Hello everybody! I hope you all had lovely holidays. Mine were very quiet, as I mostly spent the day with my younger sister, watching the Doctor Who marathon.
I wanted to do something really nice for all of you, so I decided to have a little giveaway! The two prizes? A pair of wristwarmers, and an octopus! Yes, you heard me, two prizes for one lucky winner! Keep your hands nice and toasty in the New Year, and have a little octopode friend to keep you company.
How to enter: 1.Leave a comment with your email address. Yes, as simple as that.
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1. Follow Tiny.Angry.Crafter on Bloglovin' 2. Follow me on Twitter [link on sidebar] 3. Become a fan on Facebook 4. Tweet about this giveaway (please include @tinyangrycrafts, so I can find it)
Additional Information: The contest will end, and the winner will be announced December 31st at 5:00pm PST Good luck to everyone!
I've only just realized I haven't shared any Works in Progress with you all in a good while. Oops! I think I get into the rush of 'hurry and finish it, so someone can smile' I just don't think about taking time to show how everything goes together.
Well, I decided to do that today.
I'm making another quick gift project! =D And I'm using my favorite crochet pieces, granny squares.
I really like how the colors are nice and bright, looking at them make me smile so much.
I was originally quite skeptical as to how they'd look together, but I threw caution to the wind, and went with it. I love the combo!
Now I've got to make all the squares again. Yay! I really like making granny squares. In a future post, I'll show the squares I added to the 'collection' I started here.
Hello everyone! A couple of days ago, I got one of those etsy tips emails, and something compelled me to check it out. I skimmed to the bottom, and saw 'The first x number of esty shop owners get free cards from Moo' I could resist. I got 50 cards, for the price of shipping. I got them in about three days.
I've already dispersed some to my family. My mom got the first 10 :3 My younger sister likes them a lot. "If someone sees these, they'll probably pick them up and say 'Oh, this person made em, Cool!' Then take it. Ya know?" Is what she told me, after taking a couple. I -might- do proper business with Moo one of these days. I like their cards a lot.
I also put an order for some free, for price of shipping Vistaprint cards on the same day, but I'm still waiting for them. When they come, they'll get a blog post.
There's still a bit of holiday gift making going on in my little workshop, and I've finished some to the point of being unable to take proper teaser photos. Oops! I'll show the gifts after they've gone to their recipients.
I've also been making some cute items for my Ball Joint Dolls again.
A panda hat
And, a frog hat!
Lucky for me, they're quick to make, so I'll totally be making more!
Lately, I've been working up a storm. Working on gifts for family members, plotting out something new for the blog, dealing with school things, etc. And all the while I've been busy, my itunes has been playing quite a few songs in very heavy rotation.
So, I decided to share some of the music I listen to while I create.
I've found yet another distraction for myself on the internet!
Pinterest is an online pin-board where you can pin things that inspire you, outfits you covet, recipes you're just dying to try, anything! I joined in Mid-November, and I'm surprised I'm not pinning things every 5 seconds!
I really like it, and I was wondering if any of you are on it? Feel free to follow me!
During my blog absence, I sat back and thought about some things I'd like to do with this blog, and my shop.
I flipped through my craft selling books, and just wrote down some of my goals.
And, if you can't read my handwriting, they are as follows, with an addition,
Be in a craft fair, or an Artist Alley.
Be featured in a craft magazine, or another craft blog.
Do some guest blogging spots.
Hit 100 fans on facebook.
Hit 50 sales on Etsy.
Interview bloggers/shop owners.
Hit 100 followers on twitter.
And the addition:
Be a more confident blogger.
My confidence wanes and waxes a lot, I'll get that 'Oh are people even reading/ do they even care' feeling all too much. But I'm slowly building it up. I have a lovely team of motivational friends keeping me going, so I'm sure I'll do great.
I'm even going to try one of the goals on my list in a few minutes! If I succeed, you guys will be the first to know.
Edit: Oh yeah, I installed Disqus, so I can actually reply to your comments! It's a bit difficult when someone comments, and I have no way of contacting them to reply, so this will help a lot!
