And Away We Go…

So I have taken a couple of months to gather my thoughts and rearrange my life a bit. I have cleaned out some closets, reorganized my office/studio, de-cluttered my computer and gotten rid of almost all of the inventory I had left over from my previous direct sales job. I have also reorganized my craft show displays and replaced some of my display shelves and props. I guess I am the type of person who likes to try and get as organized as possible before I move on to something new and while there are a few things that need to be done yet, I feel I am ready to take on my new and improved life. One thing that is big plus to all of this is that I have gotten rid of a lot of stress. I am clearing out the most stressful things (at least the ones I have control over) and I can’t believe the difference it is starting to make. It actually helps with the things I don’t have control over and I am starting to feel a little less stressed about those things too.

I have been working on projects (of course) through all this and here are a couple of things I have worked on.

Baby sweater and hat set

Baby sweater and hat set

Baby booties

Baby booties

Some cute baby items for some of my friends. Two of my girlfriends are becoming grandmas for the first time this spring. (I’m way ahead of them both with 5 grandbabies so far… hehe) So I am in kind of a baby items kick. I should have a few more to show with the next post.

 

 

I hope you all have a great spring and I hope winter is done for good! Some fresh air to go with my fresh life would be most welcome 🙂

❤ Tracee

 

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Fresh Year… Fresh Start

I know I’ve been away from this blog for a bit and that actually the last couple of months has been hit and miss. The last few weeks I have been very busy, but I also wanted to take some time and reorganize my priorities, gather my thoughts and get back a little of the sanity I felt I was losing during the holidays. My mind has been racing with all the things I want to accomplish both personally and professionally. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed I just kind of freeze and can’t seem to move forward.

I don’t like to set New Year’s Resolutions because they seem so easy to break, so I am concentrating on setting some goals instead. I got myself a little datebook and am in the process of writing down a few goals, starting with the smaller ones. I hope that with a basic plan in place and giving myself enough flexibility to move things around just a little as needed, I will be able to give myself a better chance at achieving them with less stress attached to them as well. We will see how that goes. Life is a constant work in progress (just like some of my projects haha) and I am glad to have the opportunity each year for a fresh start.

I did get the afghan done in plenty of time to get it to my customer the week before Christmas. And it turned out great. I ended up putting 13 strips together for those who are wondering.

Custom Afghan

Custom Afghan

I just finished a couple of decorator pillows this morning. I saw these sayings on Pinterest and thought they were too cute. So what do you think?

Mr & Mrs Pillows :)

Mr & Mrs Pillows 🙂

I wish for each of you a wonderful new year filled with all of God’s blessings

❤ Tracee

Christmas Cheers!

I was rummaging through some things in my closet looking for something in particular when I came across an old folder with some fun things which I forgot I even had. Back in the day before email, Facebook and Pinterest, if you came across a good joke you had to write it down or get a copy of it so you could pass it on to your friends. I found this “recipe” for fruitcake that made me giggle and in the spirit of the holidays, thought I would share it with you today. After all nothing says Christmas like fruitcake!!

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Ingredients: 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 4 lg. eggs, 2 cups dried fruit, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt, 1 cup brown sugar, 3 cups flour, lemon juice, nuts, 1 gallon whiskey

Directions: Sample the whiskey to check for quality. Take a large bowl. Check the whiskey again to be sure it’s of the best quality. Pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on mixer and beat one cup butter in large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon sugar and beat again. Make sure the whiskey is still OK, cry another tup. Turn off mixer. Break two legs and add to the bowl and chuck in the dried fruit. Mix on the turner. If fried druit gets stuck pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the whiskey to check for tonsisticity. Next sift 2 cups of salt. Or something. Who cares… check the whiskey. Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you can find. Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. Don’t forget to beat off the turner. Throw the bowl out the window and check the whiskey again. Go to bed. Who the heck likes fruitcake anyway??

Didn’t I tell you all I would share some recipes once in a while? (giggle)  I hope you got a chuckle out of this.

I am super close to having the custom afghan finished. I should have it done in the next day or two. I will post a pic of the finished project as soon as I have it. Until then… have some Christmas Cheers 🙂

❤ Tracee

Tis the season of gifts. And I have some work to do if I want to get finished by Christmas.

I have some custom orders, as I mentioned in the last post, from the craft fairs I had attended. One of those was for an afghan. She wants it for her fiance… for Christmas. WHAT!?! An afghan in 3 weeks? Are you kidding me?? But of course I didn’t say that. I smiled sweetly and said I will try to have it done by then, but an afghan is a big project so I might be just a little late if that’s alright. She said it was. I am now a little over half done (the pic only shows 5 strips) I just might make it by Christmas yet!

All I can say is thank you Lord for worsted wt. yarn and large hooks haha!! I am making a mile-a-minute afghan in a VERY simple, yet a VERY classy look pattern. (At least I think it looks classy)

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She wanted to stick with more of a neutral, earth tones look for the color. So I am using Red Heart Super Saver in “Aran Fleck” for the center strip and also to connect the strips, and I Love This Yarn in “Brown” for the strip border. I wanted to keep it simple for speed as well and I am using a size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) hook.

Pattern:

With center color and size K (6.5 mm) hook Chain 11

Row 1: Double crochet in 4th chain from hook, skip next 2 chains work shell (3 double crochet – chain 2 – 3 double crochet) in next chain, skip next 2 chains, double crochet in next 2 chains. (the row should have 2 double crochet, shell, 2 double crochet)

Row 2 – 75: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), turn, double crochet in next stitch, skip the 3 double crochets of the shell and work the shell in the chain 2 space, skip the next 3 double crochets of the shell and double crochet in the next two stitches.

