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Black Friday with Furls Hooks!!!

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Oh my goodness, Furls is having an amazing sale today!! Their Black Friday sale runs from today at 12 am Central Time through Saturday 11/26/16 at noon Monday 11/28/16 at end of day Central Time. All shipping to the USA will be free, AND there will be a bunch of deals that can all be seen HERE.

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Going Gnome felting kit review

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The felting kit used in this review was provided by Going Gnome for an honest review. The opinions in this review are those of Jessie Rayot.

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This summer I discovered Going Gnome felting kits. I’ve never tried needle felting before, and I thought it would be fun to give it a go. Plus the ladies at the booth were just so much fun, and they assured me that even someone who had never tried before could make the mushroom kit. They were also kind enough to give me an already made mini gnome to pose in the photographs. He’s a bit cheeky, and I couldn’t get him to stay in one place for all the pictures. (more…)

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Cricut fun for school days!

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With the beginning of the school year comes lots of crafts. The most recent school craft was personalizing composition books. Both girls came home with the same assignment, so downstairs we all went to the Cricut!

We looked through the Cricut Design Space and started looking through the myriad of images available with our Cricut Access subscription. Every time the girls saw one they liked, we put it in our tray and chose a color for it.

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Once we had looked through all the images (this took a while), we made a cut list and started cutting. The girls loved pushing the buttons! (more…)

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Flower Loom Canvas Project

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Flower Loom Canvas - photo and video tutorial by Jessie At Home

I made this Flower Loom Canvas Art for the landing in the stairway going to the second floor in our house. It really needed something there, and I had a bunch of 18″ by 24″ canvases in the basement waiting to become something. Would you like to learn how to make your very own? (more…)

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Phone Decal with Expressions Vinyl – This is so cute!

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Hello my crafty friends. I have something new-to-me to share with you today! When I was at SNAP back in April, I was gifted a blogger pack of various vinyls from Expressions Vinyl. I have been thinking about how I want to use it, and the first project finally came to me: a decal for my phone case! (more…)

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Easy Custom Bottle Cap Buttons

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Hello my friends! Today we have a special guest post from a crafty blogger friend. Enjoy!

Hi there! My name is Danielle and I blog over at Storypiece – a craft and DIY site that encourages others to design a meaningful home that reflects their own unique story. I’m super excited to be guest posting for Jessie today and getting to know your community.

As someone who enjoys diving into creative endeavors, I have to confess that I only knit at a basic level and have struggled with learning how to crochet. In fact, I grew-up with a grandmother that constantly crocheted beautiful pieces, but I could never master the skill… really, the only thing I managed to accomplish was frustrating her to no end.

Recently my daughter, Tess, has taken up her great-grandmother’s mantle and taught herself how to crochet. I’m continually surprised by what she comes up with.

Mod Podge Bottle Cap Button

That’s why I was completely thrilled (more…)

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Embrace your geek coloring books!!

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Oh. My. Geekiness!!!

So I’m sure you’ve all seen those coloring books for adults that have become so popular. You know, these books {affiliate links}:

Dream Catcher - life on earth - A powerful & inspiring adult colouring book celebrating the beauty of nature Kaleidoscope Wonders - Color Art for Everyone Adult Coloring Book - Stress Relieving Animal Designs Secret Garden - An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book

Well, I recently noticed a few more showing up around the internet. Now you can embrace your inner geek with these awesome coloring books! How much fun is that?! I can see hours and hours fading away with these. Click on each image to go to the Amazon listing if you want your own!

Doctor Who Coloring Book Harry Potter Coloring Book Sherlock - The Mind Palace - A Coloring Book Adventure
The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book Star Wars Art Therapy Colouring Book The Official Outlander Coloring Book
Coloring Books for Grownups Wizard of Oz Art of Coloring Disney Frozen  Tolkien's World - A Colouring Book

While you are stocking up on your coloring fun, don’t forget your colors. 🙂

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World Wide Artist Blog Hop

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Last week, Kim Guzman invited me to join in on the World Wide Artist Blog Hop.

