2011 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Not bad for my very first blog year ๐Ÿ™‚

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Razzmatazz Part 2

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So, based on my friends, fiance and everyone commenting on that post, I’ve decided to reopen my etsy shop and sell these crayon art canvases. In the next week, expect great things as I buy out all of the crayons from the surrounding toy stores and hobby shops in the surrounding area and get busy! Here is the other canvas I made for my fiance at the beginning of the school year. This is officially the last one I’ve done until Wednesday when I hit Thanksgiving break. I also have to complete a trade that I promised a long time ago (Don’t worry crochetycrochetlady I haven’t forgotten about you!) as well as write a couple term papers and grade about a million papers. It’ll be a busy break for sure but it’s going to be a much needed escape from the norm. Two days left before I have all the time in the world – I can not wait!

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My very first afghan!

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…and what an awful one to pick to do! I always see something, know I have the talent and get started on it without remembering my complete and total lack of patience. The women over at the have significantly more time and patience on their hands than I do so I have to give them a hand for these beautiful patterns and making them simple enough for even me to understand!

I hope you enjoy! It took me about two months working on this off and on to complete what I have here. I think I’m going to do the edge a little wider. I think I’ve decided on adding two green stripes, a blue, a pink, and then another blue and it should be good. I’m doing this because I apparently crochet like my underwear’s in a knot and my gauge is a total large block too small 0.0; This is what I get for starting it on a road trip without a ruler huh?

Anyway, check mine out and then hop on over to the Happy Yellow House!

Also, funny story, but I totally didn’t do this on purpose. I bought the yarn long before I started on the furniture and it when I did start on it, it was while I was taking a break on the blanket. Also, the two were never really out in the same room until I moved and then I noticed. I promise I’m not absolutely obsessed with the color green… >.<

Braided Rag Rug

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Alright, so what do we do with A LOT of left over fabric? We use it. We use a yard to make a pillow, or a quarter to make a stuffed animal. So after several suggestions I decided I would try my hand at making the braided rag rug suggested by Crochetycrochetlady. Other than the fact that it was a PAIN IN THE BUTT, I think it’s coming along nicely :).

If I were to ever do this project again, I would use double sided fabric that didn’t fray. It would not only have been finished SIGNIFICANTLY sooner but I wouldn’t have ran out of the 6 spools of green thread that I had to buy so that my strips would have finished edges…and still need to go out and buy more. That is, however, the only expense I had for this project. I already had all of the fabric necessary for the project (unfortunately it didn’t use up nearly enough :P) and I braid like speed demon so no problems there.

So what do you need for this project?

About 5 yards of fabric cut into 1″ strips
A clothes pin
Safety Pins
thread to match your fabric
invisible thread
a sheet of fabric the shape and size of your finished rug

To begin, sew three strips together into a “T.” I stitched up to 12 of my cut strips together at a time so I could spend some time sewing and then time braiding however, in order to do this roll up one of the three tails and secure it with the clothes pin so you don’t end up with a tangled mess on your hands. So braid away. I made an oval rug and it took me a minute to think about it but it made sense that however long you make the center strip is the difference between the length and width of the finished project. So, if you want a 3’x5′ rug you need your center strip to be 2 feet long. Mine was just under three feet long so mine finish project will be roughly 5’x 2′ or 6’x3′ depending on how much I want to do. In order to make such a tight turn for the first couple rounds skip a couple strands in the braid. I know that doesn’t really make any sense but I’ll post a picture tomorrow. I have a book that has an absolutely beautiful diagram of it.

Anyway, after the first couple rounds you don’t need to do any special braiding and can just make a straight regular braid. After I had roughly 52 yards [give or take, I used the very scientific fingertip to nose method of measuring (which I actually measured once and was actually pretty accurate for my arm length)] I wrapped it up and safety pinned it so that I could see about how large my rug is and this is what I ended up with.

That’s Daggett, he stole his sister’s bed and she’s not too happy about it but he’s helping me by holding that corner together. ><

He looks so innocent…BAH has he got you fooled!

Now I’m going to add a little more green around the outside edge because I think I have something like 30 or 40 more strips cut already. Then I should be done. As for size, I think it’s almost 5’x2′. By the time I get the rest of my already cut strips on it’ll be about 5.5’x2.5′. We’ll see how it looks again then.

 

When I do get finished with my braid, I’m going to take my rug sized fabric and finish the edges. Then, I will sew it all together, starting in the center and working clockwise with the invisible thread using the zig-zag stitch.ย  We work clockwise so theย  rug won’t get jumbled up in the sewing machine arm.

I’ll post pictures when I’m done, I just wanted you all to know I wasn’t being a TOTAL bum ๐Ÿ˜›


Beyond The Picket Fence

Awesome Doily Idea

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So this is mainly for crochetycrochetlady, but I figured everyone else would like it too. SO LOOK WHAT I FOUND ONLINE LAST NIGHT! I’m definitely going to tackle this one sometime this fall. Instead of making a rug though (I feel like the rope lights might be hard on your feet) I’m thinking wall lighting. It’d be like those recessed ceiling lights or back lit canvases. I think it’d be great.

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It’s Razzmatazz in every language

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I wanted to make another crayon wax art canvas but longer than the first so I could get the full effect of the little drips.ย  So I went to A.C. Moore and their canvas was on sale for 50% off YAY!

This is what I ended up with. The drips didn’t quite go as far as I wanted and while I was trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the canvas I thought the drips looked most like rain! So I drew a little lady with an umbrella with charcoal and melted the drips again so that it would run down the umbrella. Let me know what you think!

Her foot’s a little dark so I might go back over the whole thing and make it darker. We’ll see.