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Saturday, September 30, 2006

my little shop on etsy

it's finally up!
there are only a few things in it. ifinally got over the pricing hump but it's now taking me longer to figure out how to describe my items in such a way that some one might take another look after reading. i have a few more scarves to add for now. those will go up gradually.
so, here's the link to my shop. i still have to make a button and banner and all that to jazz it up a bit.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

gettin this show on the road

i've been up for the past few hours doing etsy related stuff. i've taken pictures of most the stuff i have to sell now i just have to figure out how the whole invoice and receiving payments thing is done. i still have to price my stuff but that's just a tiny step so i think that'll be easier now. of course i think my finished works are brilliant but i'm trying not to expect too much out of this. i don't want to be sitting broken hearted in six months because my stuff didn't move. this is the first time in years that i've put myself out there in any way. i'm hoping that it's a positive one. as far as support goes on my side from the people around me, my family who has been telling me that i need to sell my things is like yeah yeah, we'll believe it when we see it. i don't know if most of them have gotten used to me doing pretty much nothing or what but a bit more support would be nice. my friends are the most encouraging. a lot of them didn't know i even crocheted until last year so they think that what ever i do will be great. this includes james, who is of course family. i've been working on a 'quick scarf' for about a week now. i usually do my scarves in short rows so i wanted to try one or two doing long rows instead. it used to take me forever to make a scarf, i thought it was because of all the turning but i guess it's just me. i have about 8 to sell so i'm tired of making them already. now that i've discovered thread, i'm looking for ways to use it.
honestly, i feel like i've lost a bit of interest in crochet lately. i think it's because i've got so much other stuff on my mind. i try to crochet at least once a day to get somewhere with all the WIPs i have. i haven't touched the mother's day afghan in a while and i don't think i want to any time soon.
gosh, my mood just got rotten.
i'm going to go grab a piece of cake and a few cookies and see what's on the tube.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

And where have you been?

now that i'm here finally, i don't know what to say! i've been wanting to blog lately but haven't been able to. i had to right click and open the link in a new window just to get here so i wonder if it has anything to do with my antivirus program. i think i'm able to change my layout now so that's all good. i'm liking my flowers, though.
a quick update:
i finished one whole skein of bernat's softee baby already while working on the round ripple. i'm on row 29 as of last night. W0ot! i was a bit worried that i wouldn't be able to finish it out in the colors that i wanted because when i went back to wally world to pick up another skein, they didn't have the purple i needed. i thought that if it boils down to it, i could just change the color pattern and make blue the second half's main color. FORTUNATELY, my aunt went to another walmart way out some where and they did carry the color i needed so that's good to go. ;-)
i don't know what the finished dimensions are supposed to be but i'm using a size F hook- i don't think the blanket will be big enough to use for the entire first year for baby. i may wind up adding on to the 50 rows in the original pattern. i'm groovin on the blanket, though. give me some soft tunes and correct lighting and i'm speed crochetin on that mug.

i'm not sure what percentage 29 of 50 would be so i'll put it at 60%

Ah, the ever so lovely rug! this is something i work on in spells. matlock helps me get it going at a productive pace but i'm only able to watch that at 3am. i decided that some simple double crochets would help it along and it has. they've also allowed it to puckle a bit. it's a rug, so i don't think it'll matter. i'm making this one for dominic to lay on while he watches his toons. i don't know if i've rejected the idea of laying on the floor and then some where else because of my mom saying 'don't sit your dirty but on the couch after you've sat on the floor' when i was little but i believe dominic will enjoy it. if he doesn't i'll just keep it for myself. i often crochet while sitting on the couch- i could use it as an in front of the couch rug.

this was to be a scarf at first but t he back looked kind of funky where the FPDC are made. the yarn i used isn't the softest either so i decided to make it into a purse. i'm plannin on selling the finished product. it's something that i would carry so i'm hoping others will think the same way. i still have to put the handles on and figure out how i want to do the sides. it's sure to be a good look, though.