I “met” Kim on line through a Crochet Bloggers and Designers Facebook group we are both in. She and I became fast friends, and we finally got to meet in person at the Knit and Crochet show this past July. Kim has become a dear friend, and someone I often look to for advice on not only crochet/design questions, but also on how to be a respectable professional. Plus, she makes me laugh, which is always a good thing!

Thank you Kim!!

So, the World Wide Artist Blog Hop…

Artists around the world post answers to four questions on their blogs and link to a minimum of one, maximum of three artists who post their answers the following Monday. The next Blog Hop post will be September 15.

Here are the 4 questions:
Why do I do what I do?
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
How does my creative process work?
What am I working on now?

Some Previous Participants:
Look At What I Made
Knot by Gran’ma
Kokopelli Design

I have invited the following Participants for next week’s entry:
Laurinda Reddig of ReCrochetions
Rebecca of Little Monkeys Crochet

Why do I do what I do?

It makes me happy.

I came about being “Jessie At Home” in a very roundabout way. It just sort of happened. I have always been an artist of one kind or another. I learnt to crochet when I was 8 (I wrote about that here). I was a costume designer for quite some time, but then I was set up on a blind date and everything changed. Before I knew it I was a wife and a stay at home mom. I wanted to be a stay at home mom, it was the right fit for my family and me, but I also wanted to still be me. I felt lost. As though who I was had become Jessie the Wife, and Jessie the Mom. Jessie the artist was screaming to get out. I had started a blog to share pictures and stories of my children with my large family, as none of them were really local to me. Eventually I started adding in posts about my crafty and artistic endeavors. The more I added them in, the happier I became. I found my inner artist again, and I found myself again. I discovered that with the path my life had taken, crochet and knit were really the arts that fit best into my life, and made me happiest. About 2 years ago I decided to really pursue this as a business, and make it a way to help with the bills. I still have quite a ways to go, but I am certainly on the right path. I am blessed that I am able to bring in an income doing something that makes me so happy. So, yea, I do what I do because it makes me happy.

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My little artists.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I come from a costume design background. My favorite shows to design were always the fantasy/childrens shows and the musicals. I bring that whimsy into my designs. You can see it in the Flower Fairie costumes I made for my twins 3 years ago.

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I really am drawn to designs inspired by nature and fantasy. I have quite a few.

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I also love to come up with new and creative ways of constructing my pieces. I am not a fan of seaming my knit and crochet, so I often come up with ways of joining the seams as the item is made. Sometimes I use join~as~you~go techniques that I have learned elsewhere, sometimes I come up with techniques on my own. I try to keep the patterns at a level where most crocheters can create them, and I add in lots of process photos when I think they are needed, and even videos to help out with some of the more difficult areas.

Many of my patterns include process photos, a video, and a chart, so that no matter how you learn, there is something for you!

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How does my creative process work?

Non~stop!

Everything inspires me. Sometimes I see a costume on TV that inspires me and I grab the closest piece of paper and pen or pencil and sketch out something. My house is scattered with envelopes covered in sketches! Other times I see something in a fashion magazine that causes an idea to spring forth. Mind you, I am not talking about “Oh, look at that top, I could make that in crochet” It is usually more a shape or a texture that inspires something. Often times if you looked at my inspiration and the finished design, you would really have to look to find the connection.

Of course, nature is a big inspiration for me as well.

After I am inspired, I start to create. I often hit a wall as I start to create something; sometimes what is in my head just won’t show up in the yarn. Sure, I could spend hours upon hours doing the math and approaching things logically so that I can make exactly what I designed, but that is not often how I work. Most of the time I just start working, and when I hit a wall, I work through it, letting things change. When I started creating the piece that ended up as my Fall Leaves Wrap, there were no leaves. It was going to be one continuous piece. I was going to make each row starting with slip stitches, and working higher and higher stitches as the row went along to give it shape, then on the way back I would start with the high stitches and work to the low. I was also going to offset the rows to give it the off~kilter look that the final piece does still have. I didn’t like it. I started playing with creating individual wedges to connect in an off~kilter way, and somewhere along the line I realized that leaves would be cool. I just never know where something will end up.

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What am I working on now?

Oh my goodness, so much!! I have a few finished items that just need the written patterns edited.

One is a wrap for an E~Book which will be for sale for charity. I will give you all the details as soon as I can.

