cellomusette: (wiggles with headphones)
My jewelry supply order (the first part) just shipped yesterday, from Oregon. Estimated delivery date? January 13th. Dammit. That's like a week away! They are so slow. I'm going to have to step back from jewelry thing until the order comes in. Or maybe I can Google around and get some tips on jewelry marketing.

I found Argentium silver wire on my favorite supply website, and it's actually cheaper than regular sterling, but there'll always be that 1-2 week wait for supplies. Oh well.

I made a macrame & bead necklace out of black hemp twine today. It's very comfortable and funky (like me). Pictures are on flickr. Black hemp cord will be on my next order, I think.

I installed my digital camera software on the PC desktop this afternoon, and found out that it works 20 times better on the PC than it does on my Mac. Holy crap. When I replace my laptop, I think I'll be getting a PC (with intensive virus protection).

busy busy

Jan. 5th, 2009 11:55 am
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Hung out with AJ/[livejournal.com profile] tranarchoi yesterday, which was awesome, because I hadn't seen him in five years. I picked up a big jewelrymaking sourcebook at Barnes and Noble with my gift card, and proceeded to babble to AJ about arts and crafts shit, which was probably boring for him, but he was a great sport about it.

My next task in jewelrymaking will be to figure out some nickel-free hypoallergenic designs for [livejournal.com profile] eisa. I'm having fun researching availability of stainless steel and niobium findings. Since I'm looking to get into wirework, I could make my own clasps and findings from a length of niobium wire. And it comes in COLORS...I'm especially drawn to the aqua and purple niobium wires. Good times.

Today I need to call the physical therapy office for an intake. At some point this week I need to hunt down a gym membership so I can get back in the pool. I need to wind up my kool-aid dyed merino and start on that prayer shawl. I need to finish my alpaca wrap. I need to return library books and DVDs. I need to eat food.
That's a lot to do for a person who's really wiped out today. Maybe I'll just narrow my tasks down to what MUST be done today, and then go take a nap.
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Today I took a drive to Amenia, NY, just for shits and giggles. Really I just needed to get out of the house and figured I'd check out a new town. A guy I know online used to live in Amenia, and calls it "Anemia". Now I know why! There's one traffic light in the whole town. It's actually known as the Amenia Stoplight. Wow. I found out where the Wassaic train station is, since I drove right past it. So that's good to know.

Anyway, my biggest accomplishment over the past few days has been compiling a beading supply order from Fire Mountain Gems.

Here's what I got:
THE LOOT )
Now I'll have plenty to keep me busy. I'll probably try to sell my creations on Etsy, and bring them to local retailers and see if they're interested in my stuff.
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Either I'm taking the crafting thing seriously, or I'm just shopping for shits and giggles. Last night I ordered $100 worth of supplies from Joann Fabrics: beads and beading supplies, fabric dyes, discounted yarn. I think I'm gonna need some plastic storage bins or drawers for all the supplies---my current storing method sucks.

And today my J.Jill black velvet hooded anorak arrived. They packaged it very nicely, on a hanger in a plastic garment bag. I was impressed. The quality is excellent---I can see how they'd feel okay about charging $170 for it. It's a gorgeous semi-gothic piece, very elegant, possibly a little snug in the shoulders but otherwise lovely.

Still haven't sent out all my xmas cards yet. Running late on holiday stuff. Oh well.
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Monday:

1. Started off with a great therapy session. I talked about not having goals and dreams. We discussed why I've been lacking in such. I managed to identify one goal/dream: becoming a master crafter.

2. Went to the local beading store and got materials to restore my grandmother's necklace, a crystal beaded thing that belonged to her mother. This inspired me to learn more about beading and jewelry-making...

3. So I went to the library and took out a few books on beading, knitting and fabric dyeing.

4. When I got home, my new knitting needle set was waiting for me. It's nifty. There was also an Eddie Bauer package with my name on it---Jule had sent me a really nice red stretch velvet track suit. It fits perfectly.

5. I finished restoring Grandma's necklace, and she was very pleased with the results. I got paid, even.

6. I finally got an email from my dad! Yay! I still need to write back. I've actually been really busy.

7. I found out that the velvet anorak from J. Jill was marked down about $100. So I withdrew some money from my paypal account, rounded up 70 bucks worth of Lands End stuff for refunding, and ordered the thing. 'Cause every artist chick needs a black velvet jacket!

Tuesday (today)

1. As soon as I woke up, started on making holiday cards (and two laundry loads). I used bristol board as my card stock, and did mini-paintings with metallic acrylic paints on contrasting high-grade construction paper. They're festive, but not exclusively Holiday-themed.

