Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mandala 1 Finished!

Mandala 1 Finished!

I finished!  What a fun pattern!  After I blocked it out, it turned out to be about 16.25 inches.  It's big.  I'm thinking it might look nice on the wall!  I just love the colors and may have gone overboard taking pictures of it... I couldn't help it!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Photo-Tuesday

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I'm very excited about my new Digital Holga Lens!  I haven't used my film Holga (which is on the left in the photo above) in awhile because it's hard to get the 120 film developed, not to mention the cost of film and developing keeps going up!  So when I read about the Digital Holga Lens, I thought it would be perfect to bring a little lomography back into my life!  It's not exactly the same, but it's pretty darn close!  Here's a few shots from my first run with it...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Making Progress

Mandala 1: Worsted Weight

Ten more rounds to go!!

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start, and if you come back tomorrow I'm going show you some pictures I've taken with one of my new toy lenses!

Friday, February 22, 2013

This week's WIP

Mandala 1- Worsted Weight

Just thought I'd give you a little peek of the overlay crochet mandala I'm working on for the Mandala CAL over at a creative being.  I joined in last year and had a blast so I couldn't resist this year!  I'm feeling really guilty I forgot to mention it to you all before it got started!!  (HERE'S the pattern we're working on, and you should check out the rest of the wonderful patterns by CAROcreated!)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gin's B-day Gifts: The Wooden Fox

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After my success with the plush fox, I wanted to make another fox... It was nothing some scrap maple, a bandsaw and some paint couldn't handle!  He looked pretty lonely by himself, so with the addition of two little trees, my sister has her own little pop-up forest!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Gin's B-day Gifts: The Plush Fox

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Gin's a fox loving girl... so... I made her a fox using a tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.  And guess what?  I used a sewing machine and didn't end up in a fight with it!  Amazing.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Photo-Tuesday

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I hope everyone is loving their Tuesday as much as I'm still loving my new camera!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Gin's B-day Gifts: The Crocheted Stuff

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My sister came up from Brooklyn this weekend, so we celebrated her birthday (which is the 26th of this month), a little early!  I made a few different things for her, and thought I'd share them in a couple of different posts.  This is the post with the crocheted bits...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Another Squaring the Big Circle Afghan

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Here's a recent blanket I made for one of my aunts using my Squaring the Big Circle pattern.  Actually, I can't take full credit for this project as my mom picked out all the colors to match my aunt's living room, AND she sewed in ALL the ends!!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Beautiful Birthday Surprises!

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I got an amazing birthday (my birthday was back here on Feb. 2nd)  present in the mail all the way from Jakarta from my friend Alessandra from homemade@myplace!  She totally spoiled me!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

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"Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence."
- Psychoanalyst Erich Fromm from The Art of Loving

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Photo-Spoonsday

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(Did you catch that?  Just keeping you on your toes... Ok, on to more spoons...)

Monday, February 11, 2013

For the Rock in Your Life

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Do you need to make a quick little Valentine's Day gift or do you (like me) just need a good paper weight to hold down all of those valentines from your countless secret admirers?  (Ha ha, just kidding.  But seriously.)  Well, you could slap a heart on a rock!  And by "slap" I mean "paint."  Better yet, what about using a heart shaped rock?!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Geometric Heart Block (w/tute!)

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Do you know what I love?  Triangles, color-blocking, primary colors... oh yeah, and you guys!!  Because I love all of these things, and it's almost Valentine's Day, I thought I'd make a heart crochet block to share with you!  I've also made this block to join in Claire's, from Far From Harm Farm (one of my favorite blogs, so you should check it out!), Making Winter 2013.  I don't know about you guys, but here winter has made a bit of a resurgence, so making this block has made my winter a little brighter and happier, especially since I've made it to show you all how much I love you taking the time to read and comment on my blog!  I love you guys!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Crochet Hook Review

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Boye recently gave me some of their new hooks to try out.  I was going to mention this particular hook in a post along with what I made with it, but I was really impressed and felt it deserved a post of its own.  So, I apologize to the non-crocheters out there for a boring post, but for the crocheters out there, maybe I have some helpful information!

I had never used any hooks with handles on them, so I'll admit, I was a bit skeptical about these new ergonomic handled hooks!  This particular hook is the same hook as my most used one (my Boye aluminum J [6mm] hook), except with a soft (but not squishy) rubber handle.  At first it did feel a bit different at first, but once I got used to it I noticed I wasn't gripping the crochet hook as hard as I usually do.  It felt pretty natural. After crocheting for awhile I sometimes find my pinky finger on my hook hand starts to hurt from wrapping around the hook.  I don't see that happening with this one!

