Taking Stock #3

 

The new backyard...so many trees!

The new backyard…so many trees!

Making : our new apartment into a cozy home
Cooking : chicken noodle soup
Drinking : coffee, lots of coffee
Reading: about the metaphysical properties of basalt
Wanting: to bask in the sunshine
Looking: at my plant in the window
Playing: Nightwish – Greatest Hits
Wasting: some wilted Romaine lettuce from 2 weeks ago
Sewing: the hem of my work pants…again
Wishing: I could magically summon my slippers from the other room
Enjoying: a bowl of java chip ice cream before dinner
Waiting: for the laundry to be done
Liking: sharing an office with Nate
Wondering: if I’ll get a call about that marketing job
Loving: Nate and Lola and the kitties
Hoping: this holiday season isn’t as crazy as the last
Marveling: at the tiny places cats can hide
Needing: to eat healthier
Smelling: some sandalwood incense
Wearing: a super cozy fuzzy sweater, recently rediscovered during the move
Following: so many new people on Twitter, it’s almost too much to keep up with
Noticing: how all our stuff still fit comfortably into a smaller apartment
Knowing: that autumn is fleeting and winter is coming
Thinking: about making Halloween treats
Feeling: a little chilly
Bookmarking: apartment decorating ideas
Opening: the blinds to let that sunshine in

Check out Taking Stock #2 if you want to know what was going on at the beginning of the year.

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Rag Rug Woes and Other Crafty News

So I had a bunch of old sheets that we weren’t using, and had the brilliant idea to use them for a rug. It’s resourceful and eco-friendly to upcycle something, right? Then I learned a valuable lesson–I don’t like making rag rugs.

I didn’t like tearing up the sheet and all the strings I then had to individually clean off each strip. I didn’t like the ancient fiber dust that coated everything in the room from all the ripping. The weaving itself was OK, but still not my favorite activity. Then I was running out of strips and realized I’d need more than one sheet to make a decent sized rug. That was disheartening considering how much I disliked the ripping and tearing process.

So I just finished it and it’s too small. But I do look on the bright side. I tried something new and I didn’t care for it. That’s ok. Trying new things always teaches us more about ourselves, and for that I am thankful.

Here is my itty bitty rug. I added more fringe to try and make it look bigger. I’m not convinced that did much for it.

rag rug

 

I did have some crafty successes this week though. I finished a kitchen puzzle, glued, framed, and hung it in our dining area. AND I made a cozy blanket as a house-warming gift for my brother and fiancée. They just moved into their first place together! I can’t wait to go visit! Until next time, keep crafting! 😀

Crocheted in the V-stitch

Crocheted in the V-stitch

 

 

 

We Moved!

Yup, we moved! In a flash we packed up everything and trekked it to the new place in a total of just 3 days.  Packing was a whirlwind, but unpacking has been a different story, hence the radio silence on my part for the past week and a half or so.

The big news is that I now have a dedicated craft room/studio!

craft room

It may not look like much right now, but just wait.  Organization still needs to happen big time, but having my own space for Knitting Naturals will really help me grow the business and develop new designs. This is what I’ve been looking forward to!