Edit 2: I realized some of these are larger long term goals. I should probably make another blog list with smaller goals next time.
During the weekend, I was working like a mad-woman to finish my wristwarmers. For a while, I'd just hear 'click-click-click-SIGH-...why is it dark outside?' and realize I worked a good bit of my day away. I'd look around at a few happy things that made me smile, and I decided to share them with you.
I had a commission to fill out, and two personal projects as well in the flurry of knitting. I decided to stack up the yarn cakes as a quick relaxing thing, and I really liked how the colors look.
I bought these embroidery threads a while ago to make something (which I unfortunately lost the doodle to), and just felt the urge to line them up.
Last X-mas, my dear friend Gabriel gifted me with this lovely Sooty Owl painting. I really adore it, and smile at it each time I sit at my computer and create. Owls are one of my favorite creatures (Dolphins are the other, you might be quizzed on this xD), and it was just so sweet to be presented with this lovingly painted Sooty. [G, I know you're reading this. Hi! Thanks again <3 ]
Today's guest blogger is Rebecca from Ms. Stitcher. She's a relatively new blogger, who posts up some very lovely crafts! I hope you enjoy her post.
Fabulous Felt and Easy Peasy Pincushion
Hi, I am absolutely thrilled to be writing a guest post for Tiny Angry Crafter! I've been following for a while and when I saw the request for a guest blogger I jumped at the chance. I'm MsStitcher, from www.msstitcher.blogspot.com and have been blogging for about nine months now, about all sorts of different crafts that I do, and am learning to do.
So after emailing Carla a little bit, I thought that a good subject would be one of my favourite fabrics, which is felt.
The reason I love felt so much is because it is really easy to work with. So to demonstrate this I have made a tutorial for this cute little pincushion.
This is so easy to make, that it would be a really great beginner project. Also this is my first tutorial, so any feedback would be very welcome and I hope you find it useful and easy to follow.
Make a Pincushion in half an hour
You will need:
Scraps of felt, in a few different colours.
Thread. (This will be seen, so choose a colour to match your felt)
A small amount of stuffing, depending on how big you want your pincushion.
What to do:
Cut out two circles(1&2) from felt, the size that you want your pincushion to be. If you have templates then you could use them, or maybe draw around a mug or something. I cut my felt into squares the size I wanted and then rounded off the edges
Using different coloured felt, cut out a smaller circle(3), and then another one a little bit smaller than the last(4).
Using running stitch, stitch the smallest circle(4) onto the the medium circle(3) and then stitch that onto one of the bigger circles(1)or(2)
Tie a knot in some thread and begin stitching the two large circles(1)&(2) together about 5mm from the edges. Leave a gap big enough to be able to stuff, but do not tie off the thread yet. (I kept the needle threaded and pinned it onto the felt so that it wouldn't get in the way)
Stuff the pincushion
Gently pull the thread taut, to give a nice ruffled edge and finish stitching up the edge. An easy way to finish off on a piece like this is to tie a knot as close to the fabric as possible and then push the needle into the item, and out a little way off, making sure you hear the "pop" as the knot goes through. Then you can cut the thread as close as possible to the fabric knowing that it is secure. This then leaves no visible knots or loose ends.
This is quite a simple project, but obviously can be personalized in any way that you want to. Instead of doing smaller circles, you could do other shapes. Or you could add some beads or even a small embroidery on to the top if you wanted.
Thank You for reading, and Thank You to Carla for having me.
Today, the lovely Bianca from GoodnightLittleSpoon will be guest blogging. I've been following Bianca's blogging adventures for a good while, and I just adore everything she posts. I hope you feel the same.
Carla asked me if I'd like to put together a guest post while she's away from her blog and I racked my brain for something crafty to share. Carla is kind of a crafting magician. She makes such wonderful things and is a very clever crafter. I have just finished up university for the year and while I've got lots of extra time on my hands, I've been lacking in inspiration. My remedy for this is that usually, if I put all my favourite crafting supplies in front of me, something craft eventuates. So, here is a list of my favourite crafting supplies. I find that simple materials are usually best.
