Cherry Saturday March 10, 2018

March is Craft Month, brought to you by craft stores everywhere.  I’m sure there’s a coupon if you check.  

So what are you making?  (Tea? Trouble?  Love?)

53 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday March 10, 2018

  1. Hmm, I’m not crafty in the most traditional sense. I like to bake sweet things and sometimes write. Not as much as I used to and now mostly fanfic. I used to do embroidery, but I had to stop because I kept losing needles in the carpet. And finding them with my bare feet. 😑 It wasn’t a great loss.

    I’m all thumbs when it comes to most crafts. I also have crappy depth perception, which doesn’t help. My mom used to sew and knit (and hook rugs) and she sometimes beats herself up that she didn’t teach me to sew (because mothers can make themselves feel guilty over anything). I keep reminding her that I did learn and school and hated it. If she tried to teach me, it would have been ten times worse (I still have bad flashbacks to her trying to teach me to drive).

    I think that part of the crafty gene just skipped me. 🤗

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    1. There is no traditional sense. If you make, you craft. Like pumpkin custard. Frame something. And fanfic absolutely counts.

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  2. I wish I’d learned carpentry from my dad. Every time I have an idea for a theme table or nature steps for the classroom, I think of the cost a good amateur would charge and I go “fuhgeddaboutit.”

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    1. Have you thought about checking trade schools? Students might like a project, especially if they can get a grade for it.

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  3. When my children were small (forty years ago) I had an old treadle sewing machine that I made cushion covers for out of foam rubber so they could toss them on the floor to watch TV and not bounce on the sofa. It was not a lot money back then, so I went to a fabric store a couple of years ago to make the same thing for my grandchildren. To borrow a word from ST “fuhgeddaboutit”. Needless to say I made them painted t-shirts by making a stencil out of their coloring books, somehow transferring it onto a t-shirt and painting the shirts. Wish I still had that sewing machine.

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    1. i taught Mollie to use a sewing machine when she was about twelve. She used to amaze her friends (who had a lot more money): when they’d go to an expensive store, she’d head for the scratch-and-dent rack and buy beautiful things that had broken zippers or ripped seams and wear them to school the next day, all fixed. They thought she was magic. Then one spring she made her own sundresses, and everybody wanted to know where she got them. I don’t think she ever felt poor; it was just something cool and smart she could do. The first day in her junior high shop class, the teacher (a friend of mine) asked who had used power tools, and Mollie and another girl were the only ones who’d raised their hands. He said, “I knew Mollie would, that kid can do anything.”

      I was very proud (g).

      So about four years ago I bought her a sewing machine. She had three kids under six and was running her own business, and she said, “What am I going to do with this?” I said, “You’ll need it.” Last year she called and said, “Thank you.” She’d dug it out to turn the kids’ pants into shorts and she was teaching Callie to sew. I got all verklempt.

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      1. My mother taught me to sew on her old Singer (one of those big black ones, although we eventually got a “modern” white one which I still have upstairs in my closet). Mind you, when I decided in my teen wisdom to use a fancy three-tiered pattern for a dress for a dance, I spent most of my time sewing for ten minutes and then yelling, “MOM! Help!”

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      2. Also, my grandmother (my mom’s mother) used to make all sorts of clothes for my Barbie dolls. We didn’t have a ton of money to spend on the pre-made ones, so I got really good at making my own in ways that could be done without sewing (tying a piece of cloth on to make a skirt, for example).

        I remember rather wistfully the days when it was actually cheaper to make your own clothes…

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  4. I’m teaching a mosaic class right now, so I’ve done one with blue morpho butterflies and last night I finished gluing down one for a coral reef.

    I saw this challenge online:
    https://www.craftster.org/blog/craft-challenge-123-announced-spring-color-craft-challenge/

    and am thinking of doing it, depends on what I can get done in a month. The coral reef mosaic might qualify…

    I am also trying to make a skirt with suspenders in knitting that I originally started for the Ravellenic Games, but the pattern has had issues out the wazoo for something so simple. I’m the only one who’s tried to make it, ahem. So I started it over with different yarn and keep trying to configure it over and over again. I want it done for the 17th because it’s green, but I doubt I’ll have it done in time.

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    1. We’re starting a weekly Instagram thing over on ReFab. It was supposed to start this month, but then I lost internet for a week. We do a whatcha making post every Wednesday, and the idea is that if we link to Instagram, we can also post pictures. Must get on that. I’ll cross post here this Wednesday to co-ordinate.

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      1. Hm. I avoid social media as much as I possibly can (which sadly isn’t 100% any more, but I’ve been forced to lately) but have been debating doing Instagram if ONLY because I take a lot of pictures but really really really really hate uploading, which is tedious as fuck on my website and bores the hell out of me to do. According to my friend, it’s very easy on Instagram.

        BUT at the same time I am terrified of what happens if the damn thing suddenly gets popular and then the creepy people find me (another reason why I stay off social media).

