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.

Handmade Activism

Brag: New Bag

I just want to take a moment to thank K.C. over at blackbunchedmassmom.com for sharing about this awesome tote from Gather Here, a yarn and craft store in her city. Thanks to K.C., I finally found a bag worthy of my buttons. 😉

It’s a nice quality canvas bag with enough room for a larger knitting project, but not so larger that it becomes unwieldy. Plus, I just love the phrase on the front of the bag. It’s appropriate and accurate.

And I didn’t have to feel too guilty about buying yet another tote bag because 10% of the proceeds are going to support the ACLU in Massachusetts (where the store is located).

Peace. ❤

Craft Markets

Next Up: Handmade Toledo!

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I am very excited to announce that Purl You Crazy was accepted to join the Handmade Toledo Spring Maker’s Mart on May 12, which will take place at Handmade Toledo’s brick and mortar at 1717 Adams St. in Toledo.

We will have a few NEW items appropriate for the (hopefully) much warmer weather.

If you live near Toledo, come see Jen and I!

💕