Moru's Crafts


A Late Thankful Post.
November 24, 2012, 9:09 pm
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I have not been as good at updating this as I would like to eventually become. Sometimes I get bogged down in the day-to-day life and the various writing projects I have going on that I feel creatively drained. I don’t want to sit down and write a blog post after all of that, but I figured on a day where I got nothing creative accomplished, I could possibly get something up on my blog – which brings me to my topic. Today, I’ll tell you what I’m thankful for, in the spirit of the holidays.

1. I’m thankful I do not work in retail. Black Friday doesn’t seem to matter to restaurants. It was slow on Friday at work, and for that I’m terribly thankful. I don’t know if I could ever work in retail.
2. I’m thankful for my dogs, Sarah, my mother, K-chan, and Tempy who have helped me keep my sanity these last few months. I don’t know what I would do without their help. Just listening to my ramblings keeps the monsters in my mind at bay.
3. I’m thankful that I live in a free country. I’m thankful that I have the rights to study whatever I want, the rights to think freely and express my opinions. I’m thankful I was born here instead of somewhere else – even if sometimes I think it might have been more amazing if I was born in the UK.
4. Last, but certainly not least, I’m thankful for the creativity that seems to come naturally to me. Every craft I have applied myself to in the last two years or so have all come easily. I still get frustrated with things that don’t turn out right, and I don’t have the patience that I wish I could magically gain, but I seem to have luck with my crafting.

Those are the things I’m thankful for this holiday season, and I’m glad I can share them with you.

Back to crafting my surprise holiday décor. Many of my close friends (and facebook stalkers >>) already know what my theme is this year, but I will be posting a quick look at my ornaments. I may even make a video-tutorial for them, if I can find the time!

Happy crafting. :)

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Another long absence
October 25, 2012, 1:34 pm
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I don’t mean to stay away for long between my posts on this blog. I tend to get caught up in writing, or in crafting, and forget to take pictures, or when I do, they’re not really blog-worthy stories. In general, I feel like my life is rather boring. I watch Edwardian television shows, I watch Star Trek, I make half-finished knitting projects which never go anywhere, and I make beaded jewelry.

I’ve finally got some new things listed in my etsy shop, but other than that I’ve had a very “SSDD” couple of months. I go to work, I come home and play with my dog, I knit and play with wire, and then I go to bed.Lather, rinse, repeat.

What I have learned to do in the last few months is make wire and beaded jewelry. Here is a picdump of what I’ve made so far!


(Image credit to Chelsea! <3)



Birthday woes
June 21, 2012, 2:20 am
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Happy birthday today to me. :) not to say im full of myself or anything but this day 21 years ago i was born, and that day was full of win.

No, but really this birthday is awesome so far. Kicked it off with some knitting (results to be shared…ohyeshulkgloves) and brownies, mixed with Star Trek:  DS9.

Tomorrow will have shopping, cookie cakes and picnic…

Cant wait to share pics!



Ahoy!
June 10, 2012, 7:30 pm
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After my all together unsucessful day off yesterday, I decided that even though I worked all day, I needed some sort of craft in my day. I didn’t want to knit because I had spent so much time doing that yesterday. I swear I must have done about 45 rows of a pair of gloves. I am tired of needlework for the day.

So I decided to put together a little art project for the fun of it. I’ve had an extra canvas sitting around the house and I bought these really cute shells at Michael’s the other day… as well as a wooden “Ahoy!” carving.. It all came together to produce my newest wall-hanging.

It’s very summery, and it makes me want to go swimming. Guess I’ll do that Tuesday!

Here is a picture of the canvas without the shells on!



Organizing the yarn stash
May 30, 2012, 1:56 pm
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I’ve got so much yarn… I don’t know what to do with it all. Since I started crocheting I’ve been storing the yarn. I didn’t have a system of organization though. I had 4 bins that yarn just sort of sat in. And now there is a method to all this madness. I have sorted through and put together yarns of the same brand/style. I have too much Red Heart yarn that I’m never going to use for anything serious. Maybe for gifts for other people, but I don’t like the feel of it on my own skin.