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Another is this fun wrap made of just chain stitches and single crochet. This pattern will be up on the blog for free this week!!

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I am also working on an entry for the “Design a Shawl for Stevie Nicks” contest. It is inspired by my Fall Leaves Wrap.

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And let’s not forget that I am working on the crochet versions of the Kat/Katherine coats. I have a lot more ideas for patterns in this line, and I am going to give them all fairie names. The child sized, crochet version of the coat is named Lunette. Here is where she is at as of right now. I hope to have the pattern tested and released by the new year, but we will see.

A-little-progress-on-Lunette

There are also many other things in the works. You will just have to keep on coming back to see it all! Remember to visit next week’s Blog Hop posts, and you can always hop back to some of the previous posts as well. 🙂

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The Best Laid Plans ~ or ~ When does school start again?

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So I had these grand plans for the week. I was going to run to AC Moore this morning to grab some yarn for the process photos that I am adding to the Fall Leaves wrap, along with a 2 color leaf option (this means I will be making another wrap to show the 2 color option, made in yarn that can be bought from most craft stores.) Then I was going to make a Stitchopedia video for the linen stitch and get that up today. That way by the end of the week I could have the pattern for the Baker’s Tee up for you. That pattern will be free here on this blog, and I wanted the linen stitch Stitchopedia post done first as the Baker’s Tee is made with the linen st. Then there were other videos and patterns to be worked on over the week, along with getting more posts up. Oh the plans.

I have been staying up to late. WAY to late. Last night was the earliest I have gotten to bed in about a week. When I pulled up the covers it was 12:42. Oops.

Consequently, it was 9:20 before I was showered, dressed, and downstairs ready to start the week. Not the best way to get started. Somehow, catching up on my social media/email from the night managed to take an hour. Ugg. Eventually I got the girls into Thor (Doug was working until 1 today) and off we went to the craft store.

After much debate, I found a craft store yarn that would work for Fall Leaves Wrap 2.0, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable. They have just released new colorways and I am quite excited about how this is going to turn out! Remember, you can buy the pattern from Ravelry for the rest of the month for just $4.50. After that I will be adding the chart, process photos, and 2 color leaf option, and the price will go up to $6.00. Everyone who has bought it will get the updates, so you are best off to buy it now while the price is low!

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By the time we got home, it was pretty much lunch time. So I fed the littles and came downstairs with my coffee to get going on the videos. I started to set up the camera and decided it was time I find a better way to set up. Over an hour later, I was finally ready to get started. So, I did. I started the same video 4 times before I finally stopped tripping over my tongue. Things looked good for the next take, until just over a minute in, when Doug came home. I work in the basement. Children running above me do not make for good background music on my videos. I went upstairs to find out if there was going to be quite any time soon. Doug said once he got settled he and the girls would watch Star Wars. So back down I went, working on a few other things while I waited for the girls to tell me they were going to start the movie so things would be quite. I should really know better. The girls and I have super hearing, but even with his hearing aids in, Doug does not hear that well. The movie was far too loud. There was no way to make the videos without having Star Wars in the background. I don’t hold out hope for any quite once it is over, either.

Doug will be working for several hours tomorrow, and I will send the girls out back to play at that time and film as many videos as I can while I have some quite. Once school starts I will have the house to myself during the school day and it will be much easier to get work done. Until then, I just have to plan a lot better!

So, want to see some pretty pictures?

Yarn-for-Stevie-Nicks

Have you heard about the “design a shawl for Stevie Nicks” contest? Well, it appears as though I am crazy enough to give it a go. I doubt a crochet shawl will win with just a sketch, so I bought some yarn (like, really fruu fruu, expensive, crazy yarn) to make a swatch to show with the sketch. Like I said, crazy.

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The girls made some art yesterday. Here is a snap of a little unicorn Kyla drew.

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And here are the artists with their creations. Sorry, it was too bright to get a good shot, but the girls were very proud and wanted a picture.

I have had so many ideas for patterns that have grown out of the Kat and Katherine patterns. Of course the next 2 will be the crochet kids coat, and the crochet adult coat, but then I think there will be a whole line of patterns that grow from there. So I decided they all need fairy names. The pattern I am working on right now is the kids coat, and it’s name is Lunette.

