I'm here to tell you guys, having a full time job and trying to keep up with a blog can be a bit difficult! Mostly what is hard is what is always hard...getting good pictures. So what I'm getting at is while I have a lot to tell you, I don't have much to SHOW you and who wants to just read a bunch of words! If you wanted that you'd be over at the Wall Street Journal or something! Next week I should have some actual projects I can show you, but until then...how about we talk about my upcoming selling events! Ready? Ok!
This Saturday I will be a little October tradition called Hammerween at the Granada Theater in Lawrence, KS. What this is is a combo Halloween party and local metal band showcase with a few vendors! Most of the vendors are selling more spooky stuff, but even spooky kids need to stay warm! Its a fun event, I can't wait!
Following that my next event is the Fall Crafts and Drafts presented by The Pitch. I have not done their fall show before but I did the spring one this year and did surprisingly well considering it was beginning to get warm out, so I am hopeful that we can knock this one out of the park! There will be all kinds of fun beers to try and tons of local artisans! I think there will even be yummy food!
Further into November I'll be making the trek to Salina, KS for the 50th Annual See'N'Sell! This one is really fun for me because it benefits the Girl Scouts, and I was a Girl Scout here and there, and I think its a pretty great organization! Additionally its like a little road trip!
And that's all I have lined up for the fall winter season! I'll be honest with you, I've applied for some other things, but so far have gotten a hearty "no thank you" all around so if you know of any good sales going on in December who still need vendors let me know!
If you're like me when you get passionate about something you go all in and surround yourself with as much information about it as possible! This means that I follow like a million yarn and pattern companies, organizations, and individuals across all social media platforms! I noticed something interesting about a month ago, all at once, as if on purpose, everyone started talking about Super Scarves! And I do mean Every. Single. One. Having been delighted by the giant scarf that Lenny Kravitz wore out on the town one legendary day, I was all in on this idea! Soon it was brought to my attention that this was clearly just a ploy for the yarn makers to sell massive amounts of yarn. I felt like such a rube! A mark! A guli-bull! Still...I wanted one. So when I got a deal in my inbox that Red Heart Boutique Boulevard super bulky yarn would be 99 cents for a day I saw my chance! I chose a beautiful minty color and I was off! Here's what I came up with:
Now, with yarn this thick, you can't use just any old pattern, and I couldn't find one that I liked. I decided to just try out a simple moss stitch and let the bulk do the talking and I think it worked pretty well! I had to do a bit of tinkering to get a width I liked but with just a few hours, a size Q hook, and 6 balls of yarn I got over 12 feet of warm fluffy goodness! I had to wrap it around twice here and get lots of drape because my arms, even with a selfie stick, weren't long enough to get a good photo of it worn long and my husband doesn't get to photo assist home until the good light is gone. This thing will be almost like wearing a coat underneath a coat! I hate winter so much, I'll take any help I can get on making it bearable!
I'm toying with opening these up for custom orders because it was so fun to make, so keep an eye on my Facebook if you think you might be interested!
Hullo!! When last we spoke I was gearing up for what I was just sure was going to be a huge weekend in a nearby town called Weston for their annual Apple Fest...boy was I ever wrong! There were a lot of people there to be sure, but they only seemed interested in buying kettle corn...never underestimate the allure of kettle corn! Many of the vendors I spoke with echoed my dismay that people weren't really even coming into our booths! It was very strange! It wasn't all bad though, the other vendors and the folks putting on the show were super nice! The slowness on Friday gave me time to finish 4 Bandana Fringe Scarves! And my set up looked pretty rad if I do say so myself!
I was once again met with a lot of children who seem to find mannequin heads to be the scariest thing on earth. This seems to be a common belief among old and young that I just don't get. I don't find them even a little creepy! Regardless, I've purchased them some sunglasses as I think its the eyes that bother people...we'll see how it goes!
Speaking of creepy, did you know Halloween is almost here? Its my absolute favorite time of year! I LOVE everything about it! I put the start of my decorations up a couple of weeks ago and I've been creating more as I go along. The first step was taking a table top decoration that my husband made in the spring, and adapting it to Halloween! Wouldn't you know it, I somehow never took a photo of the spring version of it, but here is how it looks now!
For the spring version I had clear marbles in the bottles and fake tulips in them, it was cute! Real flowers would be nice too, but my cat won't allow it. I just switched the marbles for black "dragon's tears" (the flat marbles) and then I cut a bunch of bats out of cardstock and affixed them to sparkly pipe cleaners! Its pretty "3rd grade art class" but I like how it turned out!
This was, of course, not my only crafty enterprise! Each year I host a pumpkin carving party but I never get around to doing any of the carving myself because I like to fuss over things in a hosty way. This year I decided to do a pumpkin diorama, and do it early so I could take my time with it and just have it for display! I love how it turned out!
I bought the pumpkin at Michaels where they sell them with a hole already in them. I painted the inside purple with metallic craft paint, which didn't go very well as the paint did not want to stick or cover! I picked up a bag of purple moss and I was well on my way! I found the purple fairy lights in the "dollar" section of Target for $3 and the skeletons at the Halloween store! The tree, fence, and tombstones are just paper cutouts! (shout out to my husband who did the fence for me, mine was terrible!) In hind sight, I maybe should have gotten a different color of moss as the whole thing is a little purple heavy, but I like purple so whatever! I also burned a pretty good hole in my hand with the glue gun...no project is complete without a scar!
Finally, I think last week's pop-up mailing list subscriber form might have made it difficult to view the blog on mobile devices, at least it did for me, so this week I'm just going to stick it at the end here, and I will likely do this going forward as well! So far I don't know what I'll be mailing you guys, but I promise it will never be much and it will only be things I think you might want to know!
I make a lot of stuff...I pretty much never stop making! Every Thursday I will post here about things I've made. It will be mostly crochet, but not entirely, and where I can I will include tutorials or links to how I figured out how to do things!