Monday, December 13, 2010

Making Christmas

I don't know about you all, but I've been keeping myself busybusy with this holiday stuff!
I'm proud to say that I'm finished with my shopping, although I still have plenty of things to prepare before Christmas, which I just realized is next week (ahh!).

Here's what we've been up to in the apartment lately:

Brad made lots of beautiful snowflakes to hang in my craft room window!

We made our very own felt stockings! I sewed them and Brad and I decorated them. Mine is the tree, Brandon's (our kitty) is the middle, and Brad's is the snowman.

I've also knitted two hats recently - one for Brad and one for a Christmas gift (shh it's a surprise!). I promise to post some pics once the surprise is revealed ;)
I'm currently knitting my first pair of socks! I had intended for them to be a Christmas gift as well, but I have a feeling I won't be able to finish them in time.

On the agenda this week: trying to stay warm (hot chocolate is a good remedy), knitting up a storm, making some ornaments, baking Christmas cookies!, wrapping presents, watching all of my favorite classic Christmas movies, and counting down the days until we are with our families!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Today something happened that I've been dreaming about ever since I started my Etsy of my items made it to the coveted front page!!!

I'm so excited! I just checked my shop and I've already had 2 sales and tons of views because of it! Woo hoo!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Last week was a busy, crafty week!
I finished making some awesome arm warmers for my good friend Mike.(I used this pattern from Lion Brand)
They turned out awesome! They are super snuggly and warm! Here's my hubby Brad modeling them ;)

(go seahawks!!)

I also made some of these pretties for my friend Emily (and in exchange she's going to make me some earrings!!)

And after about 3 times of unraveling and starting over, I made this hat for my shop.

After a trip to the craft store yesterday, I've been really inspired and have lots and lots of ideas filling my head and ready to be made. If only I didn't have to go to work this week and could stay home and create instead!
And as much as I hate to admit it and give in to it, I know the holiday season is fast approaching. I'm trying to deny Christmas and focus on Thanksgiving (we are having our very own Thanksgiving dinner this year with another couple!), I did give in and buy some felt at the store yesterday so I can make us new stockings this year!
I'm so excited!!
I hope mine will turn out this cute! (check out the Etsy shop I found this idea from:

Friday, October 29, 2010


My doily bunting has been treasured! Check it out!


Getting excited for Halloween!!

There are only 2 more days until Halloween, one of my favorite holidays!

I am currently listening to the Halloween themed station on Pandora and eating some Halloween candy at my desk. :)

Tonight Brad and I are headed to Michigan to visit with Brad's family. Tomorrow we are going on a bike ride tour through a few local wineries! I'm so excited!!
And I'll have lots of time on the train tonight to work on my scarf, and hopefully finally finish it so I can wear it!

Sunday night we are coming back and heading to our friend's apartment to watch the series premiere of The Walking Dead, a new zombie show on AMC. We're pretty pumped! A perfect way to spend Halloween night!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A new technique

I've been working like a busy little bee lately to get my shop stocked up for the holiday season. Usually around this time of year through Christmas I see my sales double or triple, which is great. But this year I'm trying to make more of an effort to be prepared for it by making lots and lots of things.

A few weeks ago I managed a pretty decent shop update and added some hats, scarves, and buntings. I've also been busy making some custom orders for friends, which is also fun.
With my last update I tried something new. Something which I've thought of doing before, but have always been very hesitant about.... I decided to be my own model in order to get some better shots of the hats I made. Luckily my husband was happy to help out with taking the pictures and he did a great job.

Here's what we came up with:
Now I don't know about you guys, but I rather hate looking at pictures of myself. Which was why I was so scared to be my own model in the first place. But I do have to admit that the pictures look a lot better than my usual pictures of the styrofoam mannequin head as the hat model.

So, anyone want to be my hat model???? I'll pay you in candy, or baked goods, or even crocheted/knitted stuff!! ;)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Custom Bunting follow up

So I forgot to post the pictures that the mom who bought the custom made buntings from my last post sent me.

They look so cute in her new baby's room!

I don't often get to see what happens to my creations once I send them out into the world, so this is pretty special :)

I promise another update's been busy at work and home lately, but don't worry, I've been doing a lot of crafting!