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The Fiber Arts… No Electricity Needed!

Yesterday morning we woke up to no electricity. It’s one of those things that you take for granted until it’s no longer there. Now days it is almost impossible to get ANYTHING done without it, no showers, no morning coffee (which is a nightmare scenario for me), no heat, no nothing, even the cordless phone won’t work so you better hope you remembered to charge up your cell phone the day before.

We went without power the entire morning as it didn’t get fixed until almost noon. So what’s a girl to do when you can’t do anything? You pull out your crochet hook and/or knitting needles of course! It is awesome how you can get quite far on a project when you don’t have the distractions of all the electronic toys and gadgets our homes are crammed full of. And if the heat isn’t working, make sure you have an afghan going, it will keep you warm while you work on it 🙂

Current WIP :)

Current WIP 🙂

 

So now the power is back and all is well again. The distractions are back, but I have to admit… I did kind of miss them, even if it was only for a few hours.

❤  Tracee

Vendors and Markets and Fairs… Oh My!

Well here it is November already and time is going by at sonic speed. We are now in the crazy Holiday Craft Fair season. I have four events coming up that I am getting ready for. This is my big debut month for Fromm Me To You as my new career and I am hoping it goes well. I won’t be blogging too much this month as I will be spending a lot of my time preparing for these events, but I hope to get a few pictures up as I get some things finished.

Here are just a few of the items I have been working on. I have a few more, but need to take pictures of them yet.

Brimmed Hat - side

Brimmed Hat – side

Brimmed Hat - back

Brimmed Hat – back

Christmas diaper sets

Christmas diaper sets

I also finished the custom baby blanket from my post Baby Blanket… BINGO! Here’s the finished project 🙂

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Happy crafting everyone!!

❤ Tracee

 

Queen of the Halvsies

As I look around my office / studio today I realize I am queen of the halvsies. I have in my project bag 2 half done hats, 1 half done baby blanket, 1 half done afghan, and 1 half done baby sweater.  I also have 4 half done patterns on my computer waiting to be finished. Does anyone else have this problem? I just get started on a project and then I see another pattern I just HAVE to try and start a new project and so on and so on.

I am beginning to wonder if there is such a thing as a crochet/knit version of ADHD. If there is I am definitely showing symptoms.  Just two days ago I went shopping and found some great yarn that will work for a couple of other patterns I have sitting on my “gotta make these” pile, so it looks like before the weekend is over I will be starting 2 or 3 new projects to add to my halvsies bag.

One of these days I will amaze all of you with a plethora of  finished projects in a VERY large blog post HAHA!

 

❤ Tracee

Getting Ready

Well the cloth is finished. My first tunisian crochet project. While I have some improving to do on adjusting my tension, I think I have found a new friend. Lots of fun and more stitches to learn.

Spa Cloth (3)

 

Now it’s time to get ready for vendor fair season. I have a booth at our local Corn Days festival tomorrow and am in the process of labeling, pricing, finding my display, packing everything and trying not to forget important items like my calculator and receipt slips. I am getting a little anxious because I feel like I’m no where near ready for this UGH! But I go through this every time haha. I get all excited and freak myself out trying to get everything perfect and convincing myself that I’m not ready, then the event comes and everything is just fine 🙂 So time to take a deep breath…  aaahhhhhh.  That’s better 🙂 Now back to work.

❤ Tracee

Why Christmas in July?

SummerSantaI know that crafters MUST have coined the phrase Christmas in July. We all know that if you plan to make gifts or if you are on the craft fair circuit, you need to start early enough to get everything done for the holiday season. So how early is too early? I don’t think there is such a thing. In the summer we should concentrate on doing fall and winter items and in the winter we should start with our summer projects. At least that makes the most sense. So why do I seem to have a problem getting into the “Holiday Spirit” with things at this time of the year? I want to work on fun summer things when it’s summer outside and warm and snuggley things in the winter months, is their something wrong with that? Well yes there can be a problem with that way of thinking, I actually have the nerve to wonder why I don’t have enough time to get all my holiday gifts done.

Christmas in July is a good rule to adopt when you are talking about hand crafted items and patterns as well. If you are designing for the seasons, you will want to make sure the people who use your patterns have enough time to finish their projects before the occasion your pattern is intended for as well. With that being said, I of course (in my fashion) am working on a pattern for an adorable baby beach ball summer hat. Should have it ready to go in the next week or two… just in time for those who want to start their winter projects. (As I roll my eyes at myself)

❤ Tracee

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