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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Prayer Request

Everyone I am sad today. My partner's grandmother may be passing away soon, and he is going through a very tough time as would be expected. She is a very sweet old lady and even though I've only met her a few times, I am sad to know she's leaving us. Please say a prayer that my partner, Trey, and his family will get through this and that she will have a peaceful passing as the good Lord calls her home.

Crafty Goodies Found At Goodwill Today

I went shopping at Goodwill today in search of a used, but comfortable recliner type chair that I could use to sit in and relax while knitting. I didn't find a chair worth wasting any money on, but for less than 20 bucks I got these...

A Black & Decker toaster oven which I have been desperately wanting/needing for a couple of years. It's going to be perfect for hardening my polymer clay beads which I plan to start making again soon...

And then I found these. Eleven balls of yarn in all. It's certainly not any "high end" yarn, but it's yarn no less. Most of it is old cheap Sayelle acrylic yarn, but there are five balls of cottrica yarn which to me looks like a very thin version of lion brand's homespun yarn that I think will make three or four nice little skinny scarfs that some girls like to wear. It could be as late as the end of summer this year before I get a chance to start working on those. Out of the six balls of the cheapy sayelle acrylic yarn there is only one of them that I like. It is a greenish, orangish, olivish, brownish, tannish tweed yarn that I think is going to make a nice looking cap. I'll probably just throw the other sayelle yarn in the trash because it's just butt ugly but it all came in one sack so I had to buy it all to get the yarns I wanted. Oh well, where else are you gonna get a toaster oven and eleven balls of yarn for less than twenty bucks? I think my partner will be proud of me for finding a deal like this. So who's jealous? lol

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Before I'm Gone...a meme, a webring, your dreams...

Before I'm Gone...a meme, a webring, your dreams... Perhaps you might see my list of dreams featured here someday when I can make myself sit down long enough to write them down.

Craft Room's New Look

I wasn't going to write anymore today, but I had to show off my craft room one more time. This time I'm showing how it looks with all my stuff back in there. For those just checking in, you can briefly look around for pictures of how this room looked before I worked on it today... those who have been following along know what a wreck this room was lol. I still have a lot of work to do, but at least now I can actually SEE what I've got in there. Now all that's left to do is sort through all the boxes and organize the little things. I'm so proud of myself today.... and Leah you are so right... I should have done this a loooonnnggg time ago.

Operation Craft Room Organization - Part 1

Operation Craft Room Organization is now fully underway... finally. It has taken me a year to get to this point.

I will be time stamping the photos during this project to help me keep track of how long it's actually taking me to do this. As you can see here I have totally cleared everything out of my craft room. Moving everything out only took about 20 minutes or so. Now I'm ready to start putting the room together. First I'm going to start by unpacking and putting the shelf units together since I think those are going to take the longest... even though the boxes they came in quotes that the units can be put together in 2 minutes.... yeah right... Yeah right I'm sure... fumblefingers here can't scratch his ass and chew gum at the same time, but we'll see.

Here are the shelf units I bought. I found these at walmart and paid less than $50.00 for both units. They are made by Plano which is most widely known for their fisherman tackle boxes. These units interlock and the dimensions are 31 X 14.5 X 74 and feature snap-fit assembly which makes them quick and easy to set up.

Ok I'll have to cut this post way short today as I just won't have time to show all the pictures I've taken, however you can see here that I've basically gotten the room set up how I want it. The table, shelfs and drawer organizers are all in place. Now all that's left to do is actually begin organizing things into an appropriate place. There's not a whole lot of space left in the room after adding all these components but I didn't expect that there would be, but at least this way I'll be able to maximize the space that is there. Remember this room is only roughly 8 X 8 feet so I think I've done the best with it that I could have considering all the things I have to keep in there.

I'll be back sometime in the near future with a Part 2 of Operation Craft Room Organization so you can see how it's coming together. Right now I've got to cram all the stuff I removed from the room back in there somehow so that I can relax a bit and figure out what we are going to do for dinner tonight.

A Small Investment To Organize Craft Room

I went shopping yesterday as you can tell. I figured with all of the work I've been doing to get my craft room organized I may as well take it one step forward and set it up really nice and neat so that all of my supplies can be easily accessed when needed. For roughly $145.00 I bought a six foot long folding table, 4 mini drawer organizers, and two interlocking shelf units. Each shelf unit has 5 shelfs and when they get put together they will span the length of the back wall in my craft room which is going to add a lot of storage area in a very narrow space. The table will be placed along the other wall and the drawer units will be lined up on top of the table. The drawer units are going to be great for holding tons of small items and I'll be able to store my yarn bins underneath the table, instead of having them stacked and cluttered somewhere.

Today is going to be a busy day for me as I empty everything out of my craft room to move all this stuff in. My goal for today is to simply get the table, shelf units and the drawer organizers in place. I won't really have time to go through all of my craft supplies to place in the drawers, but at least I'll have the room set up like I want it and then I can go from there. I'll be posting lot's of pictures today as I go along.