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        1. I have had some weird people start following me: a couple with arab script and pictures of men in everyday work situations, and one with pictures of Spanish money (well, they probably use euros, but money with Spanish writing on it). But you can set your account to ‘private’ and then you’re in charge of who you allow to follow you. Something I only cottoned on to after I was launched. But then I’d like to attract people to my website, so not being public doesn’t seem sensible.

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        2. I like instagram best of all the social media outlets I have tried. I post a lot of pictures of work in progress as well as finished stuff, and it is a great tool for me as organization. I have no idea where my photos are, but scrolling through there is pretty easy.

          Also, I have a fair amount of followers from Eastern Europe, and every once in a while someone sends me an ad, offering to help promote my stuff, but the only real weirdness I have encountered was via someone I already knew in my home town. Mostly, it is very drama free.

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        3. I confess, I still don’t really understand how Instagram works. I finally have an account, but since you can’t post pictures from a computer, and I don’t use my cell phone much, I’m still trying to figure it out. Mostly it makes me feel like an idiot, which I don’t enjoy.

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          1. I struggled with it a lot at first but once you get the hang of it from a smartphone it’s pretty intuitive. (Doesn’t hurt that I’m a smartphone addict and that’s how I take my pictures in the first place, so they’re already right there.)

            Not an expert but happy to answer questions abbot how I use it!

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        4. Do you take pictures with a camera or a phone? If it’s with a phone, many (most) phones have an auto function that should upload your photos for you whenever you are connected to your home wifi, no action required on your behalf. Mine backs up to a Dropbox account which I can then access from anywhere.

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  5. I FINALLY finished the binding on a crib-sized quilt (although it’s more of a lap quilt) that’s been sitting around being clutter for months. I still need to tie off some loose ends from the quilting and bury them in the batting, but it feels good to have done the really time-consuming part of finishing the quilt.

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  6. I’m sticking to my new regime of posting a Friday Photograph on my blog. Can’t cope with anything more at the moment. I’ve got two freelance jobs, I’m supposed to be going to stay with a friend next week, and though the vendor’s solicitors have finally sent the contract for the house I’m buying, my solicitor says it’s a horrendous mess – cobbled together from various contradictory bits of other contracts, full of unnecessary clauses such as limitations on the number of pets you can keep (which might be relevant in a block of flats, but not for a house). Then I had an ultimatum from the builder: if I didn’t exchange in two days, I couldn’t have the tiles I’d chosen for the bathroom, and did I still want to go ahead with the purchase, therefore?

    So I replied saying I didn’t understand why the tiles were suddenly a problem, since he’d already installed the kitchen of my choice: surely a far more expensive item. I didn’t accept his ultimatum; and the tiles, like the kitchen, formed part of the deal agreed in writing at the beginning of November. Plus, since he was aware that the delay to exchange was 100% due to his solicitor, why was he suddenly threatening me as if it were my fault?

    No response as yet. I hope the deal doesn’t capsize. Don’t think it will, but I’m pretty wound up and wiped out. I’m rereading ‘Bet Me’ (thank you, Jenny), and tomorrow’s going to be a veg out day.

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  7. I’m having about 10 people for tea tomorrow because I binged at an online organic tea site and have about 6 black teas I’ve never tried—so making a traditional British tea with sandwiches and shortbread.
    Unfortunately I forgot my husband is having dinner guests for pizza so I will have to push the guests out the door at 6.

    And I’m gardening. We drove 3 hours to the Philly flower show for my husband’s birthday but I’m the one who ended up buying spring bulbs.

    I manage to restrain myself in yarn stores but I’m dangerous around bulbs—mostly to myself.

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  8. No craftiness happening but I did see a large meetup of dachshunds at the park when my husband and I were out walking to support Planned Parenthood this morning. Adorable. And chaotic.

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    1. They are chaotic little animals.
      Here’s a fun fact: They’re sometimes used in search parties because they can and will go places that big dogs can’t. They’re natural burrowers. Trust me, I know.

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      1. If you ever get a chance to see Earthdog trials you should do it. I think doxies are one of the breeds they allow.

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  9. I am back shellacking and varnishing and about to paint the bedroom closet upstairs which I have never painted so it must have been last painted about 1980. And it is a big closet with a window and great light and I find myself thinking: If I could find a spot for all the junk I put in here, there is room for my easel and a small table to hold my brushes and paints. My old studio had bad lighting and now has a new tile floor so it is not suitable any more. There is hope for my future if I can just find a good work space. There isn’t room for some of my projects but it should be good for painting.

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    1. Krissie missed Monday and I think she might be feeling overwhelmed, so I’m not sure how much longer it’s going to go.
      If we stop, I’ll move Happiness Sundays and Working Wednesdays over here.

