Friday, December 3, 2010
So, I have been crocheting and knitting more since I can throw it in my bag, and don't have to really worry about it getting bent or squished.
I carry around an ereader with me almost all the time, because I LOVE a good book, and don't really want to lug around a library full of books to suit my interests. I was looking for crochet and knitting books for my reader, that way I wouldn't need to carry around a set of pattern books either. Ive tried to look up patterns on my mobile phone before too, and they are just too small for me to stare at. What I have found is that while they are out there, they are few and far between.
I am going to be starting a project, and posting a few free patterns here with links to the epub format (supported by almost all readers minus the kindle), to see if this is something that other people can use as well. These patterns will be of my own desigining which means they will undoubtedly need critiquing, and will be written in US crochet/knitting terms. Maybe I will even be nice and create a conversion chart between the two.
If you know anyone who would like their patterns set up into the format I would be happy to assist them with that, or I could do it for them for a small fee.
Most ereaders support Epub, PDF and Microsoft Word. Do you have another file type for your reader? I would love to know what type (if any) reader you have, or if you would just want to download the patterns to the computer directly?
Any and all feedback/comments/concerns would be welcome!
I think the more crafting literature out there the better!!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Onward!! With the holidays quickly approaching... (already??), I of course am working more and spending even less time in my studio. :( So I needed to come up with a way to make a little extra money, something that would be great for gifts, and something easy for me to make on the go, and leave some supplies at work on my desk, and in the car, and near my bed. I've always been attracted to ribbon and jewels for some reason (must be the girl in me ;) ) So I am launching a new product in my etsy shop!!
I would love to know what you guys think! I know its not paper related but I love all things handmade.
This week at work I got volunteered to paint the team pumpkin. We are the thundercats... so here's my zombie cat pumpkin (mind you i never claimed to be a painter, and got volunteered when I wasn't even there.) I had fun doing it, but it was a lot of pressure. :)
Oh Oh Oh!! A friend of mine was cleaning out her flower shop last week, and gave me this cabinet because she got a bigger better stainless steel one, so I went to work cleaning, and sanding and filling the holes, and painting and sanding, and sanding, and sanding...
This is before I painted and sanded, and removed the dreadful bird that had perched itself up top.
This is the after... I really didnt have room for it (hence the stuff stacked on top), but I really needed it for all of my ribbon. Sadly this is only the ribbon I had out for use, I have so much more packed away that I couldn't get to before. It is organized by color, and theme, and pattern, so there are a few different things here but it all makes sense to me! :)
Thanks for looking, and keep it crafty!!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
This is a set of five I made because I just had the urge to make something lol. These are so cute with their little bunny slippers, and come with matching envelopes. I used up some scrap paper I already had along with some pre made card bases.
Have any questions? Just ask! I can give you the measurements if you would like to make your own!! :)
Also there are other great deal on carts you just have to hunt for them, and mostly they are used so they've probably been hooked to someones gypsy at some point unless otherwise stated, but the one i have is brand new still in the package! I got two of them somehow! :)
Keep it crafty!!
Oh yea, if you are interested in the Christmas card swap, let me know by 10/15/10.
I should be uploading some some pictures of a few things in the next day or so.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Also, if you haven't checked it out yet, Im am thinking about hosting a swap, and you can check out all the details HERE.
Invite your friends! It will be so much fun!!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Swap idea #1 : The letter "A", this can be anything from embellies, die cuts, animals.. etc, be creative as long as it is a scrap booking or card making item. I would cap it off at 6 people per group, we could start more groups if we needed too. This would keep people from making a ton of stuff. You are more than welcome to participate in more than one group if we open them up, you can create the same things, or different ones.
Make six sets of three different items.
They must all three fit in a sandwich baggy.
Ex. If I was going to make an apple, an aardvark, and and angel, I would make 6 of each (18 items total) , and put one of each into 6 different baggies. Ship them in an envelope to me, I will divide and send them back out. :) Remember to include a postage paid envelope in your bag of goodies so that I can send yours back!!
