Traveling Crafter

Sewing – new machine

Autumn : October 13, 2017 5:32 pm : sewing, Traveling Crafter

Been thinking about this a few years but I purchased a new sewing machine.  I had an old Kenmore machine that was at least 40 yrs old.  While it worked I frequently struggled with the tension to the point where I didn’t sew much anymore.   I was out friday with my daughter and caught a sale on this machine and decided it was time.  I kept my old machine but excited to give this one a try. I have some fun sewing ideas to up-cycle cloths.   #travelingcrafter #sewing

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Knitting Project – Mad Hatter Shawl

Autumn : August 24, 2017 8:37 pm : Traveling Crafter

When I was at my spinning glass last month I picked up this yarn and pattern.  It was a quick knit and I love the fun yarn from Mad Hatter yarn.   #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Knitting Project – Aug kit arrived

Autumn : August 13, 2017 8:33 pm : Traveling Crafter

I just signed up for another six months of my yarn kits from A Great Yarn.  They do a great job picking out yarn a fun to make projects.   This month is based on a special commemorative bench in town and the brown and greens in the yarn are wonderful.  It will make a great scarf.   #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Knitting Project – July kit arrived

Autumn : August 5, 2017 8:29 pm : Traveling Crafter

Great colors in this kit for a beautiful shawl.  I’ll be catching up on my knitting projects once the weather cools off.   #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Knitting Project – Kit #9 arrived

Autumn : May 25, 2017 1:41 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

sunset kitAbsolutely love the sunset colors in this yarn.  Its going to make a beautiful shawl.  I knit less in the summer but I will be catching up on all my projects in the fall! #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Knitting Project – Kit #8 arrived

Autumn : April 18, 2017 6:55 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

knitting kit hydrangaLove the colors in this yarn its going to make a fun decorative scarf.  Its so much fun getting a kit once a month – each one is a surprise and I have loved them all.  #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Knitting Project – Completed Purple Cape

Autumn : April 10, 2017 1:31 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

finished cape purple capeThis Cape took just under 3 skeins of yard and I felt like I was knitting it forever (created as a long rectangle) but I really like how it turned out and its in my favorite color.  This was my first project working with Madelinetosh yarn and I love it! So soft.   #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Knitting Project – Turkey Trot Kit#4 Cowl

Autumn : March 28, 2017 1:14 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

cowl in process finished cowlThis is the completed Kit #4 from A Great Yarn – the theme was the Turkey Trot with great fall colors.  This was heavy yarn and knit up fast in a few hours!  #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Knitting Project – Kit #7 arrived

Autumn : March 21, 2017 10:05 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

yarn project kit beachLove this latest kit – the colors really remind me of the beach.  Its going to make a fun cowl.  These one skein projects finish quickly when I need a break from a bigger and more complicated project.  #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Jewelry Project – wire wrapped crystal

Autumn : March 7, 2017 6:36 pm : jewelry making, Traveling Crafter

wire wrapI had never made a wire wrapped crystal but I wanted to give it a try. I found a few good basic videos on Utube and I admit it took several attempts where my wire broke off but I am happy with the results.  I had the plyers I needed and a few crystals so I just needed some wire which was easily picked up at Michael’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#travelingcrafter #jewelryaddict #wirewrapping

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Craft Space organization

Autumn : February 21, 2017 6:25 pm : crafts, Traveling Crafter

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I originally really liked my clip and spin type unit for my embellishments but as I used and put new stuff away I wasn’t as good at keeping the categories in place so it got harder to find what I needed. I wanted something different so I am trying something new.  I got some plastic bins and used card-stock to create categories.