Starting-Lunette

Here is the start of Lunette in size 3/4. Some of the panels have an advanced option and an easier option. The 3/4 coat I am making while I write the pattern will have the easier options. I will then make 2 in the 7/8 size for the girls, using the advanced options. I am hoping to start testing this at the beginning of the school year, at which point I will start writing the pattern for the adult version.

Sometimes-my-food-is-silly

OK, sometimes I get a little silly with dinner. This was a side we had the other night, and it was pretty, so I took a picture. It’s just mini cucumbers with a little salt. It happens to be one of our favorite sides in the family. Just a little salt though, too much ruins it, but just a bit brings out the flavor. 🙂

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I had to put together a few new images with some of my sale patterns and my logo because I am one of the designers who has donated prizes (free patterns!!) for the Crochet Lounge Birthday Party!! Hop on over there and join in the fun, there are tons of great prizes!

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Flat Stanley and the Art Fair

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Hello! Flat Stanley here. Shh!!! Don’t tell Kyla’s mom that I am on her blog.

Kyla’s weekend homework was to take me on an adventure, so we went to an art fair. It was so cool!! Kyla’s mom took lots of photos, and I managed to get ahold of her camera so I can share them with you. 🙂

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Here are Kyla and I, all ready to go.

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Here I am with Kyla and Eugene Perry! Kyla’s mom is a big fan of his. She says that one day when they fix up the back yard and have a covered deck, she wants one of his pieces there. He has pieces that are fine outside.

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Kyla thought this table created by Live Edge Art looked like a desert. So Jewel (Vada’s lizard) came out of Vada’s pocket to join in on the picture. Lizards like the desert.

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Kyla really loved this glass heart. Her mom was impressed by all the work that went into these pieces. Ernest told us that first he places all the strips of glass together to make the design and fires it, then he trims and shapes it and fires it again. Wow!

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Kyla’s mom and dad were both impressed with the art created by Sunset Forge. Maybe they will need to by one of these pieces as  well when they renovate the house…

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These beaded items were very neat. There were so many little details that a little person like myself could really admire. Megan really creates some beautiful and fun jewelry.

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At some point, Jewel decided that Vada’s hat was a better place to travel than her pocket…

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As soon as I saw this bowl, I HAD to have a picture with it. After all, today is flag day! There were so many great pieces here, but Kyla’s mom started getting a bit nervous. Something about bulls in China.

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I found more flat people!!!

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We found flat animals and flat flowers too. It was a flat paradise!

Flat-Stanley-shopping-for-belts
I was thinking of buying a new belt at Leather Report. But Brad said he didn’t have any in my size.

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Jewel really liked the elephant belt.

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What’s a fair without fair food? The lemonade is always a favorite in this family.

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Kyla couldn’t resist joining in this photo. The artist who made this table is named Susan Stanley!!! STANLEY!!! I wonder if we are related?

Jewel-on-this-cool-table
Jewel found a little forest where she felt right at home. For a minute, I thought she may stay there.

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Do you know what this odd looking thing is? It’s for making hammocks. Cool!!

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I have another secret for you. I have a little crush on this mosaic girl.

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Jewel tried to play with the mosaic girl’s pet kitten. It didn’t seem to notice her.

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I learned all about sewing machine bobbins at the awesome Old Bagzz booth! There were some really neat bags there. Pam even had Wonder Woman bags, with images from the classic Wonder Woman comics. For some reason, this made Kyla’s mom very happy.

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I think the coats by Woven Dream Designs may be a bit too big for me.

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I tried to get Kyla’s mom to buy me a pet. She said something about Jewel and moved on.

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Kyla’s mom thought this drum was nifty. So she took a photo even though I didn’t ask her to.

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Look at this, it’s a cymbal for flag day! Georgie was a very fun guy! He even had a video playing of himself making some of his art.

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I had such a good time with Kyla and her family at the art fair. By the time we got back to the car, I was ready for a nap.

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Groundhog~Bowl~Snow~Day

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Good evening everyone. We had a very creative and fun couple of days over here At Home.

