin.  When I wanted to use it for this project I just doubled it up.  It worked perfectly and it gave it kind of a neat texture.
The fabric on the last couple of rounds came from a twin size sheet made from t-shirt material.
I'm so happy with the way this one turned out that I'm actually about to rip apart the rug I made for my older niece so that I can fix it.  I like having all of the pinks in their own rounds and all of the purples in their own rounds.  The orange/yellow/red rug has more of a ladder appearance to the rounds.  Yep, definitely changing that!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

T-Shirts Transformed

A month or so ago I saw these awesome tutorials on Pinterest about making your own t-shirt yarn.  I knew I had to try it.  So, I bought some t-shirts at the Salvation Army on "Family Day"...
And got to work.  It doesn't take long to do, especially once you get the hang of it.  I got a bunch of yarn from this batch of shirts.
I used a couple of different tutorials because I was confused about one of the steps, but the best one is from Let Birds Fly.  With all this yarn I was psyched to get started on some projects, so I started a rag rug.  A rag rug that I will not show you here because I messed up the last couple of rows.  It ended up getting all wavy and the method I was using to fix it was, shall we say, jacked.  I'm planning on ripping the last few rows out to fix it, but I'm too busy right now working on Christmas presents!!  Speaking of Christmas presents, I made this rug for my oldest niece.  (SHHHH, no one tell her!!!!)
For the last couple of years her favorite colors have alternated between orange, yellow, and red, so I used all three.  I think I like it.  It's MUCH nicer in person.
I wish the rows were only one color, but it's tough to get enough yarn with t-shirts to do that.  Time to start looking for some sheets!!!  What do you think??  Do you think she'll like it?  I hope so!

Oh, one more thing...I got some new socks this weekend...They're wicked bright....
They seem to almost glow, and there are five more pair where this one came from.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

HollaBirthaWeen 2011!!

HollaBirthaWeen was awesome again this year.  This year had some of THE best costumes, and we had a ton of fun.

For those of you who don't know, HollaBirthaWeen is a Birthday/Halloween mash-up started by my friend Fuss and me a few years ago.  Our birthdays are 5 days apart, and since they're only a few days before Halloween, we invented HollaBirthaWeen.  Here's a picture of Fuss this year.  She's dressed as a "Nana" because she turned 30 this year.  What an old broad.  (Side note: please don't judge our icky kitchen floor.  It's super old and one of the major projects on our to-do list for "hopefully" this coming year)

She had cookies in her bag and kept asking people if they wanted one.  Here's another pic of her with our fancy birthday cake.
Yeah, our friend Vic, the crazy cat lady made that for us.  I almost couldn't eat any of it because it was TOO convincing.
That stuffed cat moves and cries like a real cat.  CREEPY!!!  We had some great costumes this year, did I mention that already?  
That's my husband with the "beard" shirt on.  If you don't watch the digital shorts from SNL, you won't understand his costume.  He played the song and danced for his entrance.  
That's my little brother as Johnny The Homicidal Maniac and my brother-in-law as Sheriff Rick Grimes from Walking Dead.
My brother's girlfriend as Nail Bunny, Johnny The Homicidal Maniac's pet.  Those ears are awesome.
Sexy Sax Man!!!!  He can play that sax too.  He serenaded us with "Careless Whisper" all night long.  
My sister Kira in her Steampunk costume (she and our Mom MADE that hat!), my sister Shellie as BatGirl In Sensible Shoes, and me, as the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who.  I couldn't find a bowtie and didn't have time to make one, so I used a ribbon.  You get the idea though.  Soon after this things started to get crazy....

Our friend Laura makes THE most beautiful pig I've ever seen!!!

We had SO much fun, and then, the next day....THIS happened....
The hubs and his cousin Scott hanging out in the snow getting jazzed for winter camping.  It was super heavy snow and it knocked our power out.  Luckily, it was only out for about 8 hours.  We sat and talked with Scott and his beautiful wife.  It was actually very peaceful.

I wonder what will happen next year?!?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

All Apologies and New Hobbies!

Hi everyone!!  Did you miss me??  Well, I know that it's typical for a blogger to apologize after a long absence and give a reason for their lack of blogging.  However, I'm not going to do that.  I took some time off because, well, this blog is for me, by me, and I just didn't feel like working on it.  (I'm fickle like that)  During my absence I was still pretty busy crafting (and forgetting to take pictures of the stuff I finished), helping with flood clean-up, going on vacation with my entire family to Florida, and hosting one hell of a kick-ass HollaBirthaWeen party.  I'm back now though, so don't worry.  

One of the things I was supposed to be doing while I was away was some craft fairs.  That didn't turn out the way I'd imagined it.  The first one was a bust.  It was very poorly organized, but I still managed to sell a couple of things.  The second one, well, I got sick and couldn't go.  The third one, I got busy with vacation planning and FORGOT to send in the application.  Ugh.  There's a bunch of stuff that I finished up specifically for these fairs, but forgot to post them here.  I'll show you just a couple...

These frames were originally a bright gold.  I spray painted them silver and glazed them black.  I haven't decided what to do with them yet though.
This chalkboard was originally a really super ugly painting in a cheap plastic frame.  With a little spray paint, I got this!
This frame is one of my favorites.  I think it would be awesome to use as a card display at Christmas, but it could also be a jewelry holder.  There are a bunch more projects to show you, but I think I'm going to give them each their own post because they're just that awesome.

Another of the things that happened in my blogging absence was that my area got hit with some major flooding.  In my last post I mentioned the weather we were experiencing as a consequence of Hurricane Irene.  Well, 2 weeks later we got dumped on again by Tropical Storm Lee.  It devastated large portions of our area and many of our friends were seriously affected by the flooding.  I spent a couple of mornings after work helping our friend Laura clean up at her bookstore in Owego, NY.  If you are ever in that area, make sure you check out Riverow Bookshop.  It's a fantastic store!  I wish I'd had time to do more, but by then it was time for vacation!!

My family took an incredible vacation to Orlando.  We hit up the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Universal (Harry Potter world was my FAVORITE!!), Sea World, Aquatica, Medieval Times, and the Beach all while staying at a gorgeous house that my parents rented for us for the week.  This topic deserves its own post, so stay tuned for that.

Within a couple weeks of our return from vacation it was time for HollaBirthaWeen.  This year we had some of THE best costumes.  Again, it deserves its own post, so I better get crackin on that one too.

Lately, I've been really busy crocheting.  A few years ago my Mom bought me a kit to teach myself how to crochet, and I've gotten pretty into it.  I've done a bunch of dishcloths...

Love these colors.
I've also started working on some African Flowers.  Eventually they will be a blanket.
So that's my last couple of months in a nutshell.  Don't worry, I'll be back soon with new posts.  Thanks to my sister Kira, I'm feeling very inspired now.  See you soon!!