So, if you have problems with your hook hand cramping up or hurting after awhile, you may want to try this ergonomic hook (Boye has them in sizes B [2.25mm] through N [9mm])!  I must say, I think I'm hooked! (Ok, bad pun, sorry.)  And tomorrow I will show you what I made with it!

What kind of hooks do you guys like to use?  Are you fans of handles on your hooks?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Pencil Box Fit for a Samurai Rabbit

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One of my favorite boys just had a birthday, so since I think he's going to be a future comic book writer/illustrator, I thought he should have a special pencil box for his drawing pens and pencils!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Photo-Tuesday

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(Playing with my Holga Wheel of Filters!)

I hope you have have a terrific and fun Tuesday my friends!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Owl from Bunny Mummy

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Isn't this little owl, which practically fits in the palm of your hand, adorable?!  It's made from the Easy Crochet Owl Tutorial by the super talented Jacquie of Bunny Mummy.  You should definitely check out the pattern and her lovely blog!!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

If You Take a Picture of a Groundhog, You Get a Picture of a Groundhog.

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So, as a lot of you may know, today is Groundhog Day.  But, as some of you may not know, it is also my birthday!  That's right, this groundhog is now thirty years of age...

I wanted to do something really cool and exciting for today's post as a means of celebrating (or as an attempt to make "thirty" feel more exciting to me), so I spent most of yesterday trying to do just that.  I thought I could do some fun self-portraits (you know, work on the whole taking/showing pictures of myself thing), but I couldn't find my chalk board talk bubbles, and I couldn't find a good place to pictures...  I even just tried some simple phone pictures, but nothing was working!  After admitting defeat I was at a total loss of what to post.  I couldn't not post something.  "Don't I have some picture somewhere of me at least close to being thirty?"

Then it dawned on me that there was a picture taken of me last weekend while I was in NYC celebrating an early birthday.  Now, my first reaction to looking at the above photo (which was taken with my Canon Rebel T3 and the Holga Wheel of Filters that I got from my sister- super fun!) is "ICK!  That greasy, messy pulled back hair... I'm not even showered yet!  No one can see that!"  You know what I hear in my head next?  It's something that I remember my grandfather saying...

"If you take a picture of a monkey, you get a picture of a monkey!" True.  It is what it is; I am what I am.  Then I remembered my friend Sandra's lovely post on choosing what you see, and realized I wasn't seeing that picture properly.  Now I see myself completely happy, and living in the moment.  (I'm going to bet that I wouldn't have been able to recreate anything close to that in self-portraits yesterday... that's just not me.  I'm a poor actor/liar.)  And this also makes me rethink how I "see" thirty as well.

While in NYC I bought a graphic novel version (eek, my geek is showing!) of one of my favorite books, The Little Prince.  Reading it on the bus ride back home from the city, I was reminded of why thirty, and getting older in general, always scares me. I'm scared of becoming one of the grown-ups that Antoine de Saint-Exupery talks about: grown ups that are only concerned with numbers and figures and have nothing interesting or important to say.  Here's a little excerpt from the book if you've never read it before:

"Grown-ups like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend, they never ask questions about what really matters. They never ask: 'What does his voice sound like?' 'What games does he like best?' 'Does he collect butterflies?'. They ask: 'How old is he?' 'How many brothers does he have?' 'How much does he weigh?' 'How much money does his father make?' Only then do they think they know him."

Anyways, for my thirtieth year, instead of worrying about what could be, I am going to take advice from my picture above, and just be.  If I'm happily living in the moment there's no time to be needlessly worrying about getting old and losing my child-like wonder and curiosity!  No time to be worrying about numbers!  30 is just a number, and it's not the number that really matters.  What's essential is being able to answer much more important and interesting questions than "how old are you?"

Friday, February 1, 2013

Attacking a UFO

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The other day I pulled out an old project from the archives...  I started this blanket last January, and have had all the pieces and parts crocheted for awhile.  It's just all those pesky ends I have left to sew in so I can put it all together!  I just hope it won't take another year to deal with the ridiculous amount of ends on each of these circles...

Do you guys have any unfinished projects that have been sitting around for awhile because the un-fun bits are what's left?  If so, maybe you should suffer along with me! :)