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Finishes abound…

I had a second finish last night!  I guess once the crafting mojo is back it happens like that!

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This cute little guy was so much fun to whip up!  Only one more to make and a lovey of the same for the new baby!

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First finish of 2015…

I was off to a bit of a slow start this year, with RL stuff.  I lost my crafting mojo and could not figure out what was going on.  As I was working on a sweater I was knitting one evening, it hit me.  I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing.  There is nothing less fulfilling than working on your hobby, only to find that you are dreading picking it up each night.  I began to think about what exactly was causing me to not enjoy what I was doing and the realization came to me.  I am, at heart, a crocheter.  I do enjoy knitting, and I’m glad that I took the time to learn, but limiting myself to exclusively knitting was becoming tedious to me.  I love my hand knit socks, and have enough sock yarn in my stash to knit over 20 pair, so I don’t intend to stop knitting them.  Everything else though, I know now, that I will mostly stick to crochet, with a few limited exceptions of projects I know I want to make.

Once I sorted all of this out in my mind, my whole focus changed.  Not only on my yarn crafting, but on crafting in general.  I have bogged myself down with so many different crafts that I want to do, or plan to learn, that I don’t have time for the ones that I truly love.  Now that spring is soon approaching in my neck of the woods, I plan to do a major overhaul of my crafting supplies.  The things that I have purchased and ended up not enjoying just need to go.  I keep hanging on hoping I will someday get the urge, but all I have is a massively cluttered closet.  I have been working tirelessly on purging and streamlining the girls toys, so I need to do the same for myself.  I have already begun by returning a ton of yarn that had been purchased with knitting projects in mind.  I was able to exchange it for yarn to make some cute crochet things that I can’t wait to get started on.  I will be making quite a few things for the girls spring/summer wardrobes, not to mention baby things once I find out the sex.

Another crochet love I am rediscovering is doily making.  There is just something so wonderful about using the tiny hook with thread to make something so beautiful.  I was recently gifted a box of crochet thread from a dear friend and my hook has been flying working on a gorgeous doily.

The last thing I have treated myself to is a book on learning to sew.  I have wanted to learn for years and for a multitude of reasons (excuses) on my part have never done it.  Well, now is the time.  When I receive the book, I plan to start working through the projects right away.  I can’t wait!

My hook is flying, and my brain is constantly churning with ideas and things I want to make, so it was no surprise when I created this gorgeous dress in just a matter of days…

My little one loves her adorable sundress!

My little one loves her adorable sundress!

The pattern, Girls Tiered Sundress by Sara Lora of Ball, Hank, and Skein, was a dream to work.  I have already started ona  second one for my other daughter.

So, tell me readers, what crafty changes are you making this year?  I’d love to hear in the comments!

Have a happy, hectic, handmade day!

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Weekend Wrap Up and Exciting News!

This weekend was the first I have had Saturday and Sunday off without being sick in quite a while, which made for an extremely busy weekend.  I have been needing to de-clutter the girls toys since Christmas and their birthdays.  They got so many things and some of them had such tiny pieces that my three year old still likes to put in her mouth.  I put a bunch of things up in the closet to bring out in a couple of months to change things up and our toy bins are nicely organized now and no longer overflowing.  An added bonus to this is that the girls are actually playing with their toys.  I think when they have too many its overwhelming and they just don’t play with it, but now that they can find things easily they have been having great fun playing with things.

I also organized the area beside my chair where I keep all of my WIPs.  It was a disaster!  Now everything has its place there and will be easy to find and pick up when I’m ready to craft.

My newly organized craft space.  My cross stitch and small WIPs live in the basket with all my hooks, needles and notions and my larger WIPs each have their own clear project bag.

My newly organized craft space. My cross stitch and small WIPs live in the basket with all my hooks, needles and notions and my larger WIPs each have their own clear project bag.

Last week I had somewhat of an epiphany as I was slogging along on the sweater I was knitting for myself.  While I do enjoy knitting socks and softies, I don’t really enjoy knitting larger items.  I miss my crochet!  This realization almost instantly brought my crafting mojo back.  It was like a weight was lifted when I realized I had no desire to finish the sweater I was working on, so I really shouldn’t.  I pulled out some old things, like my Northern Lights Afghan and my Rippling Vest and have decided that I will get them going again.  The Rippling Vest was turning out too small, way back when (the swatches, they lie!) so I will have to restart it, but that is fine, I am ready to make that leap and get working on a beautiful vest!

My Northern Lights Afghan

My Northern Lights Afghan

The Rippling Vest as it is now.  I will have to restart and consider the current WIP one big gauge swatch!

The Rippling Vest as it is now. I will have to restart and consider the current WIP one big gauge swatch!

I also pulled my cross stitch back out.  It has been a while since I have worked on any and I miss that as well.  I am working on my Flowers and still have both girls birth records to finish (they are four and three!)

What I have so far on the huge flower cross stitch I am working on.

What I have so far on the huge flower cross stitch I am working on.

I have also been reading again with renewed vigor.  I discovered John Saul and have read a couple of his creepy ghost stories.  I am really enjoying them!  Can’t wait to see what happens next with every page I read!

And, last but not least, I promised some exciting news.  The happy, hectic, home is about to get a wee bit more hectic.  We will have a new addition in July!  I found out when I was so sick that I am expecting!  My husband and I and the girls are all so excited to welcome our newest addition and I will keep everyone updated on all the fun, crafty things I make for baby!

Thank you all for following me along on this crazy journey.  Have a happy, hectic, handmade day!

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