Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fun, Love, and Games!

I had quite an eventful weekend!!  One of my sisters just moved back from Hawaii, and another one came in to visit from Utah!  It was nice to see everyone again, and I got a wonderful gift from my niece for Mother's Day: a crochet rose she made herself!!

Isn't it beautiful?  I'm so glad to see this art being passed on to another generation.  Makes me want to have another baby to see if I can get a daughter to share it with... lol  I also got to go on a little shopping spree at Hobby Lobby the other day.  Ugh, that place is my Disneyland!!  I discovered its wonders when I lived in Louisiana and I just about fainted when I walked into the place.  The only yarn collections I had seen were the sad selections at Walmart and Michael's.  They've got EVERYTHING there, and I mean EVERYTHING!!

Here are some of the great things I picked up:

Ever since I discovered it, I've been curious about needle felting, and so I've finally taken the plunge and got myself a little starter kit, but I haven't been brave enough to touch it yet.  Then I got some great sterling silver necklace supplies to complete my rose jewelry collection.  Some magnets for lamp charms I'm working on and snaps to finish up a nylon clutch I've been putting off for way too long.  And last but not least, some summer sandal supplies!!  I managed to complete some for two of my nieces, and hopefully they can stir some buzz and get my summer line into action.  I also whipped up some matching clips to go with them.

Check it out and tell me what you think:

I still have yet to do a real photo shoot of the hair clip though.  =P  I spent most of my time trying to take pictures of my new personalized filet crochet beach tote, but I'm not sure the pictures display the pattern very well in the first one.  I'm gonna have to re-shoot this one also >.<

I didn't like any of the charts I could find.  So I made up my own. Since it's simple and really didn't take me too long, I'll give it to you guys for free!  I made the grid a little different so it would better reflect how it will look on your finished product, but it still works the same: 3dc for the filled blocks and ch2, dc for the spaces.

Then my husband and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary this weekend.  Doing pretty good for a 15 year age difference ^.^ and I'm looking forward to many more years to come.  Just stayed at home and watched Borat and he let me crochet the whole time! lol, I love my man.  And I love that movie, it was the first time I had seen it all the way through.  So freaking funny!  Then we attended to our daily ritual of combing through Xbox Live to see what's new or on it's way and we pretty much fell out of our chairs with overwhelming excitement.  BORDERLANDS 2 IS COMING!!  We got two Xbox 360s just so we could play the first one together =D  For us, Love = Gaming

Here's the trailer:

wub wub!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Up and Running!!

Ahhh, my first post!  I've been working so hard trying to get my shop up to my standards, and now that I'm at least starting to feel comfortable with my toes in the water it's about time to build up my social structure!  If you haven't already, please join me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nostalgic-Novelties/230062370434504 and Twitter @NNovelties

So what have I been working on?  Well where do I begin!  I've just finished up the patterns for my earrings and other jewelry I have yet to post, but I think I'll end up posting the patterns here for free and just put the beginners kits in my shop.  I have a beach tote completed that I'm waiting to unveil in June for summer, but best of all, I've just started a personalized beaded clutch!!  I'm so excited about this bag, and it'll be just in time for all those graduates who deserve a quality and memorable gift they can keep with them through the rest of their lives!  It's my own original design and I'm crocheting it with size 10 thread, so it'll be a truly intricate piece.

Here's what I have done for the bottom after two days:

I still have a few rows to go, so it's not quite as big as it's going to be, and once the base is done the hard part is over!  I plan on using a larger stitch for the actual body of the purse.  Man are my hands cramped!  

Here's some better detail of these ity bity stitches:

While I build up a wider selection for everyone, come check out what I already have available:

Hope to see you soon!