Vasarely Blanket (ongoing project) update #6

Alright now things are happening!  So... I'm totally not done cranking out diamonds,  but I've started constructing this blanket. YES!  I'm pretty sure I started this project last August?  So this project is almost a year old!  So much for being inspired and crafting my brains out.  I've been lazy and unmotivated but I'm trying.  After finishing up the latest batch of diamonds, I kinda laid out most of them on my bed and I must say, it's making me excited about it.

LOOK! Do you see it?? Do you the Vasarely-ness happening right now?  At this point I realized I didn't have any yarn to start joining the diamonds together, so the very next day I made a trip to Michael's and created my very first cube. How exciting!

And then I got more excited and added another cube to that cube:

And then the excitement died down after attempting to weave all those damn ends.  I cursed a little, and stopped.  I'm pretty sure weaving in those ends will be the most annoying part of the procedure.  I regret not doing them earlier.  But at least the blanket is finally coming along. :-D


Nails of the Day (or Week): Houndstooth Nail Stamping

I should really use my nail stamp/plates more often.  I was going for that negative space thing that's been going on, so I just put a sheer white underneath to try and cancel out my visible nail line.  But the sheer white was a bit too sheer.  Oh well, I still like them.

Polish used:
Sheer White: OPI - Don't Touch My Tutu!
Black: Konad Stamping Polish


Vasarely Blanket (ongoing project) update #5 (sort of)

I totally have been terrible with this blanket as far as progress goes.  I wanted to post an update in hopes that maybe, just maybe,  it will push me to work on it more frequently..  I have been cranking out more diamonds, about 2 1/2 skeins-worth.  But currently do not have the diamond count right now.  Once I finish this current skein, I think I will start constructing the damn thing.  My goal is to be finished with more than half of it before it gets too hot.  There's nothing worse than crocheting big things during the summer.  Its just uncomfortably warm.


Update: 3 skeins were done. 38 MORE DIAMONDS TO GO!


Fleece Blanket (for my dog)

I wanted to make my dog a fleece blanket since he always tries to sneak up onto my bed (and I let him).  I pretty much bought whatever fleece was on sale in the remnant section at the fabric store.  I doubled the fabric so the blanket would be warm.

So I cut the fabric pieces in half, so that I can make it a good-sized blanket (if i didn't I would be left with a super long blanket, but very narrow).  I then sewed the different colored halves together to form each layer, so that the finished product will look half neon green/ half red. 

 I've tried the "no-sew" blanket once before, but to be honest, cutting all the strips around the perimeter and tying them together was such a pain.  Sewing it is way more easier (that is, if you have a sewing machine and can stitch a straight line.)

And now, my spoiled dog has his own area of my bed.  Caaayuuuuute!


Floral Eyeglasses Pouch

So it's official. I have to get glasses.  I finally bit the bullet and scheduled an eye exam.  The doctor gave me a prescription.  Ordered some frames from Warby Parker.  My prescription isn't even that strong, I just need them for driving and reading things from far distances.  And for crocheting while netflix-ing.  You know, important things.

So I figured since I need glasses, I should use these spring frames that I bought at a Daiso a few months back.  I may have been kinda drunk while buying them, but hey, who isn't?  I love Daiso. I always get hi-chew and cute stationary stuff there (multi-color pens and post-its shaped like animals) and you can always find something you didn't know you needed.  If I had closer access to that place, I would go there every week.  I would go there so hard.

