Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Whoa Wednesday!!

I can not believe that it is only Wednesday!  Imagine me dragging myself up the hill that is humpday.

That's how I feel.  I've been getting a lot more hours at the studio last week and this week due to a bit of understaffage, but I'm totally not complaining. :)  I'm just suuuper tired.  I feel like right now the only thing keeping me awake is the grande peppermint mocha I had this morning.  By the way, yummy! Plus it tasted like roasted marshmallows... but maybe I was hallucinating from sleepiness... *shrug*

Anywho, this past Monday was my 28th birthday and... yeah... what else can I say about that?  I worked all day & ended up leaving the studio super late almost in tears because I missed my bday dinner with Lamar because people wanted to be ridiculous with their pictures.  But what can I do.   I had someone ask me if she could bring her own camera in, have me take pictures with it in our studio, charge her "regular", and then she will put the pictures on her computer... I wish you could see the look on my face.  Seriously lady?!?  No... THEN I had a lady who wanted to do a fourth outfit change for her 16 year old after my next TWO appointements had shown up.  How can people have so little concern for other people's time??  I dont understand.

Yesterday I worked another full day... and the craziness did not cease.  I had a guy come in and ask (with a straight face) if we sold babies.  I was so confused, but since I was tired and counting down the hours til I could clock out, I answered him without laughing. It went something like this:
Crazy Guy: Hello.  Um... I would like a son and a daughter please.
Me: What?
CG: I would like a son and a daughter.  Don't you sell babies?
Me: No. ::raises eyebrow & looks around for Ashton Kutcher::
CG: Well... I really need a son and a daughter.
Me: You should get married.
CG:I am. We already have a daughter, but I want a couple more kids.
Me.: I'm sure your wife can help you out with that.
CG: Yeah! She's in too.  We'd like a son and a daughter... and a #1.
Me: I'm sorry. We don't sell babies here. If you bring your own babies I can take pictures of them.
CG:  When would they come back?
Me: The PICTURES of the babies YOU BRING will be back on the 14th.
CG: I'm really upset that you don't sell babies, but since you were so nice I wont complain to your supervisors. I hope they pay you $30 an hour.

Then he proceeded to walk around the studio looking at the camera room and whatnot and made an appointment for 4 couples to take pictures.  He's coming in tonight.  Allegedly...

Now it's Wednesday.  So far so good.  My lunch break is over and I'm about to be totally swamped with appointments tonight, but luckily I'm not alone so the crazies shouldn't come out in full force like the last couple days.  I'll probably update this after I get off tonight.

Pray church!
---------------------------------- UPDATE ----------------------------------

So the crazy "do you sell babies" guy turned out to be a PASTOR! WHAAAT?!?!?!
Evidently, this is the life I lead...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hello, Fabric Heaven!

Hello Fabric Heaven!

Hey there!

Recently I visited a fabric store in Maitland called The Sewing Studio.  I was on the hunt for a lace trim for soon-to-come veil making, and this shop seemed like a good place to check out. And let me tell you I totally caught a case of crafter's ADD when I walked in!

There was soo much fabric! And in sooo many different patterns and materials. It was uh-MAZE-ing.  They also have a discount shop with all sorts of fabric, trims, & notions.  I can't even express how cool the shop was... & the ladies working there were very helpful.

So yeah, enjoy this colorful fabric yumminess!

Needless to say... now I want to...
via:Savory Stitches

Monday, February 10, 2014

Wedding Spot: DIY Ring Pillow & Tutorial

It's been a while since I last did a Wedding Spot post, so here is a bit on my most recent DIY.

Maybe a month and a half ago, I was walking around the wedding section of my local craft store and stopped to look at the flower girl baskets and ring bearer pillows.  Needless to say, they were rather expensive... and nondescript... blah.  So off to the Goodwill I went to find supplies to DIY these things.

Tonight I'll be talking about the Ring Pillow.  I first decided I wanted to DIY this after seeing these on pinterest.
via: Whollykao
I initially tried to crochet a doily with a clover pattern, but that didn't happen... at... all.  After that, I started looking at fabric ring pillows.  My first try was really crappy.  The idea of it was nice, satiny fabric with a ribbon trim.  Sounds lovely right?  In reality... it was more like a wonky marshmallow with the middle poked in... -___-

The next plan was to use felt.  My best friend brought the idea of felt flowers to my attention a while ago and I absolutely loved them :)  So I figured that if we all have felt bouquets and boutonnieres adding other felt touches would be a great idea.  Oddly, when I started making the felt pillow, I fell into a flow and it just came together. Yay me!

2 pieces of felt
Fiberfill pillow stuffing
Green thread
Green embroidery thread
Embroidery needle
Thin green ribbon
Shamrock patterns large and small
Letter patterns
Tissue paper
Sewing machine or sewing needle

                                                      1.                                                                 2.                                                                 3.
Step 1:  Cut felt into two squares.  Sew together leaving a space to stuff pillow.  After stuffing, sew hole closed.
Steps 2-3: Trace large shamrock shape onto a piece of tissue paper & pin to top of pillow.  Using the green embroidery thread, do a running stitch around the outline.  After going all the way around the design, remove the tissue paper.

