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I love this time of year!  It’s time for fun craft projects for me and my family.  This year I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but I am enjoying it!

I am currently in the middle of several projects and have plans to do a couple more if I can convince my husband to go the fabric store with me.  He’s not a fan, believe me.  Let me put it this way, when we were putting locations on our GPS he used a skull and cross bones icon to identify it on the map.  Har-dee-har.

Anyway, this winter I’ve managed to piece together a quilt for my youngest daughter’s big girl bed and I am currently painstakingly hand-stitching the quilting on it.  Tried using my machine, but there was too much fabric to maneuver under the walking foot.  may have to invest in a long arm sewing machine if I keep up making quilts!

Trying to get the layers smooth and even before pinning and basting.  Taping the edges made it a ton easier for me!

Trying to get the layers smooth and even before pinning and basting. Taping the edges made it a ton easier for me!

My hand-stitching attempt.  I like the little PVC frame I found, but hand-stitiching is tough!  I definitely need to practice to make sure my lines on both sides of the quilt come out nice and even.  Love the butterflies though.

My hand-stitching attempt. I like the little PVC frame I found, but hand-stitiching is tough! I definitely need to practice to make sure my lines on both sides of the quilt come out nice and even. Love the butterflies though.

It’s fun and I hope to make a quilt for each of my children in the next few years.  Also, I have been knitting a sweater for my blondie.  I stalled over Christmas time when my soaping kept me busy but now I need to finish it off.  I only have the collar and cuffs to do, but since I’ve been designing it on the fly, I’m a bit nervous as to how it’s going to turn out.

Also, my awesome husband got me fleece pajamas as a gift for Christmas and they are sooooo warm and cozy!  Perfect for the below zero temps up here in NY.  Anyway, my hubby would like a pair, but couldn’t find any at the store so of course I offered to make a pair for him.  Unfortunately, convincing him to go to the fabric store with me is like pulling teeth (see above paragraph).

So, what are you doing for projects this winter?  Feel free to share in the comments!  Also, I plan on offering a coupon code for Valentine’s Day at the etsy soap store.  Please visit my facebook page and “like” to get the code later this month!

Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/GrammaVedora

etsy store:

www.GrammaVedoraSoapCo.etsy.com

 

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I have fully immersed myself into the world of handcrafted soap.  I love it!  It is so much fun!  I love to create different textures and patterns and add yummy smells to the soap….Ahhhhh!  And for me, the bubblier the better for my soap.  Since I made the plunge into soapmaking, I have read 2 books, watched I don’t know how many videos, read tons of blogs, and made tons of soap.  It is incredibly addicting!  So, to keep my family from drowning in tons of soap, I am selling some online.  Hope to make it into a business that will help my family and feed my addiction!

Anyway, I wanted to post a few of my favorite soaping attempts:

An experiment in decorating with swirls

An experiment in decorating with swirls
A different attempt at swirling.  My son loves this one.

A different attempt at swirling. My son loves this one.
Practicing using a cardboard divider in my mold

Practicing using a cardboard divider in my mold

 

I guess that’s all for photos for now. I will have plenty more in the future, believe me!

I still enjoy knitting and crocheting, but I am focusing more on getting my soaping business up and running.  I do plan on selling knitted washcloths and bath mitts and such along with my soaps.

Please visit my shop on etsy and let me know what you think!  I plan on creating a separate website as well and will post the link as soon as I can.

Almost forgot to post my etsy link: http://www.GrammaVedoraSoapCo.etsy.com

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I love to knit.  I had tried knitting years ago and initially didn’t like it.  Felt awkward doing it, and had difficulty managing the needles and yarn.  Decided to pick it back up about a year ago and haven’t looked back since!  The amount of different yarns available out there to work with is amazing!  I find I really enjoy watching projects take shape and trying a variety of different yarns.