I would like this to be the start of a whole alphabet of swaps. :) let me know what you think!!
Also for swap idea #2: I started looking for my christmas card lists the other day, and realized just how many cards I should start making. Then I thought of hosting a swap to get great things from other designers!!
Once again, divide into groups of 6, we can make more than one if necessary. Each person would make six cards, they can be the same or similar, or all different. Send them to me, I will divide them up, and send them back out, and everyone will get some different cards in their stash! I think this would be loads of fun!!
If enough people are interested in either one, I will set up a final date to have the projects mailed to me by, and start a list of everyone participating. All you need to do to participate, is follow my blog, and send me a comment on this post, or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, more exciting news, since I have been clearing out my craft room for quite some time, there are LOADS of new and unopened things that I simply don't need, (probably because i bought two of the same things...) and I would love to give them away. If I reach 20 followers, I will randomly choose a winner from my list of followers for an envelope full of goodies, as well as the twentieth follower will get a little something too!!
I think that's it for now...
Keep it crafty!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
CROQ zine #12 is done – stories, graphics, and layout complete, but we need to raise money to get it professionally printed. Enter Kickstarter.com – a cool social fundraising site that allows people to post creative projects in need of funds and raise the money. I have to collect $2000 in pledges by August 20th. If I reach my budget, my pledgers will be charged. If I don’t reach $2000, nobody owes anything.
You can pledge any amount from $1 and up. If you pledge $5, you get an issue of CROQ zine, so basically, a $5 pledge is like pre-ordering the zine.
For every pledge level, you get an awesome reward PLUS all the rewards from each previous level.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
It looks like a regular box, but when you open it up, it explodes, and is really fun!!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thanks for looking!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
This also went into Charisma Cardz challenge.. Something with a tail! :)
All comments appreciated! :)
Thanks so much for looking!!
Sorry for all the "extras" in the picture, I've gotten a little lazy with my picture taking. lol. This is my entry for the ...Wee Memories... chip board challenge. Almost all of the sticker looking things are actually chipboard. I have had this stuff in my stash for I know at least 4 years, and I JUST took the cellophane off of most of it. Sad, I know. But I really have done much better about not purchasing and stashing. :)
So, I am all about the challenges right now, seems like im doing one almost every day, their fun, and they really are helping me do things that I might not normally do, AND helping me use up lots of the paper that I really need to use before I can allow myself to buy more. :)
This week over at Fantabulous Cricut, animal shaped mini albums was the challenge. I dont really have any carts that are animal specific, so I improvised, I used an owl, giraffe, and frog from the paisley cart, and a cat from the mini monsters cart.
Uhm, I LOVE this frog! The paper is from a Halloween stack and is already glittered. The stripes are from a recylced paper group, and the dot of course is bazzill swiss dot. I used cheap satin ribbon from M's and a little bit of green ink. OH! and there are two teeny tiny star buttons up in the top.
The background of the owl if from a recylced paper stack, I havent a clue about the papers the owl is made from except the golden yellow is recollections cardstock from M's The bling actually came from a package I got at the dollar store. The stamp is one i am rather fond of, but not sure if i won't trade it out when i start adding pictures.
I doodled on all the little journaling tags, the cat is from and american crafts paper pack, and the yellow is once again bazzill swiss dots, (are you tired of that yet? Im not! ) The white and red are recollections from M's
This is the last page, similar idea with the journal tags, the giraffe I used a really cool pattern paper, from a recycled stack and some recollections cardstock. Tree ribbon from M's. I used a little yellow circle brad.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Very simple 6x6 card, four additional layers, bling, giant button, treehouse glitter, brown ink, ribbon, and bic markers for the doodles, green ink over thee entire thing.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I used bazzill swiss dot (I LOVE THIS PAPER!) along with some chocolate satin ribbon, a bling flower, and some robins egg blue paper from recollections from M's and brown ink with a dollar stamp from M's. I would love to hear your comments and feedback!
Thanks for looking!!