Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Flash Your Stash!!

I was tagged by the lovely Lee from Totallee.net a while back to "flash my stash".

It's actually scary. I tried to get a photo of all of my stash but as I type this, my dad found a bunch of stashed yarn behind the sofa *sheepish grin*.

I have found places to hide things in this tiny house of mine I'm forgetting where I have them all. I am trying to organize and keep them (somewhat) clean...

Here goes: (Ye be warned: mess follows)

My main stash. Container full of other containers filled with beads, cross stitch, magnet and jewelery supplies, paint, clue, and other odds and ends. On the book shelf is my embroidery floss, markers and in the bag is fabric.
Top view of above.
Back/side view of the bead containers. Glue guns, cross stitch fabric, tissue paper, and more sewing supplies...
On the bookshelf rests a basket of craft swap supplies: Paper, ink, stamps, watercolour pencil crayons, wax crayons, frame, white/cork board, stickers...
All my sketch pads, note pads, beading books, cross stitch patters, crochet book and sewing books...
Current crochet project with more beads and glue and my crochet hooks in their hook roll (green flowers in bucket)... Stain glass window Afghan WIP.
My cork board with my pins and the place I put my handmade thumbtacks and my friends business cards...
Under my "clothes dump" director chair: Pillow form, My Tucan and Sam needlepoint project and another WIP lap blanket...
Other side of closet: Purses, fabric, bags, blank shirts for printing/altering, finished crochet projects...
Above closet: Magazines, photo books, hats and costume supplies...
Basement storage: fabric tote (note the blue satin bow from the unfinished Sailor Venus costume), All bags filled with fabric and tulle and lace or fake flowers. Cutting board/ironing board in front.
Box filled with feathers, fabric, paper supplies. Underneath rests my two totes filled with neckties.
Sewing corner (note Arnold my sewing machine is not present since I lent him to my great aunt visiting from Italy). My sewing box named Burt on top of muslin and in the H&M bag is my vinyl.

Well, that's it... for my dad's house. I have a lot more at my moms and hiding around the house.

My boyfriend promises me a craft room once we get our own place. I better get one!!!!

Keep Crafting (and stay clean and organized!!!)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Firefly/Serenity Fruity Oaty Bars

Last summer I got into a felt craft faze where I tried to create a bunch of felt stuffies. I only have one that I was happy enough to continue making. I based it off Firefly/Serenity's Fruity Oaty Bars commercial. I loved it. I made my own version since I didn't know how to master the octopus head just yet so it has more of a squid look to it. Ah well, I love him.

This red and black stuffie was made for my sister.
They are about 9" long from head to tentacle.

Taking a ride on my daddy's head.
This is Oaty. I sometimes use him as a pin cushion. He doesn't mind.

I don't know if these are good enough to sell on Etsy. As pincushions and the like. If not, I'll post a tutorial since I documented everything while making Oaty.

I planned on making a seahorse one in the future... Any other ideas for stuffie pin cushions?

Keep Crafting,

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Craftster, Swapping and Yarn, Yarn, Yarn.

Sorry I never got a chance to post. I've been working 12 hour days and then pass out as soon as I get back (even skipping dinner a few nights). I love my job. I get to do so many different things and move between four-five companies. It's great fun and the people are fantastic! Since I've been getting up at 6am every morning, my body thinks sleeping in is 8:30am. So I'm wide awake and ready to take on the world (while the rest of my house is sleeping).

Now, for arts and crafts:

Here is the long overdue post about my Newbie Craftster Swap. My partner Karen was an amazing partner. Even though she had a lot of family troubles around the time of the swap, she still made an amazing package!

Her Package to me:

(Top - Bottom: Green Yarn, Slytherin sign, Purple ribbon, Crochet hook roll, Gryfinndor sign, Busk for corsets, candles, Classic horror fabric, Green flower fabric, Green checkered fabric)

For mine, I took pictures before I sent gave them to her. I also sent A LOT of stuff... so here's the slide show...

And finally, I bought a crap-load of acrylic yarn yesterday. It was 6 for $6 to use for my Afghan quilt! With these new colours, I don't need to scrounge so much for the remaining colours! SWEET! Aren't they not Totally Awesome?!

So pretty! I'm going to go roll around in them for a while.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Long Overdue

Hello all,

I know I've been a little lacking in my posts lately. It's all for good reason. I have gotten my G1, had trouble with linking up my youtube/google accounts, finished up my craftster swap and found a job! All that have sucked up my time and energy!

I have kept crafting, though. With my Hogwarts piece on hold for another week or two as my hands itched to pick up the crochet hook again, I've been making simple and very plain granny squares. I want to make a blanket with them so I've been using up scraps of yarn to create six inch squares. I want them to be crocheted together with black so it has a 1970s/Brady Bunch feel to them while being very simple.

 17 Completed Granny Squares

I calculated that I would need about 40 or 48 (5x8 or 6x8 with 1.5" between them) would create a lovely sofa blanket. I'm at 17 completed now (with six more on the way). I don't want to have any double squares so I need to ask around if anyone has any worsted yarn that I may steal for it. I know my step mom may have some but her yarn may be accounted for for future projects. *huff*

I need to ask around for charity yarn donations! Anyone out there willing to donate, let me know and I'll be forever grateful!

I was thinking I may make some flowers or other decoration to go on some squares but I will decide when it's finished if I like it plain. That way I can use the smaller yarn bits that were not long enough to make the six inch squares.


I will be meeting up with my craft swap partner today! She has been having some family troubles and it's been hard to get a hold of her or to find a time we can meet up and swap, but we can finally meet up sometime today and I will be giving her my package and she will be giving me hers. I can't wait to see what goodies she made. I hope that she likes everything I made her!

Well, I will post tomorrow with everything I made for her since it will no longer be secret and I will try to post everything that she sent me.

It was a great experience and a great way for me to try new crafts and techniques and to kick my but into gear for the deadline! I will most likely do another swap in the future but I do not think it will be very soon. I know with my lack of energy from work I won't be able to meet any deadlines. Also, I want to save up a bit so I can buy new supplies and save for postage!

Keep Crafting,