I find I mostly enjoy creating baby items.  Mostly because they are small and quicker to create than and adult sized item, but also because baby thing are just so cute!  On my website ( www.GrammaVedora.etsy.com )  I’ve been able to post some of my pieces.  If I had my choice, I’d keep them all for my little one!

I also noticed that as I become more comfortable with knitting that I enjoy creating my own patterns.  Now, I haven’t created anything overly unusual or astounding, but I find I prefer to create my own pattern than follow someone else’s.  I think it’s mostly because I do have some trouble having my project come out exactly like the pattern.  Also, I usually can’t find exactly what I want on the internet or in pattern books so I have to come up with my own.  I’ve only started with basic things such as baby beanies, leg warmers, and sleep sacks, but I have ideas for many other things!  Wish I had more time to experiment, but being a mother of four who homeschools, my time is limited!

What do you like to create?  What inspires you?  I love the changing of seasons and sometimes just a walk through the craft/ fabric store will get my creative juices flowing.  I hope to have a couple of my patterns available on the site soon so check back in a while if you are looking for a few free baby knit patterns!

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People ask me where I learned to sew, knit, crochet, etc.  Some of that is easy to answer…my mom!  My mom taught me to sew and the basics of crocheting.  For most of my childhood, my mom was a seamstress.  She worked on bridal gowns, evening wear, men’s, and I even remember her making craft items to sell on the side.  I have to admit, I wasn’t a quick learner and I screwed up a lot.  I still have a bit to learn!  Now, just like everyone else, I also had a home economics class where I spent 6 weeks working on a 1970s reversible vest pattern.  Needless to say it was never worn!  I didn’t learn anything new from that class because I had already learned what I needed from my mom.  I learned basic crochet stitches around the same time: chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet.  Enough to start a goofy looking scarf but not finish.  When I was twelve, I didn’t have the attention span to complete most of my handicrafts.

I learned to knit much later in life.  I received a garbage bag full of knitting supplies from a great-aunt.  Had no idea how to use them but was excited anyway!  There was yarn in the bag from the 60s and 70s, all kinds of aluminum knitting needles, cable stitch holders, round markers.  Even some books!  Ancient books, but books to teach someone how to knit.  Using the old books and supplies and supplementing with internet videos I learned the basics of knitting!  I have to admit, if I didn’t have the internet videos it would have taken me much longer to learn knitting.

How about you?  Who was your inspiration?  What drives you to create through sewing/crocheting/ knitting etc? 

Here are some sites that helped me:

www.knittingtipsbyjudy.com

www.knittinghelp.com

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uw-nUwGrBY

www.videojug.com/film/how-to-knit-the-knit-stitch

These are just a few of the sites available to assist with knitting.  Try searching for additional videos on your favorite search engine.

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Never thought I would be the author of one blog, much less two, but here I am!  I have a personal blog for family info and such, but now, I’ve decided to post themes, ideas, and topics related to my business:  www.GrammaVedora.etsy.com .  Many of you are aware of my new venture and have been very supportive, but I am doing my best to maximize my business as best I can!

This first post is mainly an intro into what I’m doing, business-wise.  I am currently running a small internet based business called GrammVedora where I make unique handmade items: toys, knitted and crocheted items, ragdolls, and soon felted purses and bags.  I have always enjoyed creating things with my hands and learned to sew and crochet from my Mom.  I taught myself how to knit!  I enjoy all of these things so much and am excited to be able to sell what I make on Etsy.com.  The extra income is helpful, but the creative outlet is also wonderful.

I hope to post helpful crafting ideas, possibly interview fellow crafters, pointers for etsy and marketing a small business online, and more!  Any helpful suggestions and tips would be helpful!  This blog is definitely a work in progress, but hope to quickly get it up and running.  If you enjoy this site, and know of others who would enjoy it, please sign up for a subscription and passthe word onto others!

Thanks!

also: view my new facebook fan page:  www.facebook.com/GrammaVedora and click “like” if you want to join!

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