Need-to-create

The girls stashed an A.C. Moore bag in Doug’s office, and occasionally they run in there to grab something out of it. A few days ago Vada pulled out this Valentine’s Day monster. It always makes me smile when they randomly decide its craft time and just start getting creative.

pirate-sparkle

Of course Kyle loves to express her creativity with fashion! This sparkly little pirate number is what she wore to school on Friday. Not the patch. She added that when she got home; at which point she stomped around the living room shouting “Arrrgg!” My dainty little Princess.

Kyla-in-her-blue-phase

And here we have Kyle is blue period. Okay maybe it’s more turquoise. That’s sparkly thing on her hand is even a turquoise ring. She was very excited about her color coordination on Saturday.

YARN!!!!!!

Look! Yarn! Lots of yarn! Pretty yarn! I love my UPS guy!

picture-wall

Okay time for a little break from the pictures of the kids to share some yarnie stuff with you.

Well one more kid~kind~of~thing. Whenever I go downstairs to my little work room in the basement this is what I see on the side of the stairs. Every once in a while the girls bring me some other new items tape up there. Isn’t it sweet?

Organize-your-stash

OK, yarn, really.

In the next week or two, I plan on putting up a little tips post on how to keep track of all of your yarn stash. I never realized I did anything out~of~the~ordinary, until someone in one of my Facebook groups asked how to keep track of all of her yarn, and I shared this picture. It’s the same way I kept track of my fabric as a costume designer. So I always thought it was normal. Anyway, I’ll share the fun little system with you later.

I-will-finish-this

Right, this, really I do love this. I do! Don’t ask me how many times I’ve frogged it, I refused to answer. But I still love it! And I will finish it! Really! No seriously, I really will. Before the summer. Because I really want to wear it. And I am curious what it is going to turn into…

I-will-finish-this-too

The jeans~to~skirt project seems to also have been put to the side for a while. I have a few contract items I need to finish up this week. But I will get to this and the fan shawl soon. Oh, that reminds me, I have something else fun to share with you. I’ll save that for another post. Aren’t I a stinker?

wait-for-it

This. You are going to love this. There will be some videos. There will be a few free tutorials. And there will be one paid pattern. And you’re going to love them all! Hopefully the free tutorials will start in the next few days, though with all the snow days it’s sometimes hard to make a video. My children aren’t the quietest creatures in the world.

Groundhog-Day

Back to the kiddies. Sunday was not only Super Bowl Sunday, but it was also Groundhog Day. The girls were super excited about the little furry guy. There were puppet shows. Lots of puppet shows.

snow-day-nap

At 5 AM on Monday morning my phone rang. It was the automated snow day a call. I, of course, turned off my alarm, crawled back into bed, and fell blissfully back to sleep. Doug was not so lucky. For some reason he can’t seem to get on the automated snow day list for his school district, and the district website kept going down, so it took a while for him to find out whether or not he had a snow day. Eventually he found that he did. The girls of course did not sleep in. So when I finally came downstairs at 8am, this is what I found.

Crochetville

Oh, I almost forgot…I made a new Jessie At Home button. Do you like it? I do!! Now I just need to use it for various avatars, and in some ads. That’s the Faded Ripple, Liz Hat, Fanny Skirt, and Rachel Skirt.

three-naked-snowmen

Back to the snow day. Doug and the girls had some good, snowy, fun. I don’t do cold. I stayed in with my yarn and the heat. Just after this snap, Doug opened the door and asked if I could bring him a handful of pennies. Why, you ask?

Vada-and-Alice

Meet Alice.

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And Brrr. I love the silly names Kyla comes up with. Did I ever tell you about her goldfish she named bloopy? Oh, and yes, she is holding Brrr’s hand.

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Here we have Alice, Vada, Olaf (I like warm hugs), Kyla, and Brrr.

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I have no idea what is going on here, but it sure is cute.

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This may be one of my favorite photos ever. I think that is a good way to leave you.

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Visitors!

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My parents are here visiting. Mom has been here for a little over a week, and Dad got here the other day. Doug has been away for nearly two weeks. He will be back tomorrow, and my folks will be off Monday afternoon.

So, you see why I have been a bit scarce as of late.

