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welcome to our crazy world

Just a few days….

I’m going through my mental checklists for things I need to take with me on my trip… I’m trying to pack light, let’s see how well that goes, I’m thinking I might have to grab one of my market bags to stick stuff into when I finish it on this trip because there’s no way that my little Kerropi bag can fit all my gear and finished projects.  It does great for most things and I like that it matches my computer bag, but this is a little further trip than to my craft groups.

Right now I’m scrambling to finish up two more stuffed animals for my Dad’s Grandkids (Via my stepmother) I’ll be seeing them next week for the first time so thought I should bring them presents at least.  Which means I’m probably going to be working on something for myself in the car.  I leave Tuesday and have some baking to do before then as well.

The animals I’m making, so fat I have a bunny, and bear done.  I’m thinking an elephant next, not sure what to do for the last one for the kids, though I’m making a black cat for a friend of mine because she thought they were adorable and begged me for one.  I’ve owed her a present for a little while so I’m sending her one.  Might make a little toy for it to hold too.  I’ll try to transfer my scribbles into patterns for these because they really are adorable so far.

I still need to send my pattern tester my basket pattern so that she can test it out.  I’m so behind in everything!  Though on the third next month I’ll be posting every day, we’ll be getting more items up I’m going to take a break from creating (Okay at least at a slower pace) so we can get some room around here.  As much as I want to do a craft show this year I don’t think we’re going to have the time or energy for it.  Though I will try to scope a few out just to see what the local flavor is on the crafting front.  Reminds me I have to snag the toy box from the attic because I think it would be a cute prop for these new toys I’m making.  I’m almost always looking for great props for pictures.

And well my stomach’s grumbling so going to jet to go snag some food and get started on some of that baking.  So much to do so little time!

– Yes this would be Nicky running around like a nightmare Turkey day main dish!

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Helping out a friend

Kenly my pixel-dolling sister has a post on her Deviantart. She’s looking to sell some little toys to fund some holiday family stuff, would be great if my readers could lend a hand.

Edit: Just realized today that the other post on facebook was marked friends only. Seriously still scrambling around.

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Little behind, scrambling around…

I know we had an extra hour earlier this week, and that was used to try to catch up on my NaNoWriMo….

Though I did get my Umami shrug done, I’ll have to get some pictures of it.  It didn’t come out exactly like the photos for the pattern, but I think that may be because I didn’t make the sleeves wide enough.  It’s okay though, made it mostly to wear under tees for the winter so no one really has to know right?  I’ll have to make another one later.

I’ve also been playing with Lion Brand’s Bonbons.  OMG! I love the colors in the sets.  I picked up “Beach” and “Nature” and am making little key chains for the shop with them (Though first made myself a turtle phone charm).

Still have a baby mobile to work on (The baby’s due on the 2nd of December) The mother will probably end up getting it a little late since my New York trip’s in there.  Most of the work for it’s done, I’m just making tentacles and little fish to hang off it.  Both are projects that can be worked on in the car since I’m going to be riding.

Today though… I need to reorganize my yarn because it exploded yesterday.  I was trying to find the scrap yarn I have to work out a pattern (Yes you heard that right there will be another pattern up here soon if I can get to it).  Didn’t find my scrap yarn, but found some that I want to make some Amigurumi bunnies with.  Now let’s hope I can find the white yarn I bought to work with it, because lace yarn on it’s own… I’m not that talented yet.

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I was going to get photos today…

But I picked up the crochet hook to work on my Umami shrug (Interweave Crochet fall 2013).  I want to get this done before I go to New York and next month I’m doing NaNoWriMo, so I figure it’s a better time for photos too.  this month is being used and abused to finish up projects.
Back to the shrug though, for it I’m using Sock ease, because I wanted to torture myself with a small yarn and thought why not play with wool too since it’s one I haven’t used before.  So far I’m loving the ease of the pattern (It’s all chain stitch, treble stitch, double stitch and slip stitch, and easy to memorize!)  not sure how it’ll go with the back of the shrug though because I want to add a hood (I love my hoodies okay?!).  I’ve never tried a hood before either so there’s a new challenge.  If I can’t figure that out it’ll be okay, I’ll just wear it under one of my hooded vests.
Oh, and I know I posted a recipe a few days ago.  Saturday I tried a new one for Zucchini bread.  This isn’t exactly the one that I’m used to, and I didn’t have wheat flour on hand but oooh it was nice to have the house smelling like the holidays for an evening.  And yes, these are a hit!  I made one batch, and will be going to a party on Saturday so I’m going to be taking these with me.  That is if I don’t nibble on all of them before hand (So glad I have more zucchini because I’ll be making two batches for the party and the last one for the house!)
Let’s see I’m also staring at about 30 coffee cozies that need to be finished so they can be popped up on line.  They just need the pockets sewed on and the tails tucked in and done!  I’ll be digging around in my yarn stash for more yarn I can use on those because I love how fast those whip up.  Planning if I have time to get two bunnies done for my step-mom’s grandkids.  It’s been so long since I’ve worked on Amigurumi that I’m worried I’m forgetting how to make them!  So yep! It’s time to fix that problem.  Not to mention Dad bought me The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi by June Gilbank, last year for Christmas and I’ve flipped through it but haven’t really played with it yet.  I love June’s patterns so figure it’s about time I break into it just to see it there’s any tricks I haven’t figured out through trial and error yet.
So, how’s everyone else’s Tuesday / Week so far?  Hopefully not as crazy as mine!
– Nicky
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Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar) Recipe –

Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar) Recipe –


Okay tried this at half the recipe.  Meatballs are flavorful, a little different than I’m used to and sweeter than I’m used to but overall really yummy over rice.