My favorite yarn that I have is from Caron. It’s a bamboo yarn that’s a dusty rose shade of pink. It’s wonderful.

 

I feel so much better now that all my yarn is organized. At some point I’ll make a list of the things I’m making at the moment, but the list is so large, I have no way of knowing where to start. The only yarns that I have that aren’t included here are for a large plush lion that I am making for S for her birthday. I forgot to include these because they’re in their own container. Plus what’s 6 more skeins anyway?



Amigurumi, Inspiration, and Rain, oh my!
March 19, 2012, 5:38 pm
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Amigurumi is probably my favorite of all the crochet crafts. To me it is the most satisfying, because each ami works up very quickly. I recently made a crocheted mustache using the pattern found here He loved the present, and now I have a hundred people asking me if I can make one for them, too.

It’s the most fun, because almost anything you can imagine can become an amigurimi doll. I have seen whole blogs dedicated to amigurumi of all types. One for “nerdy” Amis, one for food Amis and it doesnt stop there. There are dozens of great amigurumi blogs out there. Including one called free amigurumi patterns, which is just what it sounds like.

Most recently, I made a small whale using a pattern I found here. My mother will be happy to receive this along with a small crocheted pot of petunias. I would have been better if I had learned how to crochet before last march, since it was my mother’s Douglas Adams themed 42nd birthday, but it’s better late than never :)

I am now working on another amigurumi. I am making master shake. He’s nothing to look at, yet, but soon I’ll post pictures (at the moment he is a 3 round circle. Not much to look at). I got the idea from the Nerdigurumi site. I’ve been looking there a lot lately. It has given me some great inspiration.

This year, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to make amigurumi presents for everyone for Christmas and the various holidays. I have already been scoping out the market on what kind of patterns to use for my family specifically. I have some ideas so far, but nothing solid.

I think one of the most important things to know about amigurumi is that cotton yarn is better than acrylic, and invest in some Amigurumi eyes. They come pretty cheap for a lot of them, and they look much better than hand-stitched eyes. I like french knots… but only to a certain extent. I highly recommend getting the eyes.

Crocheted Petunias

Oh! I finished the purse, and took pictures of it, finally. I got the original pattern from April Draven’s Blog. She has a bunch of cool crochet patterns and charts to crochet. Mine varies very slightly, because I wanted mine to say something else. Plus I didn’t use her exact tardis. My mother has been waiting… so patiently for this purse. I’m surprised she hasn’t flown to Texas just to get it from me.

 

It has been raining for about an hour. There are thunderstorm warnings, and it was hailing a few minutes ago. The dogs are not too happy about it. They’ve taken to either panting and shivering, or just laying there… pretending not to care that there is a big scary monster outside. I keep getting stared at while I try to browse pinterest.

 



An adventurous day of crafting.
March 15, 2012, 2:47 am
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As I have mentioned before, my mother’s birthday was just the other day. My presents for her are late because I did not anticipate being busy and my hand cramping up every time I say down to crochet.

Anyway, as I was doing the middle part of the purse I am making for her, I realized that there are not very many video tutorials for changing colors to create a pattern in the same row. If I can figure out how to get a video camera set up, I might make one. I see a lot of picture tutorials, but to me, videos are more helpful — depending on the quality of it, of course.

I spent my day out and about around town, and found the most charming antique store. I love the store now, even though I bought nothing. It is a labyrinth of antiquities. So many things that would be amazing to own. There was an old Singer sewing machine, and I’d say dozens of vintage vogue patterns.

I would like to go back when I have money enough to look seriously for something. There was just so much in the store. It was almost sensory overload. I love stores like that.

And on another note I finished that peasant top I mentioned.

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It’s a neat project, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to practice upccling tshirts. :) I’ll have to find the link to the blog I found the tutorial on. I’ll edit that in when I have full use of the computer again.

I wasn’t aware that WordPress had an app for the iPhone. So now I’m never going to get any sleep.

Ever.

I have a few other crafts to share, but those will have to be in another post. I hope this week isn’t too stressful for anyone <;3 happy crafting!