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New Listings on Etsy!

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I’ve posted 4 new listings on my Etsy page in the last few days, so check them out, if you will. I would appreciate it very much.

Fall & Winter are right around the corner, & I’m loving making cowls/infinity scarves for that time of year. They’re some of my favorite accessories, so I figure other people probably love them as much as I do.

The bright, floral colors are a great addition to any Fall/Winter wardrobe, since people often get down & depressed on the coldest & darkest days of the year.

Check out the new listings here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/theyarntotell

Dani

 

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Lazy days turned crafting days.

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Sorry I haven’t posted lately, guys. I’ve honestly been putting if off because I’ve been waiting for pictures of something I made & wanted to put in this post. But, I still don’t have the pictures, so I’ll just have to wait & put them in later. Also, my camera is dying & it’s been SUPER snowy here lately, meaning there’s no way I’ll be able to buy batteries anytime soon. :[ Depressing, since I’ve been so busy crafting lately. So most of the pics I post today were taken with my BlackBerry – & if you’ve ever had a BlackBerry, you know that they take surprisingly crappy pictures.

This weekend was a three day weekend for us because of MLK Jr. Day, but for me it’s a four day weekend since I don’t have class on Tuesday! So I’ve been “busy” doing nothing but being lazy & crafting. Really, I should be spending this time working on school stuff, or grad school stuff, or cleaning my apartment [I recently bought a Swiffer that I’m dying to try out], but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I’ve been having so much fun crafting, and when do I ever have time for that these days? I feel like I have to take serious advantage of it.

Friday was “Band Banquet” at my University. The marching band has a big formal, catered dinner where we watch slideshows of the season, hand out awards, & cry because the seniors won’t be back next year. Since I’m not coming back next year, it was an emotional night. This year I really felt like I stepped out of my comfort zone though, and I got my hair done super fancy by a friend, and I didn’t overly stress about the dress or shoes, etc. Mom & I went shopping for the dress over break & found it and all the jewelry on our first trip out, so that really helped with the stress-free vibe.

Pictures from this night are the reason I was putting off posting, because I actually made a ruffly shrug to wear over my dress, and a clutch to carry my phone & cards, etc. The friend who has the pictures of me with those items though, can’t find her card-reader for her computer, and her card didn’t fit in the reader my computer has. SO, that’s the big exciting stuff I couldn’t wait to show you guys, but we’ll be waiting just a little bit longer.

My best friend Jessica and I are the section leaders of the clarinet section and have been for the past two years. We’re also both Seniors. Last year, our section got us each a bouquet of roses and a card signed by the entire section.

This year, they made us each scrapbooks of our time in the marching band. From Freshman year, with people who haven’t been in the band for years, to last Spring when we got the go to New York City with the men’s basketball team – it was all there. I didn’t cry, but boy I wanted to. What an incredible thing to have, and to be able to show people for the rest of my life. College marching band: the end of an amazing 12 years as a band kid. Thanks so much to the people who made them the best 12 years of my life.

So that was the highlight to an already amazing night an even more amazing Band Banquet. I’ve literally looked at this scrapbook everyday since then. It really gets me in the mood to do some scrapbooking of my own. I’m AWFUL at scrapbooking. I’m way too perfectionist, and in my opinion, it can always be better, so then I want to take the pages I’ve made apart & redo them. I do have some really good scrapbooks, like a mini one I did for the summer after my Freshman year of college, but otherwise I’ve been slacking. I started to do a scrapbook of every year, but I haven’t even finished Freshman year’s yet, & now I’m a Senior, and I have thousands of pictures to wade through. I think what I want to do, is make one big college scrapbook, after I finish my Freshman year one. I also want to add to this marching band one, because they left every other page open for us to do that. When it stops snowing & I can go buy supplies [who knew puff paint was the answer?!] & have the time, I’ll be doing some scrapbooking.

I finished my giant infinity scarf last night. I love it SO MUCH. It’s exactly what I’ve been wanting for so long. It’s so bulky and big around my neck when I double it up, it’s great. It’s really wide [maybe a little too wide…] and really long, but it’s fabulous. I’ll be making more for sure – I’ve actually already started on a brown one that’s 10 stitches less in width.

I also spent a bunch of time last night trying to perfect a coffee cozi pattern. They’re so simple but so hard – I kept making it too long so it was too big for the cup! Originally, I was trying to decrease toward the end & put a button hole in so that it could go around a real coffee mug, but then after two failed attempts at that [which I’m sure I could make work, I just didn’t care enough], I decided just to make cozi’s for hot to-go cups. The pattern is so simple, a double crocheted rectangle and some buttons, really. But they’re so cute & I can’t wait to use them/give them away/sell them. I haven’t decorated them yet, but the last picture shows the potential for that. I also think an oversized flower would look great.

I’m also working on a knitted one, called the Corrugated Coffee Cozy, which I love. I’m making it in this yellow/gold/burnt gold color that looks ugly at first glance, but I think it’s going to make a really great coffee cozy.

I’ve been on a serious baking/cooking kick the last week, which is honestly weird for me. I do love cooking and baking, but I usually just don’t have time for it and, like I think I’ve said in previous posts, I’m really not that good at it & so sometimes it causes me more stress than anything else. Anyways, the night before last, I made lemon pepper marinated pork that I found on Pinterest. THAT was an experience. I have a George Foreman type grill, but I hate using it because the cleanup is such a pain, so I decided I was going to cook these in oil on the stove. Welllll I have a super sensitive smoke detector, and before I knew it my kitchen/apartment was full of smoke because of the hot oil, and I was running around trying to open windows & find a fan to keep the smoke away from the detector – but it still went off. Only once though, which I thought was quite a feat, since there was LOTS of smoke. Either way, the pork turned out great, even if I was totally shaken by the experience – & I have no pictures, probably because I was too busy rerouting smoke to remember to take any.

