This blog is now exclusively devoted to crafting in general, and the shop in particular! Pretty much all of my personal content has been moved to a new blog, one that is intended primarily to help keep our family and friends in the loop. (If you are interested in following the new blog, you will find it here.) This blog will continue to feature shop news, new listings, sales, giveaways, and all of my share-worthy crafting exploits.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Poodle Scarf and Picture Woes

While I was at the shop yesterday, I picked up some new yarn to play around with. I got 3 skeins of Patons® Pooch Yarn in "Indian Summer", thinking that it would crochet into a really cute chunky scarf. And it did. :) I did the same lattice stitch that I almost always use, and it worked out well because this yarn is really bulky. It was kind of a pain to work with, in the same way that bouclĂ© is pain to work with. On the plus side, though, it went really fast. I had the whole scarf (all 3 skein's worth) done in about an hour and a half.

As you can see, the scarf is cute but the picture is not. I spent an hour this morning trying to get a decent picture... Different rooms (with different lighting), different angles... Of course it didn't help that I was doing all the picture taking myself. So, I have decided that I need to join the PhotoShop bandwagon... It's just too cool a program not to have, especially since I am going to be taking a lot of baby photos in the near future... So, to that end, what suggestions do all of you photoshop savvy people have? Which version should I get? How difficult is it to use? Could I possibly bribe one of you to teach me how to use it, once I get my hands on the program? Really, I'll bribe you. :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

my latest craziness

One would think that after spending nearly 14 months (off and on) on one cross stitch project, that I would want to take a break and do something else for a while. But no. I just had to dive right in to the next one... One, I might add, that is more intricate (14 count as opposed to 12 count), more intense, and quite a bit larger. There is not a single square of blank Aida in this silly project. Still, it's fun to do, and surprisingly addictive. Hours fly by and I don't even know it. I keep telling myself to put it down, that there are other things I need to do, like clean the house, or eat lunch, but I just can't stop. It's that engrossing. Anyway, this is about the first 1/8 of the whole picture.
The light wasn't very good, and the flash made it worse, so it's kind of hard to see the detail but you get the idea. Can you guess what it will be? No? Well, here. Now you don't have to. I scanned in the cover sheet from the kit and cropped it down to just the sample photo, so you can see what it is eventually going to look like.

I do plan to frame it, and frame it myself, once I get the cross stitch portion finished. The question is, how long will that take? Will I be able to finish in time for my mom's birthday in October? Or will it be a Christmas present? Time will tell...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Blog of Video Game-Inspired Crafts

In his web-surfing, Brandon found this link and e-mailed it to me. It's a whole blog of nothing but video game-inspired crafts from around the internet!! There is everything from cross-stitch to tatting to cake-making, ALL of it video game based, and I must say...it is awesome! Some of them even have links to Etsy shops, which is pretty cool. Gotta love it.

By the by, I chose this pic from the many that I saw on the blog in honor of Corinnea, and her hat-making awesomeness. ^_^