Friday, April 30, 2010

What's in my purse?

They say you can tell a lot about a woman by what's in her purse. I got the idea for this from a Clothed Much post and thought it would be a great way for you to learn a little something about me! :)

Lets Take a look at what we've got here:

  •  A craft bag/purse from Hobby Lobby (hopefully I can get a less huge and floppy bag soon)
  •  A pink wallet from Wally World (that means Wal-mart for those of you who aren't in the loop :P)
  •  Some pencils, a pen, a sharpie
  •  A journal for jotting down my thoughts and recording what's currently going on in my life. Just in case I'm bored (bought from artchicnj on Etsy).
  • Some peanut butter crackers to snack on (I actually hate these, but I was running late for school).
  • A stainless steel water bottle I bought at Ross so I don't waste disposable plastic bottles.
  • Mmmm, tangerine sour Altoids! ^_^
  • A coin purse
  • A knitting project, of course. This one in particular is a soap sack.
  • My Moo business cards! I ordered these a couple weeks ago and was so excited when they finally came ^_^ (P.S You can order a pack of 50 today for free!! Expires April30, 2010)

And that's it! After looking at this list, I'm making a mental note to throw some lip gloss and some hand sanitizer in the bag, I'm always reaching for them, but never finding any! 

Here's a closer look at the business cards

Pretty sweet, huh? :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"WHY ME?" Life Horror Stories

Monday, April 26, 2010

Undiscovered Etsians!

These talented Etsy artists have all stocked their shops with beautiful, unique items and are patiently awaiting their first sale! Why not take a trip to their shops and show them a little love? :) We've got a great collection here ranging from hair accessories to art pieces to clothing to cookies!

High Waisted Knickers by SarahMholm

Read All About it Bow by jataimecouture

Side Table by Woodgraphic

Don't forget to also take a look at my handmade goodies at!
Have a great week :)

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Here's a cute little quiz thingy I found on Facebook. Thought it would be a great way for you to learn a few things about me. Enjoy!

THREE ways you are still a kid:
1. I watch Disney channel sometimes
2. I got mad when they got rid of children's story at my church. lol
3. I whine. lol

THREE ways you are already old:
1. I knit.
2. I forget people's names AND faces.
3. umm, i read "Reader's Digest"?

THREE things you want to do:
1. visit a country on each continent (except antarctica lol)
2. speak spanish fluentlly
3. go back to maryland! lol

THREE ways that you're a stereotypical "boy":
1. my room is messy
2. overly "romantic" movies annoy me
3. my handwritting can be kinda sloppy sometimes

THREE ways that you're a stereotypical "girl":
1. Pink is one of my favorite colors
2. I like wearing dresses.
3. I hate sports.

THREE things you like about yourself:
1. humor
2. creativity/individuality
3. appearance (that sounds soo

THREE things you dislike about yourself:
1. i don't take criticism well sometimes
2. my "sharp tongue" >_<
3. my crappy social skills. lol

THREE parts of your heritage:
1. Jamacain
2. Irish
3. Native American

THREE things that scare you:
1. change/unfamiliar places and situations
2. scary movies
3. wasps

THREE of your everyday essentials:
1. prayer
2. talking to vivin :P lol
3. um, food?

THREE physical things about the opposite sex that appeal to you:
1. eyes
2. smile
3. arms

THREE things you just can't do:
1. cartwheel! arrgh!
2. have just ONE knitting project going on at a given time.
3. drive places i haven't been before without getting lost. lol

THREE careers you're considering:
1. business
2. teaching
3. stay at home mom-ing :P

TEN things you wish you could say to ten different people right now:
1. I miss you already! :) lol
2. hey. why don't we talk anymore? :(
3. stop being so nosy!
4. I don't like you..
5. i wish we were closer. :/
6. i don't want your boyfriend!!
7. I really won't mind if you just give me an A in the class and call it a day....(to all my professors. lol)
8. stop talking to me on facebook. its annoying.
9. RAWR!
10. erase my number from your phone.

NINE places/things that make you feel at home:
1. my iPod
2. my cousins' houses
3. my car
4. knitting
5. a good book/magazine
6. jamaican food
7. any piano
8. quiet
9. texting

EIGHT ways to win your heart:
1. Love God
2. Be different, but don't try to be fake
3. Be honest
4. Relax. Don't be uptight
5. Be sweet
6. Have musical and/or poetic talent
7. Make me laugh!:)
8. Be ambitious

SEVEN people of the same sex who mean a lot to you:
1-3. my sisters
4. my mom
5-7. my cousins

SIX people of the opposite sex who mean a lot to you:
1. my dad
2. vivin
3-6. my cousins

FIVE things that cross your mind a lot:
1. "this is ridiculous."
2. "in need to stop slacking."
3. "I'm thirsty."
4. "Just a couple more weeks..(till the semester is over)"
5. I need to add more stuff to my shop

FOUR things you do before you fall asleep:
1. brush my teeth
2. wrap my hair
3. talk on skype
4. pray

THREE songs that mean something to you:
1. "Knock You Down" Keri Hilson
2. "I Want You To" Weezer
3. "I'm Yours" -Jason Mraz

TWO confessions:
1. ummm, i got nothin. lol

ONE thing you're thinking about right now:
1. finals. >_<


Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Belated Earth Day!

