New Year, New WIP


This past year has been one of the busiest I’ve had. I was blessed with my first full time teaching position (I’d only been a substitute up until then), so the majority of my time has been devoted to thirtern 6 year olds. One of the perks of being a teacher is holiday breaks. I’ve used this time wisely–reflecting, relaxing, and spending time with my numerous hobbies. Of course, most of this time has been spent with a crochet hook and yarn. I got out the blanket I’m about a quarter of the way through, and I just wasn’t happy with the colors. Maybe I’ll get it out in the future and want to finish it, but right now I needed something I could truly enjoy and be excited about (and pour my heart and soul into for a week). Sooo I started a much simpler blanket (rows of double crochet) with happy colors. And let me tell you I have enjoyed these post-holiday snuggles on the couch with my fur baby hooking up row after row. It is going to be a fairly large blanket, big enough to fit me and the Mister. It lays almost all the way across our queen size bed. 

I hope you all are enjoying your holiday as much as I am!

Happy Things

  
Sometimes you just have to put up the big kid crafts and get out the Perler Beads. I bought a new tub of beads a while back. It is gloomy and not so warm here today so I decided to whip them out. I also bought a Perler pattern book. I’ll admit I bought it for the standing teapot and tea cup template. This bead mix is my fav. It’s called Sunny Days.

  

In other exciting news, all four of my pumpkin seeds have sprouted!!!! The night before I checked on them and there was nothing. The next morning there were six green leaves. It’s crazy how that happens.

  

Until next time!

xx Kelsey

Quilt Obsession

I have recently become obsessed with anything to do with quilting, particularly vintage quilts. I think a reason for me not discovering my love of crafting until my early adult life is because I did not have that older crafting figure in my life. I know I had relatives that quilted, sewed, and knitted but no one I was around long enough to pick up any skills. To my dismay, along with this, came a lack of handcrafted heirlooms passed down. Oh how I would loooove to have one, just one, vintage quilt passed down to me. They have so much character and tell so many stories. 
In the past couple of weeks I came across some items made from old quilts. After talking to the crafters, these quilts were repurposed because they were too badly damaged for mending. You can see the piggy has some damage. I think he was repurposed either long ago or more recently and was well loved. I am going to fix him up. The pillow front is a piece of an old Road to Nowhere quilt and the backing is a piece of an old chenille bedspread. This lady made 64 small pillows from just a few quilts! The table or mantle runner is my favorite. It could be used for anything. The lady who made this was able to salvage one of the edges of a damaged quilt. 

  

So I asked myself the other day, “If you love quilts so much, why not make one?” I don’t have anyone to teach me, but have bought some books and found some great tutorials online. I think I’ll start with a simple square patchwork in some favorite patterns. I hit a big sale at Joanns and bought some startup materials. I’m excited to get started! (Although that voice in my head keeps telling me I already have enough projects going). 

  

First Days of Spring Catch-up

I’ve had a lot going on lately. I was assigned a very challenging teaching assignment. The weather has been beautiful so we’ve spent a lot of time outside walking and fishing and playing. Last but not least, today is Easter so we are visiting with family and friends.

Happy Easter to all my blogging friends! Every year we make a bunny cake. This year we tried to ice it too early so he looks a bit messy but still tastes great.

  

Through all this busyness I’ve still found time for crochet. I don’t know what I’d do without it. Here are a few snapshots of what’s been on my hook. I have been working with all of my springy pastel colors.

  

A pin I made my mom for her birthday this week. The button came from my grandmother’s button jar. I have not yet wore her out on crochet gifts! The flower pattern came from Little Doolally


  

  

I’m always swooning over pictures of crochet bunting. I love garlands and bunting!! I finally made my first and started out simple with a mini triangle bunting.

  

Adorable Granny Heart Purse by Daisy Cottage designs. It is supposed to be a purse for a little lady, but until I have a little lady to give it to it works great as a scissor bag to hang on the door.


