Journaling

Apparently yesterday was  a journal day.

I’d taken a trip into Charlotte last week to visit some art museums, and yesterday I got around to entering that trip into my travel journal.

travel journal

I hit the Bechtler, the Mint Museum Uptown, and the Mint Museum Randolph all in one day. Which was kind of a lot, but it’s an hour trip into Charlotte, so I wanted the day to be worth it.

After I spent literally the entire morning working on that entry, I took a lunch break, then updated my crochet journal with my latest finished project.  Which I still need to post here.

crochet journal

I didn’t do much else yesterday besides work on my journals, but sometimes you just need a day like that.

Blue Scraps Baby Blanket

When I heard that one of my former supervisors was having a baby boy with his girlfriend, I knew that it was the perfect excuse to do some more stash-busting.

So I dug into my stash and pulled out five blues and a white:  Loops and Threads Impeccable in Clear Blue, Navy, and White; Red Heart Super Saver in Royal and Light Blue; Vanna’s Choice in Silver Blue.

baby boy blanket 1

Starting with the white, I did two rounds of a simple solid granny square.  Then I took the color that I had the least of (the Clear Blue) and worked rounds until I ran out of yarn.  Then two rounds of white, and then the next least amount of yarn, and so on through all the colors.  I like how it worked out that not all the colors have the same amount of rounds.

baby boy blanket 2

I really like the Silver Blue, but it always tends to look grey next to other blues.

I mailed it off as a total surprise and they loved it!  Yay!

Staycation To-do list, updated!

I go back to work tonight (boo!), so I thought today would be a good time to post about what I managed to get done off of my staycation to-do list.

So let’s get to it!

Cleaning stuff:

  • Unfuck dresser – 7/11
  • Unfuck closet – 7/14
  • Box of papers in craft closet – 7/11
  • Work on boxes from attic – 7/16
  • Unfuck nightgown drawer – 7/10
  • Switch out seasonal clothes
  • Thin out bookshelves – 7/13
  • FOR GODS SAKE DUST – 7/11
  • Deep clean bathroom

Crafty stuff:

  • Fix 31 blanket – 7/13
  • Fitbit wristband – 7/13
  • Coffee sleeve
  • Totebag pocket
  • Fix walking shirts
  • Seaglass suncatcher – 7/10
  • Crochet wire plants
  • Crochet bath poufs – 7/12 – 7/16
  • Alligator pencil case

Not bad, not bad.  Not as much crafting as I wanted, but I really  needed to do the cleaning stuff more, so… *shrug*

In addition to the above I also vacuumed and turned my mattress; washed my mattress pad; changed my sheets; did laundry; put away laundry; washed and put away six sets of sheets; went grocery shopping; weaved in ends on a baby blanket; listed some books on PaperBack Swap; mailed out some books; dropped stuff off at Goodwill; updated my crochet and regular journals; washed and put away towels; set up my new planner for the next three months; and planted flowers outside.

So, a staycation well-spent I guess.

 

Staycation To-do List

I have the house to myself this week (yay!), so I took this week off of work for a little staycation – to enjoy having the place to myself for a WHOLE WEEK.

snoopy dance

I also made up a to-do list for this week, because I’ve kind of been letting things go and putting things off, and I’d like to use this week to get things taken care of and off my ‘man, I really need to do X’ list.

So here is my to-do list for the week:

Cleaning stuff:

  • Unfuck dresser
  • Unfuck closet
  • Box of papers in craft closet
  • Work on boxes from attic
  • Unfuck nightgown drawer
  • Switch out seasonal clothes
  • Thin out bookshelves
  • FOR GODS SAKE DUST
  • Deep clean bathroom

 

Crafty stuff:

  • Fix 31 blanket
  • Fitbit wristband
  • Coffee sleeve
  • Totebag pocket
  • New purse?
  • Fix walking shirts
  • Seaglass suncatcher
  • Crochet wire plants
  • Crochet bath poufs
  • Alligator pencil case

 

I’ll check in at the end of week and we can see how much I actually got accomplished.  Hopefully, it’s a lot.  In the meantime:

lets get dirty

Flower Crown

I didn’t realize it had been so long since my last update.  Oops?  I’d apologize, but I’m sure it will happen again.  I’m really bad about recognizing the passage of time.  Like, how much time has passed since such-and-such happened.  Oh, has it been a week since our first date after which I said I’d call you and now you don’t want to talk to me or go out again? <–actual thing that happened.

Anyway.  Flower Crown.

There’s a comic book convention in Charlotte, NC every year called Heroes Con, and this year was my third year attending.  It’s always fun and entertaining, and I always end up spending more than I planned and bringing home more books than I really have room for.

This year, for some reason, literally a week before the con I got it into my head that I wanted to make a flower crown to wear.  I wasn’t cosplaying, I just… wanted to wear a flower crown.  I’m a little old to pull off a flower crown in my everyday life, but at Heroes Con I could totally get away with it.