Here are 10 day-after-Earth-Day green tips!

1. Use lemons as..

  • ant repellent
  • a multi-purpose cleaner
  • Bleach (for laundry)
  • an odor neutralizer
  • disinfectant for minor cuts and wounds
  • see more ideas here!
2. Stop Idling
 "Every moment you spend idling your car's engine means needlessly wasting gas, as well as rougher wear on your vehicle. Idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than is needed for startup. Overall, Americans idle away 2.9 billion gallons of gas a year, worth around $78.2 billion." -thedailygreen

3. Take a challenge on

4. Precycle (41 tips here)

5. Use baking soda to..

  • clean your dishwasher
  • wash your veggies (use a pot of water with 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda)
  • deodorize your vacuum cleaner (sprinkle some in the bag)
  •  remove stains
  • make mouthwash
  • click here for more info and more tips!
6. Turn off your computer
" Save energy and wear and tear on your hardware by shutting down your computer at night. You'll save an average of $90 of electricity a year. The Department of Energy recommends shutting off your monitor if you aren't going to use it for more than 20 minutes, and the whole system if you're not going to use it for more than two hours." -thedailygreen

7. Start a recycling team for your school/office/community at Terracycle to recycle things like CapriSun pouches and chip bags and earn money for charities!

8. Use hydrogen peroxide...

  • with baking soda to make toothpaste
  • to remove blood stains from clothing
  • treat mold in your house
  • to clean your toothbrush
  • see more ideas here!
9. Give and receive items for free in your town with Freecycle

10. Compost your food scraps instead of throwing them away.

Now get out there and green your environment!

Happy Belated Earth Day!! :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How-To Tuesday: Oversized bow knit headband

Want a pretty bow headband, but don't wanna pay $24 for one when you know you could knit a better one yourself? Well this is the pattern for you! I spotted this pattern over at Yellow Bird Knits.

You will need:
A skein of DK weight yarn.
US size 2 double pointed needles
A yarn needle
An elastic hair band

Gather all of these up and you're ready to go! Now you can click here to view the full tutorial.

Happy Tuesday! :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hey, Teach!

Monday, April 19, 2010

April Giveaways!

Here are two great giveaways you don't wanna miss!

This one is for a lovely "Almost Done" To-Do list and memo pad. Hurry and click here to enter. You've only got until tomorrow!

This one is for a knitting pattern book on colorworking along with 12 skeins of colorful yarn! Make sure you enter here by May 1

Sunday, April 18, 2010

April Works in Progress

Here's some pics of what's cookin over at Tyler Handmade.

First up, I've got some mini facecloths taking shape.

So round and pretty. Like em?

Next is a soon to be deliciously baggy beret. I suppose I'm in a blue yarn mood about now. haha :P

I'm also working on a simple color block scarf in Ethiopian colors

And that's it! What do you think? :)

p.s. I finally bought my domain name! Now will take you to my Etsy shop! ^_^

Friday, April 16, 2010

"WHY ME?!" Yarn Horror Stories

Photo Credit: KnittersAddiction

These great (but, you know, horrible) yarn horror stories were all submitted by knitters and crocheters from the community. Brace yourself for some yarn horrors!

I was a beginner knitter and didn’t know the difference between a ball, a skein and a hank. I bought a beautiful hank of mohair double stranded with copper shiny bits, and didn’t have the slightest clue how to wind it. I spent a fortune on this yarn. So I bought a ball winder and clamped it to the table, opened the hank and laid it on the floor, fed it to the winder and cranked. In 2 minutes I had an unresolvable tangled mess of knots :-( I tried for an hour to make sense of it and ended up throwing it away. Next time I bought a hank, I googled and learned the proper way to unwind and reball with a winder…. what a gorgeous waste… -k2p2socks

I’d just started using natural fibers and had purchased about $40 dollars worth of Patons Classic Merino on sale at Michaels. I left it in my fiance’s closet because I was moving. A month later, mice moved into his apartment and ate everything and pooped on everything else, including a bunch of books (and my organic chemistry notes! They ate my organic chemistry notes!) and nested in the wool and cotton. None of it was salvageable, it had all been nibbled to fluff, pooped, and peed on.  -Androgyn141

