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live.stream

As you may or may not know, I make jewelry for a living. I went to school for jewelry design and metalsmithing back in the day, and am super hashtag blessed to be able to put that edjumacation to use in a field I truly enjoy. I work from my home studio (hello pj’s even before Covid Life!!!) and sell to retail stores as well as online (think Etsy and Amazon) as well as festivals and shows.

Well, since the world started slowly burning to the ground in a pretty terrible and scary way, festivals and all that face to face stuff has been cancelled. So! I am hosting a super fun live stream shopping event on my business Facebook page. Woo hoo! I’m working on some brand-stinkin-new designs to be unveiled during the show and you can shop from my website:

I’m super excited. I’m super nervous. But I’m also super stoked. I am going to try my hardest not to swear, but I promise to have some super badass new designs. Will I see you there?!

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quarantine.creativity

Ok. I know it’s not quarantining – it’s social distancing that we are doing these days – but the alliteration is just too good.

So. Yeah. These times, ammiright? I have watched by regular income evaporate, and have actually welcomed the chance to be a little more creative. As we adjust to these crazy new times, I have challanged myself to make a new pair of earrings a day. Without the need for constant production (which is a very complex mathematical equation of materials vs time to the 3rd power, taking into account the barometric pressure, etc), I have been able to sit, joyfully, at the bench and play. It has been so fun! And I plan to continue this project for the forseeable future. The pieces are uploaded immediately to the Etsy shop as well as my business Facebook page. Here are a few of my favorites so far. Have an idea or suggestion? I would love to hear it!

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dry.goods.candle.holder

I always have a candle on the stove, especially when I am cooking for someone else (it’s an earthy kitchen witch thing). However, somehow today I was out of my regular jarred candles. What?! This just cannot be. Of course standard tapers were on hand, but definitely not a standard taper holder.

Solution? Simple. Raid the pantry for jars and dry goods and ta-da! Let’s get cooking.

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yoga.block.travel.hack

I did it. I cracked the code. I have finally figured out how to be comfortable on long flights when one has short legs. And you won’t believe how simple it is.

Sadly, not all airlines have those little foot rests that swing down for the plebeians in coach (that’s a first class perk – I’m looking at you Delta and Virgin Atlantic), and when one is a) short and b) flying a distance further than 30 air miles, it is nice and probably better for one’s health to be able to prop those feet up. Now, I know I should get up and move around more (yeah yeah yeah) but it seems that damn seat belt sign is always on or that drink cart is rattling around (I swear they time that thing to coincide with when I have to pee), so I spend most (all) of my flying time in my seat. This last trip took me from Seattle to London Heathrow direct (So. Awesome.) but that is a bit of a flight – a little under 10 hours. After digging through the house and the internet (last minute of course) to come up with something to prop my feet up rather than stomping my carry-on to death, I came upon my husband’s yoga blocks. I promptly kidnapped one and took it out of the country.

yoga-block

And you know what? It. Was. Amazeballs. That little foam block is the perfect height to bring my legs up to a normal almost level with the seat position, is light and (so far) TSA approved. Guys. The next time you fly you absolutely MUST pack a yoga block with you. And if you actually do yoga, I guess you could use it for that later too.

Oh, and you wanted to see some pictures from my epic trip too? Ok!

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uk.birthday

So, I am more little an little enamoured (ok, obsessed) with all things Tudor and England in general. With one of those milestone birthdays this year I am taking a trip to the land of pork pies and Henry himself. And while I would love to take all of you with me, I am celebrating with a sale in my Etsy shop instead. Huzzah! 

Use coupon code UKBirthday at www.anniepants.etsy.com through September 1st and save 20%. What?! Can I get another ‘huzzah’??

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state.fair.time

It’s that time of year where I wonder if perhaps I need a 12 step program for my “fair entry obsession.” Of course some of the famous Worst Zucchini Relish ever will be entered, as well as some knits and new jewelry. Want a peek? Ok.


Now we wait and see…!

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the.england.scarflette

I cannot possibly be expected to travel any sort of distance without at least one knitting project in hand. Last week I plane, trained and automobiled my way to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England and had some lovely yellow ochre yarn with me. I have challenged myself to not buy any yarn this year unless I need it for a specific project (this came after several episodes of Hoarders. God. I love that show. Read: please don’t let that be me.) and this lovely bit happened to be leftover from a feather and fan baby blanket I made for a friend.


