Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Etsy Trade Tuesday - Love For Earth

Living in Columbus has definitely been an experience. Columbus has a bohemian aspect similar to my native Fredericksburg, Virginia; but here I noticed that a lot of people do trades. I've known small local business owners to trade wares for services or goods from others. I've seen these trades fail but more often I see them become great successes for the involved parties. Having recently lost the Etsy shop I spent the last six years of my life working on, I now have stock that I don't have too much use for, in fact, it's taking up quite a bit of space. Another recent life change for my family and I has been our choice to increase our green actions. This has left me with a renewed love for green products, in this case re-usable sandwich/snack bags. I didn't have enough Tupperware containers to cover a weeks worth of packed lunches for my husband and found myself using DUN DUN DUUNNNNNNNN . . . ZIPLOCK BAGGIES! Enter, the reusable sandwich bag. Despite my general annoyance for how Etsy handled the harassment that lead to the close of my shop my love of handmade, particularly hand-made in the USA, has kept me continuously perusing Etsy. Yes, you can easily find an online tutorial to make your own sandwich bags and if you don't like the ones you find, I'm certain people out there have patterns you can pay for. Having a 16 month old doesn't leave me with a lot of time to sew (a problem only made worse by my Pintrest obsession that only adds to the list of things to knit or sew). My current living situation hasn't left me with enough space to set up my own sewing machine here at the house so I drive over to my husbands grandmother's house and use hers. Enter the wonderful Kara K. of Love for Earth on Etsy, added bonus - she lives in my home state!
Kara enjoys making unique, custom, eco-friendly bags and it really shows through in her work. We agreed upon a trade and when the two of us set to work fulfilling our ends of the bargain. Not only did I get an insulated snack/sandwich bag but she made me a custom bag as well! I told her my woes of forever having my hands full and my usual inability to juggle two giant Jersey Mikes subs. Jersey Mikes subs don't come with bags with handles. After discussing the length of a giant sub from Jersey Mikes (15") and determining what the width of two of them should be, she created a special, insulated,
Jersey Mikes sub carry bag
I luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurv it! The quality is out of this world! About a week later my other bag came (she too was excited about our arrangement and forgot to send the other bag) and it too was wonderful. It even came in recycled packaging!
Tell Kara your reusable bag woes and you'll be sure to walk away with a custom creation that you'll love.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Turtle Pants

One of my most recent knits for my little lamb. I changed Melanie Hoffman's, Turtle Butt pattern into longies that include the turtle part for the entire pant. These were longies I intended to put away for the future but they have apparently passed the test. Whenever my little girl likes something I'm making for her she either steals it while I try to finish it or insists on wearing it right away.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Let The Ravellenic Games Begin

As much as I like these unofficial posters for the 2012 Olympics in London, I'm still a bit miffed about Ravelry being forced to change the Ravelympics to the Ravellenic Games.
This is what my little girl looks like to me.
And this is what the good people of the internet or people on the other of a picture text message thinks she looks like.
That is all.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dresser Drawer Organization For Children

I've been picked on occasionally for the way I have my kids clothes in her dresser. You wouldn't think that's the sort of thing that would become a subject of any interest but for those who have to deal with it - I guess it must be. So here's how I do it. This is the current top drawer of her dresser which contains sizes 9 months to 12 months. There are very very few 9 month things left because she is now 16 months but children's sizes seem to be a pot shot. Sometimes 6 months really means 6 months, other times, not so much.
On the right side are shirts and onesies; in the center are full outfits (like jumpsuit type things, pants, and skirts; and on the left are the jammies. The smallest of each type of clothing is always put towards the front of the stack so I can get the most wear out of each item before she outgrows it. (Once she outgrows an item I remove it from the drawer and put it away for the next child we hope to have.) On the left where the jammies are I put the most season appropriate jammies in front. Because it's summer, all winter jammies are now at the back of the drawer. Right now when my husband looks for clothes for her I tell him she can wear anything from the top two drawers. This is the second drawer, which is pretty much all size 18 months clothing. The same general rules apply here: shirts and onesies on the right; outfits and pants in the center; and jammies on the left.
In my third drawer which has a lot of 24 month and 2T's I have most of the warm, hand knitted clothing towards the front because quite a bit of this time my little one will be towards the end of winter.
That last picture is upside down - sorry about that. Once she has no need for a 12 month drawer I just shift everything up a drawer and begin filling the one below it with the next size she should wear.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


As if it weren't bad enough that I obsessively knit, my crafting has shifted into overdrive. Recently I fell in love with the concept of clothing that is both knitted and sewn. So I made a couple of dresses that can later be worn as shirt for my little lamb. This didn't sate my crafting appetite so I've set off to do more. Starting with altering a shirt I won a couple of years ago into something a bit more wearable.
FRAK! I was now at the stopping point for the day. My sewing machines and serger aren't set up at the house and I kind of couldn't even if I wanted to so I had to wait until I could run over to my husbands grandmother's house so that I could make use of hers.
Actually she uses a Husqvarna Viking embroidery machine as her primary sewing machine. The previous night I was thinking about altering some jeans into bell bottoms, but the following morning when I went to try them on I found myself unable to fit the remainder of my pregnancy tummy into the jeans. I talked over my jean ideas with a fantastic crafty friend of mine and set to work ripping seams. However, I was on such a high from all this crafty goodness i accidentally ripped the inseam instead of the outerseam for the jeans I plan to alter. So yet again I have to wait until my next visit to grandmas to fix the mistake and them rip the correct seam. Stalled again. So I broke out a pile of old shirts and stared at them for a while to come up with something else I could do.
Eventually I settled on cutting up an American Apparel skirt that never fit me correctly and a shirt I wore a lot in high school but that I have no reason to believe will ever fit again.
You'll have to stay tuned to see what I have planned for everything and how it works out.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pintresting Results

It would seem that the baking soda paste worked. Later that day (the day of the remedy) my husband said he wasn't sure if the splinter was still in there or not so he had me look. I saw the spot where it had once been, but not having to walk on the offending spot I can't vouch for the whereabouts of the splinter and any subsequent pain. I asked him again today about it and he said that the spot still feels tender but that he's relatively certain the splinter is gone.javascript:void(0);

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pintresting Ideas

I. Love. Pintrest. But I guess, these days - who doesn't? Last night my husband got a splinter in his foot. This morning he asked me where our tweezers were so that I could pull it out. When I looked at his foot, the splinter was pretty deep. PINTREST TO THE RESCUE! Only a few days ago I saw a post about using baking soda for splinter removal. When I went to check my boards I couldn't find the pin so I just searched the word splinter. This is what I was met with:
That's right, just about an entire page full of Master Splinter, in fact, they were all the same picture. Thankfully I was able to find the pin via the search function. What I didn't expect that this baking soda remedy is supposed to stay on the affected area for 24 hours. During the time I was mixing and applying the baking soda he received a call from work. So it seems today he'll be out and about with baking soda and tiny band-aids on his foot. Stay tuned to find out if it works.

Monday, July 16, 2012

It's been a really long time since I've blogged. In fact, this would be my . . . . fourth blog ever. It can be really hard to keep up with blogging for a variety of reasons. During my first blog I had a lot of computer issues, which ended in my desktop dying and not being repaired and returned to me until just last winter. My second was supposed to be for an Etsy business that eventually failed. With all the stress of desperately trying to build a successful business at home, my heart wasn't in it any more. During the time that I was running that second blog I got the silly idea to start yet another, and dedicate it to all of the things I knit for my little girl. As if all that weren't enough, those last two had corresponding Facebook fan pages! Blogging can be downright stressful, but here I am once more, trying again.