Getting Ready for First Craft Show of the Season

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Right now I am downloading the Square Reader on my phone. Should have done this earlier in the week but it wasn’t on my mind.

Trying to get two pre-ordered scarfs done. Both are ribbed. It is an easy knit as far as the pattern but takes quite a bit of time. One is a solid color and the other is variegated. I have been alternating them as to not get bored and to not “kill” my eyesight. The solid one is black! I also need very good lighting to see my stitches.

Tomorrow night we will be getting our inventory and supplies together that we are taking. My mom and I have decided not to take all of our inventory. Some things we are rethinking and others we are revamping for future shows and on-line selling.

Stayed tuned for Craft show dates and times and for new patterns by yours truly!

Helpful Tip of the Day – Old T-Shirts or T-Shirts that may be tattered

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Never throw anything out that you can re-purpose…..that is, if you’re going to use it!

I grabbed an old T-Shirt on my way out of the house today to cut it up to use it as a cloth to clean off the screen of my Nook.  On my drive into work, I was thinking about the different ways to re-purpose an old T-Shirt.

My White T-Shirt is actually in good condition other than it has a hole the size of a pencil erasure right in the middle of the Torso.  Yeah, I wore it around the house.  Yeah I wore it in the early morning hours or in the late night hours when I would have to take Brandy, my dog, out to go potty, but today I needed a cleaning cloth.  Most T’s are made of cotton and those are the only T’s I would use for cleaning because they normally don’t scratch surfaces.  They are great for cleaning off your Tablet screens, your TV and Computer Monitor screens, but they are also great for cleaning your glasses and to use for dusting.

My suggestion for cleaning cloths  is to cut them out in squares that are a little bit larger than your hand.  This gives you a good grip especially if you are dusting.  You won’t get goo on your hand if you use cleaners for dusting.

Another idea for re-purposing T-Shirts is to remake them.  You can cut off the arms and add embellishment where the seam is.  You can add other types of cloth.  In my case where the hole was in the torso area, you can cut off the T and add a piece of fabric of another color or fabric that has a design on it.  You can even combine two old T-shirts to make one!  In doing this, you might find you like it and have a crafty item to make for yourself, family and friends or make them to sell.

Happy Re-purposing!

Helpful Tip of the Day – Address Labels

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I still receive address labels as promotional items from charities that are wanting a contribution.  With e-mail, I don’t use snail mail a lot and I don’t like to throw things away.  I have found a new way to use my address labels.

I am a collector of books and of magazines.  I use the address labels to identify my books whenever I go to crafty events and need to determine what is mine at the end of the day.  I have also used them to identify my magazines from my Mom’s.  For awhile my Mom and I were getting subscriptions to the same magazines and were fighting over who’s magazine was who’s.  I also use the labels in notebooks and journals.  I believe I have also used them in CD cases.

So don’t get rid of your labels!  There are many other great uses for them!

Lovely Day so far

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Sitting outside this morning with my Mom and Brandy. I was trying to get a photo of her looking at me but she wouldn’t cooperate. My Mom even held a piece of bacon up over my head and she looked everywhere but at me. It seems like she knew I was trying to take her picture!

Mom is eating her breakfast. She brought B-Girl out while I was cooking. Brandy wanted to stay out so we took up camp in the back yard. It is a little windy. I don’t know if it is just windy or a storm is brewing up. I’ve been pretty lucky with the weather on my time off.

Monday, Memorial Day, I spent some time hanging out with one of my dear friends, Andrea. She showed me a lot of the neat things she was making and some she had already made. She also showed me some things she had pinned on Pinterest. Pinterest is so addicting!

Tuesday I worked on the yard. I sprayed my crabapple tree and a few bushes and the base of my large pine tree. The bush behind the crabapple and the crabapple have some type of algae or maybe it’s blight. No one could really tell me so I bought something that deals with both. I also sprayed my lawn for weeds. I had Tru-green for a year and then switched to Scott’s because my lawn looked horrible. I had Scott’s for two years and my lawn started looking worse than it ever had with not only the weeds but the moss and algae growing all throughout the lawn.

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This is a picture of my trees.

I think I overdid it because I came in the house, got in the shower and immediately felt sick. I had to get out of the shower and lay down for about an hour before I could get back in the shower and get dresses. I was supposed to take my Mom grocery shopping but that didn’t happen. I battled an upset stomach all day.

Today we are going to battle grocery shopping. I want to go before people start getting off of work. I’m not fond of busy, crowded stores and I live on a side of town where a lot of ethnic people live and they take their entire families grocery shopping. I probably wouldn’t even mind if the kids were kept under control but most of the time I get ran into, pushed or everyone stands in the middle of the aisles and no one tries to move even if you say excuse me.

Ok, got that out of my system!

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Sitting Outside Enjoying the Weather

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I brought Brandy, my doggie daughter, outside this morning to go potty and get some nice refreshing air. It has been so peaceful sitting out here, that my Mom and I decided to eat our breakfast, drink our coffee, knit and work on my blog and FB page out here.

I really wish that I could do more outside because I think I’m being pretty productive! It beats sitting in the house all day. I know when I am on the house I tend to be lazy and watch a lot of TV.

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That’s Brandy taking her nap!

Found Projects

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I previously posted that I was looking for some new projects. Well, wish and you shall receive!

Baby Booties, baby blanket and maybe baby sweater for new Great Nephew.

Crochet Grocery bags – It is a set of four and I’m making 2 and my Mom is making two. If all goes well I will also make a set for a friend.

A scarf that I’m redoing to give to one of my Aunts for next winter. I made the scarf and then found a hat pattern that I really liked. My Mom suggested I redo the scarf to match the pattern of the hat. I didn’t really want to because the original took me so long but my Mom had already frogged the scarf! Sigh…….