And I apologize for that. Well, life got in the way, and I think it's a bit weird to apologize for the unexpected things life tends to throw at us.
Things have been a bit interesting here at Tiny Angry HQ, and I'm not sure when I'll get back to a regular blogging schedule. (and I was doing so good with the shoddy one I had)
Even my crafting schedule is a bit buggy, and things I intended to have out this month have been pushed back.
But I don't want my little spot on the net to be super quiet for extreme periods of time, so, I'd like to know if anyone would be interested in some guest blogging spots? I have no set theme for it, I'd like to see what you'd come up with. I know you bloggers are a talented bunch, and it'd be nice to see it on my blog.
Last week, I was browsing on the internet, and saw that Moo.com was doing a 'free sample cards' thing, and I decided to jump on it.
Last Saturday, I received my sample cards, and let me take you through the fun opening process.
They come in such a nifty little box, here's the outside.
And the inside, which quite literally screams 'OPEN ME!'
And here are the cards I got samples of! If I ever order from them, I'll reshoot the photos, and not use the watermarked ones, and re-color them in photoshop a bit better, so they're not so dark. Or missing bits, like the octo-stack photo.
And the photo of my card holder with my card info on the back!
The cards themselves are a nice matte texture, and the photos look nice on them (well, the clearer, newer photos)
I might do proper business with moo sometime in the near future, but I wanted to share these with you all.
Just popping in to fling a couple of WIP's in your general directions.
First up, well, it doesn't look like much of anything. But they're two personal projects for some darling friends of mine. I think I'll paint the other hoop later on as well.
Next, what's a post by me without knitting?
I'm working on some Harry Potter WristWarmers for the shop, and I'm starting with Gryffindor. Not sure which house I'll work on next though. I guess which ever color of yarn comes out of the bag next.
And not so much a WIP, but rather a thing to reply to later this evening.
A lovely letter from Donovan from the Letter Writers Alliance. I really like her handwriting, it's so nice and flowy. Heh, I suppose that's another reason why I enjoy having pen-pals, seeing nice handwriting.
And seeing awesome stamps.
What about you all? Do any of you have some WIP's you're working on? Written any letters lately?
Hello readers! Miss me?
I finally was able to snag a working card reader!! I've all but bolted it to my camera.
In my blog absence, I've been crafting away at nice little things to show you all, slowly gathering things for the Sew-A-Long, and writing letters.
Today was a nice enough day to reply to a few over-due letters. Sunny, but cloudy out, and no black-outs.(yesterday, SD county was out of power from 3:40-about 9:50. I remained quite calm during the whole ordeal)
I really enjoy writing letters. I call it 'The cheapest way to travel'. It's a good way to make friends, and to learn about another place. I try to convince a lot of my friends to write to some one. Even if you can't think of anything, just send a letter. It'll put a smile on their face.
Or at least the envelope will.
Oh, notice the new layout? I wanted something simple and lovely. I still have to fix a few things here and there (links especially!) But I'm quite happy about it. I'm not html savvy, but I think I did pretty ok.
What do you think?
Oh, it's end of the first full week of July. Yayy.
Things around the blog have been a bit quiet, as I've been working on things for San Diego Comic Con. All will be normal-ish after the con.
Now that's out of the way, have some things I've created.
On my last entry, I shared an amigurmi I was working on. I actually finished it the next day >_>
TaDa! A mermaid. She was super fun to work on, and I want to make more ; w;
And the back. I had the most fun with her hair. I single crocheted down the back of the head in two rows, then looped the hair in the SC's.
And because it's been so hot here in SoCal, I made a little something that makes me happy to have in person, and in plush form.
I sent my mom a picture of this via text message, and she replied 'Why are you sending me pictures of ice cream...Oh, this is crocheted!!! Ahhh cute!!!!' Ahah, I love my mommy.
And a detail shot. Good way to get rid of some of the beads I have, I think.
A while back, I joined GoodnightLittleSpoon's MixCD swap, and here are the two CD's I made before I send them off.
CD 2 I hope both of my recipients enjoy their CD's :3
So, on Monday, it will be my birthday! =D Yayyy. I still have no clue what I'll be doing that day, though. I'll figure something, that probably might include going to as many 7/11's as I can to get two free slushees .
