Wall of Shawls

One of my new year’s resolution for 2015 was to create the “wall of shawls” in my bedroom.  The goal was to get all of my handknit shawls and scarves out of a plastic bin and on display so I could see them in all their glory and hopefully wear them more often too.  First, we had to paint the bedroom (a nice shade of burple – right in between blue and purple).  Then I had to decide how I wanted to hang the shawls.  We thought about a big piece of lattice.  I searched high and low on Pinterest and only found displays of a couple shawls at a time.  I thought about a lot of different options from Amazon.  I finally stumbled on a coffee mug wall rack.  Great price and long pegs for my shawls to fit on.  Perfect.  Two of these hold up my wall of shawls.  I have already ordered a third one for the second bedroom (a mini wall of shawls for guests to admire).  I unveiled the wall of shawls to my friends on Wednesday night when they were over for knit night.  There should almost be music playing softly in the background.  It is a stunning display and I love it!

The Dogs Say Hi Cards

When I sat down to make the last group of Happy Mail cards, I decided to make another set to use up more sticker alphabet letters.  I also wanted to use a Cuttlebug embossing folder that had been sitting in the stash and the new(ish) Stampin’ Up embossed flower paper.  I also embossed the flap of the envelope, a trick I learned from my other card club members.  A pretty simple card, but fun!  When I went to photograph it outside, the dogs decided they also wanted to say “hi.”

Now you know why I am always distracted when I am crafting at home!  Love these two!

Happy Birthday Circles and Banners

For my Happy Mail Card Club, I saw this card by Laura Vegas and immediately knew I wanted to recreate the style.  I needed to use more of my alphabet stickers and this type of card was the perfect way to do it.  This card has several old supplies being used – Cuttlebug die, scrap paper from a card kit, and kraft paper.  The banners are my favorite part!

Hope you are enjoying the month of May.  I am ready for summer break – just a few short days away!

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!