YouTube Tuesday: Treasure Books

I found another fantastically talented creative I want to share with you today! She makes journals and a great many of the lovely bits that go inside the journals. She has an Etsy shop where she sells most of her gorgeous creations so please, have a looksee – you’ll love it!

I am sharing the following video because she does something I haven’t seen the other journal/paper crafters do yet. Let me know in the comments on this page if you have seen this done on other channels.

I think this is a very cool thing to do and a great way to recycle!! This is a project I plan to try when I get an empty tissue box. 🙂

If you like what you see in this video, please subscribe to the channel, hit the Like/Dislike button(you can be honest, she can take it) and leave a comment as well. Creatives LOVE feedback of all sorts, good or bad, as long as it’s respectful.

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

Free Pattern Friday! Gnome Wall Hanging

This is a fantastic pattern created by Crystal at Crystalized Designs!!! She does some incredible work, and if you join her newsletter, you’ll get access to lots of great content!

This pattern features a cute gnome in three different ways. It’s well written and easy to follow.

Gnome Wallhanging

If you decide to do this pattern, I’m sure both me and Crystal would love to see what you made!

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

Pretty Gray Pillowghan – Project #5

This project didn’t turn out quite as well as I’d hoped, but what is wrong is a quick fix. I’ve decided to go ahead and share it. I found this pattern on a blog called Crochet Parfait over on Blogspot ages ago, but I’d never worked it up until this week. You can find the pattern here.

I used Heather Gray and White yarns from Red Heart. I ended up using one skein of the white, Super Saver size and five skeins of the gray yarn in Super Saver size. I didn’t know I had that much of the gray when I started, but I’m glad I did!

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making the project. Let me know what you think please!

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

Scrap Yarn Throw – Project #3

Every so often I get all my left over yarn, the scraps, and I make something out of it. These projects usually differ in size, shape and even what they are. A while back, I decided to do something easy that would take a while to complete. It stands to reason it would since I use only scraps on it.

Anyway, this project is now complete as I took the time to gather up all my scrap yarn once again and found some time to work on the throw I’d begun work on months ago. I try very hard not to repeat the yarn I use but sometimes, it happens. The nice thing about this project is I can always add on to it when I want to make it bigger, and I don’t have to do anything more than get out my scraps.

This throw is long enough lengthwise to take up the entire futon, but it’s not wide enough from top to bottom to cover the entire thing. 🙂 Still, it makes a great cover up when I’m reading or watching television but don’t want a full blanket on me. I’ll be draping it over the back of the futon so it will be handy whenever I need it.

Let me know what you think!

I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Baby Pink – Project #2

A friend of mine has a lovely bedroom she’s doing in shades of pink and red with lace and frills – a Victorian style room according to her. Anyway, she commissioned me to create something to drape over the end of her bed, not a full blanket, more like a quarter of one. She gave me some bulky baby pink yarn to work with at the beginning and gave me the red yarn for roses when the main piece was nearly done.

Baby Pink Project

The baby pink part was designed by me without a pattern. I just winged it with some simple yet lacy looking so it would go with the rest of the room. It took 12 skeins of yarn because the skeins weren’t that big, and the yarn is bulky. I got the rose pattern from Cre8tioncrochet.com. Fair warning: Her pages are loaded with animated ads which could eat up your temp memory while you’re trying to work up the pattern. I made 8 roses with one skein of yarn, and the roses are about 3 inches wide, roughly.

That is my futon in my livingroom it’s draped across. My friend’s bed is a queen size, and the edges only drape over the sides about 4 inches – if that. I didn’t measure the piece before I made it or before I posted this, sorry. I know it’s 240 stitches across with a J hook and size 3 yarn. 🙂

Since I’m moving to 12 hour shifts tomorrow (Monday) night, I won’t be getting any of my other projects done in the near future – except maybe the body pillow I’m working on. I just need to do a little sewing. Other than that, the others will take time to get done. I hope you all can wait.

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

Loopies cat – Project #1

I thought I’d share one of my many craft projects I have going on as I complete them. I mostly crochet, but I do other needlecrafts and whatnot as well. It relaxes me, and I can think of other things while I’m working on my projects. At least with crocheting I can. This one, not so much.

I found this kit on clearance at Wal-Mart. It’s supposed to be for kids as well as adults but unless the kids have a lot of patience, this isn’t going to be much fun for them. Parts of it were a bit annoying even for me.

This project is supposed to be a simple pillow. The pillow part is already made, you just have to add yarn loops to give the cat “fur”. Prepping the yarn was easy. It’s a soft thick yarn and cuts easily. There’s a crochet needle included in the kit, along with the yarn. You pull loops through a mesh like you do latch hook but without all the extra bother of latch hooking.

Getting it started in the tail was annoying because the yarn didn’t want to be grabbed. The hook is also small so if you’re not careful, it will go through other mesh squares while you’re trying to grab yarn. Once it gets going though, it’s easy to do. Adding the felt is super easy, you just use loops to hold it on. It took me a couple of hours to do because I was doing other things as well.

This is not a toy for little kids to play with because they could easily pull the loops out. Not for animals for sure since the yarn is a choking hazard for them. For small children as well, if they can manage to get the yarn out of the pillow enough to try to swallow it.

