Red With A Little Grey On The Side

Okay … so this inconsistent blogging is getting on my nerves and it has to stop.   LOLOL!   I’ve been cheating with Instagram; it’s so insta!  😀

Once again I have to say, although I haven’t been posting here, I’ve been crafting.   Crafting has been such a refuge these days while job hunting, it really has been helping me unwind after the daily search.   But let’s get to the projects:

first up is the first cross stitch project I’ve finished.  Maaaan … this thing was a dream.  Once I found my rhythm it was zen.  This piece was made for the front of a card for my friend who’s birthday is on Valentine’s day and she’s also a crafter and a Potterhead.  For those of you who are not Harry Potter fans, the sign is the Deathly Hallows (book 6).

Deathly Hallows Cross Stitch

It didn’t take me long … maybe about 1.5 hours and it was an absolute delight.  It was an internet freebie and it’s certainly piqued my interest in cross stitching.  So much so … errr … let’s just say, I fell down another rabbit hole!  LOLOL!

The next project I’m working on is the ever popular Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure.   My goal is to finish it is by Saturday.  I’ll show it off then.

Sockhead Hat

How divine is this Madeline Tosh yarn?  Can you believe I almost gave it away?  I tried to sell this so many times, I just couldn’t get rid of it.  I need my head checked right?  It’s just so divine with this pattern.  I can’t wait to finish it, complete with a very large pom pom.  😀

And of course, these days, there’s no crafting for me that doesn’t include dyeing.  I’ve been messing around with natural dyeing and with acid dyes.  So much fun.   For this project, I was shooting for a semi solid grey and I think this works:

The Grey Lady

Meet “The Grey Lady”.   Not sure what she is going to be,  I’m just going to wait for her to tell me.

I thinks that it for now … until next time — happy crafting.  😀


I’m getting the itch to pull out my sewing machine again.  I’ve been fighting the itch for a few weeks for a few reasons, the chief of which is when it comes to crafting, I don’t want to be a “Jack of all Trades”.  That might sound crazy but if you know the entire saying — it’s “Jack of All Trades, Master of None” — you should understand my dilema.   My thing is that I want to be Mistress of all the crafty endeavors I try.  I want to be technically sound with really well-done end products.  I don’t want to be a crafty butterfly, just flitting from one thing to the next never actually achieving proficiency at anything.  Am I the only one torn between all there is to craft?  Let me know in the comments how you manage being multi-craftual (yes … a made up word)  if you are.

Since I seem powerless right now (or it could just be indiscipline)  😳   to stop myself from responding to said itch, I’m getting acquainted with:


these stacks

and this tutorial

to see if I can come up with my own version of

image source and quilt tutorial creator: Jeni Baker

This should be an interesting ride.  😀

P.S. Did I also mention that the below is calling me also?


It’s a cross-stitch pattern.  🙄

Someone point me to the nearest crafty rehab group please?

What’s grabbing your attention for summer crafting?  I’d love to hear!