                                                      4.                                                                 5.                                                                 6.

Step 4:  Continue stitching around the shamrock shape with a running stitch between the stitches of the previous round.  I suppose you can also use a backstitch to begin with but I'm a new-be at embroidery.  So use whatever stitch you're comfortable with.
Step 5:  Using one of the felt scraps sew a handle on the back of your pillow.  Trace the small shamrock and initials onto tissue paper and pin to the handle.  Stitch the designs just as you did for the large shamrock.
Step 6:  Cut a length of ribbon (enough to make a pretty bow around the rings).  Make a couple stitches through the middle of the shamrock.  Pull them tight to make a little dip.  Sew on the ribbon.

Ta Da!!!!

Step 7:  Step back and admire your awesome craftiness!

There we go! I'm super proud of myself for making this!  It's so cute and so me ^.^ Now I just have to settle on how I want the flower girl basket to look... :)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Gallivanting Files: Diverse Word Poetry Slam

Hi there :)

Tuesday night I did something I haven't done in QUITE some time.  I went to a poetry slam with my roommate and one of her friends :)

Now I must say it started off slow and a bit... meh... but then it picked up and the poets were really awesome.  I kept feeling myself getting giddy and wanting to get up and perform something.  My mind kept flashing back to the days when I was a regular fixture on any available poetry stage.  I always participated in cyphers and could be found writing poem after poem in notebooks, on class notes, my hands, anything.  Poetry was such a huge part of my life, but for some reason a few years after graduating college, I just stopped.

You know when you were really known for something when years and years later people are still asking "Do you still write?" or saying "You should start writing again." 

The clencher for the whole evening for me was the last poet.  He was like 20 years old which made me remember being his age and totally submerged in poetry.  I could see how much his poems moved through him and how he got into them.  I miss that.  His last poem was about using your talents even when you don't feel like it.  It was along the lines of use it before you lose it.  I totally felt like he was preaching directly to me... Needless to say, I want get back into writing again.  I miss having that passion/outlet in my life.

Soo... don't be confused if I start posting random poems on here, K ^.^

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Music of the Moment

Just a little ditty that reminds me of mah booski :)
I love this song. I want it played during my reception, but I really think I'll be the only one jamming to it. *shrug* Meh! Whateva... I'm the bride! lol

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Recent Craftiness of the Ghost of Apt 203

Greetings from your friendly blogiverse ghost-girl!  It seems that I've been a rather crappy writer here of late and I really want to change that.  Matter of fact, I want to change a lot of things...  But first I'll start with actually writing a post.  Baby steps right?

Anywho, a few days ago, during a particularly slow couple of hours at work, my coworker and I got to talking about what sort of things I crochet.  She asked if I'd ever made one of those crochet crowns that people use as baby props or anything like that.  I told her I hadn't, but of course it got my wheels a-spinnin' on what type of things I could make to use as photo props at work. 

Pinterest to the rescue!

I started browsing pinterest to get an idea of the kinds of handmade things people are using in photos and came up with various forms of garlands, crowns, cute hats with animal or sports themes, and umpteen photo-booth themed props.  Oh and LOTS of mustaches... While looking, I made a little list of things that I am most likely to be able to sit down and crochet without needing to buy new supplies or perform some super involved fancy stitches.  The list consisted of: Valentine's heart garland, child-size cupid wings, crowns, bunny ear hats for easter, sports-themed hats, and possibly a child sized fedora (tho I'm still debating that last one...)

After making the list and sharing it with my coworker to see if they were things she'd actually use, I set about mentally inventorying supplies.  I did have to purchase bulky red yarn, but that's it. Everything else came from my existing yarn stash, so my work project also acted as a stash busting project. Hurray for a two-fer!!  When I got home, I turned on a movie, got comfortable on my bed, and got started making big red hearts.  When I connected them together, I felt like the ends of the garland were missing something... so I added pom-poms... everything's better with a pom-pom on it right?!

With the garland finished and pinned up on my wall (looking mighty valentine-y I might add) I moved on to the crowns.  I used BobWilson123's video on youtube for the pattern.  It's simple enough so once I take the time to learn some other trim stitches, I'll be able to modify the look of the crowns.  But I made 3 basic crowns in white, pink, & blue.  And then, because I was feeling fancy and wanted the crowns to be REALLY nice, I hand washed them and blocked them!  Watch out now! I never block anything, lol. I'm actually glad I did because it really defined the points.

See my fancy-pants blocking skills

The last thing I made during my photo prop crafting spree was not crocheted.  While browsing on pinterest I came across a valentine themed picture where the child was holding a jar of colorful candy.  I thought how cute and simple it was, so I decided upon recreating it.  I got a mason jar with a cork lid from the thrift store, a couple of bags of dollar store candy and a roll of valentine ribbon. Here's the finished product.  Very appropriate and when the holiday's over, the studio has a candy stash ^.^

That's it for my recent craftings.  I going to really put in effort to write more regularly on here.  I feel like the spirit of this blog might change tho.  Not hugely, but a bit... But then it's not like a change will really be noticed, so whatever! Onward and upward :)

Peace out!