My First Market Countdown – Oops Missed A Day, and Only 1 Day Left!

I’m sorry I missed a day on the countdown. I got very in the zone on one of my stitching pieces and ended up finishing the stitching on it at 1:30am this morning. While I’m super pleased I got it done, I did forget to post.

Today is the last day before Market Day!

The weather here has been weird with warm weather during the day and storms at night. The last two days have been windy during the day but sunny with rain coming at night. It’s storming right now in fact. There’s a 10% chance of rain in the forecast for tomorrow so, we’re crossing our fingers the wind is light and there’s no rain,

The car is packed with almost everything we need for tomorrow. We’re leaving food and drinks for the morning. I’m also washing the tablecloth we’ll be using on our two card tables to make things look a bit nicer.

I’m so jittery you’d think I was getting married for the first time again! LOL

Emmy and I are both nervous as can be, but we’ve decided we’re doing this unless the weather says otherwise – specifically rain. We can deal with a bit of wind I’m sure.

Wish us both lots of luck!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

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Big Crochet Project #2:ย Crocheted Wedding Veil

I got a free ebooklet from CrochetMe.com years ago with different wedding patterns in it. I kept it for just in case purposes and now, I’m going to try my hand at making the bridal veil in case my future daughter in law wants to use it for her wedding to my son. ๐Ÿ™‚

The pattern was created by Christina Marie Potter, and it consists of the veil’s trim. flower embellishments and the cover for the comb everything will be attached to once it’s complete. I did find the pattern for this project on her Ravelry page:

Wedding Veil and Purse Project

I’ve begun work on the trim which is whatever length you choose the veil to be. The veil I’m going to be making is 5 meters(16.40 feet) by 48 centimeters(19.3 inches). Yup, it’s going to be long, but it has to be to be flipped up over her face.

It consists of 3 steps repeated making a “flower”

Each flower is about an inch long(2.54 cm), and I have calculated I need to make about 192 of them. I have about 33 of them done so far.

This could make a lovely lace collar don’t you think. ๐Ÿ™‚

The flowers are easy to make, but it can be monotonous making them so I’ll be watching television while I make them. Stay tuned to see more progress on this veil ๐Ÿ™‚

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

My First Market Countdown โ€“ 3 Days to Go! More Goodies To Show

These are my goodies since Emmy doesn’t have photos of the new stuff she’s just made. It’s all curing. I have a clay object drying before I move closer to completing it. If it’s not done by Saturday it’s no big deal. It will be done by next Saturday,

If I have repeated some I apologize. I can’t remember what I’ve shown and what I haven’t right now. I’m still trying to get a few more things done tonight including getting some things ironed so I can complete them.

These are just a few things I’m taking with me. Others are in the works and won’t be done until next week when we go again.

I can see why cross stitch designers get so excited for when they go to the big market expos to show off their new stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m starting to get the “imposter ” syndrome where I’m starting to get anxious that I’m fooling myself into thinking people will actually like my stuff enough to buy it. I know you have all said you like what I’ve made, and I am thankful for such positive feedback. I’m going into potentially hostile territory at the market and even at my age, I have issues with my esteem and self assurance.

I didn’t say all that to get sympathy. I’m just keeping things open and honest with you all, Self esteem and self confidence/assurance issues happen at all ages, and I am just one more person who deals with them. I am still going to the market in spite of my misgivings because I’ll never get anywhere if I don’t get out of my own way first.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

My First Market Countdown – 4 Days to Go!

Emmy, my daughter in law, and I are going to our first farmer’s market where we will be vendors, not buyers. We’re both so excited and nervous about this!

I’ve been making small things mostly, but I do have two items that are a bit larger. I’m making a trinket bowl with roses on the side of the top rim and a light and airy spring shawl. I should have both done by the time we go to market, along with several more small projects. What I don’t get done this weekend, I’ll have ready for next weekend, depending on how we feel after the market

The market is called the Lufkin Farmer’s Market located here in Lufkin Texas. It’s located on property owned by the VFW. They are at a new location and are leasing this property to a lady who is in charge of the market. The first two weeks are free of charge to vendors, and we’re allowed whatever size site we need as well. After that, fees are $10 a day which isn’t bad.

