Monthly Archives: January 2013

Using the new craft area

Two posts in 1 day?! How can this be?!

I have already been using my new craft area to make something useful and just had to share!

I made a skirt for Yuji using fabric I got on clearance for $1 at Joanns – the end of a bolt, sadly, because I just love this!

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And then she asked me to make a matching skirt for her pony…

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And I still have enough left to make the outside of a bag!!

New craft area

I decided I’d had enough of not having room to do what I needed to do, and not being able to get to what I need to be able to get to without moving or tripping over stuff. I NEED a craft area – somewhere inspiring, where I can look at my materials and think “this color would go great with that color, I should make this” rather than “siiigh when would I be able to have the kitchen table (which is the food preparation table, the dining table, the school table, and the kids’ coloring/drawing/etc. table) to myself to get the sewing machine out and make that? I haven’t even mended that thing I should have mended months ago because it’s such a hassle.”

At some point I actually considered cramming all my kids into 1 room, or putting up a wall in one of their already tiny rooms to have a tiny craft room/office. But of course, neither of those would be good for the kids. So would I have to wait until one of them went off to college? Siiiigh.

Then I started looking up organization stuff, and organizing small craft areas stuff, and I was suddenly inspired!

I cleaned up my husband’s and my bedroom. I threw away a bunch of stuff from failed hobbies (xbox 360 parts that I planned to repair) or that when I thought about it realistically we weren’t going to use (the last pieces of old computers that we had already taken all the useful parts out of, CRT monitor that is just too huge to fit anywhere). I donated stuff that we planned to give away but hadn’t in months. I organized and condensed the stuff we did need to keep (for example I went from 5 boxes of wrapping paper to 1, and put them in the top of a closet instead of in the middle of the bedroom). Then I went to menards and bought a piece of wood on sale for $5, a pinboard (is that what those things are called? It’s the stuff like would be on a garage/workshop wall) for $2, and 2 packs of hooks for the pinboard for $1 each.

I put the piece of wood across furniture I already had and voila!

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I actually have space to sew. I can get to my yarn without moving anything or leaning over anything. I can move the sewing machine a little bit and have space to write or scrapbook or balance my books.

I still have to figure out a way to replace that cardboard box (it’s filled with my husband’s flower craft stuff) and blue box. I’m thinking another wire shelf in that spot, and putting the clear cabinet-thing next to the file cabinet, then putting the flower stuff into the clear thing. But those wire shelves are so expensive now… I found the one I have for $8 at a place that doesn’t have them anymore, and now I can only find them for $25 – $50! And really I need 2 more, so that I can get rid of those boxes on top of the wire shelf. Siiiiigh.

I’m also considering taking the extra closet pole and shelf out of Chance’s room (because he has 2 and doesn’t really need the extra) and putting it above this. That would be acceptable, but I don’t know how that would affect the light to the desk. It shouldn’t, because of the angle the light is at, but I’ll have to think some more about that.

Anyway, I’m really happy that now I can actually get to stuff, and get stuff done, and that my materials are more inspiring to look at 🙂

And I forgot to mention what I did last weekend…

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I handdyed some yarn with easter egg dye and it turned out amazing!

On Saturday I did try dying some with RIT in the washing machine, and it came out nice but not as amazing imo… and the skeins are a bit tangled and not pretty looking so I haven’t taken pics of those yet. The cotton I used to tie the skeins came out pretty amazing though, which surprised me because I didn’t think they would dye without salt. So maybe I’ll save the rest of the RIT for the buttload of white cotton I have and just use Koolaid for the rest of the wool I want to dye.

New Years Resolutions

Yeah it’s a few days late* – maybe blogging faster should be one of my resolutions? Well, it isn’t 🙂

My new years resolutions are basically

1. Buy more wool
2. Use more wool
3. Make more stuff to sell
4. Use the money from selling to get a new phone and washing machine (Dryer WAS going to be first on that list, but the in-laws gifted us one for Christmas!!!)
5. Use my library of pattens/books instead of buying more or finding more I want to buy
6. Use my stash of acrylic instead of buying more

To elaborate on that… I know I love using wool, and love wearing wool, and that it is so much more comfortable and warmer than acrylic. I now have cheap sources of wool. So why am I still afraid to use it? I keep wanting to “save it for a special project”, but that never seems to come, and it’s not doing anyone any good sitting there.

I’ve started test knitting a sweater for Yuji, and I’m using Paton’s Classic Wool DK Superwash in the color she picked out, Eggplant

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It worked out to be less than the 50% acrylic/40% wool/10% nylon I was considering ordering, and she actually got the color she wanted.

Chance also picked out some wool for a sweater I will be starting for him, Patons Classic Wool (worsted) in a Cognac Heather. I didn’t get a picture of that yet, but it’s a heather in a kind of dark brick red, almost brown color. (Or at least that is what it looks like to me; I sometimes don’t see colors correctly…)

I need to use the acrylic I have for afghans, toys, and things for people that don’t want to bother taking care of wool. For myself and my kids I need to actually use wool.

I also need to use my library. I keep searching for new patterns when using a chart or slightly modifying something I already have will work, and work in the way I want to do it. I’ve decided to stop doing that. I got out all my books/magazines, added some I forgot about to my library, and put them in a more accessible place.

Then there’s making more stuff to sell. My etsy shop is empty because I sold everything 🙂 so I need to put more stuff in there. I then need to use the money for a new phone because mine is borked. If I set the alarm it just goes off at random times. It rings when no one is calling and sometimes doesn’t ring when someone is calling. Also I hate not having a smartphone!! Really if I stop dragging my ass on the commission I’m doing and then make 1 more thing and sell it on etsy, I should be able to get one of the phones on my list of considerations (not the Xperia Play I really want, but at this point I just need something). After that I need to start saving for a washing machine with a wool cycle – so that I can stop handwashing the wool and so I don’t end up handwashing EVERYTHING when my current washer (which isn’t doing too great and I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to fix it) dies.

I also need to exercise more, or I should say, get back into exercising. But I don’t want to be a cliche and make that a resolution; it’s just something I’m going to do. I finally got a fitness ball, which I have been meaning to get for awhile.

* Made even later by my ADD – I forgot to finish and post this. I stopped in the middle of a sentence and forgot what else I was going to type. I’m going to back date this to when I started typing it…