I’m all sorts of Crazy…

 

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That got your attention, didn’t it! *smiling*

I’ve been knitting, sewing, and cross stitching, oh my!

Grab your coffee, sit in your favorite comfy chair and have a read.

First things first, I’ve released the July dishcloth to my Dishcloth Diva Club Ebook. Do you have it yet? I mean the ebook? If not, its not too late. Get it HERE.

This simple dishcloth is a stripey patriotic fun knit.

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I’ve also been sewing on this tote. I finished it yesterday and love it so much. It carries all my projects effortlessly. Made with cotton fabric and cork fabric (for pockets), this will be my go-to favorite bag. The FREE pattern is called Reversible Box Tote by Very Shannon. It’s so much fun to sew. Goes together very well. Her instructions are easy to follow. I’ll DEFINITELY make this again.

Something that is near and dear to my heart is cross stitching. Years ago when my girls were little (they are now 31 and 35), I took to cross stitching. I made the cutest samplers and had them framed at a frame shop.

I took a decade or more away from it, and began knitting. Soon after I added author to my credentials.

Fast forward to today, I’m back to cross stitching (still knitting). Though, the craft hasn’t changed, the way in which we purchase and frame have. Purchasing is done primarily online. Sadly, there aren’t any stitching shops in my area. I found Stoney Creek online, where I’ve purchased many things. In fact, my order should arrive today. I already have my cart filled (again).

Also, I’ve discovered through FlossTube, Yes, it’s a thing–a YouTube variation for those of us who cross stitch, Priscilla and Chelsea, a mom and daughter team who cross stitch and share. They are my newest obsession. Such enablers, they are. *wink*

Cross stitching is why I called this post what I did. I love a new found craft, even though it’s an old craft for me. I embrace the crazy. Hey…maybe that should have been the name of this post.

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Well, that’s all I have for today. I will be back to share my haul from Stoney Creek.

Until next time,

Get YOUR crazy on!

~Deb

What Makes You Happy

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This is quite the profound statement. Kind of intense, yet insightful. I’d like to think that analyzing quotes can give us a place to start, or something to think on.

I often sit with my laptop, feet propped on my cute ottoman, in my office. Sometimes, it brings inspiration as I look out my window. Other times, it’s the simpleness of a quote.

In this case, it’s the quote:

I have the passion, the drive, the opportunity to make my life what I want. Some call it blessed. I’m definitely that! I feel that what makes you happy, makes you successful. In whatever medium you choose. In whichever way you’d like to interpret this.

In someone who delights in positive thinking, I love the idea of this saying and that someone thought enough of it to allow us to enjoy it.

Let’s describe happiness, because this is what they’re talking about, right?

As we are all human, I suspect you want to be happy. You want to do something that makes you happy. Happiness for me is sitting down to knit with friends, it’s teaching others the craft, it’s drawing circles, trees and flowers, then coloring them. It’s tearing up fabric (coming soon to my studio), it’s sewing on a special quilt, it’s designing wHaTeVeR. Happiness is spending time with my loved ones, reading a good book, or just sitting in my comfy spot with my thoughts.

Absorbing my Vitamin D for the day makes me happy. I know, it’s the little things sometimes. It doesn’t always have to be about work.

What makes me happy, may not be what makes you happy.

So, I say figure it out, friends, and find your happy!

~Deb

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Finish-It Friday

I have had too much time on my hands this week. Not because I’m “out of work”, but because I’ve simply been lazy. Sigh…

I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. We all have “one of those weeks.” 

However, with so much time, I’ve been able to finish many things. My Etsy shop is looking fantastic. (If I don’t say so myself) My shop now contains crochet cowls, which I love. Look for more crochet items soon…


My Honey Cowl (linked under the Patterns I endorse tab) is coming along as well. I hope to have that finished over the weekend.

I have some fun quilting and sewing projects waiting patiently in my craft room. I’m participating in a Block of the Month Club with Amy Gibson. Her blog, Stitchery Dickory Dock is one of the coolest blogs. She’s an excellent blogger. I hope you’ll pop over and check it out.  

I went to Joann Fabrics yesterday and bought my fabric for the Sugar Block Club. Black, grey, white, and a touch of pink.  Can you pick out the houndstooth? Love me some houndstooth…


Then…last but not least, what will this fabric be when it grows up? Any thoughts?



So, as I always say,

Knit On! Or Sew On!

Deb

Color Inspirations to Inspire Creativity

Where does it come from? I can spend hours on Pinterest. In fact, I could designate an entire board to what look like paint chip pictures to inspire my creativity. Here’s a few: 

The color chips are so inviting…orange and teal, or grey and cinnamon color in the 2nd one, how about condord and wild willow in the 3rd one. Oh yes! The 3rd one is what inspired my loft color scheme. I will add brown in there to round out the colors.

 

What about other sources of inspirations…scarves? I have a closet full of them, but actually didn’t think to use them as color inspiration for my next project/pattern, until it appeared on Pinterest. Love.

 Or perhaps the beautiful bedding found at your favorite store. I like to go and take pictures of pillows and quilts to jump start my creativity. The staff may look at you funny, but it’s perfectly okay to take the shots.

What about buttons? As a quilter, sewer, and knitter, I’ve accumulated LOTS. They are typically so colorful.

And let’s NOT forget the yarn. Oh My Gosh! The minute I walk into a yarn shop or even a craft store, I’m instantly drawn in by all the color. Colors that I would never think of putting together have been spun and dyed together.(True) Love.

What are your inspirations? What inspires your creativity?  How about you leave a comment as to what colors inspire you to create something cool. I’d love to “hear.”

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb

Small Business Saturday

We all know how hard small businesses work to keep up and keep going. 

Tomorrow (Saturday, November 24) you can help out by visiting them one by one. 

I know we are…

“Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First celebrated on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.” ~Wikipedia

A few fabulous shops we will stop by are Nemos Coffee,  where we will get the best latte ever made (seriously), Crafty Laine, where I will browse their amazing selection of modern print fabrics and see what other project I can make, Table Rock Llama Fiber Arts Studio, where I will shop for yarn for my dads Christmas present (hat). And possibly up to Stash, where they have Manos del Uruguay, a one of kind fabulously soft yarn. 

Will I have time to knit, you ask? Well of course I will. 

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb