Saturday, May 31, 2014

My Craft Room is Organized!!!!!

For months now I have dreaded, DREADED, going into my craft room.  The mess was out of control.  My yarn stash was overflowing, there were unfinished projects everywhere, and every surface was cluttered beyond belief.  But for Mother's Day, Jeff and Miss R bought me organizers for my yarn!!!!  That led to a serious re-organization effort on my part.  I didn't take before pictures because, well, I was embarrassed, but I took lots of after pictures!!!



Isn't it awesome?  See that latch hook rug?  I made that ages ago and still haven't gotten the edging on it.  Ah well, one of these days.



Even my tables are organized now!  My supplies are all in their proper places and within easy reach of my work space.



Another of my organizers.  This side is still a little messy, but hey, what are ya gonna do?



Some beautiful yarns that my Mom bought me, just waiting to be run through the winder!!  So what does everyone think?  Pretty fantastic, right?  The room I mean.  Well, the yarn too I suppose.  I've already been working on a bunch of projects today, and I guess it's time to get back to work now!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Crocodile Stitch Baby Booties Anyone?

Crocodile Stitch Baby Booties.  Specifically the Bonita Patterns version of Crocodile Stitch Baby Booties.  They are, hands-down, my favorite thing to crochet.  They are quick, adorable, and everyone who sees them has a tendency to squeal over them.  Here are a few that I've made recently.

They look like orange sherbet, don't they??

Can you believe that both of those pairs came from the same skein of yarn?  I love using Chroma yarn from Knitpicks.  They have awesome color changes.

They are even super adorable in simple cream!


More Chroma yarn.  Told ya, I love the stuff!!!!  If you crochet, I highly suggest trying out the crocodile stitch.  It looks difficult, but it really isn't.  If you don't crochet, and you want a pair of these booties, contact me.  I'll make them for you.  It would be my pleasure.  

And now, a picture of Miss R.  Because, well, she's smart and adorable and this picture rules.

Seriously, look at those eyes!!  Oh, but please disregard the yogurt facial.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bench Seat: A Before and After Story

Before I tell you about the project and show you the lovely pictures, I have to admit something.  I am slightly (only slightly) embarrassed to admit that I bought this bench seat waaaay back in the spring of 2011.  Yep, 3 years ago.  I paid $5 for it at a thrift store and I was REALLY excited to get started on it.  Well, I didn't.  It sat, and sat, and sat.



It had obviously already SAT for a long time, so what's a few more years, right?  One weekend while I was pregnant for Miss R, my parents came to visit.  My Mom and I got started on cleaning it up.



There were A LOT of staples holding the fabric on.  Once we got the first layer off, we found out why.  There was another layer of fabric underneath!



At this point, we had to move outside.  The dust was crazy!!!  The seat was stuffed with straw!  



UGH!  We were very glad that we took it outside!!!  



See?  I was VERY happy.  After this we did some sanding.  A couple weeks later, I painted it.  I found the perfect fabric and bought the foam for the seat.  Then, well, it sat for another two years.  It's not my fault!  I had a baby!  (Okay, it IS my fault, but shhhh)



Finally, on Mother's Day weekend this year, I finished the bench.  FINALLY!!!




I had a little bit of trouble with the foam, you can see it in the front, but hey, it's my first time!!  I learned some things for the next time.  What do you guys think??



Well?  Did I do alright?  I mean, jeesh, it only took me three years!!  I'm so excited that it's finished, and I'm really proud of the way it came out!!!!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Any Camo Fans Out There??

A couple of weeks ago I finished up a set of things for a customer done with camouflage colored yarn.  Now, I'm not a camo fan personally, but these turned out so cute that I may change my mind.  Here are the boots and hat :



Then I did the sweater: 


And finally, I did the blanket:

So what do you all think?  Did I do a good job??  The good news is that my customer is happy, so I'm happy!!  I can't wait to make more of the blanket in different colors!  If anyone wants the links to the patterns I used, let me know and I will share them!