Finished it Friday: The Sunday Evening Edition

I know it’s not technically Friday anymore, but I have things! Unfortunately, I don’t have a whole lot to say about them or about their processes, but I have pretty (er… a pretty thing) things to share.

I was given some yarn for my birthday, and I fell in love with it. It was Universal Yarn in the Adobe colorway, which is a nice tan/peach color. I had started to make a hat with it all the way back in September, but I set it aside because I had special requests from people and paying gigs, and the hat was initially going to be for myself, so it got pushed to the back burner. This last week and a half or so, however, I finally decided to finish making it, and it quickly worked up. Upon finishing it, I thought it was a little bland and needed something to spruce it up. The pattern, The Big Girl Bonnet shows the finished hat with a flower attached, so I went on the search for a flower that I thought would really make the hat look finished. I scoured the internet looking for just the right one, I think I spent a day and a half looking for the perfect flower. I finally found one that I thought would look the best. A happy accident happened when I was making the flower, however, as I didn’t see the second half of the petals to the flowers, and ended up only doing one set of the Crocodile stitch on each petal base, which left me with a minimalist style flower, but I think it still looks really nice (and kind of cool and original), so I slapped a large button in the center and called it good! I think it turned out nicely.

Since it was that time of year, I decided to make a brain hat, which I decided to wear on Halloween for the trick-or-treaters. My husband helped me with this one, as he’s better at anatomical things and looks, so he placed the tubing on the hat and glued it down, which I then decided to go and stitch it down. The inside of the hat looks like a terrible mess, because of the longer stitches, but I think I’ve decided to keep this one for myself (however, it is currently listed on my Etsy shop). I think this is a really great hat, but I’m kind of weird, but it IS nice and warm!

I also made another Skulltastic Skull Scarf for a fellow Marf’s grandson. It will be getting shipped fairly quickly and I hope that he (and his grandson) like it!



I also have a new addiction, which I will write about soon!

Happy November!


Halloween 2014!

For those of you who know me in real life, you all know about my love for Halloween. For those of you who don’t know me in real life, Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I love it so much, as does my husband, that our wedding had a Halloween theme to it! There’s just something about it that I love. These days, spooks and thrills are my favorite thing about it, when I was younger and a fraid-y cat, I just loved getting to dress up in costume so that nobody would know that I was who I was, it was my chance to fit in for a single night and a chance for me to be me without being looked down upon. The fact that I’d get bags full of candy didn’t hurt matters, either!

I’ve always been a fan of the macabre and “spooky” things, even if they use to terrify me. When I was a young child, one year I went as Morticia Addams, and the following year I went as Lily Munster, two of my idols from two of my favorite shows (the original Addams Family, I’d like to add, I never liked the 90’s Addams Family until I grew up). As I grew older my costumes started to change into things that I felt like them being, instead of what my parents thought was acceptable. I even went trick-or-treating all the way until I was in 10th grade, but I went in full costume with my best friend, traipsing through our neighborhoods having a blast. My junior and senior year of high school were spent driving around filming terrible “horror movies” with gore courtesy of the Burger King condiment bar. After high school Dain (who was just my boyfriend at the time) and I bought a 1977 Chrysler Town & Country hearse for me – to go with his 1981 Cadillac DeVille hearse, naturally, and ever year since 2006, I’ve spent Halloween with Dain, sometimes our friends, and, as of 2007, two hearses, instead of just one. Of course, as years go on and you hold an interest in something, your collection of those things grows a bit bigger each year, and our Halloween collection is no exception!

Since I’m so fond of Halloween and our set up each year, I always take pictures to watch how it grows and look for ways that we can improve on it. Please forgive me for the not-so-great quality of these pictures. For some reason I refuse to use a tripod when I use my actual camera, and the pictures from my phone were seriously lacking this time around, when usually they’re of fairly good quality. I hope you can at least get an idea as to the awesomeness that is our set up! I’m breaking these up into two groups, pictures from my phone, and the ones from my camera. I hope you all enjoy!

Pictures from my camera:

Pictures from my phone:

My first few things for sale!

It has finally happened, I have finally made a couple of things to sell, and I am thrilled and plan to make many, many more things to sell. After all, my dream is to eventually have selling my creations be my main and only source of income. I will remain hopeful! I’m under no false pretenses that these items are going to fly off of the shelves, but I can remain hopeful, right?

Want to check them out? Here’s my shop.

Also, if you’re interested, check out my facebook page! I plan to do a giveaway when I reach 100 likes! While we’re at it, what would you be interested in from a giveaway? Yarn? A hat? Scarf? Notions? Let me know 🙂

New Giveaway!

It’s a pretty awesome giveaway!

Nittin' Ninja

This is my new giveaway offer, geared more towards the crafters out there.  I had to think about this one and finally came up with an option that would make a suitable gift.  So, I have decided to part ways with a lovely wool from Knit Picky Andean Treasures line, in a great color called Embers.  There’s 3 skeins, 330 yards total of DK Peruvian goodness.

