Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Time to Vote!

If you recall, I recently blogged about designing this clutch for a Wedding Challenge. Members from EtsyFAST, EtsyGreetings and JET Jewelry Etsy Team gathered their creativity and posted items for the challenge. (Click here to see the original post.) Now is the time to vote for your favorite from each of the teams.

The voting for the Fiber Arts entries is being hosted on the JET Blog. There are links there for the other blogs to vote for the jewelry and paper entries, as well as links to the details of the wedding and the Flickr group where you can see all of the entries.

Your votes would be greatly appreciated!
Vote now, thanks!

Sexy Vintage Knits

While I was browsing through summer patterns I came across this sexy knit halter top pattern from 1945. It's on this FreeWeb site and there's no telling how long it will be there......so get it while you can.

This vintage halter top with lapel caught my eye. I could see giving this a modern twist! For more vintage knit patterns visit voguevintageknits at Etsy.

Another fun, sexy camisole is the "Camisole of Death" from Vintage Stitch-O-Rama and this Razor Cami from ohmystars.

As lovely as all these knits are, my first love has always been crochet. I started this crocheted camisole awhile ago and I still haven't finished it. It deserves some of my attention now, don't you think?

Friday, April 25, 2008

Fiber Friday!!

Here are some fun fiber finds.........fabulous!

Morange the Feezle - adopt the wee waif at KitLane.

Rapunzle Glitz and Dazzle Handspun Handpainted Plied with Beads Falkland Wool from Artemis1Spun.

Yay Front Page Friday!

I was happily surprised to find my market tote on the front page of Etsy this morning. Thanks riyzedesignz!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Good, the BAD, and the ugly

Look what I got in the mail!
Though I love Lion Brand yarn, I've never ordered through their website before. I decided to take advantage of a half-price kit offer to get a great price on this Lion Cashmere Blend and Ruffles yarn. Oooh cashmere! The Ruffles looked so fun to work with too. The kit came with a pattern to make the "Frill-Seeker Scarf" like that pictured on the yarn. It has a very Victorian-slash-Pirate look to it. As tempted as I am to do my own thing with it, I think I'll stick with the pattern since I've never used this specialty yarn before. For more information about Ruffles yarn and the technique required, check out Lion Brand's website.

Both Bad and Ugly is this mess that I made in an attempt at purse handles. This technique of crocheting over clothesline can result in beautiful baskets and bowls. I don't have a beautiful example to show you at the moment, but it coils nicely when crocheted around. What I tried to do here was to use cotton yarn over the clothesline to use as a drawstring for a bag. I should have known better and just torn it out, but I thought it might work and continued. It didn't work, mostly because both the cotton clothesline and the cotton yarn are stretchy. It parted enough to show the clothesline through the yarn and the yarn ended up being very sloppy-looking. I can save some of the cotton, but what a waste of time. I learned a big lesson there.

For a tutorial on how to crochet with clothesline, check out Priscilla Hewett's site here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Who? What? Wear? Wednesday

Featured weekly on Posh Mama Online Magazine.
Wednesdays are even more wonderful when you share them with fab friends!

Who are you? - I'm Tricia (or LazyT). I'm a wife, a Mom, a designer, a gardener, a sometimes Goddess.

What are you doing today? - Spring cleaning and planting lettuce and spinach if my back holds out!

What are wearing? - I'm wearing a Goddess Wrap from KreativeMindz. It makes me feel groovy! I will have to put my hair up inside when I start cleaning, but I like how it looks with my hair down too. It would be perfect for dreads, or even short hair. They are available in many different colors and sizes. You could be a Goddess too!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Coffee Clutch

You gotta love a husband that will wash dishes. Even if it is only once or twice a year, stepping up to the plate when needed is a good thing. He said "Look! I even scrubbed the coffee pot." Wow - thanks!

The next morning there was dark, burned coffee all over the coffee maker. We discovered that the pot had a crack in it. It's really no big deal since we have other ways of brewing a pot.

We bought the stainless percolator for our anniversary gift. (We buy something together every year.) This pot has been on many a camping trip. The old cabin had a propane stove, but we often used it over the campfire too. I love the taste of percolated coffee, but I feel like I don't really know what I'm doing. I just might have to Google the techniques of percolating coffee (non-electric). It seems to work out tasty though.