2. Grandma stopped by and paid me a pretty righteous sum for restoring the necklace. Yay, cash!

3. I decided to check out a yarn store in Torrington, CT about 30 miles away from where I live. The drive was quite nice, about the same distance as Pittsfield but with less traffic and fewer lights. I stopped at the Kmart first, and found some 10K gold hoop earrings for 15 bucks (originally 85). Nice stocking stuffer for mom. She really wanted some gold earrings.

4. The yarn store I checked out was Hither And Yarn. It's a small shop, but the prices are good and the service is friendly. They had sport-weight alpaca yarn on sale, so I bought some deep teal heather skeins for a lacy shawl. I'm still debating which shawl pattern to use, but leaning towards flower-petal or feather-and-fan.

5. Once I got home, I organized and inventoried all my knitting and crochet equipment. Man, I've got a lot of needles.

6. Leftover lamb steak and beet salad for dinner. Yummyyy.

So yeah, I've been a busy girl. It feels nice. Tired now. Fall down go boom.
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Finished up some cabled wristwarmers tonight, and I am filled with joy, because....
They weren't hard to make.
They look and feel great, even with cheapo Red Heart Super Saver yarn.
The black eyelash "fur" at the top is full of awesome. SQUEE.

And I finally ordered that needle set, which should arrive here next week. At which point I can dive even deeper into my knitting obsession. In a more ergonomically-friendly sort of way.
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So.
I haven't been keeping up with LJ, because I've been knitting a lot.

My shawl turned out gorgeous: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29482514@N07/3086756739/

I learned:
-about ravelry.com (I'll never want for patterns again!)
-bar increases (knit 1 front and back)
-cable-knitting
-feather and fan lace technique
-dyeing wool with tea

and most importantly, I stopped being deathly afraid of patterns, and now I can READ them!!

Still on my to-learn list:

-socks!
-mittens!
-OMG sweaters! (probably next year)

Debating whether to get the interchangeable circular needle set from Knitpicks. And whether to get the wood or the nickel-plated variety. I love that you can get cable lengths up to 60 inches. I could knit an enormous blanket, shawl or sweater with a cable that long!
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The shawl I've been making out of my excess bulky yarn is finally done! I stayed up til 4am binding it off. It's real purty. Will take pictures later today.
cellomusette: (silly face)
If I'm going to expand my knitting/crocheting skills, I will need to buy thinner implements and thinner yarns.
My bin is overflowing with chunky bulky yarns, and my needles are all size 10 and up. These supplies are good for hats and scarves; that's about it.

Future projects I want to complete:
2 at a time socks and legwarmers
sweaters
fancy lacework shawls
blankets
cable-knit stuff
colorwork stuff (eventually)

Knitpicks has a nice set of feather-and-fan lacework patterns for free download, and I think I want to try making the Andean Treasure Shawl. I've been practicing the lace pattern, so I'm fairly confident about it.

One project at a time, I think that's my new rule. Gotta plan these things carefully.
cellomusette: (cherry peekaboo)
I made a lovely salve of sorts last night which smells of BPAL Rome, a blend of rose, chamomile, juniper and cypress. It's great for smearing on dry parts after the shower or bath.

Recipe:

1. Combine in a microwave-safe container...

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp yellow beeswax chips
optional: 1 tbsp, approximately, of cocoa butter

2. Microwave until all melted. Don't over-nuke it.

3. Break open one capsule of vitamin E as a preservative and add to the melted mixture (optional).

4. Add 1/2 to 1 imp-ful of any BPAL scent you like. (I had about 2/3 of an imp of Rome left.) Mix thoroughly.

5. Pour into a small jar and cool. Put it in the freezer to speed up the solidification, if you simply cannot wait.

This also works with any essential oil or perfume you happen to like. I tend to go nuts and smear the goo all over my arms and legs and put on a fluffy robe, thereby helping my skin to absorb the moisture. Olive oil is great for dry irritated winter skin, and so is cocoa butter. (If you use cocoa butter, the natural chocolate fragrance of it will probably come through in your salve, so consider that before you add it.)

Man, I smell great!
cellomusette: (crafty hannah)
I made dulce de leche lip balm tonight. With actual labels on the tubes! Very exciting!

Contents: olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, vitamin E, flavoring oil. Yum!

Next up: salves and solid perfume thingies. I just need containers.
cellomusette: (hannah banana)
Woot!

Here's the linkage: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5478687

You can also find me under the name WatercolorblueDesign.

I've listed three brand-new hats; we'll see how that goes. Overall, pretty nifty.

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