Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Gave Up Being a Muse... so I recruit a few.

Recent Influences...

1) Patti Smith.2. Edie Segwick



3. Sable Starr (and any other 70's rock groupies)

4. Harry Potter Fandom girls

Monday, May 11, 2009

The "Disappearing Sofa" Trick

Sorry for the lack of postage- but work and other ventures have been driving me mad and sapping my creative mojo. However- I'm back now, and ready to turn this blog around!

Let's play catch up for a bit, I'll go first...

I moved into my one bedroom loft apartment over a year ago, and I've been struggling with my living room from the very start. The layout isn't a real issue, it's the decor. There's a fair amount of clutter in there; some cheapies mixed with pricey antiques, all sorts of knicknacks littering every available surface, and I'll be damned if I can settle on a color scheme.

So I've decided to sit down and have a serious talk with my living room. Starting with the Ashley sleeper sofa. I'd get rid of it, but quite frankly, I don't know if I could get it through the door again without doing serious damage to myself or my rented dwelling. So I will simply try to make it look smaller.

"The Disappearing Sofa Trick"

1. Glare at the sofa.

2. Go to local thrift store and purchase 1,000TC king sized flat sheet that is roughly the same color as the wall paint.

3. Apply sheet to sofa, taking care to tuck in the sides.

4. Carefully arrange throw pillows and cat.

Improvement? Perhaps.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Life Lesson: Tights are Two Degrees from Trousers

While in Los Angeles I got a chance to look at some of the trends that are prevalent out there.

Jewelry: Chunky, clunky, and the bigger the better. Hippie throwbacks, turquoise, and even shiny yellow gold are being embraced again. Also, giant granny glasses, and Studio 54 meets Golden Girls type clothing. For men and women.

Accessories: Tams have been back for a while, but it was interesting to see the different patterns people were employing. A lot of them looked handmade as well. Hopefully some of my Etsy friends are the ones selling them!

Also there was an accesory trend I could do without- girls wearing tights as pants. Tights are not leggings. Leggins are not trousers. Therefore tights are about 2 degrees away from qualifying as acceptable forms of clothing on their own. Seriously, ladies- I don't want to see that much definition in your ass, I don't care how big or small it is.

In any case, I got a lot out of the trip- relaxation, research, and retail therapy. Good times over all. Check out my store to see some of the vintage earrings I brought back!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Snapshot#3

3.13.2009
Aquarium of The Pacific, Long Beach, CA

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Snapshot#2

3/12/2009
Rose and Traction Ave, Los Angeles

Six Vacation Musings

A few thoughts to share after 4 days in Los Angeles:

1. I REALLY needed this vacation. I feel so incredibly relaxed, and my vacation is only halfway over.

2. For a city of women with wafer-thin thighs who have all decided to wear tights (not leggings, but the self same tights we all wore as elementary schoolgirls) as one might wear pants- Los Angeles has an amazing array of really quality restaurants. I've had Japanese (on a late night noodle run), traditional English (bangers'n'mash for brunch), Indian (a chicken curry takeaway), Middle Eastern (not sure of the exact area these lads were from, but they know how to cook and season their veggies!), and good ol' fashioned American food on this trip. 3 weeks of hardcore workouts and even harder core dieting have hardened said core, but it's quickly softening thanks to all of the top quality vittles I'm ingesting.

3. It may never rain in southern California, but it's a lot colder here than it is back home in Georgia right now. I did not pack accordingly, thus the reason I'm wearing my dating partner's giant hoodie and a pair of leg warmers at the moment.

4. Unlike LA, Atlanta just doesn't seem to embrace or showcase the international and creative communities. I probably just need to get out in my home city more often. I plan to begin taking more city neighborhood adventures when I get back home.

5. I have a lot of incredibly excellent friends who always make me feel at home in Los Angeles- which is why it's my automatic go-to for a quick and cheap vacation. Thanks guys!!

6. After having lunch with a friend on the Fox lot, I suddenly and desperately wanted to go into the movie making world and leave television news behind. Everything just looked... so cool.3/11/2009
Fox Studio Lot, Los Angeles, CA



Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Snapshot#1


03.11.2009
Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Curious Case of Beautiful Buttons

Krishkena included my Scalloped Neckwarmer in a very cute button themed treasury!






