Sunday, May 4, 2014

Well, hey there blog. Haven't seen you in a while... 3 years I think. Whoa. Did not realize it had been that long. So one of my goals starting this month is to blog on this here crafty blog a little more often. I want to start getting to creating my own patterns and need a place to host my stuff that I want to share.

So here we are... May 2014... My goal is a minimum of 2 posts per month. Now, as far as crafty bloggers go, that's not very much, but as someone who works full-time outside the home, but loves to spend her free time making things, I think that's something I can handle for now without adding stress to my already kind of busy life. And I figure, surely I can come up with a crafty post at least twice a month. I don't want to bore my 11 readers with stuff other than crafts.

Just because I haven't posted in 3 years doesn't mean I haven't made any stuff. If that were true I'd have to change the name of this blog. I have indeed. And I still upload pics to flickr, and hopefully that little slideshow widget is still here on my blog, showing my public flickr entries. Probably should have checked that before I started writing this, lol.

So craftywise, what is Julia making? What about those things you had going in 2011 when you last posted? Well, my Project of Doom quilt got sidelined not long after my last post in 2011, and it's still sitting there in my giant IKEA bag of UFOs. I definitely plan to get back to that at some point this year. Last year I started the 50th anniversary Doctor Who Stitchalong hosted by Fandom in Stitches, but never got past #3. Last night I started stitching on #4, my all time favorite doctor. Since I last worked on this project I have changed my feelings about the type of materials I was using so I think I'm going to go back and start #3 over from scratch, because when I started stitching on it last night I didn't care for how it looked with two different kinds of thread/floss. So since I'll need to see if I have any leftover background fabric and transfer #3 again to start over, and I had #4 transferred and ready to go, I went ahead and dove in. This time around I am finding embroidery slow, but relaxing. I'm really liking it quite a bit. Before it was kind of difficult, but I hadn't really done it before and was having a hard time finding just the right materials as far as thread/floss, needle threaders, and finding a comfortable place to stitch where I could actually see what I was doing. So I'm back to that project.

Another ongoing project this year is Paper Piecing Vintage, a block of the month designed and hosted by my awesome bff Jennifer Ofenstein, of, and I'm seriously behind on that, as well, but in the next month or so hope to get totally caught up on that as my "real life" starts to calm down a bit. Paper Piecing Vintage can be found on Craftsy, just look up sewhooked there ad you'll find it.

I'm working on doing more quilting and embroidery, because yarn is just so HOT for the warm months, and I don't want to get too far behind on my Project Linus donation goals for the year. My goal this year is 12 blankets, up from 6 last year. I know I can do it if I can get to quilting. Right now I think I'm at 3 blankets, but I have one labelled and ready to turn in this coming Saturday at the monthly meeting and have a quilt top in progress. So my next post this month should have some photos for you! Meanwhile, if you're back to visit and want to see what I've been up to feel free to check out my public photo albums on flickr. I always try to put a decent description on there, that's sort of been my quickie version of blogging over the last few years.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Grampa's Legacy Lamp

Well, I should be knitting an i-cord to finish a baby gift I need to get in the mail tomorrow, but instead I'm posting on my craftyblog.

Here's a recent finished crafty which I really love. Many years ago, my dad gave my daughter (who was probably 3 or 4 at the time) a globe that he had had for years. Now, this globe is not really all that helpful, since it's so old it has the USSR and some of the countries in Africa or Asia have since changed names, but it was a lovely tan, old-world-looking globe. It was on a pedestal and had a light inside. Sadly, my dad passed away New Year's Day 2003, but my daughter has kept his globe as a reminder of the time they had together. Flash forward to the last holiday season. . Over New Year's holiday my daughter was cleaning her room, trying to find a place for all her stuff. This globe was sitting on her dresser, taking up space, but not really serviing a purpose. She said she didn't want to get rid of it, because it was given to her by her Grandpa, and made her think of him, but she also really wanted to have some space on her dresser freed up. She also really needed a reading light over her bed. So I took the globe into my craft room, and removed it from the stand, and removed the inner light workings (they would only hold up to a 15w bulb), drilled the hole in the top of the globe bigger so that I could drop an IKEA hanging light into the hole and voila...

Grampa's Legacy Lamp

Grampa's Legacy Lamp

Now Grampa's Legacy Lamp can light her way. This solved both problems, how to keep a gift from a loved one who is no longer with us, but have something useful, too. I love the warmth that it exudes, and it makes me smile whenever I see it.

And now I keep looking for other things around the house to turn into a lamp or shade...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Finally, a crafty post!

When last I wrote, I was feverishly trying to finish two items for donation at the March Project linus meeting. I joined one of the local chapters of Project Linus in February. We meet the second Saturday of each month at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center. At that first meeting I started a grannyghan with yarn leftover from a baby gift I gave in January. Below is the finished grannyghan, which was done in time to donate at the March meeting. These grannryghans are a great way to use up leftover yarn, I basically just go with one colorway until that ball runs out then start the next colorway, even if it's in the middle of the round. It still comes out looking like it was planned that way all along.
March 2011 Project Linus Donation - Grannyghan
In my last post I showed a 20" x 24" rectangle that looked more like a flag than a baby blanket. Someone else donated it to Linus the day I attended my first meeting, and I offered to take it home and make it at least baby, if not toddler sized. I wove in ends the night before the March meeting,  and below is the finished blankie, which basically was enlarged by at least 6" on all sides.

March 2011 Project Linus Donation - "Operation Make-it-bigger"
I told the ladies at the March meeting not to expect 2 blankets from me every month, the only reason I finished two this month is because I had a major head start on the "Operation Make it Bigger" one.

I've got some more finished crafts and pics to show, but I think I'll save them so I can post a little mopre frequently over the next few weeks.

I enjoyed myself much more at the March meeting, there were quite a few more ladies present, and the entire mood and vibe was friendlier and more fun. The person I had thought was in charge was actually just filling in, and the real chairperson is friendly and inviting. Sadly, none of the other yarncrafters I invited showed up, so it was just me and one other person working with yarn again. I won't give up until I increase their ranks. *evil laugh*

Monday, March 7, 2011

It's been how long?

Oooops! I haven't updated here in a couple of weeks. darn. My goal was weekly crafty updates. Ok, so what's been happening in jewells' crafty world?

Stashbusting, the recipient of which will be Project Linus. Someone donated this tiny 20 x 24 inch blanket which I am crocheting around granny-square style in a project I lke to call "Operation make-it-bigger".

I'm using complimentary multicolored brown/black/cream yarn first, then just solid cream (which I've nearly finished my skein) and I'll border with either black or brown.

I also started a grannyghan (basically a granny square that you just keep going on until it's blanket-sized) with leftover pinks, purples, and purple multi at February's PL meeting that is very nearly finished. This Saturday is the March meeting, so I'll be sure to take pics of these two finished so I can post two more FO (finished objects) here.

Haven't yet made the last two PoDBoW blocks, but I'm on sweet sweet vacation next week so I plan to get caught up on everything then.

There, a short crafty post. More pics next time, I promise!

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