Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Project - FINISHED!

I am so glad this project went together quickly. I guess the more "upcycles" I do the easier it will get.  
My niece kindly agreed to model for me - thanks Jamie!
Coming next a "Mallory" jacket

Sunday, May 29, 2011


After much thought and rummaging, I think I have found my materials to transform my $1 wool suit. I have decided that since this suit was made in Russia and my oldest grandaughter's mother is Russian that I would make this an "Isabelle" suit. I decided to go with the Conkey Scottish heritage and use plaid and paisley.
Stayed tuned for the finished product.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Project

If you would have told me five years ago that I would enjoy going to thrift stores I would have thought you were a bit daft, but now.....
I have an awesome Assistance League shop near me. They have a good selection of quality items and great prices.
I was in the shop a few days ago and checked out their $1 rack. I got several jackets and this suit.

It is 100% wool and in almost perfect condition.
I stopped at the bookstore on the way home and picked up one of my favorite mags - Belle Armoire. In reading through it I saw that they are having a challenge to see what can be purchased and enhanced for the least amount of money (based on a $1 a day dress blog by Marisa Lynch). How could I resist??
I am combing through my stash to see what catches my eye. I am determined to not have to purchase anything!
Stay tuned.

Monday, May 23, 2011


I can't believe it has been almost three months since I posted my yarn project. Time does fly!
I finally finished it. I would appreciate thoughts or comments.
The pendant is from Soulful Connections (http://www.thesoulfulconnections.com/). The bracelet is wrapped around the wrist twice.
Cheers to all,

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Yummy Yarn Warehouse

I've been living in our town for 15 years now and only about 2 years ago discovered a proverbial "gold mine" of yarns, rovings and threads right in my backyard!! Well, not really in MY backyard, but only a few streets away. How could I have missed it all these years? I think I just didn't look! But now that I have, are they happy campers to have me as a customer or what?.
Well, to begin with, I started crocheting just last year. I must hiccup here and mention that my mom is very artistic and I don't know how she found the time to do all her fiber projects...and she didn't even have UFOs, (un-finished objects). So here's to you Mom! Hugs & Bisous (kisses) from France.
She tried for years and years and years to teach all her daughters knitting, tatting, crocheting, and only my older sister caught on. She's very good at it ... all of it! And fast to boot.
Anyway, back to this fabulous find.... it's a yarn warehouse, destocking various sources and by looking at it from the street, you wouldn't suspect all the wonderful goodies inside. Looks like an old shed in a residential neighborhood, stocked to the roof (literally, I am not kidding) with all this eye-candy and at very good prices.
It's only open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and only 2 hrs. each day, 10-12 noon. If you're a professional you can make an appt., but I guess I'm a little maso(chistic). I like to go in and get bustled around by all the other excited yarn addicts, you know ... touching, pinching, rubbing ... (I AM talking about the yarn here!).

These are my latest acquisitions .... Hey! Technology for Dummies Alert! I just now discovered that you can double click on a picture to zoom and get some detail. Try it out to see if it works for you..

At the left is a soft & cuddly pink, light blue and lavender microfiber that I'm contemplating making into some make-up remover pads, never attempted before but I like trying new things. It would be cute as a stuffed thingamajig also.

Then there's this nubby, thick & thin cottony-type that I just couldn't resist because I LOVE these colors together, blue, purple, teal and the texture is amazing. Actually, I don't know what the fiber content is, sometimes the labels are gone and you just have to guess. So I guessed cotton, rayon, maybe a blend. It's shiny, but not metallic. ... I'm waiting for it to tell me what it wants to be. but meantime I'm thinking a scarf or top or granny squares. I'm sure that it will be a pain in the patootie to crochet.

And this light bluish-turquoisey-reminds-me-of-the-Grecian Sea - 50% wool, 45% acrylic, 5% poly that is sooo soft I just had to have it. It's fluffy & I don't have any idea what it will become, but just looking at it gives me goosebumps. Or as the French call them, chair de poule (chicken skin). Ok, go ahead, call me weird, crazy, obsessed, I've heard it all before.

The yellow and orange acrylics are getting turned into a Rubber Duckie for a fab quilter that collects all sorts of rubber duckie things. See the crochet hook sticking out? I already did the head and body, next is the bill. I chose a bright almost fluorescent orange just to make it a little fun and unique, like my friend.
My bad pic from the free pattern I got from the Pixie Kitten. She's got lots of neat stuff over there. Check it out.
Last but certainly not least is 400-something grams of wool roving that I just could not resist. I don't know how to spin, but I have done some needle felting & I'm ready to try my hand at some nuno-felted . Plus, it was such a deal! Oh, those beautiful blue fibers running thru and thru,and it's sooo soft, sooo squeezy.
My daughter keeps hovering over this one, I may have to share it.

If you have any suggestions please do let them be known, I'm just a beginner crocheter so any input is greatly appreciated.
I must leave you  now to calm down, stop drooling and get hooking!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Musings From the Sewing Room

It has been a terrific week! I spent time getting my sewing room and storage sorted out. It has been a long time since I just "puttered". I rediscovered my treasures and my mind is swirling with ideas and projects. My biggest issue is where to start. I may have to put ideas on separate strips of paper, put them in a jar and pull them out one at a time so I can focus.
I am going to take a break from the sewing room today and try my hand at making challah. I used to do a lot of bread making, but have not done any baking for a long time.
Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day!