Hours are 9am to 4pm giving us plenty of time to have people come by to see us, and we plan to do some walking around to check out other vendors. Emmy has already met a gentleman who works with resin the way she does, but he uses it to make knife/sword handles while she makes more decorative items.

I’m keeping my fingers, and toes, crossed the weather is nice enough for us to be out all day, but we’ll see how it goes. I will be taking pictures and videos of our tables and other stuff while at market, and I’ll be sharing it with you the following day.

Wish us luck!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

A Big Announcement and Countdown Begins With 5 Days To Go!!!

I just made a video about this, and I’m going to post it on my YouTube channel after I post this. I’m going to share the actual video here so please, watch it until the end.

I’m very excited!! I will be taking pretty much all of the items I’ve shown you in my Projects post last week, and I’m busy making more things, testing out new ideas and techniques as I do. This video has some things I haven’t shown you, and it has some things from Emmy’s shop as well. What doesn’t sell will be added to our shops.

Yes, I will be taping a series of videos (since I can only do 15 minutes at a time) of our time at the market. I’ll try to upload them here as well as YouTube, but WP might not let me. It had issues when I tried uploading this one.

I’ve never done a craft fair, farmer’s market or anything else where I set up a table and sold things. I’m both very nervous and excited!

Locations:

Lufkin Farmer’s Market 1800 Ford Chapel Road Lufkin Texas 9am to 4pm Wed – Sat

Angelina Farmer’s Market 2107 S. Medford Dr. Lufkin Texas 11am to 2pm Thurs – Sat

We will be at the Lufkin Farmer’s Market, but I included both markets just in case visitors want to visit both.

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Stitching Saturday: Current Progress on All WIPs #11 and My First FFO of 2023!

I’ve been busy with several projects not stitch related, but I did manage to get some stitching done this week. Here is where I am now,

Land Baby

This one got the least amount of attention this week I’m afraid, Here is where she was last week:

I only added one block of 100 stitches bring my overall total for the right side up to 4,700.

It doesn’t really look like I did anything, but 100 stitches really isn’t much considering. I’ll be adding more this coming week I promise.

Witch

This is my easy stitch which I call my small since it goes quite fast. Here is where I was last week:

The pattern is split into two large parts and two small parts. Above, the first of the two big parts are done. I completed one of the two small parts except for the beading, and I’ve begun the second small part:

My snowman needle minder was made by Morti, and I won it in one of her giveaways. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stitchinati

This is a pattern created and charted by Morti herself, and I’m so loving it! Here is where I was last week:

I’m happy to say I finished the triangle though it didn’t quite meet up properly, I’m still learning how to count on evenweave. I added 223 stitches for a grand total of 1,085.

The white bit in the inside is me starting on the bobbin.

SAL by Peppermint Purple

This is my first proper black work SAL, and I’m really enjoying working on it. Here is where I was last week.

Here is where I am at week 13. It’s up to about 9,239 stitches.

I’m ready for more fillers!

Now for what you’ve all been waiting for! My first

FFO of 2023!!

This was done in October 2021 and was a SAL hosted by Stitchonomy. The blocks came out daily, and you worked them as you could. I managed to complete the whole thing by Halloween – I think.

The only thing I remember about this was it’s done on Aida using DMC colors. I didn’t keep track of anything else back then. I framed this because Emi saw it tucked in a bag with some of my other completed work, and she asked what I planned to do with it.

I like horror movies/books, but this had turned out too cutesy for me to want to decorate with it, and that’s what I told her. She asked if she could give it to a friend who loves horror movies/books too. I stitched the piece onto some cardboard and framed it without cutting any of the surrounding fabric.

I did that just in case her friend wanted to do something different with it. Emi reported the friend liked it so much she sent pictures to several people including her mother and just gushed over it. It took her a minute or two before she realized the frame was a book lol. She also didn’t know who Slenderman was….

