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Crochet hook roll up organizer

I have become obsessed with crochet hooks and having almost one in every color, size, design, and material. I didn’t realize there are ergonomic ones, wood ones, some made from bamboo, some out of plastic (of course), and the old school ones made from metal (those I inherited from my grandmother and mother). They were starting to take over the bottom of my bag and in not a very orderly fashion. So I decided to make up a roll up organizer stash for my hooks. I think the next one I make will have either some batting or lightweight fusible interfacing. I love the one I have, but I think it needs some more texture to it.

I tried making one with heavier material, for more texture, but it turned out too bulky and didn’t roll up very nicely.

I need to make one for my knitting needles, but in a different pattern so I don’t get them confused.

I’m trying to use up some of the stash of material I have accumulated over the years. I find material that I either love the pattern or the colors or it’s on sale or make up any old excuse it’ll do so I buy it and keep it like it’s some prized priceless antique, which is just ridiculous. I need to start purging. And making. It’ll do my soul (and my husband’s blood pressure) some good.

Although he’s one to talk, he’s lost count of how many fishing lures he has.

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Monday motivation 

So after a very busy day last Saturday, I’ve been inspired and busy and made a bunch of yoga mat earrings. An easy and relaxing thing to do after such a busy day.

Even though I didn’t win, I still had an awesome time at the Trash2trends show last week. To be around such creative energy was inspiring and exciting.

I think I’m really going to have to step up my game for next year. So many designs were so detailed and intricate and fancy; I am not fancy. I wish I were, but I’m not. I could be, but it would require a certain rewiring of my brain and thinking that may cause the same type of headache I got while writing APA style papers for a neurology class I took for my undergrad degree.

I hated, and loved, that class at the same time with the same degree of emotion. I wouldn’t take it back for a second.

I am a more practical, functional person, although I do like things to be aesthetically pleasing; I don’t want everything to be sterile gray metal or plain black and white. Now, though, I have a year to think about it.

I need to get started now.

Hope you can make it next year!

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Rest and regroup

After the whirlwind that was last weekend, I am enjoying being outside in our warmer weather and working in the yard. The niece and nephew are over collecting volunteer hours by helping me landscape. With just 2 extra set of hands I have gotten SO much done and the yard is looking really good! Yay! very happy for me.

I’m still finding photos and links to the Trash2Trends show last weekend. It was such an amazing event; so much talent in one room was so inspiring! And we had such press there this year! I remember someone taking these photos of us backstage. In the one on the left, (above) I had to make a HUGE adjustment to the top for Theresa. The velcro I sewed on wasn’t quite in the right place, and I didn’t figure in how much a yoga mat would stretch, so I had to take it in a LOT and sew her into place. She couldn’t have gotten out of it if she tried. While I’m sewing I can see someone wandering around with a large camera in hand. I see them turn our way and I mumble to her “are they taking a picture of us?” “yes” she says. ok, cool, at least I know they won’t find any lipstick on my teeth in this one.

The photo on the right is when we were waiting backstage in show order. I was with her about 90% of the time. She had never done this before and wasn’t sure what was going to happen, so we stuck together. It was so great and we had such a good time together. We had a little down time, so we did some stretching. Good for the body and good to relax.

I hope you enjoy all the photos, have a restful day.

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Wordless Wednesday 



Today is the day!

The last piece – a hat. I’ve made hats before, from a pattern, so here I am going off what I remember and throwing something together. Wish me luck. I have very little of this light purple left and I don’t want to muck it up.

I have trusty groove salad on for ambient background music, which always helps to calm the nerves.   

Play by play later today, so stay tuned!

Much love peeps!

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Final fitting


Theresa is as excited as I am! look at that happy face!
 So after class yesterday we had our final fitting. The skirt fits perfectly and I just need to add some final touches to the bodice, throw together a hat and VOILA! C’est fini !

Needless to say, Saturday I will have some much better photos for viewing. She’ll have on full makeup and the hair will be done. Me – I’ll be comfortable in jeans, sneakers and a t-shirt because I’ll be busy backstage, mingling with guests beforehand, and if we win anything I am running out there like a football player that just scored the winning superbowl touchdown. 

How “fitting” is that? Considering Sunday is superbowl day? Very punny indeed.

I will keep you posted as the big day arrives!

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Yoga mat earrings 

Over the weekend I made some earrings out of pieces of yoga mat for my Trash2Trends project. Here I’ll show you what I did to make them.  I used all this stuff you see below:

yoga mat earrings tute

Before I did anything, I cut some small slivers of yoga mat with my rotary cutter, and I punched one small hole in each piece of mat with small hole puncher thingy so I could loop the yoga mat pieces through the jump rings. It’s also preferable to use flat nose pliers, and pliers that do not have grooves in them, when working with metal. Flat nose pliers give you more security in holding the jump rings and smooth pliers will keep from leaving marks on your metal.

So to make the earrings, first I took a small jump ring and looped it onto the bottom of the ear wire, then closed that jump ring:

Then I took a larger jump ring and added 2 smaller pieces of yoga mat:

I looped that onto the small jump ring that’s attached to the ear wire and closed that jump ring:

Next I looped a longer piece of yoga mat onto a large jump ring…

…and attached that to the jump ring with the 2 smaller pieces of yoga mat. Here I made sure to attach this jump ring so that it fell in-between the other 2 smaller pieces of yoga mat:

and VOILA! yoga mat earrings!

These are very light and swingy, really fun. The only thing I noticed is that they are so lightweight that if I’m not paying attention, I almost lost one in the backyard. (I always test drive what I make). The longer piece of yoga mat kept hitting my neck which, evidently, pushed the earring up and out of my earlobe, so I would recommend adding some of those plastic ear wire backs to keep these on securely.

I do not have a good picture of these on a person and how they look, just yet, so bear with me. I’ll get one soon, I promise. Besides, the show is this weekend, I’ll have SOOOOO many pictures to show you soon enough.


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Cat hazards – and evidence of what happened to my pencil


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Lazy Sunday


I’ll be doing a lot of this today – sewing and preparing and cleaning and organizing today as I get ready for the Trash2Trends show in 2 weeks. I can hardly believe it. I am so excited for the show! I can’t wait to see what everyone else has designed.

Puppies will be doing lots of this:


As we woke up to 35F/1C this morning. We are not used to it being so cold. Thankfull;y we have heat in the house and warm blankets, and each other, right?

Stay warm, where ever you are.

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The hazards of working around a cat

I thought my pencil was safe. Obviously not.