Friday, March 12, 2010

Pay it Forward

I love that concept, pay it forward.  I hardly ever participate in this kind of thing, but I saw on facebook my cousin had this as her update:

Pay It Forward for creative people (and by creative people I mean everyone): I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment to this update. They must in turn, promise to post this and send something they made to the first 5 posters on their status. The rules are must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2010!

 OK, I'm up for that!  So I signed up, and put this in my own update.  My people:

Lydia (the babysitter) - got an apron.  A too-cute apron.  I forgot to take a pic, but I will definitely be making at least one more for myself, it was so I'll get a pic then. Lydia is a very creative girl - just turned 16 - and she just got "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" for her b-day.  I thought this would be perfect for her.  

Lorraine (her mom) - a pincushion.  Again, will probably be making one for myself, I love it so much!  Lorraine is awesome, AND she sews!  In fact, she gave me a few patterns that I think I'll be using for Abby this summer.  Very thoughtful!  


Wendi (friend) - a big-time baker, will prob. be getting an apron

Molly (friend) - don't know yet!  I'm feeling a summer tote bag.

Amy (friend) - probably the same as Molly...I'll just have to wait till inspiration hits

I won't inflict any knitting projects on anyone yet...the point is to give gifts.   Someday people may clamor for my knitted items, but today is not that day.  I've dubbed my current project "Franken-mitts" because they kind of look all scrappy and pieced together like Frankenstein's monster!  (More on that later, don't you worry!)

A new hobby

Here is a little blurb I'm putting in the MOPS newsletter...sorry no pics but I promise, soon!

I'm sure half the world knows (due to all the whining and lamenting I did when it happened) that my sewing machine went on the fritz - temporarily - about a month or two ago.  It happened right in the middle of all that blizzardry (I love my new word I just made up!) and I was kinda stuck for a few days without my fav hobby. 

I don't know what it is about me, but I always have this need...or maybe desire...or maybe just a compelling feeling of wanting to make something.  I usually have at least one thing I'm "working on."  I have a project list about 10 miles long.  I don't know why; maybe it's in my genes. 

So... stuck in the house, snowed in for 3 days in a row without the use of my sewing machine, I grabbed the closest thing I could find - a pair of knitting needles and some yarn.  Never mind that I didn't know how to use them.  They were there, and I was going to figure it out.  I'd been kinda wanting to for a seemed like everywhere I went, people were knitting.  It seemed like my kind of thing, and it didn't look that difficult.  I dug my "teach yourself to knit" book out, blew off the dust, and got to it.  A friend pointed me in the direction of a website that shows videos of the "how-to's" - very helpful.  Two days later, after a lot of trial & error, I finally had the first two basic things down.  Two more days later, I had the purl stitch under my belt.  I felt like such an expert! 

We now have a dishrag and a swiffer cover, made by moi.  Try to contain your excitement.  I'm currently working on a pair of fingerless mitts.  One is done.  I tried it on and showed my husband.  He said, "I think it's great.  I'm impressed that you made that.  I'm not trying to be rude, but...why would you need mittens that your fingers stick out of?"  ..............[can you hear the sound of crickets chirping?]................  To which I replied, after some thought, "....I have no idea."   We had a good laugh about that! 

I guess the point for me is that my new hobby feeds my craving to create.  It's something I can do while watching TV, in the car, waiting at the doctor's office...wherever.  It's not expensive (not yet, anyway - ha!), it doesn't take up much space, and I'm finding it to be relaxing and almost therapeutic. 

I want to encourage you lovely MOPS moms to find a hobby that is relaxing for you!  After full and often tiring days of being mommies, wives, housekeepers, cooks, chauffeurs, secretaries, personal shoppers, and all the other roles that we take on, it's not only enjoyable to have some "me time," but necessary!  You don't have to be a "crafty" person.  Just find something that you enjoy, or would like to learn, and "just do it!"

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Recent Goodies

Fun, fun, fun lately!  A "craft day" at a friend's house last week - the husbands watched the kids ALL DAY, and the girls got together and worked on projects.  I finished two projects start-to-finish because of that, the night before (because I just couldn't stop!) and the other that day. 

My knitting needle rollup:
Happy to say that 1. I have more needles to fill it with now.  :)  And 2. This whole thing probably cost me about a dollar to make, if that.  The outside (green) is from a tablecloth I found at Goodwill, and the inside is from a fitted sheet I found at Goodwill.  Greg wasn't crazy about the sheet; he said it reminded him of his grandparents' porch furniture.  :)  I thought that was funny because it reminded me of the same thing, but that's what I love about it!  Look for this pattern in an upcoming sundress for a cute 6 year old we know...and maybe another headband...

And here is my new knitting bag - but I plan on using it for other things too, or maybe just making a few more because it is such a great size...

It's an Amy Butler Chelsea Bag pattern.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!  It came together beautifully, no hassles.  I got lots of ooohs and ahhhs when I finished it (which always makes me happy!).  

So speaking of knitting, I'm still totally loving it...mostly doing stuff to practice on lately but I think I'm about to go for a "real" project with a pattern and everything.  We shall see how it goes.