Thursday, July 22, 2010

In a good mood and with a sweet tooth

Oh my good golly gosh! Remember that ever so frustrating butterfly block I mentioned last post? Well, after trying it out 2 more times and making the same mistake both times again, turns out I had written down the pattern wrong! In two places!

It's all fixed now and I'm currently on my 4th block of my blanket! I've finished 2 complete butterfly blocks and a solid block. Going to do the checkered pattern in the same color. Unfortunately right now my camera is out of commission, well, it's my laptop that's out of commission, so can't post any pictures. (The desktop doesn't have a card reader and I don't
know where the cord is that goes to my camera to connect it to the computer.) But I'll get it up as soon as I get my laptop cord (Been a bit of a mix up in the mail, it was sent to our old address an hour away from where we live now.)

Sugary Goodness

On another note, I have a major sweet tooth. Anything smothered in chocolate sounds absolutely amazing right now. Chocolate covered chocolate? Yum. So I searched Etsy with the keyword chocolate in all categories and this is what I found! (Entries are going to be sort and sweet as I'm a wee bit on the tired side. Little one has been having trouble sleeping. Both in falling asleep a
nd getting back to sleep in the early morning hours. No amount of coffee has been helping.)

Because these are short blurbs, I'm going to try a little more visual approach and post the picture of the item to go along with it.

This assortment of chocolate magnets is sure to get anyone's sweet tooth up and raring to go! With several to choose, picking your favorite 3 could be hard to do.

There's no words for this body scrub that the maker didn't think of themselves. Just reading their description makes my mouth water! Here is a snip-it from the page:

"Steam billows rolling off a vessel of fresh made Turkish coffee, marshmallow goo tainted by graham cracker crumbs, toasted hazelnuts and blanketed in black chocolate"

These "chocolate and cream" earrings are darling. Rich, brown quartz with white fresh water pearls. Wear them for any special occasion to be the center of attention.

I almost thought these donut soaps were the real deal! In addition to looking like donuts they SMELL like them! Keep donuts around all the time and not have to worry about those pesky extra calories.

I love aprons and this apron is sure to impress when company arrives. Full coverage apron with two small pockets to hold this or that in which you need close by.

Signing Off

I plan on retaking all of my pictures for my shop. I have some lovely backgrounds I can use out here at our new location. I can't wait to get all of those updated. Before too long I hope to have this blanket done to share with you. I'm all sorts of happy with the progress and the way that it is turning out! I still haven't decided what size to make it, but I figure I'll know when it's big enough. I will keep you posted with the progress and keep sharing those shops with you.

Please feel free to stop by and visit my shop as well. In addition to PayPal I now am set up to accept Google Checkout!

Remember, all sales for the month of July within the US will be shipped for FREE. And all proceeds go towards my son's 2nd birthday party. I know I sound like a broken record but I hope that my crafts can bring a smile to the buyers face as well as a smile to my son's to make his birthday extra special.

If you purchase anything be sure to use this special code to get a 10% discount on your total purchase:


Simply Convo me that phrase with the item you would like or add it to the notes to seller during checkout to receive your discount.

And I'm thinking about having a special sale for the final week of July. We'll just have to wait and see. :P


Friday, July 16, 2010

Short and Sweet

Going to share a short post with you, folks. Mainly because I really want to work on this scarf pattern.

I have scrapped the slipper sock project. Just for right now. I barely got half way done with the first one when I ran out of yarn so it's going to go on the back burner. I thought I could get away with using another yarn I had, but turns out it was every so slightly thinner than the yellow stuff and threw my pattern WAY off. I don't know if I want to sit and redo everything with a new guage and work with the black and white yarn I have a TON of (more than enough to make two slipper socks and have a lot left over to make a few more pair maybe) or wait until I am able to get more of the yellow stuff and just work on the pattern I've already started... I haven't decided yet.

The butterfly blocks are giving me a little more trouble than I had anticipated. I spent 2 hours on it yesterday night and I went to inspect my work after reaching the half way point in my first block and I noticed that a good 7 or 8 rows down one of the holes outlining the wing wasn't in the right spot and made that particular wing look obviously wrong. Hubby says I just need to take a day or two away from it and try again. Keep my chin up and I'll get it right. ^_^

Plus I have found that after working with 9" bamboo needles on several of my projects as of late going back to my long metal ones is kind of awkward. So I'm going to kind of shake up a scarf pattern by using different sized needles than what the yarn suggests. Moving up a size (it calls for a six which is what is being used in my butterfly blocks.) and see how it changes the look of the pattern. If it's not a good change then I'm just going to have to get used to my long ones again. Or look to see if I have another pair of short 6's.