Hopefully it will help inspire some of you other crafters to make the investment to get your junk organized as well.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Progress Made Today Getting My Craft Room Together

Here is the latest update on my craft room project.

This was my room on January 12th, 2006. Believe it or not I did a lot of work that day to clear out some major junk that hadn't been used in several years. This room has basically been a storage room to hold useless things that I, being the pack rat that I am, was too lazy to throw out. I've been working on this room little by little over the past few weeks to clear it all out so that I can reorganize all of my craft supplies.

This next photo shows how my room looks now.

Notice you can actually see the carpet all the way across the room now. You wouldn't think that a room only 8 X 8 feet could hold so much junk like it did. Today I got in there and cleared out two boxes, packed a duffle bag full of other smaller bags and neatly stacked what is left in the corner. As you can see I'm slowly clearing it out. At the rate I'm going I'm sure I'll have it all better organized and ready to transform into a neat and tiny little studio for my craft supplies before summer gets here (I hope).

Monday, February 20, 2006

New Outback Camouflage Cap Finished

You know it always seems to rain on the days that I finish a new project so I had to take a picture of this new cap I finished today indoors. So you can't really see the cool colors in this one as well as you could if I could have taken the picture on a sunny day outside. So if you wanna see a better picture you'll have to wait until the weather clears. Also I won't be putting this one up for sale here on my blog until I get a better photo taken.

I have no clue what yarn I'm going to knit up for my next cap. These last two camouflage caps were the only new yarns I've purchased recently. You know what that means right. It's time to go yarn shopping again. This time I think I'm gonna do my yarn shopping on the internet because as some of you will recall about a month ago I did not have a very good experience the last time I left home to go yarn shopping. I've been checking out some websites online that I'm fairly interested in trying out. One of them has a flat $5.99 shipping rate on every order and I think I'm gonna do my shopping with them today because normally it would take roughly 20 bucks worth of gas to make a round trip to hobby lobby in my jeep and I figure if I shop online then I can save 14 dollars of that gas money to buy a few extra balls of yarn.

In the meantime until I can get my hands on some new yarn I guess I'll dig through my little yarn stash and see if any inspiration comes out of it. I don't have too many colors to work with right now so we'll just have to wait and see what I can come up with for my next show and tell.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

DROPS Design ~ Free knitting patterns

DROPS Design ~ Free knitting patterns.... There are TON's of free patterns here!

Thursday, February 16, 2006


I'm am starting to love this site called YouTube, so you'll probably see me posting quite a few videos I find over there. This video had me rolling on my couch with laughter this morning.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

White Boy Humps

Sorry but I just have to..... this is f-----g hilarious!!!

Pattern Of The Day At Annies Attic

Just a heads up for those who haven't yet discovered. Annies Attic has a free pattern posted every day. So far all I've seen are crochet patterns but they are all great. I recently discovered this and have been having a ball each morning going to see what pattern is being offered.

Also here is a tip. Annies Attic only posts these patterns for one day and there is no archive of patterns that I've seen. Now you could save the page to the free patterns in your favorites, but if you see a pattern posted that you want to save for later use you'll be out of luck because the link in your favorites only takes you to the free pattern page which changes daily, but if you use a web page archiving tool like Furl then you can save a copy of each pattern that you like. Furl is also great for archiving other pages you find useful. In fact, lots of times when I find things online such as patterns, news articles, etc., I use Furl to save a backup copy of the web page instead of simply saving it in my favorites.

Check out Annies Attic and Furl. They are both great sites.

I'm back to working on my website again. I may be purchasing a domain very soon depending on how fast I can get the site ready for grand opening. I don't know what's going to happen to this blog once I switch over to the new domain. I may keep writing here, or I may start a totally new blog over at the new site, or I may not write anymore at all because once the new site is running I plan to focus the majority of my time knitting new items for sale and doing site maintenance. For now I'll keep things rolling here. I'm going to start trying to make an effort to post something here every day until the new site is up.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Don't Pay Your Cellphone Service Provider Huge 411 Charges

Here's a tip I just learned. Did you know that you can call 1-800-FREE-411 to get 411 information for phone numbers you need? Yep you can. Most cellphone providers charge $1.00 or more for 411 information. I have T-Mobile service and they charge $1.25 each time I dial their 411 service. This can save you a lot of money if you use 411 alot. Plug the number into your cellphone and the next time you need to get 411 info use that instead of calling your cellular providers 411 and all you'll pay is the couple of minutes on your plan used to get your info.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Mash Camo Cap

Just finished it this morning. I really like how this one came out. I did it in 2X2 ribbing which has become my favorite style for making my skull caps. I've got more of these in other camo colors coming as soon as I can finish them. If anyone wants this one it's for sale. Only $26.00 payable through paypal and the price includes shipping. From here on out I'll be selling everything I finish right here from my blog until I'm able to get my website up and running. If you want it just click the paypal button below.