Last night, I made a lemon pepper shrimp & pasta dish that I also found on Pinterest, which went much better than my pork fiasco the night before [except for having to do some serious cleaning to the stove before cooking, because of the oil that has splattered EVERYWHERE]. It was really good too, easy to make & made the perfect amount for me. I probably could have had some leftovers, but I kept munching on it from the stove after having my first bowl, so there weren’t any, but that’s okay. Super good, & I’ll definitely make this one again.

So that’s what I’ve been up to all weekend. I can’t believe it’s already Monday. I also can’t believe it’s already 3pm on Monday. :/ I haven’t done anything. I didn’t get up til noon and I hate when I let myself do that. What a waste of half my day!

One more thing I wanted to mention in this post but don’t think I’ll go real deep into right now is that I think I’m almost ready to open an Etsy shop but I’m terrified to. Mostly because of Copyright infringement, but I think I’m going to do a blog post just for this topic very soon. Basically, I Googled some information about Copyrights on patterns and ended up in this like 3 year old discussion on Etsy about it, and it just scares the daylights out of me. I have so many questions, and don’t quite understand it all, and I also have some opinions about it too, one of which being that I think some people are a little to crazy and over-the-top when it comes to Copyrights. Just let us craft and sell what we make from it, you know? Gah. But anyways, like I said – I’ll probably do a separate post on that sometime soon because I have a lot to say on the topic, and have a lot of questions that I hope someone will be able to address for me.

Hope everyone who has today off enjoys it! Happy crafting. :]

Busy busy bee

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I’ve been so busy lately guys! & not all work, but actually some fun as well! Yesterday I finished the hat I was making. It turned out really well! I was worried at first, it seemed so thick & bulky. I attempted to try it on myself, but I’m going to be honest – slouchy hats aren’t my thing. I really wish they were, I love the look… on other people, just not me. Anyways, my friend Reanne was over tonight to watch Grey’s Anatomy with me, so I put the hat on her head & snapped some pics! I really should invest in a mannequin head or something, but in the mean time friends will do. Once again, I got this pattern here.

I was also CRAVING sweets last night, but not anything that’s in the giant bag of Christmas candy I have, of course. So I decided to make one of the recipes I’ve had saved from the days I would Stumble allllll the time. Side note, I really enjoy cooking & baking along with crafting, but I’m not very good at it – especially cooking. I literally don’t know how to keep my head when I’m in the kitchen, & I’m pretty good at panicking when things aren’t going right. Baking though, I’m decent at. I can make that work. ANYWAYS. I chose this Cake Batter Pancake recipe because it seemed relatively quick & easy with very few dishes. They were so yummy! Unfortunately, I don’t have any powdered sugar, so I was unable to make the icing to go with them, but they’re fabulous by themselves. Since I live alone & can’t eat them all myself, I froze the leftover with wax paper between each pancake. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but today I took a couple out & popped them in the microwave for a minute & they were perfect! So fun & so cute to make.

Today was an eventful day. I didn’t have any classes, but I got up extra early for a couple of reasons. First, I had to drive to my work to talk to my manager because I had decided to quit, but I knew I should do it in person. I live in Washington, & was working in Idaho. Not only was it like 15 miles round trip to get to work, but the minimum wage in Idaho is like $2 less than Washington & I was hardly working because of the distance & the scheduling issues between classes & band. They were so great about it & I have really good relationships with my managers & co-workers, so while I knew this was the best decision, it was still bittersweet – especially since I’ve been working with the company for 6 years; it was literally my first & only job since I was 16. So now, I’m on the job hunt again, but that was the plan. I feel like I’ve applied everywhere in this town, but I’m sure I’ll find more. Wish me luck, I need a job!

I also had a meeting with one of my McNair faculty members. McNair is a program that helps underrepresented students on the road to going to graduate school and ultimately getting their Ph.D. I’m supposed to have a faculty mentor [because we have to do our own research project with a faculty member & present it at conferences around the area and country], but I’ve had no luck with this recently. My meeting went really well & we have a new game plan that I’m super excited about & hopehopehope works out. Fingers crossed!

When I got home, I decided I wanted to make myself a real meal for dinner, rather than the usual top ramen or whatever. I made hamburger gravy and mashed potatoes, which is a recipe I got from my mom and absolutely love. I’m sure other people have made this before, but basically all it is is chopped onion, ground hamburger, cream of mushroom soup, milk, & garlic salt, over mashed potatoes. Sooo good. It’s a super hearty meal & it reminds me of home. Yum.

After my amazing dinner, I had the baking buzz again, and wanted to try something new. I found this interesting recipe for coca-cola cupcakes, & decided to try it because my parents sent me home with a 2-liter of Pepsi & half a case of root beer, neither of which I really drink. So, instead of ‘coca-cola cupcakes’, I made Pepsi Cupcakes.

I had so much fun with this recipe. You started by heating the coke, butter, & cocoa, as well as the sugars, which was unique to any other cupcakes I’ve made.

They were super good. I, once again, didn’t have powdered sugar, so I couldn’t make the frosting that goes with it, but I experimented with store-bought frosting & pepsi & it actually turned out pretty tasty! I gave a bunch of these babies away to Reanne when she was here, because she has a boyfriend and two roommates. It’s unfortunate that I love to bake so much when I live alone – 24 cupcakes is a little much for me.

So now I’m working on a giant infinity scarf for myself in a heather grey color. I’m pretty excited for it to be finished, even though I’ve been too busy baking to crochet! Next time you hear from me, hopefully there will be some progress!