I'm a huge fan of the blue flower hair clip... if the shipping weren't $5.00 for a small piece, I'd totally go for it.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Confessions of a Super Secret Girl Spy




I have to admit, when I was a little girl (not that long ago it seems) I was obsessed with the Nancy Drew mysteries. Not the modernized ones where she's always at the mall and has a team of crime fighting friends- I'm talking about the original stories originating during the 1930's. My mum had a lot of these books from her childhood, as well as the Trixie Belden books (think Nancy Drew as a hardy blonde tomboy) and I adored reading them. In a lot of the chapter illustrations, Nancy would be wearing adorable gloves and a snood to keep her hair off her shoulders. I would emulate the look as best as I could with one of my mum's hairnets... but the effect wasn't quite what I'd hoped.




Sooo...




Here's one project I'm working on right now from a vintage knitting pattern. I'll be attempting it with some beautiful delicate angora blend yarn:


Knitted Snood






Materials (my substitutions in italics)


1/2 oz Woolworth's extra super 2 ply wool (1/2 skein of angora blend I found in my stash)


1 pair No. 3 knitting needles (US 4 DPNs)










Monday, March 2, 2009

The Vintage Secret's Out...

I was going to keep this a secret until the big debut but...





I'm opening a new shop soon!


It's going to be vintage oriented, with emphasis on ladylike ensembles from the 1960's and 1970's in the USA. I just love the flow and design of clothing from that era. There's something so decadent about it all- without the self awareness of clothing from the 80's.


In any case, it's going to be called "Warm&Happy Vintage" (you see what I did there?) and I've already started collecting items to start up in a few weeks.


It only seems natural for me to also have a vintage shop, seeing as I've been wearing consignment, estate sale, and thrift shop clothing since I was a kid. Though my parents would buy me khakis from The Gap, and polos from J.Crew- I'd save up to go to the thrift store every couple of weeks, and come away with fabulous Gloria Vanderbilt high waisted bellbottom jeans, checked polyester dresses, and sweet leather jackets galore. My classmates thought I was a nut for eschewing Abercrombie and Fitch in favor of Goodwill, but I found I had a knack for spotting good stitching, high quality fabrics and old accessories that could be mixed easily with modern ensembles.


So that's what I hope to achieve now, 10 years later, with a lot more cash to spend, my own ride to the store, and an even better appreciation for the styles of years gone by.

Friday, February 27, 2009

A Quick Sentiment...

I heart earrings.



...and cups of tea.

That is all.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Talkie #1: I don't have time for this...

So today I opted to blog from my phone rather than from my desk, and the results are below. Like the format? Hate it? Don't care either way? Let me know in the comments section, or at warmandhappy[at]yahoo.com.

Gabcast! Warm and Happy Blog #1





Links Mentioned:
"Looking Beyond Etsy" (as mentioned by @soapdeli)

Warm&Happy

Saturday, February 21, 2009

We're All Mad!

Today I feel as if I've fallen down the rabbit hole.





I'm a bit out of sorts, mostly having to do with hormonal influences (aaaah, the monthly joys of being a woman!) and mental and physical fatigue. After rapidly losing 14 lbs over the past two weeks, I began a running routine to train for an upcoming 5k. The result of 2 days of hard work?

A sore bum and tired legs.


However, I do feel stronger and more confident in my ability to regain my lost athletic prowess- so a pat on the back (but not too hard... still quite sore) is in order!



My shop is still doing pretty well. I finally sold the Peasy Green Scarflette; the item that's gotten by far the most views, treasuries, and hearts in my shop over the past couple of months. I'm now going to need to create something else that is universally obsession-worthy to attract the views and hearts, but I won't stress over it too much. Right now I just need to concentrate on my Spring collection, and preparing to introduce some *vintage* clothing into my shop. I'll explain why in a different post, as there is a bit of a story behind this decision, but know that I am really excited about it!!



I'd like to create a treasury on Etsy... and since I'm stuck here at work- I may as well get started on it now. Here are some of my picks from others who are "down the rabbit hole":


. . .Alice In Wonderland Items. . . (click pic for shop)


















Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Craft Like a Victorian

I made something warm and pretty yesterday (I was distracting myself from sketching for the Spring and Summer collection), and I'll try to remember to post the pattern here when I get around to writing it out.



In the meantime, my latest exciting news is from the world of jewelry making. I stumbled upon the idea for spoon rings when I was looking up Victorian-era jewelry trends. Basically, ladies (usually younger women or teen girls) would take silver spoons, heat them, and coil them around their fingers. It's a fun, cheap, and easy craft project- so naturally it blew my mind. Upon doing further research, making rings from cutlery handles (and sometimes the full spoon) emerges as a big fad every 40 years or so.