Anyhow, that’s my first finish of the year, and I’m working on some more. ๐Ÿ™‚ Any suggestions for how I should finish Witch?

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Big Crochet Project #1: Fantasy Filet by Ferosa Harold Update #5

I Finished!!

I decided not to do the complete unicorn. It was just too much for me at this time. If someone is willing to pay for it, I’ll complete it. Otherwise, I’ll be selling it as is.

The only thing keeping it from being a fully finished project is it needs to be blocked. I took a picture of it as it is now, unblocked and maybe, next week, I’ll share a picture of it blocked. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is what it looks like:

This was made using Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread Fine #20 and a steel hook size 1.90mm. It took up an entire ball – 400 yards(365.76meters)- of thread. I also forgot to measure it, but I’m sure it’s at least 3 feet tall and as much wide.

I had to put it on a futon because the space on my bed wasn’t big enough. The futon is open so it all is flat. The horn is on the what would be the back of the futon if it were in couch position, and the bottom is on the outer edge of the seat portion of the futon if it were in couch position. Have I confused you yet? ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m very happy with how it’s turned out, but I’ve turn my attention now on another big project. It’ s big in that there are many parts of it. I’ve already begun it, but I won’t show any pictures until next week. You’ll just have to wait!

See you all on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

My Other Projects #1

I thought I’d do this topic about once a month, to show you all just some of the other things I do when I get the itch to do something besides stitch and crochet. I have many interests I dabble in and try out from time to time. Here are some of the more recent ones.

Upcycled Wine Bottle

This is actually not the first time I’ve upcycled a bottle. I did one for my son as one of his Twitch streaming props:

He didn’t want anything more than this so it’s not really much of an upcycle I know. It’s a health potion with a light on the bottom so when you turn it on and shake it, you can see the swirling “magic” inside of it.

This new one, I had to take pictures of it on its side because I don’t have a proper place to take pictures. It’s too cloudy right now to take a proper one but you should be able to see it well enough.

That’s the front. I’ll edit this later to add in a close up of the piece on the top.

That’s the back. This ended up being a collaboration with my daughter in law, Emi , because she’s a painter. She helped me with the verdigris look on the bottle. I think we did a great job considering this was a first for both of us.

Scrapbook Ephemera

I’ve been watching too many YouTube videos and just had to try my hand at making some stuff for a junk journal. Not my junk journal, I don’t have one of those. Just for any junk journal.

Again, these are all first tries for me, and I think I did pretty well with them.

Air Dry Clay Creations

Several of the miniaturists I watch use this clay, but I didn’t try to use it to make a miniature – not yet. I tried to make a jewelry plate first since it seemed to be the simplest to do.

It was coming along beautifully until I decided to get it a couple of coats of sealer. It’s in an aerosol can, and I got it too close to the plate. Along the right side and in a couple of other spots, it ruined it. The spray basically made pot marks in the clay even though it was dry. It’s a learning experience, and I will be doing this again sometime.

I have a few more projects I’m doing, but they’re not finished yet so I’m not going to show them.

Stay tuned for an update on the dollhouse coming next week or so. I haven’t really had time to sit down to work on it with everything else going on, but I am now feeling the need to get some more walls and floors finished on the Ground Floor so I can move forward with filling them. ๐Ÿ™‚

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

YouTube Tuesday Double Feature: The Northwoods Stitcher and Stitching with my littlie

I have discovered both of these channels just recently, and I’m quite taken with both of them for different reasons. I just felt the need to share them both, and I hope you’ll like them too.

The Northwoods Stitcher

This is Sarah from Maine and no, that’s not wine though it wouldn’t be a bad thing if it was. She has a crafting space I would love to have! What makes her stand out from all the rest of the stitchers I’ve watched so far is her way of sharing tips and tricks she’s learned over the many years she’s stitched while also sharing her work.

She has some great ideas for finishing as well. In her latest video she did a tour of her space, and she talked about all the different ways she’s organized and stored her things. I like some of the tools she’s talked about too.