  

This was intended to be a dishcloth made from a pattern by Maggie Weldon but turned out a little too small. I thought about adding extra rounds but then thought it better as a hot pad. As of now it’s in use as a “candle pad.”



Hope you have been enjoying the first days of spring like I have!

xKelsey

A Week of Snow Days

I still remember the feeling of waking up as a child and being told it was a snow day. One of the great things about being a teacher is having snow days. I get very nostalgic on these days, probably because I still get that same rush of excitement I got when I was a child. Here in WV we had a whole week of snow days last week. Although I did start worrying about what my paycheck would look like, I did get to spend a lot of time with my yarn–working on long lost projects and starting new ones.

I had learned most of the basic amigurimi skills and made small ornaments and such, but I had never made an actual stuffed amigurimi animal. I sat down determined on one of my days off. Looking through my many pins I found an adorable little lady bunny. It didn’t take me too long to make the pieces, and I was feeling really good. Then I got to stitching the parts together. It took me two days, having many problems with the nose and eyes and feeling like she would fall apart, but I have to say I am very pleased with my first amigurimi animal. I think I will name her Lola and may have to give her a small embellishment on her dress. 



If you would like to make your own head over to Zan Crochet for an easy to read free pattern!

What does a crocheter…

…do with an income tax check? Well, go to the craft store, of course, for yarn and other crafty things. I set myself a limit before going and only went over $20 so I’d say it was a successful trip. It is kind of a big deal for me to go to Hobby Lobby considering the closest one is an hour and a half away. We have a local craft store but it just isn’t the same as going there. My fiancée and I decided to make a day out of it, him shopping his hobby stores (remote control cars) and me shopping mine. It was a great day. I can’t wait to dig into my new purchases tomorrow. 🙂

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Best $3 Ever Spent

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I have a confession: I have a MAJOR weakness for the bargain bins at Target, Walmart, etc. When they put their Valentines Day stuff out I was in heaven with all the cute (and cheap) crafts and printed notepads. I found a Shrink Art bracelet kit for $3. I didn’t get my hopes up because we all know cheap doesn’t mean quality. I took a shot at coloring and shrinking the beads this evening and I was very impressed. It was so much fun watching them shrink in the oven! The only problem I had was getting the marker to stick in some places, but I will definitely be on the lookout for more of these kits.

Before:

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After:

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I decided not to make the bracelets the kit was intended for, but I did use some of the materials to make bookmarks with my three favorite beads. I still haven’t decided what to do with the rest…maybe make some stitch markers. Let me know if you have any ideas! 🙂

First Popcorn Project

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I posted about my first successful popcorn stitches a while back and here is what it turned into. The potholder pattern came from the Mollie Makes Crochet book and I think it has to be my favorite thing I’ve crocheted thus far. It was so fun to make, although a little time consuming. I love the way the colors turned out! I will definitely be using this color sequence in a future, possibly larger, project. I’m already picturing other color possibilities for this potholder…possibly the main color a light pink with white bobbles??

New “Dailies”

I have added a couple new fun things to my daily routine. The first is a five year memory book my mom got me for Christmas. When I was younger I had time to keep a journal with long daily entries but not so much anymore. That is why I loooove this memory book. You write one line a day each day for five years. I can’t look back on previous year’s memories yet since this is the first year I’ve written it it, but it will be neat to do.

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The second thing I’ve started is crocheting one square a day. I started out wanting to make a mood blanket for 2015 but then realized I sometimes do not like to look back on my moods. Although I’m sure my mood will influence the color choice for the day, I’m not going to have a color scheme pinpointing each mood. It will end up as a patchwork granny square blanket. I used The Purl Bee’s Classic Granny Square Pattern to make a six round, one color square. I chose to use a smaller hook since I tend to crochet loosely. I really hope to stick to it. This will be my first granny square blanket!

I have been enjoying the snow here in WV…it gives me more of a reason to stay inside with my yarn. My black lab Stella and I have spent all morning cuddling on the couch. (I think she’s enjoying it also 😉 ).

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