Thursday, October 29, 2009

Regency Gown

Happy Crafting!
Just dropping in to write down my accomplishment of the day :) i managed to find some addicting white fabric with tiny blue flowers at hobby lobby. at first i passed it up, but it was on clearence and it was perfect for a regency gown so i decided to get some. then, after thinking about how awesome the dress would look when it was completed, i decided to draw up a pattern...actually i just free handed it on the fabric, and go. three hours later i had my masterpiece :) and i got to sew in up with my wonderful new sewing machine, which has already produced a quilt.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Figured it was time for a post

Ah, it is finally october, my how time flies. have you ever noticed how you wake up and its new years, then you blink, and you're out of school for summer, the next thing you know the first homework assginments are being handed out and then comes christmas. every year the same thing happens, and as i get older, the years go by quicker...which isnt really saying much since im 18 going on 19, but still. i can just remember being a kid and waiting for my birthday to come around so i could ask for my hearts desire of the moment, but it's only be may or june. Siblings birthdays were the worst because i'd get jealous waiting for mine. However, i have come to appreciate my birthday much more nowadays. To start off with, i am the only person in my immediate family to have a fall birthday, my individualism comes through yet again :). secondly, Fall is my favorite time of year, the colors, cool temps, and attire just make me ecstatic. Plus, my birthday is exactly one week before halloween, which is always a fun time of year. To top it all off, my birthday marks the two month count down to christmas eve.

quick note on christmas eve, i have come to realize that as i have gotten older i have enjoyed the days leading up to christmas more than the actual day. Sure, i love to get and give presents, but i love the magic of the holiday season, and since we dont really do the Twelve Days of Christmas thing here, it seems that at 12:00 dec 26 christmas is done and over, and we have to wait a whole year till it comes around again. However, from thanksgiving till christmas the magic is alive and kicking. the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday season just intensify as time goes on. I love the waiting, guessing, anticipation, and pure joy of counting down the days till we can give and recieve. i go over how i think people will react to my gifts over and over in my head till im sure ive alraedy given it to them. all in all, christmas day is nice but thanksgiving till christmas eve is the real holiday for me :D

Back to my birthday. since my parents are divorced i usually get some big thing from each of them, which is nice. this year i am pining for an ipod touch to replace my 1st gen video ipod. i've been cleaning and organizing my itunes library, downloading apps, and contemplating what kind of ipod sock i'll crochet in order to protect the ipod. I havent been this excited for my birthday in quite a few years. From my mom i am going to get a brand new sewing machine! This is going to be like entering the lightness after 18 years of darkness. The only sewing machine i have ever known was my moms ancient and incredibly moody jc penny sewing machine. i cant tell you how many times i have been close to tears because i couldnt even get one stich without the thread breaking. Now alot of the machines are electronic and have all these neat knobs, and speed things. it all seems so foreign to me, so i am really looking forward to playing around with the machine before i start my first project.

I really want to cut up a bunch of band shirts that i dont wear as often (i have about 100 band shirts... no joke, and want to get rid of them with out getting rid of them) to turn into a blanket quilt thing of sorts. i figure it'd be a pretty kickass blanket, and it'd be unique and entirely hand made. all i need to do is get stuff to line the blanket with so it is actually warm, not just some giant shirt thing. Perhaps a trip to jo-anns is in store.

as for current projects, i am going to crochet 13 little christmas tree ornaments for family, and then i have to think of things i can do for friends for xmas. i figure if i start now i might actually attempt to get some stuff out of the way before dec18 (when i leave for boston). haha. i'm thinking little knicknacks would be awesome for friends, since they dont take much yarn and would be quick to do. i just have to figure out what those do dads should be. cool ipod socks? hats (too much time :p), socks?

i found the best pattern for socks a few weeks ago. i was so proud of it i made three pairs, two for the bf and one for myself (i had to alter it by a bit to fit my feet). my sister made a pair and i'm thinking i'll make a pair for my mom for xmas. i also found a pattern for moccasins that i tried out for the bf. we actually bought soles for them and i sewed them on, so they are legit shoes and kick ass. perhaps i'll mkae them for dad for xmas. the pattern couldnt be eaiser. and they look really hard and complicated! so its even better. i think the only thing i'll cahnge is adding a drawstring to them so they dont fall off. actually, i might start another pair tonight or tomorrow so i have a pair for myself. wait no, jk, thats my sister project for the weekend...phew :p.

quick note about the ipod touch i'm pining for, it has a copy paste thing so you can copy something like... CROCHET PATTERNS, and save them on the ipod...other wise known as my dream device. music, movies, iternet, crochet :D plus there is a crochet/knit project app so i can keep track of what im doing...basically its awesome. the ohter day i was playing around with my brothers touch and actually copied a pattern for xmas tree ornaments, watched the video on tjw1963's youtube page and then made the tree. it was incredible. so much so that my crocheting partner in crime is lusting for one as well. we figure this device would come in handy for things like trips, where we want to crochet but might not have access to the internet and dont want to bring a book of patterns with. we can jsut pull one up on the ipod.

right now i've jsut been enjoying the genius thing on itunes, its pretty cool. i was in a mellow mood so i choose a song to play and it made a playlist around it and i have enjoyed every song since... Really tempted to make moccassins now :P

ah i'll wait. there are always ipod vids to watch.

Happy Crafting!