Crafting at Starbucks

So my winter break from school is SIX WEEKS LONG, which in my opinion is an eternity and should be shortened. Anyways, I only went home for about three of those six weeks and I was worried that I’d be REALLY bored once I came back to Chicago. So far I’ve been working just about every day so it hasn’t been too bad but I made sure to plan a lot of other projects to keep myself occupied. One such project is a baby book for my favorite family in the world (besides my own of course)! Bah! I keep getting ahead of myself… A few nights ago my wonderful friend Lauren and I got together at Starbucks to do some serious crafting. I worked on my baby book and she made a really cute…umm…scrapbook? I’m not sure but it was adorable. Here are a few pictures of our crafty outing.
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She had Hello Kitty glue. I swear to god it was staring at me all night…
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Do you craft in public? I had actually never done it before and was worried I’d get there and not have all the supplies I needed to actually get work done but it turns out I did just fine! I’m more of a “throw on some sweatpants and a disk of friends” type of crafter but I may have to do more things out there in the real world.

I am also curious about your scrapbooking strategies and techniques. It’s been a while since I’ve scrapped and I’m a little rusty! Are there any amazing memory book/art journal/scrapbooking blogs I need to check out? I’d love any and all suggestions!

I’m off to work more on the ol’ baby book, see you tomorrow.

Feeling Blue

I’m feeling a little blue today and I’m not sure why. I just woke up with a big ol’ raincloud over my head and I’ve been unable to shake it. Tonight I think I’m going to bury myself under heaps of blankets with a hot cup of tea, a funny movie, and some embroidery. I take a lot of mental health days/nights but I think they’re necessary. They help me keep my silly depression in check. Here are some peeks at projects I’ve been working on…

As far as this weekend goes, I don’t really have any spectacular plans. I’ve been dreaming about Franks N’ Dawgs so I’ll probably hoodwink one of my friends into taking me there for a delicious Dawg.

What are you all up to this weekend?

xo
Mal

Art….?

Last night I FINALLY started working on a project I’ve wanted to do all summer. Here’s a peek…

I bought a shadow frame and I’m designing an abstract piece that symbolizes some major goals I have in my life. I worked on it for a few hours last night then got stuck but hopefully I’ll get inspired again today and finish some more of it. It was a really nice break from all the knitting I’ve been doing. I love working with paper. I can’t sit down and draw a picture of anything realistic but give me shapes and colors to play with and I’m a really happy girl!

What projects are you working on this weekend? Leave me links :)

xo
Mal

Too much knitting..

Too much knitting going on over here for a real post today.

So much to do to get ready for September! How did it get here so quickly!?

HOW!?

Okay I’ll stop spreading my panic to you and get back to mass producing ear warmers :).

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xo
Mal

p.s.

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Learning how to crochet…

Yesterday I spent a few hours trying to knock out one of my 20 before 20 goals. I was feeling particularly patient and I’ve been a little bit obsessed with the idea of knitting (or crocheting) a blanket recently so I figured I may as well learn how to make granny squares so that someday I could make a granny square blanket!!

After learning how to make a foundation chain, I used this video to learn how to single crochet.

MASTERED!
(I didn’t take a picture of this. I guess I didn’t think it was an accomplishment?)

Next, I moved along to this video to learn how to double crochet.

GOT IT!

Finally, I used a tutorial from my friend Lindsay’s blog to start on my very first granny square.

Here’s what I have so far…

What I learned about teaching yourself to crochet (this goes for knitting as well):
1) BE PATIENT!
2) Use a needle or hook in a larger gauge because working with a smaller hook or needle (like I did) can be tough. You lose track of stitches and if you’re just learning, that’s no good.
3) If you already know how to knit or crochet, it seems like it’s easier to learn how to do the other one.

Today I’m going to head to Joanns and get some different sized crochet hooks so I can play with them on my vacation. Say whaaat?! Vacation? That’s right kids, I’m headed to california to go to a taping of So You Think You Can Dance. You may remember that my grandma has owned a dance studio in Ohio for 50 years (see here, here, and here) and that one of her dancers is currently on the show. Hey there Kent Boyd! I’m really excited to go to California and if there are any stores or restaurants I shouldn’t miss while I’m in LA, let me know! I’m more than content just relaxing on the beach but I’d love to do some fun shopping.

Finally, I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has stopped by my shop and/or promoted me this week. It honestly means the world to me (does the excitement of selling handmade goods ever wear off? I hope not) and I can never thank you enough. You are all SO wonderful. Thank you so much to my new readers and my readers who have been around since the very beginning almost a year ago now! I’m almost at 50 followers which means halfway to my triple digit giveaway! So if you read and don’t follow yet, hit that little button :)!’

xoxo
Mal