I'm fully in favor of bringing this trend back, especially after discovering a bunch of old measuring spoons languishing in one of the many random boxes that I never fully unpacked in my apartment. I'd always planned to do something with these, since they're too pretty to give away, and I'm big on recycling/upcycling items these days. Also, the spoons have kitschy sentimental measurements like "A Dash of Tenderness" and "A Heap of Love" engraved in the handles, and that's just too cute/mushy to toss out.
So here's what happened:



I put these in my etsy shop, and two of them sold almost immediately. I plan to make a few more, and upon the advice of my friend Heather, they'll be featured as part of an upcoming Earth Day extravaganza.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Kim's Favorite Things (right now)

In honor of the fake, commercial-created and mushiliy stylized holiday, I'm going to show some genuine love for some commercial/stylized ventures today. I tend to fall in and out of love with styles, genres, stores, and items rather quickly- but when I fall... I fall hard.

Here are some of things I'm crushing on at the moment:

Steampunk: I've read the Pullman books, I've watched the regrettable Golden Compass flick, and I've flirted with a man in a top hat on occasion. However, nothing could prepare me for this newest obsession. It's one part tech-geek, two parts historical romance, and all kinds of awesome.



I have all kinds of plans for modding my old computer, but in the meantime, I'll placate myself by creating an Amelia Earhart costume and a lovely wool vest+pocket watch for my main man.





Business Cards- Every since I was a child, I have seen business cards a bit of a "status symbol". I just loved the idea of deftly reaching into a hidden coat pocket and producing a shiny new card with a flourish. I always imagined the recipient of said card would be bowled over by my professionalism and general coolness.



Then I grew up, got a job in television, and had to give out my cards in order to get reliable news tips.
This took some of the fun out of the mysterious business card. However, I believe I have recaptured that joy thanks to Avery's business card templates, my color photo printer, and 30 minutes of extra time on my hands. I created some awesome cards for Warm&Happy and I carry them with me at all times in a wee holder like the one above from LomahAcres. You'd better believe, when I hand a card over, I do it with a flourish.


Wedding Items- Look, I'm not getting married any time soon. Mommy, I'm sorry. *guilty smile*
However, two of my best friends from my school days ARE getting hitched this summer, and it's causing me to have all kinds of fantasies (for the first time) about the kind of wedding I'd like to have one day. Well specifically, the kind of jewelry and trinkets I'd like to wear on my wedding day. I don't really care much for overly fussy affairs, and would be happy getting hitched on a beach somewhere, but I want to look GOOD for those photos.



I'd also want my husband to feel extra lucky that day.

What are some of your loves and/or obsessions at the moment?


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Best Remedy for Food Poisoning!



I had an absolute peach of a day yesterday and unfortunately capped it all off with a brush with food poisoning. I'll spare you the gory details, but let's just say I was trying to make my favorite meal (Fusili with Shrimp and Arugula) and I decided to march down to the local grocery rather than the quality meat/seafood counter a few miles away.


...bad shrimp=bad evening.


Luckily, I kept my head steady and my stomach calm with my own modification of this brilliant home remedy from teh glorious internets:


1/2 cup of lemon juice (bottled 100% juice from concentrate)

3 tablespoons of clover honey


I mixed it together, a fine sweat beading on my forehead as I could feel my stomach begin to churn. The resulting mixture looks like thick lemonade, and tastes like a mouthful of Sour Patch Kids. Thankfully, my years at University taught me how to take shots, so I was able to down the remedy quickly.


...and it worked.


My stomach settled within 20 or 30 minutes, and a dose of Benadryl (I don't like to take chances with allergic reactions) put me to sleep. Perfect!


Oh, and the reason why I used honey instead of sugar is because of honey's antiseptic properties (I use it to clear up PMS related acne quickly).


**NOTE: If you decide to try this, I recommend brushing your teeth with baking soda, or at least swishing a baking soda mixture around in your mouth so as to protect your tooth enamel from the lemony acids.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Outstanding Etsian #2, and other matters

I have so many things to talk about, but for now there are three things on my mind:

1. WryandGinger's Suck It Up School of Business: These are probably the most entertaining and helpful selling tools I've come across on the Etsy forums. They're chock full of funny, down to Earth advice that should be required reading for anyone who is throwing a bit of a strop about not selling anything after a few weeks on a massive craft site in saturated market.

Here are links to some of them, print and read whenever you're feeling a bit down- no matter if you're a seller or not!