For the several days when it was Mom, the girls, and I, there was much crafting. The girls received several craft kits for their birthday, and Grammy helped them with one kit every day. Here is the product of one of those days:

Sand-Art!

I don’t remember taking this, but here is a cute picture of Kyla on her way off to bed one night.

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The first day that Grandpa was here, he told the girls about his knee replacement. They asked him how it was done. This is Kyla’s reaction to the explanation.

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Grandpa has been reading James and the Giant Peach to the girls. They are truly enjoying it (and so am I, to be honest.)

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The girls really do miss Daddy. He calls every night, and they get to chat with him sometimes.

I hope you all are having a nice week. The Flashback CAL is still going on, and I will be posting here at least a few times a week throughout the rest of the summer. Once the school year is in swing, I hope to post even more!

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Street fair wrap up

| Art, Costume, Family, Holidays

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Consistency.

I know, I need to be more consistent with my posts. As I said the other day, the stress of last few months is really getting to me; but don’t worry I’m not going anywhere. I will be working on the behind~the~scenes~stuff on my blog this summer. Basically making sure all the links go where they should (there is still some craziness from the move from Blogger to self~hosted WordPress,) and getting all my patterns in the correct directories, so that new people can find them. While all this is going on, I will still share new posts with you.

I have some great photos to share with you, I even have a new crochet pattern in the works. It is a really fun crochet skirt, child sizes all the way up to adult 5X. It’s currently being tested. The test is scheduled to end August 15, but my awesome testers are hooking away so quickly that the pattern may be able to be released by the end of the month. I’m very excited. I am even making one for myself! I gave you a peek in the last post, but here it is again.

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I plan on spending the next couple of weeks getting you caught up with the end of the school year, graduation photos, street fair insanity, dinosaurs, that free pattern I spoke of, and others such fun things.

The other day I got this awesomeness in the mail.

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So off to AC Moore I went. See the pretties I bought.

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The red white and blue was for something that is going to have to happen for 4th of July ’14, time sort of got away from me. The other colors are for that free pattern. Aren’t I a stinker with all this teasing?

Right, so street fairs. They’re finally over! It turns out selling at street fairs was not such a brilliant idea after all. They are fun to go to, but not my thing for selling. I did meet some great people though. At the street fair in Montville, NJ we were across the way from Classy Crafters. Along with other things they made really cool glass block lights. Doug fell in love with a Giants light. It’s in his office now.

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These are some amazing ladies, who are very nice, and quite talented. Go take a look at their site and you’ll see what I mean.

At the same street fair, two booths down, was I Love You Monster. And believe me, the girls loved the monsters! They absolutely fell in love with the two young woman running the booth as well. So much so that we had to call Grammy and Grandpa and ask for monsters for their birthday. When I was at the booth, I gave the monsters a good look over, and they’re sewn extremely well.

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Shh, don’t tell the girls, their birthday isn’t until the 13th. These little monsters look nice and sturdy, they should be able to handle lots and lots of love! Find I Love You Monster on Etsy and Facebook.

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The last street fair we did was just around the corner here in Nutley. We ended up next to a woman who takes beautiful photographs and puts them into cards.

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They are actually matted within the card, so after you have read the card you can put the matted photo in a frame and hang it on the wall. She also wrote this cute little book. She gave a signed copy the girls as a thank you gift because, well, there were some issues with her tent.

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Doug had to help. He brought tape tape. Lots of duct tape.

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By the end of the day I was kind of amazed that the tent was still standing.

Speaking of the end of the day, Doug’s little brother Tim and his girlfriend Christina came out for the second half of the day. They walked around with the girls for a bit (Christine was talked into buying them toys) and we all have a lot of fun together. It was nice to see them.

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At some point during the street fair a giant teddy bear walk by. It seems as though my children are not shy.

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So, yea, no more selling at street fairs for me. We will just go and have fun and buy lots of kettle corn. I love kettle corn. I think I may have an addiction…

Well, hopefully I will work on that constancy thing, and get you a post about the girls graduating from kindergarten in the next day or two. In the mean time, have a wonderful 4th of July to my American friends, or a pleasant Thursday to the rest!

