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Spring Craft Update

So I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I really haven’t been crafting so much in the past few months.  I’m finally starting to get back on my feet with knitting and sewing and it’s definitely a good feeling to be creating things again!  I’m almost done with the most intricate fair isle project I’ve ever attempted!  I told my sister to pick a pattern for some fair isle mittens and she chose one with 6 different colors, knit on size 1 needles.  I LOVE the challenge, however it’s been mentally taxing at times.  Here’s a link to the project: Snowflake Fingerless Gloves.  I will hopefully be done with them this week and can move onto something else! yay!!

Next up for knitting projects I’m going to make baby boy a light knit hoodie that he can wear in summer time and as a layer in the winter.  Haven’t decided the color yet but it will probably be blue.  As for baby Lex, I think she’s due for another cardigan or bolero, but I don’t know which pattern I want to use yet.  Still thinking about it but she definitely has one on the way.

I recently bought a sewing pattern to make some capes and masks for the toddlers.  They are getting older and more ready to play dress up.  As imaginitive play is SO important, I highly encourage it and want to make them some fun things to play with.  I have some superman fabric and some vegetable fabric that I’m going to make dress up capes out of for around the house.

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June Knitting, Sewing and Crafting

This has been a productive month as far as crafting goes!  I got my first sale from my Etsy Shop, Well Tempered Designs, and I’ve been building up my inventory of basket liners and children’s accessories getting ready for the approaching craft fair season.  This will be my first go at craft fairs and I couldn’t be more excited! In addition to Etsy projects, I’ve done some pretty cool personal projects as well.

Aleksa’s shortage of diaper covers, as well as her ability to rapidly unhook velcro, has led me to make her some more wool covers.  This one is just in time for fourth of July and is ready to go!  Next up, I’ll make a few for the twins.  Today, I finally finished a cowl that has been in the works for almost 2 years!  Cameron bought me some beautiful cream colored frog tree merino wool for Christmas in 2011.  After looking at cowl patterns for months, I decided to knit the Casu Cowl by Galia Lael.  The pattern is written beautifully!   I finally got around to making the cowl in December 2012 and had to put it on hold for a while because I ran out of yarn (I wanted it to be super long)…also I got kinda bored knitting it so I needed a break.  After finding another ball of the merino at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company, I finally finished it! Here’s a link to the project in ravelry.

This month, I got to make a few bears for twins as well!  They were way overdue for a knit a stuffed animal from me and I was so excited to knit the Laura Long Three Hungry Bears pattern again from Knitted Toy Tales.

For the next few days, I’ll be working on some headbands, flowers and bows for Etsy!  Yahoo!JuneCraftProjects

The Redecorating (I think I have an addiction)

Today I worked on redecorating quite a bit.  I think it’s because of my recent addiction to design and DIY blogs (some of them I’ve added to my blogroll or bookmarked in delicious).  My favorite one so far is called How About Orange.  It has lots of DIY tutorials involving paper and I think it looks pretty cool.  Whatever the reason, I think it’s really important for me to enjoy the place that I’m living in and really make it my own.  I know I’m going to be staying here for at least a little over a year and I really want to be proud of the place that I live in.  My apartment is beautiful (except for the carpet but at least that’s neutral…) and I can really have a lot of fun decorating it.

Today, I’ve worked on making a collage of pictures to go by my bed as well as placing the existing photos and posters appropriately.  I think this is really important because it sets the tone of the room and can make the place look larger and more inviting.  I’ve tried to arrange photos and frames to make them appear as though they all go together.  Earlier, I spray painted some frames from IKEA and one from a thrift store.  I used the same spray can to paint the table that my lamp is sitting on as it certainly does NOT go with the lamp the way it was before (see pictures in previous post).  I used a flat black and I think it contrasts well with the enamel that I used for the lamp.  Here’s how everything came out, I’m very happy with the results so far!

Studying Away

It’s been a while since I’ve posted because school has been  intense so far.  I’ve been spending my Mondays and Tuesdays at Viento y Agua on 4th Street studying and it has turned out to be a pretty effective studying method, but I suppose I’ll see exactly how effective after my first midterm next week.