Well, it's officially summer now! I am excited. Did anyone do anything special yesterday? I did garden work, and did a bit of crocheting and knitting.
When I first figured how to make granny squares, I found it very relaxing, and a good way to use up scraps. I picked up making more of them these past couple of days, while digging through small leftovers from past projects.
I'm not sure what I'll do with them once I get a sizable number. Maybe a purse? Maybe even a nice blanket once winter rolls around again.
I got a random idea at about 2 this morning to make an amigurumi. I doodled the design, and got to here.
I still need to work on it, and figure how I'll do a couple parts. I'll try to keep you updated.
Harry. Potter. Wristwarmers. Enough said. I'll be knitting these up all the rest of my summer, I think. xD All of the houses, both styles. Fun times man.
And finally, I set this out last night to work on, but got distracted with Game of Thrones.
More Deer Headbands! :3 I intend to have at least four before I put them in the shop.
And another WIP, this blog. It's a constant WIP, and I need more motivation to work on it. Hopefully it'll strike soon, and not at 4am when I should be asleep.
Do any of you have some awesome WIPs? How are your summers so far?
When browsing Alycia's blog, The Curious Pug, she posted a simple question, "Why do you blog?" I thought a good while about answering that question. I mused loudly to myself, I sat and stared at blank word documents, until I came up with a few simple answers which I will share with you.
-To have another creative outlet. -To Share my thoughts and creations with people. -To Connect with like-minded people out there. -To keep track of inspiring things/posts/people. -To remind myself I am good at what I can do. -Because I can.
Simple as that.
How about you guys? Why do you blog?
I'll hopefully have some nice blog content next week, still in something of a creative funk, sadly.
Well, I finished that Meret for my mom! It felt lovely to the touch, and I had to resist putting it on and scampering about. Considering my mom requested this, and I listed her as a "customer", I wrapped the hat up all nice for her.
The finished hat
The handwritten care tag.
Business card, and a little notice card.
I would have photographed the wrapping process, but I was fumbling too much.
Tada! The finished product.
I hand delivered it to her, and she gave me the biggest hug, and put the hat on immediately. I'm so glad she loves it. I saw her yesterday, and she was wearing it with pride. Glad you love the hat, mommy!
In other news, I'm in a bit of a funk, and I hope to get out of it soon. I still need to fix up this blog some, and work on a few things for the etsy. I came across this nice Blog organizer on My Girl Thursday that I'll print out to at least be more organized here.
Hello fellow bloggers! I felt my slowly growing collection of knitting and crochet related books was missing something. Something... important.
After a little over a year, I finally bought a stitch dictionary. This particular dictionary is pretty informative. I can't wait to start sampling some of the designs!
This Leafy Vine stitch would look nice on a hat, I think.
And Cables! Ahhh Cables! I'm invisioning so many sweaters and hats with cables on them! I suppose a 'how to design knitwear' book is in order for my next book purchase now, huh?
In WIP news, my mom asked me forever ago to make her a Meret in red. Now my semester is over, and I can finally spend long periods of time knitting, I've finally been able to oblige her.
Slowly but surely. She wants it extra slouchy, so I'll be making a third pattern repeat. I'm using Patons Wool for it, as per her request, and I'm loving the softness. If I have more, I'll probably make her a cowl or something and save it for the fall.
And because I needed to make a post office run today, I picked up some stamps!
; w; I'm such a fan-girl. Oh me and my love of classic films and their stars. I should have gotten the full 20 stamps, but I didn't realize I had extra cash until I got home. I might go and buy another book tomorrow >_> But yes, oogle my Gregory Peck stamps! Which might grace the letters of some lucky pen-pals soon.
Do any of you have any awesome WIPs? Do any of you have any favorite classic movie actors/actresses?
Take Care, and Happy Crafting.
PS- I'm thinking of making one of those Q&A Vlogs soon-ish, so be on the look out for that! :3
(Blog Title= Someone was playing Will Smith's "Gettin' Giggy wit it" in the background, soooo >__> )