Lesson 1: OMG Someone Copied Me!
Lesson 2: BWAH! Why isn't anyone buying my stuff?
Lesson 3: I lost my heart...
Lesson 4: Tough Like Rhino Skin
Lesson 5: Hustle, baby, Hustle!


2. I am in LOVE with making jewelry- specifically earrings. There's something incredibly soothing about working with tools and shiny things. I went to the library and scooped up a lot of different books on jewelry making techniques, and I'm pretty excited to move on to creating bracelets- even though I don't really wear them that often. It sounds quite Victorian of me, but I think a woman's wrists are incredibly beautiful, delicate, and feminine- so why not highlight that beauty?

3. I'm very ashamed to admit this, but I really want a Snuggie.

No, I'm not referring to an attractive man who enjoys spooning- I'm referring to a backwards dressing gown/choir robe made of fleece that's being sold for 19.99 on television. It's one of the biggest sellers in the US, and a lot of my friends recieved one for Christmas from well meaning mums. When I first saw the commercial below, I thought it looked incredibly ridiculous.



However, the ultra cold weather, and the desire to have my hands free for crafting makes me desire something along the lines of a Snuggie. So embarrassing.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mission Accomplished!

I did it! I did it! I did it!

I reached my goal of 10 sales. I know it may not sound like much, but I wasn't expecting to reach it that quickly! Thanks to the buyer who purchased the Pretty Birdie Earrings!

In the meantime, I listed a couple of sweet neckwarmers.

Hey lovelies!



I just completed a couple of new items, and wanted to share 'em with you.



This is the Eternal Spring...




...and this is the Cozy in Cream.







The Cozy is particularly versatile, as you can wear it as an earwarmer, a headwarmer, and a neckwarmer.

Why mess up your hair with a lame knit hat this winter?



The Eternal Spring is just beautiful, and is light enough to wear year-round.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

What I've Been Up To...

The past 9 days have been a mixture of furious crafting and designing and traquil reflection and creativity. Here are a few of the things I've come up with.

A Warm and Happy Myspace Profile:

Various Cool Things:





Pirated Music Headphones
Fingertips Scarf
Blue Rosie
Orange Birdie Earrings





So those are some of the things I've been working on. Notice the jewelry? I'm trying to branch out a bit. We'll see how long that venture lasts!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Outstanding Etsian #1

I'm in love with a pendant.



If I had a love in my life, I would tell him I wanted this for Valentine's Day. It's 25.00 and you can find it and other amazing things in WireGirl's store. I think I love the pendant because it's so simple but so graceful looking. It reminds me of the Party Tree in The Shire.

Good gracious, I am a nerd.

I'll stop salivating over jewelry now, and focus on another task at hand- updating WarmandHappy's Myspace site. I know Myspace is pretty dead now and all the cool kids are on Facebook, but until I get more items in my shop (everytime I have more than 14 items, I end up selling a couple) I don't want to move to Facebook just yet.

I'm having trouble finding a background that doesn't look like it was created specifically for an angry 14 year old girl, so I may be working on that profile for a while. If you're still a Myspace user, feel free to add me as a friend. I'm nice. I don't bite. And I can hook you up with warm and happy items.

C'mon, life doesn't get any easier than that.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Personality, Productivity, and Prayers

Ahhh, what a week it's been. I've been up to my ears in work, but that's exactly how I like it! Does that make me a Type A personality? We bandy around that term all the time, but what exactly does it mean?




From the bastion of all things TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY TRUE AND RESEARCHED*, Wikipedia:



"Type A individuals can be described as impatient, excessively
time-conscious, insecure about their status, highly competitive, hostile and
aggressive, and incapable of relaxation.



They are often high achieving workaholics who multitask, drive
themselves with deadlines, and are unhappy about the smallest of delays.
Because
of these characteristics, Type A individuals are often described as
"stress
junkies." Type B individuals, in contrast, are described as patient,
relaxed,
and easy-going.
There is also a Type AB mixed profile for
people who cannot be clearly categorized
."




*not true or carefully researched

Riiight. I'm pretty sure that most people would fall into that Type AB category, really. Anyway, I'm definitely not a Type A.


...but I have been very focused and business-y lately. The hard work does indeed pay off, as I made two sales this week, getting me closer to that goal I made in my Crafty Resolutions. I also learned that my "Rosie" scarf is by far my best selling product though my "Peasy" scarves get a lot more views and hearts. Does the three dollars make that much of a difference between the two? I personally like the Peasy line of scarflettes a bit better.