The Elusive First Sale

As you may know I have yet to make a sale. Do not shed a tear for me, instead visit my shop and buy something. Or stop by one of these lovely shops that have posted in a thread I started on Etsy to help shops without sales!

eatpraycreate's shop has lovely hand crafted and decorated blank cards for any occasion. Want to say Hello? There's a card for that. Want to say Congratulations? There's a card for that. Want to spread peace, love and joy? You guessed it! There's a card for that, too! Please feel free to stop on by and take a look. These cards are sure to put a smile on anyone's face.

NoKitschProject's shop has a wide selection of two types of jewelry at the moment. The first portion of the shop shows lovely polymer clay pendants with seashells arranged in a decorative flower pattern. The remainder of the shop shares hand sewn cross stitch earrings. Patterns and colors galore! Sure to fit into anyone's wardrobe.

diiptadezigns is another shop that offers jewelry. Necklaces, earrings and LOTS of color! There are several pieces that I would LOVE to be able to just snag through the screen and put on right away. Quartz, glass beads, pearls and more! From elegant to fun the choice is hard to make to pick just one favorite!

AngryDaddySalsa offers home grown, home made, vegan friendly salsa! Worried about what goes into your food? Don't be with this all natural, garden fresh goodness. All items are grown in their garden, items not grown personally by them is grown by a neighboring farm. Pesticide free! Don't let those cute little angry peppers scare you off, try a jar today!

KPTography has a grand selection of floral photography prints made into note cards and post cards. Tulips, daffodils, lilies and more. You're sure to find the perfect flower to share your message with friends and family. Don't have a reason to send a card? You don't need one! Just say hello, let people know you're thinking of them, or frame it and bring both color and beauty to any room in your home!

Closing Statements

As always thank you for stopping in and checking out my blog, my shop and the wonderful Etsians that I have to share with you. If you do make a purchase from one of these shops please share with them that you found them through me. I'm sure it will make their day.

Promoting My Shop!

You can visit my shop at MajikalFairy to view my items. Remember for the month of July all shipping within the US is free and all funds raised between now and September will go towards my son's 2nd birthday party. Each purchase between now and then will come with a hand crafted, personalized thank you card with artwork by my son to show our appreciation.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Did you miss me?

Catching Up

Long time, no see! Sorry about the long delay between posts. A little bit of drama has had my mind a bit distracted. After a LONG weekend out of town I feel rested and ready to share!

So, what have I been up to, you ask? Simply this: CROCHETING! (Okay... So I HAVE been doing a spot of knitting. I found a new pattern that I will share with you in a moment. But I only spent one night before giving it up, but we'll get to that in a moment!)

I made a scarf, my first time learning to do a diamond mesh pattern. I think it turned out nice, the yarn was nice and thick. I don't have pictures right now since my camera is still in town. And I made a star for the Hubby. He picked out this bright, multi-colored rainbow yarn because he said that it reminded him of Skittles. I think the yarn was hideous, but as long as he is happy. I did pick up a few small balls for myself. One that I am kind of disappointed in. In the skein it looked really pretty, like colors of a daisy. The dark yellow center, white petals and then a light yellow/pale green (I can't really tell. Looks different in different lights.) I started making a star and it looked horrible... Kind of like a scrambled egg. Yuck. The second ball is a very light tan, a blush pink, and a deep green color. Looks cute, can't wait to try it. And finally the last ball I just couldn't resist. The colors look washed out, but they look very cute together. Blue, green, pink, orange. I don't know what I am going to do with it, but it was on sale and that is all that matters.

Well, what to do with the ugly yellow yarn? Simple, pretend that I know what I am doing and try to make my own slipper sock pattern! After sitting there and tracing my foot, measuring my foot, making a ton of swatches to test gauge... and even though it was consistent after I started the pattern and measured it a few times it seemed to get larger than the beginning. But no worries because I am going row by row changing things as I go. I'll get pictures and share the pattern if they work out! Pictures even if they don't turn out. Though with how things are going I think the one ball won't make a pair, I may be lucky if it makes one slipper sock.