Overall, I think it came out well, and it will now sit happily on the futon in my livingroom. 🙂

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

Edging for an Altar Cloth

I’m attempting to create an edging for an altar cloth using a pattern from 1915.  It’s a crocheted edging, and I know the stitches required to make the edging so no worries there.

The issue lies with the instructions of the pattern.  It’s in British English from that time period.  This means, some words are hard to translate into modern terms.  The other issue is that this edging uses the same pattern as another edging minus one of the motifs.  This means I have to decipher where to omit the one motif so it looks like the picture.

Long story short, I’m starting to get a bit stressed with this project.  What should have been an afternoon’s work is turning out to be so much more!

I’m also developing a strong dislike for this edging.  I know I won’t be doing it again for a long, long time – once I figure it out.

Just thought I’d rant a bit to clear my head.  Carry on, there’s nothing to see here.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver – I hear aliens are among us!!

Kafka and More

I’ve almost finished reading the collection of short stories by Kafka.  I’ll do a quick overview of each one as soon as I’m done.  Writing complete reviews of each would rather spoil things for you, if I haven’t done so already with my other reviews.  Kafka is well worth a read because of the way he writes and not just what he writes.  I’m looking forward to reading at least one of his novels in the near future.

Working the mid shift I’m on at work has thrown my life out of whack.  I can’t really plan things like I could before.  I only have so much time before and after work to do things.  What makes things harder is that my back issues are getting worse since I started work.  I don’t lift heavy things but I do a lot of walking, bending over and other things which is causing me a lot of pain.  I have to force myself to work a full shift because by the time I’ve been there an hour my feet feel like I’ve been on them for days.  I’m going to call the doctor tomorrow to see about getting an appointment.  I need something done so I can keep working.

My filet crochet project of the peacock is nearing the end – only about 30 more rows to go – if I don’t decide to add panels to the side of it.  It is looking quite lovely, and I’ll be posting a picture of it when it’s done.

I messed around and missed the deadline for entering Mr. Nobody into the contest for FunDead Publications, but that’s okay because I’m going to turn the short story into a full length novel called The Demon’s Rules. 🙂

I joined Soldier’s Angels, a volunteer agency that links volunteers with soldiers and groups of soldiers here at home and abroad.  They have many teams doing things from writing letters to sending care packages to providing items for baby showers and other things as well.  All branches are served by this group, and I’m happy to be a part of the team.

I’m also loom knitting hats for cancer patients and veterans here in the States.  I’m only making one a day due to my schedule, but it’s still something.

So, I’m working, reading, writing, and crafting every day – very busy schedule. 🙂  How are things with you?

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

Personal Update – Feb. 15

First off, I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. 🙂

The Dentist and I – Still an ongoing dance with this.  I had misspoke on a previous post talking about this.  I was to see the dentist on the 12th of Feb, not see him in 21 days – sorry about that.  So anyway, saw the dentist and still waiting to get the inserts put in my denture so the pins will have something to snap onto.  Dr. Shirley(a man so no snide comments please) wants to make sure the bone is solid around the pins so the pins won’t come out the first time I eat something like ribs.  I don’t want the pins coming out either – getting them in in the first place was not something I want to repeat.

Writing – I am working on a short story I plan to submit to FunDead Publications.  I love the name of the company, don’t you.  Punnish Gothic lol.  I got an email that had information about submitting entries for their upcoming anthology and after reading the guidelines, I decided to try my luck.

Not long after I read all of that, I was on Facebook trolling about.  I saw a meme that had the little story about Nobody, Anybody, Somebody and Everybody.  It was cute and a bit amusing.  Once I read it, I decided to name my story Mr. Nobody.  I don’t normally name my stories first, usually I write them and then name them.  Now, I had a name but no story.  Over a period of nearly a week, I mulled over the story, coming up with openings, partial plots and not liking anything.  I almost chucked the idea entirely.

Then, as I was crocheting and playing a farming game, an idea came to me.  I did some research to make sure it was feasible, or at best, believable – something else I don’t normally do since my work is typically fantasy so all those things get thrown out the window(along with the kitchen sink at times).  So, here I am musing over an idea, and I remember seeing the picture of an old house I liked the look at some time ago.  I dug up the picture, and the beginning of the story began to form.  Yay me!

Still, I had nothing concrete so I kept thinking things over while crocheting.  I like to work stories out in my head, scenes anyway.  I had characters starting to show up and talk to me.  Then, out of the blue, an ending came to me.  It gave me the shivers how clear the entire thing was to me.  So now, I have a bit of a beginning, some players ready for parts and a great(to me anyway) ending.  I am still working on how to get from Point A to Point B and then to Point C.  Stories always have three points: a beginning, a middle and an end.  I’m still working on it.  I have until March 11 so I have time.

 Crafting – I mention crocheting because it’s the main thing I like to do.  I have tried, half assed, and at times, barely assed, getting them sold online.  I have decided I’m tired of worrying about if it’s going to work or not.  I am going to do my best to start and run an online shop selling my handcrafts as well as those of others when I’m big enough.  I am a great fiber artist, and I want to show the world what I can do!!  Wish me well!!

And that is all I have to report at this time.  Golden Knight is still being edited in spurts.  I don’t write when I don’t feel like it, and I haven’t felt like it in a while.  Perhaps, with the short story, I can kick start my writing urge and get GK done so I can get it to my Beta Readers.  We’ll see.

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