Stacked all pretty. Stacked all pretty.

Artistic, yet simple. Artistic, yet simple.

Scrumptious! Scrumptious!

In order to enter,  go to my Facebook page, and like the post that announces the giveaway.  This counts as “one”.  If you want two extra entries, share the post!  When I reach 207 likes on my page,  I will make a video of the drawing and post/announce it on my page.

Good luck!

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Catchin’ Up on This Fine Monday!

So I’ve been MIA for another week! I think I can finally get back into the regular swing of things with blogging and crafting.

I may have mentioned in a previous post, I had a phone interview with a state credit union and was moving onto the next step in the interviewing process. Unfortunately, I did not go any further, which was a pretty big blow to me, and it kept me down for quite a while, but there’s a reason that I didn’t get that job, I just haven’t quite figured it out yet.

I applied to a temp agency in town last week and had an interview with them last Wednesday. I believe it went well! It went well enough to where they decided to place me in a (very temporary) gig as an Election Judge in the upcoming elections on November 4th. It’s only a total of 9 hours, but it will look nice on my resume and I’m very excited about it. I kind of hope I get to work either the ballot box and hand out stickers or the demonstration table, as those seem to be the least stress inducing. I was informed by one of my references that the temp agency had contacted them, so I hope that means that the rest of my references will get back to the agency and they’ll place me in a quick manner.

I finished the Super Secret Projects, which were two hats for a couple of friends. A Cthulu hat, and a hat to look like their cat, Odin:

I was also asked to make another skull scarf for someone’s favorite little guy. Which I am excited to get wrapped up and sent off. It shouldn’t take too much longer to finish that up!

I’ve made a couple of other hats in the last week, a brain hat and a regular “fashion” hat. The brain hat has yet to have the brain attached, and the other hat I have yet to take a picture of, which I might save for Finished it Friday.


My very first Yarnbox arrived on Friday and I am totally and completely hooked. The yarn they sent is wonderful and the patterns that are included are wonderful. This month’s yarn was from’ Neighborhood Fiber Company, in one of two weights, either a “Rustic Fingering” in a palette of candy apple reds, midnight blues, vibrant violet, and deep greens. The other weight is DK, in two colors, a bright last-leaf green or soft gray.’ The featured designers are Annie Riley and Katya Novikova, the free patterns are “Leaflet Gloves” by Annie Riley and “Overcast” which is a beautiful shawl from Katya Novikova. I am still tossing around the idea of making the Overcast shawl, or if I’m going to search around for something else. Luckily for me, yarn doesn’t expire! I have found, however, that I now need a ball winder, as these yarns come in hanks, as they would if they were shipped to a store, and to make things easier for me I should really buy a ball winder. It’s on the list!

I also had a surprise arrive at my doorstep on Thursday! It was totally unexpected and completely awesome. Sometimes, my mom really understands my needs:


Officially my new favorite sweater!

I am also preparing for my monthly yarn order early this coming month, which is all yarn for Christmas gifts. I’ve got enough yarn otherwise to make a few things to sell. I’m having a hard time coping with the fact that not only is it almost Halloween, but Christmas is right around the corner, too. Damn.

Well, that about sums it up for me! Happy crafting, everyone

Autumn Bluff Beauty

So I have been MIA for the last week, it’s been a busy week with not a whole lot of time to sit down and blog, let alone sit down and craft. However, thanks to some beautiful weather here in Southeast Minnesota, and the autumn colors finally coming ’round to visit, I did accomplish something on my to-do list.

So what’s kept me so busy? Well, October is a busy month full of birthdays and anniversaries and of course, autumn!

Tuesday was my brother-in-law’s birthday, which I did not attend, due to a recent falling out, but my husband, father-in-law, and mother-in-law all went to supper and to have a housewarming type deal for my brother-in-law. It was apparently a good time, they went to Famous Dave’s (which, really, you can’t go wrong there) and they had cake and everyone got to see my brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s kids. So that was good. In the meantime, I had the whole house to myself to just sit in silence, which is not something that I get to do very often. I don’t even really remember if I played any music, but I do know that there wasn’t any sound aside from the occasional barking from the dogs due to whatever it is that they decide to bark at (seriously, I think they just like to bark. 98% of the time there isn’t a damned thing out of the window that they’re barking at). It was really nice and something that I really need to do more often.

Wednesday was mine and Dain’s 3 year wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe that it was already three years ago, but I couldn’t be happier. I’ve found somebody who loves me for all of my quirks and problems and doesn’t think that I should just drop dead. We spent the day with our friend who officiated our wedding, she happens to be one of our very best friends and one of the few people who will actually make time for us out of their lives. After we spent time with her, we spent time with our other best friend who happened to be in town for a few days. It was really great to see him, like it always is. While we didn’t get to do anything extraordinary, we got to spend it with some of our best friends and wouldn’t have had it any other way. It was a really great way to spend our anniversary.