So I’ve had a fantastic idea about some things that I can to to help study and remain creative at the same time.  I study very well by writing and re-writing things on flashcards or notebooks.  With this in mind, I’ve decided to try and make sense of some of the material that I’ve been learning this semester by making my own visual aids, basically posters.  I need to find some way to keep myself intrigued with this subject matter and I think that creative visual aids is the way to go for me (I am a VERY visual learner).  I had this idea today when I was studying in the library to make a giant timeline that I can hang on my wall. The timeline idea came into play because I’m having some trouble remembering the major stages of language development from infancy to adulthood.  I get the major things, but I need a constant reminder of the little things that I tend to look over when I’m studying the text.  I am thinking of making this timeline with acrylics and scraps of whatever else come into mind.  This is just an idea for now so I’ll post some pictures of how it comes out tomorrow when I get started on it before work.  I’m going to start sketching out what goes where, but for now I’m thinking it will be broken into thirds starting with infancy, then toddlerhood, then school age and adolescence sharing a third.  I think that each age will cover form, content an use.  I’m excited to get started!  I’ll be sure to post my progress tomorrow!!

Also, tomorrow morning I’m stoked to go try out a yoga class with my friend from school.  We’re going to a class at Yogaworks in Costa Mesa.  I’m ashamed to say that it’s going to be my first time going to a yoga class for about a month and a half (although I have been doing some stuff on my own).  Still, nothing compares to the community of being in a class.  I’m so excited!!

New Apartment

I’m pretty excited because I am moving into my new place today and I’m stoked about decorating it.  My wonderful brother Kenneth is coming down from Northern California tomorrow morning to help me move and it is definitely going to be a full day!  I’ve been hitting some vintage shops and looking for some fun lamps and accessories to dress the place up a bit.  It’s going to be my first time living by myself so I get to decorate it all by myself!  I did a bit of shopping today in Venice and on 4th street in Long Beach.  I found an adorable store called Harmony’s Cottage which had lots of fun dolls, stationary and buttons.  Not having a place for this past few days has really thrown me off but as soon as I’m settled I’m sure things will get back to normal quickly.  I’ve made a few dishtowels and coasters from the Interweave Knitted Gifts book that I got for Christmas but otherwise I’ve just been working on Sarah’s Elephant, called Eddie the Elephant from the book Knitted Toy Tales by Laura Long.  I’ve made just about the whole thing, only with green sparkly yarn of course, but I think I messed up the gauge because you can see some of the stuffing through it so I guess I’ll have to frog it and start over…. 😦  I really like the shape of it though.  The book Knitted Toy Tales has by far the best stuffed animal patterns that I’ve found and I definitely would recommend it to anyone interested in knitting stuffed animals.  I bought the book for the Three Hungry Bears pattern but the other animals are pretty cool too!

I’ve visited a few yarn stores and after reading The Friday Night Knitting Club, a guilty pleasure, I was inspired to make knitting more of a social event.  I’m going to try and go to a group or knitting workshop.  I’ve had this itch to knit continental style lately so I think I might do a class.  I went to Knitculture in LA which I thought was pretty awesome.  The store was arranged by color and the salespeople were super helpful!  I bought some easy care merino which I’m going to use for baby booties and caps for my soon-to-be niece or nephew.  Also, I finally took the plunge and went to Alamitos Bay Yarn Company, which is the closest yarn store to me.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to take a class or workshop with them.  I bought some rose colored tweed yarn which I don’t have a project in mind for yet but I’ll loved it too much to pass on it 🙂

Northern California Christmas

My trip up to San Jose for Christmas has turned out to be interesting.  My family has changed a lot of our traditions this year to accommodate our changing family and it just made Christmas feel strange.  I suppose this could have something to do with me getting older and having a different role then when I was younger.  It’s times like these when I realize that life is going to continue to throw me curve balls and I need to have the strength to  not let it get the best of me.  As I reflect on how this past week has turned out, I realize that there are a few things that I should do differently in order to be happier.  This reflective process is very important and I need to always remember that I’m a dynamic individual with the power to change and get better.  I need to remember to be happy with what life offers me and look to the positive.  Most importantly, I need to remember to BREATHE.

I can honestly say that my favorite part of visiting this year was seeing my family and a few old friends from high school.  It’s always wonderful to see people and catch up.  It has made me very reflective about my life and what I value, as well as where I need to turn my focus.  A lot will be changing in my life in the next month and I’m ready to welcome the change and challenge myself to become better and better.  I have so many new years resolutions that I want to set that I’m thinking I should just make a huge master list and post it on my wall.  That might just be what I do this year 🙂  I could make it into a fun craft project and frame it so that I have a constant reminder of my goals for the year.   I’ll have to start coming up with some ideas for it now and hopefully have something ready by early January.