#travelingcrafter #craftorganization #scrapbooking organization

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Knitting Project Completed – Wave Hat

Autumn : January 20, 2017 4:23 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

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I finished my Chatham wave hat.  I made it from alpaca I got at A Great Yarn produced in my home town of Brewster, MA.  So very soft and I like the neutral gray color.  #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Knitting Project – Kit #6 arrived

Autumn : January 9, 2017 4:16 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

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Kit #6 from A Great Yarn – cant wait to get started on this hat.  What fun colors for the first night inspiration.  #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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New Knitting Project

Autumn : January 6, 2017 12:40 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

I had found this sweanew projectter pattern in a magazine ages ago but wanted to complete some other projects first.  I got through my big sweater a few months back and decided it was time for another bigger project.   I got a holiday gift certificate from A Great Yarn.  Going to do the main body of the sweater in the plain color and the lacy ruffles in the variegated.    #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Knitting Project – Kit #5 arrived

Autumn : January 3, 2017 8:37 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

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Kit #5 from A Great Yarn – cant wait to get started on this project.  Love the blue and white yarn – reminds me of winter.  It will make a beautiful wrap.  #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Knitting Project – Kit #4 arrived

Autumn : December 18, 2016 8:36 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

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Kit #4 from A Great Yarn – colors to go with the annual Chatham Turkey Trot.  Beautiful fall colors for a chunky cowl.  These kits are a lot of fun.   #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Knitting Project – Kit #3 arrived

Autumn : December 8, 2016 8:02 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

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Kit #3 from A Great Yarn – cant wait to get started on this project.  Beautiful fall colors in this yarn for the wrap.  These kits are a lot of fun.   #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Knitting Project – Wampum Cowl

Autumn : November 21, 2016 7:48 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

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Kit #2 from A Great Yarn.  Absolutely love the hand dyed yarn so perfect for the wampum inspiration.  The cowl was a straight forward pattern that knit up quickly.  I enjoy taking my projects to work on while my daughter is at practice.  I frequently am multi tasking.  lol #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

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Knitting Project – Piping Plover Shawl

Autumn : November 17, 2016 7:36 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

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I signed up for a 6 month kit of the month club – all single skein projects from A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA – what a great idea.  After all the time and effort on the Heavenly sweater which I often referred to affectionately as “the sweater from hell” I was ready for some smaller scale projects.  I ended up wearing it to a local opera I went to see for my anniversary.  Ok I admit it was a Star Trek parody opera called “Abduction from the Seraglio” but it was a lot of fun.  Each month has Cape Cod inspiration this months was the Piping Plover.  #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

 

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Knitting Project – cardigan sweater finished

Autumn : November 11, 2016 7:16 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

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So happy the sweater is finally done.  Thanks so much to A Great Yarn in Chatham, MA for the expert knitting help! Going to enter it into the fair next summer.  Got some great beads to highlight the yarn ties. It turned out a little bigger than I planned but it will be a nice cozy sweater.  #travelingcrafter #knittingaddict #AGreatYarn

 

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Knitting Project – cardigan sweater getting closer

Autumn : October 27, 2016 8:23 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

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Wow this has been a tough pattern but I have learned a lot in the process.  I had never done short rows but I am more confident now trying them again thanks to Katherine at A Great Yarn!   I have it all put together now.  Last pieces left are the front bands – I just completed one side, now on to the next.  Really happy with the way it is coming out. #travelingcrafter

 

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Knitting Project – cardigan sweater

Autumn : September 23, 2016 10:04 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

Making progress slowly but surely.  I have one sleeve finished and I have the ribbing completed on the 2nd sleeve.  I don’t have a lot of time for my crafts but I try to make the most of my time.  I just need a few dedicated hours to finish the other sleeve.  Then I am down to the other front panel with short rows going in the opposite direction (so I might need help) and the neck and front panels which also have short rows.  Guess I’ll be proficient in them when this sweater is done.  #travelingcrafter

 

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Trip Journal – 2nd Travel journal

Autumn : July 25, 2016 7:51 pm : journals, mini books, Traveling Crafter

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I started with an old book and had the binding cut off at staples.  I took the original hardcover book cover and removed the cloth cover to adhere it to a piece of card-stock, there was no way to punch though a hard cover to use it as the travel journal cover.  Inside I used a combination of book pages, lined journal pages (I stamped and labeled one for each day)  and project life cards.  I then had it spiral bound at Staples.  Simple but fun. #travelingcrafter

 

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Trip Journal – Video Walk-through

Autumn : July 22, 2016 7:49 pm : journals, mini books, Traveling Crafter

This is a video walk through of the travel journals I made for a bog trip we are taking this summer. I wanted something I could take with me on the trip, record daily thoughts and later add photos.  I also created a simplified version of the journal for my daughter.  #travelingcrafter