Her stitching is varied too and so much fun to see! I highly recommend you take a peek at her first video above and at least leave a comment for her.

Stitching with my littlie

This is Kayla and her daughter, Lauren, though you can’t see them in the video above yet lol. What sets them apart from the other mother/daughter duos is Lauren is either 12 or 13. She’s a very talented stitcher in her own right though she does let mom, Kayla, do her back stitching for her. I think she’ll start doing it when she’s a bit older.

Both of them have different things they stitch though they both like some of the same designers. Lauren is very helpful to her mom too, as you’ll see in their most recent video. They only have 3 so far so you won’t have to watch many to get caught up.

I love how the two interact with each other, it makes me miss not having a daughter of my own. Neither of my two boys stitch either. Perhaps my daughter in law might take it up with me….

As always, if you like them leave them a comment if nothing else. We can always use a bit of feedback from others.

I really hope you’ll give these two a look and maybe, subscribe to them. ๐Ÿ™‚

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Stitching Saturday: Current Progress on All WIPs #10

I hope you have time to read all of this post since I have four projects to show you today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Halloween Wizard G aka The Witch

This project came from TEMU. Here is what it’s supposed to look like:

This is a kit using cotton thread and 18 ct fabric that appears to be Aida. This is the only project I’m not keeping stitch count on as it’s just something I work on when I need to rest my back.

Here is where it was the last time I wrote about it:

The empty spaces are where beads are supposed to go. This project is broken up into four parts: two big and two small. This is the first big part. Here is where I am now:

I’m not happy with the beads. They came with the kit and to me, they’re just too big. They’ve basically clumped together and don’t make a very pleasing design. If I decide to do this again, I’ll use smaller beads.

Stitchinati: The All Sewing Eye

This project was designed and charted by Morti Bromilow aka Mad Morti over on YouTube. If you’re interested in getting a copy for yourself, she is selling them on her shop Hare Moon Crafts.

I am working this on 25ct Black Lugana using mostly DMC floss. Here is what it’s supposed to look like:

Here is where I am last time I talked about this:

This gold is a blend of yellow cotton thread and gold metallic. It’s not fun to stitch with, but I push through because it does look so cool.

Here is where I am at 862 stitches:

I’m following Morti’s instructions on how to stitch this to the letter so it will come out with the 3d look she designed for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Peppermint Purple Stitch A Long(SAL)2023

I’m still having fun with the black work stitch. I’m working it on 25ct Natural Lugana using the called for DMC floss in the Turquoise set. Here is where I at last time:

These squares are only 17 by 17, but they contain a lot of detail!

Here is where I am with this week’s filler. I’m up to about 8,697 stitches too.

I decided just to show the square this week, to show you more of the detail. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last but never least is my oldest project at over a year old in the making:

The Land Baby

This is a chart made from a famous painting, and I have the link to it in last week’s post. The charter isn’t named, but I am so grateful to them for doing this! I am working this project on 18 ct White Aida using all DMC floss.

Here is where I was last week:

I was actually able to get quite a bit done on this during the past week: 600 stitches!! That brings my total for the right side up to 4,600! I didn’t keep count last year when I was working on the left side. I did write about it so you can check out the posts from last year on it if you’re interested.

Here is where I am now:

Next week, I’ll unfold the project so you can see the entire piece. It’s coming along nicely let me tell you!!

Plans:

I hope to have the triangle on Stitchinati done by the end of the week so I can move on to the bobbin and needle inside of it.

For Land Baby, I plan to have the last square in the column done and then, I’m going to be working in rows again. This section is the second third of the entire piece. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know I’ll have it done this year!

The SAL will get another square filled in, and I’m also going to outline another five. I don’t plan to start work on the outer border until I get more of the outer squares done. I want to make sure my count is right so I can stop finagling things.

The Witch is a project I work on from time to time, but I do plan to have the first small section done, or as much of it as I can, this week.

So there you have it! Another productive stitching week! I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!