I was feeling a bit adventurous. this month's swap was a mystery so i thought i'd make an amigurumi for my partner. i don't like the way it turned out, though. it's dimensions are off, i think. i may be a little hard on myself but it looks only a little like the picture on the pattern. so, i didn't send it. it's sitting on my monitor tail-less and sad looking. i have a whole big bag of fiberfill that's taking up more space than it should so i guess i was just looking to use it up. i want to attempt a bunny still. hopefully i can make up my own pattern so i can sell them. hopefully. i found the pattern here
i wanted to try this one but the instructions were a bit confusing for me. i wasn't sure when to stuff or how to assemble.
i finally got my swap sent out today. i had a hard time figuring out what i wanted to send. i can be mrs. indecisive when given too many options.
an angel swap is about to begin in another group i'm in. i've found a couple of angel patterns. i tried one and was just confused as all get out so i set it aside. i want to get started on those right away so i won't be doing anything last minute. they are to get to our partners by thanks giving so i've got a bit of time. pattern searching is the hardest part.
i will be getting married at the end of this year and i've already got a dress. i think it's a bit summery looking so i was going to kick it to the curb. Cris suggested that i bring it into the winter season by making a capelet or wrap to go with it. that's a good idea. i had thought of making one for the fall out of chiffon but that stuff is harder to cut straight than i expected. so i'm on a search for the perfect wrap/shawl/capelet pattern for my dress. the dress needs some work, but not much. i'm what people would consider to be short and the dress is pretty long so it needs to be brought down to size. i'm worried about doing that. i got some high heels on sale at jc penny. they were originally $45 bucks, i got them for 14. i don't think i'll be wearing them, though. they're about 3.5'' high- i can't walk in them. i got them so i wouldn't have to shorten the dress but i don't want to be as tall as james at the altar and i have some time to rectify so i'll be looking into that. i want to post a picture of it but james hasn't seen the dress yet and i'm not wanting him to until our day. i'm proud of the dress because i got it for a mere 12 bucks plus shipping.
i've put my charity crochets aside for a bit. i want to make a few caps for Caps to the Capital. i didn't read the whole thing until yesterday so i think i best get moving. i'm going to see if i can send mine to some one to be bundled and sent with theirs.
so yeah, that's what i've been up to. i've got to get this purse finished!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

some updates on what i'm doing

i found time to work on the rug while iw as watching matlock early- or late one day. i've decided that the cross stitch takes too much time and effort so i'm doing a section of regualr ole dcs in between sections of cross stitches. this is making it go a lot faster and has gottem me to about 40% done with it. i can't wait until this is done because it seem slike the more time i don't spend on it the more my don enjoys rolling around on the floor. i just know that he'll grow attatched to it and have it years from and look at it and be like, what the heck was mom thinking when she made this!?
the september swap has come around and while i already had one item in mind- i'm done with that one and want to do more but i'm having a tough time deciding what. this month's swap is a mystery so it's whatever i choose. i have an idea of what i want to do but i'm afraid that the execution won't be to great. i like doing swaps because they challange me to do my best.
there's another swap coming up in another group that i'm in. i'm having a hell of a time finding angel patterns that i like. i like to make functional items and all the ones i've found are pretty much just good for looks- i guess that's not a bad thing. i'm afraid some one will open up my package and be like, oh thanks - an angel.
i found some sachet packets at the dollar store that smell like christmas. i can't wait to use those. i've made one ball (i don't know what for) and put it in my purse hoping that everytime i go in there, it'll smell like home. i'm thinking about making those for stocking stuffers. but i always have a whole mess on my plate so we'll see.
i'm in a bit of a crocheting mood right now. the weather's nice so i have my window open. the heat from the computer is kind of slighting that though. i missed matlock tonight- that's only the best show to crochet to. i'll find motivation before i'm off to sleep.