And the knitting, you still insist on pestering me about? Why, I found this awesome butterfly lace picture pattern. 41 stitches by 42 rows. The pattern is originally a dishcloth but I figure it I make several of these blocks, plus solid blocks in either the same or complementary colors, I can put together my first blanket! This is the link to the Papillon Butterfly Cloth. You scroll down and she gives the link to a .pdf with the instructions. I found that she doctored the instructions to make them easier for her to understand (Extra letters in abbreviations to remind her what they mean, ...'s between groups of stitches to help separate them and make them easier to see without losing her place.) but they made it hard for me to read so I had to retype them out.

I sat there all excited with my new pattern and got down to business. Things are going smooth and every few rows I count my stitches just to make sure everything is where it should be. About an hour and a half into the pattern, row 24 of 42, I'm missing a stitch... I stare at the half finished block trying to spot my mistake. I can't see it. Okay, I'll just remove a row and count the stitches until I undo what it is I did and go back to work. Sounds like a great plan. Until I sneeze... And drop my work... And panic picking them up, yup, several stitches came off the needle and unraveled. Grumbling under my breath I rolled my yarn back into the ball, slid my bamboo needles into it so I wouldn't lose them, and sat them aside to go to the Etsy forums to vent and talk a little to get my mind off of it. (They were a big help with the distractions in the ETC forum. They are a hoot!) I'll try again later.

And now to the part of the blog you've all been waiting for! My Etsy shop picks of the week! Or post... Hmm... I should really figure out how often I want to post. Any ideas?

Okay, so a while back ago I was on a MAJOR Buffy the Vampire Slayer kick. Over the course of a couple nights I watched seasons 1-3 and a couple episodes from 4. Well, I was flipping through the channels and what should be on? So I decided to search Etsy and there were several Buffy related items! I was tickled pink. And here are my 5 favorite Buffy inspired items!

Oh my good golly gosh! I want this bag SOOOO bad. TiLTcreations blood red messenger bag with a hand embroidered Buffy B and Mister Pointy (A stake belonging from another slayer who was, unfortunately, slayed.) It's simple and awesome a the same time. Would make an awesome laptop carrying case. PLUS! She's a fellow Michigander. ^_^

Out of the many paintings in the shop, natejohnsondesign has a wide range of Buffy characters sure to include anyone's favorite. It was VERY hard to choose just one painting to use here in my blog, but I knew that Mayor Wilkins was the way to go. The water color painting captures that self-assured smug look that always seemed to be on the Mayor's face when he thought about his ascension and having the ultimate power that came along with it. If I had to pick, I would most definitely have to choose this painting to proudly display inside my home.

Love that Buffy B? Love necklace pendants made out of Scrabble tiles? Then you'll love this one! 1CraftyBee has elegantly designed this pendant with a Bold Buffy B (Say that 3 times fast!) and a nice crystal accent to make it pop! Comes with a length of ribbon so it's ready to wear upon arrival!

This one gave me a giggle. Now don't get me wrong, people are allowed to like what they want and in my case I can't stand Twilight. (No, I haven't read the books. No I haven't seen the movies. No I don't have any interest whatsoever in changing that.) I've always been a vampire fan and the author of Twilight obviously... well, let's just say I don't believe they've ever read or watched anything with a REAL vampire in it. ButtonBetties must agree since this pin is in their shop! It simply reads, "...And Then Buffy Slayed Edward." Wear it proudly and watch all the teenie-boppers cry after reading it... Man, I'm mean.

Okay, so this item isn't actually anything Buffy related other than the name. When searching Etsy with the keyword "Buffy" this yarn from JunoFirbreArts came up and I couldn't resist. Gorgeous pinks and browns mingle together in this 4-ply fingering weight Superwash Bluefaced Leicester. All the cute things I could make with it... I should wrap this up before I get caught up in my yarn day dreams.

Birthday Funds

As always, you are more than welcome to stop on in to my shop at and take a peek. Right now for the month of July all US shipping is free. And all money raised from sales between now and September will be going towards my son's 2nd birthday party. My goal is to sell $50 worth of products. That will cover the gift he wants (Buzz Lightyear toy Laptop) and supplies to make cupcakes for friends and family who come to celebrate with us. All sales will come complete with a thank you card written by me and original artwork in either crayon and/or colored pencil by him.