The Bodum is my husband's favorite. I'll drink it, but don't particularly care for the "texture" that is at the bottom of my cup. I have seen lovely knitted jackets to keep these warm. I thought about making some, but I'm not sure if it would actually work (and we drink the coffee fairly quickly anyway).

The old aluminum drip pot has been our staple, backup coffee maker as long as I can remember. It's so easy to use. Just heat, pour, and let it drip. Easier for camping vs. the percolator since all you have to do is heat the water. Great-tasting coffee, with possible "texture" depending on the grind.

We always grind our own coffee, fresh in the morning. My main squeeze is Eight O'Clock Columbian (whole bean only) and we try to keep a good decaf bean on-hand for evenings.

While all these options work and work well, I do miss the convenience of the Black and Decker. A replacement carafe is on the list.

Have a cuppa!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Wedding Challenge Entry Complete!

My entry for the Wedding Challenge is complete, even though I didn't see that they had extended the deadline another week!

I really like how it turned out. Inspired by the clutch-style purses of the 1940's, it is a scalloped shell design with an Asian flair. Crocheted with sleek black, cotton thread and fully-lined with red satin.

The deadline for entries is Saturday, April 26th. Visit the Flickr group to see all the entries from EtsyFAST, JetTeam, and EtsyGreetings.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Fiber Friday!!

I bought myself a belated birthday present.... since I didn't get any yarn.
I have a thing for bumpy homespun wool. I'm not sure what I'm going to make with it - perhaps a scarf. Check out BeesKneesKnitting at Etsy for a gorgeous selection.

There has been much discussion in the fiber world regarding the welfare of sheep and the wool industry. I highly recommend buying locally from a cruelty-free farm.
I once sat and watched my sister pick an amazing amount of fur from her angora rabbit as it sat peacefully on her lap. Here are some fibers from her farm and SnowWaterWoolworks.

Oh and she just emailed me this picture of a surprise addition to their flock...welcome Brighid!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Wedding Challenge

Day one - Oh yeah... I remember seeing something about a cross-team challenge in the EtsyFAST forums. Here it is. Check out the gorgeous pictures and amazing ideas that this couple has planned:

I almost forgot about it, but there was a constant hope that I would find inspiration in time to contribute something. Today I brainstormed and started three different projects. I have some gorgeous ivory chenille and pictured an envelope-style with beads. (Too warm and fuzzy...and what if the ivory doesn't match?) Moving on, I was picturing a 1940's style hat with netting. (She'll probably already have a head piece, I don't have any netting, and what color? ivory, red, teal, black?)

I ended up starting something like this... a 1940's/Asian-inspired clutch. The first rounds were too big and it wouldn't fold flat, so I had to tear it out and adjust the number of stitches. It's still not perfectly flat on the bottom edge. I may leave it an open half-circle, or I may fold in the ends to help form a gusset.

I remembered having a red satin remnant that has flecks of gold glitter on it. I may play with some stiff interfacing and put a sturdy, shiny red lining inside. It will show through the stitching and possibly/hopefully match the dress that the bride is wearing to the reception (at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant OMG!).

I don't want to rush the lining, so I am taking a break until tomorrow. The house is a mess and I need to find something for dinner. The deadline is Saturday so I hope to finish it by then!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


My efforts to thoroughly clean my house continue. I'm trying to get rid of clutter, focusing on paring down, make do with what we have for a more simple and frugal life.
It was going so well....until I spotted it. This book with the 10¢ sale sticker - "The Moon-Spinners". I remember buying it at a library sale a long time ago. A young fan of Mary Stewart's Merlin novels, my paperbacks were borrowed or misplaced years ago, all but a brittle copy of "The Last Enchantment." Suddenly inspired by the crisp cover, yet torn jacket and pages, the urge to create something new was too strong.
Rummaging through my stash, I found some burlap strapping (that I am going to use to fix an old rocking chair), the little antique rickrack (from a huge antique bolt), a piece of paisley fabric that was just big enough, and beaded handles that seemed to pull the whole project together.
No offense to book-lovers. It was just a fun little project. Not something I would normally attempt. The finished purse is available in my Etsy shop! Thanks for browsing.
Now back to cleaning.....and my only love, yarn.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Use what you have...