Row 76: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), turn, double crochet in next stitch,chain 2, single crochet in chain 2 space of shell, chain 2, double crochet in last 2 stitches. fasten off yarn

NOTE: If you want to make it longer for tall people just keep working the pattern until you have the right length. Just make sure you end with “row 76”.

Strip Border: With 2nd color attach yarn in corner stitch. Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), work 2 more double crochet in corner, at top/bottom of strip work double crochet in next stitch, 2 double crochet in chain 2 space, double crochet in single crochet, 2 double crochet in next chain 2 space, double crochet in next stitch, 3 double crochet in corner. On sides if strip work 3 double crochet around the post of each double crochet/chain. When you get all the way around, join with slip stitch to the top of the first chain 3. fasten off yarn.

Connect the strips: Hold “wrong ” sides together and working in back loops only of each strip with the same color as the center of the strip, single crochet them together. fasten off yarn

Weave in the ends and your done. Make as many strips as you want, the more strips the bigger the blankie 🙂  I am planning on doing 12 or 13 strips, but will judge that when I get there.

Short and sweet and very simple, just the way I like it when I’m on a deadline 🙂

❤  Tracee

Let The Holli-Daze Begin!

I can’t believe how fast November just flew by! I am glad to say that I survived the craft fairs and had plenty of inventory. While the actual sales was a little less than I was hoping for, I met a lot of cool people, got my name and information for my Etsy shop out there and picked up a few custom orders.

Here’s a picture of my booth at one of the events held last week.

My booth

My booth

Now I just have to go through all of my items and start listing them on my Etsy shop. I am hoping I can start doing that tonight or tomorrow morning.

I am now working on the custom orders I got this last weekend and today is the perfect day for that. So far we have about 4 inches of snow and it’s still falling. Tonight the winds are supposed to pick up and we are in a winter storm warning. That sounds like “hooking weather” to me 🙂 I also need to get started planning for Christmas. I need to finish decorating and pick a date that will work for the majority of the family to be here. It seems that with all the activities I can’t get everyone here at the same time, but I try. I also need to start my Christmas shopping in between my Christmas gift making.

So now it’s time to start the holiday hustle and Christmas crazies. I hope I can keep reminding myself of the true meaning of the holiday and remember that stressing out about it, not only doesn’t help the situation, but misses the point of this celebration altogether.

❤ Tracee

Busy, But Not Forgotten

Hello my wonderful followers and fellow bloggers. I want you to know I have not forgotten you, I have just been super busy with craft fairs and custom orders. A nice problem to have for sure, but I miss you guys!

First craft fair down and 3 to go. Maybe 4 as I have been invited to have a booth at another one in December, I want to do it, but I don’t want to run myself ragged trying to get enough inventory made for another day at the fair. I better make up my mind by tomorrow though.

Here’s just a few of the things I have been busy doing. I have more, but didn’t have time to get pics of it all 🙂

Father Son hat set / custom order

Father Son hat set / custom order

Newborn hats / custom order

Newborn hats / custom order

Tutu diaper set / craft fair item

Tutu diaper set / craft fair item

Camo diaper set / craft fair item

Camo diaper set / craft fair item

More to come soon!!

❤ Tracee

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

 

Music To Hook To

I find that I am much more productive when there is some good music playing over having the TV on while working. I can concentrate better, make less mistakes and I have a tendency to all of a sudden notice I am watching, instead of just listening, to the TV and not working. I seem to lose my place easier with the TV over music as well. I do have most of my favorite music on my Google Play account and I have a couple of play lists, but this week I put together a new play list called Music to Hook to  🙂  It’s a collection of my most favorite “feel good” songs and it keeps me on task. I noticed I don’t get as drowsy (which I sometimes do especially on a real repetitive stitch pattern) which is a major plus too. So what helps keep you going and be more productive? Any an all ideas are welcome 🙂

With that being said, I have been working like a mad woman to get my projects done for the upcoming craft fair season (my November is crazy busy) I have made a few ruffle scarves, but figured there HAS to be more you can make with that kind of yarn… then inspiration hit me and I came up with the idea for this cute little drawstring evening bag.

Evening Bag (1)

Very simple, yet I was impressed with how cute it turned out. I think I will be making a few more of these for sure. What do you think?

Evening Bag (3)

❤ Tracee

Baby Blanket… Bingo!

As I mentioned in my last post, my yarn order came in that I was waiting for. I had ordered the yarn for a custom baby blanket I was hired to make and they wanted it in blues and greens. I get a little nervous when ordering online sometimes if I haven’t seen the color before. You never know just how far off the color on the computer screen is from the actual product. I decided to go with Knit Picks because the have not only AWESOME quality yarn, but they describe their colors so well.

Baby Blanket Custom (1)

The pattern they picked is designed by Anne Halliday and is from the book A Year of Baby Afghans (Leisure Arts #4439) This one is January. The original pattern is done in white and shades of blue with fringed ends. As I mentioned they wanted blues and greens… more green though. Also a cleaner finished edge instead if the fringes. I went with Knit Picks, Brava Worsted (100% Acrylic) in White, Cornflower, Tranquil and Grass. BINGO! The colors are beautiful together.

Baby Blanket Custom (2)

This is how far I am as of the time of this post. The pattern is not difficult and seems to go quickly. I can’t wait to show you the finished project.

❤ Tracee

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