Anyways, I found these spring frames in Daiso's craft section.  I thought it was a good idea at the time to buy them but I never got around to making anything with them until now.  I based the measurements off of an eyeglass case I already owned and used fabric I had laying around (black floral, with an orange lining).  I also used some leftover felt inside the lining to thicken the case and make it more sturdy.  I think it came out pretty well, but since the spring frames came in a 2-pack, I already know what I would change when I make the second case.  I want to try and find a fabric that has eyeglasses on it.  If not, I saw this fabric at Joann's the other day that had oreo cookies on it.  But fake oreo cookies, because maybe Nabisco made licensed oreo cookie fabric?  That makes me think of my copyright story that I wanted to blog about, but that will be another post. ;-)


Simple Photo Magnet

Do people even get photos processed/printed anymore?  Everything is all digital nowadays, but I really wanted to print this photo out.  It was taken at an event where everyone was able to come and support the kids, and knowing that, I felt the need to have a hard copy of the moment.  I wanted to personalize it, so I used my limited photoshop skills to label and make them wallet-sized so that 8 wallets (4x3) can fit on an 8x12 print.  2-8x12 prints aka 16 wallet-sized photos were just under $3.50 at Costco.  I then bought plastic photo sleeves, trimmed the ends and used double stick tape to stick magnetic strips I had lying around to the back.  I mailed them out w/ thank you cards.


Planners and a DIY Pen Holder

This is barely a "project" to blog about, but I'm sure other people have had the same frustration as me of having a notebook-type planner with no pen holder available.  So I made one and its great.  Plus, I feel like I need to talk about planners, because I've been starting to use them again and I wanna talk about it like a nerd.

I'm kind of old school, in the sense that I need to write things down with pen and paper, rather than typing it into my phone or into a Google calendar.  I've tried using to-do lists on my phone (there's an app for that!), but it's not as satisfying as writing a to-do list out on a notepad, and then crossing out the item on the list when its done.  I love making lists!  I also really like my own handwriting.  Is that a weird brag?  It's not even a humble brag, its just a weird brag.  I'd show it off on instagram, but that's weird. It's a weird brag.  My handwriting isn't perfect, it can be messy or neat depending on the urgency of writing something down.  Hand writing in general is just familiar and personal to me, and I love that. Also, I feel like I'm the only person my age that I know that prefers cursive over print.  Do kids these days even learn cursive?  Is everything typed up now?  Wait, what was I talking about again?

My planner/organization style is heavily dependent on three things: post-its, colored pens and highlighters.  I am at a loss without this holy trinity of organization.  But yeah, post-its are the best.  I use that stuff for everything, in all different sizes.  The only kind I dislike are the neon pink colored ones because they hurt my eyes.  If I was a famous person, I would totally use my celebrity status to promote post-its in hopes that I can get a lifetime supply of post-its.  If I was one of the "stars" in a Bravo TV Real Housewives series, my tagline that shows in the opening credits would be "I'm gonna need a bigger post-it."  Actually it wouldn't, since that's kinda lame and I would want my tagline to be more sassy!  But I say that quote from time to time at work, even though I'm the only one who laughs at it.

Last year, my planner of choice was this old Esprit planner.  (Does Esprit still exist?) It was the 6-ring binder style kind, personal-sized.  I liked the size of it, it had a week on one page, which was perfect since I don't need that much writing space and I would just stick post-it notes on it anyways.  I ran out of planner paper though, and the binder is kind of falling apart, so I decided to try something new this year.  I found a "leather"-bound planner at Marshall's for only $5!  The layout is a week on two pages, which is kind of too much space for me, but it was $5 so whatever.  It's slim, which I like since my old planner was bulky.  My biggest gripe is that the monthly calendars start the week off on a Monday, when I am used to calendars starting on a Sunday.  You would think that it wouldn't be such a big deal, but I've been writing stuff down in the wrong box.  It throws me off.  But I deal.

The other gripe I had about this planner is that it doesn't have a loop to hold your pen.  What good is a planner if you forget a pen to write stuff in it?  So I made one with a piece of elastic that I sized around my favorite pen.  If you size it around your smallest-sized pen that you use, it'll accommodate all your pens since its stretchy (duh.)  I just stitched across the elastic to form a loop, cut the excess elastic off, and attached it to the inside of the back cover with a hot glue gun.  Problem solved!