2015 First Quarter Stash Report

Happy spring and happy second quarter of the year!  It was a busy quarter for me, but I still took the time to work my goals for the year and to remember my one little word – nourish.  Thinking about that word is going to be a lot easier this spring and summer.  Overall, I am doing well on my stashes.  I have not sewn anything yet this year.  I have no finished spinning projects to share – just lots of bobbins that need plied.  I did destash a lot of my handspun on a Facebook group this past quarter.  That felt pretty great to send some of my first handspun yarn out into the world for others to enjoy.  I have been knitting at a steady pace and I already posted about my weaving progress.

Fabric Update:

Used Year to Date: 0 yards

Added Year to Date:  2 yards

Destashed Year to Date:  -2 yards

Fiber Update:

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  0 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  22 ounces

Traded/Destashed Year to Date:  46 ounces

Yards Spun Year to Date:  0 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:  24 ounces

Finished these simple socks this quarter!

Yarn Update:

Knit Year to Date:  2,512 yards

Woven Year to Date:  1,369 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  745 yards

Purchased Year to Date: 1,818 yards

Acquired for Free to Date:  0 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:   2,808 yards

I hope your craftiness had a great first quarter too!

Feel Better Soon Cards

It is unusual for me to just sit down and create cards out of the blue.  Usually I have a purpose, like my card club or a holiday.  This pack of stickers just jumped out of my stash and demanded to be made into cards.  So I pulled out an embossing folder I have not used yet, some ribbon, and created these simple cards.  All around the theme of “feel better soon.”

Hopefully I will not need to send one of these cards to you any time soon!

Zentangle Background Card

I have been on a Zentangle kick lately.  The link takes you directly to the “official” website, but not all designs like this have to be officially called a zentangle.  Basically, the twists and patterns create the fun designs.  At first they seem impossible to draw, but if you watch a couple YouTube videos about the process, it becomes much more simple.  The whole mindfulness idea behind it really resonates with me too.  Then my friend Cathy told me about Stamptangle stamps.  Pre-stamped tangles to color.  A 40% off sale and I grabbed several designs.  I made the card below for my Happy Mail Card Club using Copic markers and Blendabilities.  It is hard to tell in the image, but there is a crackled finish on top from Distress Rock Candy.  The “hello friend” is just a sticker from a really old set I had.  I thought the black cardstock really made the image pop.  Just a fun, colorful card!

There will be plenty of stamptangle cards and Zentangles in my future!

My Rigid Heddle Adventures

After the wedding last June, the present I gave to myself was a 15″ Schacht Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom.  I had been eyeing them for several months ahead of time, thinking about which loom I wanted to buy.  Reading the reviews and comments on Ravelry really helped and I am really glad I chose this loom.  Right away I made two scarves, but then I was stalled out for several months because I had a slightly stretchy yarn on the warp.  I finally finished that project and then got back on a kick of weaving plain weave scarves.  Somehow I never blogged about any of them this entire time.  So this will be the rigid heddle loom montage of projects (all listed on my Ravelry page):

A special thanks to my direct warp helper – my husband!  And the dogs seem to always want to help as well.  Why am I posting all these projects now, you might ask? Well, I have moved on to a bigger loom already.  I saw a deal online that I could not pass up – while I was watching for a deal on hand combs.  That’s another story for another day.  But yes, I bought a floor loom for an incredible price and am currently learning how to use it.  My mother-in-law has my rigid heddle loom on loan so she can learn how to weave next.  And my friend Janelle has a Cricket loom now too!  She tried mine out on knit night at my house and caught the bug (so I say).  The weaving bug is spreading…looking forward to seeing what I can create next on my big loom!

Leftover Authentique Cards

Yesterday I was in my craft room, looking through my little gatherings of leftover card making supplies. I found a grouping of stickers and paper where I knew instantly how to use them up.  I had to go back through blog posts to find that these were the materials leftover from my Authentique Card Kit way back in September 2013!  How fun.  I wish Diana still made card kits!  Here are three cards I quickly put together.

That’s two weeks in a row of cards.  I have been knitting and weaving up a storm too, just nothing especially exciting to share on the blog.  Hope you are getting a chance to create lots of projects!

Sincere Thanks Cards

To start out my Happy Mail Card Club cards for 2015, I created a simple card using the flower image from the Online Card Classes – Copic Markers for Card Makers. This image is about as detailed as I have gotten in my coloring adventures, but I was excited to blend the colors to create a realistic flower.  The reds are actually the Stampin’ Up Blendabilities Cherry Cobbler set, which match the background paper (of course!).  After I spent so much time coloring the image, it just seemed appropriate to use a simple background of embossed Swiss Dots and a simple “thank you” message.

I hope your crafting is off to a great start in 2015!

Apple Pie Filling Gifts

My homemade gifts for Christmas this year were canned goodies.  I blogged about canning cherry syrup/jam back in August, but I had to wait for this post because several of you readers got the “homemade apple pie filling!”  I live right next to apple country here in PA, so it only made sense to can a variety of local apples when they were in season during October.  I found the recipe I wanted to try at Food in Jars.  I bought my Clear Gel from Amazon after I quickly realized I could not find it in the stores.  And my spices were from Penzey’s (my favorite spice store).  I made two batches – 6 pints and 6 quarts (all jars from the wedding).  The batch tasted delicious and it was just as much of a sticky mess as the cherries.  I just hope it stayed delicious – I gave them all away!