I decided to take a break from work and do some much-needed Spring cleaning. Certain corners of the house had been piling up since we moved here over 10 years ago! I found matches from our wedding....oh my - almost 20 years ago.
Without much time for Etsy or blogging, I must continue cleaning and try to eliminate the clutter, keeping only the basics. In an effort to use what I have instead of buying new, I finally made a curtain for the dining room window. I bought these sheets very inexpensively and it bothered me at the time that I paid so little for something that someone made and didn't get proper compensation for their fine work. Ah well. At least I am using them now, and will always admire the design. The sheet was a bit narrow for the window, but I like it with the color of the wood.

I also saved a trip to the store by making my own rolls for dinner. I just love a sunny Spring window for rising yeast dough.

Ok, back to cleaning. I could sit and chat all day!
Do stop by my shop to see the hat I just listed. Even though I'm taking a break for cleaning, I hope to list a new hat or something once in awhile. Thanks!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Save Energy!

Hanging clothes on the line to dry can save a lot of energy! Sure, it requires a bit of your own, but it does save on the electric or gas bill.
I made these colorful clothespin bags to add to my craft show table. Sew easy!

Fiber Friday!!

Some fun fiber finds from EtsyFAST....Fiber Arts Street Team.
Gorgeous shades of purple.....all spun and ready for some fun!

Purple Rain from thepaintedtiger....

Zinfandel from yarnlust....

Twilight Serenade from beeskneesknitting....

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Bday at the Zoo

Lots more zoo pix at my Flickr... http://flickr.com/photos/lazytcrochet/

MMMmmm Birthday Pancakes!

Special thanks to my husband for the yummy birthday breakfast! (We'll see if he cleans the kitchen now...or not!)

This wholesome recipe is from Cookbook of Memories Remedies & Recipes from the Great Depression.

Wheeler's Bald Mountain Pancakes

Mix together 1 quart whole wheat flour, 2 t. cream of tartar, 1 t. baking soda, 2/3 t. salt, 1/4 cup cornmeal. We usually use half this dry mix and put the rest in a container for next time.
Add 1 beaten egg, 1 wooden mixing spoonful of molasses, and 2 cups of milk.
Fry on a hot griddle.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Fiber Friday!!

TGIF Check out some fun fiber finds!

Hansel and Gretel Ragamuffin yarn from confections.

Cachemire...a needle-felted stole from petitelibellule.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Window Shopping

So I've been browsing ClevelandHandmade shops wishing I could go shopping. It is almost my birthday after all. Ah well. Maybe when the tax check comes!

Although my birthstone is a DIAMOND, I simply fell in love with this April Showers Necklace from SToNZ (top left). It's chunky, but with a polished, delicate feel.

When I was a young girl my favorite color was always BLUE. Though I've grown quite accustomed to saying BLACK these days....isn't this blue just gorgeous?! These rain chains from smashing (top right) would have me fiddling with my necklace just for fun.

I am a fiery dragon Aries and was drawn to this Element FIRE vegan soap from mystiqueproducts. (bottom left)

My Mother would absolutely love this piece. The Secret Garden from zJayne (bottom right) is one of my favorites as well.

Thanks for shopping with me. Check out this fun way to shop these and all the talented ClevelandHandmade Etsy Artists!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Let's go

Let's go, originally uploaded by lazytcrochet.

Coco and I went running two days in a row now. What a gorgeous day! I hope to take seasonal photos of this trail. It's such a peaceful place to walk, run, hike, or bike. I like to run with my iPod, but I sometimes enjoy the sounds of the woods as well.

...and POOF it was gone : (

Black Roses Tote, originally uploaded by lazytcrochet.

I just wanted to post the finished pics of the bag that I showed below. I no sooner listed it .....and POOF it was gone! Woohoo for a sale, but sort of sad because I LOVE IT!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Old World Almanac

Visit the Old World Almanac - the blog of the Etsy Old World Shoppes.
We're having a Mother's Day drawing. Comment by May 10th to enter to win a sweet prize from Backwoods Creations (plus a sample music cd from Mike Burnes and some other goodies from OWS).
Check it out here: Old World Almanac