Friday, March 27, 2015

Photo Friday

I had an entirely different post planned, but...

Yeah, and so here's a picture of the socks I'm knitting.

Have a great weekend!!! Tomorrow is my birthday! Yay!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Melina's Mini Poof Pattern Giveaway!

I have a fun pattern giveaway for you!! This pattern was designed by my friend Nicole, designer and owner of Mercantile519.

I worked this pattern up over the last couple of days. This is a project that can easily be knitted in a weekend. The large needles and doubled yarn means it comes together pretty quickly. I LOVE quick projects!

Nicole's directions are easy to follow. You will need to know how to use the magic loop method, but it's fairly easy to learn.

The thing I really love about the Melina's Mini Poof pattern is that whatever you stuff it with isn't forever in there. This makes it a great sneaky place to store extra blankets or sewing fabric, like I did. And the more you stuff it, the firmer it will be. It's super flexible.

It can also double as a dog bed... apparently.

I think he's claimed it as his own.

The giveaway will be done through Rafflecopter. A winner will be chosen on April 4th. The winner will be responsible to contact Nicole through her Ravelry page.

Nicole is also offering a 15% discount on all her Ravelry patterns through April 30. Use code Csq15 at checkout to get the discount!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to share the giveaway with your knitter friends!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Polymer Clay Tools that I Use

I started working with polymer clay this year. Not that knitting isn't "working with my hands", but I miss "working with my hands", if that even makes sense. I guess I miss the messier, knitty (lol) gritty kind of art. 

In college I majored in studio art, and ceramics was one of my favorite classes. I loved how messy it was! I hate having stuff under my nails, but I enjoyed getting clay all up under and around my nails. When I decided to try my hand at polymer clay, I lucked out and was able to find my clay tools from college. Woohoo!!

These are the tools I use the most often. 

The things I bought specifically for my new polymer clay projects:
-an acrylic roller
-plastic clay tools (the turquoise one). They came in a set of three but I really only use this one.

The things I already had:
-the silver metal clay cutter
-the wooden handled pointer tip thing
-a broken comb

The things I made or were given to me:
-clay handled needles 
-a smooth granite tile with a rubber pad stuck to the back so it doesn't slip on the table
-a cup of coffee (always needed)

This is the clay that I use. I've not tried another brand, because I think it might be best to stick with one brand for consistency and baking temps, so I can't comment on how I like it compared to other brands. Some colors are tougher than others to condition, but, overall, they work quite nicely and keep their color well after baking. I also like the blends I can create. They're so pretty.

Have you ever used polymer clay? What kind of tools or clay do you use? 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

10 Wishes I Have for My Children

My girls mean the world to me, and just like many parents, I have things I desire for them. I know I'm not the perfect parent, but I love my girls and they know it. 

If I were to narrow it down to 10 wishes I have for my girls, they would be...

1. That they will grow up loving God and knowing that He loves them and that Jesus died so they may live.

2. That they will be content with whatever life throws at them, always finding the good in any situation.

3. That they will know that I'll always be here to support them and that they can talk to me about anything, without judgement.

4. That they will follow their dreams, wherever it may lead them, and that they won't let anyone discourage them.

5. That they will grow with kind hearts and compassion toward others.

6. That they will be seekers of knowledge and never stop learning.

7. That they will be strong in every sense of the word. That they will have physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strength. 

8. That they will not let their past or present circumstances define who they are or who they will be.

9. That they will have generous hearts and will be eager to help others.

10. That, no matter where they are or how far they roam, they'll always come back home. 

What are some wishes that you have had for your children?

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