It just so happens that this blanket is for the friend I was visiting! So it’s all very appropriate blahdy blah. Anyhoo.

  • Cast on 42 stitches on a size 7 round needle and knit 10 rows
  • K3, K2 tog 3 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 6 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 3 times, K3
  • Knit the next 2 rows
  • K3, Purl row, K3
  • *Slip the first stitch of each row as if you were knitting

Oh look! Baby yarn factories!!

I made this pin years and years ago but have never had the perfect thing to do with it. Until now. I love how these pieces go together.

And just in case you aren’t into knitting your own scarf, or smithing your own pin, I have them both listed in my Etsy shop – just click on the respective links.

And what is the next project you ask? A grey scarf similar to this with yarn I bought in England. Why did I buy it? Because I had finished this beauty and could not possibly be expected to travel without something to knit! I think that’s a rule at US Customs or something….Really. Look it up.

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2015.pumpkin:mrs.eugenia.doubtfire

Each year I carve a pumpkin. And each year I forget how much work it really is. Though, in the end it’s always worth it. 

  
This year I took a stab at Mrs Doubtfire. My mother is a big fan of the line “help is on the way!!” And uses it often. So, Doubtfire. Duh. 

  
I think the old girl turned out pretty well. What do you think?

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day.in.the.life:friday

Do you remember the days of LiveJournal? Or am I the only one and I’m totally dating myself here…? There was a group, or an event, or something like that called “Day in the Life” and I remember DITL to be awesome and fun. So here we go. I thought I would do a quick post with shots from my day.

 

A letter heading to MA. I am desperately behind on my correspondence, but slowly but surely catching up. I love sending and receiving mail. Seriously. It’s a disease.

Betty White loves to lick the water in the tub after a shower. Not the brightest…

Always coffee…

New O2 regulator. Wrong wrench to tighten. Story of my life. 

The Dr Who scarf is coming along quite well! Only 3 more feet to go!

Harvest from the shop’s urban garden today. Not bad!

I went to Michael’s for a single skein of yarn….but we all know how that ended.

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crochet.for.knitters

I have been knitting for over 10 years. Each time I finish a rather substantial piece (read: any of the 5 baby blankets I made last year. Dear friends of mine: please take a break…) I tell myself “This is the project where you are actually going to learn to crochet and add a border. Do it, Annie. Do it.” And of course I never do. Until yesterday. There was some sort of popping in my wee brain and I started YouTubing instructional videos on how to crochet.

Now, I must admit. There is a story behind my hesitation to become a crafty hooker. When I was in elementary school, the elderly woman down the street was hired to teach me to crochet. My mother made some sort of arrangement for me to have weekly lessons starting on a particular Tuesday. The Sunday before lessons were to begin, we came home to find our little street closed down and full of fire trucks. There had been a fire. Our neighbors house was a total loss – burned to the foundation. Tragically, Florence and her dog Cuddles, didn’t make it out….For some crazy reason over the years, my brain worked up a totally superstitious load of hooey suggesting that if I did crochet, my house would also burn down (Hey, I was a kid.) Well, 4 years ago my husband and I did have a house fire. So, I guess crocheting had nothing to do with the likelihood of that happening.

I’m not sure why I decided that this particular project was going to be the one, but I think the ease of this particular video is the culprit as to make me actually stick to it and do it. This ‘crochet for knitters’ video was great step by step instruction. I suggest you:

  • Pull up a chair and dive right in.
  • Make sure you have decided to do this while you are at work, and be sure lots of customers come in to shop.
  • Now, turn off the sound so as not to admit you are watching videos and being unprofessional.

That makes it a lot easier, right?

 

Now, I know it’s not perfect. And I’m pretty sure I bastardized the actual pattern a bit, but as I see it – it’s jacked up all the same around the piece, so it works.

 

I’m super proud. And very sore. This whole single needle witchcraft thing is a whole new set of muscles. And I felt like I couldn’t stop!! With knitting, you can cap your needles or leave your project to sit at the end. Crochet? Nope. Needle will fall out and your project will be ruined, ending in tears and frustration. And probably the prompt flamage of the entire project (there’s a fire theme with my work – you getting that?). I was a crazed, maniacal crocheter. Must. Finish. Border. Can’t. Sleep. Yarn. Nerd.

Now that the mystery and stigma has been removed, I’m stoked to start adding borders to anything that sits still long enough. Look out family dog. I’m coming for you.

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