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Crafty Hubby

| Art, Crafts, Flower

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Doug’s Grandmother’s birthday fell a few days after Easter this year, and Doug wanted the girls to make her something special. So the day before our Easter gathering, he guided the girls in this craft. Apparently some of the kids he tutors had brought them into the center, and he thought they would be easy enough to duplicate.

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So, without further ado ~ here is a fun tutorial typed up by me, but inspired by my Crafty Husband!!

Hand Print Lilies!

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To start off, trace some little hands onto construction paper.

Cut them out.

My 5 year old girls did both of these steps themselves, making it a true kid craft!

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Now wrap the wrists around a straw and staple. This bit required adult assistance. My girls are not friends with the stapler…

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I made a vase out of construction paper as well. I cut it to about 8″ high, and folded up the bottom 1″. I then clipped into that bottom 1″ every 1/2″ or so. I then rolled it around a thin bottle, gluing the seem at the end. Fold up all the bottom flaps and tape them well.

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Now toss some rice, beans, rocks, or some other little bits for weight in the bottom and arrange your flowers.

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Give to Grandma for lots of smiles!

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Company! Fun with the littles

| Art, Crafts, Crochet, Friends, Hat

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We had quite a fun time yesterday! Vada’s “best” friend (she actually has 3 or 4 of them,) Izabel, was over. Iz abel’s mom had to go into work at the movie theatre from 12 to 4. So she asked if we could watch Izabel for that time. She also said we could all go over to the theatre and watch “Escape from Planet Earth” for some of the time. The movie was set to get out at the same time as Izabel’s mom was finishing her shift.

Play date and movie? Sure! Kyla and Vada were very excited about time with Izabel. We picked up some wood decorations to color at A.C.Moore. The girls enjoyed coloring them!

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Izabel brought over a game, and after the coloring, she taught the twins how to play.

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Izabel was a great teacher!

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The movie was very good as well. It was a very successful play date/babysitting. Izabel is a great little girl, I would love to have her over here more often!

So…on the crafty front. A member of one of the crochet groups I am in shared this pattern today.

I have been thinking about displaying my hats at InsaniTea and at craft fairs, and also having head forms to photograph them on. That was a rather expensive prospect. However, thanks to Nan Lucy over on Etsy, I now have a better option. So I went ahead and bought the set of all the sizes, and am about to embark on my “head form adventure.” I will keep you posted as I go along! I will post photos, but I will be careful not to post anything that will give the pattern, as it is not my pattern to give.

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For now, here is the first swatch. It is 4 stitches and 4 rows to the inch with a 4.00mm hook, which should make the newborn size head form just right! Wish me luck!

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Painting pottery!

| Art, Crafts, Medieval

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As I am sitting here in Thor, waiting to check into Pennsic, I think I will be productive. You may have noticed I just figured out how to post from my Droid, so I may have many short vacation photos for you throughout the next couple of weeks. As long as I can keep my phone charged, that is.

So, as I was saying, productive.

The girls turned 5 last Friday. (more…)

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Things I meant to share.

| Art, Fantasy, Tea

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I’ve found some snaps from about 2 weeks ago I meant to share with you. First were a few from the last Yarrn Club meeting at InsaniTea.

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Dot and Katrina came along for the first half hour or so. The played at the checkers table. (more…)

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Back in time

| Art, Crafts, Family, Friends, Medieval

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The past two weekends were the annual Sands point Medieval Festival, where Doug and I always help out. We brought the girls for the first weekend, but not the second.

As always, Doug fought bravely. I think he was a good guy this year… (he’s the one standing)

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I helped out in the A&S booth, demoing various fiber arts, and enjoying the lovely days outside. The first weekend all four of us spent the night in the girls’ little 10×10 pavilion. It was a tight fit, but so nice in the morning to wake up with the girls.

Here we have Kyla inspecting the camp on Sunday morning. (more…)

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CraftHope, CAL, WiPs and other randomness

| Art, Blanket, Costume, Crochet, Family, Fantasy, Knit

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I’ve been been up to a lot o’ knitting and crocheting and other fun stuff lately. Here is a bit of everything, just a random selection of my life right now.

I’ve been getting some really great reviews about my Tea Cup Bunting pattern. It makes me happy. If you want the pattern you can buy it now; it’s only $4, and it is oh so fun and easy!

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