From T-Shirt to Turban(ish)

A month or so ago, I came across this hair turban tutorial from Alisa Burke. When I was going through my closet, I saved some t-shirts that had the potential to be a hair turban. I finally got to make one today. This morning the husband and I decided to spend some time outdoors in Downtown Chandler for their Beer & BBQ festival. I had to dress for warm weather (it’s already in the high 80s here in the Phoenix area) and I needed a quick fix for my bed head/trying-to-grow-my-hair-out-weird-length hair. I grabbed one of the shirts I saved, my scissors, and cut away! I think it turned out nicely. Alisa Burke’s tutorial has a few other variations I want to experiment with. It may be time to go thrifting and find some interesting shirts to transform!


Creative Block…

I find it funny that as soon as I open my Etsy shop and let the world know that I am here to craft my heart out, I reach a creative block. I first blamed it on my day job preventing me from dedicating time and energy to experimenting and developing new items for my shop. But then I think about how much knitting and crocheting I was doing before I was even seriously considering opening an Etsy shop. Perhaps it is the pressure to perform– I want so bad to do so well that I have psyched myself out. It could be that I just don’t like crafting anymore (yeah, right).

After a bit of reflection, I discovered what my overall problem is: clutter. Clutter in my craft space, clutter at work, clutter in the house, and probably biggest of all, clutter in my mind. You can ask my husband, parents, pretty much anyone that knows me, that I am not a neat person. On a good day, I am one of those people who is messy but knows where things are in the mess. So, on my trip to the library today to pick up my hold request copy of the first season of Community, I perused the shelves for books about organization. I ended up checking out “Unclutter Your Life in One Week” by Erin Rooney Doland. I started reading it today and the first step is to get rid of the clutter in the closet. I’ll be attempting that one tomorrow after work. My husband and I did go through the closet a couple weeks ago to go through clothes we weren’t wearing but I still feel like my side of the closet isn’t quite where it needs to be. Otherwise, it wouldn’t take me half an hour to pick out an outfit everyday…. t like that the book has a lot of baby steps to take instead of demanding drastic changes right this instant. Baby steps are my friend. I feel good about eliminating the clutter in my life. I’m especially excited about how it will help me as a crafty lady.

So many activities!

For the past few days we had friends from Ohio visit us and had a fun and exciting weekend! We saw Radiohead, ate at Elements (Iron Chef contestant Chef Beau MacMillan’s restaurant), and relaxed. Elements was incredibly delicious and had a beautiful mountain view. The one thing I learned this weekend– I need to take more pictures! I would have loved to post pictures of the food at Elements but they actually had a request on the menu to not use cell phones while in the restaurant. But here are some pictures from the Radiohead concert:

On deck this week, I’m planning to use this beast:


It is my mom’s old sewing machine from the 80s. I got it repaired and in good working condition (at least that’s what the repair shop said…). I started to tinker with it today only to realize that I have no idea how to use a sewing machine. Since I’ve kind of hit a dry spell with knitting and crocheting things, I’m going to work on a few sewing projects. One of the first projects is an iPhone case using fabric and felt. It is a tutorial by shanalives on Squidoo. Here’s the link for anyone that is interested. I’m excited to crossover to a new craft!

Long time no blog

My goodness, it has been way too long since I’ve updated this thing! A thousand apologies! They’re not great ones, but here are my excuses for slacking:

I got a bad cold.

Matthew got a bad cold.

I set up my Etsy shop.

I’m all better now and am finally able to go crazy and use up my energy instead of reserving it for recovery. Yay! And what better timing: I’m on spring break and can devote my time to crafting. Upon making my announcement on Facebook that my Etsy shop was up and running, I had a few requests (mostly from my dear sister) to make things for people. Right now, I’m working on two extra wide headbands for a friend. The first one is a simple ruched headband that is very cute. I’m going to try and make at least two of these to put up on Etsy by the end of the week. The second headband is an uber wide (5 inches) ear warmer/headband with a cable detail in it. My friend sent me a picture of a cable headband she saw on Pinterest, I identified stitches, learned how to do cables and I played around until I got what I wanted. This is the first time I’ve ever knitted cables and I’m quite satisfied with the outcome. I had to write a pattern for this one (I even broke out the graph paper while I was designing) and it took me a few tries, but I finally got it!

Note: The pictures below are the same uber wide cable headband. My iPhone did something funny with the closeup picture: the headband looks lighter and discolored…. but the cable looks good! 😉


More to come in the next few days! I’ll be making up for the lack of posts this past month….