A Blanket I promised my little cousin Thomas a couple of years ago. Yes, I forgot and then had to put it on the back burner a couple of times to prepare for some shows. (Yes I have a first cousin and a second cousin by the name of Thomas, not related to each other…)

As I’m writing this I’m thinking of promises I made to myself to make for other people….

Blankets knitted, crocheted or Quilted for my other younger generation of cousins I haven’t made anything for yet. Some of the ones that are still really young I may make toys, I do have some ideas in mind!

Fashion scarves or cowls for my Aunt’s and cousins that live in warmer weather and winter scarves for those that live in colder weather.

Hats for charity – thankfully I have a little extra time to deal with those since I take those to camp in Feb.

A throw for both my step mom and step sister. I need to make something for my nephew and step brother but have not thought of anything yet.

I cannot say that I do not have anything to do. What I can say is that I need motivation to do it. Since I started this post I have also come up with some new ideas for my Etsy shop, crocheted and knitted jewelry (arm cuffs and bracelets) and different style headbands. We do have some made but I need to finish putting them together.

Not doing much crafty today

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I’ve been catching up with some shows on Netflix, shows that I’ve saved in my queue, but haven’t had a chance to watch in forever. I think I just wanted a mindless weekend where I could just stay home and enjoy the weather.

I did make it outside with Brandy. We were out for about an hour. She fell asleep outside with her nose in a patch of dirt, Silly Girl! I kicked back took some books out with me, 3 creative and one spiritual – by the way I didn’t end up looking at any – my IPad and some water. I played a few games and watched a show and came back in the house to make lunch.

My Pal and partner in creative crime, Susi, called. We chit chatted for a few and now I’m contemplating what I am going to do next. I really need to clean. I really need to do laundry and I really need to find my next project. Oh the choices!

For those of you in central Ohio, I hope you have the chance to get outside today and enjoy Mother Nature!

To Do List – Saturday 4-13-2013

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– Clean House -this is ongoing with so many parts. This could be a list all by itself!

– Take photos of handmade items to list on etsy site.

– Do laundry – I don’t consider this a part of cleaning the house since I need clean clothes regardless of whether or not I clean my house.

– Work out in the yard – pick up trash that has blown into the yard, rake up leaves, spray trees, hang bird house, clear out lamb’s ear.

– Create new blog for Imagin8 – new creative group I’m starting – also need to create other web presences for it.

– Pay on furniture layaway.

– Go to Agora today or tomorrow – last Agora at Junctionview Studios in Grandview, Ohio – The Studio is being demolished soon to become part of the Grandview Yards.

-Vacuum out car.

– Find a knitting/crochet project to start.

– Apply to a couple of shows I’ve been looking at.

– Transfer some of my posts from my old blog to my new blog

*** this list is enough for a few weeks worth of work!

I’m up

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I’m up on Saturday morning. I woke up when the paper person threw the paper and hit my front door. My guess is that it was around 6 am. It was still very dark out with no light trying to peak out. I attempted to go back to sleep but my doggie daughter, Brandy heard me stir and she got up. She went into the entry way and got a long drink of water. Brandy only drinks water right before she goes outside to go potty. She has been using this train of thought since February of last year when I had to board her to go out of town. They didn’t take her out and she tried to hold it as long as she could. I felt bad because I thought they took your dog out for potty breaks. They didn’t advertise otherwise and I was so excited to go to knit camp that I didn’t think to ask. After Brandy’s long drink of water this morning she came and got me. It was still dark out and I really didn’t want to get up so I groaned a little bit, I’m sure I said something but whatever it was, Brandy decided not to bother me and went back to sleep.

I had set my alarm clock last night for 8, I went to bed around 1:00 am and thought 7 hours was good for a good night’s sleep. I woke up again on my own, looked around and listened, Brandy was still asleep and my Mom, who lives with me, was still asleep. I went back to sleep myself. I should have looked at the clock first, before going back to bed, because it seemed like I had just closed my eyes when the alarm went off. Brandy heard the alarm and waited patiently for me to get up. I slipped on some clothes, took her out. Ran to McD’s when I was done with her. I came back home and ate breakfast.

I watched two shows of Sewing With Nancy on PBS, half of the Pioneer Woman on Food Network and now I’m watching Desperate Landscapes on DIY. I’m contemplating laying back down for a little bit. I have a lot to do but trying to do it when you’re tired is sometimes self defeating. I’ll finish drinking my coffee and see how I feel then.

Happy Saturday!

Thrifting

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Tonight I made a visit to my favorite thrift store, Ohio Thrift in GC. I’ve been going there for years, finding it back in my Nationwide days, when I worked in Grove City. In all the years I perused the store I never paid attention to their books or crafts. Last year my Mom and I went just to get out of the house and to save some change if we bought anything. We looked at their books and were pleasantly surprised. Their books were sorted by hardback and paperback and novels versus other book types! Oh yeah, the novels are also sorted in alphabetical order by author! After that visit I just kept wanting to go back.

About a month ago my friend Kim and her son came into town to go to a concert. While they were in town, we had planned to hit some book stores and the thrift store went on that list. While we were there we looked at the crafts which just happened to have a nice variety of yarn. To my delight there was a lot of very nice, high end yarn. I bought everything that I liked and was nice and let my mom get what she wanted.

I went home and planned what I was going to make with the yarn. I have not made anything with it yet but it is there looking very pretty!

Don’t forget to check out your local Thrift and discount stores. You may even find miscellaneous items you can use for your art and crafts or for use around your home.

Thrift On!