Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wimberley Market Days

My friend Shawnee and I headed out to Wimberley Market Days to look for some creative inspiration. Boy, it was hard to find. Where did all the artisans go? Is it the economy? Not sure, but there was booth after booth of tacky knock off handbags and oh so tackier jewelry. Not much inspiration to find, but below were a few of my favorite picks.

I love these resin coated scrabble pendants. A friend gave me one to wear when I was pregnant. Very cute.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Heck of a Year

Well, totally off the crafting topic...I'm sitting here in my daughter's hospital room, trying to process all that has happened this year. If you haven't heard, I gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Sadie Pearl, on January 17th. She is the light of my life. Unfortunately, she and I both have had to struggle through a series of unforeseen illnesses and hospital visits since her birth. I naively thought after a difficult pregnancy, that I'd be able to easily deliver my baby and leap back into teaching and working full time at my beloved Craft-O-Rama. Apparently, God has other plans.
For the past two wonderful years, I have put my heart, soul, all my money and time into Craft-O-Rama. It has been my baby, and I have loved every minute of it. However, I now have little Sadie who needs me, and there is not enough room in my life for both. Craft-O-Rama requires my attention, creativity and financing in a way that would leave little room for sleep or Sadie. I hate to even have to make a choice, but as all you Mommas out there would agree, there is no choice. She is the light of my life.
I am working on creative ways to keep the classes going, like a mobile class kind of thing....just not a permanent expensive setting. I'll keep working on our Craft-O-Rama stitch kits and some other fun projects from home. Who knows, maybe in a year or two, when Sadie is a big girl, and the economy gets a little better, we'll have another store front. Alot can happen in two years and plans can change.
Until then, I want to send out a heartfelt thank you to all of you that have supported Craft-O-Rama and especially those who have supported me personally. I've come to know some amazing folks and gratefully appreciate you.
I'll be sending out a newsletter in the next couple of days, with all the closing and sale details.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

New! What is your thoughts?

Can you believe that January is already on it's way out? This month has gone by so fast! We have been keeping ourselves very busy with classes here at Craft O Rama, and we have some adorable new ones for you guys in February.

Pom Pom Socks anyone?

Feeling that early spring bug? How about Amy Butler's Sun Surf Halter?

Applique Tea Towels!

There are more dandy classes listed on our website.

Do you have any suggestions for class ideas? Would you like your supplies to be all picked and ready and included?
We are looking for ideas! Please post your ideas as comments.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

There must be something in the water...

Baby fever has set in around here, and it happens to be good crafty fun!
In celebration of dear little Sadie, I have been knitting up some adorable booties. I can't stop knitting them! They really are that much fun. So I am sharing the pattern with you.

Baby Mary Jane Booties
..for 0-6 months...
You'll need some sport weight yarn, washable is preferred, US size 3 straight knitting needles, stitch holder, and a few buttons.


For the Left Bootie-
CO 31 Stitches
R1- Knit all stitches.
R2- k1, m1, k14, m1, k1, m1, k14, m1, k1 (35 sts)
R3- Knit
R4- k2, m1, k14, m1, k3, m1, k14, m1, k2 (39 sts)
R5- Knit
R6- k3, m1, k14, m1, k5, m1, k14, m1, k3 (42 sts)
R7- Knit
R8- k4, m1, k13, m1, k7, m1, k14, m1, k4 (47 sts)
R9-17 - Knit all stitches.
R18- K15, ssk 4 times, k1, k2tog 4 times, k15 (39 sts)
R19- Knit
R20- k9, beginning with next 2 sts, bind off 21 sts, and then knit across remaining 9 sts. Put the first set of 9 stitches onto a stitch holder.
R21-23- Knit 9 sts on needle. BO, cut yarn.
Rejoin yarn where you started binding off 21 stitches and CO 12 stitches.
R21-Knit across 12 new stitches and the 9 from holder.
R22- Buttonhole row- k18, k2tog, yo, k2.
R23- Knit
Bind off all stitches.

For the right bootie, work same as for the left one through row 20.
R21- k9 stitches on needle, turn work, and cast on 12 stitches at the end of the row.
R22- K21 sts.
R23- Buttonhole row- k18, k2tog, yo, k1
R24- Knit all 21 sts.
Bind off all stitches.
Cut a long yarn take to weave in later.
Rejoin yarn to stitches on holder, and knit 9 stitches on holder for 2 rows.
Bind off.

To finish, Fold bootie with the wrong sides together and whip stitch along heel and sole of bootie. Sew on buttons, weave in all tails.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sadie Pearl

Welcome the newest (and cutest) addition to the Craft-O-Rama Family, Sadie Pearl!! She was born on Saturday night, weighing 8 lbs and 10 ounces.
Congratulations to Hayley, we are all so proud.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

We're in Southern Living

You can see our lovely store in the January 2009 issue of Southern Living!

Thanks to all the support from the Austin Craft Mafia. We love you crafty ladies.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Here's to good cheer and new fabric!