 

 

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Knitting Project – cardigan sweater

Autumn : June 20, 2016 7:30 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

I really liked this sweater pattern and even though I am a decent knitter this had some stitches and abbreviations I have struggled with, u-tube video’d and even done some one on one instruction at a knitting store.  I still think it will be worth the effort and I now know how to do short rows which are apparently all the rage in current knitting patterns. This is the front left side.  I have the back completed.  (no short rows in that lol) so making progress.  I usually have several projects going at once so I can work on whatever I am in the mood for. #travelingcrafter

 

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Knitting Project – scarf

Autumn : June 6, 2016 8:18 am : knitting, Traveling Crafter

Love the completed project – of course I wont be wearing it till fall but I am really happy with how it turned out.  I tend to stick to certain darker colors so this color scheme was a bit out of my comfort zone but I am glad I tried something new.   Scarves are fun because they are easy to complete in a shorter time frame. #travelingcrafter

my scarf

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Trip Journal – adding stamped dates

Autumn : June 2, 2016 9:19 pm : journals, mini books, Traveling Crafter

Taking my travel journal step by step.  I like to do things in layers.  In this case I wanted a journal sheet stamped with a date for each day of my trip.  I picked this stamp and stamped each page then wrote in the number for each date in the box.  I added the little vacation notation under the date.  I also am planning to add some project life cards into the book. I will washi tape them in place on a temporary basis before I have the book spiral bound at staples. #travelingcrafter

 

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Trip Journal – adding journaling pages

Autumn : May 16, 2016 9:06 pm : journals, mini books, Traveling Crafter

Next step in creating my trip journal was to add some journaling pages.  I bought a lined book at Michaels with a hard cover for $1.  I opened to where the pages were stitched together, cut the stitching and pulled out a section.  I then cut the very edge to separate the pages to make individual sheets.  I had tried to come up with a variety of options to add lined pages to my travel journal.  I had debated using cardstock or 4×6 project life journal cards but I was trying to avoid adding bulk to the book since I knew later I would be adding photos.#travelingcrafter

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Knitting Project – scarf

Autumn : May 8, 2016 9:09 pm : knitting, Traveling Crafter

I enjoy knitting, right now I am stuck on a sweater I am making so I wanted to try a smaller project and when i was on the Cape visiting family a few weeks ago I found a great knitting store with some beautiful yarns.  I love the color variations in this hand dyed yarn.  #travelingcrafter

 

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Trip Journal

Autumn : March 31, 2016 8:27 pm : journals, mini books, Traveling Crafter

This summer we are planning a big once in a lifetime trip and I am creating a travel journal for myself and my daughter.  This one is mine.  I am following in the footsteps of my all time favorite heroine (fictional) named Ayla from Clan of the Cavebear.  I will be visiting sites featured in that book.  The book is set in prehistoric times so I thought this book on stone age hunters was a perfect way to start.  So I got the book used for a couple of dollars at the Book Barn and then had the binding cut off at Staples.  Once complete I will have it spiral bound by staples.  Already confirmed they can punch varying weight card-stock etc.

#travelingcrafter

 

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Tank Top Re-Make

Autumn : March 23, 2016 8:21 pm : crafts, Traveling Crafter, upcycle cloths

I started with a $2 tank top on clearance from Old Navy and then used 1/4 yard of floral fabric to add a bottom ruffle and some fun fabric flowers.  I have been looking at all the fun up-cycle clothing ideas on pinterest.  So much to try! #travelingcrafter

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Blow Pops for cheer comp

Autumn : March 19, 2016 7:35 pm : crafts, Traveling Crafter

I wanted to do something fun for my daughters cheer team competing tomorrow.  I printed out the little sayings.  Glued them to cardstock – did a stamp in the corner and tied them to blow pops with ribbon.  #travelingcrafter

 

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Trying the planner

Autumn : February 22, 2016 10:03 pm : planner, Traveling Crafter

plannerTrying the new planner from Studio Calico.  I like the size and the design but I am not very good with planners.  I love lists and my calendar but have a small bag and don’t like carrying extra bulk around but going to try and see what happens.

 

 

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