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  10. Skill building is so key to enjoying crafts. If the first things you attempt are beyond your skills, you can get discouraged fast and decide that you are never going to be good at that craft. If you start with easy things, you can get bored or discouraged at how lame your work products seem. There’s a sweet space in the middle of that, but I think it’s hard to get to it without an experienced person to help you out with tips, materials, or moral support.

    That being said, I want to know if Jenny’s power ever came back again… I hope so!

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  11. I try crafts on like some people try one earrings. Right now I am experimenting with making my own perfume. It’s a lot more involved than I expected, but still fun.

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  12. I make gemstone jewelry professionally (I’ve done it for about 30 years, but these days I don’t do much because the writing has eaten my time). Most of my creative skills right now are being used trying to reorganize my house to keep the three new teenage kittens from destroying things that were perfectly “cat proofed” when I had only older cats. WTF was I thinking…

    Kitten–nature’s way of telling you to put stuff away.

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  13. I just finished knitting a pullover in a fantastic RED which has a very vintage feel to it. You can see it here:
    https://knitigatingcircumstances.com/2018/03/03/on-form/

    Someone told me that it reminded them of a sweater that Kim Novak wore in the 1958 Bell, Book, and Candle, which made me very happy. Now I am searching for something else to knit but I have had the flu for over three weeks now and am feeling very grumbly and lethargic and can’t seem to commit to a new project.

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    1. Very nice work, you look great.

      If you’re not feeling inspired just make tiny fun things until you feel better and see something you really like.

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  14. Finished a baby blanket last night and instantly started the next one, because I wanted to see how the color combo I picked is going to look. Gave two away in the last month, so feel the need to beef up the supply.

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  15. I’m 29 weeks pregnant, so about all I can deal with is lesson planning and cleaning up after the toddler. But we’ve been doing some creative stuff in class (curriculum building as I go, luckily with help from a talented colleague, but wish me luck getting far enough ahead of the game to leave anything helpful as maternity sub plans…).

    My husband’s getting cabin fever (he’s home with toddler most days) and we’ve been spitballing home improvements–hopefully spring break will see a new deck appear in our backyard. And the city just cut down the dead tree in front of our house, so now the whole sunlight situation there is different–time for a new landscaping plan!

    The two new improvements we’ve actually made are a new coffee table (he’s a woodworker but fell in love with a midcentury modern one and actually pulled the trigger!) and a hanging garden indoors– we filled the bay window with hanging plants but had to string a steel cable because apparently there are no joists in there (????? to the previous owner and her contractor).

    Next step: ANYTHING WE CAN POSSIBLY GET DONE BEFORE BABY #2, because I’m pretty sure that after that we’ll be waiting another three years or so! 😜

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  16. I’m finishing up a baby quilt (putting on the binding) and working on a second one for a friend who is pregnant with twins. My deadline is March 24th as we’re visiting them that weekend.

    Also baking… made a caramel praline sheet cake for my life group and bread for at home.

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  17. I am still making a garden. Put in nine more baby plants this weekend.

    And did some necessary prep work for a crafty home-decor project (trimming out the bathroom window with molding).

    Plus did the math for a crafty home-improvement project (insulating the upper kitchen cabinets with rigid panel covered with contact paper).

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  18. I forgot. I forgot. This is major. All 15 of my dahlia bulbs were planted in pots. It is too early to plant them in the ground without them rotting away. But as soon as they show green it should be okay. Usually I forget to do this and don’t get any flowers until late August.

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  19. I am currently on the second of…. several* baby crochet projects. The first was a My Neighbor Totoro beanie (when I heard that was their baby theme I squealed), the current one is a mandala-inspired blanket for my yoga instructor, and the rest we shall see. One might be Harry Potter themed.

    I’m also helping in my mom’s and the church’s gardens (and feeling a bit of survivors guilt over not having blizzards), and I promised to try making a poster for an Earth Day concert. I’m now actively trying NOT to add any more to my plate….. Except for pie, since this Wednesday is Pi Day.

    *At one point I told a friend, “I know at least four people having babies this year!” and she said, “Well, now you know five.”

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    1. Today is Pi Day! Thanks for the reminder (-:. Now, what kind of pie shall it be? Maybe I’ll try for a chicken pot pie, and then do mini-apple pies in cupcake tins for dessert. Pi Day is worth going overboard for! (And I never remember it in time.)

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      1. Pi day is March 14. Depending on where you are it might be tomorrow. But our neighbor group can’t do tomorrow so we are using Greenwich time so we can say it’s 1 am March 14….

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  20. I have recently started collecting, propagating, and arranging succulents. I’m going to try my hand at propagating air plants too. I have tons (that’s hyperbole) of little containers I can plant and give away.

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  21. Oh yeah, Pi Day. I just made blackberry pie for the neighborhood Annual Pi dinner which we are celebrating in Greenwich mean time for logistical reasons.

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  22. My amazing husband has gifted me with a Dremel fine tool with a ton of attachments. I can do all kinds of things, once I get my butt into the hardware store’s wood section…

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