I also knitted up a massive cowl scarf (pics to come). It was my first time completely making up a lace pattern, and while it's very simple, you can definitely see I was "winging it". I like it though, so I plan to wear it through the spring months and such.


Now, it's off to work (the "real" job) and to find a way to make business cards.


Also, on a more personal note: In reference to a previous post about my lovely, vivacious, and talented crafty Grandma who is in the hospital- she is still with us. She is still in the hospital, but has been recovering, albeit slowly from her physical trials. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Free Facebook Advertising is my Friend!

I'd been thinking of ways to help to advertise my little shop for the past few days. Don't get me wrong- I'm still trying to find my niche and improve my techniques, so I don't expect or necessarily desire a sale every day, but I do want to make WarmandHappy more visible and well... visitable.


So I decided to take out an ad on Facebook. I know I always see ads in the margins for extremely random products, so I figured my ads may fit right in. They're running right now, and so far I've gotten a lot of visits, and a lot of visibility. Best of all, I got this for FREE.


See, after making my ad, I went to the checkout page, and before entering in my payment information, I saw there was a box for a "coupon code". I didn't even know Facebook HAD coupons- but I decided to go on my trusty RetailmeNot.com and look up the site. Lo and behold, Facebook is running a campaign that gives you 25 dollars in free advertising!


In the grand scheme of things, this isn't much, but it's an easy way to see how the service works. You can also apparently sign up with Visa's Business program and get 100 dollars in free Facebook advertising, but I didn't try that (they had some suspicious "legalese" that I'd have to wade through before clicking "Accept"), so I won't endorse it.




In any case, I'm pretty stoked about this option, though I probably won't continue with it after my freebie is done. I simply don't have the money in the bank to do that sort of thing. Perhaps when my shop is a bit more established, I'll spring for advertising again!



...ooh, I wonder if myspace has a similar deal. I'm off to find out!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Arrrrr! Give me ye napkins!



I just made these- they're pirate themed napkin rings and I think they're really adorable and pretty fierce. I love 'em! I'm thinking of making some red and gold ones (non-pirate like, they'll have jeweled embellishments) a bit later.

Unfinished Business!

It's amazing what one little lifestyle change can do. I quit smoking for good on January 4th, and since then, my creativity and productivity have gone up exponentially! In truth, I was a "light smoker" (less than 5 cigs per day, if that), but I'd been that way for about 3 or 4 years and was ruining my body, and as it turns out- my mental and emotional state had been affected by being shackled to this habit. So now I'm happy and proud of myself, and thus my work has improved. Not braggin', just notin'.



In any case, I went to Big Lots about two weeks ago and stumbled upon this beautiful Lion Brand Landscapes yarn in Spring Desert for just $1.50. Unfortunately, some zealous knitter had cleaned them out of their stock, so I could only get my hands on one measly skein. I considered making something small from this, but I really wanted to do a stitch that shows off the beauty of this yarn. After a couple of days of experimenting on the needles, I eventually turned to loom knitting. I'm going to make a cowl/tube scarf from this stuff, but I've run out of yarn- so I'm letting this one sit around until I can find yarn in that color again. I love looking at it though. It's all Easter-y and fun.

*sigh*

Oh well- it gives me time to choose my Etsian of the Week!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

All My Circuits!


A very cute, and possibly effective idea from TheBuzz over at Etsy. I may need ol' Doc's help eventually, but for now I'm content with just feeling my way through and enjoying myself while making handmade items without a lot of pressure to sell, sell, sell.



Today (well, Saturday) was spent indoors deconstructing a laptop computer and experimenting with polymer clay. I've had two dead laptops sitting in my living room for some time now, and I removed their hard drives long ago, but was just planning to send the computers to be recycled. After staring long and hard at one of them, I decided to try and "upcycle" its parts, and use them for various purposes. The main purposes I've found have been kitschy nerd jewelry. Most of my friends would squee over a gift like that, and since those are usually the people I make things for- I think this is a worthwhile project. I found some nice ideas after a brief Google search, and have been working to make the jewelry more wearable and less campy. I want to make something that looking like you bought it- not that you got bored and decided rip apart your expensive home electronics. So all in all, I think that's a worthy WIP of the week.


Etsy-wise, I got busy this evening and listed a couple of scarflettes I made during the holiday break. One is a blue version of my popular item "Rosie", and the other is the oft looked at but never purchased "Peasy" in purple. I also decided to experiment with having a proper sale, and knocked 10 bucks off of my labour of love, "Air Envy" and $5.00 off of the "Confetti" scarf.