This will do for the Halloween party I’m going to next Saturday.  Though… didn’t add the sour cream oops… and will SO have to make more gravy because I like it oozing into the rice for a spooky dish!

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nIIz designs on Etsy is now open!

ImageWith a whopping one (1) item up so far.  The weather and camera weren’t being friendly this weekend hopefully I’ll get some more stuff up as the week goes on.

This scarf is 80 inches long each apple is 4 inches wide and it’s perfect for adding some color to your wardrobe for those chilly fall mornings.


Friday morning!

Morning everyone!  Seriously today’s just a me day.  I have some projects that I should finish up for others, but today really I’m going to chill out with my hot apple Cider, and look through patterns of stuff I want to make for myself.  If I can manage the project in a few hours great!

And while I’m here, I’m going to promote my talented friend’s work again.  Courtney‘s looking for some quick painting work, so if you happen to live in the Mount Penn area of Pennsylvania and want a mural hit her up, she does really great work.

Craft group stuffs!

  • My mobile for Courtney’ll have to wait until Monday afternoon, (Sorry sweetie I have photos to snag this weekend and a few other small projects to work on.  Though you’ll have it before I go to NYC, if not just after.)
  • The Doctor Who scarves I loomed up are waiting to be handed off to Sandy when she’s back from her quilting retreat.
  • I have the project for everyone’s Christmas gifts ready.  I just have to sew them together.  But that will just take a few minutes.
  • The pumpkins for the kiddies just need faces and handles.  And Damn!  I was just at AC Moore… forgot to get black thread to sew the faces on with.  Good thing I want to run another errand today.

Family projects

  • I have the yarn for Liz’s gift.  Just have to figure out exactly what I’m making her this year.
  • Need to figure out what I’m making Br… I mean Evan.
  • Dad and Teri, still have no idea what I’m doing for them.  I want to do something they’ll both enjoy.  Tempted to just whip up fingerless mitts and matching hats for them that way they can still use a camera.

And yeah I’m rambling you’ll know I do that a lot.  Though starting Monday next week if the weather participates, should be seeing one ramble post like this and one shop post a day.  At least until my trip to NYC.

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it’s too early in the morning to be working…

Though I have two gloves to finish to go with a scarflet I loomed up last week.

Three baskets to finish for three special little kids for Halloween.  Hoping to have time to add in three little amigurumi toys to those.

A baby mobile which is looking like it’s going to be a jelly fish with little toys for the baby to play with as she grows.

Christmas gifts to make (though some of those I might be able to work on while I’m up in New York next month.  Some of the items I have planned I know will be great travel projects.

This weekend there will be photos taken so starting Monday you will be seeing new things up in the shops.  Today’s just a ‘gather my thoughts’ kind of day.  Also time to flip through pages of ocean life to see what I can make into block animals for the mobile.   I love working on things without a pattern!  I’m hoping that they’ll look as cute as I’m picturing them.  I’d show my rough sketches… But really my stick men look like kittens so I’ll try to get photos of the prototypes when I’m a little closer to having them done.

And yay craft meeting in 4 hours so I’m going to go dive into my cotton mountain to pull out colors now, turn up the music and try to enjoy the unseasonably warm morning we’re having.

I’ll leave you with something stuck on my iPod right now.

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Email problems

A week ago the email that I use for this blog and the shops went AWOL, so I’ve been scrambling to try to fix that because well… I kind of need it.  So if you’ve been trying to contact us I’m so sorry about that.

Working with the server the email’s on is a PAIN too because the site and staff are userless friendly!  I was bounced to 5 different people yesterday and told I have to go through the website’s support to fix it, when the website just kept sending me form emails that were completely useless to my problem.

If I had known this was going to be a hassle I would not have used that service.  I mean really is it that hard to warn your customer base that you’re going to mess things up for a bit?  Or that you shouldn’t bother calling the offices because all your techs are programmed only to fix problems their computers say they can fix?  Lets not go into the fact that it’s an email problem… Why would you need to know the program you use to read said emails?  I can’t even log into it on the webmail site.

Liz also has a new computer, as soon as she can think of things to write she might be posting here as well.  Maybe she’ll tell you about it!

Yeah, sorry I’m just frustrated because it looks unprofessional to be sending out emails to everyone who tries to contact us, that the email can’t be delivered.

On the upside, have 3 Halloween goodie bags almost done for two of the ladies in my craft group.  They just need handles and faces.

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how to wear an oversized scarf

Oh! I love this look, smooth the edges of the pipe a little, maybe if you’re in a crafty mood do some etchings on it to jazz it up a little more. What do you guys think?

Crafted in Carhartt

how to wear an oversized scarf

how to wear an oversized scarf

how to wear an oversized scarf

how to wear an oversized scarf

how to wear an oversized scarf

how to wear an oversized scarf

To all my those girls who are rugged at heart, there’s a great way to wear those oversized scarves. In the plumbing and pipe section of your local hardware store, grab a few copper couplings and see what you can do with them. I always have a hard time tying and wrapping scarves successfully around my neck. Try this fool-proof way to secure your scarf. It only takes a few seconds.

shop this look: Clarkston Cami and Tomboy Hooded Jacket 

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