 I walk on into the living room to see a thin line of laceweight about 10 feet long looked good so far. That didn’t last long. After that point it was wrapped around every chair and table leg of the dining room set, 6 chairs and table for a total of 28 legs to be wrapped with skinny green yarn. Back to the living room where it’s wrapped around the coffee table base, under the child’s rocker base, under the loveseat and around the end leg. Now on back to the dining room again and around the highchair legs all four thank you. Must be complete. Moving along to the kitchen and around the front fold of the step stool at the end of the island. Then we go through the morning room……..around and under all three bird cages legs and the casters on the bottom of the legs. Finally we reach the family room... It’s not wrapped around anything in the family room other than the still tied handles of my knitting bag. But the remainder of the ball( I use that term VERY loosely) is EVERYWHERE! A little clump here and another there and some more over here...and finally what is the only semblance of the once neatly wound center pull cake  is on the coffee table. -Hobobird

In 1992 I was eagerly awaiting a shipment of Muench Touch me from the manufacturer in Italy.... It was brought out to the plane ready for packing, when they were fueling the 747. The hose disconnected,and sprayed the entire shipment….ok a little spray would not have been bad , but the boxes, 40+ of them were SOAKED in Jet Fuel!
the really shocking part was they still loaded the shipment into the airplane!!! with passengers!!!! one spark would have made that whole airplane explode!
Well then the shipment came….what a mess! there was not one skein that survived, the plastic bags inside were melting from the fuel, the skeins were all soaked in some liquified gel of plastic & jet fuel. I had to call the Loacal Firehouse and ask them how to dispose of the shipment properly…..
$87,000 worth of yarn, thrown in the garbage…(and properly disposed of)
I cried for at least a week, and then had to tell every customer the story, over and over agian and apologize that their yarn order was delayed…  -myyarn

I was given a skein of recycled sari silk yarn as a special present by a well meaning family member. I’m not a huge fan, but I wanted to make something out of it so that she’d know I appreciated her thinking of me. I started knitting a small purse out of it, but realized I didn’t have enough after almost finishing. Bought something to carry along with it (15.00). Still not enough and it looked really hideous. Spent an entire day unraveling and removing the carry along yarn by standing on the top of a chair because the extra height helped with the unraveling. Couldn’t save the other yarn. Bought two skeins of All Hemp 6 in black (20.00) to see if I could make an interesting slip stitch woven type pattern. Still not enough of silk and the hemp bleeds black. Decided to order more sari silk online (30.00) to see if I could alternate with the other skein. It didn’t match at all and it really smells horrible. I have it quarantined in a plastic bag away from the stash. So so far I have spent 65.00 on a project I really don’t have any desire to make and still don’t have enough of anything to make with it. -pergola

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Creative Yarn Storage Solutions

Yarn has a habit for taking over living space. Here are some simple, creative solutions to that pesky little problem.

 One storage solution is to use wine racks, as seen on Prudent Baby

The next is to store yarn balls in a large glass jar as on The Loopy Ewe

Or you could use coffee cans like on the Lethal Blog

You could also make these interesting water jug containers for your lovely yarnies. You can find the tutorial here on Instructables.

Molly Knight Crafts uses a hanging closet shoe organizer to store her yarn.

And Knot What We Think uses a China Cabinet

More ideas:

Blog you later! =)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Double RAK

Ohhh, two packages! Who are they from??
(Apparently Blaze wants to know, too :P)

Its another RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) package!

Two to be exact.

This one is from kinichiriver on Ravelry. Such pretty colors! :)

And this one is from cowboycadesmomma. She sent full skeins* for me to love and enjoy! ^_^

Thanks a bunch you guys! I really appreciate it :)

*Just a side note. Many people confuse the different ways yarn is wound, so I'll explain them now, in the spirit of "yarn" week.

This is a ball of yarn:

This is a skein of yarn:

This is a hank of yarn:

and this is a yarn cake:

So now you know!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Monday, April 12, 2010


The theme of the week is YARN!

Brace yourself for some beautiful Etsy yarns and yarn-themed items.

Hand Spun Bamboo Yarn by kittygrrlz

Yarn Tote Project Bag by yarnplaycafe

(This is so cool! It keeps your yarn from rolling all over the place when you knit/crochet. One of those things that makes you smack your head and say "Why Didn't I think of that?" -Tyler)

Recycled T-Shirt Yarn by kinichigreen

Recycled Sweater Yarn by smartmonkey

Yarn Ball Holder by PopsieDaisy


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