After poking around on Pinterest and Ravelry, I decided to use Lucy of Attic24’s pattern for May Roses.  It was simple and easy and worked perfectly with the yarn I’d chosen.

flower crown 1

I’d picked up this pack of Bonbons on clearance at Michael’s without any idea what to use it for.  Turned out it was perfect for this project!  The size of the yarn meant that the flowers wouldn’t be too big.  I didn’t want a huge, over-the-top flower crown, just something small and simple.

I made a flower in each color except white, and the leaves in the green.  They worked up super quick and easy. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to attach them, or what I was going to attach them to, but ultimately decided to go with a tie-on headband type thing.

I grabbed some leftover Red Heart from my stash (TLC Essentials in Light Celery, to be exact) and crocheted enough chains to fit my head with length left to tie.  Then I noted the middle, laid out where I wanted the flowers and leaves to go and put stitch markers at either end of that.  I slipstitched into the chain until I got to the first stitch marker, then single crocheted across the to the next stitch marker so I would have a good base to sew the flowers to, and slipstitched into the rest of the chain.

Ta-da!

flower crown 4

I worked on this the entire week leading up to the con, and was sewing the last of the flowers on the night before.  I love how it turned out!

I even got Cody to model it for me:

flower crown 5

She rolled over and tried to eat it two seconds after I took the picture, but she looked cute before that.

I’ve never made anything like this before, so I’m really proud of how it turned out.  And I got quite a few compliments on it, too.

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I have no idea what I’m going to do with it now, though, lol.

 

Ivy blanket

I recently made a blanket for a co-worker’s new baby girl.  Luckily, I already had some baby yarn in my stash from a commission last year.  It was even the right colors!

You might remember how, after organizing and seeing exactly how much yarn I actually had, I resolved to only used stashed yarn for any new projects.  I didn’t have a lot of baby yarn, but I had enough to get a decent sized blanket.  It came out a bit of an odd size, because I only used what I had, nothing more, but I think it’s still a good size for a baby blanket.

36 inches wide, by 26 inches long/tall.  Big enough to wrap a baby in, and that’s all that matters.

Ivy blanket 1

I used Bernat Softee Baby in Pink, Mint, and White, and an H hook.

I totally winged the pattern, because I didn’t know exactly how much yarn I had, and didn’t want a pattern that would eat it up.  So I was just going to do double crochets with blocks of color, but then I remembered a stitch pattern that I’d used in a previous project.  I wasn’t sure if it would work without redoing the whole thing, but it totally worked!  Yay!

Ivy blanket 2

I was going to make both colored sections the same, but decided to switch them up a little bit.

Ivy blanket 3

I wrote the pattern down, so if there’s interest I’ll share it.  It probably needs to be tested before I release it into the wild, though.  It’s an easy enough pattern to make longer.  It only came out the size it did because that was literally all the yarn I had.  If I’d more yarn it would have been a bit bigger.

Ivy blanket 4

Travel journal

I mentioned my travel journal in an earlier post, so I thought I’d take a few moments to actually do a post about it.  For some reason, the journaling bug really dug into me this year;  it’s never really been an thing with me.  So this is my first travel journal.

As with the other journals I’ve mentioned I totally DIYed this one, starting with another super cheap sketchbook from Walmart.  This one, actually.  Some scrapbook paper and self-adhesive laminating sheets later and it looks like this:

tj 1

The ‘Pack Your Bags’ sticker was leftover from another project.  I printed out some travel-themed pictures from the internet and added them to the inside of the front cover and the first page, along with some washi tape and stamps.

tj 2

There’s an index on the next page, and I added a bookplate with my name and contact info to the inside of the back cover, just in case.

tj 3

You can see that there’s only a couple of trips listed so far.  There’s no restrictions as to what constitutes a trip, though, so day trips to nearby state parks?  Downtown Charlotte for the day?  Totally go in the book.  Places I dream of visiting?  Places I’ve been and long to revisit?  Favorite places to travel?  They’ll all go in the book.

This van that someone in the neighborhood had for sale, that was just made for an epic cross-country road trip?  Neither of which I can afford?  In the book.

tj 4

Wanting to travel, but having your bank account mock you?  In the book.

tj 5

I found this free printable map of the US on Pinterest, and had to add it to the journal.  I had to do a bit of fiddling to make it the right size to fit, but then I just cut it out, cut it in half, and pasted it onto the pages.  Then I took some colored pencils and colored in all the states that I’ve been to.  Also, I just had to add the dotted-line route and the little car. 🙂

tj 6

One day all the states will be filled in.  Also, can you tell I grew up in the central US?🙂

I don’t travel as much as I used to, or as much as I’d like to, because, well, money.  But I’m going to travel as much as I can afford, and I’m going to fill at least one book.  No matter how long it takes.