Okay, enough procrastinating. Back to dealing with this clay and these circuit boards... and seeing what kind of fun can be created!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Sewing Machine VICTORY! (maybe)

I did it! I found a sewing machine at my favorite thrift shop- Value Village in Marietta, GA. Unfortunately it is missing its power cord, so my victory may be very short lived if ebay can't bail me out of this. Either way, it was only 15 dollars and it appears to be in pretty good shape.



Squee!


I also bought a bunch of albums to liven up the look of my "music space" (it's just the area of my apartment where I keep my various instruments and practice/record). Back in college I started my album cover wallpaper plan, and got one entire wall filled- and then had to donate or recycle most of the albums upon moving out because I just didn't have the storage space. So sad. Now I'm re-using that idea, but on a much smaller scale. We'll see how that turns out.




Now off to see if ebay will save me.

UPDATE: Ebay came through! I found a power cord. We're in business!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

With Apologies and Longing

I haven't posted in several days, and for that I am deeply ashamed. I've been sick with a really nasty and evil cold, and haven't touched a knitting needle or a crochet hook during that time. Ahhhh, the chest congestion.

In any case, I've had some pretty cool ideas for future crafts, and most involve a sewing machine. I ended up returning that horrible "Stitch Sew Quick". It just didn't seem worth it in the end, and I can think of a better use for $15.97.

...like saving up for a proper sewing machine.

Today I felt slightly better, so I went skulking around thrift stores, looking for cheap sewing machines. I found some beautiful antique models (one was only 25 bucks!) but I'm worried about being able to fix it up properly and also being able to work with those old parts. I would love to have a lovely bronze colored Singer sitting on a table in my home- but sadly I just don't have that kind of room in my tiny one bedroom loft, and I don't have the expertise to make the beautiful old machine functional.

So what I need is this:


However, I've made a pact with myself to not make any remotely expensive ($100+) purchases until my credit card is completely paid off, my trip abroad is booked for the Spring, and I've bought a new desktop computer (for music making and minor gaming purposes).

*sigh*

In the meantime, here are a few of the patterns I plan to tackle as soon as I get my machine:

Yoga Pants: this is a pattern for them, but I plan to make my own pattern from tracing my old yoga pants and making a few sizing adjustments.

Computer Keyboard Wallet: This is amazing. It's not a sewing pattern, but I feel I MUST make this for the next geeky man in my life.

Cassette Tape Business Card Holder: I. Love. This. I recently bought a couple of old Berlin tapes off of ebay (I'm a bit young to have a lot of cassettes) and used one to make a faux USB mixtape for my friend. I'll use the other one to hold my etsy cards!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Frustration in the Palm of Your Hand

So I decided to make the transition from Knitting Diva to Savvy Seamstress by purchasing a sewing machine today. Unfortunately, most sewing machines are a bit too expensive for my meager crafting budget, and they take up a lot of room in my small apartment.


Enter the "Stitch Sew Quick". Aside from the incredibly unfortunate name, I thought this could be the answer to my crafting prayers. It's a sewing machine, but it's small, lightweight, and I don't have to worry about being out of tons of money when I eventually get bored with it and let it collect dust in the downstairs closet.


Also, I'm a total product junkie and this is kinda cute.





This is why I really should always read product reviews before purchasing things. Especially small, cute things. According to one review the little device has the capability of actually going mad and turning on itself and the operator. Well, I've no idea what that could mean, but it sounds frightening and Terminator II-esque.


So I haven't opened the box just yet. I went out for a while with my friends tonight, then came home and procrastinated for a bit online, and now-- it may be time for me to give this a shot. I won't post pics of my mutilated hands, I promise, but I may post some shots of mutilated bed sheets.


Wish me luck!

Crafting Some Resolutions

I know, I know. Every year we all make a few (or many) New Year's resolutions and then break them magnificently within a matter of months. Seeing as some shrinks are saying resolutions are actually harmful, I considered skipping that plan this year- but old habits die hard.

My Crafty Resolve:

-Complete one afghan/blanket while reducing yarn stash by at least 1/2 of the massive basket in my living room.

-Buy a sewing machine and make PJ's for friends/buyers out of sweet vintage fabric that's been hiding in my closet for months.

-10 Etsy sales (I know that doesn't seem like much, but given the economy, I'm setting my sights low!)

I think these are all attainable, healthy goals and I'm stoked to begin. I really can't wait to start on the pajama pants! I have some great ideas for the design that could make them both comfy and fashionable.

Because that's how I roll- comfortably and fashionably.