Thursday was my sister-in-law’s birthday. However, we did not get together with her as she lives on the East coast, BUT! we spent the afternoon out and about taking pictures in one of the most beautiful spots in the entire country. I might be biased because I live here, but I’ve lived a handful of other places that gloat that they’re the “Most Beautiful Place In America” and they’ve got nothing on this area. We went out armed with two 35mm cameras and my digital point-and-shoot and only got about 1/8th of the way into the cemetery (yes, yes. Trust me, it’s gorgeous) before both 35mm cameras were out of film, and because we’re awesome, we didn’t bring any extra film (not to mention the second camera that we brought, my Holga, wouldn’t have been able to have been used even if we did bring extra film because I need either a dark room or a changing bag because you can’t wind the film, and it’s not technically made for 35mm). We continued on in a little ways and took a bunch of shots with the digital. We haven’t gotten the film developed yet (because the pricing is outrageous and our budget is capped for the month) but hopefully in a couple of weeks I will have the film processed and ready to post.

In the meantime, however, here are the digital photos that we took! I don’t remember all of what I took and all of what Dain took, but it’s about 50/50, so he gets credit. I say that the shots that he took are better (the few that I remember him taking) and he says that the shots that I took (that he remembers) are better. So we’re at a stalemate. I hope you all enjoy!

I am really excited to get back into creating things and I’m even more excited for Hallowe’en. Only 11 more days after today! Hell yeah!

When Do You Say “No”?

I think everybody who crafts probably has that one (or several) person in their life – A friend, a parent, a sibling – someone who you’re fairly close to and spend a significant amount of time with, and someone that you really don’t mind doing things for, including making items of your craft for them. At first it starts out with a few things here or there. That person would like a gift made for their co-worker’s baby shower. So you agree to make it, and everyone falls in love with the item when that co-worker shows it off to everyone at work. “Great!” You think to yourself, “I’ll get a little bit of work out of this!” And you patiently await to take some orders.

But those orders never come. However, this person in your life comes back to you and asks you for another item, so you make it and they bring it to their co-workers, and you again patiently await more orders, yet your phone still doesn’t ring. You convince yourself that times are tough and most people just don’t have the spare cash to buy something like that, especially while bringing a new life into the world, so you let it slide.

So a short while later, you’re approached again, and again – and you oblige. This person has done a lot for you and never really put up much of a stink about what they’ve done for you, so why should you make a stink about doing things for them? However, your supplies for your crafts are starting to run low, and you don’t have any spare cash to buy supplies because you’re not taking much (or any) money in because your product is just being given away with no return customers. This person who asks you to do this stuff is always very appreciative of what you do for them, but appreciation only goes so far.

Then this person comes to you after bringing another one of your creations to their co-workers and tells you about how two or three of their co-workers asked if you could make one of these items for them. “Finally!” you think to yourself, “My big break!” This person in you life goes on to tell you all of the colors that they want them in. So you tell that person in your life that you’d be glad to do them, but depending on the size, each item will cost $x0 amount to $x5, but you’d be more than happy to do it. This person kind of gives you a look, and quickly changes the subject, and then doesn’t bring it up again for a couple of weeks.

Then, while you’re finishing up your current project and showing it off to the people around you, this person asks you if you could make them another of your items for So-and-So’s baby shower on Tuesday. Again, you oblige, even though it’s currently Thursday and you’ve got paying customers stuff to make already. So you continue to work on your paying customers items as well as go about your normal life.

It’s now Sunday night, and this person sees you organizing your craft supplies and overhears you talking to your partner/friend/cat about the project that you have to do and get sent out, so they ask you if you’re going to have that item done by Tuesday, as it’s the last day that person will see their co-worker, and since “[the item] doesn’t take you much time to do” you’re expected to get it done now. So you set aside your paying project and try to find supplies to appease the needs of the new item. When you’re told about the type of items that are needed for this new item, you suddenly realize that this item is an item that was mentioned to you before, that it was one of the 3 co-workers who all thought the last item was super cute and wanted one for themselves. You’ve been bamboozled into giving away more of your product.

All of this wouldn’t be a big deal, but the money that you make from the sale of these items is your fuel and food money, the couple of things that this person always complains about you not having enough of.

You realize that you’re being taken complete advantage of. You’ve made well into the three digit amounts of money for this person, and you’ve only gotten one sale out of it.

When do you tell that person “That’s enough! I can’t keep making things for you to give away!”? How do you approach that conversation? Do you just suck it up and continue to make things and hope that, eventually, traffic will make it’s way to your site, product will start selling, and orders will be placed? Even though you’ve made something for what seems like every single person that person works with?