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Laser cut all the things!!!

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Weeee! I am so excited!!!! I FINALLY had the chance to try my hand at laser cutting and engraving. This week, I took my fiancé on a date night to Factory Two, the maker space in Flint and it was the best date night idea I’ve had in a long time.

Before heading to the maker space, we stopped for tacos – our go to meal for date nights. Mmm tacos. After our bellies were full of deliciousness, we headed over to Factory Two. There we learned how to use inkscape (the program we would use to draw our projects), saw a few of our friends, learned how to run the laser cutting/engraving machine AND got a tour of the wood shop in the maker space.

The beautifully designed keychain above is what I made. I can’t wait to perfect my art and make a million more of them to hand out to people at market. 😉

People may think that Flint is a struggling community without a lot of resources – and they would be right. But we are also a struggling community with a STRONG arts/maker community. I’m so happy to be a part of that community and I can’t wait to see what everyone does next.

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Hand Dyed Yarn

Watermelon Daze

Another skein dyed! This one was supposed to be a peach color, but I wasn’t liking the way it was turning out. I threw in some red food coloring and now my skein looks a bit more like watermelon than peaches. 🍉 Oops! But that’s ok. It still looks delicious.

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And I love what they all look like together!

I can’t decide if I want to knit with it or sell it…. Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.

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Adventures in Dyeing Yarn

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I just received my first batch of bare yarn, y’all! I’ll be testing out my yarn dyeing skills. 🙂 I’ve been reading a lot on natural dyes and what you can make happen with just the food in your kitchen. I can’t wait to harvest a bunch of mulberries from my backyard, bust out an old bag of black beans and use up some onion peels…

Wish me luck!

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Light Speed

Life has been more than hectic over the last 6 months. It’s moving at warp speed. Like a movie set in outer space. Astronauts cutting through the darkness of an unexplored universe with streaks of light surrounding them, created by the stars they pass at warp speed. That’s how life feels for me right now. Each star, each streak of light, a moment in my life, more important than the last.

Dramatic, right?

With home renovations, the adoption of a new dog, visiting family, birthdays, barbecues, career changes, engagements and babies the last 6 months have been beautiful – but have moved incredibly quick. They always say that time moves faster as you age. I didn’t believe it, but here I am already wrapping up June and I could swear that yesterday I was complaining about the harsh Michigan winters.

But here’s the thing: If you don’t make time for the slow moments, is it really worth the rush? Not in my opinion. So I’m slowing down as much as I can. I’m squeezing in time to be creative, read, spend time with my family, weed the garden and pet my dogs.

Over the next few months, I’ll be knitting, crocheting and applying for winter markets. I’ll also be moving into a new home and selling another. Not to mention everything that goes into the work I do in my day job. Regardless of all the excitement and distractions, I’m going to try and take the next 6 months day by day, moment by moment.

WIP Updates

Making All the Things… Except Socks

My February socks are STILL not done. It’s kind of hilarious at this point. Last night, Jen sent me a text asking me to remind her of our pattern choice for April socks. I laughed out loud and said, “You pick. I’m still on February.”

It’s really not my fault. You know how when you start a challenge like knit one pair of socks a month, but then you decide to darn a pair of socks for a family member, learn how to cross stitch, improve your crochet skills and sign up for two shows all while managing a full time career that requires a lot of emotional/mental energy and some odd weekend and night hours? Yeeaaaah.

AND I still made time for myself, my partner and our families, my friends and my home. There were birthdays and holidays and visiting relatives from out of town. Socks…. became secondary.

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Celebrated my Granny’s 84th birthday with my family!

On the plus side, I’ve finished a cross stitch project for the very first time. Yassss!!! I used this Subversive Cross Stitch book that I borrowed from a friend. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with the finished product, yet. Keep it? It seems like a project I should give to someone else as a gift.

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Love how this turned out – even if it is teeny tiny. Next, I’m learning how to adjust the size of my cross stitch projects.

I also managed to crochet a halter top. It’s really small, so it doesn’t fit me and I have no idea if it’s comfortable or sits correctly on an actual human, but I made it! I have a friend who said she’s willing to model it, so I just need to make some time to connect with her….

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Teeny tiny halter top. So adorable.

Those socks are never getting done are they? 😭

Peace. ❤

Tutorials & Advice

How to Create the Perfect DIY Craft Work Space

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We’ve all seen those beautiful craft studios on Pinterest that look like straight up magazine photo shoots. You know what I’m talking about: the perfectly lit modern stark white craft room with little pops of color only provided by the craft, the wall art or the clever DIY storage system.

When I started my journey with PYC, I would see these gorgeous photos and think no way am I ever going to have that.

And you know? I was right. Wait. Hear me out. What I’m saying is no, my space DOESN’T look like those photos. But yes, it is perfect for me. My space is colorful, warm, inviting and functional. Despite being short on space, my craft room is perfect for me. Continue reading “How to Create the Perfect DIY Craft Work Space”

Craft Markets

Shiawassee River Fest

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Yasssss! Warmer weather is FINALLY approaching in Michigan and the craft markets are really starting to roll in. Our next local show is Shiawassee River Fest.

I’m over the moon for this next craft fair and festival because….

A. It’s a festival on a river.

B. It’s organized by a personal friend of mine who I don’t get to see often (Beth!

C. I’m sharing a table with my partner, Roxanne – who not only launched a blog for our new homestead, but also creates art from reclaimed barn wood.

 I. AM. PUMPED for the Shiawassee River Fest.

Yeah. You definitely don’t want to miss out on visiting Purl You Crazy and Plane & Simple at this upcoming festival. 😉 Think of it as your qopportunity to check out the (non-food) things Rox and I create down on Flint River Farm, where we strive to live a simple, creative and fulfilling life.