August 24th, 2012
I crochet. I also knit. It is something I enjoy, though not something I do very often as of lately. I’ll get back to it, but it takes time. Sitting time. Time with out having to get up and make sure the leaf the baby found isn’t actually a dead bug of some sort.
I don’t have that kind of time often right now.
But I know the feeling. The feeling of spending hours on end making something with your own two hands. It’s a great feeling. I highly recommend it. Knowing this feeling thought means I can appreciate seeing other peoples’ work and honestly appreciate the amount of time and effort that went into something. Which is why when I see an abandonded blanket/afghan/lap covering… I honestly can’t say no.
Well… I could if it was expensive. But when it is highly affordable that sucker is coming home with me. Like these guys:
I imagine a grandma diligently working on the left hand one… probably in the 70′s. It is zig-zagged and mimics the rug, but has red with totally ties into my red shelves. The one on the right… another grandma spent a long time crochetting those tiny tiny little stitches for a new grandbaby. The zig-zags were $7.00, the baby blanket was 99 cents.
And this pretty little purple number? It’s in the living room now. It’s very happy there. I paid $3.00 for it!
And of course… my biggest (and most expensive) blanket that I bought in Maine, was not used, rather… brand new, and the smile on the woman’s face when I feel in love with it is one of its best features!
I love that these things have a story – even if I don’t know the story, or if it’s just a grandma passing the time while she sits at a flew market. Women (presumably) spent hours of their lives making these blankets as they watched the world go by in front of their eyes. I wonder what they saw, what memories they attached to these items. I’ll never know – but I will always appreciate them.
Is there something you can’t say “no” to? I have a thing for books and blankets, clearly.
May 8th, 2010
This was a haphazard project. I had already made the mistake of not telling every one I was getting married, and then accidental announcing it on Facebook (before I had figured out that “Reply All” is the default setting. Oops. Regardless, we needed to make things a bit more official, and hand out some more information. I only sent these to relatives, and maybe a few people who lived a far away. Every one else was just invited to the Facebook group.
So I threw this little number together:
Along the bottom was our wedding website. We didn’t have a color scheme yet, so I used some orange ribbon and sent them along with out Christmas cards, which were Orange and football themed. Plus it saved on postage. I know… I’m kind of cheap, but hey! We were also sending out graduation announcements and a ton of Christmas cards, so… yeah… stamps are expensive!
May 7th, 2010
Sleep? Brain power, no… will power? Lack of immune system? Lack of… energy? It’s only quarter after 3 and I am already exhausted! I felt so sick earlier today that I had to leave TSD and go home to rest up. Ridiculous.
I did manage to watch some of that show, 19 kids and counting. Hmmm… I am so amazed at huge families, and mothers that can be so patient with so much going on. I was starting to feel a little inadaquete. And then… and then! A couple of the girls on the show were trying to crochet. They didn’t do so great. Which… of course, I took a sign to boost my self esteem. And I made this:
I know… it’s kind of crazy to crochet a hat in May… but I can save it until the winter, and maybe give it to some one (with a small head) for Christmas. It’s not perfect, but I did it in under a day! lol. I’m going to beg you to not look at my face though – I am definitely not feeling at my peak right now.
Umm… I’m special.
March 11th, 2010
My husband says some really odd things sometimes like:
Sadly that monkey was my husband, and I ended up making the bed. Thankfully there wasn’t any really poo. Again with the poo. Sorry. It’s all over now.
I wanted to work on (and finish) those Christmas Stockings I’ve been talking about.
Sadly, today was not the day.
I did work on them
I did not finish.
Why did I not even make a decent sized dent in this craft project?
I’ll tell you why…
Because I had to clean off the desk. This was no small feat.
Bran-man and I got in an argument over this desk piled high with stuff that hadn’t seen daylight in months. Then I cried. Then he tried to make the bed. His efforts were thwarted by those poo flinging monkeys.
Here is some of my sewing porn:
Every one loves a good pair of scissors… right?
I sewed about half of the stockings, but I still need to do the stitching on the binding and sew the rest of them together. I’m kind of getting this hand of it now though. I wanted to make a tutorial for these stockings, but I don’t have very good measurements for them. I need to think this through a little bit more.
I did manage to make a decent lunch. But… now it’s dinner time. And I don’t really feel like cooking now. I made cashew chicken and rice for lunch. I really like rice.
Something good did happen today though! I rarely chat online any more, but on random chance an old friend of mine (as in, the relationship is old, not the friend) caught me online and we had a good little chat about school and work and babies and life, traveling and honeymoons and dogs and stuff. She lives in England, so I guess that last time I saw her I was…10… that was 12 years ago!
I think we will be going out for dinner. I am feeling kind of tense. My Spring Break is coming to an end. I have some homework due tomorrow.
February 6th, 2010
Brandan’s Christmas present to me was a beautiful silver locket. I had wanted it engraved, but when he bought it, he wasn’t sure WHAT to engrave on it. Since I haven’t legally changed my last name I think he gets a little nervous about pushing things on me. Regardless, I went with my new set of initials, JNR. I think it looks like “junior” but that’s ok.
You know what I love about being married? Doing nothing. I love doing nothing together, and I intend on enjoying it while I can. We watch TV together, or do our own thing, at the same time. Last night we watched a show on the History channel. We watch a lot of History. I think today I am going to let him play Sims 3 while I go work on my crafty craft projects.
I love that my hubby supports me in all of my crazy and random hobbies. I painted this last night as we watched the history channel. This canvas was left over from a previous art project, and it was just waiting to become something. I had planned on doing something like “reed” in coke red and the coca-cola text to go in my red kitchen, but I just didn’t have the time, inspiration or energy to make that work. Maybe next time. For now I just have this.
My mother has a a sign in her home that says “Live well, Laugh Often, Love Always.” and I have always really like it. So, I decided I would do my own version of it. A constant reminder to enjoy what I’ve been given. To appreciate waking up at 11 and B-man cooking mac’n'cheese for me, and him taking the dogs out so I don’t have to. He does the little things that make me feel spoiled. I love him so much.
February 3rd, 2010
If days had 100 hours in them I would still never accomplish what I want to. Here are a few pictures of my current projects.
1) Mommy & Me quilt.
Fabric: Figgy Pudding by Basic Grey for Moda
My mom and I made the quilt, and then I used a friend’s long arm machine to do the actual quilting. I just need to finishing hand stitching the binding, and then it is done!
A close up of my quilting.
The trees on this quilt are 3-d, so it’s a very fun, graphic quilt. I love it. =)
2) Brandan’s Quilt
I made it for Christmas last year, and still haven’t finished it. The sewing is all done, but I need to clip the edges and wash/dry it so that it becomes all fluffy.
3) I started making stockings with the left overs of the figgy pudding fabric, so now I just need to get them ironed, sewn together and put the binding on. All of the cutting is done. lol.
There is a lot more things I want to do, but these things need to happen first. I just need to remember “I enjoy this stuff!” lol.