Friday, January 18, 2019

What Are You Doing? January 2019 blog hop


Happy New Year! January has been moving swiftly along. Starting a blog hop on the 3rd week of the new year is not new for me. Who knew life would be so busy? One of my new year wishes is to be more active on this blog and maybe write a new pattern or two. 


I have been working on a variety of new stitches. I even wrote a post about it in first week! Check out the last blog post Ravelry Project Challenge. Ravelry is one of the greatest tools I use. It's great to find free patterns to practice your yarn crafts. And not only knitting and crocheting, but graphs, tunisian, embridery, garment making, felting, etc.  Let me know if you have a Ravelry account and we can join in on the project challenge this year!





What are you working on? Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc! 



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  • Limit two links per person, please!
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For the fiber artists, you can also join the Linky Ladies Party bi-weekly to share crochet and knit finished projects!

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Ravelry Project Challenge: My results for 2018

Did you complete the Ravelry Challenge for 2018?
Check out Ravelry's blog post about last year's project highlights: Eye Candy: 2018 Project Challenge Finishers
Don't have a Ravelry account? 


I have been a member of Ravelry since 2010. I didn't start following patterns and posting my projects until 2012. I only had 7 projects posted within 2 years. I made 7 more items in 2013. In 2014 through 2017 I began testing patterns and increased my skills in stitches and making a variety of items. 


In 2018 when the challenge came along, I was slowing down and I didn't feel motivated. But I decided to try the challenge, and I'm glad I did! At first, I challenged myself to complete 10 different patterns, which was a feat in itself. It took me 6 months to complete the first 10. I changed my challenge to 15 projects, and I left the challenge counter alone. I sold items at a few craft shows at the end of the year as well, and I was crocheting more inventory. 


Last year, I have tried more varieties of stitches and color patterns. I have also been able to finish a few of my hibernating projects. It's so liberating! I'm happy I was able to hit 24 projects this year! I also had a goal to complete at least 100 projects, and I hit that mark as well!


I love using Ravelry because it keeps me on track with my projects, and I can go back to an older patterns I have tried. They don't have a mobile app, but they have a list of apps for Iphone and Android that work with the Ravelry website: https://www.ravelry.com/about/apps




See a list of all my projects in the Challenge HERE

Projects I will try for this year:
  • Make a clothing item - tank top, socks
  • Make an item using fingering, sock or DK yarn
  • Keep using skeins from my yarn stash before purchasing
  • Share some basic crochet skills with others

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Costumes and events from October

It's been a while since I've written a proper post on this blog. I'm always trying to stay motivated with crafting by using the monthly blog hop and sharing social media posts. But I have a few photos to share, so i'll post them all in one place. This is a few of the many things i have been doing this month. 

We went to a friend's annual pumpkin carving party, and after 5 or 6 years attending, we finally won the covetous 1st place trophy for our franken-pumpkin. There were more kids participating this time so i think we got an advantage from their votes.

They also gave us some creative laser-etched wooden tombstones with personalized messages for each adult.



Earlier that morning (this is how busy we've been!), we went to a Fortnite themed birthday party! It was really awesome how my friend made so many detailed decorations and Fortnite themed snacks. The  pictures below are rice crispy med kits made with roll ups and icing, chug jug juice and mini chug jugs, and a treasure chest with more juice and snacks. 


 They even had a small Fortnite pinata with candy goodies inside!



These next three pictures are some items I have finished in October. 


Lastly, I participated in my job's costume contest, and my crochet hat and beard and lumberjack (jill) outfit won second place!



Lorenzo and Baxter waiting for trick or treaters last night.


I hope you enjoyed your October! What did you do? Share them on my What Are You Doing? blog hop!

I shared this post on: 
Fall into Fall - It's a Party #386
Curious as a Cathy: Happy Halloween WW
Create with Joy - Wordless Wednesday blog hop

What Are You Doing? November 2018 blog hop


Welcome to November! We're on the fast pace to the end of year. I am trying not to schedule too many parties and gatherings because the end of the year gets so busy! I find I am trying to find more time off than being around the crowds of people. what about you? Do you like the hustle and bustle of the holidays? We enjoyed ourselves at home yesterday for Oct 31st, and now Thanksgiving dinner is next up on the list!

What are you working on? Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc! 

Thank you to the people that shared posts in October! I hope you can join for this month!

Here's is my first day of November Instagram posts! I am working faster on some crochet projects, so there will be more to come!

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Friday, October 19, 2018

What Are You Doing? October 2018 blog hop


Is it October already? Half of the month has flown by already. September was a busy month as well, including my birthday and some big changes at work. I haven't completed any projects in the past couple of months, but I hope that this weekend will give me a few hours to myself and my crocheting. I even had some ideas to decoupage some jars I've been saving for the past couple of years. The fall season is the best time to create! The weather, however, is another topic. Why is it still hot in Florida?!

What are you working on? Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc! 

Thank you to the people that shared posts in August! I hope you can join for this month!

Here's one of my October Instagram posts!

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

What Are You Doing? August 2018 blog hop


August is here! So close to Fall, I wish I could feel it! Living in Florida has it's pros and cons. Extended summers, but hardly any Fall weather. Even through the summer, i've been working on a few warm Fall items! 

What are you working on? Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc!
  • Please link to a page of your blog/instagram/facebook, not the main website.
  • Limit two links per person, please!
  • Everyone's links will be shared on my Pinterest page. Pinterest.com/saracraft

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For the fiber artists, you can also join the Linky Ladies Party bi-weekly to share crochet and knit finished projects!

The Linky Ladies Party


Sunday, July 1, 2018

What Are You Doing? July 2018 blog hop


Welcome to July! Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc!
  • Please link to a page of your blog/instagram/facebook, not the main website.
  • Limit two links per person, please!
  • Everyone's links will be shared on my Pinterest page. Pinterest.com/saracraft

Here's my WIP from late June. I was able to finish it that weekend, so I'm considering  this a July post!

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